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Celtics Notebook: Injury woes striking early

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Celtics Notebook: Injury woes striking early

Whether it’s a carryover from going double overtime in New York last Wednesday, or the general wear and tear of opening the season with five games in eight days, the Celtics are dealing with some matters of attrition early.

Al Horford, the latest casualty, missed Monday night’s game in Charlotte with a strained groin, to go along with a second straight absence by Romeo Langford with a sore calf.

On the other hand, Jaylen Brown returned from a one-game absence related to a sore left knee.

As a result, the Celtics went smaller, with Dennis Schroder replacing Horford in the starting lineup against Charlotte. It’s an early challenge for a first-year head coach.

“I wouldn’t say it’s typical — part of it was COVID obviously, our guys being out,” said Ime Udoka. “When you come back from 10 days out in Jaylen’s case, that ramp-up, you can’t implement that in a workout or getting shots up. So the high level of competition, especially the first game with the double overtime, took a toll a bit there.

“For an older guy like Al we’re just being cautious, and he is feeling something with the three in four nights. Romeo’s unfortunate situation, and Dennis and some of the other guys have taken hits throughout training camp. Probably not normal. We hit a bit of adversity early with guys in and out and all the nicks, banged-up guys. But what we’ve done well in the preseason and now so far is we’ve thrown in guys and they’ve done well.”

Horford’s tightness started during Sunday’s win in Houston.

“We’re being cautious but it’s legit, he felt something,” said Udoka. “Third game in four nights for him coming off of 10 days out with COVID. So we built him up, obviously, 25 minutes in the first game and 30 minutes (Sunday) night, and would have kept him in that range again tonight. But he did feel some, so we want to be smart and not sacrifice health for the big picture.”

More movement required

Though Udoka came in demanding better offensive movement, he has only occasionally seen the desired effect so far.

“We would like movement, it depends on the situation,” said Udoka. “We have put in cutting off post-ups, cutting off isolations. We feel we’re too stagnant off the weak side at times. If you hear me during games I’m constantly telling the weak side to move and not stand around. Teams are heavy shift teams this year — all three we’ve played so far — so we want some movement. We had some nice cuts (in Houston) for drop-offs, Marcus’ (Smart) and-one and some of those other plays. We talk about tandems in our four-out spacing — a tandem on ball-side, a tandem on weak-side to shift the defense, and is something we’re constantly working on.”

Opportunity knocks

Udoka has said that Enes Kanter — not the ideal player for a switching defensive scheme — would receive more opportunity once the Celtics resumed using more traditional schemes. But Horford’s absence may have cracked the door open for players like Kanter and Juancho Hernangomez to get some additional minutes.

“We’re comfortable going big or small, and it will be the opportunity now with Al out,” said Udoka. “We’re looking at combinations tonight since Charlotte has a few guys out. We feel we can go several different ways. But with the guys you just mentioned it’s an opportunity and we look forward to them being ready.”

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Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings

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Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings

AURORA — After recent shootings involving teens in Aurora, the public school system has decided students will have to stay on campus during lunch break at least for the next several weeks.

All high schools in Aurora will have closed campuses beginning Monday and continuing at least through winter break, an Aurora Public Schools spokesperson told KCNC-TV in Denver.

The announcement was made Saturday at a vigil held at Nome Park, where six students from Aurora Central High School were shot and injured on Nov. 15. Two arrests have been made.

Four days later, three more students were injured in a shooting in the parking lot at Hinkley High School. Three arrests have been made in that case.

Aurora schools will have additional security and mental health support for students when they return to classes after the Thanksgiving break, Superintendent Rico Munn said in a letter to the community.

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Instant Analysis: Miami Dolphins 33, Carolina Panthers 10

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David Furones, Dolphins Writer

This is what the Dolphins look like clicking on all cylinders. Tua Tagovailoa, even without DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, connecting with Jaylen Waddle non-stop. The defense swarming and forcing turnovers. Even special teams is scoring. The momentum is real, and Miami can legitimately reinsert itself into playoff discussion with a few more wins against a favorable upcoming schedule.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor

The Dolphins had their most complete effort of the year and they are now 5-7. Tua Tagovailoa played very well and the defense was even better. Wins against the quite-incomplete Giants and Jets would have Miami at .500. Crazy.

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor

OK … the Dolphins have basically negated the Falcons and Jaguars losses with two wins as a home underdog against the Ravens and Panthers. They are 5-7 and it would be inexcusable for this meteorically rising defense and the truly competent offense to not defeat the visiting Giants and Jets to get to 7-7. Then, they probably would need to sweep the Saints, Titans and Patriots to reach the playoffs. But, more realistic now — and inconceivable four games ago — is a winning season at 9-8. Tua did two big things he hadn’t during this season: didn’t throw a bad interception, and hit Jaylen Waddle in stride deep down the field. Waddle could end up right in the mix for consideration as the best wide receiver in this draft’s loaded wide receiver first round.

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Business People: BWBR names Stephanie McDaniel president and CEO

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OF NOTE – ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

Stephanie McDaniel

BWBR, St. Paul, announced that Stephanie McDaniel has been named president and CEO, becoming the first woman to hold these titles in the 100-year history of the company.

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Fallon, Minneapolis, announced it has selected U.S. creative agency of record for Entenmann’s, a national provider of grocery store bakery product brands, including Little Bites, Minis and Donuts.

FOOD

Hormel Foods, an Austin, Minn.-based branded food company, announced that Jim Sheehan plans to retire as executive vice president and chief financial officer after 43 years with the company. Jacinth Smiley, group vice president of corporate strategy, has been named his successor.

GOVERNMENT

The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in southeastern Minnesota, announced the following new members of its Community Council (Tribal Council): Shelley Buck, Michael Childs Jr., Johnny Johnson, Valentina Mgeni and Cody Whitebear. The newly elected council will be sworn in on Dec. 5.

HEALTH CARE

HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and operator of hospitals and clinics, announced that Dr. Mark Sannes has been named co-executive medical director of its care group.

HONORS

The national Tnemec Tank of the Year contest announced that three Minnesota decorative community water tower tanks were selected to receive awards: the Moorhead tank was selected as Tnemec’s Tank of the Year; Rochester‘s tank was People’s Choice, and Lino Lakes was No. 5 runner up. Engineers involved on the projects include Apex Engineering, WSB, Braun Intertec and KLM Engineering. Tnemec is an industrial paint and coatings company. … The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Cindy Haas, senior vice president of private banking at Gateway Bank, is the first female business leader to receive the chamber’s Legacy Award.

LAW

Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis, announced the re-election of Kevin P. Goodno, Sean P. Kearney and James H. Snelson to the firm’s board of directors. … Larkin Hoffman, Minneapolis, announced that Cory Behrendt has joined the firm as chief information officer. … Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, announced that it has named 19 new partners in the firm, effective Jan.1; Minneapolis partners are Trevor Brown, Labor & Employment; Evan Everist, Trademark; Morgan Helme, Mergers & Acquisitions; Alan Iverson, Healthcare Litigation; Alex Sellke, Real Estate; Vanessa Szalapski, Healthcare Litigation; Tiana Towns, Construction & Design, and David Townsend, Technology Commerce. … St. Paul law firm HAWS-KM announced the addition of attorney Aidan Zielske, practicing in the areas of product liability defense, transportation litigation, commercial litigation, and toxic torts.

MANUFACTURING

Donaldson Co., a Bloomington-based international maker of filter systems for industry, announced that it has elected Christopher Hilger to its board of directors. Hilger is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Securian Financial Group, St. Paul. … Sleep Number Corp., a Minneapolis-based maker and retailer of specialty mattresses and beds, announced the appointment to its board of Phillip Eyler and Angel L. Mendez; Eyler is president and CEO of Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies; Mendez is the former executive vice president and chief operating officer of HERE Technologies. … Dalsin Industries, a Bloomington-based metal fabrication manufacturer, announced the following changes to its board of directors: Board member and Co-Chairman Mark Dalsin has retired, and Diana Dalsin and Jim Glomstad have joined the board. Diana Dalsin is community relations manager at Bridging Minnesota, a homeless advocacy and support organization; Glomstad is chief executive officer of Sportech, a maker of cab components for sport-related, agricultural and industrial vehicles.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Intricon Corp., an Arden Hills-based developer of miniature interventional, implantable and body-worn medical devices, announced that Ellen Scipta has stepped down as chief financial officer; Annalee Lutgen, treasurer and director of finance, will serve as interim CFO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

ORGANIZATIONS

Launch Minnesota, a St. Paul-based group focused on helping businesses find strartup funding, announced that Maddy Kennedy has been named program specialist.

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