A look back at Celtics home performances


A look back at Celtics home performances

The Boston Celtics walked off their home court on Friday night for the last time in 2012. The team will finish out the year on the road, starting in Brooklyn on Christmas Day and finishing on the West Coast.

Take a look back at notable performances this season at the TD Garden, where the Celtics are 9-5:

Most points scored
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 40 points vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, December 19
By an opponent: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), 29 points, November 23

Field goals made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 13 FG (twice) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)
By an opponent: Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), 12 FGs, November 21

Three-point shots made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 6 3PG vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19)
By an opponent: Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn Nets), 5 3PG, November 28

Most rebounds
By a Celtic: Kevin Garnett, 13 rebounds vs. Washington Wizards (November 7)
By an opponent: Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), 20 rebounds, December 21

Most assists
By a Celtic: Rajon Rondo, 20 assists (twice) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (November 9) and Toronto Raptors (November 17)
By an opponent: Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), 14 assists, November 9

Most points in the paint
By the Celtics: 44 vs. Utah Jazz (November 14)
By an opponent: 58 by the San Antonio Spurs (November 21)

Most second chance points
By the Celtics: 17 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, December 8
By an opponent: 20 (twice) by the Utah Jazz (November 14) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)

Most fast break points
By the Celtics: 20 vs. Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 16 by the Milwaukee Bucks (November 2)

Most bench points
By the Celtics: 41 (twice) vs. Washington Wizards (November 7) and Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 53 by the Washington Wizards (November 30)

Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list


Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list

The Patriots will be without two of last year's defensive starters when training camp begins later this week. 

Both Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch were placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday. They are eligible to come off the list at any time. Once they are removed from the list, they will be eligible to practice fully. Players on PUP count against the 90-man training-camp roster.

Undrafted rookie tackle Andrew Jelks will begin camp on the active/non-football injury list. The Vanderbilt product dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field each of the last two seasons. 

Neither Hightower, nor Branch, nor Jelks participated in spring practices at Gillette Stadium. Hightower was present for voluntary work, but during practices open to the media he typically did some conditioning off to the side. Branch skipped optional team activities (as he usually does), and though he was in Foxboro for mandatory minicamp, he did not practice during that three-day stretch.

Hightower was limited last season with knee and shoulder injuries. The MMQB.com's Albert Breer said on Sports Sunday that Hightower's health concerns made teams reticent to make him offers that would lure him away from New England. 

Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers


Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers

In what’s been a somewhat busy offseason for their secondary, veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers is in talks with the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter. 

Flowers, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Chiefs and last three with the Chargers, was released in March. He is set to meet with the Cardinals this week as well. 

The Pats lost cornerback Logan Ryan this offseason, but landed the top free agent corner on the market in Stephon Gilmore. A potential addition of Flowers might give them an insurance policy if second-year pro Cyrus Jones fails to improve from a dismal rookie season. 

Flowers was limited to just six games last season, as a concussion ended his season in December. He has played in at least 11 games in the rest of his NFL seasons. His lone Pro Bowl nod came in the 2013 season.