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Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons

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Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons

WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley will travel with the team to Detroit but is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Pistons, according to Doc Rivers.

Bradley suffered sore ribs during Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets and did not play Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

"I think he's going to get another x-ray because he didn't improve," Rivers said before practice on Saturday. "I think he's there now getting an x-ray. They just want to make sure they're not cracked or something like that. I think the x-rays showed it wasn't, but maybe do a deeper one just to make sure."

A team official later announced those x-rays came back negative.

Bradley made his season debut on January 2 after rehabbing from double shoulder surgery. Eight games later, he was back on the sidelines.

While Rivers would prefer to have Bradley in the lineup, he understands injuries are part of the game for an athletes who competes so physically.

"He just plays hard and guys like that are going to get injured," said Rivers. "That's fine by me, it really is. I want him to play the way he plays. He'll probably get better at it as his career goes on, and have less and less. But (Anderson) Varejao gets hurt all the time, he plays hard. There's a group of guys. Delonte (West),  Kirk Hirnich is one of those guys. He's always in the scrum. But you can't do without those guys, either, and what they do is really important for your team so you would never tell them not to."

Bradley is averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The Celtics went on a six-game winning streak during his first eight games back.

Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

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Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.

*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.

*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.

*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.

*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.

*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.

*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.

*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.

*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."