In one of their worst performances of the season, the Celtics blew a winnable game and lost to the lowly Pistons, 98-88 at TD Garden.
Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 35 points and for the first time in his career he has scored 30+ points in consecutive games. But that was small consolation for the Celtics who missed 13 free throws.
Kevin Garnett missed his first game of the season with a strained hip flexor. His absence was felt on the defensive end as the Pistons shot 47 percent and center Greg Monroe had little trouble scoring 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting. Ben Gordon also had 22 points off the bench and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Of the veteran stars who did play, Paul Pierce scored just two points in the first three quarters and Ray Allen didn't make his first shot from the floor until the final minute of action. Chris Wilcox did have 17 points and nine rebounds starting in place of Garnett.
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When asked by reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. Wednesday if Carl Crawford might miss the first few weeks of the regular season, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the scenario was a distinct possibility. Crawford underwent surgery on his left wrist in January, with the organization suggesting at the time the outfielder might miss Opening Day.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Carl's a few weeks into the season before he's really ready to go,'' Valentine said. "I wouldn't be surprised, nor disappointed if that's what nature dictates as the healing process."
"When he's ready and he's healed, he is going to be a welcome addition to our team, whenever that is," Valentine later added. "The more I've looked at Carl on film and tried to evaluate the whole thing, he's really special and we really need him. If it's later, then that's when it will be."
With Crawford not being able to swing a bat well into spring training,...
Kevin Garnett missed his first game of the season with a strained hip flexor on Wednesday against the Pistons. Garnett had started al 28 games for the Celtics, the only player to appear in every game. Chris Wilcox started in his place.
Garnett's status was a gametime decision, leading to hopes that he could be available to play on Thursday against the Bulls. Jermaine O'Neal did return to the lineup after missing two games with knee and shoulder injuries and Mickael Pietrus (knee) was also active.
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Wednesday. Pedroia was asked if he expects the collapse in September 2011 and the subsequent fallout to be a major topic in spring training and if there is a still a feeling of unease after multiple offseason stories had unnamed team sources critical of both players and management.
"I've never been a part of something like that [last year], so some of that will be interesting," Pedroia said. "To be honest with you, if someone on our team was saying those things about other teammates that's a problem. And I honestly can't see any of our guys ratting out other teammates. That's over the line, I don't care who it was or what was going on or who had their source or what, as far as I'm concerned I'm showing up ready to play baseball. I don't care about any of the BS that's going on, the media, all that stuff is not going to affect how I go about my job. If...
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. The Patriots are picking 28th and 31st overall in the first round and have two picks in the second round, and Mayock said they would be wise to focus on defense early.
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.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
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.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
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