Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that his team came away from their Game 2 more encouraged than discouraged, despite losing 115-111 in overtime. Still, there are numerous areas to improve including: defending the 3-point arc, getting Kevin Garnett more involved and maintaing their offensive rhythm that got away from them in the third quarter.
Of particular importance for Rivers is the notion that Paul Pierce needs to get to the free throw. He had his first free throws of the series late in the first half and he went to the line six times, a far cry from the 24 attempts by LeBron James.
"Not going to touch that," Rivers said on a conference call when asked about the officials. "I think Paul Pierce attacked just as much as LeBron James. I’ll leave it at that, OK?
"They are going to shoot a lot of free throws but we have to as well. I thought [Rajon] Rondo was extremely aggressive last night, and I thought Paul was...
Rookie Will Middlebrooks will get a day off against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, as the Red Sox will have Kevin Youkilis at third and Adrian Gonzalez at first base, with Ryan Sweeney in right field. The decision to sit Middlebrooks may be in part a reflection on Scherzer's dominance against righties. Righties are hitting .243/.299/.402/.701 against him while striking out 36.4 percent of the time; lefties are hitting a robust .358/.418/.569/.987 against him while striking out 23.6 percent of the time.
With the Sox trying to load their lineup with left-handed hitters, Scott Podsednik will play center and lead off. The lineup features just two right-handed hitters: Youkilis and shortstop Mike Aviles. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett.
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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will be working with a new left tackle in 2012 for the first time in his career after Matt Light retired this spring. Brady acknowledged Thursday after practice at Patriots organized team activity that he tried to talk Light out of retirement but to no avail.
"Matt was an incredible player for this team and organization," Brady said. "It's sad when you see a guy move on to other parts of their life. Some go to other teams, some retire. Matt chose to retire. That was a big decision in his life. I said before, I tried to talk him out of it, but there was no budging. Matt's pretty stubborn. It made him a good player, but I certainly wasn't talking him out of it."
Brady said he still takes heat in practice from teammates when he makes a mistake, including receivers like Wes Welker.
"Probably Wes," Brady said. "Wes gives it to me pretty good. All the guys that are...
FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork knows what Wes Welker is going through. He said on Thursday at Patriots' organized team activities that he supports his teammate is back with the team only after agreeing to sign his franchise tender. Wilfork did not attend the team's OTAs in 2009 as he held out for a more permanent deal, which eventually materialized after he was franchised in early 2010.
Welker, on the other hand, was in attendance Thursday and has been taking part in team activities.
"Wes is going to handle his situation however he wants to handle it," Wilfork said. "Everybody is different. You can't fault anybody for handling their business so I'll let Wes' business be Wes' business. I'll let Wes speak on his situation with that.
"I'm happy to have him. He's the best receiver in the game, coming off the years he's had. He's one of our best players and one of the best players in the league. I'm happy he's...
David Ortiz told WEEI.com Wednesday that he will not participate in the Home Run Derby at this year's All-Star Game if asked.
"No, man. Last year was it for me," Ortiz said. "I can be the captain if they want me again, but I won't participate. I'll just be cheering for the guys."
Ortiz has participated in the Home Run Derby five times, winning the contest in 2010. Last season the Red Sox designated hitter captained the American League group.
"You can't be 36 to do that," he said. "There's no 36-year-old who can keep up with that." When asked if 2011 was more exhausting than the previous year in Anaheim, when he won the contest with 32 total home runs, he said that was the case. When asked why, his response was, "I was younger, [in '10]."
Ortiz did emphasize that the reason he wouldn't be participating wasn't because he believed the event would alter his swing for the season's second...
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.
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.
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