Former NBA coach and current ABC/ESPN analyst Avery Johnson joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Johnson said the Celtics need their offensive leader to return to form. "Paul needs to play like Paul Pierce," Johnson said. "With him guarding Ron Artest quite often and not Kobe [Bryant] as much as he did with LeBron James, you expect more offense out of Paul Pierce. This team has always been successful when he's been the leading scorer, when he's the guy. ... I think the key is, I haven't seen Paul Pierce with the type of aggressiveness and knockout-type of look in his eyes, where he's trying to knock a guy out. He's been jabbing, to take a boxing term, in this series, and he hasn't been trying to knock guys out with his scoring. For the Celtics' sake, we'll see if that changes."
Johnson was asked about Rajon Rondo appearing tired at times. Said Johnson: "It may be a little bit of fatigue. But at the same time, this is not the time of year to really get tired. Especially a young guy like Rondo. He's supposed to be in tip-top shape. I just think more than anything, it could be mental. ... We've seen him have those types of stretches where he just looks a little disinterested, he's not aggressive, he's real passive on the floor." Johnson also speculated that Rondo's troubles at the free throw line might be affecting his decision-making in terms of driving to the basket.
Johnson said the referees weren't the deciding factor in Game 3, and the coaches will handle that situation in their own way. "You've got two of the smartest coaches in basketball involved in the finals," Johnson said. "They know how to navigate those situations and send subtle messages to their players and especially officials."
Johnson, who is trying to work his way back into an NBA head coaching job, said he doesn't expect the Celtics will have an opening this offseason. "I don't see [Doc Rivers] walking away," he said. "I see him coming back next year."
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show