Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joins SportsNet Central to discuss what moves he would try to make if he were Danny Ainge.
The Celtics are fresh off a beatdown by the L.A. Clippers, a game in which the C's scored a season-low 77 points. How much of that is attributable to a bad Celtics performance, and how much is attributable to the Clippers being a really good team?
Mannix believes the Clippers may be the best team in the NBA so he's inclined to give more credit to Clippers, but he does see room for improvement in Boston.
Mannix recalled his preseason prediction: "I don't think that Kevin Garnett can hold up at the center spot and I stand by that. I think that is the Celtics biggest weakness."
What alternatives might be out there?
"I would be aggressive whether it's free agency or trades, I would look everywhere to find front court help," said Mannix. "We hate dealing with the Lakers here in Boston, but I think that Pau Gasol is someone I would aggressively pursue if the Lakers start to continue their slide in the month of January."
Could the Celtics put together a package that would appeal to the Lakers? All of that remains to be seen.
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BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss.
Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season.
The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net.
Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch.
Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.
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