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Celtics taking attendance

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Celtics taking attendance

I stumbled across some early season NBA attendance numbers tonight, and thought I'd pass them along. You know, just for fun. Just to stay to true to the spirit that Harriet Tubman had in mind when she invented blogging back in 1735.

Anyway, one month into the season, and the Celtics rank sixth in the NBA in total attendance at 167,616. Only the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Thunder and Mavericks have had more fans walk through their doors. And when you consider that of the Top 6 teams, that the Celtics are tied for the fewest home games played (nine, with Dallas and Chicago), the total is even more impressive.

At the same time, there are also a ton of teams who have played fewer home games than the C's, so the totals are kind of skewed. Instead, if you take the average per game attendance, Boston only ranks 11th in the league. Pretty much in the middle of the pack.

So what gives? How is it that teams like the Raptors and Warriors are drawing more fans a game than the C's? Does this have something to do with Aztec Gino? Is he scaring people away?

No, he's not (although he is horrible). The truth is that the Celtics have fewer fans per night, because they have a smaller arena. 18,624 is all that the Garden can handle. And that's what it's handled in each of the Celtics nine home games. In fact, as of tonight, the C's are one of only six in the league to be at full capacity for the season.

Bottom line: The jungle is still rocking every single night.

Next up: A few more home wins. It may be early, but 5-4 just doesn't cut it for the C's. Especially if they have any aspirations of keeping that perfect attendance.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

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Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.

*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.

*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.

*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.

*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.