Peverley could return 'sooner rather than later'

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Peverley could return 'sooner rather than later'

SAN JOSE, Calif. While Rich Peverley moved a lot closer to a return to the Bs lineup after taking some contact for the first time on Wednesday, the versatile winger wont be playing against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Bruins coach Claude Julien ruled out Peverley for the first game of the three-game road trip through California, but said the winger is day-to-day while attempting to return from a sprained right knee. Julien also wouldnt rule out Peverley potentially returning at some point during the three games, and it does appear that the Sunday finale in Anaheim could become a chance to play the forward depending on what happens in the first two games of the trip.

Whether Peverley plays on the trip or not, it appears he should back in the lineup by the time the Bruins return to Boston next week and thats good news for a Black and Gold club looking to finish strong as they push for the playoffs.

Hes a day-to-day situation. We keep giving him more all the time-to-time. My prediction is that well be seeing him sooner rather than later, said Julien.

Thats not to say that well see him on this trip. If he plays then hell have progressed to that point. But we brought him on this trip to let him practice with the team, and see where he can get to.

Peverley skated with Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston as a part of the Bs red-hot third line at Wednesdays practice, and it would appear that would be his landing spot when he does jump back into the fray. It should be interesting to watch the urgency in Pouliots game in the next couple of games with the knowledge that Peverley could displace him in the postseason hes not firing on all cylinders.

More than anything else, Peverly's return will give Julien options with 10 games left in the regular season and the playoffs rapidly approaching. Peverley has missed 22 games with an assortment of lower body injuries and hasnt played a game since knocking knees with Habs defenseman Hal Gill on Feb. 15 at the Bell Centre.

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.