Bradley replaces Allen in starting lineup

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Bradley replaces Allen in starting lineup

CHICAGO The Boston Celtics' youth movement continues with Avery Bradley replacing Ray Allen in the starting lineup.

The decision comes after Bradley had a team-high 19 points in Boston's 87-86 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday, a game in which Allen returned to the lineup (as a starter) after missing the previous six games with a right ankle injury.

C's coach Doc Rivers met with the media prior to Thursday's game against Chicago, and discussed the play of both Allen and Bradley.

However, Rivers made no mention that he would be making a lineup change.

During an interview with TNT during the first half of Boston's matchup against the Bulls, Rivers alluded to Allen asking that Bradley start and that he come off the bench.

For Allen, Thursday's game was his first coming off the bench since Dec. 5, 2002, when he played for the Milwaukee Bucks. He has appeared in 1,145 games and has started all but five of them.

During Allen's absence, Bradley was instrumental in Boston winning five in a row which catapulted them into the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

It is unclear if the change will be temporary for tonight's game, or one that the C's will go with for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.

Patriots to have joint practices with Jags Aug. 7-8 ahead of preseason opener

Patriots to have joint practices with Jags Aug. 7-8 ahead of preseason opener


For the sixth season in a row, the Patriots will conduct joint practices with an opponent ahead of playing a preseason game. The team announced they'll work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Aug. 7-8 at Gillette Stadium before playing the Jags in the preseason opener Aug. 10. 

The practices will be free and open to the public and will be held on the practice fields behind the Stadium.

The Patriots had joint practices with the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears last summer and previously had them with the Saints in 2015, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and the Saints and Bucs in 2012.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has talked about the value of these joint practices, has found it a good way to scout players they might eventually have an interest in and has reportedly been discussing conducting them with another preseason opponent, the Texans (Aug. 19 at Houston), coached by former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien.