Back from injury, Thomas scores 25 as Celtics top Wizards

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:19 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:17 PM


            Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the first quarter in Boston, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Boston Celtics got a bit of revenge against the Washington Wizards and also took control of the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Wizards in another testy matchup Monday night between two of the top teams in the East.

"We knew it was going to be one of those games," Thomas said. "With that team it's always going to be a physical game, always going to be trash talking and things like that. We're basketball players. We love it. We love that type of environment, but we've got to be smart about the things we do and we did a good job tonight."

Avery Bradley added 20 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which moved 2½ games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the East. The Celtics trail first-place Cleveland by two games.

"You didn't have to say much to get ready for this game," Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

Jae Crowder and Al Horford each had 16 points and nine boards.

Bradley Beal led Washington with 19 points, and John Wall had 16 points with eight assists.

"I think it's the same as the last game. There were just a couple technicals this game, but other than that it was a clean game," Wall said. "Nobody did anything dirty. Just two teams that (are) playing physical, fighting for a seeding, know where they want to be and just playing hard."

Behind Thomas' 12 third-quarter points, Boston pushed an 11-point halftime lead to 92-75 after three.

The Wizards trailed by 15 with just more than four minutes left, but closed to 106-100 on Kelly Oubre Jr.'s steal and breakaway dunk with 2:05 to play.

Marcus Smart had a basket and two free throws to seal it.

The bad feelings built up between the teams this season resurfaced briefly midway into the second quarter. Washington's Brandon Jennings bumped into Terry Rozier a few times under the basket before Rozier pushed him to the floor near midcourt. Both got a technical.

"I just think it was a physical game," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "They're a physical team. They've got a couple of guys that play very physical."

In the last meeting at TD Garden in early January, Crowder and Wall had words at the end of the game. Crowder pointed his finger in Wall's face, and Wall slapped at him.

When they met in Washington on Jan. 25, the Wizards wore what they called "funeral black" to the game before picking up the win.

The Celtics used a 16-5 run midway into the second to help them build a 58-47 halftime edge.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Wizards: F Markieff Morris (illness) returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games. ... Wall came up limping after a driving, spinning basket in the third quarter, but stayed in the game. ... Washington committed a season-high 28 fouls in losing for the fourth time in five games.

Celtics: Thomas hit a 3-pointer for a club-record 45th straight game. ... Boston opened a stretch of six straight at home and plays only three road games the rest of the regular season.

EXTRA SECURITY

There were four Boston police officers along the walls between the doors to the locker rooms when the media was allowed down the hall after the game. Usually, there is one or none. The doors are about 15 feet apart with a black curtain in the middle.

ON THE BOARDS

Boston outrebounded the Wizards 54-39, collecting a season-high 20 on the offensive glass.

REACQUAINTED

With the Celtics healthy again, Stevens said the final weeks of the regular season give his team a chance to get stronger playing together.

"We just haven't had a ton of time with ourselves fully healthy," he said. "We have to make sure that we utilize this time appropriately for our team to get better. Regardless of who we're playing against, there aren't any secrets."

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Washington has won two of the three previous meetings this season.

Celtics: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Boston has beaten Indiana twice this season, with Thomas leading the team in scoring both times.

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans in Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:37 PM

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A Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland halted production last week after human waste was discovered in its soda cans, The Guardian reported. 

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Now police are investigating how this could have happened at the Hellenic Bottling Company. 

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The company said none of the contaminated products made it onto store shelves and they impounded the contaminated cans, according to The Guardian. They noticed the problem when machines at the plant became clogged.

“The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures,” Coca-Cola said in a statement. 

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“This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale.”

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Ohio stepfather, son deploying overseas on same day

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:16 PM

Pfc. Dustin McReynolds (left), and his stepfather, 1st Sgt. Robert Carr, are being deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.
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A Huber Heights family with strong military ties will send two members into a combat zone

Ellie Carr said Wednesday her husband and son, both members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, are preparing to deploy Saturday to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

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Ellie Carr’s husband, 1st Sgt. Robert Carr — expected to be promoted to the rank of sergeant major this week — will head to Afghanistan, while her son, Pfc. Dustin McReynolds, will take off for Iraq. Both will be gone for a year.

“We found out first my husband was deploying to Afghanistan,” Ellie Carr said.

She said her son enlisted in 2016 and completed basic training in January -- this will be his first deployment.

“It worried me a little bit at the time because I really didn’t want … my son being so new in the military, I was worried about him,” Ellie Carr said.

Ellie Carr said some of that worry has since subsided after meeting her son’s chain of command.

“They’re a great group of people; I’m thrilled he’s going with them,” she said.

During the next year, Ellie Carr said she’ll be going through major life changes as well.

She quit her job of 10 years working in logistics to enroll full-time in nursing school. She said it’s been a dream of hers.

“This will definitely keep me busy,” Ellie Carr said. “It’s just going to be me and my dog,” Lexi, a miniature Australian Shepherd.

Robert Carr, who previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, and McReynolds are just two of more than 2 million military service members who have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.

“It makes me proud,” Ellie Carr said.

She said her family has a strong military history. Her father, who recently died, retired from the Army after 25 years, she said.

“It was natural,” she said, of her son joining the military. “If you’ve never been around it, it’s different. Military families are unique.”

Ellie Carr said holidays will be the toughest part of her husband and son deploying, especially because her immediate family is out of state.

Come Saturday, “The emotions are going to be running crazy. I’ve been trying to be strong,” Ellie Carr said.

The family plans to Skype and write letters to stay in contact. And Ellie Carr said her son will be getting plenty of deliveries of Airheads and Zebra Cakes.

Ivanka Trump will take official White House role as the assistant to the president

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

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After ethics questions were raised about the nature of her role in the White House, Ivanka Trump will officially become an employee of the federal government and will work as the “assistant to the president” for no pay.

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Last week, reports came out suggesting the first daughter would be getting a White House office, security clearance and government-issued phone as an informal adviser without an official job title. Concerns over the unidentified description of her role and potential conflicts of interest prompted Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) to send a letter to the Office of Government Ethics.

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“Ms. Trump’s increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role, her potential conflicts of interest, and her commitment to voluntarily comply with relevant ethics and conflict of interest laws have resulted in substantial confusion,” the letter read.

In response, Ivanka Trump provided a statement obtained by The New York Times, in which she addresses the confusion and announced her new position.

“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” she said. “Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

The White House also addressed the news, with a spokeswoman for President Trump saying, “We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president. Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”

Video captures terrifying Washington state home invasion robbery

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

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The Sheriff's office in Snohomish County, Washington, is asking for the public's help to identify two men who robbed an Everett woman on Wednesday morning in her own home.

According to police, the men broke into the home by kicking in the doors.

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Once inside, the two confronted the victim and ripped off her jewelry.

Anyone with information is asked to call at 425-388-5258.