Lloyd ready to succeed overseas once again


Lloyd ready to succeed overseas once again

FOXBORO -- With Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams being played overseas, one universal concern would be each player's physical and mental adjustment to the long flight and time change.
But one person that you shouldn't be worried about this Sunday in London, is Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
He's been to England before. While a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos in 2010, Lloyd made the trip to take on his former team, the San Francisco 49ers.
In that game, Lloyd had a game-high seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. So if there was any concern that Lloyd didn't know how to handle the travel, or somehow didn't enjoy playing a game overseas, think again.
"The pageantry for professional sports in Europe is always something that I've admired and always look forward to, so it's fun playing over there," said Lloyd on Wednesday. "We did the same exact schedule that we're doing this year, traveling on Thursday. And I didn't have any issues.
"I got as much sleep as I felt I needed," said Lloyd. "I think making the trip, the body naturally does what it needs to do. So we do have some time in there, if you want to pass out for six hours and re-charge and get ready for meetings. So there's time for that."
The Patriots travel Thursday, and will use Friday as a "transition" day. But as the preparation for the Rams continues here at home, Lloyd sees another familiar opponent in the film room.
Lloyd was traded to the Rams last October, and played 11 games with them, while pulling in 51 receptions for 683 yards and five touchdowns.
From what he saw in his short time with the team, St. Louis is full of emerging young talent and enough players in leadership roles to be a successful club.
"They're aggressive, very athletic," said Lloyd when asked about the Rams' defense. "They're a young defense, and they do a great job of keeping their eyes on the quarterback and making plays when the ball's up there."
Lloyd said he wasn't sure whether or not the Rams' 5-foot-10 veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan would be covering him on Sunday. But in the case that he will be, Lloyd knows what to expect, saying that after watching the tape, Finnegan -- in his first year with the Rams after spending six seasons with the Tennessee Titans -- has impressed him "as always."
"Cortland's going to be a solid player every year he lines up, every game he lines up," said Lloyd. "So you know what to expect. He's going to be physical, and he's going to be sticking his nose into the run game. So you're going to have to make sure that he's accounted for in all aspects of the game."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 5 between Boston and Cleveland as the Cavs have a comfortable 75-57 lead.


LeBron James

He is definitely in triple-double mode tonight, tallying 20 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists at the half while shooting a blistering 7-for-8 from the field primarily on lay-ups and dunks.

Avery Bradley

The deficit is huge, but it hasn’t stopped Avery Bradley from playing with the kind of focus and desperation that sadly, most of his teammates are lacking tonight. He has 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting.



Deron Williams

Easily the biggest surprise of the game tonight, D-Will looks like the D-Will from a few years ago that was viewed as one of the top point guards in the NBA. He has 14 points at the half on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

The Celtics have to be careful with Crowder in the second half. He has 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting and is doing a good job of attacking the Cavs defense and getting to the free throw line. But he also has three personal fouls.

Kevin Love

Once again Kevin Love got off to a fast start for the Cavaliers, and has 12 points along with seven rebounds at the half.

Kyrie Irving

Like the rest of the Cavs, Irving has also had a solid start shooting the ball. He has 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting to go with three assists.



Kelly Olynyk

He’s in the starting lineup ahead of Amir Johnson for his ability to help space the floor with his shot-making. So far, shot-taking is all Olynyk has done in the first half. He’s scoreless at the half, missing all four of his shots from the field while grabbing just two rebounds.