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A look back at Celtics home performances

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A look back at Celtics home performances

The Boston Celtics walked off their home court on Friday night for the last time in 2012. The team will finish out the year on the road, starting in Brooklyn on Christmas Day and finishing on the West Coast.

Take a look back at notable performances this season at the TD Garden, where the Celtics are 9-5:

Most points scored
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 40 points vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, December 19
By an opponent: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), 29 points, November 23

Field goals made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 13 FG (twice) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)
By an opponent: Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), 12 FGs, November 21

Three-point shots made
By a Celtic: Paul Pierce, 6 3PG vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (December 19)
By an opponent: Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn Nets), 5 3PG, November 28

Most rebounds
By a Celtic: Kevin Garnett, 13 rebounds vs. Washington Wizards (November 7)
By an opponent: Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks), 20 rebounds, December 21

Most assists
By a Celtic: Rajon Rondo, 20 assists (twice) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (November 9) and Toronto Raptors (November 17)
By an opponent: Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), 14 assists, November 9

Most points in the paint
By the Celtics: 44 vs. Utah Jazz (November 14)
By an opponent: 58 by the San Antonio Spurs (November 21)

Most second chance points
By the Celtics: 17 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, December 8
By an opponent: 20 (twice) by the Utah Jazz (November 14) and Milwaukee Bucks (December 21)

Most fast break points
By the Celtics: 20 vs. Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 16 by the Milwaukee Bucks (November 2)

Most bench points
By the Celtics: 41 (twice) vs. Washington Wizards (November 7) and Portland Trail Blazers (November 30)
By an opponent: 53 by the Washington Wizards (November 30)

Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

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Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.

*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.

*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.

*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.

*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.

*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.

*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.

*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.

*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."