Morning sports update: Don Sweeney explained where the Bruins are looking to upgrade

Also: Brad Stevens' joke about the starting lineup, the smartest player Doc Rivers coached, and Paul Pierce among the greats.

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney takes questions from reporters during a news conference, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Boston. The NHL hockey team are bringing head coach Bruce Cassidy back next season, dropping the interim tag from his title as a reward for leading the team back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney at a press conference in 2017. –AP Photo/Steven Senne

The Bruins host the Islanders at TD Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Celtics will welcome the Cavaliers on Friday.

The Bruins are “looking for help” already: Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was asked by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman recently if Boston is trying to make an upgrade to their roster.

“Up front, certainly,” Sweeney responded.

Through 24 games, the Bruins are fourth in the Atlantic Division. Injuries to key players like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron have hampered the early season.

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Doc Rivers called Rajon Rondo, “The smartest guy I’ve ever been around in basketball.”

Brad Stevens gave a typically deadpan response about when he plans to have a settled starting lineup:

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