Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'

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Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'

BOSTON Kevin Seraphin is not exactly a name that comes to mind when you think of NBA big men who are tough covers.
But the Boston Celtics know all too well just how much the third-year big man has improved.
He is a central figure on a Washington Wizard bench that's averaging a league-best 54 points per game.
In his first game of the season on Saturday against the Celtics, Seraphin had 19 points and seven rebounds. He had missed the previous three weeks with a calf injury.
"He clearly has worked on his game," Boston's Kevin Garnett said after the game. "I was a bit shocked they were going to him."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has also been impressed at the progress made by the 6-foot-9, 275-pound forward-center who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 17 pick in the 2010 NBA draft and was traded to Washington a month later.
"A year ago, you could play him over the one shoulder," Rivers said. "Now he goes with both hands, both ways. He's improving quickly."
Seraphin knows that games like his performance on Saturday will only make teams like Boston -- and players like Garnett who was scored on quite often by Seraphin -- even more focused on limiting him.
Now, he will be ready, but I will be ready for him too, because hes a good player, Seraphin told the Washington Post regarding Garnett. I know that, I will probably get some trap and stuff like that, like double team. I know for sure, I score 19 points, Garnett wont let me score 19 points again. For me, thats a challenge, because I have to do it again. Now I just have to prepare myself to be ready for him like he will be ready for me.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way. 

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Florio on issues NFL may face with Raiders in Las Vegas

Mike Florio joins Quick Slants to discuss the problems of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, and the latest NFL rule changes.