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Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, March 27

Bruce Arthur gives his take on the old Nordiques ghosts potentially returning to Quebec with a new 400 million rink being built in the middle of the city.

A nice piece on Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick, younger sibling of Matt Hunwick, at the end of his unexpected run manning the pipes for the Wolverines.

Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts for this week with some of them prominently wrapped around the Phoenix club and their potential elsewhere following this season.

Justin Bourne has a new feature on his blog adding to a few of the thoughts put out by Friedman from a players perspective.

Alain Vigneault admits that Daniel Sedin has been suffering from a concussion and thats a big blow to any aspirations for the Vancouver Canucks.

There are plenty of players around the league that dig the unique playing style of Evgeni Malkin, and this could be the season where hes thoroughly recognized for it.

Ondrej Pavelec admits that its the players fault in Winnipeg for the Jets failing to win enough down the stretch, and it appears once again those players will be out of the playoffs.

The Bruins have a new license plate raffle going on to benefit Mass Hockey Inc. and you could be the lucky winner of the No. 1 license plate.

For something completely different: An inspirational tale of a young woman that was bullied as a child, but has turned that into US Olympic aspirations.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

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Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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