TD Garden drops proof of vaccination mandate, still holds onto masks — Boston Herald

Bruins and Celtics fans can now enter TD Garden without showing proof of vaccination at the door, as the venue dropped its mandate three days after Mayor Michelle Wu rescinded the city-wide vaccination ordinance. “I’m so happy just to have it normal,” said Kirsten Toomey, a fan from Brookline who attended Monday’s matinee game between…

TD Garden drops proof of vaccination mandate, still holds onto masks — Boston Herald






Denver11031-25Jokic – 28Jokic – 15Jokic – 6
Toronto10931-24Siakam – 35Siakam – 10Siakam – 7

Trailing by eight points (94-86) at the 9:33 mark in the fourth quarter, Denver went on a 12-1 run to take a three-point lead (98-95) with 6:54 remaining in the frame … The Nuggets did not trail for the rest of the game … Denver is 7-2 this season when the game is decided by one possession.


Denver outrebounded Toronto 50-to-35 in the win … The Nuggets are 21-8 when collecting more rebounds than their opponents … Denver has recorded 50+ rebounds in 11-of-56 games this season, something the team did 15 times in 72 contests last year.


  • With the win loss, Toronto falls to 31-24 this season and 16-13 at home … The Raptors will begin the first of two road games (Feb. 14-16) before the All-star break Monday in New Orleans.
  • Pascal Siakam finished with a season-best 35 points, along with 10 rebounds and seven assists in 42 minutes … He has now recorded a career high-tying 18 double-doubles this year … Siakam has finished with 20/10/5 in a franchise-record ten games this year, including four of the last six games (Feb. 3-12), averaging 29.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists during this stretch … Siakam has tallied six games with 30/10/5 in his career, the only Raptor that has more games with this stat line is Vince Carter (10).
  • Fred VanVleet tallied 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes … VanVleet has now made five three-pointers in four consecutive games played (Feb. 4-12), shooting 50 percent (23-46) from beyond the arc during this stretch … VanVleet has tallied five or more three-pointers in a franchise record 18 games this season. 
  • Scottie Barnes scored 17 points and added five rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes … Barnes has tallied 15+ points 24 times this season … The only Raptors to record more games with 15 or more points in their rookie season are Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Charlie Villanueva and Marcus Camby.
  • Toronto forced 18 Nuggets turnovers leading to 22 points … The Raptors have pressured opponents into 15 or more turnovers in 31 games this season and are tied for third in the NBA in points off turnovers (18.9).


  • With the win, Denver improves to 31-25, including 16-15 on the road … The Nuggets will return home to play Orlando Monday night.
  • Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes for his league-leading 44th double-double of the season … Jokic has now recorded 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and five or more assists in a career high-tying six consecutive games (Feb. 1-12), averaging 24.2 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.5 assists during this stretch … The other time he accomplished this streak was earlier this season (Dec. 8-17).
  • Denver made 14 three-point field goals tonight and has now recorded 10+ three-pointers in a franchise-record 17 consecutive games (Jan. 13 – Feb. 12).
  • Bones Hyland made his second career start and finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes … The Nuggets are 10-0 this season when Hyland scores in double figures.
  • Jeff Green tallied 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes … Green tallied 15+ points, five or more rebounds and five or more assists for just the 13th time in his 13-year career, and the first time this season.
  • Denver shot .464 (39-84) from the field and tallied 110 points in the win … The Nuggets are 22-4, including 12-3 on road when they score 110+ points.


02/12/2022TorontoL 110-109 Overall:2031
03/12/2022Denver at Toronto:1313
 at Denver:718

MLS Rumors: Kevin Durant Buys Ownership Stake In This Soccer Team —

Kevin Durant is checking into the beautiful game. The NBA superstar has bought a small ownership stake in the Philadelphia Union, The Sports Business Journal’s Mark J. Burns reported Thursday, citing a source. Durant will own between one percent and five percent of the Major League Soccer club, although it’s nuclear whether the minority stake…

MLS Rumors: Kevin Durant Buys Ownership Stake In This Soccer Team —

For sports, COVID-19 testing remains a major hurdle — WTTV CBS4Indy

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball would need thousands of virus tests every week if those leagues can resume playing games. That remains the biggest challenge to address before most sports can resume, especially in a time where getting tested has been problematic and frustrating for many Americans. All the leagues are trying to come up with solutions that would allow them to restart play without facing massive criticism for taking up so many testing resources. Restarting sports is a key to rebooting the economy, however, none of the leagues want to be blamed for taking tests away from the general public.

For sports, COVID-19 testing remains a major hurdle — WTTV CBS4Indy

PASCAL SIAKAM: “I don’t know how many threes they had, like twenty something (20), that’s too much and we are definitely not happy about that. We can definitely do a better job on defence and just run them off the three-point line, especially the guys we know are shooting.”





On the 28 assists this game … Yeah, I thought the offence was great … They kept taking what was there, and you’re right (team assists were) 28. I think it was real high early, so that’s a good sign. That was one of our better offensive nights. There was no real lulls, and the ball (was) sticking very much tonight.

On tonight’s game … They were hard to get rid of. I can’t count how many times we got up eight, nine, and then they hit a three … They hit 20 threes. That’s a lot. …. Little bit imbalanced last game and not getting the gaps closed down. Tonight we got the gaps closed down a little better and didn’t spring back out to the shooters, so the defence is a work in progress. We have to combine those two things a little better in a game.

What area of OG Anunoby’s game have you seen the most growth in? I just think he’s looking like more of a complete player now. There’s some shooting there that looks not hesitant at all, and it’s almost like when he’s open, you’re expecting him to make them, like all of them now, which is great. There’s good cutting, there’s a little bit of driving, there’s usually one a game where he gets in the lane and steals it, and he’s off the other way. He’s grown and doing a lot of things. He’s blocking shots here and there, getting his hand in off the drive here and there, so he’s had some good ones this year.

How would you access Pascal Siakam on fouls? He was good. He seemed a little bit not aggressive, kind of, in general, I thought, both offensively and defensively. Maybe it was a little bit of a foul situation on his mind maybe too much, but he did a good job tonight. He committed one foul. That’s going to get his average down.

PASCAL SIAKAM (23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists)

On having only one personal foul tonight … I mean, I have to be more ready. It’s something that I have to work on and I’ll eventually get better. I’m learning every single day, so it’s a good experience for me.

How important was the bench play tonight? We need that, we need everyone and just bringing the energy up a little bit. We didn’t win like we wanted to today, but we got the win and that’s all that matters.

On team’s defensive play tonight … I don’t know how many threes they had, like twenty something, that’s too much and we are definitely not happy about that. We can definitely do a better job on defence and just run them off the three-point line, especially the guys we know are shooting. So it’s part of it, learning, and obviously it’s better learning with a win, so we’ll go back and look at that and make sure we get better next game.

On your third quarter scoring … I try to be aggressive, just seeing what the defence is giving me. I always want to be in attack mode regardless, but I think just coming out of timeouts and making sure that the first five minutes we put some pressure on the other team and play fast, transition, try to do whatever we can just to make sure we come out with some energy.

FRED VANVLEET (12 points, five assists, two rebounds)

On tonight’s game … It’s good for us, it’s good practice. It’s a tough team and they are playing well and they gave us their all. We knew that we were going to have our hands full. Obviously we probably could have given ourselves more space and comfort in terms of scoring, but they made plays and we had to keep fighting and close them out.

On the amount of threes made by Sacramento tonight … I don’t know how many of those were contested, but not enough for us, so a lot of breakdowns, falling asleep and they did a good job of finding guys. They’ve got explosive guys, so you can’t give them too many looks, but we weathered it and we were able to come out with a win. We will take it.

KYLE LOWRY (24 points, six assists, two rebounds)

When a team hits that many threes, how much is it them getting hot or defensive miscues? Miscues, a lot of miscues, but they made shots. You give them credit – they made the shots when they had the opportunity. A lot of misreads and a lot of miscommunication, but we have to continue to get better and grow as a team. We take the win, and figure it out and get better.

On the play of OG Anunoby … I think he’s just getting repetitions. I think just getting repetitions again on the floor and I think he’s just going to continue to grow. I think right now he’s playing his role and doing what we are asking him to do, and he’s doing it at a high level right now.