Josh Bailey agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal Friday to stay with the New York Islanders instead of testing free agency this summer.
The Islanders began the day tied with Columbus Brooks Orpik Authentic Jersey for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets currently hold the tiebreaker because they have a game in hand.
There was the torn Achilles tendon that New Orleans Pelicans star center DeMarcus Cousins suffered Jan. 26 against the Houston Rockets. Writing in Bleacher Report, my former colleague Tom Haberstroh cited research from the Cleveland Clinic and other studies that fatigue or overuse contributes to Achilles tendinitis and ruptures.
Womens John Matuszak Jersey Why does that matter? Well, consider that Cousins suffered his injury late in the fourth quarter after having averaged 39.8 minutes in his prior 10 games, including playing four overtimes in nine days and registering a career-high 52 minutes four days prior versus the Chicago Bulls.
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That said, the most important fatigue-related story involved not a player but a head coach: the Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford.
I thought in the first quarter we looked a little slow reacting in transition, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. But after that, I thought we were pretty good. Bench was great all night on both ends.
Boston pulled within one game of Toronto for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5 of 19 from the field.
Theis eclipsed his previous career high of 12 points. He played an important role after Aron Baynes, the starting center for the Celtics, went to the locker room in the first half with a left elbow injury. Baynes played only 2:39.
Ish Smith made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points for the Pistons. Detroit led 39-37 in the second quarter before a 21-5 run by Boston. The Celtics were ahead 61-49 at halftime.