Even before Kevin Garnett went down with a leg injury, the Celtics were in danger of losing to the Pistons. Once Garnett left the game late in the first quarter, there was little hope for a comeback in a 104-92 loss. The Celtics turned it over 21 times as they once again felt the loss of point guard Rajon Rondo who sat out his sixth straight game with an ankle injury.
Paul Pierce scored 33 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists, but that was the only highlight for the Celtics on a night when Garnett limped back to the locker room and didn't return. The Pistons had six players score in double figures, including Tracy McGrady, who started in place of Rodney Stuckey, and had 21 points and eight assists.
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Joe Trapani scored 18 points but the Eagles turned the ball over 18 times and their seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 67-65 loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday night in Kingston, R.I.
Reggie Jackson scored 15 points for BC, but his long 3-pointer bounced off the front rim as the buzzer sounded to end the game. BC had inbounded the ball with 1.4 seconds left to its star guard, who heaved up a shot from about 25 feet. Corey Raji contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Eagles (10-3) hit 12-of-25 treys and shot a solid 48 percent from the field, but they were haunted by turnovers. Their 18 giveaways were almost twice their season average. One reason was the limited availability of starting point guard Biko Paris, who played just five minutes due to an ankle injury.
Nikola Malesevic led the way for URI (9-4) with 16 points, while Akeem Richmond netted 15.
Update: The Celtics are saying that the injury to Kevin Garnett is related to a leg muscle, possibly in his calf, and is not a knee injury. Garnett hurt himself going up for a dunk late in the first quarter against the Pistons and went to the locker room in obvious pain. He did not return to the game. X-rays came back negative and Garnett will undergo an MRI Thursday. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after the game that Garnett would likely miss a few games, but the injury does not appear to be serious.
The play was eerily reminiscent of the one that ended his 2009 season against Utah and led to offseason surgery. As with that play there was no contact. Garnett hobbled back up the court and had to intentionally foul Tayshaun Prince to stop the game. He then fell to the ground and pounded the floor in frustration.
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FOXBORO -- Despite earning his third Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday night, Logan Mankins says he's not trying to prove a point by playing extra hard this season.
"I don't know if you ever watched any of our games, but I tend to play hard the majority of the time so I don't think I'm playing for a contract right now," said Mankins, who missed training camp and the first half of the season because of a contract dispute before reporting prior to the team's Nov. 7 game in Cleveland. He has been in Pro Bowl form ever since. Bill Belichick hailed Mankins as a lineman of "superior toughness."
"It means a lot," added Mankins. "I'd hate to be known as a wimp or a dummy so I'll take the first one, that's a lot better. It's nice. That's not why we play games, to make Pro Bowls. We play to win games so if it happens, it happens and you're happy about it. If you never make one, that's part of the...
Four players missed Dolphins practice as the team prepares to head north for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The complete Dolphins injury report from Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
CB Nolan Carroll (head)
LB Karlos Dansby (toe)
TE Anthony Fasano (knee)
TE Lydon Murtha (head)
Final thoughts & final predictions on the final segment of the year!
Fauria calls the guys to break down the game and gives his reasoning as to why he feels the Pats should win by 4 ... or possibly more.
Dickerson, DeOssie and Price talk about 2 of the biggest story lines of the week - the ridiculous press conference the commissioner of the NFL held on Friday and Marshawn Lynch's mockery of media day.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.More from this show