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Logan Mankins let loose in Buffalo

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Logan Mankins let loose in Buffalo

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

If theres one man you dont want to make angry on the Patriots, that man is Logan Mankins. Hes roughly two tons of bottled rage. If you mess with his teammates you better believe youre going to get a big piece of your behind handed to you.

The Buffalo Bills decided to test him Sunday and the results were disastrous for the city.

During the game, Mankins became angry after a couple of questionable hits left his teammates a bit dazed. He went after the Bills, but was restrained for the time being. Once the Patriots lost, however, Mankins erupted.

Players and fans alike ran from the stadium as Mankins rampaged through downtown Buffalo, tipping any cars or quarterbacks he saw.

He also reportedly tracked down a nearby herd of buffalo. Just because.

At one point he was seen with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and the two engaged in some tag team buffalo hunting. No one was spared.

Sources have told Wicked Good Sports that no human beings were killed during the rampage and that Ryan Miller should eventually make a full recovery to choke in the first round of the playoffs.

We are told, however, that Jim Kelly suffered a far worse fate.

Mankins reportedly entered the still empty Buffalo Hall of Accomplishments to find Jim Kelly starring at an empty case where Super Bowl trophies are to be held, assuming the Bills ever win any.

While Buffalo fans hit the streets as though beating the Patriots was just as good as winning the Super Bowl, Jim Kelly was abused worse by Mankins than he was by the Dallas Cowboys defense.

Fellow Buffalo hero Brett Hull even got in on the action, as Hull and Mankins decided to throw Kelly through as many tables as lost Super Bowls.

Hey guys, for those Buffalo residents out there who cant count that high, how many Super Bowls in a row did Jim Kelly lose?

The Buffalo police department was helpless to stop Mankins as Police Chief Lindy Ruff began openly weeping when Mankins attack began and blamed the referees for Buffalos cheap shots.

Mankins was last seen training for a second round of attacks in his forest hideout with the Brothers Gronk.

If you see Mankins, please do not approach him. Local authorities have advised people to contact them directly. He is considered bearded and dangerous.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics back in win column

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics back in win column

0:41 - The Celtics returned to their winning ways with a 118-103 victory over the Orlando Magic. Tom Giles, Phil Perry and Rob “Hardy” Poole break down the win.

6:58 - Tom Giles and Hardy discuss the Bruins’ four-game winning streak and how the success of Anton Khudobin has helped keep the team afloat.

11:39 - Is the Patriots' Week 12 matchup with the Dolphins a trap game? Tom Giles, Phil Perry and Hardy discuss where Miami ranks among NFL teams and how the Patriots should approach the game.

17:07 - With Black Friday upon us, the Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses what big-ticket item they would choose to buy for any Boston sports team. 

 

Morris out, Brown questionable for Pacers game Saturday

Morris out, Brown questionable for Pacers game Saturday

BOSTON – Boston made strengthening their depth at the wing position a priority during the offseason.

Well, that depth will be put to the test with the possibility of at least one and maybe two of their top wing players being out for Saturday’s game at Indiana.

Shortly after Boston’s 118-103 win over Orlando on Friday night, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced that Marcus Morris (left knee) would not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Pacers.

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Also, Jaylen Brown will be attending the funeral of his best friend (Trevin Steede) in Georgia on Saturday and isn’t sure if he’ll be back with the team in time for Saturday’s game.

“My intention is to make it back. If I can, I’ll definitely be playing,” Brown said. “But we’ll see.”

The absence of Brown would be a huge blow for the Celtics.

Boston only returned four players from last season’s team, none of whom have improved their overall game as much as Brown did during the offseason.

He came into the season focused on being a lock-down defender.

But Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury was a game-changer for all the Celtics, including Brown.

Not only would Brown be charged with being an elite defender, but Boston now needed the second-year wing player to become more of a scoring threat.

And to Brown’s credit, he has risen to the challenge.

In 20 games (all starts) this season, Brown has averaged 15.9 points per game which is second on the team to Kyrie Irving (22.9). In addition, Brown’s defense has been among the keys to Boston’s 17-3 start which is the best record in the NBA thus far this season.

His defensive rating of 95.0 is fifth among players to appear in at least 10 games this season, and tops among all second-year players. And of the four players ahead of him, two – Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart – are teammates.

But just like the Celtics gave Isaiah Thomas all the time he needed in dealing with the death of his sister right before the playoffs last season, a similar approach has been taken with Brown which he is admittedly appreciative of the organization for doing.

“Brad (Stevens) has been great in this process,” Brown said. “Just somebody to talk to, allowing me to deal with it in the best way our family and their family feels we can deal with it. He’s been great; we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I can make it to Indiana; if not, I just have to re-group with my family and I’ll see you guys next game (against Detroit on Monday).”

While there's a chance that Brown will play against Indiana, the same can not be said for Morris who is definitely out.

Morris, who missed the first eight games of the season with left knee soreness, has been on a minutes restriction all season in addition to not being allowed to play in back-to-back games.

Following Friday’s game, Morris said the knee feels good but he understands the need to be cautious.

“It’s frustrating,” said Morris who acknowledged the decision was made by the coaching and medical staff. “I’m a competitor, so I want to be out there.”

He added, “Like I said, at this point I pretty much don’t have control over it when I’m playing. It’s a long season. I just want to be ready for June.”

With Morris out and Brown potentially out as well, the Celtics will be extremely thin and inexperienced at the wing position. Look for Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes to be in the starting lineup if Brown is out along with Morris.

Also, Stevens will likely use Terry Rozier and first-year forward Semi Ojeleye more in addition to increased spot-duty for another rookie, Abdel Nader. On Friday, Rozier had a career-high 23 points while Ojeleye and Nader had seven and three points, respectively.

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