Zero second-chance points big issue for Celtics


Zero second-chance points big issue for Celtics

BOSTON -- 17-0.

In a game decided by five points, the Boston Celtics were outscored 17-0 in second chance points by the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Thats one of our focuses -- we always focus on team box outs and limiting penetration, Dallas' Brandon Haywood told following the Mavericks' 90-85 win. Rajon Rondo did a great job of getting down the lane for the Celtics, but when he did miss shots and other guys crashed the boards, we had a guy rotating to keep that guy off the glass. Boxing out is something that we stress in practice. Its a staple of a good defensive team. Thats what we want to do.

While the Mavericks described it as a point of emphasis in their game plan, the Celtics emphasized the importance of improving upon it as the season goes on.

Effort, energy, said Kevin Garnett. When you see second-chance points, a lot of that is effort and the ball bouncing. Weve got to get better at that, along with rebounding and some other things. Weve definitely got to take care of the ball. Ive never seen us like this. But then again, Im sure if you go throughout the league, turnovers are probably up and thats due to chemistry. Again, Im just going to make this repetitive that chemistry, you just dont go to the closet and pull it out. Its something that youve got to continue to work at.

The Celtics were outrebounded, 43-35, including 12-2 on the offensive glass. Haywood led all players with 11 boards.

Most of the teams that we have played that weve lost to weve been beaten on glass, said Ray Allen. We have to keep them off offensive glass. We have to get some of our own. Thats all that second chance, that energy is the challenging part of the game that we have to improve on. I think I have to do a better job, the guards have to do a better job, when the ball bounces along, of getting that big guy off the glass we have to do a better job getting that weak side off the glass.

Coach Doc Rivers saw second chance points as one of many areas of the game that set the Celtics back. In thisloss, second chance points could have given the C's a better chance to earn a victory.

You cant win, Doc Rivers said of being outscored 17-0. And not only those points, our turnovers that led to they had 20 points off of our turnovers so thats 37 points before you start the game against the team that won the title last year. Its very difficult. And on top of that our gambles. I think we gave up nine or ten at halftime and we gave up a couple of threes and two down the stretch with gambles. So thats on me to get them to understand the trust, as far as Im concerned.

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

It was reported last week that multiple NFL executives are convinced that Darrelle Revis will return to the New England Patriots next season.

Talking with the New York Daily News, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he’d be open to a reunion with the 31-year-old cornerback.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

Asked if the team has had discussions with Revis, Kraft said “ask my boy,” in reference to coach Bill Belichick.

Revis spent the 2014 season with the Patriots, helping them win Super Bowl XLIX. He bolted back to the New York Jets the next season, signing a five-year, $70 million contract ($39 million guaranteed).

The Jets released Revis earlier this month after the incident in Pittsburgh. A judge dismissed the charges.

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

PHOENIX -- The idea that Malcolm Butler could be traded by the Patriots before the start of the 2017 season has been floated for weeks. But if Robert Kraft had his way, he'd like for the hero of Super Bowl XLIX to stick around. 

At the Biltmore hotel on Day 2 of the league's annual meetings, Kraft was asked if he anticipated having Butler back in New England for next season.

"I sure hope so," he said. "We have [a first-round tender] out to him, and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick.

"I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that."

The Patriots can't trade any player who isn't under contract, and they can't talk about a trade for a player not on their roster. Therefore, even if the Patriots hoped to deal Butler and get something in return for the Pro Bowl-caliber corner before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2018, it's not something that the owner of the team would be at liberty to discuss with dozens of microphones in front of his face. 

The tender offer of $3.91 million for one season is still out there for Butler. He could sign it and play in New England. He could sign it and be traded. For now, Kraft says he's hoping for the former -- and insists that the Patriots didn't have designs on the latter all along.

"I don't want to, in any way, take away from his rights [as a restricted free agent]," he said, adding, "I want to be clear. I hope he's with us."