, Gloucester, MA

June 19, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Deal dead

After a week of heated negotiations, the Los Angeles Clippers have pulled out of a blockbuster trade with the Celtics according to multiple media outlets.

The Celtics and Clippers have been working on a deal that would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan. It was not that simple, however, as the two clubs could not come to an agreement.

The Celtics initially wanted guard Eric Bledsoe to be involved in the deal, but the Clippers would not put him in the deal because they were reportedly working on a trade involving the Lakers that would send Bledsoe and Blake Griffin across town in exchange for Dwight Howard.

The Celtics reportedly countered saying they would take Jordan and draft picks if the Clippers would take either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry off the Celtics hands, that’s when negotiations began to sour.

The two teams have been rumored to be working on a trade involving Garnett heading all the way back to the NBA trade deadline in March. Rivers became involved in the negotiations after expressing that he was not sure he could commit to the Celtics next season. Both Rivers and Garnett are both under contract with the Celtics.

Hossa likelyto play

The Blackhawks were stricken with a bit of bad luck during warmups before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston on Monday. Star forward Marian Hossa, the team’s leading scorer in the playoffs, sustained an upper body injury while getting ready for Monday’s game, which the Bruins won 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Hossa, however, is “likely to play” in Game 4 tonight back at the TD Garden, at least according to Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

“I’m not going to get into exactly what the injury is or where it occurred, but I’m going to say he’s likely to play tomorrow night,” Quenneville told reporters on Tueday.

Hossa was replaced by Ben Smith, who actually turned in a pretty solid 10 minutes of ice time, but his talent is no where near the top line talent Hossa brings to the table.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru