NEW YORK -- The Knicks have decided that Chauncey Billups' strained right knee hasn't recovered sufficiently enough to play in Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference series against New York, ruling the point guard out for Friday night's game. Knicks' forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who has been battling a pulled muscle in his back, was in the Knicks' starting lineup.
"We were pretty sure he was not playing and we were ready either way," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It doesn’t change our gameplan honestly. We’re going to play the same regardless of who plays."
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The Patriots worked out wide receiver Vidal Hazelton and offensive lineman Jason Kelce out of Cincinnati on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hazelton is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who was at Souther Cal before transferring to Cincinnati. In his collegiate career, he had 63 catches for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce is an interior offensive linemen who was at both guard and center over the course of his college career, and was named All-BIG EAST second team as a senior. Both are considered late-round draft possibilities. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
Knicks stars Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups did not participate in active practice for the second straight day, retreating to the trainer's room during the team's shootaround on Friday, according to The New York Times.
Both players are game-time decisions for Friday night's Game 3 against the Celtics, although "Stoudemire is far more likely to play than Billups," The Times reported.
"We're pretty optimistic," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told the paper about Stoudemire's pulled back muscle. As for Billups' strained left knee? "Less optimistic."
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Tim Thomas was named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy on Friday, an award honoring the top goaltender in the NHL.
Thomas -- who won the Vezina in 2009 -- is one of three finalists, joining Roberto Luongo of the Canucks and Pekka Rinne of the Preadtors.
Thomas is considered the overwhelming favorite to capture his second Vezina following a 2010-11 season that saw the netminder set the NHL record for single-season save percentage with a mark of .938, besting the previous record of .937 set by Dominik Hasek in the 1998-99 season. Thomas had a record of 35-11-9 in 57 games, with a 2.00 goals-against average.
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Shaquille O'Neal was on the court for the Celtics at their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden, but he still isn't ready to play in a game. "He’s not ready to play yet but the fact that he’s feeling better and he’s closer, you just bring him on the road," Doc Rivers said. O'Neal spoke briefly as he left the court and said that he's trying to make it back.
Once again Rivers indicated that Shaq will play when he is physically able. "I’m worried about getting him right and healthy," Rivers said. "There’s no strategic gameplan for not playing him. There’s a medical gameplan for not playing him. Once he can play, he can play."
In other O'Neal injury news, Jermaine O'Neal said he aggravated his left wrist taking a charge in Game 2. He was wearing a brace the last two days but said he would probably play without it Friday night because the swelling has gone down....
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Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
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