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11/19/2010 - 11:02pm
Rondo has strained left hamstring

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sustained a strained left hamstring with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday's 89-84 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden.

 

Just moments after picking up his fifth foul, Rondo fell to the floor and didn't get up immediately while holding his left leg. Trainer Ed Lacerte came onto the court and gave him treatment. Rondo stayed in the game following a 20-second timeout but eventually left a minute later for Delonte West while team trainers stretched out his left leg on the sideline. 

 

Rondo, who was held to seven assists on the night, returned with 4:57 left but coach Doc Rivers took him out for good just 13 seconds later. "He just wasn't running right," Rivers explained afterward.

 

Rondo's status for Sunday's game in Toronto is unknown. "Just get treatment [Saturday] and we'll see," Rondo said afterward....

11/19/2010 - 9:49pm
Upsetting: Durant-less Thunder beat C's

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and hit two clutch free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining as the Oklahoma City Thunder - playing without an injured Kevin Durant - handed the Celtics their first home court loss this season, 89-84, Friday night at TD Garden. It was a sloppy ending as neither team converted a field goal in the last 9:20 of the fourth quarter. 

 

With an injured ankle sidelining Durant, the Thunder not only managed to stay close, they took control in the second quarter, outrebounding the Celtics, 13-6, to take a 49-46 halftime lead. 

 

Kevin Garnett took an elbow to the back of the head just 29 seconds into the game and was limited to just three minutes in the first quarter before recovering to lead the Celtics with 16 points. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce each added 14 as the Celtics fell to 9-3 this season. 

 

For complete coverage, visit the Celtics team page at...

11/19/2010 - 7:16pm
Red Sox assign three to 40-man roster

The Red Sox purchased the contracts of catcher Luis Exposito, pitcher Stolmy Pimental, and infielder Oscar Tejada from Triple-A Pawtucket, adding all three to the 40-man roster. With the moves the the Sox' 40-man roster stands at 39, eliminating all three from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Two Red Sox minor leaguers who were not put on the 40-man roster and figure to draw interest in the Rule 5 Draft are pitchers Daniel Turpen (acquired in the trade that sent Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco) and Jason Rice. Rice had been acquired by the Red Sox in 2008 when they took him in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Exposito hit .260 with 11 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 125 games with Double-A Portland in 2011. The 23-year-old also caught 30 of 80 attempted base stealers for an Eastern League-best 37.5 percent caught stealing rate. He had been taken by the REd Sox in the 31st round of the 2005 June Amateur Draft...

11/19/2010 - 6:53pm
Neely issues statement on Pat Burns
By: DJ Bean

The hockey world was shaken as NHL coaching legend Pat Burns died on Friday. Burns, 58, had battled colon cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer in the later stages of his life.

 

Burns coached the Bruins from 1997-2000, leading them for 254 games. He also coached in Montreal, Toronto, and New Jersey over his 20 year career, leading the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2003 over the Mighty Ducks in a thrilling seven game series.

 

In total, Burns had a coaching record of 501-353-151-14 record in 1,019 NHL games. Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement Friday evening:

 

"On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins family, I would like to express our deep sorrow on the passing of Pat Burns. Pat was a great coach and more importantly a wonderful man.  The Bruins are honored to have him as a part of our history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to...

11/19/2010 - 6:37pm
Durant, Green out for Thunder

Kevin Durant tried to play, but after going through a pregame workout, the Thunder decided to keep him out of tonight's game with the Celtics at TD Garden. Durant sprained his ankle against the Rockets Wednesday night and was not expected to play tonight. Forward Jeff Green is also out of the lineup for Oklahoma City. He has now missed six of seven games.
 
James Harden is expected to start in Durant's place, while Serge Ibaka has been starting for Green. Durant burned the Celtics last season at the Garden, but it was Green who made the winning shot.
 
Durant's absence takes a little luster off this game. This is the Thunder's only trip to Boston this season. "He’s probably as unique as any player, maybe not in history, but he’s up there," Doc Rivers said. "He’s [Dirk] Nowitzki at guard, basically."
 
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at...

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