Kevin Faulk says future is uncertain

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Kevin Faulk says future is uncertain

BOSTON -- National Pancake Day had three special ambassadors at Children's Hospital Boston this year.

Kevin Faulk, Jerod Mayo, and Julian Edelman spent time with several patients Tuesday morning. The trio took breakfast orders then got to work in the eighth floor playroom's makeshift 'kitchen.'

Eventually, a timeout was taken for football.

Faulk told reporters he's as unsure of his future in the NFL as he is about his skill in the kitchen ("I can make eggs. That's about it.") Retirement is on the table; deciding what to do about it makes this offseason "different" for the 35-year old running back.

"But, hey, that's life," he shrugged. "You just got to deal with it, move on and hope everything works out for the best later on.

"That's the different part because you don't know what's going on. You just go on living your life and keep your faith in God and know he'll take care of you no matter."

Faulk played in just nine games over the last two seasons. He's dealt with a torn ACL and adjusted to a new crop of Patriots running backs. Being inactive for New England's Super Bowl effort seemed another step for the veteran.

Does he want to try a 14th season? Do the Patriots want him back if he does? The answers elude him thus far.

Ill tell you this much: My decision is not going to be based on solely me, he said with a smile. So, thats one thing I have to weigh in. But at the same time, Ive played a lot of football. If it doesnt happen to work out for me later, hey, it doesnt. Im blessed, Im happy, I thank God for everything, but at the same time, I know what I love to do and if it happens, it happens.

Whatever the choice, he hopes it will involve the Patriots.

Of course, Id like to be involved in the New England Patriots, lets keep it at that, Faulk said. Ive been here 13 years playing and if I happen to retire or they dont happen to bring me back, Im still going to be a New England Patriots. Im very blessed and fortunate that I have a few options. Its not just, I dont have any options, I have a few options. So, its up to me.

Stars, studs and duds: Olynyk finding his stride off Celtics bench

Stars, studs and duds: Olynyk finding his stride off Celtics bench

BOSTON – It’s easy to forget that Kelly Olynyk went several months without doing anything basketball-related as he was on the mend from shoulder surgery.

His return had its share of ups and downs, but it seems the 7-foot center has found his stride and he’s making opponents pay for it.

For the second time in as many games, Olynyk came up big for the Celtics as Boston continued on its winning ways with a 108-98 win over Charlotte.

Olynyk, who scored a season-high 26 points in Boston’s win at Atlanta on Friday, had an efficient 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting against the Hornets on Monday.

Assertive. Aggressive. Contract year.

It doesn’t matter how you describe what or why Olynyk is ballin’ so hard lately.

The point is he’s doing it a better job of recognizing opportunities to make plays and executing whatever role he’s being asked to play.

“Just feeling good with the second unit,” Olynyk said. “I’m just trying to be aggressive and help the starters out.”

In the past, teams have mixed up their defensive coverages on Olynyk which frequently left him being guarded by a quicker but smaller player, or a big man with limited mobility.

Often Olynyk settled for long range shots and 3’s, regardless of the defender.

But as we’ve seen the last couple of games, he has hurt teams with his scoring around the rim which has in turn opened things up for his teammates or himself.

“We need him to play like that all the time,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “When he’s aggressive, looking for his shot, shooting open shots, even getting in there getting rebounds, offensive put-backs, that only helps us as a unit. And he’s done a great job of that the past couple games. We need that from him.”

And as he gets further removed from his offseason surgery, opportunities for him to be an impactful player for Boston will only grow.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

The Celtics win, and Isaiah Thomas has another offensive flurry in the fourth quarter. So what else is new? He led all scorers with 35 points which included 17 in the fourth quarter.

Kemba Walker

He’s still playing at a level that puts him in the All-Star conversation, but it’s not going to happen with the Hornets continuing to struggle. They’ve lost five in a row now despite Walker’s 24 points on Monday.

 

STUDS

Al Horford

Boston is playing more inside-out basketball of late, and that’s opening things up for both Horford and his teammates. Against the Hornets he had 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting along with six rebounds and four assists.

Kelly Olynyk

For the second straight game, Olynyk had a strong, impactful performance for the Celtics utilizing his strengths as a perimeter threat and a 7-footer who can take advantage of smaller defenders around the rim. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go with nine rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Marvin Williams

He was the only other Hornet besides Kemba Walker who really impacted the game significantly. Williams had 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting which included 3-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Jae Crowder

The 6-foot-6 Crowder continues to have a sneaky-good season for the Celtics, particularly with his 3-point shooting which ranks among the league leaders. On Monday he had 15 points which included a trio of 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.

 

DUDS

Nicolas Batum

Avery Bradley put most of his effort and attention into defending Batum and man, did it ever pay off. Batum grabbed 10 rebounds, but wound up missing nine of his 11 shots from the field to finish with just four points.