Morning Sports Update: Avery Bradley explains how Russell Westbrook scored go-ahead layup

Westbrook outscored the Celtics as a team down the stretch.

Avery Bradley and the Celtics lost another game without Isaiah Thomas last night. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Celtics may have given one away in crunch time, while the Dolphins lost Ryan Tannehill to injury.

Celtics fed up with late-game struggles after loss to Oklahoma City Thunder: Avery Bradley owned up to a defensive miscommunication on a pick and roll that allowed Russell Westbrook to break a tie in the last minute. “I think it was me and Amir [Johnson],” he said. “I was supposed to send him right, he ended up going left. Those plays happen. They can’t happen, especially at the end of the game. But all we can do is learn from it. It’s over now.” (MassLive)


A busy week for the Red Sox ends with Christmas at Fenway: As was the case in 2014, the Red Sox have been named the unofficial winners of the 2016 Winter Meetings, and team president Dave Dombrowski said the team’s heavy-lifting is done. “Something may come out of the blue, but all in all as far as putting our club together, we feel comfortable where we are now,” he said. The Red Sox may still trade away one of their starting pitchers, however. (Boston Globe)

Red Sox reportedly wanted Miami pitching prospect in exchange for Clay Buchholz: Before the Winter Meetings ended, the Red Sox and Marlins reportedly discussed a trade for Clay Buchholz. But those talks apparently came to an abrupt halt because Miami was unwilling to part with pitching prospect Luis Castillo, a 23-year-old who thrived between Single-A and Double-A last season. The Marlins also wanted the Red Sox to pay some of the $13.5 million owed to Buchholz. (WEEI)

Some NBA teams think DeMarcus Cousins trade to Celtics has ‘traction’: According to a rumor that surfaced yesterday on Twitter, an NBA source indicated that there may be some substance to the trade rumors surrounding DeMarcus Cousins and the Celtics. But the speculation did not originate from either the Celtics or Kings, rather a third party, which seems to connote that there is nothing imminent on the horizon, although nothing can be ruled out. (NESN)


Rob Gronkowski got the SNL treatment from host John Cena: John Cena hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and the Massachusetts native did his best impression of another New England favorite. Cena, as Gronkowski, was asked about his party cruise, and the possibility of buying a cheetah. To the latter question, he responded, “Hell yeah, cheetah would be awesome, bro. Put sunglasses on it and feed it Cheetos. (Boston.com)


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