Julien to name alternate captains by the weekend

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Julien to name alternate captains by the weekend

WILMINGTON -- Claude Julien has a long laundry list of things to accomplish in a six-day training camp to get ready for the NHL season, but hashing out the second alternate captain for the Black and Gold hasnt been one of them.

Zdeno Chara has been the Bruins captain since arriving prior to the 2006-07 season, and that wont be changing anytime soon. Patrice Bergeron holds the first 'A' letter on his sweater and is the acknowledged second-in-command among the players within the organizations leadership structure.

Mark Recchi had been the easy choice as the third captain until he retired after Bostons Stanley Cup victory. Last season Julien went with a different tact and split the second 'A' between the veteran defenseman Andrew Ference and third line center Chris Kelly, and alternated responsibilities between home and road games.

On the Bruins there are, of course, many candidates that could fill that kind of symbolic leadership role. Shawn Thornton acts, plays and leads like a captain on the Bruins at all times, but isnt on the ice quite as much as some of the other players that are captain-type material.

Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg are among a second wave of alternate captain candidates looking to shoulder more responsibility among their teammates. All would make fine choices while playing their part with a Stanley Cup championship on their hockey resume.

Will he do something similar to last year when he split the alternate captain duties between Ference and Kelly?

Probably, said Julien. On my list of 'to dos,' that is really low. Maybe ask me on Saturday morning or Friday after practice, because thats when things will be more of a priority.

But weve got a lot of the same guys and it could be FerenceKelly unless we get together with the guys and decide to do something else. I dont think theres a big reason to make a lot of changes that way.

So it sounds like it will once again be Kelly and Ference alternating while assisting Chara and Bergeron with the honorable A on their Black and Gold sweater.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!