Patriots only have second-rounders to move

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Patriots only have second-rounders to move

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick was happy Thursday night that the Patriots didn't have to part with either of their second-round picks to trade up in the first round.

But those two second rounders - 48 and 62 overall - are all the Patriots currently have left in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Patriots have made 35 picks in rounds three-through-seven since 2007. Unless they make a deal in the next two days, that number will stay at 35.

It's unusual. And it may change. But if it doesn't and the Patriots don't deal either of those second-rounders for more picks (or deal a current player for more picks like, say, Brian Hoyer), where will the Patriots go in the second round?

Here are some of the more recognizable names that dropped through the first round.

There are three pretty good defensive backs out there still - Montana's Trumaine Johnson, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins and Georgia corner Brandon Boykin. Boykin's the most intriguing because he has skills in all three phsases of the game.

Wide receiver Stephen Hill hasn't landed yet, nor has LSU's Rueben Randle, Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery or Appalachian State's Brian Quick.

The Patriots have probably addressed the edge of their front-seven with Chandler Jones so UConn's Kendall Reyes, Clemson's Andre Branch and Marshall's Vinny Curry are all on the board still.

On the offensive line, Georgia's Cordy Glenn, Ohio State's Mike Adams, Wisconsin's Peter Konz (a guardcenter), Michigan center David Molk, Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin and Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu are all on the board.

And with only three running backs off the board, almost that whole group is there. Watch for Cyrus Gray of Texas A&M and Chris Polk of Washington when the Patriots select.

Finally, I'm a Kirk Cousins guy. The Michigan State quarterback - if Hoyer is dealt (just spitballing here, folks) would be a new Michigan State understudy for Tom Brady and competition for Ryan Mallett.

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.