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05/02/2012 - 1:32am
Dooling: Celtics won it for Rondo

ATLANTA -- Rajon Rondo wasn't on the court for Game 2 of the Celtics first round series. He was somewhere in the back, suspended for the game by the NBA after he bumped official Marc Davis in the final minute of Game 1.

Without their All-Star point guard, the Celtics pulled out an improbable 87-80 victory over the Hawks after they rallied from an 11-point third quarter deficit and held Atlanta to just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

"We did this for him tonight," Keyon Dooling said. "This is a tribute to Rondo. We got his back."

Rondo will be back in the lineup when play resumes on Friday back at the Garden. His late-game mistake now seems a lot easier to take after his teammates rallied to even the series.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
 


05/02/2012 - 12:28am
No call up yet for Aaron Cook

The Red Sox did not call up right-hander Aaron Cook by midnight on May 1, thus activating the opt-out clause in his contract, according to a source familiar with the situation. However, that does not preclude the club from adding Cook -- who went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket -- to the roster.

Cook has 24 hours to either exercise his opt-out clause or work out an agreement to stay in the Sox organization. If he exercises the opt-out clause, the team would then have 48 hours to call him up or trade him. At the end of that window, if he was not in the majors, then the 33-year-old would become a free-agent.

It appears likely that the Sox will work out an agreement to retain Cook and add him to the major league roster, though there is no formal agreement for a call-up at this time. On Tuesday night, the team optioned first baseman/left fielder Lars Anderson to the minors, thus freeing a roster spot on the big league club...

05/01/2012 - 11:41pm
Anderson demoted; no news on Cook

According to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, Lars Anderson will be sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, with a corresponding move to come Wednesday.

Cherington said after the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the A's Tuesday night that the Red Sox will have "more moves" midday Wednesday, and said that there was no news on pitcher Aaron Cook.

Cook has 24 hours from the beginning of Wednesday to inform the Red Sox if he was to execute the opt-out in the his contract. Once the organization has heard the player's decision, it has 48 hours to make a determination -- if he does intend to opt-out -- to either trade Cook or promote him to the major league 25-man roster.

Anderson appeared in five games for the Red Sox, most recently getting two at-bats in the Sox' Tuesday night loss. (Anderson represented the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, but struck out with runners on first and second and nobody out.)

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05/01/2012 - 11:29pm
Doc on Pierce: 'He was a monster'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers praised his captain Paul Pierce for carrying a monumental load in Boston's 87-80 win over the Hawks in Game 2 Tuesday night in Atlanta. Pierce scored 36 points and hauled down 14 rebounds in 44 minutes to pick up the slack for the suspended Rajon Rondo. 

"He was a monster," Rivers said of Pierce. "He was great. His leadership, his intensity. In the third, I thought he was getting tired. We had him scoring and guarding Joe Johnson, and I just thought that was too much of a load for us to win the game at the end of the game. That's why we went smaller. So, Marquis and [Pietrus] could guard him, and Paul could kind of get rest defensively so he would have some energy offensively. But his leadership was absolutely terrific."

Rivers credited the team with picking up the slack for the suspended Rondo early on. Pierce scored Boston's first nine points and hit his first four shots. 

"I told...

05/01/2012 - 11:14pm
Pierce: 'I felt I had to do everything'

Paul Pierce said after the Game 1 loss to the Hawks that for the Celtics to win, he had to play better. Without the suspended Rajon Rondo, he was not just better Tuesday night in a Game 2 win over the Hawks, he was spectacular. The Celtics captain scored 36 points, hauled down 14 rebounds in 44 minutes and played defense on Joe Johnson to help the Celtics even the series, 1-1, and earn home court advantage the rest of the way. 

"I felt I had to do everything," Pierce said with a laugh postgame. "With Rondo being out, a lot of responsiblity falls on me with play-making, scoring, rebounding. But that's all part of it. A number of guys stepped up tonight, not only myself. I thought we played terrific defense throughout. We rebounded the ball and got off to a great start, which was important. 

"It was a good team win tonight. Everybody who played tonight, really contributed, from Ryan Hollins, Sasha Pavlovic, Mickael...

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