Morning Skate: Monday, December 12


Morning Skate: Monday, December 12

A nice review of Rob Simpsons new and improved Black and Gold book with new chapters about the Premiere Games and Stanley Cup championship. Its a great Christmas present for any Bruins fan out there and I cant recommend it enough.

Video of Justin Bieber showing off his shootout moves, and giving proof that he is, in fact, Canadian.

Jesse Spector of the Sporting News talks about the Florida Panthers holding practice in Central Park.

Nikita Filatov is off to Russia with something that is not much resembling love from the Ottawa Senators.

Sidney Crosby is having concussion issues again, and thats a bad sign for the Penguins and the NHL. In fact there is video from Crosby post-practice where he points to a David Krejci elbow to the head as the probable blow that knocked him back out of the lineup.

Sean Couturier loves the opportunity to man the top center spot for the Philadelphia Flyers with Claude Giroux down and out.

For something completely different: Charlie Pierce crushes it while destroying both Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of American for their silly missives about dress codes about big league ballparks.

CELTICS TALK PODCAST: How will Kyrie Irving's knee injury affect him going forward?

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: How will Kyrie Irving's knee injury affect him going forward?

1:30 - How concerning is Kyrie Irving's injured knee? Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Mannix discuss how this will affect Kyrie for the rest of this season, if he will be ready for playoffs, and if it will linger into next year.

6:50 - What are the expectations for the Celtics if they are without Kyrie Irving? Is it worth it to push Kyrie to play if they can’t win the title this season?

9:05 - Celtics are playing more for the 2018-2019 season than they are for 2017-2018 as they could become serious title contenders with a healthy team and more development from young players.

11:50 - What will be the interest in Marcus Smart in the offseason? Is it more likely he leaves or stays in Boston?

15:30 - Raptors or Cavaliers are both dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference. Who is the favorite to come out of the East?

20:06 - How can dangerous could the 76ers be in the playoffs? Do they have a chance to win a playoff series?

24:19 - Brian Scalabrine sits down the Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to talk about NCAA March Madness and his love for Butler University. 



NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

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NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

1:31 - With the results of Kyrie Irving’s second opinion on his knee injury looming, the Celtic’s season is certainly up in the air. A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and Gary Tanguay debate how Kyrie should be used if he returns.

6:02 - Back in October Michael Felger prematurely said the Bruins' season was over. The B’s marketing team featured Felger in an ad for playoff tickets now that the Bruins have clinched the playoffs. Felger, Trenni and Gary react to the commercial and discuss the Bruins playoff chances.

11:47 - The Patriots are making moves, agreeing to deals woth LaAdrian Waddle, Marquis Flowers and Patrick Chung on Thursday. Phil Perry, Michael Holley, Troy Brown and Tom E. Curran discuss how despite all that, the Pats should still be in search of a left tackle.