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11/02/2012 - 10:48pm
Rondo: 'I've got to do a better job'

Rajon Rondo pointed to himself as one reason for the Celtics 0-2 start to the season. Rondo finished with 14 points and 11 assists but couldn't get his teammates into any consistent offensive rhythm for a second straight game as the Celtics lost their home opener, 99-88, to the Bucks Friday night at TD Garden.

"Just trust one another defensively," Rondo said when asked what's missing in the Celtics' game right now. "It starts with me. I've got to do a better job on the ball and go from there."

As was the case against the Heat, the Celtics were again beaten in transition throughout the game.

"I don't know [if we trust each other defensively]," said Rondo. "I mean, we can say we do, but on the court it shows, we're not pulling in weak side. But it's a lot of things. We've got to start from somewhere. The good thing about it is we could start [Saturday]."

The Celtics play the Wizards on Saturday...

11/02/2012 - 10:41pm
Pierce: Others 'have to be ready to step up'

While stopping short of completely calling out his teammates, Paul Pierce hinted Friday night after a stunning 99-88 loss to the Bucks in the home opener that others on the team need to step up their play. Pierce went to the bench with six minutes left in the first quarter after his second foul. He returned to the bench after his third foul with just under five minutes left in the second quarter.

In the meantime, the Celtics fell behind by 16 points and trailed 46-30 at halftime. They never recovered in losing their second straight to start the season.

Pierce finished the first half with two points and missed all four shots from the field.  

"It was tough, kind of threw me out of rhythm," Pierce said of his foul trouble. "I was able to sub early and come back in early in the second quarter. But even when that happens, we have to have guys ready to step up. It really wasn't about me, it was about the way our team...

11/02/2012 - 8:41pm
Flat footed: C's embarrassed in home opener

Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and dished out 13 assists to lead the Bucks to a stunning 99-88 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. With David Ortiz sitting courtside after agreeing to a two-year, $26 million contract extension with the Red Sox, the Celtics came out flat in their home opener. 

The 0-2 Celtics, who were booed loudly and often all night, were led by 15 points from Kevin Garnett while Rajon Rondo added 14 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce missed his first six shots and finished 3-for-11 from the field with 11 points. 

The Celtics never found their rhythm in the first half, getting outscored 25-18 in the first quarter and 21-12 in the second. The Celtics made just 12 of 40 field goal attempts in the first half, including missing all six from long range. Pierce picked up three fouls in just under 10 minutes of action and took a seat while Rondo was held to just four points and three assists.  

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11/02/2012 - 8:33pm
Ortiz on returning: 'It doesn't get any better'

After agreeding to a two-year, $26 million extension on Friday night with the Red Sox, David Ortiz celebrated with his wife Tiffany by sitting courtside at the Celtics home opener. 

He told reporters that he was very excited to be coming back to Boston, a place he's called home since joining the Red Sox in 2003. 

"Good, man. You all know I want to be back," Ortiz said. "I've been here for a while. It doesn't get any better."

Sources tell WEEI.com that Ortiz can make up to $4 million in incententives, making the contract potentially worth $30 million over the two years. 

Ortiz, who sat next to Kevin Garnett's wife and daughter, attended the Celtics game with no boot or crutches as he aims to fully heal from an Achilles injury that shortened his season to one game in September. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the...

11/02/2012 - 8:22pm
Cody Ross hits open market

The Red Sox and Cody Ross did not reach an agreement on Friday, allowing the free agent outfielder to talk with other teams as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. 

Ross, 31, hit .267 with a .326 OBP, .481 slugging mark and .807 OPS along with 22 homers in 130 games in 2012. While the Sox have expressed interest in retaining a player who proved comfortable in Boston and features a made-for-Fenway swing, GM Ben Cherington also hinted on Thursday (in an interview with WEEI's Red Sox Hot Stove Show) that it seemed likely that Ross would explore the market. 

 

"One of the things we talked about [when Ross signed last offseason] was wanting to put him in a situation where he could be in a better position this offseason than he was last year. … We wanted it to work for the team and work for him. … We didn’t get the job done on a team basis, but it did work out for him," said Cherington. "He’s in a...

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