Rajon Rondo had the go-ahead shot with just over two minutes left in overtime and Mickael Pietrus played stifling defense and had a pair of key offensive rebounds in the final 90 seconds as the Celtics survived the Heat, 93-91, in a heart-stopping Game 4 Sunday night at TD Garden. Dwyane Wade missed an open look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would've won the game for Miami.
Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists while Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who head back to Miami tied, 2-2, in the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James had 29 points before fouling out with under two minutes left in overtiime and Wade added 20 for the Heat, who couldn't complete their comeback.
The Celtics went for the kill early in Game 4, racing out to a 21-6 lead. Paul Pierce led the way in the first quarter, hitting 2-of-3 from long range and finishing the quarter with 12 points. The Celtics made 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the...
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made a late change to his starting lineup, moving Joel Anthony into the center spot ahead of Ronny Turiaf. That lineup has played 80 minutes together in the playoffs, outscoring its opponents by 35 points.
Anthony also has played Kevin Garnett well during the series. In Anthony's 32 minutes, Garnett is shooting 40 percent. In the 78 with Anthony on the bench, Garnett is averaging 24.5 points per 36 minutes and shooting 53 percent.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers mentioned that the Heat made a number of defensive adjustments in the fourth quarter, including trapping Rajon Rondo.
"They did so many things in the fourth quarter and more of it was because they were down," Rivers said. "From our standpoint, you have to think: Is that what they’re going to do now? You just try to prepare for change, but you never should make a change first before they make a change."
Rivers also said that he and...
Daniel Bard didn't make it out of the second inning Sunday in Toronto, surrendering five earned runs over 1 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 5-1, at Rogers Centre.
Bard allowed just one hit, but he walked six batters and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the first inning. He walked in a run in the second and allowed another when he hit Edwin Encarnacion with the bases loaded.
The Red Sox got their lone run of the day from Kelly Shoppach, whose solo shot in the fifth inning off Drew Hutchison was his third dinger of the season. Hutchison went seven innings for Toronto, allowing five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
After an off day Monday, the Red Sox will return to action Tuesday with the first of three games against the Orioles Tuesday at Fenway Park.
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In a post on his Facebook page Sunday, Tim Thomas wrote about his plans for the upcoming year. On Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told media that Thomas had suggested to him that the goalie would be sitting out the 2012-13 season. On Saturday, Thomas posted a pair of links on his Facebook page, both links predicting world economic disaster. Thomas led into the first link by writing, "See why hockey's just not that important right now?"
On Sunday Thomas wrote the following on his Facebook page:
The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I...
The NBA has announced that Joey Crawford, Bill Kennedy and Greg Willard will be the officials for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Kennedy's history with Celtics' coach Doc Rivers is well known. They were both fined after an incident in 2009 in which Kennedy ejected Rivers. Kennedy's last Celtics' assignment was Game 4 of the conference semifinals that featured an 18-point second half comeback by Philadelphia and complaints about the free throw disparity from Rivers.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
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.
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.
Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.
We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.More from this show
CSN Pats reporter Tom E. Curran makes it over to the WEEI Gillette Stadium studios to discuss injuries to Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason.More from this show