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10/28/2010 - 12:08pm
Paul Pierce: Shaq has helped Garnett

Paul Pierce joined Dale and Holley to talk about the Celtics first two games, whether he would have left Boston if Doc Rivers had not returned and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal both on, and off, the floor. "I love Shaquille in the locker room," Pierce said. "The one guy he’s making better on and off the court is Kevin [Garnett]. You can just tell with Kevin’s attitude, he’s a lot more loose than he’s ever been. Kevin really listens to a lot of things Shaq has to say because they’ve been through their wars together and I know Kevin has a lot of respect for Shaq and what he’s done in this league, as do all of us. His presence has really helped us out as a ballclub, in the locker room and on the court."

 

Pierce said that Rivers return was the key to bringing the team back for one more run. "It all started with Doc," Pierce said. "I said that if Doc comes back then the...

10/28/2010 - 11:51am
McCourty 'not sure' of how to defend Moss

FOXBORO -- One of the primary Patriots cornerbacks assigned with defending Randy Moss during the star receiver's return to Gillette Stadium admitted Thursday he's not seen any consistent way of defending him on the field. 

 

"I'm not sure," McCourty said of what he's seen on film and in person that is effective defending Moss. "I watched him growing up and when I was in school and nothing seemed to work so we'll just go out there and try to compete."

 

Told former Patriots cornerback Shawn Springs kept a notebook on star receivers, McCourty was asked what his would read on Moss. 

 

"Just a complete receiver, a guy that's good going down the field, making great catches," McCourty said. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/28/2010 - 11:20am
Kessel: 'I don't want to stick it to' Bruins
By: DJ Bean

Former Bruins fifth overall pick Phil Kessel spoke with the media Thursday as he and the Maple Leafs prepare to take on the B's at TD Garden. Kessel was traded to the Leafs for a package of draft picks (one of which was spent on Tyler Seguin) and went without a goal in six games against his former club last season. 

 

"I don't want to stick it to them, I want to obviously play well," Kessel said. "Last year I had a lot of chances, I just didn't score. Hopefully I can change it this year and the most important thing is just getting wins.

 

"They're a good team over there, so it's not easy to score against them anyways," he added. Kessel noted that he isn't concerned with the reaction given to him by the crowd, who he said can "do whatever they want." 

 

The Bruins were unable to strike a long-term deal with Kessel prior to the trade, but the way things ended...

10/28/2010 - 10:01am
Thomas first off ice for Bruins
By: DJ Bean

Tim Thomas was first off the ice for the Bruins in their morning skate Thursday, an indication that he will be the starting netminder when the team plays the Maple Leafs at TD Garden at 7 pm. 

 

In four starts this season, Thomas is 4-0 with a 0.75 goals against average and a .980 save percentage. The Bruins have lost both games started by Tuukka Rask. 

 

For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.


10/28/2010 - 8:50am
Doc Rivers: We have a chance to be special

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly visit and talked about the loss to the Cavaliers, the win over the Heat and the longest second in his life. It's been a whirlwind beginning to the season, but Rivers likes what he sees from his team. "I enjoy this group," he said. "I enjoy coaching them. We've got to solidify ourselves as a group, as a team. I think we're on our way to doing that. I think we have a chance to be really special, but we're not there yet and we have work to do." 

 

Rivers conceded that the opening night win over the Heat was more than just another game. "We'd be lying if we said it was a normal game," Rivers said. "It was still only one game, but it didn't have a lot of meaning. A lot of people wanted to see us play Miami and a lot of people wanted to see Miami." But Wednesday night in Cleveland, the Celtics ran into a team that was also on an...

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