B's owner Jacobs throws support behind Thomas

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B's owner Jacobs throws support behind Thomas

OTTAWA The only country that hadnt been heard from on the Tim ThomasWhite House situation was the most important one when it comes to all the comings and going of the Boston Bruins, and now hes been heard from as well. Bruins principal owner Jeremy Jacobs stopped for a few moments to speak with reporters after the NHL Board of Governors Meetings at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and threw his full weight behind his star goaltender.

There was some uneasiness and disappointment in Thomas decision in the immediate aftermath of his decision to skip the White House ceremony with President Barack Obama due to the goalies political beliefs. Jacobs seemed fully over it nearly a week later, and toed the same party line as just about everyone else in the Bruins organization: as long as Thomas is stopping pucks better than any other player on the planet his personal politics wont be an issue.

Tim is a great hockey player. Hes done his job very well for us and Im totally behind him as a great hockey player, said Jacobs. I dont necessarily agree with his political view, but that isnt what he does for me. Ive got to say this: while I dont agree with it he certainly has the right to express himself as every American does. He does a good job.

The NHLs Chairman of the Board of Governors was further asked if Thomas absence cast any sort of pall over a day celebrating the collective team accomplishment, and unflinchingly rejected that notion as well.

You guys in the media say things to me that I dont like. But I definitely believe you have the right to say them, said Jacobs. I fight for that and I fight for his right to do what he wants to do. He expressed it. Thats all. Its over unless you guys in the media want to perpetuate it.

It didnt sound anything like the actions of an irate owner ready to ship away their goaltender in a fit of pique, or somebody in a place of power attempting to grease the skids for a player on the way out. Instead Jacobs was standing behind the player who is perhaps singlehandedly responsible for bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston, and in doing so probably won himself even a few more supporters back in Black and Gold country.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.

But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.

Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.

When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”