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11/20/2010 - 1:16pm
Julien remembers 'sincere & direct' Pat Burns
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien took a few minutes to reflect on the late Pat Burns, who died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The three-time Jack Adams award winner and Stanley Cup Champion in 2003 was 58.

 

Julien knew Burns while Julien was still playing in the AHL and Burns was coaching, but it wasn't until the two were both "in the same coaching fraternity" that they got to know one another best. Julien has coached for the Canadiens, Devils and Bruins, three teams Burns once led.

 

"The one thing everybody knows about Pat was he was sincere and direct and there was no beating around the bush with him, but the part that people didn’t always see was that away from all of that was that he was a really good guy," Julien said. "I know that I was fortunate enough to kind of follow his path. It certainly wasn’t done purposely, but I was fortunate enough to follow his path and maybe...

11/19/2010 - 11:40pm
Delonte West: We were complacent

In just his second game back, Delonte West took a leadership role after a surprising 89-84 home-court loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were playing without injured superstar Kevin Durant. 

 

"This team didn't even have to play with desperation to beat us tonight," West said of the Thunder. "That's one of our biggest concerns this year, being complacent, doing what we did tonight."

 

The Celtics fell behind by as many as 10 in the third quarter before making a late charge and drawing to within one, 85-84, on West's two free throws with 1:16 left in the fourth.

 

"It's not like we put up a fight," West said. "We just left it out on the table. Seemed like the whole game we were seaching for a challenge. It's not like we put up a fight. We just left it out on the table. Seemed like the whole game we were seaching for a challenge. It was almost like in the third...

11/19/2010 - 11:02pm
Rondo has strained left hamstring

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sustained a strained left hamstring with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday's 89-84 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden.

 

Just moments after picking up his fifth foul, Rondo fell to the floor and didn't get up immediately while holding his left leg. Trainer Ed Lacerte came onto the court and gave him treatment. Rondo stayed in the game following a 20-second timeout but eventually left a minute later for Delonte West while team trainers stretched out his left leg on the sideline. 

 

Rondo, who was held to seven assists on the night, returned with 4:57 left but coach Doc Rivers took him out for good just 13 seconds later. "He just wasn't running right," Rivers explained afterward.

 

Rondo's status for Sunday's game in Toronto is unknown. "Just get treatment [Saturday] and we'll see," Rondo said afterward....

11/19/2010 - 9:49pm
Upsetting: Durant-less Thunder beat C's

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and hit two clutch free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining as the Oklahoma City Thunder - playing without an injured Kevin Durant - handed the Celtics their first home court loss this season, 89-84, Friday night at TD Garden. It was a sloppy ending as neither team converted a field goal in the last 9:20 of the fourth quarter. 

 

With an injured ankle sidelining Durant, the Thunder not only managed to stay close, they took control in the second quarter, outrebounding the Celtics, 13-6, to take a 49-46 halftime lead. 

 

Kevin Garnett took an elbow to the back of the head just 29 seconds into the game and was limited to just three minutes in the first quarter before recovering to lead the Celtics with 16 points. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce each added 14 as the Celtics fell to 9-3 this season. 

 

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11/19/2010 - 7:16pm
Red Sox assign three to 40-man roster

The Red Sox purchased the contracts of catcher Luis Exposito, pitcher Stolmy Pimental, and infielder Oscar Tejada from Triple-A Pawtucket, adding all three to the 40-man roster. With the moves the the Sox' 40-man roster stands at 39, eliminating all three from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Two Red Sox minor leaguers who were not put on the 40-man roster and figure to draw interest in the Rule 5 Draft are pitchers Daniel Turpen (acquired in the trade that sent Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco) and Jason Rice. Rice had been acquired by the Red Sox in 2008 when they took him in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

 

Exposito hit .260 with 11 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 125 games with Double-A Portland in 2011. The 23-year-old also caught 30 of 80 attempted base stealers for an Eastern League-best 37.5 percent caught stealing rate. He had been taken by the REd Sox in the 31st round of the 2005 June Amateur Draft...

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