There was no reason to think that the Celtics had any chance of coming back in a game when they were down by 27 points and playing without three starters. But the Celtics slowly began to chip away at Orlando's lead in the second half and late in the third quarter, E'Twaun Moore caught fire knocking down three 3-pointers as the Celtics rallied all the way back for a 91-83 win in Orlando, sweeping the two-game set with the Magic.
Paul Pierce led the way with 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and Kevin Garnett added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Celtics also got a huge lift from Moore and Mickael Pietrus, who combined for 28 points and seven 3-pointers, making up for the absence of Ray Allen. They were also missing Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal, which meant that Garnett had to play Dwight Howard and the veteran held the All-NBA center in check.
Orlando scored only eight points in the fourth quarter and did not score a field goal...
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara held the first overall pick in the fantasy draft to determine teams for the 2012 NHL All-Star game Thursday night and selected Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk with the top pick. Chara then drafted teammate Tim Thomas in the second round.
The other Bruin in the player pool, Tyler Seguin, had to wait quite a while for his name to be called. After picking the likes of Carey Price, Phil Kessel and Dennis Wideman, Chara selected Seguin in the 19th round.
Upon being selected, Thomas was asked about his controversial decision to not attend the White House Monday for political reasons.
"I followed my conscience," Thomas said of his decision. "I'm extremely grateful for all the support I've gotten from my teammates, my friends and my fans."
Chara did not select any players from the Canucks.
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Rajon Rondo will miss his third straight game with a sprained right wrist and the Celtics will also be without Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal when they play the Magic on Thursday night. This is the second-straight game missed for Allen who rolled his ankle in Sunday's game against the Wizards trying to avoid a screen set by Jan Vesely. O'Neal bruised his left knee in Monday's game against Orlando.
Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass will make the start alongside Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics are also expected to have Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox back in the lineup. Dooling (seven games, knee) and Wilcox (six, calf strain) have been out for the last few weeks.
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told The Big Show in his weekly appearance that he's not sure he's ever seen a point guard dominate a game defensively the way Avery Bradley did against Orlando on Monday when the Celtics won 87-56.
"I'm not so sure I've ever seen a point guard dominate an NBA game to that extent, ever, defensively," Ainge said. "That was impressive."
The Celtics have always known that Bradley was capable of being an elite defender, but he really opened eyes in training camp when he was matched against Ray Allen and Ainge left open the possibility of Bradley teaming with Rajon Rondo on occasion.
"Ray's experience and size was able to get him some shots but Avery was all Ray could handle day-in and day-out in training camp, Ainge said. "Those guys could easily play together and provide a lot of spark. Avery's one of this guys that his intensity throughout possession by...
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the problems presented by Rob Gronkowski. The 6'6, 265-pound tight end caught eight passes for 101 yards and a TD in the regular-season contest between the Patriots and Giants.
"Get a ladder, probably," Coughlin joked when asked how the undersized cornerbacks of the Giants could contain Gronkowski. "This is a very gifted tight end and there's two of them, as you know. He's had an outstanding career and rewritten some of the record books along the way and has done a very good job of making the big-play catch as well. He's become someone that Brady looks to go in certain areas of the field as well, certainly in the red zone."
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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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