WALTHAM -- One of the questions following the Celtics' Game 4 collapse was whether they should have gone back to Brandon Bass, who played one of his best games of the playoffs, scoring 15 points in just 22 minutes. Bass got into foul trouble midway through the third quarter and had only three seconds of playing time in the fourth quarter when the Sixers were able to finish their comeback.
"Honestly, if we made one mistake we should have gone back to Bass," coach Doc Rivers said. "The first three games our smaller lineup was better than our bigger lineup. Statistically in Game 4, the big lineup was better. The big lineup is what got us the lead. Both times when we went small it actually hurt us. That’s something as a staff we have to recognize and it’s a tough call. We’re going to have to make a call every game it looks like and there’s no right or wrong to it. It’s going to have to be a gut feeling and I hope...
According to a source, Ryan Lavarnway had been in Philadelphia the past few days as a precaution in case Jarrod Saltalamacchia wasn't able contribute due to the laceration of his left ear. Lavarnway had missed the past two games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Lavarnway is hitting .269 with two home runs and an OPS of .730 with Pawtucket this season. He last played on May 17 in Durham, N.C., having notched a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Saltalamacchia started both Saturday and Sunday after receiving 12 stitches in his left ear Friday night due to a ball deflecting of Ty Wigginton's forearm. The Red Sox did make a roster move Sunday, promoting outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin while demoting Mauro Gomez due to injuries to both Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney.
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WALTHAM -- The Celtics returned to the practice court on Sunday in preparation for Monday's Game 5 at the Garden with everyone except for Avery Bradley, whose injured left shoulder continues to be a concern. Bradley's shoulder popped out again early in the third quarter of Game 4, but he was able to pop it back in quickly after it looked like he was coming out of the game.
"It came out and went right back, which is crazy. It’s a tough thing what he’s going through. A lot of players would not be playing, I’ll say that," Doc Rivers said. "He’s dealing with stuff. It’s just tough. It really is. I swear a lot of people would not be playing and the only reason he is, is because he wants to. I am concerned at some point that he may not be able to anymore. We don’t know what game that is, we don’t know what day he can finish it and we can keep going all the way and he can play and tomorrow could be his...
Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was recalled by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday morning to provide some depth to a depleted group. First baseman Mauro Gomez was optioned to Pawtucket.
With Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald already on the DL, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney have had health issues over the past few days. Ross fouled a ball off his left foot on Friday night, wasn't in the lineup Saturday and will not be on Sunday and Ryan Sweeney underwent a concussion test Sunday following his diving catch on Saturday night.
Lin is batting .256 for Pawtucket this season. He did appear in one game as a defensive replacement for the Sox on April 14.
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Adrian Gonzalez will play right field for the second consecutive game as the Red Sox look win the rubber game of their three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday.
David Ortiz will again play first base for the Sox (19-21), who will face Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95). Lee threw a two-hit shutout the last time he faced the Sox, a 5-0 Phillies win over Josh Beckett last June 28. Beckett (3-4, 4.97) will oppose Lee again on Sunday.
Cody Ross fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning in Friday night's loss and did not return to the game. He did not play on Saturday and is not in the lineup Sunday.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
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