Wilcox pulling for Ravens in the Super Bowl

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Wilcox pulling for Ravens in the Super Bowl

BOSTON -- With the New England Patriots out of contention, the Boston Celtics were not buzzing with championship chatter on Super Bowl Sunday.

Except for Chris Wilcox.

The University of Maryland alum made it no secret he is rooting for the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

"Ravens, Ravens," he said prior to the Celtics game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "It doesn't matter how we win, how many points, I'm not into all that. At the end of the day, up one, that's all we need."

Wilcox did not budge, either, when the Ravens faced the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. He became a fan of the team while in college and has stuck with them ever since he left school in 2002.

"I was Ravens all the way," he said. "I can't just fall and be like, 'I'll go with the Patriots because I'm here.' I've got to be loyal to the team."

Wilcox, a North Carolina native, is also pulling for the Ravens because of a hometown connection. He grew up in the same area as fullback Vonta Leach, whom he became friends with once they both entered professional sports.

He isn't fazed by having an uncommon opinion in a New England locker room.

"It is what it is," Wilcox said. "You've got a lot of people in here from everywhere, and everyone has their own team that they go with and ride it out."

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.