Report: Brown "not available" at deadline

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Report: Brown "not available" at deadline

BUFFALO Those dreaming of Dustin Brown filling in along the Bruins depleted right wing should hope to never wake up.

CBC rink side reporter Elliotte Friedman doused cold water all over TSN reports that Los Angeles Kings winger and Captain Dustin Brown was available on the trade market now that the Kings have acquired Jeff Carter.

According to Friedmans tweet: Trade deadline craziness: Lombardi telling inquiring GMs that Dustin Brown is not available. Can't wait until this is over.

The physical, rugged Brown would fit into Bostons style of play with his hard-hitting ways and hed bring a needed offensive touch with Nathan Horton indefinitely sidelined with a concussion.

The 27-year-old Brown is on his way to topping the 20-goal plateau for the fifth straight season and has scored as many as 33 goals in a season for the Kings.

Hed also fit into Bostons salary cap structure with an affordable 3.175 million cap hit for the next two years, but the price is the thing in this years trade market. Given the inflated prices in a sellers market it would take much more than Bostons first round pick to land Brown, and Boston doesnt have that type of player currency.

There are few intriguing prospects at the AHL level for Boston like Joe Colborne last season, they have no second or fourth round picks and Peter Chiarelli is loathe trading Tuukka Rask or Dougie Hamilton.

That leaves David Krejci or Milan Lucic as tradable assets designed to lure in a player of Browns ilk, and Chiarelli should once, twice and many times before blowing up part of the Stanley Cup-winning team.

I just dont see Peter blowing it up, said one source. I see a tired team right now, but this is also a team that won the Stanley Cup. It would have to take something awfully dramatic to significantly alter that teams structure.

It doesnt seem to matter at this point anyway as LA Dean Lombardi has yanked Brown from the trade market if he were ever actually attainable in the first place.

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.

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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!