Turco makes most of second chance in net

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Turco makes most of second chance in net

ANAHEIM, CA Marty Turco badly wanted to atone for his abysmal performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he didnt want his NHL career to potentially end on the sour note of being pulled four minutes into a game.

So the 36-year-old bided his time and worked diligently in practice, and then finally got his chance once again when Tim Thomas was given a day of rest on the second night of back-to-back games against Pacific Division foes. For a player with as much professional pride and big experience as Turco, there had to be little doubt hed be as ready as his still-considerable skills would allow.

After watching Turco on Sunday afternoon against the Ducks, his skills will still allow quite a bit.

Turco finished with 29 saves and survived a firestorm at the end of the third period to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Ducks at the Honda Center. It was the former Dallas and Chicago netminders first NHL victory since Feb. 11 of last season, and he was giving it up to the defenders around his net.

When I first got here this team wasnt firing on all cylinders. They werent playing like they can and imposing their will. Team defense is what makes this team tick and the team defense comes with an attitude, said Turco. Its a real treat to have these guys out there and not just the defense. With five seconds left you have one of the strongest men in the world holding the puck in the corner. Its a treat to have that working on your side.

With that defense forming a wall in front of him, Turco was able to withstand some of Anaheims inevitable attack once they got down by two goals in the second period. Teemu Selanne was able to sneak a tipped puck by him in the second, but Turco looked quick and confident with his glove hand snaring a Bobby Ryan wrister in the slot here or a Francois Beauchemin point blast there.

More important than the personal victory for Turco or the fact the Bruins took two out of three on their Pacific Division road trip, the Boston backups win means a couple of different things: Bruins opponents will be seeing much more of the School Bus yellow goaltending pads Turco had custom-made and Tim Thomas will be getting ample rest down the stretch.

This is only the first full game with us and he didnt play much before. Hes practiced hard for the last few weeks . . . really hard. Hes put in the time, said Claude Julien. It was nice to see him get rewarded with a solid effort.

Turco has redeemed himself for monumentally stubbing his toe against the Lightning and even managed to hold onto his stick for 60 minutes against an NHL opponent with some legitimate weapons. Now the aged goaltender will go about doing his job for the rest of the regular season knowing that there is no playoff rainbow at the end of the journey for him.

This is a tight-knit group that makes you feel comfortable. You can see why they win given the way they handle themselves in the locker room, said Turco. Sure its a little disappointing that I wont be in the playoffs, but Ill take the bittersweet opportunity after losing during the playoffs in Europe. Right now Im back in the NHL and its a special place to be. Im thinking about that more than anything else.

With his victorious performance against the Ducks, Turco announced to everyone hes back in the NHL and ready to go.

Twitter reacts to Isaiah Thomas' cryptic eyeball emoji tweet

Twitter reacts to Isaiah Thomas' cryptic eyeball emoji tweet

Isaiah Thomas didn't have to tweet any words to set Twitter ablaze in Boston. The Boston Celtics guard tweeted a eye emoji on Monday night.

And that was enough to spark trade speculation and jokes -- lots of jokes.

With New England on edge following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Boston fans and many members of the media responded on twitter.

They reacted to Thomas' tweet featuring eyeball emoji with thoughts a trade for Jimmy Butler may be in store.

Be sure to check out all the hilarious tweets below.

There was the rational approach.


The playful response.


The not-so rational response.


And perhaps the most important tweet from Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren

What Celtics have to offer in potential trade

What Celtics have to offer in potential trade

BOSTON – Between now and Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, the Boston Celtics are going to have conversations involving most if not all their assets. 

Here’s a look at what the Celtics have to offer as part of a potential trade, broken down between draft picks and the rights to players.

DRAFT PICKS

2017

-Own first round pick (have the right to swap for Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick)

-Own second round pick (top-45 protected; will be conveyed to Brooklyn if Celtics swap first-round picks with the Nets this year).

-Minnesota Timberwolves’ second round pick

-Cleveland Cavaliers’ second round pick

-Los Angeles Clippers’ second round pick

2018

-Own first round pick

-Brooklyn’s first round pick

-Own second round pick (top-55 protected; if it falls outside of that range, will be conveyed to Oklahoma City).

2019

-Own first-round pick

-Memphis Grizzlies' first round pick*

-Los Angeles Clippers' first round pick (top-14 protected; pick can only be conveyed to Boston two years after the Clippers convey a first-round pick to Toronto which is likely to happen this year).

-Own second round pick (top-55 protected; if it falls outside of the top-55, pick will be conveyed to Memphis).

-Detroit Pistons' second round pick

2020

-Own first round pick

-Memphis' first round pick*

-Clippers' first round pick (top-14 protected; conveyed this year if it wasn’t sent Boston’s way in 2019).

-Own second round pick

-Miami's second round pick

2021

-Own first round pick

-Memphis' first round pick*

-Own second round pick

2022

-Own first round pick

-Memphis' first round pick*

-Own second round pick

-Clippers' second round pick (If first round pick not conveyed to Boston by 2020, Clippers will send the Celtics their 2022 second round pick).

*This pick from Memphis will be conveyed to Boston two years after the Grizzlies send a first-round pick to Denver. The pick is top-6-protected in 2017 and 2018, and is unprotected in 2019. The pick Boston will receive from Memphis is top-9 protected in 2019, top-7 protected in 2020 and unprotected in 2021.

RIGHTS TO PLAYERS

Guershon Yabusele

Size, position: 6-foot-8 power forward

How acquired by Boston: Drafted by the Celtics in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft, 16th overall.

Statistics this season: Yabusele is playing with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He is averaging 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Ante Zizic

Size, position: 6-foot-11 power forward/center

How acquired by Boston: Drafted by the Celtics in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft, No. 23 overall.

Statistics this season: Playing for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul led by ex-NBA coach David Blatt, Zizic has averaged 10.3 points and 67.3 percent shooting from the field. 

Abdel Nader

Size, position: 6-foot-8 shooting guard/small forward

How acquired by Boston: Drafted by the Celtics in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft, 58th overall.

Statistics this season: Playing for Boston’s Gatorade-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws, Nader was named to the G-League’s all-star team in large part because of his 22 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game average this season.

Marcus Thornton

Size, position: 6-foot-4 shooting guard

Status: Drafted by the Celtics in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft, 45th overall.

This season: Playing for Consultinvest VL Pesaro in Italy-Serie A, Thornton is averaging 11.9 points, 1.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds.