Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, out since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season against the Lakers, will return to the C's lineup on Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. Perkins returns about 10 days before his target date (Feb. 4), but Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was told late Monday by the team's medical staff that Perkins was cleared to play. He won't start and is likely to play between 12-16 minutes. ESPN's Chris Forsberg was first to report the development.
"I don’t know how much he’ll help us yet," Rivers said. "He will. Just his presence on the floor. We’re not activating for that. We’re activating him more because they say he’s ready to play." The Celtics were down to one healthy center in Semih Erden with Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal out of the lineup, but Rivers said that wasn't a consideration.
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Marquis Daniels is not with the Celtics as they play the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, but Doc Rivers said that he would likely be back with the team when they start their four-game west coast trip in Portland Thursday. Daniels has been away from the team and is dealing with a family issue. Even with the retrun of Kendrick Perkins the Celtics are down to 10 players for the Cavs game.
In addition to Daniels, Shaquille O'Neal (hip) will not play. Jermaine O'Neal and Delonte West are also out with injuries and Avery Bradley is with the team's D-League affiliate in Maine.
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Paul Pierce scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter and Kendrick Perkins played 16 minutes off the bench in his return to game action as the Celtics blasted the hapless Cavaliers, 112-95, Tuesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics improved to an Eastern Conference-best 34-10 and 22-3 at home. Cleveland — in its first season in the post-LeBron James era — lost its 18th straight, the longest in the NBA since the Nets lost 19 in a row last season.
Perkins made his 2011 season debut when he replaced Semih Erden with 8:02 left in the first quarter. He played just over five minutes in his first stint of the year. He made 3-of-5 from the field and finished with seven points. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in his first game action since tearing the ACL in his right knee early in Game 6 of the NBA finals last spring against the Lakers.
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According to Maureen Mullen (via twitter), the Red Sox are interested in free agent left-handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes Sox are one of five teams after the lefty. According to Connolly, the Orioles and another American League team are reportedly among the other clubs interested in Beimel's services.
However, if the Red Sox are pursuing Beimel, it is likely on a minor league contract, reports WEEI.com's Alex Speier. According to a team source, it is "doubtful" that the Sox would sign a pitcher to a major league contract at this point.
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman, in an appearance on WFAN in New York, suggested that while Derek Jeter will be the Yankees' shortstop in 2011, he believes that a future position change is likely. When that happens, Cashman believes that Jeter will shift to center field.
“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if [Jeter's] ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point,” Cashman said, in remarks detailed by ESPN.com. “We’ll deal with it when we have to.”
Scott Hanson talks about his amazing job as host of NFL Red Zone. Plus Hanson previews the Super Bowl.
Former Patriot Heath Evans breaks down some of the matchups we are looking forward to at the Super Bowl.
Troy Brown talks about the cry babies who keep complaining about the Patriots and accuse them of cheating.
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
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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.
Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
ESPN's Colin Cowherd stops by to preview the Super Bowl and talks about some of the biggest matchups in the game. Cowherd also discusses Boston fans vs other cities.
Former Patriot Heath Evans breaks down how the Patriots need to play against the Seahawks.
Troy Brown stops by Radio Row to talk about the Pats accusers and shed some light on the trash talk he has received since SpyGate.
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.
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.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
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
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.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