Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game


Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game

BOSTON With tip-off a couple hours away, the Boston Celtics had a familiar face show up in the locker room.

It was Mickael Pietrus, who had not been with the team since suffering a concussion on March 23 at Philadelphia that has him still out indefinitely.

"I'm feeling all right," Pietrus, sporting dark sunglasses, told "I'm getting better."

But he's still a ways off from returning to action after suffering what head coach Doc Rivers said was a Grade 3 - the worst kind - concussion. Because of his sensitivity to light, Pietrus did not stick around for Boston's 91-72 win over Miami.

Rivers said last week that he doesn't anticipate having Pietrus back until the playoffs. But on Sunday, Rivers said it wouldn't surprise him if Pietrus is out for a while or returned to the C's lineup next week.

Still, having not started the battery of tests that all players that suffer a concussion have to go through prior to returning to action, don't look for Pietrus until the postseason starts.

Even though he's far removed from playing, C's players were pleased to see their fallen teammate up and about.

"It was good to see him," said Celtics forward Brandon Bass. "For him to show up it shows some togetherness here."

For Keyon Dooling, it was great to see Pietrus being his usual upbeat, jovial self.

"MP's a live body," Dooling said. "Anytime he's in the building, you know he's here."

Pietrus looked to be in pretty good health, but Dooling said, "you could tell he's still bothered by the light. But it's MP; he's a great guy."

Dooling added, "It was good to see him. We've been texting him, but to physically see him, is quite refreshing."

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

PHILADELPHIA – Despite playing its second straight game without a key rotation player, the Boston Celtics did just enough to get their first win of the season, 102-92, over Philadelphia.

Boston (1-2) was led by Kyrie Irving’s game-high 21 points, but it was Shane Larkin's floor game down the stretch that truly catapulted Boston to its first win of the season.

Larkin, who was seeing action in large part because Marcus Smart was out with a left ankle injury, provided a huge spark in the fourth before finishing with 10 points and four assists.

He drained a 3-pointer that tied the game at 75-all, which was part of an 18-9 Celtics run.

The Sixers (0-2) were led by J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless who had 19 and 18 points, respectively. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start, but finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston played with a lead for most of the first half, but Philadelphia took over with a 7-0 run to end the second quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for all of the third and some of the fourth quarter.

Boston was once again short-handed, with Marcus Smart out with a left ankle injury. He replaced Gordon Hayward, whose left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

But with players out, that opens up opportunities for others to step up.

Larkin, who walked away from a contract overseas that would have paid about $5 million more than he’s making with the Celtics, was one of those players.

Aron Baynes, who got the start with Smart out, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Boston also got another strong game off the bench from Terry Rozier who had 14 points and seven rebounds