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01/01/2011 - 12:59am
Brady WEEI.com's Athlete of the Year

Tom Brady's memorable season was WEEI's No. 1 Story of the Year, and the Patriots quarterback also was voted by WEEI.com readers as the 2010 Athlete of the Year in balloting conducted over the past 10 days. Brady was tabbed by 48 percent of the 1,024 voters (493 votes). Teammate Wes Welker, who bounced back from reconstructive knee surgery to have another productive season in 2010, finished second with 17 percent (171 votes). Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was third with 14 percent (142) and Bruins goalie Tim Thomas finished fourth with 12 percent (127). Jon Lester was the top Red Sox player, finishing fifth overall with 4 percent (38).

 

To see the complete results, visit the LEEInks blog.


12/31/2010 - 8:47pm
Pierce: 'I really didn't come to play today'

After scoring just 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 36 minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets Friday, Paul Pierce was not about to make excuses for a team that was missing Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. As a matter of fact, he put most of the blame squarely on his own shoulders. 

 

"Maybe Paul Pierce has to do a better job in stepping up his game," Pierce said in third person. "I really didn’t come to play to today, evident when you look up, six turnovers, but we only lose by two. The responsibility is on the guys out on the floor.

 

“Regardless of the injuries, I’ve [said before] injuries are going to happen. Regardless of the injuries, we’ve still got to show up to play. There’s no moral victories…and the guys that we put out there have got to be ready. We’re on the home court with guys who know how to play the game…a game that we feel like...

12/31/2010 - 7:54pm
Doc on no KG: 'We pay everybody' to play

Playing their first game since Kevin Garnett injured his right calf and without Rajon Rondo and his injured ankle, Doc Rivers said his team shouldn't feel "good" about staying close in the 83-81 loss to the Hornets. 

 

"We can't let it get to us. We're not going to be healthy the next game," Rivers said. "I told the guys, 'I'm angry. We should've won the game. Don't sit back and feel good, you lost by lost the game by two because you have three starters out or whatever. It doesn't make me feel any good.'

 

"We pay everybody and so we've got to come up and play." 

 

Luke Harangody played 13 minutes and Jermaine O'Neal played 33 minutes - including a stretch of 16 minutes in the second half - as Shaquille O'Neal again battled foul trouble. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics


12/31/2010 - 7:42pm
Doc on Baby: Too much 'hero ball'

Doc Rivers was livid at Glen Davis in the closing moments of Friday's 83-81 loss to the New Orleans Hornets for taking an ill-advised 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining and the Celtics trailing, 82-79. Afterward, Rivers explained why he was so upset.

 

"Yeah, we had some hero ball, there's no doubt about that," Rivers said. "And you lose when you do that. So, we lost." 

 

Also contributing to the lost - a game the Celtics led by seven with 6:27 remaining - were 19 turnovers leading to 25 Hornets points. For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.  


12/31/2010 - 7:21pm
Paul: Not big difference with Rondo, Nate

Speaking after his team's 83-81 win over the Celtics, Friday at TD Garden, New Orleans point guard explained that he didn't know prior to the game if Rajon Rondo would be in the starting lineup for the Celts, and that it wouldn't have changed his mind-set.

 

"It didn't matter to me," said Paul, who finished with 20 points and 11 assists. "I'm one of those guys who think with the Celtics ... there's Rondo or Nate Robinson, there ain't that much of a difference. Nate Robinson is a starter in our league coming off their bench. Their first nine guys are starters."

 

Robinson played 37 minutes for the Celtics, scoring 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor. He dished out three assists.

 

"I guess I'm in one of those situations where every night I go out I know I'm going to get the other guy's best shot," said Paul, who now heads to Washington to take on the Wizards. "I...

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