Mailbag: Can C's bigs handle the rebounding load?


Mailbag: Can C's bigs handle the rebounding load?

Mike and Tommy answered some questions from their mailbag prior to the Celtics' win over the Bulls.

The first one was about the Celtics' rebounding problem. Can the C's keep up on the glass? That depends on what side of the ball the rebounds are coming on.

'Rebounding will be a problem," Tommy said, noting that they're tainted on the offensive end. "The Celtics give up the ball on the offensive glass. They're willing to take fewer shots because of that, but they in turn will get back on defense and stop the fast break."

That said, Tommy says defensive rebounds are important and he thinks the C's can rebounding well if they "block out" the opponent.

What about the second unit players like Jason Terry and Jeff Green? How can they get going?

"Jeff Green played an awful lot of basketball in the second unit until the other day when he got a chance to play with the starters," Tommy said. "He'll fit in nicely, but they have to go to him and get him into the game quickly."

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments


NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.

Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity


Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.