The good news is that injured center Jermaine O'Neal probably would have been able to play against the 76ers Wednesday night after missing the last 18 games with a knee injury. The bad news is that he has the flu and won't be in the lineup. The Celtics hope to have O'Neal back for their Christmas Day game against the Magic.
"I think he’ll play next game, hopefully," coach Doc Rivers said. "[He's] just not feeling well. He was ready. I don’t know how much how he’ll play when he comes back."
Originally slated to be the starting center, O'Neal has played just seven games this season for the Celtics and has been passed by Shaquille O'Neal in the lineup.
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FOXBORO -- He may not have been the choice of Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs but Tom Brady was a clear winner in the fan-balloting portion of the Pro Bowl vote released Wednesday by the NFL.
The Patriots quarterback - in the midst of a spectacular season - received 1,877,079 votes to lead all NFL All-Stars in fan balloting for the game to be held on Jan. 30, between the end of the conference championships and Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 7 in Arlington, TX. It's Brady's hope that he'll be unavailable to take part because of preparations for the Super Bowl.
Fan voting ended on Monday, with Brady not only leading the AFC but the NFL among the top 10 Pro Bowl vote-getters. Brady topped a list that included - in order - Michael Vick, Peyton Manning,...
FOXBORO — When it comes to Dan Connolly, the Bills aren't taking any chances.
On a conference call with the New England media, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey jokingly said the Bills were "going to kick away from" Connolly after the offensive lineman turned in an unlikely 71-yard return last Sunday against the Packers.
"I got asked [about him] here, too — we're going to kick away from him," Gailey said with a laugh. "I think that's a good story. I don't know when's the last time that happened, probably not ever. We probably won't kick it to him. I hope we don't kick it to him, to be honest with you."
On the strength of his return — the longest kick return in NFL history by an offensive lineman, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — Connolly was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It's the fourth time a Patriot has been honored with a Player of the Week Award...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players not seen at Patriots practice as on-field practice began for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park.
Also not seen were defensive linemen Brandon Deadrick, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright as well as receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. Ron Brace returned to practice for the first time since suffering a mild concussion two weeks ago against the Bears.
Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show to give his opinions about the Bruins and the NHL.
Asked if the Bruins might consider a change behind the bench, Milbury said it's too early for Claude Julien's job to be in jeopardy. "I don't think so, no," he said. "This team has shown remarkable resiliency. When they get down, you think that the wheels are falling of the wagon, they pull it together. And I think they'll pull it together for Claude again."
Added Milbury: "They need to loosen the screws a little bit offensively. Go after it, make some mistakes, try some things, do some things differently. Do I think they're ready to knock on Claude Julien's door? Absolutely not. I don't think that's a consideration right now. Tell me 10 games from now when they've won one, and it's a different story."
Milbury said there are...
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.
We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.
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.
Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.
Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.
Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
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.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
Television show writer of Showtime's "Shameless" and Boston native, Mike O’Malley unexpectedly calls Danny from California to react to Belichick’s press conference.More from this show