Morning walkthrough: Tuesday, February 28


Morning walkthrough: Tuesday, February 28

End of a short but entertaining era in New York? The days of Bart Scott running his mouth for the Jets are just about at an end. He's been told to go ahead and see if he can find a trade suitor. That will take the Jets off the hook for the 4.2 million guaranteed salary they owe him in 2012. Sticking in the AFC East, retired Dolphin Jason Taylor says Matt Moore was the team's 2011 MVP but they need to upgrade at quarterback."And I think he understands they are going to do that, but I think he's earned the right to have a chance to compete for the starting job and let it play out the way it's going to play out," said Taylor. Coaches and general managers speak at the NFL Combine voluntarily. And, given the time of year, they face a lot of questions about offseason plans. So when Romeo Crennel makes the observation that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history would be attractive to his team if he were available - which everyone in the planet is aware he soon will be - and we in the media start screaming about "tampering," we're basically ensuring that the coaches and GMs go Belichick on us and don't talk at all. And then we complain about access. Greg Bedard lays out the landscape for Wes Welker and the way he could deal with being franchised over in The Boston Globe.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.


And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”