Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time

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Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time

Oh, boy.

Don't mess with Seabass, Felger!

Mike Felger, on 98.5's Felger and Mazz Show (simulcasted on CSNNE) has an issue with the amount of games Tim Thomas has played in net for the Bruins as of late.

Thomas has played in 17 of the last 18 to be exact.

But asked about the reason, B's president Cam Neely got a bit testy, sarcastically telling Felger he'd 'love' to hear his way of doing things.

"Well it's more than we like, but tell me how we could have done anything differently," Neely said. "Walk me through it, love to hear it."

Felger suggested playing Turco and taking your lumps, to which Neely responded by saying, "And potentially what, fall out of the playoffs? Potentially be a lower seed than we really needed to be?"

Right now, the Bruins (93 points) are tucked into the No. 2 seed in the division. They won't make it to No 1, and have to win a couple more games to seal the No. 2 spot.

Felger then questioned whether Neely really thought the B's could have fallen out of the playoffs, as Buffalo currently holds on to the 8th seed with 86 points.

Were the Bruins panicking by playing Thomas so much?

"Certainly no panic, but we want to make sure we're solidifying the best possible playoff spot, and we take into consideration how our players are feeling, how they're playing, how the team's playing. All these things we take into consideration," Neely said.

Neely agrees with where Felger's coming from, but thinks the B's have been doing the right thing.

"Marty Turco came in here and he had to get accustomed to NHL shot, the size of the rinks, the size of the rink, where the pucks are coming from. We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable getting him back in the net and giving him a chance to succeed and as well as giving us a chance to win hockey games."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

BOSTON – The return of Avery Bradley was a good thing for the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for them to control the action in the first half of Monday’s game against the Hawks who took a 51-47 lead into the half.

Bradley, who had missed previous 18 games and 22 of 23, had six points in the first half on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Celtics opened the game with a 7-2 spurt and led by as many as eight points (15-7) in the first before the Hawks begin to cut into Boston’s lead and eventually take their first lead of the night following a 3-point play by Paul Millsap with 4:20 to play in the quarter which put them ahead 18-15 as part of an 11-0 run.

Boston would regain the lead before both teams went into the second quarter tied at 24.

The second quarter saw Boston hit one of those scoring lulls that they go through from time to time.

But unlike last night’s win at Detroit when they went nearly four minutes without scoring, Atlanta’s offense did a much better job of taking advantage of Boston’s struggles.

Atlanta went on a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter capped off by a Kent Bazemore lay-up that put the Hawks ahead 35-31.

Boston rallied soon after with Bradley leading the charge.

Bradley drained a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta’s lead to 35-34.

A defensive stop by Boston led the way for an Isaiah Thomas lay-up that put the Celtics back on top, leading to the Hawks calling a time-out with 6:18to play in the half.

Atlanta tightened up defensively, doing just enough to go into the half with a four-point lead.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

 

STARS

Dennis Schroder

He really came out and set the tone for the Hawks, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points in the first quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

Atlanta did a nice job of blitzing Thomas and forcing him to pass the ball. But Thomas is a professional scorer so you knew it was a matter of time before he got going offensively. He led the Celtics with nine points at the half, in addition to dishing out five assists while also grabbing five rebounds.

Dwight Howard

The Celtics simply could not keep him from dominating play around the rim. He led all scorers at the half with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

 

STUDS

Marcus Smart

When the offense seemed to stall, it was Smart who kept the Celtics within striking distance in the second quarter. He had seven points at the half along with three rebounds and an assist.

Paul Millsap

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (he missed six of his seven shots), but his presence was felt. He had five points at the half along with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Celtics rebounding

It really is an adventure when it comes to the Boston Celtics and rebounding the ball. Tonight, they have not been very good, with the Hawks holding a decisive 32-21 rebounding edge which has allowed them to hold a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint, an 8-2 edge on second-chance points in addition to leading the fast break points game, 7-4.

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Just when it appeared Andrew Bogut was heading to Cleveland, a source has told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe that the reports are "innacurate."

According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics are "very much" in the running and Bogut is "hoping to speak to a few Celtics players over the phone on Tuesday to get a gauge on how he might fit with their team."

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline for big man Nerlens Noel.