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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  February 1, 2010 03:30 PM

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Washington has been awfully good at providing bailouts to troubled outfits, let's see if it can help a pair of Boston sports teams -- the Celtics and the Bruins -- get back on their feet.

Both of the local winter sports organizations are looking for some aid from our nation's capital, a little loss prevention. One is likely to get it and one is not. The Celtics, coming off a bruising o-fer against the Magic, Hawks and Lakers, are facing the woeful Washington Wizards tonight in D.C.

The Wizards are winners of two straight, but if KG and Co., can't win this game then it's time for a reorganization of assets by Danny Ainge.

The Bruins, in the middle of a horrid stretch of hockey (1-8-2), faceoff with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at the Garden. Unfortunately, for the Black and Gold, the Capitals are riding a franchise-best 10-game winning streak and not in a very giving mood.

But on the plus side, Bruins fans are likely to see what it's like when a team makes frequent deposits into an NHL net. The Capitals lead the NHL in goals per game (3.82), while the Bruins are last (2.34). At least someone in Washington is on the plus-side of a deficit. 

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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