Kevin Garnett was back in form with 21 points while Paul Pierce hit his first four shots from the field and finished with 20 as the Celtics raced out to an 18-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 110-86 win over the Jazz Friday night at TD Garden. In winning their fifth straight, the Celtics forced 21 turnovers and improved an Eastern Conference-best 33-9. They are also a season-best 24 games over .500.
Glen Davis had 15 off the bench while Rajon Rondo added 12 assists as the Celtics had one of their best nights passing the ball, racking up 31 assists on 37 field goals. Al Jefferson was completely ineffective in his latest return to Boston. The 2004 first-round pick of the Celtics had just seven points and was just 1-for-11 from the field.
The only bad news to come from the contest was a sore right hip that forced Shaquille O'Neal from the game in the first half after playing just six minutes. Semih...
According to SI.com, the Rays have agreed to contracts with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez on one-year deals. The report states the deals are pending physicals. Damon's deal would be worth $5.25 million, plus a potential $750,000 in bonus money based on attendance, while Ramirez will be making $2 million.
The 37-year-old Damon appeared in 145 games with Detroit in 2010, hitting .271 with eight homers and 11 stolen bases, totaling a .355 on-base percentage. Ramirez, 38, appeared in a combined 90 games with both the Dodgers and White Sox in '10, hitting .298 with nine home runs and finished with an OPS of .870.
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According to SI.com, the Red Sox talked to the A's and White Sox about the possibility of dealing closer Jonathan Papelbon and signing Rafael Soriano to a one-year deal to serve as their closer. But Soriano ended up signing a three-year, $35 million deal to pitch for the Yankees, and Papelbon ended up agreeing to a one-year, $12 million deal as he enters his final season with the Red Sox before reaching free agency.
"The Red Sox showed interest in Soriano, and appeared willing to do a one-year deal for him to be their closer. Had that happened, Boston would have found a new home for Papelbon, probably Oakland or the White Sox," according to the report. "The Red Sox were unable to trade Papelbon because teams saw a high number like [his $12 million agreement] on the horizon."
The Sox had also made...
Tim Thomas led the Bruins onto the ice at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, meaning he will be between the pipes for the team's bout with the Avalanche. Thomas last started on Tuesday, making a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
On the season, Thomas is 22-4-6 with a league-best 1.83 goals against average, .945 save percentage, and seven shutouts.
Facing Colorado also means seeing Matt Hunwick, whom the Bruins traded to the Avalanche on Nov. 29 in exchange for Colby Cohen. The defenseman was a victim of the team's salary cap spot as they prepared for the return of Marc Savard.
In 22 games with the Bruins this season, Hunwick had three points (1 G, 2 A) and a plus-4. In 23 games with the Avalanche, he has three assists and is a minus-9.
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Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NFL playoffs.
King said in the days before the Jets knocked off the Patriots, Rex Ryan went to his staff and defensive team leaders and asked them for suggestions on how to stop the Patriots offense. Explained King: "He said, 'Listen, if you've got some ideas, give them to us. We're looking to do new things to try to confuse the Patriots.' And I think what they ended up doing was basically fairly consistently putting [Antonio] Cromartie and [Darrelle] Revis alone with whoever the Patriots put outside. It wouldn't have mattered whether it was [Wes] Welker, it wouldn't have mattered whether it was Deion Branch — I guess most often it was probably Deion Branch and [Brandon] Tate.
"And they said we're not going to concentrate — I'm not saying we never will — but we...
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Michele discussed the heart wrenching testimony of Bill Richard.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest in the Marathon Bombing trial.
Adam Schefter of ESPN talks about where Darrelle Revis might end up, Vince Wilfork's release and the future's of other Patriots free agents.
The guys talk about a passionate Eagles fan's reaction to the McCoy trade, a story about Mike Tyson and Harrison Ford's plane crash.
The guys talk about Claude Julien's thoughts on shoot outs and Lyndon Byers from WAAF stops by to set up a challenge between Christian and the BC Women's Hockey Team.
Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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