Marshall: 'No trust' in Celtics offense


Marshall: 'No trust' in Celtics offense

Comcast SportsNet Celtics analyst Donny Marshall says the Celtics played a lot of individual basketball in their 99-88 loss to the Bucks.

"They have the pieces to get up big on teams early and then get some rest for KG and Paul Pierce," Marshall said, adding that such a scenario hasn't happened in the first two games.

The big reason? "No rhythm. No flow. No trust."

Marshall said he got a text from a former teammate who was at the game and said the Celtics were playing "a lot of individual basketball."

That's a point Coach Doc Rivers reiterated in his postgame comments.

"It wasn't a selfish thing," Marshall said. "They're still trying to figure themselves out as a unit, particularly on the defensive end."

Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice


Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

There's one where he makes a one-handed catch and celebrates with his arms outstretched as he glides into the end zone. There's another where he leaves his feet to go up and over safety Devin McCourty to come down with a pass. 

Judging by some of the pictures that have surfaced on of Rob Gronkowski participating in an OTA practice earlier this week, the All-Pro tight end seems to be feeling pretty good. 

Gronkowski is returning to action after undergoing season-ending back surgery last year so there was some question as to just how prepared he'd be to participate in practices this spring and summer. 

Again, judging by the photos, the answer is he's ready to ready to run routes on air and make contested catches against defenders.

Reporters will have an opportunity to watch the team practice on Thursday, the first workout open to members of the media, which will allow us to judge Gronkowski's mobility and his level of participation.

Another takeaway from the photos on the team website is that Gronkowski was not required to wear a non-contact jersey during the session. Contact is not allowed during this phase of the offseason training program, but players returning from injury (and quarterbacks) will still wear red jerseys to inform their teammates they're not to be touched. For instance, Jonathan Freeny, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve about a month into last season, donned a red non-contact jersey in one image.