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Injured McQuaid still missing from practice

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Injured McQuaid still missing from practice

WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins are officially in playoff mode.

That was made obvious by the blanket injuries statement Bruins coach Claude Julien made at the beginning of Tuesdays media session after practice.

Before we get going, guy, heres an injury update, said Claude Julien. Its the same as yesterday. Nothing has changed and thats where we are.

So that means Johnny Boychuk (left knee) remains on track to play in Game 1 Thursday night and took his customary spot with Andrew Ference on the second defensemen pairing. Tuukka Rask (groinabdomen strain) practiced again with his teammates after being the first one on the ice at Ristuccia Arena, and appears to be making progress toward being ready at some point in the first round if hes needed.

Adam McQuaid was the only Bs player aside from Nathan Horton that was missing from Tuesdays practice, and its looking more and more like the rugged, towering blueliner may miss the start of the playoff series. Julien said that McQuaids status was up in the air at the conclusion of Mondays practice.

The Bs coach would only said that McQuaid was suffering from an upper-body injury and its presumed to stem from the Jason Chimera charging hit that he took at the end of March.

Other than that no injuries or updates were given to the few injured players that the Bruins have heading into their first round matchup with the Capitals, and it appears that might be the status quo during the postseason.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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