Julien: Bergeron deserves to win Selke

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Julien: Bergeron deserves to win Selke

BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien echoed the feelings of everyone in the Bruins dressing room on Monday, when he described his reaction to Patrice Bergeron being named a Selke Trophy finalist, which is annually awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."

Julien wasn't just happy to see Bergeron nominated for the first time in his career. He was adamant that Bergeron wins the award, over David Backes and Pavel Datsyuk.

"Not only is it fitting, but I think it's very deserving," said Julien on Monday. "There's times where a coach will always support his player, and say the right things. And there's other times when you have to be honest and say, well, what's the competition like, and assess it in the best way possible. In my mind, there's no doubt that Patrice deserves this.

"The way he's played this year, the things he's done to be nominated, how good he's been defensively. He's got two young players on each side of him. He's played against top players all year long, and he's the best plus-player, probably of that group.

"Faceoff-wise, I mean, he's been utilized in every situation," added Julien. "Offensively, defensively, key situations, he's done everything to deserve that. To be honest with you, I'd be very disappointed if he didn't win that. That's how I feel."

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.