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Boychuk diagnosed with mild concussion

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Boychuk diagnosed with mild concussion

BOSTON -- Johnny Boychuk has officially been diagnosed with a mild concussion now that the NHL trade deadline is over, and the Bs defenseman will miss some time with the injury.

The 28-year-old defenseman was rocked by a clean, devastating Chris Neil hit in the third period of Saturday nights 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, and has been experiencing concussion symptoms since that point.

Peter Chiarelli officially revealed the diagnosis following Mondays passing of the trade deadline, but made it seem that the club doesnt expect the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder to be out of commission for long. Even so the Bs now have Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon in the fold, though Chiarelli also cautioned that Zanon might not physically be in Boston by Tuesday night for the game vs. the Senators.

Either way it appears Boychuk wont be playing with another concussion for a member of the Bs. His symptoms were alternately described as being a little foggy and having headaches over the last couple of days, so the Bruins are opting for caution and patience with their hard-hitting blueliner.

Johnny has a concussion. Its a mild concussion. Weve basically put together the concussion-type symptoms, said Chiarelli. But Boychuks injury didnt play into the trades. What Ive seen over my time in hockey is that defensemen can drop like flies. They really can.

You can never have enough defensemen. We felt we wanted to have eight NHL defensemen in the mix and that was the blueprint I was working on.

It would appear to be a lock that Mottau will be skating for his hometown Bruins tomorrow night against the Senators in a key Northeast Division tilt, but Boychuks return isnt believed to be far off for the Black and Gold. Claude Julien indicated on Monday morning that there's been no tangible progress in Nathan Horton's recovery and he's not close to getting back on the ice again soon.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

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Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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