The Bruins clinched both the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday night, beating the Rangers for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers took an early lead as Marion Gaborik beat Tim Thomas (unassisted) for his 40th goal of the season. The 1-0 Rangers lead held until four minutes into the second period when Dennis Seidenberg -- back after missing a pair of games with an infection in his left knee -- netted his fifth goal of the year. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand assisted on the Seidenberg goal. The Bruins took advantage of a Michael Del Zotto interference penalty later in the period with a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal at the 11:52 mark to take a 2-1 lead.
That was all the cushion Tim Thomas needed. Thomas had struggled against the Rangers this season, losing both games with a GAA of 3.53 and a .811 save percentage, but he was sharp Sunday,...
Following the Celtics' 91-72 dismantling of his Heat on Sunday, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "It doesn't matter what we say right now. It's not about any kind of meeting, any kind of talk. Our response to the media: This game was unacceptable, and we will fix it. Together, collectively, we're not happy about it."
The Heat shot 34.8 percent from the field (31-for-89), 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-for-16) and 41.2 percent from the free throw line (7-for-17). Led by Rajon Rondo's triple-double of 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, the Celtics outscored Miami 29-19 in the first quarter and 31-12 in the third.
"We have not been able to come up with an answer on the road, particularly in the third quarter, and we fell prey to that again tonight," Spoelstra added. "So, we'll figure it out. Somehow, someway, this group, together, us in that locker room, we'll figure it out. This was unacceptable."
After his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career, Rajon Rondo spoke like a point guard who feels confident he can lead his team deep in the NBA playoffs, even against the powerhouses like the Heat and Bulls.
"I think when we have at least four or five guys healthy, we follow the game plan," Rondo said after his 16-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound performance in Boston's 91-72 spanking of Miami Sunday at TD Garden. "But when I'm healthy, I think we can probably beat anybody."
Last year, Rondo suffered a grotesque dislocation of his left elbow in Game 3 against the Heat. The Celtics won that game but lost the Eastern semifinals four games to one.
Rondo said he does not pay particular attention to the national spotlight, despite the fact that 14 of his career 18 triple-doubles have come on national TV.
"I think my teammates put a spotlight on me more than the media or the televised...
Rajon Rondo recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career as the Celtics handed LeBron James and the Heat their worst loss of the season, 91-72, Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight to maintain a one-game lead over the 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
The Heat came in with the second-best record in the East, 37-13, but were overmatched from the onset by Rondo and the Celtics. Paul Pierce finished with 23 for the Celtics, who improve to 30-22. LeBron James had 23 points but was held without an assist for just the second time in his career.
Early on, Rondo continued his brilliant play on national television in his career, making his first four shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer. He had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in the first six minutes of the game as he picked apart the heart of the Miami defense. ...
Mickael Pietrus was able to visit his teammates before they played the Heat on Sunday afternoon at the Garden, but he isn't likely to return to the court anytime soon. Pietrus has been out with what coach Doc Rivers called a grade-3 concussion, which is the most severe type of concussion.
"This was his first day, I think, of venturing out into the light," Rivers said. "He’s going to come in and say hi to the guys and then we’re going to try to get him back in the car and get him back home. He’s not responding very well."
Rivers said the team hasn't started the baseline tests that Pietrus needs to be cleared by the NBA and there is no definitive timetable.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if he played next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see him. I just don’t know," Rivers said. "With that injury I don’t think anyone really knows now. When I played it...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
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The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
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A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
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