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Thornton 'very happy' to agree on two-year extension

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Thornton 'very happy' to agree on two-year extension

BOSTON -- Before Monday's 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden, the Bruins announced that Shawn Thornton's two-year extension was official.

After the game, Thornton explained why the decision to remain in Boston through the 2013-14 season was an easy one.

"Ive always said I wanted to stay here in Boston," said Thornton. "Its home now. Im very, very happy to get this done, and be around for a couple more years."

"The guys are a great bunch of guys, and its a team thats built with a lot of youth myself excluded obviously but I think they have a bright future here going forward and Id like to be in an environment like this," he added. "I think Ive said it a million times how great the citys been to me and the people here. The fans thats the easy part, theyre amazing to me all the time."

Thornton also admitted that he's glad he no longer has to worry about where he'll be playing for the near future.

"Im not going to lie to you, its a little weight off the shoulders," said Thornton. "But I think myself and the guys that havent had it done yet, have done a pretty good job focusing throughout the season. It wasnt a distraction, but its definitely a little easier when you know youre going to be somewhere for a few years."

Before Monday's game, general manager Peter Chiarelli praised Thornton's qualities that made him a more important commodity than just an enforcer. And after the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien praised those same values that Thornton brings to the table.

"Everybody knows that Shawn will come to play every night, play hard, and go to his team's defense," said Julien. "He's a good team player. He's in that room, he works hard everyday. He's got a lot of qualities, and I think he's got some good leadership qualities in him, that, when it's time to get ready for a game, he's making sure that he's ready, and he's making sure that people around him are ready.

"He's got a job that's not an easy job. And anybody who's played this sport, who's watched this sport close enough, knows how tough it is to go into the job that he does, every night. Whenever we get pushed around or we're behind and we need a wake-up call, all of a sudden he goes and he takes charge. He's never told to do it. He just does it on his own. He knows his role extremely well. For him to be rewarded with a new contract is worthy of his work.

"I'm glad to see that he's here for a couple more years, at least," added Julien. "And the one thing I like about guys that do that job is that they can also play. That's important, in my book. I've always told Peter Chiarelli that. I don't want a guy that you throw out there and can't play."

With Thornton, that's not the case. And that's why the Bruins locked him up for two more seasons.

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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