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04/30/2012 - 5:41pm
Bobby V: Cook is a reliever if promoted

With a May 1 deadline looming on a major league option, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that if the Red Sox decide to promote righthander Aaron Cook, he will begin in the team's bullpen. Valentine said he met with general manager Ben Cherington earlier in the day Monday to discuss a possible landing spot for him on the big league 25-man roster. 

"Ben was in this afternoon," Valentine said. "We talked again on that. I'm sure he has all his ducks in order and again, I don't know exactly when, why, how, these deadlines and all that. Everyone's opinion has been shared."

If the Red Sox select him, Cook will receive $1.5 million. If they don't he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Valentine made it clear that if the team promotes him by Tuesday, he will come out of the bullpen, despite going 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts for Pawtucket this April. 

"I haven't talked to him so I can't speak for...

04/30/2012 - 5:05pm
NBA suspends Rondo for Game 2

ATLANTA -- The NBA suspended Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo for Game 2 of their series with the Hawks after he bumped referee Marc Davis late in Game 1 on Sunday night. Rondo said after the game that the bump wasn't intentional, but the league didn't see it that way. A one-game suspension for making contact with an official is automatic under NBA rules, provided the contact was intentional.

"Obviously from a competitive standpoint, we are disappointed with the league's decision to suspend Rondo," Doc Rivers said in a statement issued by the team. "He plays a valuable part in our team's success. We accept the punishment and will use it as a tool for our players."

The Celtics seemed resigned to that fate when they practiced on Monday at Georgia Tech.

"They ran into each other. There’s no doubt about it," Rivers said before practice. "I thought it was a bump and the league is going to do what they have...

04/30/2012 - 2:37pm
Doc on Allen: 'I don't see it right now'

ATLANTA -- Regardless of whether Rajon Rondo is suspended by the NBA for his actions late in Game 1, the Celtics won't force Ray Allen back into the lineup before he's ready.

"It’s nothing we can do about it," Rivers said before the team went through practice at Georgia Tech. "If Ray’s not ready, he’s not ready. It’s one thing I won’t do. I will never do it. I don’t ever put a guy out if he ain’t ready. I just won’t put him on the floor. If Ray told me he could play tomorrow and Eddie [Lacerte] said he didn’t think he could play, Ray would not play. That’s just the way it is. He said he felt a little better, but I don’t see it right now."

Allen was on the practice court with his teammates, but he missed nine straight games to close the regular season and sat out a playoff game for the first time in his career with bone spurs in his ankle. Allen has said that he...

04/30/2012 - 2:14pm
Rivers: 'I just want them to tell us soon'

ATLANTA -- The Celtics conducted practice at Georgia Tech on Monday while they waited for word from the league as to whether Rajon Rondo would be suspended for bumping official Marc Davis late in Game 1, Sunday night. Rondo talked to NBA security Monday morning, and as Doc Rivers pointed out, they don't usually call to wish you well.

"In my experience I’ve never had the NBA security call and say, 'You know what Doc? You did a great job last night,'" Rivers said. "That has never happened. I just want them to tell us soon. That’s the one thing, if I have an issue with the league, they wait until after shootaround tomorrow and we’re guessing. I would like to know right now."

Rivers said that Rondo walks a fine line.

"We’re a volatile team. Rondo’s an emotional player," Rivers said. "The old saying, I’d rather kindle a fire then start one. I like his fire and sometimes he...

04/30/2012 - 2:04pm
Hawks' Ivan Johnson: KG 'a dirty player'

Hawks forward Ivan Johnson might be in his first year in the league, but he's not afraid to speak his mind about one of the league's veteran standouts: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

"Garnett, he's a dirty player," Johnson told reporters after Monday's practice. "He gives me a lot of elbows, and I can handle that."

Johnson, a 28-year-old who has had his share of issues with his temper in college, the D-League and overseas, said he wasn't surprised that Garnett tried to get him off his game during Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

"I was prepared for that," Johnson said. "I already knew how KG was going to come at me. They're a whole bunch of mess-talkers."

Added Johnson: "I know we're not going to fight on the court. I can handle it. I can take some hits. I try not to [hit back] because I'm usually the one that gets caught."

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