Injuries limit Pierce, Bass against Nets

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Injuries limit Pierce, Bass against Nets

BROOKLYN, NY Even before Thursday's 115-85 win over the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was planning to sit some of his core players in the C's final two preseason games.
He may not have a choice after injuries limited the playing time of Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass.
Pierce left in the second quarter with a left ankle injury after he nailed a 3-pointer and landed on the foot of Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace.
After going to the locker room with trainer Ed Lacerte shortly before the half ended, Pierce returned in the third and went on to score seven of his 18 points which tied teammate Courtney Lee for game-high scoring honors.
Although Pierce still had a noticeable limp as he left the C's locker room following the win, Rivers isn't sure how serious his injury is.
"He tweaked his ankle, or he thought we were going to practice tomorrow," quipped Rivers. "It's one of the two, I'm not sure yet. But I think he tweaked his ankle. But I am suspicious."
As for Bass, Rivers said, "I don't know if it's bad. We just couldn't take any chances."
Bass missed the final six games prior to last season's all-star game due to swelling in his right knee -- the same knee he aggravated on Thursday. During those six games without Bass, the Celtics' lone victory came against the Chicago Bulls who were without Derrick Rose.
His injury occurred in the second quarter. But unlike Pierce, the C's elected to keep him on the bench for the remainder of the game -- a place that he and Pierce may have been in these final two games even if they didn't get hurt.
"This is the hardest game they'll play. I can tell you that," Rivers said. "And maybe the last game (for them in the preseason). They may play one good half. The New York game we gotta play somebody. But a lot of them are not playing in that game. They already know that. They knew that before this game. And then we get seven days or whatever, to work and get prepared for the start of the season."

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.

*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?

*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.

*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.

*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.

*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box

*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.

*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.

*For something completely different: getting to know new CSNPhilly.com baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.

 

 

Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

BOSTON –  Like most of the NBA’s Millennials, Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is active on social media.

But if you holla at him on Twitter or Instagram these days, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear back anytime soon.
 
That’s because Brown is stepping away from the social media game to better focus on his first postseason journey with the Celtics, which begins next month.
 
Brown said he isn’t the only player inside the Celtics locker room who has pledged to do things differently leading up to the playoffs.
 
More than anything, the changes Brown speaks of are symbolic to illustrate the need for everyone to make sacrifices critical for a team’s success.
 
“I’ve paid attention to that, how a lot of guys are making the sacrifices necessary to add to this team,” Brown said. “Some guys are only drinking water. Some guys are cutting out cursing or other aspects. Some guys have some personal stuff...Everybody is putting themselves in that mind frame to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.”
 
He added that taking a step back from social media was just one of a handful of changes he has made leading up to the playoffs.
 
“Some are personal, but some, just being a lot more focused and more locked in, eliminating distractions,” Brown told CSNNE.com. “This generation, we’re so social media dependent. So just eliminating that, filling that in with other stuff whether it’s gym time or film or just time to yourself instead of it being so predicated on the cell phone.”
 
Brown understands the battle Boston (48-26) is in for the top spot in the East heading into the playoffs and how important getting that would be to this team.


 
“It means a lot, especially being a rookie from my perspective, being on a team that’s number one seed in the East and being a contributor.” Brown said. “What more could you ask for, coming in to the league, coming into the NBA. It’s been great for me. It’s been a blessing.”
 
While Brown has had his share of ups and downs as a rookie, there’s no ignoring the fact that he’s progressing at a brisk rate.

“Offensively, I’m getting a little more comfortable scoring the ball; mid-range game, I’m developing,” he said. “Defensively, being in the right spot at the right time, stuff like that. I’ve come a long way and I still have a long way to go.”