From Comcast SportsNetHONOLULU (AP) -- At least one key NFL executive thinks play improved at the Pro Bowl this year: Commissioner Roger Goodell.Goodell said Monday during a one-hour question and answer session on the social network Reddit that he thought the game improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii."I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game," Goodell said.The NFC dominated the AFC 62-35 on Sunday in a game that had some highlight-quality plays but that quickly became lopsided.Goodell said he appreciates the commitment from players to make the game better."We need to continually work to make our game better for the fans," Goodell said. "I look forward to getting detailed player comment and input over the next few weeks."Goodell interacted with fans during an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, a popular message-board style website that allows users to vote posts and comments up or down. Goodell's session drew hundreds of questions and thousands of responses; the commissioner answered 14 questions.The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April, when next season's schedule is expected to be released.Pro Bowl players immediately defended their play after the game, saying they tried hard and hoped the festivities would continue for future Pro Bowlers."I think he got what he asked for," said Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 catches."I think guys were intense, I think we understood exactly what he wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said.The game had its share of shenanigans, as well. Green Bay center Jeff Saturday lined up for one play on the AFC side even though he was a captain on the NFC team. That allowed him to snap one last ball to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, his longtime teammate in Indianapolis before this season.Houston defensive end J.J. Watt also lined up at wide receiver, getting two targets but recording no catches.
CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.
His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.
He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.
Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.
Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.
But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.
Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.
When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”