B's mum on Seguin's absence; expected to play vs. Wild

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B's mum on Seguin's absence; expected to play vs. Wild

ST. PAUL, MN The one thing everybody knows about Saturdays practice at Wakota Arena in the southern outskirts of St. Paul is that Tyler Seguin wasnt working with his teammates on the ice.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said that the 20-year-old forward was at the practice with the team, but wouldnt elaborate on the reasons behind Seguin missing practice after the session was over.

Hell be fine, said a curt Julien. Hell be in tomorrow. Hes not at practice today. Hes at the rink and hell be fine.

The only think the Bs coach would say is that Seguin will be in the lineup for tomorrow afternoons tilt against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

Seguin assisted on David Krejcis third period goal in Friday nights loss to the Winnipeg Jets and topped 19 minutes of ice time in the defeat, and didnt appear to suffer any injuries on the ice. Julien declined to simply call it a maintenance day for the Bs leading goal-scorer and All-Star, and wasn'toffering anything furtheron the absence.

You can call it whatever you want, replied Julien. Hes going to play tomorrow.

Unfortunately, given that Seguin was scratched against the Jets earlier this season for missing a team meeting, the vagueness of the answers begs the question of whether the players absence was for disciplinary reasons or rest-related.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both skated with gold practice jerseys on without their third linemate, but Seguin wasnt spotted in the locker rooms post-practice our in the arena parking lot while Bruins players signed autographs for the large gathering of Bruins fans that took in the practice.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!