Lloyd 'very interested' in hearing Patriots' pitch

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Lloyd 'very interested' in hearing Patriots' pitch

When free agency begins March 13, the smart money is on the Patriots making a play for Brandon Lloyd. And it would be money smartly spent. The veteran wideout has flourished under Josh McDaniels. The former Broncos head coach and the offensive coordinator in St. Louis last season got Lloyd's talent and production to mesh. He's caught 128 balls in the last 27 gamesin a McDaniels offense. Now that McDaniels is the Patriots offensive coordinator, Lloyd is a natural fit.I spoke at length with Lloyd this week about free agency and the Patriots. You can see the interview by clicking on the video...

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Here are some key quotes from Brandon from the interview...On relationship with McDaniels:"It comes down to trust. He trusts me and I trust him. He knows that I'm gonna go out there and make plays for whoever the quarterback is and I know he's gonna put me in good situations where I can go out there and be successful."He gives me a bunch of routes to run and he treats me like a true No. 1 receiver in the sense thatI get to do all the things that make a team have to prepare for me and maybe not be able to prepare for other facets of our offense. It helps everybody be successful. A lot of receivers in Denver had over 45, 50 catches. It's just the creativity and how he's able to get everybody involved in the game and incorporate explosive plays in there as well."Onhis level of interest in joining the Patriots:"Very interested. And like I said earlier, I admire Coach Bill (Belichick), I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there. For any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is gonna be excited just because of the history of success"On what will be the determining factor in his choosing a new team?"Winning is definitely the highest priority. I've been in the league for 10 years now and I don't look at theNFL as a place where I can horde money and get as much as I can because it's the end of the world (at the end of his career)."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.

But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.

Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.

When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”