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Celtics Just Happy To See Win ‘On Day That Ends In Y Right Now’

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A win is a win, and the Boston Celtics certainly are in no position to be picky about the way in which they earn them.

Brad Stevens perhaps put it best following the team’s 118-112 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday:

“It’s good to get a win on a day that ends in “Y” right now,” the Celtics coach said in his postgame media availability. “That’s all I can say.”

It wasn’t an ugly win, by any means. It was hard fought, with Boston needing to claw itself out of an early 14-point deficit against a balanced offense that came out hot.

It was more so just an unusual victory.

One where Kemba Walker played like his sole purpose on the earth was to make sure the Celtics had at least a few points of separation all game after he lifted them out of an early hole. The bench added 39 points. The defense didn’t collapse. The movement was pretty good, not great.

Most out of the ordinary, though, was that neither Jayson Tatum nor Jaylen Brown lit up the scoreboard.

They played well, despite quieter games than the usual production they’ve taken upon themselves as the Celtics have been exhaustingly shorthanded all season.

Brown had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. After a quiet first half, Tatum accumulated nine points, nine rebounds four assists and a block.

But again, with or without the star wings carrying the team, anything is better than the way in which the Celtics have lost of late.

“It’s just good to get a win,” Stevens continued. “And I don’t care how we did it, other than stay together, play together, doesn’t matter who’s having an off night, doesn’t matter who’s having a great night. It’s about our team, finishing it and figuring out a way to win.”

Now, how do the Celtics bottle up their performance Friday tonight and pop it back open for next game?

Consistency is the true issue they’ve had all year, as we’ve seen what they’re capable of here and there, but not yet over a long stretch.

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Walker said it’s up to those who have been there before, and know what winning basketball looks like for Boston.

“We’ll figure it out,” the point guard said in his media availability after his 32-point performance.

“That’s on me, that’s on Jaylen, that’s on Jayson. That’s on Marcus (Smart). And then, you know, Tristan (Thompson) and Jeff (Teague) are going to add on to that as well. That’s on the veteran guys, as well as Brad, too. You know we’ve got to keep it together. You know, we can’t let nobody go in any other direction, even though no things might not be going as well as we would like it at the moment. But things can change really, so the only way you can get out of struggles is by doing it together.”

Easier said than done. Especially for an underachieving 15-16 team that’s lost nine of its last 15 games and has the All-Star break on the horizon.

Stevens knows how his team reacts to this adversity is crucial.

“Our greatest legacy that we leave, no matter how many games we win, is how we treat each other in these moments, and how we stay together so that we can ultimately become as good as we can be,” Stevens said. “And that’s it. So I think that the bench was loud. I think that the starters were loud. I think Kemba helped will us to a win and a lot of ways. But I think it was just a matter of everybody just deciding that the most important thing was to support each other and be together.”

So far it’s looked like Boston is handling struggles well, aside from the whole continued losing part. End to end — from majority owner Wyc Grousbeck to general manager Danny Ainge to superstar forward Jayson Tatum — members of the Celtics are holding themselves accountable. They say there’s no turmoil in the locker room, and that’s actually honestly easy to believe.

That could change, though. But the Celtics took a step in the right direction Friday. We’ll see if they keep it together.

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Patrice Bergeron Not Pointing Fingers After Bruins’ Ugly Loss To Rangers

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It’s been a brutal 48 hours for the Bruins.

First, Boston dropped its game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, 7-2. The B’s had a chance to bounce back Friday, but instead were beat 6-2 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

It would be easy to point fingers and make excuses due to the absences both on the blue line and within the forward group. But Patrice Bergeron is doing anything but that.

“Hockey is about making sure we stay together as a team,” the captain, who passed Bobby Orr on the Bruins’ all-time points list, said after the game. “It’s not about finger pointing. It’s about staying together and being better.

“It’s about the next man up and we have to do our jobs,” Bergeron added. “We have to compete and be harder on pucks.”

The Bruins will have that chance Sunday afternoon when they play the Rangers at 12 p.m. ET.

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Bruins Offense Sputters As Boston Drops Second Straight In New York

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The Boston Bruins’ trip to New York hasn’t gone as planned so far.

Boston fell to the New York Islanders on Thursday night and continued its recent cold stretch Friday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

After netting seven goals Sunday on Lake Tahoe against the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston only has scored four goals combined in its two losses in New York.

Prior to Friday night’s clash, Nick Ritchie was highlighted as a player to look out for as he entered the night on a hot streak offensively. He wasn’t able to record a point, but he did have two shots on a net and a hit.

For more on his night and the loss overall, check out the video above from “Bruins Postgame Final,” presented by Rodenhiser Home Services.

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Bryant Bulldogs Late Comeback Against LIU Fueled By Chris Childs

With 6:34 left in the second half on Friday afternoons Long Island University at Bryant Bulldogs game, Long Island University took a 59 to 47 lead after an Alex Rivera layup. Things looked very bleak for the Bulldogs. That’s when the Bulldogs went on a 16 to 1 run to finish off the game to come out with a 63 to 60 win.

“They were gritty. There was a point with about 9 minutes left where we just looked like we were in mud. I started thinking if its from the pause” said Bryant head coach Jared Grasso after the game.

“We just found a way to grit it out. Chris Childs, I was going to ride with him. I kind of challenged him at half time. He still missed some shots early in the second half. I was still going with him. I just trusted him” said Grasso when talking about his belief in Chris Childs to help the Bulldogs come back in the second half.

How The Comeback Happened

During that 16 to 1 run for the Bulldogs, Chris Child put up 10 points, which included an electric 4 point play to pull the Bulldogs within 2 points with 2:49 left. He also had 2 free throws that tied the game at 60 with 1:27 left in the game.

Childs with the FOUR point play!Two-point game.#KEB1 | #NECMBB pic.twitter.com/CZPRz9LKXw— Bryant Men's Basketball (@BryantHoops) February 26, 2021

“He’s telling me he needs me to be the Chris Childs I am and just be aggressive” said Chris Childs when talking about what head coach Jared Grasso said to him at the half. Even thou Childs starting 0-11 from the field, he was able to score all 10 of his points in the final 6 plus minutes of the game.

Chris Childs has shown Jared Grasso in the past that he can be that gym rat that succeeds under Grasso’s system. On Friday when the Bulldogs needed it the most, he was able to come through and help the Bulldogs win.

With 10 seconds left, the Bulldogs were tied with the Sharks. Coming out of a timeout, Michael Green was given the ball with the chance to win the game. Green then drove to the basket and was fouled Virshon Cotton. Green was able to make both free throws to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.

MG3 with the quick move to the basket and he's fouled. He'll be at the line with 2.0 seconds left.#KEB1 | #NECMBB pic.twitter.com/A7vzKJlaYE— Bryant Men's Basketball (@BryantHoops) February 26, 2021

What’s Next For The Bulldogs

With Friday’s win over the Sharks, the Bulldogs clinch at least one playoff game in next weekends NEC Tournament. Wagner is the other team that will at least host a playoff game next weekend. Wagner, who was on a 10 game winning streak, actually lost to Central Connecticut State on the road by a score of 83 to 77.

This loss by Wagner gives the Bulldogs the inside track on getting the number one seed and guarantee themselves on staying in Smithfield as long as they’re in the NEC Tournament. If Bryant sweeps their series with Mount St. Mary’s, they will host both games in the tournament. If they were to lose one of their games, they could still get the number one seed assuming Wagner is to lose one of both of their games with Merrimack. That series begins on Tuesday as well on Staten Island.
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Rhode Island college Soccer: Friars Open BIG EAST Play Against UConn

This weekend there are two matches involving Rhode Island college soccer teams and two matches also on the docket for early next week and then another on Thursday. The lone program that is not scheduled to play is the men’s soccer team at URI which does not have anything on the schedule until A-10 play opens on March 13th.

PC Friars Mens Team Opens BIG EAST Play At UConn

On Saturday the Providence College Friars will travel to Storrs to take on the UConn Huskies. PC opened it’s season with a 4-0 win over URI last Saturday. This match with the Huskies will open their 2021 BIG EAST season.

In the coaches preseason poll the Friars were picked to finish second in the BIG EAT while UConn was ranked 4th. Last season Providence went 6-3 in conference play while Connecticut went 2-5. In the all-time series the Huskies have dominated with a 34-7-2 record against PC. That being said the recent history is what matters. Last time these two teams played was an overtime match in 2019 where the Friars defeated UConn 2-1.

This is actually UConn’s first year back in the BIG EAST having spent the last couple of years in the American Conference. Like the Friars the Huskies started their year with a win, thier win was a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart.

URI WOmen’s Team Building Towards COnference Play

URI has already played two non-conference matches this season but has two more on the docket with New Hampshire being the next on their schedule. So far this season URI is 0-2 after back-to-back 2-0 losses (versus Providence College & UConn).

UNH is a perfect 2-0 on their season with wins over Northeastern (1-0) and Merrimack College (5-1). Last season UNH went 10-8 overall and 5-3 within the America East Conference.

URI and UNH last played on 8/22/2019 in a game that Rhode Island defeated New Hampshire 1-0 in Durham. Historically the Rams hold a 4-3-3 record against UNH and have faced off in each of the last three seasons.

Rhode Island College Soccer Schedule

Saturday:

Men’s Soccer: Providence College Friars at UCONN 2:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)

Sunday:

Women’s Soccer: URI at New Hampshire 2:00 p.m. (friendly)

Monday:

Men’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs v Long Island University 6:00 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)

Tuesday:

Women’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs at Central Connecticut 2:30 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)

Thursday:

Women’s Soccer: Providence College Friars v UCONN 3:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)
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Rhode Island college Soccer: Friars Open BIG EAST Play Against UConn

This weekend there are two matches involving Rhode Island college soccer teams and two matches also on the docket for early next week and then another on Thursday. The lone program that is not scheduled to play is the men’s soccer team at URI which does not have anything on the schedule until A-10 play opens on March 13th.

PC Friars Mens Team Opens BIG EAST Play At UConn

On Saturday the Providence College Friars will travel to Storrs to take on the UConn Huskies. PC opened it’s season with a 4-0 win over URI last Saturday. This match with the Huskies will open their 2021 BIG EAST season.

In the coaches preseason poll the Friars were picked to finish second in the BIG EAT while UConn was ranked 4th. Last season Providence went 6-3 in conference play while Connecticut went 2-5. In the all-time series the Huskies have dominated with a 34-7-2 record against PC. That being said the recent history is what matters. Last time these two teams played was an overtime match in 2019 where the Friars defeated UConn 2-1.

This is actually UConn’s first year back in the BIG EAST having spent the last couple of years in the American Conference. Like the Friars the Huskies started their year with a win, thier win was a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart.

URI WOmen’s Team Building Towards COnference Play

URI has already played two non-conference matches this season but has two more on the docket with New Hampshire being the next on their schedule. So far this season URI is 0-2 after back-to-back 2-0 losses (versus Providence College & UConn).

UNH is a perfect 2-0 on their season with wins over Northeastern (1-0) and Merrimack College (5-1). Last season UNH went 10-8 overall and 5-3 within the America East Conference.

URI and UNH last played on 8/22/2019 in a game that Rhode Island defeated New Hampshire 1-0 in Durham. Historically the Rams hold a 4-3-3 record against UNH and have faced off in each of the last three seasons.

Rhode Island College Soccer Schedule

Saturday:

Men’s Soccer: Providence College Friars at UCONN 2:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)

Sunday:

Women’s Soccer: URI at New Hampshire 2:00 p.m. (friendly)

Monday:

Men’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs v Long Island University 6:00 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)

Tuesday:

Women’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs at Central Connecticut 2:30 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)

Thursday:

Women’s Soccer: Providence College Friars v UCONN 3:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)
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Why Can’t Bruins Beat Islanders This Season? Bruce Cassidy Weighs In

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The Bruins have four regulation losses this season, three of which have come against the Islanders.

Boston dropped its Thursday night game against New York in ugly 7-2 fashion after the Isles exploded for five unanswered goals in the third period.

Nick Ritchie was pretty blunt after the game, noting the Bruins simply “fell apart” in the third.

And while it was more than just a rookie mistake by Trent Frederic in his own zone that led to the loss, Boston has had a problem beating the Islanders this season.

Could it be because their head coach is Barry Trotz? The same coach that manned the Washington Capitals while the B’s struggled against them?

Could be. But Bruce Cassidy offered up an explanation after the game.

“They beat us at our own a game little bit in terms of not beating yourself,” Cassidy said. “I thought tonight was a real good example. We beat ourselves in the third period, clearly. Give them credit, they capitalized on their opportunities. I think it was goals three, four and five that sort of put us behind. A little bit is on us trying to force things and not executing. … At the end of the day they found a way every time. …”

The head coach also noted his team didn’t have any urgency in the final 20 minutes, something “you normally don’t see with our club.”

The Bruins don’t have much time to dwell on the loss, though, as they remain in New York to take on the Rangers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Kyrie Irving Explains Why NBA Logo Should Feature Kobe Bryant

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Kyrie Irving was one of many NBA to have a special bond with Kobe Bryant.

And one of his friends is pushing for the NBA to pay homage to late the Los Angeles Laker legend more than a year after he and eight others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif.

The Brooklyn Nets point guard took to Instagram on Wednesday to renew the idea of changing its logo from Jerry West’s silhouette to that of the Black Mamba’s. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is all on board.

Irving discussed the matter further Thursday following the Nets win over the Orlando Magic, stating how deserving Bryant and his family would be of the honor.

“As a native Black man and a native Black king, I think it’s part of my responsibility to push our culture forward,” Irving told reporters Thursday during his postgame press conference following the Nets’ win over the Orlando Magic, via The Athletic. “My thing is paying homage to the example that has been set by that man.”

Irving and Bryant aren’t the only two that want to make this happen. Millions of fans have signed a petition on Change.com calling for the NBA to implement the change.

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Bryant Punches Ticket To NEC Tournament With Win Over LIU

Bryant kicked off a quick stretch of four games in seven days before the NEC Tournament next week on Thursday night as the Bulldogs hosted the Long Island University Sharks. The Sharks had won the previous 7 games in the series between these two schools, and Bryant has not won against LIU under now head coach Jared Grasso.

In a game that was between two of the fastest schools in the nation, the game ended up just like how you thought it would go. In the end, the Bulldogs knocked off the Sharks by a score of 87 to 80.

“I’m proud of our guys. You start off the season with certain goals. You want to win a regular season championship. You want to win a conference tournament, and you want to make the conference tournament, especially with this year with them cutting it to four teams, its a challenge to get in. Our guys persevered through a difficult year” said head coach Jared Grasso after the game.

By my math, the Bulldogs will at least hold a playoff game in the first round of the NEC tournament that starts on Saturday, March 6th. “There’s a comfort level and a routine to a home game that you can’t match, so obviously that’s something we’re really fighting for” said Jared Grasso. The Bulldogs still clinch the number 1 seed in the NEC assuming that they finish the regular season at least tied with Wagner. Right now, they both have 4 losses in NEC play.

Pace Of Play Was Obscene Against LIU

While LIU scored 80 points on Thursday night against Bryant, head coach Jared Grasso wasn’t too concerned with the number of points. That was due to the ridiculous number of possessions for both teams in this game. LIU shot 27 for 73 on the night from the field, which works out to be 37%. They also only shot 26% from three point land.

Bryant was also able to neutralize LIU forward Ty Flowers in the game, only limiting him to 17 points. 15 of those points came via the 3 point shot, all of which came in the first half. He finished the game shooting 6 for 16 from the field.

Bryant Forward Peter Kiss finished the game with a team high 22 points and he came down with 8 rebounds. He ended up fouling out with just a few minutes left in the game. Bryant also loss Hall Elisias earlier on in the second half due to him fouling out. Elisias put up 14 points himself and he came down with 8 rebounds.

Michael Green also put up 20 points for the Bulldogs, but 9 of his points came via the free throw line. He ended up shooting 5 for 15 from the field in the game.

After the game, Green stayed in the Chace Athletic Center and put up shots per Brendan McGair. “I think it says more that you’re watching him get shots up right now then the mentality of him and the mentality of our program that we just finished a game where he played 38 minutes and he’s already back in the gym getting shots up. That’s something that makes me happy as a coach” said Grasso after the game.

[email protected]_Grasso11 meets the while @mgreenlll gets up shots after playing 38 minutes @BryantHoops pic.twitter.com/Q58eg7Fkju— Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) February 26, 2021

What’s Next For The Bulldogs

The Bulldogs will finish off their two game series with the Long Island University Sharks Friday afternoon at 4:00pm. Fans will be able to watch the game on NEC Front Row. Bryant only used three guys on their bench on Thursday night. I would expect that the Bulldogs will use more of their bench on Friday afternoon, especially since the Bulldogs will be playing two fill games over the course of 24 hours.
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