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Mike Petraglia is a columnist and reporter and has covered the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Boston College since the inception of WEEI.com in 2008. He has been working for Sports Radio WEEI since 1999. Mike began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Boston beat on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI, ESPN Radio and Sirius NFL and Fox Sports Radio.

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04/29/16 04:20 EST
Brad Stevens isn't waiting for Danny Ainge to bring Kevin Durant through the door anytime soon. Sure, that might happen if Durant is convinced Boston is close enough to the title and far enough away from the Western Conference that he could carry Boston to the Finals, not having to go through San Antonio, Golden State or Portland. But in the meantime, and before the draft in late June, Stevens has to look himself in the mirror and then look at the TV monitor for replays of the series against Atlanta to find out where it all went wrong after the Celtics were up 29-19 in Game 5 with the series tied. While he waits for Ainge to restock his pantry with shooters and scorers, Stevens is going to be doing some serious self-examination in the next couple of weeks. Stevens was beaten to the punch by Atlanta counterpart Mike Budenholzer in Games 5 and 6, and whether it's purely personnel or Stevens slow at the draw, the Celtics never looked like they adjusted to the multiple pressures they were
04/27/16 12:46 EST
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The ball is squarely in Brad Stevens' court. After several days of praise and accolades thrown his way, including being called potentially one of the greatest coaches of all-time by his now injured star, the Celtics coach has to figure out a way to counter what Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks were able to do in Game 5. Namely, take away Isaiah Thomas and make the rest of the team beat them. They failed big time Tuesday with a chance to take control of the series heading back to Boston for Game 6. The Hawks overcame their own ineptness early and cruised to a 110-83 win over the Celtics, handing Stevens his worst loss of the season. If you think Stevens went in and turned over the training table Isaiah Thomas was getting treatment on for his left ankle, you're wrong. That's never been Stevens' style and he's not about to start after a Game 5 loss. "I just walked in and I said, 'Listen, we have to a couple of things that were obvious by the naked eye to watch better, that we can control.
04/25/16 11:46 EST
The Celtics should win this series now. Following an epic 104-95 win in overtime in Game 4 at a deafening TD Garden, the series between the Celtics and Hawks is tied at two games apiece. But it might as well be 3-1 Boston because Sunday's dramatic meltdown by Atlanta is Exhibit A in the case for arguing that the Hawks will never make it over the hump and make a run at an NBA title. The Hawks, after all, are the Hawks. This is a very talented Hawks team with no take charge leaders. Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague can all score and make plays at a high level. But the last 14 minutes of Sunday's game told you everything you need to know about why the Hawks are doomed to repeat history. When Millsap connected on a 23-foot jumper with 9:35 left in the fourth, the Hawks were up 80-74. Millsap at that very moment had 41 of Atlanta's 80 points. Brad Stevens had just turned to Marcus Smart to defend Millsap because, well, no one else could. "Obviously
04/21/16 07:40 EST
WALTHAM -- What happened to Jared Sullinger? The Celtics certainly would like to know - and soon. If it's possible for a 6-foot-9, 260-pound man to disappear in the playoffs, that's what has happened to Sullinger. One look at the stats and you'll see why it's a near certainty that Sullinger will find a seat on the Celtics bench as part of Brad Stevens' plans for changes heading into a must-have Game 3 Friday night. Last year, coming off the bench in all four playoff games against the Cavaliers, Sullinger averaged 12.3 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes a game against the Cavaliers. This year, those minutes have dropped to 17 per game and so have his points (6.5) and rebounds (5.0). The Cavaliers were playing a much slower pace than the Hawks but still Sullinger has looked totally out of place in this series. "I think Jared is a really good player," Stevens said at Thursday's practice. "We need his scoring and rebounding. So, our focus and attention is how we can help



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NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giar…

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- How does the deal that Josh Norman signed effect the Patriots? -- 4-24-16

Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.

"The Superback" Danny Vitale, FB out of Northwestern, joins NFL Sunday to discuss the NFL Draft process -- 4-24-16

Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Previewing the NFL Draft and how the Patriots may approach things sans a first round pick -- 4-24-16

With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?

Game 6 and Hawks Series B…

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 4 Recap/Game 5 Preview with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/25/16

The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butter…

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Dustin Pedroia Player of the Game interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves

Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

We might have a new produ…

We might have a new producer...Lucy 4-29-16

Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- Don't tell Kirk how to run his show 4-29-16

All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

What will the Patriots do in the draft? 4-29-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.

The Patriots finally get …

The Patriots finally get to join the NFL Draft, 4-29-16

After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.

OMF responds to Kirk's critiques, 4-29-16

Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.

Laremy Tunsil was hacked and Todd McShay was criticized for his comments, 4-29-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.

Dale and Holley's Freesty…

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Hours 3 & 4 - NFL Draft and all topics on the table

We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday - Brady and the PA hire a new lawyer while Goodell does an endzone dance

We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 1 - Celtics bounced by Atlanta, look ahead to building for next year

We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.

Planet Mikey Podcast - Ho…

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 2, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress

Butch & Tomase Podcast ta…

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog - 4/29/16

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Curt Schilling responds t…

Curt Schilling responds to the outrage over his Facebook post 4-20-16

Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.

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The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show's Bulldog, Kirk Minihane, talks with Peter King about what he learned from deflategate, having information he couldn't run with, and how long he will continue to report on the NFL.

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Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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ESPN fires Curt Schilling…

ESPN fires Curt Schilling over social media post - 4-21-16

As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.

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John Tomase defends his c…

John Tomase defends his column on Curt Schilling 4-21-16

Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.

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