BOSTON Teams

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart missed a month because of a thigh injury and a hand injury. He believes the time off will help him down the stretch of the season. "To have that break, it's kind of like my break was kind of like a cheat-sheet for me," Smart said after Friday's win. "I got fresh legs ... still working out the kinks in my legs, but it just gives me more energy to bring to this team and intensity and pick this team up especially on the defensive end."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on the Celtics bench giving his team a big lift in Friday's win. Boston's bench outscored the Pistons' bench 65-21: "It builds a lot of confidence to be able to play our style of basketball for a full 48 minute game. I believe we had 30 assists tonight so the ball was hopping, getting in the paint and attacking the defense, and creating opportunities for one another. Defensively after the first quarter I felt like once we limited their transition game, made them play against our half court defense then we did a great job. When our bench is playing like that, we're making shots, they play with the type of pace they did tonight, the unselfishness, it makes the game a lot easier."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics' net rating Friday with Marcus Smart on the court: plus-30.1, which includes a team-best defensive rating of 84.4. Smart, returning to action after missing the last 11 games with a hand laceration, helped Boston's reserves score a season-high 65 bench points.

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Celtics snap three-game losing streak (1:20)
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Rim denies Griffin (0:17)
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Smith drills 3-point heave at buzzer (0:16)
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Tatum gets into lane for and-1 bucket (0:24)
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Irving walks into deep 3-pointer (0:16)
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Tatum perfect in the first (0:28)
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A speedy Irving goes coast-to-coast (0:17)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots are awarded a fourth-round compensatory draft pick (136), the NFL announces. So total picks as of now for Patriots: 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 6.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Cora on the continuing wait for J.D. Martinez: "I'm not concerned." Said his focus is solely on the players who are in camp.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Hanley Ramírez sporting the words "Parkland Strong" on the side of his hat. All MLB teams are wearing Stoneman Douglas hats to honor the victims.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Swihart can't always be sure of the position — catcher? first base? left field? — but he knows he'll play a lot in spring training. Sure, the former top catching prospect is competing for a Red Sox bench job, but clearly, he has a chance to make an impression on other teams, too. Out of options, Swihart is a candidate to be traded before the end of spring training.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alex Cora speaks about wearing the hats honoring the Stoneman Douglas victims.