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12/04/2010 - 12:04am
KG: Who knows 'if this is my last year'

Sounding a very philosophical tone, Kevin Garnett said he is not looking for any sympathy for the nagging injuries he's played through but rather just trying to enjoy himself as long as he can and as long as the NBA is still in business. On Friday against the Bulls, Garnett showed the dominant form from the 2008 championship season, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds in Boston's 104-92 win at TD Garden. 

 

"Especially with the lockout coming up, who knows if this is my last year or if we don’t play next year what it’s going to be," Garnett said. "So I’m trying to enjoy the guys now, you know." He also addressed questions about his rivalry with Chicago's Joakim Noah, the only player he refused to greet on the court just before tip-off Friday. 

 

"I'm not entertaining, nor addressing nobodies. I'm not even entertaining that. I'm focused on...

12/03/2010 - 11:04pm
Carter on Big Show: Branch is 'just a guy'

ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, in an appearance on The Big Show on Friday, suggested that the Patriots dealt wide receiver Randy Moss at the perfect time. That said, he also insisted that the Patriots offense is far less dynamic in Moss' absence, and he offered a harsh critique of receiver Deion Branch.

 

Though he praised Branch as a "great route-runner," Carter also suggested that Branch is too frequently injured and often "disappears" in games.

 

"The ceiling with Moss with their offense is a lot higher. … They can be really dynamic. Like frightening. Now, if they don’t play well offensively, they’ll lose, because they have a defense that doesn’t dominate the games," said Carter. "Deion disappears too much against regular corners. He disappears in the game. He’s made, like, three guest appearances since the Super Bowl. ... Look at his stats. Look at his...

12/03/2010 - 10:39pm
Noah chance: KG silences Joakim, Bulls

An inspired Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and hauled in 17 rebounds against his arch-nemesis Joakim Noah as the Celtics won their sixth straight, 104-92, over the Chicago Bulls, Friday at TD Garden. Garnett and Noah were well-behaved for most of the night, except when both received technical fouls in the second quarter following a Garnett made jumper. 

 

Rajon Rondo survived a nasty spill to the floor in the third quarter and posted 19 assists to go with 12 points as the Celtics improved to an Eastern Conference-best 15-4 and 9-1 at home. 

 

Noah did shine for the Bulls, with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 20 but shot just 7-for-17 on the night. 

 

The Celtics play in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. For more visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the...

12/03/2010 - 9:25pm
Source: Padres, Sox talking Gonzalez trade

According to one major league source, who confirmed an ESPN.com report, the Padres and Red Sox have increased dialogue regarding the possibility of an Adrian Gonzalez trade in recent days. However, another source said that the Padres were engaged more broadly in an effort to explore the San Diego first baseman's value to determine whether the team is better off trading the 28-year-old this winter or keeping him for the start of the 2011 season with an eye towards either getting draft picks should he leave in free agency or trading him mid-year should the team fall out of contention.

 

The Sox and Padres have had on-and-off discussions about the idea of a trade of Gonzalez to Boston since at least the middle of the 2009 season. Now, the Padres are in a position where they likely need to make a swift determination about whether they will keep or trade...

12/03/2010 - 6:14pm
Beltre: Years key factor in next contract

Free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is coming off a tremendous 2010 season spent with the Red Sox on a one-year deal, told the Boston Herald that years are the most important factor in his next contract decision. Beltre reportedly has a five-year, $64 million offer from the Athletics. He suggested to the Herald that the length of the deal will be more important than the location of the club (Beltre has said that he would prefer to play on the West Coast, as he and his family live in Southern California).

 

Beltre made clear that he enjoyed his time in Boston, and made it sound as if he would be open to returning to the Red Sox.

 

“I took risks to go there and declined a couple offers I had that were guaranteed,” Beltre told...

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