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Frank: Celtics will 'be there at the end'

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Frank: Celtics will 'be there at the end'

Pistons coach, and former Celtics assistant, Lawrence Frank isn't buying the notion that the C's are becoming one of the NBA's also-rans.

Not by a long shot.

"I think they're going to be there at the end," told Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson in a one-on-one interview Sunday. "You have a group that -- because of injuries, limited practice time, some new pieces -- is not where they're going to be. But Doc Rivers is the master of understanding how to pace this group.

"Once they get Brandon Bass back after the All-Star break and they start getting a complete roster, they'll round into shape exactly the time they need to. I'd be very, very careful about writing them off . . .

"If the league is questioning, 'Oh, Boston may not be the same,' you have not only prideful guys but unbelievably competitive and professional guys that would like nothing better than to prove everyone else wrong. And they're very capable of doing it."

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.

 

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week. 

Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.  

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