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BSJ Daily Briefing 03.06.18: Charlie McAvoy Injury Watch Day 4 (updated, and it’s not good)

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while we keep an eye on the potential snow totals for  nor'easter Round 2 (joy) Wednesday night-Thursday...

  • This is Charlie McAvoy Injury Watch Day 4, and it's very weird. We'd understand it if it was the Patriots, but this is the Bruins. They're usually very upfront about injuries. Even Bruce Cassidy, who has always shot it straight since being named B's coach, is avoiding the questions. Strange.
  • McAvoy was injured on Saturday night. It's now Tuesday morning and McAvoy has to be re-evaluated again? That doesn't make any sense.
  • I asked our resident medical expert, Dr. Jessica Flynn if this could be a type of scenario where they needed the swelling to go down in order to accurately diagnose what's going on. "No. The MCL is outside of the joint. You go on clinical exam and MRI," she said.
  • What about a secret surgery? "Those injuries rarely need surgery," Dr. Flynn said.
  • It's possible the team doctor had some sort of issue where he couldn't see McAvoy until this week, but outside of that, there has to be a real fear that this is a serious situation and the Bruins are stalling while McAvoy seeks out different opinions.

UPDATE: Bruins have released a statement and it's not good news:

  • That, obviously, would not be optimal for the Bruins.
  • The Celtics took care of business last night against the tanking Bulls, even without Kyrie Irving. The game got me thinking, and I'm sure this isn't an original observation about the NBA, but the league has a real problem with this whole tanking thing.
  • I mean, after the Rockets game last week, how many real games do the Celtics even have left this season? Four, maybe? How do people buy tickets to these games when you know neither team wants to be there (but if you do, I'm sure you're checking out our friends at SeatsForEveryone.com!)? Not to mention that the TV ratings have to go in the tank as well. Just when the NBA is starting to get some competition again (March Madness, NHL's much better close to the season, baseball, golf getting ramped up) it's product is its worst. Not good.
  • I meant mentioning this on Monday, but if you didn't check out Sean McAdam's piece about his exclusive conversation with David Ortiz about what he has and will tell J.D. Martinez, you have to click over there right now. This is the type of content you can't get anywhere else but BSJ. Just Ortiz and McAdam talking ball at spring training. I could read stuff like that all day long.
  • Sean's got another good one cooking up, so make sure you sign up today! Who else are you going to trust for Red Sox coverage?
  • As always, BSJ is homegrown, home-owned and your well-earned money stays in the Greater Boston area. We thank you for your support!

A couple of other notable developments:

BSJ Analytics: We have debuted a new feature at BSJ that I want to get rolling on and expand: BSJ Analytics. The first installment was on why the Bruins should target Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline. Ideally, we'd have a weekly column on each of the four sports. So if this is your area and you'd like to get involved, send us samples of your writing and ideas for future columns to greg@bostonsportsjournal.com

New England Revolution: The Revolution have started their season, but we're still going over our options on them. No, this isn't ideal, but it's a very long season and we're not going to rush anything to cover soccer in March. If you're interested in covering them for us, send me an email with your resume, clips and ideas for coverage to greg@bostonsportsjournal.com.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Live Q&A: Talk Patriots with Price at 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Five Patriots-related takeaways from this year’s NFL scouting combine
Shaq Mason and Trey Flowers will now earn $1.907 million in cash this year
Highly-touted prospects like Alabama LB Rashaan Evans acknowledge Patriots-related connections
Bill Belichick talks up combine coverage, recalls pre-draft conversation with Deion Sanders
First and 10: Would Shaquem Griffin make sense for the Patriots?

Red Sox

David Price a big supporter of Red Sox’ new plan for handling starters
Video: Spring Training Diary, Day 21
Completed Q&A with Sean McAdam 03.06.18

Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 105, Bulls 89 — No Kyrie, no problem
Live Coverage: Celtics 105, Bulls 89
Analysis: Kyrie Irving (sore knee) out vs. Bulls
Kyrie Irving’s defense, Marcus Smart’s shot selection and other leftover thoughts from Celtics-Rockets

Bruins

Starting with Chara-Carlo, Bruins still have options without Charlie McAvoy
Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy sporting a brace on left knee

ON TAP

10:30 a.m.: Bruins pre-game skate, TD Garden (McDonald)
Noon: Men's CBK — ACC Tournament: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (ESPN2)
1:05 p.m.: Red Sox at Rays, WEEI (McAdam)
3 p.m.: BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Chris Price on Patriots/NFL
7 p.m.:
Men's CBK — CAA Final: Northeastern vs. Charleston (CBSSN)
7 p.m.: Red Wings at Bruins, NESN/NBCSN (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

Marcus Smart, full-time basketball player, part-time ninja.

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