Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

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Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Bart Scott's home in New Jersey has no power because of Hurricane Irene, and he's unsure when the lights will go back on. Still, the New York Jets linebacker considers himself one of the lucky ones. Several neighborhoods near the Jets' facility in Florham Park were flooded when the storm hit the metropolitan area Sunday and have severe water damage, along with power outages. "The other people need to be helped first," said Scott, whose house in Mendham had no flood damage. "I'll lose some food. I think a lot of my fish died. I've got a salt-water tank. Those are things that can be replaced." The Jets beat the Giants 17-3 in a preseason game Monday that was originally scheduled for Saturday night, and then pushed to Saturday afternoon before being postponed two days because of the then-approaching storm. Scott said he'll be staying in a hotel for at least five more days while the area recovers. "I've got trees, I've got five telephone poles out," he said. "They have to put the telephone poles back up before they can even attempt to put the power back up. I'll be out a long time." He felt for the people in other areas who are a lot worse off than he and several of his teammates. "You've got people who lost things and lost property," Scott said. "That's more important than me having to sit in the dark a couple of days. I can go to a hotel and wait it out. It's no big deal. Next time, I'll have a generator and I'll be fine. I'll call all the people in Morristown and let them come up and pay rent." The Jets' training facility also lost power Sunday, and is operating off an existing generator. Areas critical to team operations, such as for coaching, and personnel, plus team meeting rooms, the training room and football video room are working with backup power. The Jets' media relations and ticketing departments have been working out of the training facility. The Jets briefly held meetings at the facility earlier Monday before they headed to MetLife Stadium for the preseason game. Starting Tuesday, the majority of the Jets' business support staff will work out of the stadium. Several of the Jets players who live near the facility are also without power, including right guard Brandon Moore. "Some guys had some flooding in their basements, but a lot of guys were OK," Moore said. "But I'm in Morristown, so it kind of hit them and shut them down there. We'll be OK, though."

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Celtics-Pistons preview: C's need to defend their top-four spot in East

Celtics-Pistons preview: C's need to defend their top-four spot in East

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- On Friday night, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan absolutely torched the Boston Celtics. The game before that, it was Chicago’s Jimmy Butler giving the Celtics major fits with a barrage of baskets. 

Both were All-Star starters this year, the kind of lofty status that helps explain how the Celtics were so defensively-challenged in their efforts in limiting them.

Detroit doesn’t have a bona fide high-scoring perimeter star like those other teams, but don’t think for a minute that tonight’s game will be a breeze for the Celtics. Boston (37-21) comes in having lost two in a row to Chicago and Toronto, respectively. The Raptors loss was especially painful because it assured the Raptors would get the higher seed in the playoffs if these two teams finished with an identical record. 

Boston hopes to secure an edge over the Pistons tonight with a victory that will give them the season series, three games to one. While it may seem a bit early to get too caught up in tie-breakers and their importance, the last thing Boston wants is to finish the regular season tied with one or more teams, and wind up with the lower seed because they lost the head-to-head series. 

“You hear people say every game counts; it’s true,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “We need to win as many games as we can because you never know which game could be the difference between having home court or not.”

If Boston continues to find ways to win and finish with a tie-free, top-four finish in the East, they will begin the playoffs at the TD Garden for the first time under fourth-year coach Brad Stevens.

Meanwhile the Pistons are currently eighth in the East and, like the Celtics, they too opted to stand pat at the trade deadline. And like Boston, they are looking for growth from within as they try to make their way up the Eastern Conference standings. 

“We’re not real happy with how we’ve played up to this point overall,” said Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations and head coach. “But we still have a young group. As much as you would like the progress to be steadily uphill, it’s not always. That doesn’t mean you lose faith in your guys. At the end of the day, we ended up standing pat, which is pretty much what we expected to do.”

One of Boston’s biggest concerns coming into the game will be rebounding. It was among the many factors contributing to Boston’s loss on Friday. But as much as execution at both ends of the floor will be a factor, effort will be just as vital if not more, to the success of the Celtics in the playoffs. There were plenty of reasons as to why Boston lost on Friday night, with effort being near the top of the list. 

“They played harder than us,” said Celtics forward Jae Crowder. 

And that was surprising when you consider what was at stake – a chance to push their lead over Toronto to five games with a couple dozen to go.

Rookie forward Jaylen Brown has heard all the reasons and explanations as to why the Celtics have hit a mini-hiccup following back-to-back losses. And he has also heard how Boston blew a golden opportunity to beat Toronto with Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry still out. 

“We didn’t have one of our key guys, either,” said Brown, referring to Avery Bradley still being out with a foot injury. So it’s basketball at the end of the day. It doesn’t’ matter who is on the floor. You have to do your job; we just have to do our job.”