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Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

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Source: Yandle 'would love to play for Bruins'

BOSTON -- Speculation is growing that the Boston Bruins are attempting to trade for a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Zdeno Chara, and one of the more popular names mentioned is Phoenix Coyotes assistant captain Keith Yandle.
And responding to a rumor over the weekend, a source close to Yandle said on Monday night that the two-time All-Star "would love to play for the Bruins."
Yandle -- who turns 26 on Sunday -- is a Boston native. He's locked into a five-year, 26.25 million deal that he signed last summer. And the puck-moving defenseman didn't disappoint in his first season under the big contract, putting up 43 points on 11 goals and 32 assists, while leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
While it wasn't the first time that Yandle's name has been linked to the Bruins, a tweet over the weekend from @HockeyyInsiderr brought it back to the surface when he tweeted:
"Also hearing that the Bruins are actively shopping for a top pair d-man to partner up with Chara. Interested in Yandle and Bouwmeester."
He later tweeted:
"At this very moment, my Boston source informed me that the Bruins do not have an offer on the table for Bouwmeester, but have 1 for Yandle."
Whether or not that is actually true, remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Yandle wants to play in Boston.
The source close to Yandle also pointed out that any potential trade to Boston could include Bruins center David Krejci, who signed a three-year, 15.75 million deal that kicks in this season.
Both Krejci and Yandle have cap hits of 5.25 million under their new contracts.

Inconsistency leads Celtics to another disappointing loss

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Inconsistency leads Celtics to another disappointing loss

LOS ANGELES – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 108-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers which extended their losing streak to four in a row.

STARS

Kyle Kuzma: He’s not an all-star, but he delivered an all-star worthy performance on Tuesday. He led the Lakers with 28 points off the bench while shooting 10-for-16 from the field.

Kyrie Irving: This was yet another game in which Irving played at an elite level only to come up short. He led all scorers with 33 points 13-for-24 shooting.

STUDS

Marcus Smart: While he may have come up short in missing the potential game-winner, Smart made a lot of winning plays at both ends of the floor. He would finish with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting with eight assists and just one turnover.

Jordan Clarkson: One of the NBA’s better scorers off the bench, Clarkson tallied 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting to go with five rebounds and two steals while logging a team-high 34 minutes.

Julius Randle: His ability to control the action and impact the game around the rim, was huge. He had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 6-for-12 from the field.

Marcus Morris: His role as a primary scorer off the bench seems to be one well-suited for him. Morris finished with 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

DUDS

Jayson Tatum: Just a bad night on so many fronts for Tatum. He had four points on 1-for-6 shooting with his lone made basket a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Celtics rebounding:  Boston has had its share of rebounding struggles in the past, so it wasn’t all that surprising how they lost the battle of the glass. But the Lakers didn’t just beat them; they absolutely dominated them in a much more decisive manner than the final rebounding numbers – 51 for the Lakers, 42 for the Celtics – might indicate. The Lakers were especially effective on the offensive boards with 14 that led to 23, second-chance points.

Aron Baynes: The fact that he didn’t score wasn’t the problem. His struggles had more to do with his defense which wasn’t nearly as good as we’re accustomed to seeing. A big part of that had to do with foul trouble.

Free throw shooting: Boston hasn’t had a friendly whistle in quite a while, but Tuesday was one of the more glaringly obvious games in which the Celtics’ lack of free throw attempts was a major factor in the game’s outcome. Put it like this: The Lakers had more free throws by halftime (13) than the Celtics had for the entire game (10). The Lakers would finish 21-for-36 from the line while Boston was 8-for-10.

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