Bruins, Thomas don't talk about rest


Bruins, Thomas don't talk about rest

BOSTON -- When Tuukka Rask went down with an injury on March 3, Bruins No. 1 goaltender Tim Thomas knew he'd be carrying most of the load.

But outside the Bruins dressing room, many wondered just how Claude Julien could find a way to give the 37-year-old some sort of rest down the stretch, and hoping to get his best once again in the playoffs.

According to Thomas, following his fifth shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, that talk of rest outside the dressing room was just that. It's only "outside" the dressing room.

"We haven't talked about it at all," said Thomas, while also acknowledging that there was no talk of taking him out for the third period with the Bruins holding a 7-0 lead through the first two.

"There hasn't been any talk of it, and at this point, I don't think there needs to be any, on our end," added Thomas. "You guys can. It's OK. That's fun for hockey fans and everything, to speculate. But in here, it hasn't really been an issue. If we were to talk about rest, it would be mostly for a practice day or something."

And for those who may have been concerned with Thomas' poor play and his 2-5 record through the first seven games without Rask, he pointed out after Monday's win that he was battling an illness.

"I knew that I might be in a situation where I had to play a lot of games, but I was looking forward to it," said Thomas. "The only thing is, when it happened, I had a virus for a couple of weeks, when Tuukka got hurt. And it took me about a week after he left, to totally get over it. But now, I'm feeling better."

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.

The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now. 

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. 

Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.

Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached. 

As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.