BOSTON Teams

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Just a few slots away from the Patriots' initial selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, the No. 72 overall pick (8 slots into the third round), and this marks the first time in franchise history that the club has not made a selection in the first two rounds of the draft. One scenario that could present itself is injured Michigan TE Jake Butt being available. This would be a redshirt year for Butt (torn ACL), but perhaps the Patriots might consider him being available at this point too good of a value to pass up.

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Green's extra pass leads to Bradley's 3 (0:20)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago fans boo when Bears draft pick Mitch Trubisky photo shown on JumboTron at United Center. Turns to a few cheers when they realize he's actually here.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas missed all five 3-pointers he took in the first half but the rest of the Celtics made nine of their 14 attempts (64.3 percent). Celtics led by as much as 17 and still up double digits at halftime. Halftime: Celtics 54, Bulls 41.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Cleveland Browns selecting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second round (No. 52), the book can officially be closed on any discussion about the Patriots trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to Cleveland. As ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said multiple times in recent months, the Patriots were never trading Garoppolo.

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Celtics stretch lead to double digits with two straight 3s (0:36)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

If Jimmy Butler's knee is sore he didn't show it in first quarter. Butler's 10 points allowed Bulls to hang around after Boston went up double digits early. Avery Bradley with nine points for Boston. End of 1st: Celtics 30, Bulls 23

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Green cruises to big dunk (0:16)
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Celtics open game with back-to-back-to-back 3s (0:26)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

An AFC East thought: With the Jets following the first-round pick of LSU safety Jamal Adams (No. 6) by selecting Florida safety Marcus Maye in the second round (No. 39), it reflects, in part, how teams in the division must build a roster that can defend a diverse Patriots offense. Specifically with the Jets' back-to-back picks at safety, tight end Rob Gronkowski (when healthy, of course) can be one of the NFL's toughest matchups and this provides the Jets some more options.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens, an Indianapolis native who grew up a fan of the Pacers and sometimes crossed paths with team brass while coaching at Butler University, on Larry Bird stepping down: "I've obviously admired [Bird] since he played for the Celtics and I thought that he did a tremendous job as a coach and front office person in Indiana. When I was there, the runs they went on for all the years he was there was really impressive. So whatever he chooses to do and look forward to, we certainly all wish him the best."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After scoring 13 runs in seven games, including three shutouts, a five-run first inning is cathartic for Red Sox against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta at Fenway Park. 10 batters came to the plate and seven reached on six hits and a walk.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens knows the Bulls will not go quietly. "We've talked [since Game 5] how we need to play our best game yet. We know it's going to be really hard. We know that there's a lot of good players over there, that we were lucky to win, I thought, Game 5. But we know how hard it's going to be. So our guys are focused on trying to do their best to play well."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Boston Celtics do not have a game on Sunday — either Game 7 versus the Bulls or Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series — Avery Bradley is hoping to join the Celtics contingent that will accompany Isaiah Thomas to Tacoma for his sister's funeral on Saturday. Said Bradley: "If I'm not able to be there, I'm still going to make sure I'm supporting him however I can to let him know that I'm here for him for this time."

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Jemele says Belichick is in everybody's head (1:23)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein gave his 2004 World Series ring to his father, Leslie. He brought his 2016 ring to Boston so his father could put it on and take a picture with both. "It'll be pretty cool," Theo said. Leslie Epstein is director of the creative writing department at Boston University.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs-Red Sox brings back more than Theo Epstein, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Kevin Youkilis signing autographs for fans during batting practice.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

"See Red" T-shirts for Game 6 of Bulls-Celtics at United Center.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Will this be the last game in the Celtics-Bulls series? Isaiah Thomas and the Cs have just arrived at the United Center for Game 6.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Isaiah Thomas arrives for Game 6.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester is back at Fenway Park, albeit in the cramped quarters of the visiting dugout and clubhouse.

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Epstein accidentally walked into closet at Fenway Park (1:36)