The Celtics announced via Twitter that Ray Allen, Mickael Pietrus and Rajon Rondo will not travel to Atlanta on the team flight Thursday.
After all three missed Wednesday's 102-98 victory against the Magic, it appears the trio will skip Friday's important showdown as well. While the Celtics (37-26) clinched the Atlantic Division title and thus the Eastern Conference's fourth seed, they still trail the current fifth-seeded Hawks (37-25) by a game in the loss column for home court in their potential first-round playoff matchup. With four games to play, Orlando (36-26) also has an oustide shot at the No. 5 spot.
Barring an unforeseen private plane trip to the ATL, Rondo will miss his second straight game after landing on his tailbone against the Knicks on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Allen (ankle) would miss his seventh consecutive game -- and 13th in his last 18 -- while Pietrus (knee) would miss a third straight, just four games after missing...
FOXBORO -- Asked Thursday if he sees his role potentially changing if veteran Matt Light does decide to retire, Nate Solder said he’s ready for pretty much anything.
“I don’t know what my role is going to be,” Solder said when asked about Light and his future. “Right now, my mindset is to get better. There’s a lot I have to improve on, and that’s what I’m going to work on right now and improve on.”
Solder, who played 1,044 offensive snaps last season (according to Pro Football Focus, tops among any of New England’s rookies), played both right and left tackle last season. During the regular season, he started 11 games at right tackle and two at left tackle, and registered three more starts at right tackle in the postseason.
Because of that experience, Solder figures to have more on his plate going forward if Light does decide to retire. On Thursday during a break...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in his weekly interview on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed the flurry of Celtics activity at the trade deadline, in which the team came close to deals that would have broken up the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett before ultimately keeping that group together (along with Rajon Rondo).
Allen was the closest to going, as the Celtics nearly had a deal that would have sent the shooting guard to the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick. It had reached the point where GM Danny Ainge -- not Rivers -- called Allen to inform him that the deal was almost certainly going down, before an 11th hour change of course.
"Usually that's my job [to call a player before he is traded], and I was instructed to, but I never did. Danny did, or talked to him. But no, I didn't have to do that," said Rivers. "The best news was talking to him that we're not doing anything, when he...
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, sparked by Thomas' friendly chatter with Celtics players.
Silas, the 68-year-old former Celtic, reportedly chastised Thomas for his fraternization with the C's, and Thomas yelled back at Silas. When Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker before players stepped in to break up the altercation.
“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” a source told Yahoo! “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your [butt] too?”
Both men reportedly were fined by the...
Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre told WEEI.com prior to the series finale between his Rangers and the Sox Wednesday that the thing that shocked him the most about the chaos surrounding his former team following 2011 was how public it became.
"It surprised me that it came out," Beltre said. "I think some other teams do it, but it doesn't come out. We do a lot of things in the clubhouse that aren't supposed to come out of the clubhouse, but for some reason it happened that it came out."
When asked if he was referring to anything specific in regard to the clubhouse activities, Beltre said, "Stuff in general. Stuff that people shouldn't know outside because it's all confidential here.
"I was shocked, not that it happened, but that it came out and somebody said something about it," he added.
Beltre reiterated that he both enjoyed his one year in Boston, particularly playing for manager Terry...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys end the show listening to Gary Tanguay channeling his 1980 DJ roots. Also, producer Ken Laird is forced to read 'Love on the Other Side of the Glass again'
Kirk rips Gary for being a bad father, although both could be headed for divorce
Minihane, Tanguay and Giradi get serious for about twenty minutes to discuss the Celtics chances of landing anybody in free agency.
Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase talk about John Farrell, the Front Office, and the Sox Roster.
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase to talk about the Bruins signing David Backes to a 5 year deal, and Torey Krug to a 4 year deal, and NHL Free Agency as a whole.
Conservative Curt and Liberal John go toe-to-toe about guns and politics.
The Bruin's defenseman joins Michael and Dale to talk about his new contract, his new teammate David Backes, and how the Bruins are ready to get back to the playoffs
We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.
Should he stay or should he go? We discuss it.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable go over the state of the Red Sox minor league, with help from the voice of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Mike Antonellis.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.
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The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SIMore from this show
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