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02/05/2011 - 1:22pm
Report: Heat may target Perkins

In his latest After the Buzzer column, Yahoo columnist Marc Spears writes that a source expects the Heat to make a run at Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who will be a free agent after this season. That would make sense for the Heat, who lack a big man complement to Chris Bosh on their frontline. However, under the current rules Miami would only be able to offer the mid-level exception.

 

The NBA is heading into a summer of uncertainty if the owners decide to lock out the players after the season and a new labor agreement would likely rewrite the free agency rules. However it turns out, Perkins will be in demand as a 26-year-old center with proven rebounding and defensive skills.

 

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02/05/2011 - 11:00am
Ray on Kidd: 'Very underrated' shot beat us

There was a great deal of irony in the game-winning 3-point shot delivered by Jason Kidd with 2.5 seconds remaining, a shot that highlighted a stunning Mavericks' comeback in a 101-97 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. The shot was made by the man ranked third on the all-time 3-point field goal list and it came with Ray Allen, No. 2 on that list, guarding him. 

 

"Very underrated Jason Kidd is with shooting the three but he's proven over his career he's proven he can knock the 3-ball down," Allen said. "The only way he has been able to stay around as long as he has was to develop a jump shot. It was in form today and beat us today."

 

"That one stood out obviously but I thought we gave up way too many," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought offensively we played well, we shot 50 percent. I just thought defensively we broke a lot of our defensive rules. I thought we...

02/05/2011 - 10:31am
Bodden confident in recovery for next year

Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden, who spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a rotator cuff tear during the preseason, told reporters in Dallas that he is progressing well in his recovery and that he plans on making an impact in his return next season.

 

"I have the most confidence in the world; I'm going to have my best season next year," Bodden told reporters of his recovery. "I'm rehabbing it good, I'm lifting on it. It's been five months. ... "If I was playing in the Super Bowl and had to play, I would play ... I feel great. It's strong. I've been lifting on it, not too much heavy weights, but the stability is good."

 

The 29-year-old, who entered the season projected as the Patriots' top cover corner, said that he suffered the injury on his second play during an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Rams. He tried to play through it, and lamented that he likely made the injury...

02/05/2011 - 10:30am
Thomas in net for Bruins vs. Sharks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media Saturday that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes when the B's take on the Sharks in a 1 p.m. matinee. San Jose will counter with Antti Niemi. 

 

Thomas, in the midst of a career year, leads the league in both goals against average (1.82) and save percentage (.945) and is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (7) and wins (25). In his last start, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina. Niemi is 14-3-3 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage. 

 

Bruins forward Daniel Paille will serve the first game of his four-game suspension Saturday and will be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Maple Leafs.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


02/05/2011 - 12:02am
Jermaine O'Neal has surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge announced after his team's 101-97 loss to the Mavericks Friday night that center/forward Jermaine O'Neal went arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier in the day and will be out of games an estimated 6-8 weeks.

 

"Surgery went fine and we're hoping that helps alleviates the swelling he was getting with extra activity," Ainge said.

 

O'Neal, who hasn't played since Jan. 10, was originally thought not to need surgery, but the problematic knee wasn't progressing in a fashion that was satisfactory for the player or team.

 

"It didn't respond like we had hoped," Ainge said.

 

Ainge, who said he hopes for an early April return, noted that the procedure wasn't one which will solve O'Neal's health concerns heading into next season.

 

"I think it could be something he could be dealing with next season," he...

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