Morning Sports Update: Watch the shoving match between the Celtics and Bulls

The Celtics slumped to an early deficit, and tempers flared when Butler took a charge.

Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler both play a physical brand of basketball. AP/Matt Marton

The Celtics lost their cool as well as the game Thursday night, while the Patriots continue to prepare for their showdown with the Bills Sunday.

Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas got into a shoving match with Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo: It was a physical game last night in Chicago as the Bulls powered past the Celtics 105-99, and the brusque play resulted in a short exchange when Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder collided. As former teammates at Marquette, one might expect the two players to be more amicable with one another, but such was not the case and Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo joined in too. (Twitter via Jared Weiss)


Celtics dominated on glass in loss to Bulls: One of the foremost concerns when Jared Sullinger left Boston for Toronto was how the team would replace his rebounding. Al Horford could help, but the team would need it’s guards and wings to step up too, and last night the Bulls used their size to clean up the glass. Chicago outrebounded the Celtics 55-36, and 18 of those were offensive boards that led to 18 second chance points. An extra 18 Bulls shots made up for Boston’s 50%-39% shooting advantage. (WEEI)

NFL odds: Patriots heavy favorites in matchup with Bills: Tom Brady’s return and LeSean McCoy’s questionable status have made the Patriots heavy favorites on the road in Buffalo this Sunday, with a -6.5 spread entering the weekend. The Bills are coming off a bad loss to Miami that kept them from staying within a game of the Patriots’ AFC East lead, whereas New England has cruised to three straight wins since being upset by Rex Ryan and company in Foxborough in week 4. (NESN)

Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr. named finalists for Gold Glove Awards: The Red Sox season is over, but awards season is just getting started. David Ortiz was recently named the Hank Aaron award-winner as the American League’s best offensive player, and on the defensive side, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Jackie Bradley Jr. are representing Boston as finalists at their respective positions for the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove awards. (WEEI)


ESPN’s Chris Mortensen describes treatment he received from Patriots fans during Deflategate: It is sadly too common for sports followers to take their fanaticism to extremes, and after his incorrect report about the Patriots’ footballs during Deflategate, Chris Mortensen was hammered by New England fans. The ESPN reporter revealed yesterday that even after being diagnosed with throat cancer this past winter he was still receiving “death wishes” from Patriots fans. (Boston.com)


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