Dooling in; Bass, O'Neal out for Celtics


Dooling in; Bass, O'Neal out for Celtics

BOSTON Keyon Dooling will be available for the Boston Celtics following a slew of games missed with a hip pointer injury.

But this is the Boston Celtics, where news on the injury front is rarely 100 percent good news.

The C's will extremely lean up front with Brandon Bass (left knee) and Jermaine O'Neal (left shoulder) both out with injuries.

Bass' injury appears to be the one of greatest concern.

He missed one game this season because of swelling in the knee. His latest setback appears to be related, and according to C's coach Doc Rivers, it will sideline for at least seven days.

However, injuries have created opportunities all season for the Celtics and their youthful players.

"We know we have to always stay ready," C's guard Avery Bradley told, taking a brief moment to put down his scouting report on the Bulls. "When we get our opportunity, we want to play well not just for ourself, but the team. They're counting on us to get it done when we get in the game."

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you. 

The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.

To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power. 

The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract. 

During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs. 

I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop. 

So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al. 

Again, no pressure. 

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.


During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.