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With Rondo still down, Bradley filling in nicely

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With Rondo still down, Bradley filling in nicely

WASHINGTON Rajon Rondo loves the fact that the Boston Celtics were able to hold on for a 100-94 win in Washington.

He just wishes he could have been part of it.

Rondo, out with a right wrist injury for the second straight game, said it is feeling better. Whether that's good enough to play on Monday against the Orlando Magic, remains to be seen.

Rondo said he's "day-to-day," adding that the injury is healing. The plan right now, Rondo said, is for him to play against the Magic. But that won't happen until he gets the green light from the C's medical staff.

No Rondo means more minutes for Avery Bradley, who made his second career start - both filling in for Rondo. Bradley's line from Sunday's win - three points on 1-for-8 shooting with almost as many assists (7) as turnovers (6) - was not all that impressive.

Rivers had a different take on Bradley's play.

"He played terrific for us," Rivers said.

While "terrific" might be a bit of a stretch, Bradley was on the floor in the game's closing moments, and even made a big play.

Leading 97-94 with 22.8 seconds to play, Bradley made the first of two free throws that made it a two-possession game.

"It's good for him (Bradley) to get this type of experience," Celtics Paul Pierce told Comcast SportsNet moments after the win. "Doc (Rivers) has really been on him. He hasn't had a lot of experience, and a lot of crucial moments in game. This is a good experience for him to get out there, so when he gets back in these type of situations, he's ready."

Bradley sees his expanded role with Rondo out as an opportunity to continue his growth as an NBA player.

"I just think with each game, I'll keep improving and improving," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "The coaches sitting down with me, they just want to help.

He added, "I'm going to play within the game, try to get our team in sets and really just learn. Every chance I get, I want to make the most of it. This is an opportunity for me, and I'm ready."

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

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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.

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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

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