Report: Bruce Pearl interested in Red Claws

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Report: Bruce Pearl interested in Red Claws

Now that Austin Ainge has left the Maine Red Claws as head coach to return to the Celtics, a big vacancy has been left for the Celtics affiliate a few hours north.

But a familiar name, for good reasons and bad, may be in line to fill that vacancy soon.

Sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that the Red Claws have reached out to former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the position.

Wojnarowski states that Pearl has "privately expressed a preference for his next move to be in television or as an NBA assistant coach, but hes open to hearing out Maines pitch, a source with knowledge of his thinking said".

Pearl has been a big name in the college basketball world, as he led the Vols to six straight NCAA tournaments.

He was dismissed as head coach of Tennessee on March 21, 2011 due to numerous violations, the newest of which was a non-NCAA related incident. ESPN.com's Andy Katz and Chris Low reported it "was a violation of the Tennessee athletic department substance abuse policy by UT senior forward Brian Williams".

Pearl was also under hot water for lying to investigators when asked is he held a cookout at his home that high school juniors attended, ESPN.com reported. He was charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.

Pearl and Maine president and general manager Jon Jennings will talk about the job in the future, Wojnarowski reports.

Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury

Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury


CLEVELAND – Brad Stevens won’t know until shortly before tip-off tonight if he will have to make another lineup change.
 
Amir Johnson, whose right shoulder was injured in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 win on Sunday, is questionable for tonight’s Game 4.
 
“It’s better for sure,” Johnson told CSN this morning. “Yesterday, it was hard to lift. Today, I can move it all around. In shoot-around, I’m going to get a couple shots, see how it feels and go from there.
 
He added, “it’s definitely going to be a game-time decision. I’m going to go and shoot around, just to get a feel. And then for the game-time, I’ll shoot around some more, see how it feels and take it from there.”
 
Healthy or not, Johnson being with the starting group is far from a given.
 
The 6-foot-9 veteran has consistently been the first starter subbed out and usually winds up playing the fewest minutes.
 
In Game 3, two of his backups – Kelly Olynyk (15 points) and Jonas Jerebko (10 points) – shined brightly.
 
Here are some other highlights from the Celtics’ morning shoot-around.
 
THOMAS UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas met with a hip specialist on Monday, according to Stevens. “Still collecting information,” said Stevens, adding, “We’ll wait and see or we’ll discuss second, and third, and fourth, and fifth opinions.”

Thomas injured his right hip March 15 and later re-aggravated it in the first half of the Game 2 loss Friday. Less than 24 hours later, he was deemed out for the remainder of the playoffs.
 
He was replaced by Marcus Smart in the starting lineup and Smart responded with a career-high 27 points in Game 3, which included seven made 3’s which is a career-best mark as well.
 
BOUNCE-BACK CELTICS: The Celtics winning Game 3 sent shockwaves throughout the league, especially coming on the heels of a 44-point home court drubbing at the hands of the Cavs. “If you’re in sports long enough you’re going to have clunkers,” Stevens said. “You’re going to have games that don’t go your way. And our guys took seriously the idea of responding and just playing the next possession as well as they could.”
 
ROZIER HOMECOMING: The second-year guard grew up in nearby Youngstown, Ohio (75 miles southeast of Cleveland), so you can expect he’ll have a decent contingent of fans at tonight's game.
 
While he’s all-in for the Celtics, the same is not true of his friends and some family members.
 
“My family does a good job of staying on my side except for my one younger cousin,” Rozier said. “She loves LeBron.”