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Curses no more in Chicago and Boston (0:47)
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Bradley: 'I won the battle' against Butler (1:07)
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Celts' Bradley: 'I won the battle' with Butler

Celtics guard Avery Bradley said he felt disrespected by comments made by Bulls star Jimmy Butler after Game 5 and that he "won two battles in a row" after Boston eliminated Chicago on Friday.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Third-round pick John Johnson said he "knew there was a shot" the Rams would draft him, "but I wouldn't say they were on me hot." How does he see himself? "I think I fit best as a safety, although I think I have a corner body type. I came into Boston College as a corner. I like covering man-to-man, and I like covering zone."

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Patriots' offseason moves come into play (1:09)
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Red Sox take 5-4 win over Cubs (0:50)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn said trade with New England didn't have anything to do with Chris Godwin falling. Was more waiting on New England if the Patriots wanted to do the deal.

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Celtics close out Chicago with dominant win (1:47)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder said Isaiah Thomas told teammates to go prepare for the Wizards while he heads to Tacoma for his sister's funeral. "He's gonna have a busy 24 hours," said Crowder. "He's shown he can overcome a lot. We're his family, he's going to be with his family, so I think he'll be able to bounce back. But we know he's going through a lot, and he wants us to prepare, and that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna prepare, and when he gets back he said he'll be ready to go."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Youngstown DE Derek Rivers, the Patriots' initial third-round pick (No. 83), just held a conference call with reporters and one of the biggest takeaways was how he said the Senior Bowl was a great experience for him because he comes from a smaller school. "For an FCS guy, it's very important," he said. "Everybody questions the competition ... when I got to practice and play with some of those guys that I see on TV, on ESPN, it was pretty cool."

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John Johnson fills Rams need at safety

Los Angeles drafted the Boston College safety in the third round, and get an instinctive and fluid athlete who shows quality range.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams got their DB. It's John Johnson, a safety out of Boston College, taken with the 91st overall pick to complete Day 2. Both of the Rams' safeties (Maurice Alexander and Lamarcus Joyner, transitioning from slot corner) are unrestricted free agents next offseason. So is their main backup (Cody Davis). Johnson is deemed to have good athleticism and ball skills. 6 feet, 208 pounds.

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Pats take LB with their first selection (0:28)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots made their second trade of the night, moving up in the third round to the Detroit Lions' pick at No. 85 (third round) to select Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia. The Patriots trade a third-round pick (96) and fourth-rounder (124) in that deal. Garcia is 6-foot-6 1/4 and 302 pounds, and played left tackle at Troy. Starting left tackle Nate Solder enters the final year of his contract.

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Patriots grab Antonio Garcia for O-line

With its second pick in the third round, New England selected the Troy OT, a player that Mel Kiper Jr. has only scratched the surface as a developing lineman.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As of now, four of the Lions picks this year came from New England: Nos. 96, 124, 215 and 250. Lions GM Bob Quinn worked with Bill Belichick in New England before being hired with the Lions.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Isaiah Thomas as he heads home to Tacoma for his sister's funeral: "Tomorrow is a lot more important than Sunday."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Antonio Garcia did not allow a sack in more than 900 offensive snaps in 2016, on an offensive line that led in the country in fewest sacks allowed (9). He should fit well in a Patriots trench that ranked ninth in fewest sacks allowed last season.

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Patriots use first pick on Derek Rivers

The Super Bowl champions had to wait 83 picks before drafting the Youngstown State DE, whom Mel Kiper Jr. calls an under-the-radar pass-rusher with impressive tape and workout numbers.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Two-time FCS All-American Derek Rivers left Youngstown State as the program's career record holder in sacks (41), which also ranks in the top five in FCS history.