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03/23/2012 - 10:37pm
Painful: C's run out of gas vs. Sixers

In a game marred by the departure of Mickael Pietrus on a stretcher midway through the second quarter, the shorthanded Celtics were outscored by 20 points in the third quarter and could never recover in a 99-86 loss to the Sixers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia managed to hold on to to first place in the Atlantic Division despite the efforts of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who each scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who finish their season-long road trip with a 4-4 record and fall 1.5 games behind the Sixers in the division. 

Elton Brand led six Philadelphia players in double figures with 20 while Lou Williams added 19. The Sixers also outscored the Celtics 46-24 in the paint. 

The Celtics got off to a blazing start in the first quarter, shooting 65 percent and making 13-of-21 shots from the floor, with Garnett leading the way by connecting on all four of his shots. Pierce was 4-for-5 and had 11 of his 20 points...

03/23/2012 - 9:10pm
Pietrus carted off on stretcher

Mickael Pietrus was carted off the floor on a stretcher with 5:08 left in the second quarter after a nasty, twisting spill to the floor on a drive to the basket. 

Pietrus stayed overnight in Philadelphia for tests while the team flew back to Boston after the game. In a bit of good news, he won't have to spend the night in the hospital. Coach Doc Rivers told the media that Pietrus had an X-ray and CT Scan and will also have an MRI. The official word is a "questionable closed head injury," which could indicate a concussion.

Pietrus was driving into the lane and guarded by Lou Williams and Elton Brand. Pietrus was fouled but no flagrant foul was called. He landed on the small of his back and appeared to whiplash his neck, though his head never hit the floor. Pietrus immediately grabbed for the back of his head before rolling over and remaining on his stomach for more than five minutes. 

Trainer Ed Lacerte and other...

03/23/2012 - 4:12pm
Buchholz: 'Wasn't ready' to start '11

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz said that the Red Sox were ready to have him call it a day after four innings of work. But the right-hander said that he wanted to go out for a fifth frame in order to correct a problem that he experienced at the start of 2011, chiefly, a sense that he had not done enough to prepare for the start of the season.

"After the fourth inning, they said, ‘Hey that’s good work for today.’ I know that I need to get my pitch count up because I wasn’t ready for my first couple starts last year, so it made me want to go back out there for that fifth inning," said Buchholz. "I don’t think I threw enough innings in spring training [in 2011]. My pitch counts were up there, but pitch counts don’t normally mean anything because it’s how many times you get up and down off the bench after long innings and going back out there pitching and throwing 20 pitches and...

03/23/2012 - 4:00pm
O'Neal: I never asked for buyout

In an interview on WEE"s Mut & Merloni show, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal disputed the rumor that he asked for a buyout to sign with Miami.

"I was a little bitter about it," O'Neal said. "To answer your question, it was totally not true. Me and Danny Ainge never had a conversation about a buyout, we never talked about anything else but the seriousness of my injury."

O'Neal said that a few days after he reinsured his wrist in Dallas on Feb. 20, doctors told him that he had to have surgery to repair what has been described as a chronic degenerative condition in his wrist. O'Neal originally tore ligaments in his wrist last season. The team announced on Monday that O'Neal will have surgery and miss the rest of the season.

"When [the doctor] said that to me, it made me extremely emotional because basketball has been so close to me since I was eight years old," O'Neal said. "For a doctor to say, '...

03/23/2012 - 2:52pm
Red Sox issue statement on Jenks

In the aftermath of the arrest of reliever Bobby Jenks on Friday morning in Fort Myers, Fla., the Boston Red Sox issued the following statement:

“We have been made aware of a situation regarding Bobby Jenks and take such matters seriously. We are gathering information and will refrain from further comment at this time.”

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