Caron to play in Paille's absence

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Caron to play in Paille's absence

Jordan Caron will be in the lineup Saturday, skating with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton, as Daniel Paille stays in Boston after suffering a "mild concussion."

He should be rust-free after stepping in for Tyler Seguin against the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week. The 21-year-old winger had a shot on goal in 10:34 of ice time in the 2-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, and said that hes ready to jump into the lineup after serving as the extra forward for much of the last month.

Caron used his large 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to great advantage when he took some reps on the fourth line during Pailles last injury, so it shouldnt take long for him to get into the crash-and-bang mode featured by his fellow forwards. The real effect on the Bruins could be Pailles absence on the penalty kill unit, which maximizes his combination of speed and tenacity but Caron has some previous experience killing penalties with his different set of skills.

Thornton and Campbell are players that work really hard and thats really my style. I like to keep things simple and going to the net, said Caron. We played together just before I was scratched, so things went well with us.

Ive played with every guy on the team, so its just a matter of adjusting my game. It doesnt matter who Im playing with. Its always fun to get back into the lineup and play my game.

The penalty kill is fourth in the NHL while killing off man advantages at an 87 percent success rate, and Caron and Co. will have to work to keep it there with Paille down and out of the lineup.

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.

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But is it going to be in Boston?

CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.

Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.

While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.

Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.

Jayson Tatum: Coach K was effusive in praise of Brad Stevens

Jayson Tatum: Coach K was effusive in praise of Brad Stevens

Celtics draft pick Jayson Tatum will go from one highly regarded coach to another, and he said shortly after being drafted that Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say about Brad Stevens. 

Tatum said Coach K’s praise for Stevens came after the Celtics traded the first overall pick, thus establishing they would not be selecting Markelle Fultz. 

“He called me and talked about that Boston was wanting me to come up there for a workout. He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and [that] Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them,” Tatum said. “I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit and obviously they enjoyed me.”

Krzyzewski and Stevens coached against each other in the 2010 national championship, which Duke won by two points when Gordon Hayward’s potential game-winning half-court shot nearly went in, but hit the rim. Hayward and Stevens could be reunited this offseason given that the veteran forward will be a free agent.

Tatum spent one year at Duke, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.