FOXBOROUGH – (Wire Service Report) – The New England Patriots ruled out tight end Rob Gronkowski for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers due to a chest injury. Gronkowski missed his third straight practice on Friday and the team later listed him as out on the official injury report.
Gronkowski sustained the injury in last Sunday night’s 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He took a hard hit from Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and temporarily had to leave the game in the first half. There has been speculation Gronkowski may also have a lung injury. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the injury is “not overly serious” and that Gronkowski does not have a punctured lung. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the injury is a perforated lung.
Gronkowski will not make the trip to the Bay Area, leaving Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengel as the two available tight ends on the roster.
Bennett, who has 38 catches for 504 yards and four touchdowns this season, will get the start in place of Gronkowski.
Gronkowski missed two games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury.
The Patriots also ruled out wide receiver Chris Hogan because of a back injury.
The 49ers ruled out outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) and listed wide receiver Torrey Smith (shoulder) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) as questionable.
Golden State 104, Boston 88
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, November 18, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON – (Wire Service Report) – – A loud fire alarm rang through TD Garden minutes after Friday night’s game. It came about an hour late for the home team. It came after the Golden State Warriors put on a third-quarter clinic — at both ends of the floor.
“I think defensively the third quarter was fantastic,” Kevin Durant said after the Warriors outscored the Celtics 31-9 in the third en route to a 104-88 rout of the Boston Celtics. “That’s high-level defense. We’re flying around, helping each other, getting our hand on basketballs, getting out on transition.
“It was incredible to watch. We’ve got to continue to build on that. Offensively, another 30-plus assist night it was good for us.”
The Celtics went 2-for-17 in the quarter.
Ahead by seven at halftime, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run — capped by an 18-0 streak — to break open the competitive game and power to their sixth straight victory. Boston, still playing without the injured Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (ankle), were in the game and trailed 55-48 at the break. The Warriors then went wild and improved to 10-2. Klay Thompson scored 11 of his 28 points in the quarter.
Durant, seriously courted by the Celtics before signing with Golden State, scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds and seven assists, and both he and Thompson sat as the Celtics made their little run. Naturally, Durant was booed — loudly during the pregame introductions and then every time he touched the ball.
“I didn’t care,” he said. “I’m always motivated to play, so, no, I was cool.”
Steph Curry avoided a season-low in scoring when he hit a 3-pointer and another basket late, finishing with 16 points (his low was 13), while Draymond Green had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Curry, who also got a technical foul, was 7-for-16 from the floor, 2-for-10 from 3-point range and also missed three layups.
Down 30 early in the fourth quarter, the Celtics were able to cut their deficit to 12 with 1:50 left.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics (6-6) with a season-low 18 points (his previous low was 23), while Avery Bradley scored 17. After the game, Thomas, who sat out much of the fourth quarter and logged 27:35 (with a game Saturday night), said he wasn’t thrilled his team threw in the towel. Thomas was asked about Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia imitating Durant after hitting an outside shot to cap an 18-0 run to blow open a competitive game.
“Yeah, but at that point the game was turned around,” Thomas said. “I guess we gave up. Coaching staff as well. We start subbing. It was bad … we gave up.
“We went into panic mode for whatever reason, and that’s what happened. So I’m upset with that.”