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Massarotti on Crawford: 'Wrists are bad'

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Massarotti on Crawford: 'Wrists are bad'

There's good news and bad news regarding Carl Crawford's wrist surgery, according to Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub and The Boston Globe,
"The good news is . . . it's a scope," Massarotti said Tuesday on 'Uno Sports Tonight', meaning Crawford is undergoing less-invasive arthroscopic surgery. "Were it a more intrusive surgery, I think there'd be more cause for alarm. For example, when Nomar Garciaparra had his career-altering wrist injury, it was not a scope job. It was a full-blown surgery. So I think we need to wait and see."
The bad news?
"I spoke with somebody on the phone outside the Red Sox organization and I said, 'Here's the deal on Carl Crawford.' And the response was: 'Uh, oh. Wrists are bad'," said Massarotti.
"You never want to mess with a wrist with a hitter. We know the Nomar story, although certainly there might have been other factors in play with Garciaparra. Lyle Overbay had a similar thing in Toronto; he was never the same.
"So the issue now is: What if this guy's never the same player? Then what?"
Then what, indeed?

Theis to play with mask, Stevens 'can’t keep track of all our facial gear'

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Theis to play with mask, Stevens 'can’t keep track of all our facial gear'

Despite suffering a broken nose less than 24 hours ago, Daniel Theis is with the Boston Celtics and will be available to play tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

“He’s cleared to play,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, adding that Theis will wear a non-fitted mask tonight if he does see action off Boston’s bench. “It’s not a fitted mask but it’s as close as they could make it.”

Following Boston’s 107-95 loss to Utah on Friday night, Theis was initially not expected to travel with the team. But soon after, it was determined that the 25-year-old rookie would indeed be on the flight to Memphis to potentially play.

Boston’s Kyrie Irving suffered a facial fracture against Charlotte on Nov. 10 and played 13 games with the mask.

More recently, Jaylen Brown missed a game due to right eye irritation and had to wear goggles for three games.

“I can’t keep track of all our facial gear right now,” quipped Stevens. “We’re just glad he (Theis) is OK.”

Stevens said Theis will have to get his nose re-set at some point soon which would result in him likely missing a day or two.

Still, it says a lot about Theis’ willingness to still play despite an injury that for most players, results in them missing a game or two right away.

“It looked like he may have just got hit on the bridge,” Stevens said. “He feels good otherwise, he says.”

While Theis doesn’t put up eye-popping numbers off the Celtics bench, the energy that he tends to play with on a night-in, night-out basis for Boston is important for this team.

“I just want to come in, bring energy, defend, rebound, do whatever to help the team,” Theis recently told NBC Sports Boston. “Whatever to win, I want to do.”

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Bruins come back to force overtime, but fall to Rangers, 3-2

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Bruins come back to force overtime, but fall to Rangers, 3-2

BOSTON – It was a highly entertaining hockey game at its core, but it was also one that will go down as a loss for the Boston Bruins when it’s all said and done.

The Bruins dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the New York Rangers on a Mats Zuccarello sniped shot that beat Tuukka Rask high to the glove side, and ended the Bruins attempts to come all the way back from a two-goal deficit midway through the game.

The Rangers struck first on a fluky goal in the first period as Michael Grabner sped through splitting the Bruins defense, and fired a shot high and wide that took a wild carom off the glass and ricocheted off the back and skate of Tuukka Rask before ending up in the back of the net. The Blueshirts added to in a poor penalty kill effort in the second period with JT Miller getting behind the entire B’s four-man unit, and promptly burying a backhanded bid past Rask.

The Bruins fought back, however, and halved the lead after one of five brutal power play possessions in the first two periods of the game. Zdeno Chara lofted a point shot at the Rangers net shortly after one of their PP’s had expired, and Danton Heinen tipped the shot past Henrik Lundqvist to make it a one-goal game.

The Bruins then finally hit paydirt on the power play in the third period as David Pastrnak wheeled around and fed Brad Marchand for a one-timer at the bottom of the face-off circle. That’s the way the game stayed until the 3-on-3 OT when the Bruins were whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty, and Zuccarello scored in the extra session for the Rangers win.  

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