The Celtics nearly came all the way back from a 23-point halftime deficit, but fell just short Wednesday night against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, dropping a 119-104 decision. It was the seventh loss in the last eight games for Boston, which got 23 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Garnett in the defeat.
The Celtics, playing without point guard Rajon Rondo (serving the second game of a two-game suspension for throwing a ball at a referee) bolted to a quick 10-point lead, but an astonishing 30-2 run by the Thunder allowed them to seize a 42-25 second-quarter lead and a 72-49 advantage into the half. Boston cut into the lead throughout the third and into the fourth quarter, getting the deficit down to as much as six when Paul Pierce hit a free throw with 3:31 left to make it 108-102.
But that would be as close the the Celtics would get, as the Thunder pulled away down the stretch to secure their sixth win in the last seven games....
The Patriots announced Wednesday that they have released offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger and defensive tackle Mike Wright.
The Pats signed Wright out of Cincinnati after he went undrafted in 2005. He was with the Patriots for seven seasons, but played in only one game last season before being placed on injured reserve with his latest concussion.
Ohrnberger was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. Though he became popular for his twitter account leading up to the Super Bowl, he played in only five games over his three seasons in New England.
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Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now an analyst for ESPN, joined The Big Show Wednesday to discuss the upcoming baseball season and his days as the team's skipper. Francona discussed Manny Ramirez, Carl Crawford and the Sox' rotation, among other things.
A column written in November by Peter Gammons quoted Francona as saying "Manny Ramirez is the worst human being I've ever met" in the 2008 season. Francona wasn't sure he said those exact words, but did say he was angry with Ramirez after he had pushed traveling secretary Jack McCormick.
"I actually talked to Peter this morning," Francona said. "I don't remember ever saying that about somebody. I think what probably happened is -- I know it was the Jack McCormick incident -- I was probably blowing off some steam, and I was having a conversation with Peter, not an interview. I don't want to sit here and say I was misquoted, because it wasn't an interview. I...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spent part of his morning rounds watching shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias taking grounders. when he managed the Mets, Valentine had Rey Ordonez (the offensively deficient, three-time Gold Glover) to whom Iglesias is often compared. Defensively, Valentine's initial glimpse suggested that such praise for Iglesias' defense had merit.
"My first impression ... is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too," Valentine said of Iglesias. "I did see similarities with Rey Ordonez in ball-glove action. Initially, it looked like he had more range than Rey."
While there are no questions about the excellence of Iglesias' glove, however, like Ordonez, there are questions about the 22-year-old's offense. Ordonez had the lowest career OPS (.600) of any player with at least 3,000 plate appearances in the last 20 years. A year ago, as a 21-year-old in...
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will replace Hawks guard Joe Johnson in Sunday's 2012 NBA All-Star Game, joining teammate Paul Pierce as an Eastern Conference reserve, according to a team source.
The Hawks announced Johnson will miss the team's next two games, against Jeremy Lin's Knicks and Dwight Howard's Magic, as well as the All-Star Game following an MRI that revealed left knee tendinitis.
The All-Star selection is the third straight for Rondo, who turned 26 on Wednesday and will sit against the Thunder in the team's final game before the break to fulfill his two-game suspension for throwing a ball at a referee during a loss to the Pistons on Sunday.
Despite missing eight games due to a wrist injury midway through this season, Rondo is averaging a career-high 14.8 points and ranks second in the NBA with an average of 9.5 assists through 22 games.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.