Peverley in, Hamill out; Thomas gets the start

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Peverley in, Hamill out; Thomas gets the start

DALLAS After missing twogames wrapped around the holiday break, Rich Peverley will be back in the Bs lineup Saturday night against the Dallas Stars after making it through morning skate at American Airlines Center.

Peverley said afterward hes come to grips with the fact hell be managing the nagging undisclosed situation for the entirety of the season, but is looking forward to jumping back with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot. Zach Hamill has played well since coming up to Boston and filling in for Peverley in the lineup, but Hamill will hit the bench as a healthy scratch to make room on the third line.

Claude Julien hinted that Hamills fate in Boston or Providence will be one of the first topics of conversation when the Bs get back to Boston, but the versatile rookie forward has certainly proved he can step in and contribute when needed.

Peverley is ready to go and felt good this morning and yesterday. Hes been going as scheduled and hes as good as hes going to be, said Julien. When we get back from the trip Hamill is something that were going to look at. He had earned the right to play and stay in the lineup, but now we have Peverley back. So Hamill will be out tonight, but hes continued to play well.

Whether we choose to let him play and continue to develop down below in Providence or whether we decide he stays here, a lot will depend on a discussion between the coaches and upper management. Im sure that discussion will be coming soon.

Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice during morning skate as well, and will get his first start since backstopping the Bruins to a win over the Montreal Canadiens 11 days ago in Boston. Here are the projected lineups:

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Pouliot-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Thomas Rask

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.”

 Boom!