Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan Monday morning, hours after the Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Heat in Game 4 evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
Rivers said the series is shaping up as he expected following a predictably slow start from the Celtics.
"I didn't feel great going into Game 1, mainly because of the seventh game in Philly, that series. But after that I felt very good about this series and about us," he said. "We knew it was going to be a hard series. We knew it was going to be a physical series. But I actually think that's who we are, so that's why I've liked us in this series."
The Celtics got off to an impressive start offensively Sunday night, scoring 61 points in the first half, but then they squandered an 18-point lead in the second half.
"I thought the second half we were looking to take quick and, in my estimation, bad jump shots," Rivers said....
Former Mets general manager Jim Duquette is scheduled to donate a kidney to his 10-year-old daughter Monday at a Baltimore hospital. Lindsey Duquette suffers from a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and has undergone dialysis treatments for 14 hours a day for over a year since going into end-stage renal failure in May 2011, when her kidneys had to be removed.
The father, a Western Massachusetts native and a cousin of Orioles executive Dan Duquette, now hosts a radio show on Sirius XM's MLB Metwork Radio and has served as a fill-in analyst on Mets radio broadcasts this season.
Doctors have said there is only a 50 percent chance Lindsey's body will accept the new kidney, but the family is taking a positive approach.
"This has been a tough road, so we're realistic," Jim Duquette told The Baltimore Sun. "But we're hoping this will finally be the time life gets better for our little girl."...
According to an ESPN report, Chris Bosh is expected to be activated by the Heat for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night in Miami, barring a setback.
Bosh has been out three weeks since suffering an abdominal strain in Game 1 of the previous round against the Pacers. He has been participating in on-court workouts over the past week, including practices in Boston the past few days.
The 6-foot-11 Bosh averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in six playoff games before getting hurt. He averaged 18.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this season, during which he was named an All-Star for the seventh consecutive year.
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Cameras caught Paul Pierce breaking into a wide smile with 1:51 left in overtime as LeBron James was called for his sixth and final foul, getting disqualified for just the fourth time in his career, and the first time since April 2008.
It was also the first time in James' career that he fouled out in the playoffs. Paul Pierce, on the other hand, fouled out for the third time in his last five playoff games dating back to Game 7 against Philadelphia. Pierce was called for his sixth just 38 seconds into overtime when he was called for running over Shane Battier on a cut across the lane.
"Oh, it was very frustrating," Pierce said. "But it's gratifying when you see the other star player fouling out, also."
Pierce later added, "It was a cut, scratch, grab, hold, elbow-type of game. I mean, nobody was going to give an edge. I'd say it's a classic. You rarely see that, you rarely see that. You rarely see...
Dwyane Wade had a good look at a 3-pointer that could have won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in overtime, but long after it bounced out, Celtics coach Doc Rivers had a simple explanation.
"Red wasn't going to let that go in, you know that," he said. "Not in the Boston Garden. I thought it looked good when it left his hand. We told them to watch the pump fake. What Marquis [Daniels] did was on the pump fake he jumped out of the way so he couldn't draw the foul."
Said Daniels: "He pump faked twice. At some point I knew he was going to get it up, I was just like, man. When he did get it up it seemed like forever."
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
We check in with safety Patrick Chung for a brief visit on Patriots Monday and discuss the win over Houston, and the upcoming game against the Bills.
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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
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.
The 6am hour upload from Monday with Mike Mutnansky in with Kirk and Gerry, with first thoughts from the guys on several of the big weekend stories in sports
Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.
Mut, Gerry and Kirk discussed a column ripping Ortiz and Kirk is pissed at Curtis.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian invite Anthony L. Fisher of "The Week" on the show to explain his article where he discusses why David Ortiz is a jerk and a fraud.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are slightly taken aback by Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article where Paul Brown, not Bill Belichick is named the greatest Coach of all time.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the Jimmy G vs. Brady conundrum, and then delve into the atrocious AFC.
We sit down with the head coach of the Patriots Bill Belichick to break down the win over Houston, and look ahead to the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Thomas and Conor give a breakdown of the BC-Wagner game this weekend and look forward to next week's Buffalo game.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Andrew Benintendi's knee sprain and what that will mean going down the stretch, David Ortiz's ability to keep himself healthy at age 40, and how Pablo Sandoval can return from his season off.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
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