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Bradley experiences Black Friday for himself

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Bradley experiences Black Friday for himself

BOSTON -- Were you shopping early on Black Friday? If so, then you have something in common with Avery Bradley.

The Celtics guard hit the stores of the Natick Collection at 8:45 on Friday morning with his family. After watching YouTube videos of frantic shoppers, he wanted to experience it for himself.

"People do a little bit too much," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "I thought it was a joke. My girlfriend was trying to tell me it was crazy. I honestly feel like people grab stuff just to grab it, like they don't want the stuff but they don't want anyone else to have it. But they don't understand they end up spending more money than they expect anyways."

The always-focused 21-year-old selected which stores he wanted to go to before heading to the mall. The Gap, Burberry, and Thomas Pink were on his list of can't-misses.

Bradley didn't buy anything for himself, though. He wanted to make it a memorable morning for his relatives who had traveled to Boston to visit him for Thanksgiving weekend.

"My family was out here, I wanted to do something special for them," he said. "I got my sister and my niece some stuff. I didn't get anything for myself, even though my birthday's coming up."

Bradley proudly described a fur-like ensemble he purchased for his niece at Baby Gap.

"My mom and my sister let me pick out an outfit for her and they liked it," he said. "Great deals."

Bradley spent an hour-and-a-half at the Natick Collection, during which he was recognized by fellow shoppers. He is currently recovering from double shoulder surgeries.

"Fans here are cool," he said. "It didn't really bother me. Most people might ask for a picture but I don't care. I'll take a picture, I'll sign some autographs."

Though happy with his purchases, Bradley has gotten the Black Friday shopping bug out of his system. He will take a different approach next year.

"I'm going to do it online," he said. "I think that's the best. I just never experienced it before. One and done, that's it."

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead. 

This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career. 

Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game. 

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game. 

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

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Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.