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10/27/2010 - 11:25am
Celtics-Heat game earns 5.6 rating

Tuesday night's Celtics-Heat game scored a 5.6 overnight rating for TNT, a 75 percent improvement from last season's opening game between the Celtics and Cavaliers. The second half of the TNT doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Rockets also had a solid boost from 2009, drawing 40 percent more viewers to register a 3.5. Overall, TNT averaged a 4.5 for the doubleheader, making it by far the most-watched NBA opening night in TNT history.

 

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10/27/2010 - 9:51am
Mitch Williams: Rangers offense 'too much'

MLB Network analyst and former relief pitcher Mitch Williams joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to preview the World Series between the Rangers and Giants. Game 1 is Wednesday night in San Francisco.

 

Williams said he's excited for a series that features two middle-class financial teams. Said Williams: "I want people to figure out that the biggest payroll is not going to win the World Series every year. I am not a believer in that. I've always been a believer that you cannot go out and buy a team. You can go out and buy players, but they have to come together as a team in order to win."

 

Williams compared the Giants to his 1993 Phillies team that reached the World Series. "You look at the Giants, they're all a bunch of castoffs. And that's what we were," he said. "It goes to show you that you get the right group of baseball players together and you get all 25 of those guys on...

10/27/2010 - 9:05am
Legler on D&C: Heat selfish, inept

ESPN's Tim Legler joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to dissect the Celtics' season-opening victory over the Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Legler said the debut of the Heat's Big Three was a clear failure.

 

"The Miami Heat, I just think they're a team that's probably 20 percent maybe of what they can be," he said. "Because offensively last night, that wasn't just bad for an opening night game, that was inept, period, for an NBA team offensively, the way they played, especially the in the first half. I think that Erik Spoelstra's got a very challenging task to try to figure out a way to get ball movement on a team with a lot of guys that want to catch the ball and break you down individually."

 

While the Cavaliers completed each other and fit into well-defined roles with LeBron James leading the way, the Heat look out of sync in James' debut for his new team. "I saw a...

10/27/2010 - 7:57am
Mashup: Knicks reportedly cheated

According to a Yahoo! Sports report by Adrian Wojnarowski that includes admissions from a number of players, a Knicks representative has routinely flaunted NBA rules regarding workouts of college players the past four seasons. East Coast scout Rodney Heard, who was hired by former team president Isiah Thomas, allegedly conducted illegal workouts for a number of prospective draft picks — including one for then-Kansas star Brandon Rush in 2007 in which Rush suffered a major knee injury. Another player who is said to have participated is Wilson Chandler, whom the Knicks selected 23rd overall in 2007 after allegedly making a promise to agent Chris Luchey. Luchey represents several of the accused players and is said to be close to Heard, further complicating the situation. An NBA spokesman said the league will be investigating. Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at...

10/27/2010 - 12:42am
Pierce's back 'a little sore right now'

Paul Pierce said he expects to feel tightness and soreness over the next 24 hours as the Celtics prepare to take on the Cavaliers in their first road game of season on Wednesday night at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Pierce was called for a foul with 4:32 left in the third quarter on Tuesday when he attempted to draw a charge on LeBron James. He fell backwards and onto his back. He held his back as the Celtics ran a play up the court but came out moments later and then headed to the locker room for treatment of a bruised back and back spasms.

 

"[The back is] a little sore right now," Pierce said afterward. "I know when I ran and got up and started walking around on the court, the back started to spasm a little bit. Had the chance to go to the back, took a few Advils and put some heat on it and it loosened up a little bit and it was pretty good for the rest of the game, but it's going to be a little bit sore tonight and...

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