Peverley looking at full practice soon


Peverley looking at full practice soon

BOSTON -- Rich Peverley is making progress coming back from his knee sprain, and he is the living embodiment of the returning cavalry to a banged up Black and Gold bunch.

The right wing took some face-offs and skated around with his Bruins teammates during Monday morning skate at TD Garden, and hes in his fifth week since suffering a sprained knee that was supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Claude Julien said if Peverley responded well to another day on the ice then he could be ready to practice with his Bruins teammates with full-contact as quickly as Tuesday.

Peverley is day-to-day. There is no exact time for when hes going to play again, but hes looking better every day. Theres the rehab part of it, so he started skating last Wednesday, said Julien. When youve been off for that long you dont come back overnight, so were giving him a chance.

Well wait for the medical experts to tell us when he can take contact, and how much he can take contact. Thats what they are called day-to-day.

Thats a welcomed piece of news to a Bruins team that needs the versatile Peverley once again contributing to the power play, penalty kill and 5-on-5 minutes that he gives Boston on the ice. Its also a welcomed piece of news to a forward that hadnt missed a single NHL game due to injury until this season with the Bruins while battling a series of lower-body injuries.

Peverley said hell be taking things slowly because hes never rehabbed a nee injury before, and doesnt instinctively know when its time for the next step in his recovery. Hes missed 22 games with assorted injuries this season, but Peverley is hoping he wont miss many more with the playoffs on the horizon. He could fit every nicely riding alongside Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly on Bostons third line, but hell have to regain full health in his knee first.

Im really anxious to come back. Its been difficult to sit and watchespecially when the team has been losing, said Peverley. Im feeling better every day, but there hasnt really been a timetable quite yet.

But it goes without saying I want to get a few games under my belt before the playoffs get started. The plan is to get into some games at the end of the regular season rather than just drop me into a playoff-type situation at the end of the season.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

After Boston’s last game against Portland – a loss – Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he was encouraged by some of the things his team did defensively.

It’s safe to say Stevens won’t be singing that tone if the Celtics continue along the path they’re on defensively right now as the Washington Wizards went into the half with a 66-59 lead.

Washington, donning all-black clothes when they arrived at the Verizon Center, were very much looking as though they were digging a basketball grave for the Boston Celtics who allowed the Wizards to shoot a ridiculous 65 percent from the field in the first half and 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from 3-point range.

The Wizards scored the first four points of the game and spent all of the first half playing with a lead.

But the Celtics showed some fight late in the second quarter, going on a 14-6 run to cut Washington’s lead to 55-52 with 3:39 to play in the quarter.

Boston would later have a chance to tie the game, but Marcus Smart’s 3-pointer was off the mark.

And the Wizards, as they had done all game, made the Celtics pay as Bradley Beal drained a jumper that made it a two-possession game.

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.



Bradley Beal

It was his idea to go with the all-Black look, and he backed up his talk with a strong first half of play. He has a team-high 14 points at the half along with five assists.

Isaiah Thomas

Thomas delivered yet another all-star caliber scoring performance in the first half for Boston. He led all scorers with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting along with a game-high eight assists.  

John Wall

After scoring just nine points when these two met on Jan. 11, Wall has 13 points at the half on 6-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and three assists.



Al Horford

It was an extremely efficient game offensively in the first half for Horford. He had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three assists.

Markieff Morris

He’s one of four double-digit scorers in the first half for the Wizards. In addition to his 10 points, he also has five rebounds and three assists.



Celtics defense

At this end of the floor, the Celtics were absolutely atrocious in the first half. The Wizards shot a ridiculously high 65 percent from the field, and were just as lethal (8-for-13, 61.5 percent) from 3-point land. They have no shot at competing let alone winning tonight’s game, if they don’t turn things around and do so soon!

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Just about every part of Isaiah Thomas’ game offensively has seen tremendous growth this season.

But what has really separated him from earlier versions of himself, has been his 3-point shooting.

He comes into tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards shooting a career best 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

When asked about how he has elevated his game this season, the answer isn’t that simple.

“I don’t know” he told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “The game is slowing down for me. My teammates put me in position, my coach does … and I’m just knocking down shots.”

Because of his shot-making, Thomas has made it difficult for defenses to give him a steady diet of any style of play in trying to limit him.

And because they have to change things up with regularity, that has created more scoring opportunities.

“Sometimes they forget what they want to do (defensively) and leave me open for a three,” Thomas said. “Those are the the types of shots I need to knock down and I’m being aggressive.

He added, “I need to get to the free throw line, trying to make plays for my teammates. It’s one of those things where I’m in a really good zone now; a really good rhythm.”

A good rhythm?

According to NBA statistics guru Dick Lipe, Thomas is the first Celtic ever to make at least four 3-pointers in five straight games. Taking it a step further, he has made at least three 3-pointers in seven straight games which equaled Antoine Walker’s streak in 2001.

Thomas has also attempted 11 three-pointers in five straight games which is a franchise record. There have only been three longer streaks in NBA history - Golden State’s Stephen Curry (7 straight games, 2016); Washington’s Gilbert Arenas (7 straight games, 2005) and Dallas’ George McCloud (6 straight games, 2006).

He’s also averaging 3.1 made 3’s per game which would be a franchise record that’s currently held by Antoine Walker who averaged 2.7 during the 2001-2002 season.

And all those 3’s have added up to Thomas scoring at least 27 points in seven straight games, something that hasn’t been done by a Celtic since Larry Bird had eight such games in March 1988 as well as the 1987-1988 season.