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Doughty vows not to take another 'baby' tantrum on ice

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Doughty vows not to take another 'baby' tantrum on ice

NEWARK Drew Doughty knows hes got a little bit of a history when it comes to being a hothead.

So the Los Angeles Kings do-it-all defenseman was a little sheepish recounting his antics during the third period and overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Phoenix.

Doughty yelled, screamed and slammed his stick down to the ice tomahawk-style in a 27-second tirade during overtime after he was whistled for an interference call by Kevin Pollock. Things ended well for Doughty and the Kings as Los Angeles were able to kill off the penalty and capture the 4-3 OT victory to advance to the Cup Finals.

But hes also received an earful from his teammates since the series ended in their favor.

Theyve chided him by calling him a baby after he flipped out on the refs in both the third period and overtime of the elimination game, and Doughty said there will be no repeat performance of Going Postal on the Ice.

They were calling me a baby and making fun of me in that sense, said Doughty. They told me not to do it again because I was lucky I didnt get a 10-minute misconduct. Then I would have been just sitting in the box for a long time. That would have been a bad thing.

The guys were all making fun of me and whatnot. I regret doing it and not being able to control myself. I need to find those refs and apologize to them. Thats for sure. I didnt have a chance to after the game. When I see them again I definitely will.

So dont expect stick swings of fury during the Cup Finals if hes headed toward the box during a pivotal stretch against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings need a player thats put up 10 points and a plus-10 in 14 playoff games while soaking up 25 minutes of ice time per game, so theres no room for tantrums on the way to the penalty box.

Thats something I had somewhat of a reputation for earlier on in my career, and its something Ive worked hard to eliminate from my game. This whole playoff run, I think that was the first time I had really lost it on the refs, said Doughty. All that tension was building up and it finally bubbled over.

The 22-year-old got it all out of his system while dispatching the Phoenix Coyotes, and now the stick is back to shooting rather than swinging.

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

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Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more. 


 

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 

MORE CELTICS:

A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:

STARTING FRIDAY

Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 

STARTING NOV. 30

Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 

THE REST OF THE SEASON

We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).