The Celtics bounced back from their loss in Brooklyn Thursday night to handle the Raptors, 107-89, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.
Helping key the Celtics' win was Rajon Rondo, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against the Nets due to a right ankle sprain. Rondo extended his streak of 10 or more assists to 33 games, finishing with 20. The point guard played a team-high 32 minutes.
Carrying the lead from early on in the first quarter, the Celtics were able to limit the minutes of many of their starters. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in just 17 minutes, while Paul Pierce played 25 minutes, managing 19 points. Jason Terry led all scorers with a season-high 20 points, making seven of his 10 shots from the floor.
Off the bench, rookie Jared Sullinger had one of his better games as a pro, netting 12 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Toronto did manage to close the Celtics' lead...
The Patriots announced Saturday that safety Tavon Wilson (ankle) has been added to the injury report as probable. The rookie out of Illinois is tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the season. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is one of four New England players who are listed as probable for Sunday's game, a group that includes wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow). For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Speaking to the media prior to his team's game against the Raptors Saturday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Rajon Rondo is ready to go after missing Thursday night's game against the Nets due to a sprained right ankle.
"He looks fine," Rivers said. "He's good."
Rivers explained that it was more the decision of head trainer Ed Lacerte than the coaching staff on whether to play Rondo, saying, "Him and Eddie walked in this morning and said they're ready. And he's ready."
The Celtics' coach did, however, say that it will be evident if Rondo can make it through Saturday's entire game by watching his reactions on the court. The point guard -- who has a streak of 10 or more assists in 31 straight games -- hasn't played since leaving Wednesday's win over Utah.
According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox did not pursue free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera before the 28-year-old reached a two-year, $16 million agreement with the Blue Jays on Friday (a deal first reported by ESPNDeportes.com).
Cabrera put up huge numbers in 2012 before his season came to an end due to a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. He hit .346 with a .390 OBP, .516 slugging percentage and .906 OPS in 113 games for the Giants before his suspension. Prior to his tremendous 2012 season, he had a career line of .275/.331/.398/.729 in parts of seven years with the Yankees, Braves and Royals. Cabrera turned 28 in August.
With his deal with the Blue Jays, Cabrera became the second prominent free-agent outfielder in recent days to sign with a club, joining Torii Hunter, whose two-year, $...
According to a team source, the Red Sox -- who are known to have talked to former Diamondbacks hitting coach Rick Schu, Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez and Braves assistant hitting coach (and former Red Sox infielder Scott Fletcher) -- plan to interview "a couple more" hitting coach candidates next week. The names of the additional candidates are not yet known. The Sox are considering a two-coach approach to address their hitting instruction next season.
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Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
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