PHILADELPHIA - Here's some smoke. We'll see if there's some fire. Hours after our good friend Mike Florio relayed the newsthat there's a team "very interested" in signing Terrell Owens, Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus is on the Patriots sideline as New England gets ready for the Eagles. The report, which originated with ESPN's Adam Schefter, said that Rosenhaus wouldn't name the team because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. As Florio noted, "merely flirting with T.O. will create nearly the same distractions as signing him. So the team would be wise to make a final decision before making it known that theres even a mild interest."Could it be the Patriots? Well, New England has an outstanding relationship with Rosenhaus. They also have a need for an outside receiver at this point since Chad Ochocinco (another Rosenhaus client) hasbeen a brutal flop. The Patriots' offense has become increasingly stagnant in recent weeks and absolutely needs an infusion of explosiveness. There's mountains of evidence showing Bill Belichick will take a chance if it helps his team on the field. But that's where the argument against T.O. begins. Albert Haynesworth didn't change his spots here and bombed. Ocho is in the process of doing the same thing. Owens is no genius route-runner and his hands are ordinary to bad. Why not just go after Randy Moss if T.O. is on the radar. Signing T.O. is fraught with danger. But for a Patriots team that is solid record-wise but isn't nearly as potent as their statistics indicate, doing nothing may be just as dangerous. Whether Rosenhaus is here representing T.O.'s interests or merely in Philly to touch base with the numerous clients he has on either team isn't known. But we may soon find out.
BOSTON – When it comes to defense, the Celtics are quick to claim that it is indeed the foundation for which their team is built upon.
Still, far too often this season, we have seen cracks in their usually Teflon-tough defense, the kind that ultimately means the difference between winning and losing.
The Celtics’ defense will once again need to step up and play well tonight against a Sacramento squad that has shown it can fill it up offensively of late.
Sacramento (7-11) has scored 100 or more points in eight of their past 10 games. In that span, their 107.2 points per game ranks ninth in the league.
In that same span, the Celtics have allowed opponents to score 100.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA in fewest points allowed.
And when it comes to winning, limiting teams to less than 100 points has been huge in Boston’s win total.
The Celtics have held eight opponents to 100 points or less this season.
Their record in those games? 8-0.
Within that limited scoring, Boston must also make sure teams don’t get into a nice groove shooting the ball.
Boston is 0-5 this season when an opponent shoots 48 percent or better from the field.
While there are several things Boston must do to be successful, having the right kind of defensive disposition ranks at or near the top of that list in their efforts to play with the kind of defensive success that gave so many hope that this would the year Boston would hold court among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play.
Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday.
Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.
If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.