After a strong first half showing from Boston, Kyrie Irving saved the collective asses of his Cleveland team mates. Marcus Smart didn't bother checking his heat and "Average" Al is born.But regardless of series outcome, this team deserves praise.

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[0:21:16] ... be able. I also that. It is as much as we love Gregg Popovich and we know why Leonard is he is one of those players. In the in the league top five dollars. The Celtics are giving a better shot him in the San Antonio Spurs the they're giving don't. I'm actually British and yeah well they lost they lost spoiler. Lost Isiah Thomas he's your best he's your best he joked that he's not as good as cool off not first team all NBA who ...

In an EPIC VIDEO, @Omaze has launched a campaign with @DavidOrtiz to join him for his jersey retirement ceremony:

David Ortiz is partnering with Omaze in a video campaign to get people to donate to win a trip to Boston to join him for his jersey retirement night at Fenway in June. Entries support the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

He jokingly says in the video he will then come out of retirement to become an actor before showing a reel of him reenacting scenes from Boston movies. And it is glorious.

David Ortiz in a blonde wig might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

I am laughing so hard at the way he says, “Yes” in the Good Will Hunting scene I can hardly type this. In the movie, Matt Damon walks to the bar window but in this version Ortiz walks up to a house window as if someone coming up to the window of your house and knocking on the window out of which you are already staring and asking if you like apples is totally normal.

Spot-on Boston accent and Drew Barrymore impression.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley got a little personal with each other Tuesday night. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley got a little personal with each other Tuesday night. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

The playful bickering between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkely seemed to get a little personal Tuesday following the Cavaliers’ victory over the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The exchange started when O’Neal dissed Barkley for only reaching the Finals once in his career –– a familiar refrain. But then Barkley went all in, accusing Shaq of riding Kobe Bryant’s and Dwyane Wade’s coattails to multiple championships. The partial transcript is below:

Shaq: Chuck, you have no idea what we’re talking about because you’ve only been to the Finals once.

Barkley: I wasn’t riding on Dwyane Wade’s and Kobe’s coattails.

Shaq: It doesn’t matter, Chuck. I got the same thing you got and I passed you up 10 years ago.

Barkley: If I had been riding on Kobe’s coattails and Dwyane Wade’s and Alonzo Mourning’s too, I forgot about him, and Rick Fox.

Shaq: People question why you’re in the Hall of Fame anyway, bum.

Later in the argument, O’Neal told Barkley he would “punch him right in the face” if he kept interrupting him.

With that one segment, the TNT crew may have supplied more drama than the NBA playoffs as a whole up to this point.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4: Pete Sheppard has taken over Fort Myers.
Hour 3: Gerry and Kirk talked about a big win for Cleveland and a rough night for LeBron.

Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

 Miami at Oakland, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Kansas City at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: St. Louis at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Washington at Chicago, 12:30 p.m. (NBA TV)


— The family of Pete Frates, former Boston College baseball player and founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge, revealed they are struggling to pay the mounting bills for Frates’ medical treatment for ALS. The cost for Frates’ in-home treatment is an overwhelming $85,000-$95,000 per month.

“Any family would be broke because of this,” said Frates’ father, John. “After 2.5 years of this type of expense, it’s become absolutely unsustainable for us. We can’t afford it.”

Frates, who helped raise over $25o million for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge, is on life support at home and is able to remain there with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lucy, because his bedroom has been converted into an ICU.

Julie said “Pete’s life would be over” if he had to leave his home for care in an outside facility. But now that the cost of keeping him at home has reached $3,000 a day, the family is asking for help.

“He’s in the advanced stages. He’s very sick. It’s costing us $3,000 a day for specialized nursing,” John said. “If we put him in a home, which is something that would be paid for by his insurance, he would last a day.”  

Rob Griffin, a philanthropist and Frates family friend, is collaborating with the family and ALS on a new initiative to raise money to help the Frates family and those in the same position. His goal is to raise $1 million through Home Heath Care Initiative.

“We hope to start an initiative to help the Frates family and all families that are going through that,” Griffin said. “And hope it takes off on national basis. We’re trying to kick it off here in Boston.” “I’m just extremely grateful that they are recognizing how significant Pete has been in this community,” Julie said. “We just want to keep him at home with his family.”

A fundraiser for the Frates family will be held on June 5 in Boston. For information on this and to donate, visit

— It was a happy day for Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, on Tuesday as they were finally able to bring their newborn daughter, Dakota, home from the hospital.

Dakota was born five months premature in January and has been in the neonatal ICU at Hillcrest Hospital in Ohio since then. She weighed one pound when she was born and now weighs in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

Smith started for the Cavs Tuesday night when they beat the Celtics 112-99 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That stings when you can’t pull those out. We put together a lot of good basketball here. We didn’t put enough of it together tonight to win the game.” — Brad Stevens, on the Celtics’ 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers Tuesday night 

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Hour 2: Pete makes his debut on Shemon and Sheppard and Kirk talks about Pope Francis meeting Trump.
Kirk discussed the President's visit with Pope Francis in Headlines.