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January 3, 2013

Crunch Time

The Answer?

The Celtics were a completely healthy team for the first time all season last night against the Memphis Grizzlies with the return of shooting guard Avery Bradley.

Bradley earned a starting job last season before injuring his shoulder in the Eastern Conference Finals, an injury that has kept him out for seven months.

The third year guards return finally gives the Celtics the depth it has been boasting about since the offseason and Bradley should also help upgrade a much maligned defensive unit.

The question is, will Bradley be good enough to make a significant difference for the struggling 14-16 Celtics. If the Celtics want home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, they need Bradley to be the top notch defender that he was before last season’s injury.

Trade for Cousins

It has been rumored over the last couple of weeks that the Celtics have showed interest in Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who has had a hot and cold relationship with the Kings coaching staff.

Cousins may be a head ache in Sacramento, but Boston could be a good fit for Cousins. First off the Celtics need a talented big man and Cousins fits the bill perfectly. Boston also has a stable of respected veterans that could keep Cousins’ attitude in check.

With the Celtics struggling to tread water, a change could be just what the team needs.

All Quiet

Here’s the shock of the NFL season, the New York Jets aren’t speaking to the media. Head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson have not talked to the press this week after the firing of general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Ryan hasn’t talked to the media since Sunday’s loss in Buffalo while Johnson hasn’t talked to the press in eight weeks. If neither Ryan nor Johnson addresses the media by Friday, the Jets will violate the league’s media policy which states that a team official must be made available to the media the week after the team’s season ends.

This dysfunction in the Jets organization continues and it’s ironic that Ryan is not speaking to the press when everyone actually wants to hear what he has to say.

- Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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