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Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup

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Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup

HOUSTON Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers made a couple changes Friday night by inserting Courtney Lee back in the starting lineup and extending his rotation.

If you take his comments following Boston's 101-89 loss to Houston to heart, you can expect more changes to come soon.

There was plenty of blame pie to pass around after Friday's loss, but Rivers seemed intent on taking a big slice for himself.

"I have to do a better job of preparing the team," he said. "I have to do a better job of playing the right guys. Everybody shouldn't play every night, the way we're playing."

On Friday, Rivers added Leandro Barbosa back to what was a 10-man rotation. It is unclear if Rivers will drop Barbosa from the regular playing unit tonight against San Antonio, or potentially sit someone else who has played consistent minutes.

One position that might see a switch tonight is the backup center position that's currently being manned by Chris Wilcox.

Rivers may consider having Jason Collins back in the rotation in place of Wilcox who was among the Celtics players out of position at times on defensive rotations Friday night.

Earlier this year when Rivers was playing Collins instead of Wilcox, he said that the two would go back and forth throughout the season in terms of serving as Garnett's primary backup.

As for Lee starting, Rivers will likely stick with Lee as a starter and Jason Terry coming off the bench.

Despite all the problems Boston had against the Rockets, the play of Lee and Terry didn't stand out as far as being major factors in the team's loss. Lee had eight points to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Terry came off the bench for 12 points on four 3s, to go along with three steals and a rebound.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

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Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

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Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."

Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.

"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.

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