Following Rondo's eighth career playoff triple-double, Keyon Dooling dubbed the Celtics point guard "the smartest player in our game."
"I think sometimes his basketball intellect is overshadowed by some of his moments," said Dooling after the C's 92-91 victory against the 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "He's the smartest player in our game."
Rondo finished with 13 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds -- including 11 points, nine dimes and eight boards in the second half -- but perhaps his most cerebral play of the night came in the final 3.4 seconds of the game. With the C's leading by one and the Sixers looking to foul, Rondo and his 54.5 percent playoff free throw percentage rushed to the backcourt, knowing Philadelphia had a foul to give, avoiding a defender and dribbling out the clock for the victory.
"If you look, he's a coach on the floor," added Dooling....
Rajon Rondo had his eighth career playoff triple-double - and second of these playoffs - while Kevin Garnett picked up where he left off in Round 1 with 29 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes as the Celtics overcame the Sixers, 92-91, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday night at TD Garden. Rondo had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists to lead the Celtics. The Sixers made a late charge in the closing seconds after Boston had a six-point lead. But Rondo received the inbounds pass and ran out the final 3.4 seconds.
Despite both teams clinching their first round series on Thursday, the Sixers were the more energetic team early, jumping out to a 15-6 lead. Andre Iguodala hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. He had 10 points for Philadelphia in the opening quarter whilie the Sixers shot 55 percent as a team. The Celtics, meanwhile, were ice cold, making just six of their 20 shots as the Sixers claimed a 28-18 lead...
The Red Sox now have their first home win streak since their initial series at Fenway Park this season, topping the Indians, 4-1, Saturday.
Leading the way for the Red Sox was starter Felix Doubront, who only allowed one run over six innings, giving up three hits while striking out five. It marked just the third time this season Sox starters have turned in back-to-back outings in which they surrendered three runs over less while pitching six innings or more.
The Sox offense got two hits apiece from Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava, while David Ortiz notched an RBI double and Cody Ross blasted his sixth homer of the season over the left field wall for the hosts' final run. It was Ross' first home run since April 23.
The Red Sox got another round of solid relief pitching, as well, with Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves turning in one shutout inning apiece to close things out. It was the first time in Miller's career he had...
Making his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket, Daisuke Matsuzaka ran into a bit of trouble against Columbus, Saturday at McCoy Stadium. The starter, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, allowed five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 90 pitches (54 strikes). He struck out five and walked one.
Matsuzaka carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning before succumbing to a two-run homer by Ben Copeland. The starter's final pitch was an 88 mph fastball Russ Canzler hit for another two-run shot, capping Matsuzaka's line.
According McCoy Stadium radar gun readings, the pitcher's fastball topped out at 93 mph.
It was Matsuzaka's fourth overall rehab outing having also pitched one game apiece at Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. The final day he can make a rehab appearance is May 22.
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Hawks owner Michael Gearon, Jr., has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing NBA officiating and calling Kevin Garnett "the dirtiest guy" in the NBA. Gearon made the comments on Wednesday at a public function in the Atlanta area after his team beat the Celtics in Game 5 to force Game 6. He claimed that the Celtics were getting special treatment from the officials.
Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, made the announcement Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Hawks forward Ivan Johnson was fined $25,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward fans. The incident occurred at the end of the Hawks' 83-80 Game 6 loss to the Celtics on Thursday night at TD Garden.
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.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
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.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Buck and Butch end the program discussing two prominent AL pitchers that were in action Thursday night and how their future looks. Also, Patriots and Dolphins QBs since Tom Brady was drafted.
At Friday morning's media session, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is pressed about what might happen in Week 5 with Jimmy Garoppolo if he plays well. After three queries, Bill has had enough. Dino, Buck and Butch react.
CSN Patriots reporter Tom E. Curran joins Dino, Buck and Butch to talk the state of the Patriots as training camp opens.
The guys talk about the Red Sox sweep at Fenway by the Tigers and their recent struggles at home. They then preview the tough road trip ahead for the Sox
The OMFers discuss what it will be like with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The guys get into Mut's complaint from earlier in the morning that Fauria ignored him in the gym
New Patriot's receiver Chris Hogan joins OMF to talk about being the new guy, and his experience with Rex Ryan in Buffalo
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
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