Campbell (foot) status up in the air for Monday night

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Campbell (foot) status up in the air for Monday night

BOSTON -- Gregory Campbell participated in an optional morning skate on Monday, but his coach wasnt quite ready to pronounce him ready for the Bs lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Campbell has additional padding on his right skate boot and has skated for three days in a row including a pair with his Bs teammates and is feeling good. The center said he needed to speak with his coach and the trainers before he could say for certain whether he would be playing tonight.

I had the trainers punch out the skate a little bit, so it relieves a little bit of the pressure. If I play Im sure Ill put on a hard, protective pad or shield to protect me from getting hit again, said Campbell, who suffered the injury in the first period of the win over the Blue Jackets and played the rest of the game with a fracture in his left foot. Its a little sore when you take it out of the skate. It feels a little better in the skate when youre walking on it or putting a shoe on it. Walking is a little bit tougher than skating right now, but its funny how things go like that.

Campbells courageous attempt to play through pain means just one more question mark for the Bruins before tonights game. The Bruins are also waiting to hear whether or not Milan Lucic will be suspended for his hit from behind on Zac Rinaldo Saturday afternoon against the Flyers. Rich Peverley is also dinged up. He played very sparingly during the second and third period of the Flyers win with a nagging injury that caused him to miss Sundays full practice.

Julien said hell consult with the Bs trainers later on Monday afternoon and the team will make their final decisions on the lineup for Monday's clash with the Habs.

There are a lot of things we have to sort out and our lineup is probably one of the most uncertain ones weve had this year with a lot of different things, said Julien. We still have the Lucic thing with no answers on that yet. We also have a couple of players that are not questionable, but theyre players we have to make decisions on. So its really difficult for me to sit here and say that this guy is in and this guy is out.

If a guy is ready to go then theres no reason to hold him back. Then again, if a guy is still having issues Id have no problem holding him back.

Sounds like Campbell is best defined as a question mark in those conversations until otherwise noted. If he cant play then that leaves Zach Hamill once again centering the fourth line and Jordan Caron potentially available should Lucic get Shanabanned by the NHLs VP of Player Safety.

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

Danny Ainge says Lonzo Ball has declined pre-draft workout with Celtics

BOSTON -- Like most NBA executives, Danny Ainge loves to get as much intel on players before picking them as he can.  
 
And with the No. 1 overall pick, Ainge knows he has to do all he can to absolutely get this one right.
 
That’s why any thoughts he had of drafting Lonzo Ball are likely out the window after the talented UCLA guard refused to work out for the Celtics.
 
“We tried to get him in for a workout and he politely said no,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
 
Lonzo Ball’s desire (or his dad Lavar Ball’s desire; hard to say who in the Ball camp wants him in L.A. the most) to play for the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the worst-kept secrets leading up to next month’s NBA draft.
 
And with the Lakers holding the No. 2 pick in the draft, turning down the Celtics only increases the likelihood of  Boston passing on him and instead drafting University of Washington star Markelle Fultz.
 
“It’s not ideal,” Ainge said of Ball's decision to decline working out for Boston. “Listen, we’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”
 
The Celtics, like most teams, have been mum publicly as to who they would take in the draft. But all indications at this point in the process are pointing towards them selecting Fultz with the top overall selection.
 
And the fact that Ball, the projected number two pick even before the draft lottery order was established, refuses to work out for Boston will only increase the likelihood that Fultz will be a Celtic and Ball and his camp will get their wish which has always been to don a Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

BOSTON – From the outset of this season, the Boston Celtics were swimming upstream when it came to getting respect. 

No matter how many wins they racked up, no matter how many upsets they managed to pull off, they were never going to do enough to satisfy the court of public opinion which wanted one thing and one thing only from the NBA: A third installment of Golden State against Cleveland in the NBA Finals. 

The Warriors did their part by running through the West with 12 wins in as many playoff games. 

Meanwhile, the Celtics will try to not just stave off elimination tonight, but continue to delay what so many believe is an inevitable Golden State-Cleveland Final.

Boston’s Al Horford understands that while the league this season has seen lots of individual success as well as teams that have overachieved, the thirst for Golden State versus Cleveland remains stronger than ever. 

“We understand that’s what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of the season,” Horford said. “For us it’s just to focus … and play the Celtic way. And just come out here and fight and we’ll take it from there.”

The Celtics did that in Game 3 with Avery Bradley delivering one of the more memorable shots in the Brad Stevens era, a game-winning three-pointer that hit the rim four times before falling with 0.1 seconds to play as Boston squeaked out a 111-108 win.

Boston did a lot of good things in Game 4 and seemingly went into the half sensing that maybe just maybe they would even up the series at two games heading back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5 matchup. 

But Kyrie Irving picked up the slack for a foul-plagued LeBron James, lifting the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win which puts them now just a win away from advancing to the NBA Finals. 

Not only have folks both in the media as well as fans who have rooted for this series to be over, even merchandise sellers like Dick Sporting Goods have anticipated this series as already being over.

“It is what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s been like that all year; a lot of guys counting us out. At the same time, we’re trying to put ourselves in position to win each and every game.”

While that has been the goal, it certainly hasn’t worked out that way in this series. 

Despite Games 1 and 2 being at the TD Garden, the Celtics lost both games by a total of 57 points. 

And while they won Game 3 and had the Cavaliers on the ropes in Game 4 before losing, they know their chance to play NBA Finals spoiler is just about up. 

“We know that’s the Finals that everybody wants to talk about, what everybody is looking forward to,” said Boston’s Marcus Smart. “We understand it. But we work just as hard as these guys. We just have to keep going out there and working. We’re not going to give it to them, and stuff like that. We just have to make it tough on them.”