Ray Allen's on the Bruins bandwagon


Ray Allen's on the Bruins bandwagon

BOSTON -- On Thursday, the Boston Bruins will begin their quest to defend the Stanley Cup.
It is a feat the players just down the hall of the TD Garden can relate to. The Boston Celtics, who share the arena with the Bruins, did the same just three years ago after winning the 2008 NBA Championship.
Celtics veteran Ray Allen is rooting for his hockey counterparts.
Im trying to get into it, he told CSNNE.com. Were too close not to be, almost sharing locker rooms. I know Bruins president Cam Neely pretty well, I play golf with him. What they did last year was incredible and I was happy for them. I keep saying I need to get to a game but I cant figure it out on the schedule since we run parallel with their schedule.
Prior to Sundays game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen had the book, Black and Gold: Four Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs in his locker, a recent gift from Bruins team photographer Steve Babineau.
Allen understands the hard work that goes into a team earning a book like that, and what it will take to gain another one.
Everybodys got to continue doing the same thing they did before, he said. The role players have to continue to be role players and know that its about the sacrifices they made and they have to continue to make them.
The Bruins will kick off the first round of the playoffs at the Garden against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, an off day for the Celtics as they travel to Toronto to begin a back-to-back-to-back road series on Friday.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”


James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”