Bruins' Marchand fined for slew-foot vs. Penguins

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Bruins' Marchand fined for slew-foot vs. Penguins

WILMINGTON, Mass. Brad Marchand probably knew it was coming, just as the NHL agitator knew hed be dropping the gloves with Matt Niskanen right afterward.

Marchands obvious slew-foot of the Penguins defenseman behind the Pittsburgh net has earned him the maximum 2,500 fine assessed by the NHL a week after the incident took place at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty for the slew-foot and served a five-minute major for fighting Niskanen when the Pittsburgh defenseman came after him following the borderline play. Its actually surprising that a heavier penalty wasnt assessed to Marchand at the time, and the young rabble-rousing forward has now been fined and suspended by the league in his first two NHL seasons.

That is, as they say, putting yourself on the NHLs radar for the next time Marchand goes over the line with his edgy play.

Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

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Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

Well, so much for that . . . 

Of couse, is this is true, the breakdown of talks isn't such a bad thing:

More to come . . . 

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.

Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely 
 
WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
 
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
 
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
 
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
 
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
 
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
 
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
 
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
 
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
 
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
 
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
 
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”