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Jake DeBrusk looking to ride 'T&R Bump' into Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jake DeBrusk looking to ride 'T&R Bump' into Stanley Cup Playoffs

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It shouldn’t be surprising that Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk requested to be a phone-in guest to the "Toucher and Rich Show" on Thursday morning, as he’s done throughout most of the year.

The two morning radio show hosts have begun calling it the “T&R Bump” with the Bruins left winger, who said that he’s 11-for-11 scoring goals when he is the Bruins guest on the 98.5 the Sports Hub morning show. So it’s pretty clear DeBrusk wants to see if that good fortune will continue right on into the postseason for a Bruins team looking to get every edge it can against the Maple Leafs in the first round.

“It was good this year. I think it was 11-for-11 or something like that. It was pretty crazy to be honest,” said DeBrusk, who admitted that he requested to talk to the show on the morning of Game 1. “I think I’m going on to the show on Thursday. I don’t want to jinx anything or say anything, but it will be nice to talk to those guys for sure.

“Hopefully it keeps the good mojo going. We seem to win a lot of those games as well, so you don’t want to second guess anything.”

"Toucher and Rich" co-host Rich Shertenlieb agreed with DeBrusk about the strange coincidence of the interview effect: "It's pretty damn crazy." 

Certainly the radio phone appearances have played into the career-high 27 goals that DeBrusk scored in his second NHL season, and they may play a good luck charm for a player who’s going to be a key headed into this first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs. DeBrusk scored five goals and totaled seven points in last spring’s seven-game first-round series against Toronto, and was one of the players who really stepped up to make certain Boston advanced.

So there may be even more radio appearances coming for DeBrusk and "Toucher and Rich" in the near future, particularly if he once again scores in the kickoff game of their playoff series on Thursday night.   

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Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier hasn't complained about reduced playing time on Celtics

Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier hasn't complained about reduced playing time on Celtics

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Terry Rozier has not expressed frustration about his minutes and he’s unaware of a report suggesting that seven teams are monitoring his situation.  

During his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program, Ainge said Rozier has not expressed concern about his playing time and that no team has contacted Ainge about Rozier’s availability since the start of the season. 

"I talk to Terry quite a bit and I haven’t heard any of those types of things. So I don’t know how reliable any of the sources or rumors are,” said Ainge. "Terry hasn’t shared any of those with me, and I think he would if he was feeling that way. Terry knew going in this year what his situation, what his role was going to be, and he was as excited and enthusiastic as anybody on our team for the upcoming season. I know for sure that Terry would love to be playing more more minutes but there’s a lot of guys on the team that would love to be playing more minutes.”

Ainge said he has a close relationship with Rozier and believes, if he was frustrated, he would voice his concerns with team management.

"I feel like I have this relationship with Terry where he would come to me and talk to me or [coach] Brad [Stevens] if he was really frustrated about his situation,” said Ainge. "And none of that has happened."

A tweet from the Ringer’s Bill Simmons Wednesday suggested Rozier was upset with his role and that teams around the league knew the Celtics would have to explore deals to move him. The Athletic reported that at least seven teams were monitoring Rozier’s situation. 

Ainge dismissed all the reports and speculation.

"I don’t know where any of this stuff is coming from. I don’t know anything about the seven teams monitoring him and all that kinda stuff,” said Ainge. "I don’t believe any of it, put it that way.”

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Danny Ainge says Celtics still talking contract extension with Terry Rozier

Danny Ainge says Celtics still talking contract extension with Terry Rozier

It's unlikely -- for many reasons -- that the Celtics and Terry Rozier will reach agreement on a contract extension before the start of the season.

But that doesn't mean they're not talking about it.

Will it happen?

As NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg reported yesterday, "it’s simply hard to envision a deal that meets the goals of both parties . . . By signing an extension now, Rozier would almost certainly be sacrificing money and would do so for a team that cannot guarantee him the sort of role he undoubtedly desires moving forward." As for the Celtics, with Kyrie Irving saying he will re-sign here, "the Celtics are set to commit roughly $45 million to Irving and [Marcus] Smart, all while a potential big-money deal looms further down the road for current starting 2-guard Jaylen Brown."

But stay tuned.