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03/29/2012 - 12:32am
Big Al: 'That's just Kevin being Kevin'

It's been five years since Al Jefferson served as the centerpiece of the trade for Kevin Garnett, but neither seems to have forgotten.

"I wasn't motivated," said a smiling Garnett, who finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. "Next question."

Midway through the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 94-82 victory ovr the Jazz, a jawing match between Jefferson and Garnett earned them double technicals.

"That's just him being him," said Jefferson, who totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds. "That's all I've got to say about that."

A year ago, the two also exchanged technical fouls in Salt Lake City. Jefferson didn't hold back last March.

"Honestly, Kevin don't bother me as far as talking," Jefferson told The Boston Globe in 2011. "Everybody can go off and talk...

03/28/2012 - 9:47pm
Sweet music: C's tune Jazz for 3rd straight

Kevin Garnett had 23 points, Paul Pierce scored 20 and Brandon Bass added 19 as the Celtics overcame blowing an 18-point second-half lead to outlast the Jazz, 94-82, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Al Jefferson -- who had a minor arm-swinging run-in with Garnett in the fourth -- finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As a result of their third straight win, the Celtics improved to 28-22 and again tied the 76ers for first in the Atlantic Division. 

Rajon Rondo finished with 14 assists, becoming the first NBA player with double-digit assist totals in 11 straight games since Steve Nash in 2009. 

Both teams were sluggish to start the game and it showed in the shooting percentages, as the Jazz made just 7-of-21 shots but converted all three 3-pointers they attempted to take a 21-18 lead after 12 minutes. The Celtics -- who made just 8-of-22 shots in the opening quarter -- found their shooting range in the second quarter, converting 11-of-...

03/28/2012 - 7:28pm
Rivers not concerned about Allen's ankle

Ray Allen will miss his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle, but coach Doc Rivers said that he isn't concerned and thinks Allen may be ready to return for Friday's game against Minnesota. Allen went through the shootaround and his normal pregame routine before Wednesday's game with the Jazz, but Rivers said that it just didn't feel right.

Mickael Pietrus also is out after suffering a concussion in last Friday's game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. There was no update on when Pietrus might be able to return or take the baselines tests he needs for clearance. Avery Bradley will start in Allen's place, and Rivers likes the defensive combination in the backcourt with Bradley and Rondo.

In a related matter, Rivers said that he may wind up sitting players out in April when the C's have a series of back-to-backs, as well as a stretch of three games in three nights.

"At the end of the day if it comes down to seeding or health, I...

03/28/2012 - 6:49pm
Schilling leads Red Sox Hall of Fame class
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced their 2012 elections for the Red Sox Hall of Fame Wednesday, with pitcher Curt Schilling, Fenway Park creator John I. Taylor and groundskeeper Joe Mooney among them. 

Second baseman Marty Barrett, outfielder Ellis Burks and pitchers Joe Dobson and Dutch Leonard also will be inducted. The induction ceremony will be held at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox' game against the Twins on Aug. 3. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


03/28/2012 - 4:38pm
Chris Carpenter to have elbow surgery

Chris Carpenter -- part of the compensation received by the Red Sox from the Cubs for Theo Epstein -- will have elbow surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, according to a team source. News of the surgery first came via a post on the pitcher's Twitter account.

"Headed into surgery tomorrow with Dr. Andrews to remove a bone spur in my elbow," Carpenter wrote. "Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season!"

Carpenter has not pitched since March 19 and struggled in two appearances this spring, allowing four runs and five walks in 1.2 innings pitched. The Sox acquired Carpenter on February 21 following four months of compensation negotiation with the Cubs. 

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