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05/13/2012 - 11:48am
Bobby V: Daisuke's mechanics off Saturday
By: DJ Bean

Bobby Valentine said prior to Sunday's game that he didn't like what he saw in Daisuke Matsuzaka's latest rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. Matsuzaka, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw 90 pitches over 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits against Columbus Saturday at McCoy Stadium. 

"I watched the game. I didn't think he was as good as he should be," Valentine said. "His mechanics [weren't] very good at all, I think. But he's throwing pain-free, so that's good." 

Valentine said that Matsuzaka will have two more rehab starts (May 17 and 22) "to get his whole thing together." The manager added that he and his staff will review Saturday's outing in further detail Sunday. 

"I've been watching him," he said. "Right now he's worried about his strength and his ability to endure pitches and things like that." 

Valentine had six-man rotations...

05/13/2012 - 1:19am
Garnett: 'I have no life at this point'

Kevin Garnett wasn't talking about disrespect and he wasn't talking about his age after scoring 29 points against Philadelphia in the Celtics' 92-91 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I have no life at this point," Garnett said. "I go home, get treatment, come back in here, study tape, film. No life at all. It's what it is."

Garnett played 38 minutes in the opener and all 12 in the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that playing him that much was a problem, but it's what he has to do this point.

"It's so hard when he's off the floor for those 10 or 12 minutes," Rivers said. "I mean, you're in a panic right now. And we have to. Our plus/minus when he's off the floor is horrendous. So that's an area we have to improve on. But when he's on the floor he's doing everything for us."

Said Sixers coach Doug Collins, "I've never seen him play better."

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05/13/2012 - 1:10am
Pierce: 'We're gonna ride Garnett all the way'

Celtics captain Paul Pierce may have continued his struggles from the floor, but Kevin Garnett picked up the slack, amassing 29 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks -- a statistical line he hasn't produced since March 2007 as a member of the Timberwolves -- in the 92-91 win over the 76ers.

"We feel like that's our advantage," said Pierce of Garnett after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "That's our advantage every night when you look at the Eastern Conference and the teams that have to match up with him. We're gonna ride Kevin all the way until his wheels fall off. And he's bringing it every night. He understands the urgency of this ballclub, and he's giving everything he's got out there for us. He's looking magnificent. He's looked like the '04 MVP, definitely."

Pierce scored 14 points on just 3-of-11 shooting (8-8 FT), but Garnett submitted his second straight monster performance of the playoffs. Over his last two...

05/13/2012 - 12:37am
Dooling: Rondo 'smartest player in our game'

Following Rondo's eighth career playoff triple-double, Keyon Dooling dubbed the Celtics point guard "the smartest player in our game."

"I think sometimes his basketball intellect is overshadowed by some of his moments," said Dooling after the C's 92-91 victory against the 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "He's the smartest player in our game."

Rondo finished with 13 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds -- including 11 points, nine dimes and eight boards in the second half -- but perhaps his most cerebral play of the night came in the final 3.4 seconds of the game. With the C's leading by one and the Sixers looking to foul, Rondo and his 54.5 percent playoff free throw percentage rushed to the backcourt, knowing Philadelphia had a foul to give, avoiding a defender and dribbling out the clock for the victory.

"If you look, he's a coach on the floor," added Dooling....

05/12/2012 - 10:26pm
Rondo (triple-double), KG lead C's in Game 1

Rajon Rondo had his eighth career playoff triple-double - and second of these playoffs - while Kevin Garnett picked up where he left off in Round 1 with 29 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes as the Celtics overcame the Sixers, 92-91, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday night at TD Garden. Rondo had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists to lead the Celtics. The Sixers made a late charge in the closing seconds after Boston had a six-point lead. But Rondo received the inbounds pass and ran out the final 3.4 seconds. 

Despite both teams clinching their first round series on Thursday, the Sixers were the more energetic team early, jumping out to a 15-6 lead. Andre Iguodala hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. He had 10 points for Philadelphia in the opening quarter whilie the Sixers shot 55 percent as a team. The Celtics, meanwhile, were ice cold, making just six of their 20 shots as the Sixers claimed a 28-18 lead...

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