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Vegas ranks final four NFL teams

After the divisional round, the New England Patriots remain atop our NFL Vegas power rankings. Our handicappers rate the four teams remaining and give value plays for the weekend.

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Golic doesn't buy Belichick's lack of social media knowledge (0:39)
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Celtics drop Hornets for third straight win (1:03)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas admits he's pondered changing his jersey number to 11. Told he should embrace No. 4 considering the way he plays in the fourth quarter, Thomas smiled and said, "You're right. I've got a lot of thinking to do." Thomas chose 4 because 11 was taken when he got traded to Boston. It's currently vacant.

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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 17 4th-quarter points Monday, and is averaging a league-best 10.1 4th-quarter points per game this season.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 108, Hornets 98: Mr. Fourth Quarter Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his game-high 35 points in the final frame as Boston won for the 13th time in 16 games. Thomas now averages more points in the fourth quarter of games than 11 of his teammates do overall this season.

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Smart's hustle leads to a bucket for the Celtics (0:28)
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Thomas fires off a big 3 for Celtics in win (0:34)

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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, the longest streak in the NBA this season. It's the longest streak since Kevin McHale had a 30-gamer spanning the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. (Via Elias Sports Bureau).

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Williams throws down a one-handed slam for Hornets (0:20)

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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas has scored at least 20 points in 24 straight games. Another would make him the first Celtics player with a 25-game streak since Kevin McHale had 30 straight in 1986.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Teams like the Boston Celtics have gone all out on social media trying to get fans to vote for their players in this year's All-Star game. But one of Avery Bradley's college buddies took it to a new extreme. Nate Paul, a businessman in Austin, Texas, bought a digital billboard near the University of Texas encouraging fans to vote for Bradley — a UT product — for the All-Star game. Bradley lives in Austin and has been getting texts from friends and family about it. Said Bradley: "It's really neat. I thought it was cool that somebody showing that support. I live in Austin and going to UT, all the guys there, they support me. So I thought it was pretty cool." (photo: Twitter/@JOEYxFRESCO)

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Islanders ride three-goal second period past Bruins (1:01)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is back in the starting lineup after a four-game absence due to an Achilles injury. Kelly Olynyk is good to go as well despite rolling an ankle on Sunday at practice. Tyler Zeller (illness) and James Young (ankle) remain out for Boston.

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