Bird: Ainge wanted first-round pick, Hansbrough for Allen


Bird: Ainge wanted first-round pick, Hansbrough for Allen

If you think Danny Ainge is going to blow up the Celtics for 50-cents on the dollar, think again.

Jackie MacMullen has a nice article on today on Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale reflecting on the ends of their careers and looking at that of the Celtics' current Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.

But an interesting quote came at the very end of the article, from Bird, on what Celtics president Danny Ainge asked for in return of Ray Allen:

"Here's the thing," Bird said to MacMullen. "When Danny and I talked about trading for Ray, he wanted Tyler Hansbrough and a first-round pick. If that's the value he's putting on Ray Allen, he ain't getting it. That tells me he's in no hurry to trade him.

"All that talk about Danny blowing it up, about not making the same mistakes as Red, is fine.

"But now that it's his turn to pull the trigger, it's a helluva lot harder than it looks."

Great quote from Bird, and really lets you know what Ainge thinks of Allen at this stage in his career, and really, what he thinks about blowing the team up before it self-destructs at the end of the season.

If Ainge is looking for that much for Allen -- a player who becomes a free agent at the end of the season -- then you can only imagine the package he'd ask for for Rajon Rondo. As it has been reported, Ainge is only looking to make a trade if he is blown away by the offer, and Hansbrough plus a first round pick for Allen would qualify as such, and one that won't be made.

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.