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04/13/2011 - 10:18pm
Lots in reserve: C's backups beat Knicks

Avery Bradley scored a career high 20 while Sasha Pavlovic added 19 off the bench as the Celtics had six scorers in double figures in a 112-102 win over the Knicks in their regular season finale Wednesday night at TD Garden. Glen Davis led the starters with 17 as the C's finish the season with a 56-26 mark, good for the No. 3 seed in the East while the Knicks finish 42-40. 

The two teams will square off Sunday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series but Wednesday's regular season finale hardly resembled what will take place when the playoffs begin this weekend. 

Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all sat out the game, with neither Allen nor Garnett dressing for the contest. For the Knicks, they chose to sit regulars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups while Amare Stoudemire, who had 14 for the Knicks, played the first and third quarters after missing the last three games. 

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04/13/2011 - 9:54pm
Celtics' first-round schedule released

The NBA announced the rest of the schedule for the Celtics-Knicks first round playoff series. Games 5, 6 and 7 are if necessary and some times are still to be determined (TBD).

Game 1: Sunday At Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 7 p.m.

Game 3: Friday at New York, TBD

Game 4: Sunday at New York, 3:30 p.m.

Game 5: Tuesday April 26 at Boston, TBD

Game 6: Friday, April 29 at New York, TBD

Game 7: Sunday, May 1 at Boston, TBD

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


04/13/2011 - 7:51pm
Rivers on Shaq: 'Too early to tell'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he was hopeful Shaquille O'Neal would be ready for Game 1 of the team's first round series with the Knicks, but that it was "too early to tell, but I think so." The coach was more optimistic on the status of Delonte West who aggravated his right ankle in a collision with Washington's Javale McGee on Monday. "[West] looked good. He felt a lot better toda," Rivers said. "Watching the injury live I was very concerned." 

A subdued West said prior to Wednesday's game that he had swelling in his ankle where he had previously chipped a bone. "It’s all hands on decks now," West said. "It’s no excuses." 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 


04/13/2011 - 4:32pm
Lackey skips turn, will pitch in Oakland

John Lackey, who was scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday before the game vs. Tampa was postponed, will be skipped in the rotation and not pitch in upcoming four-game series vs. the Blue Jays.

Clay Buchholz will start on Friday against Toronto, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Lackey -- 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA in two starts this season -- will make his next start on Tuesday vs. the Athletics, the first game of a nine-game road trip for the Sox.

"Basically, Lackey is missing a turn so we don’t have to try to have guys going on a week’s rest. It’s not perfect for him. We’ll try to map it out where it helps him," Francona said. "But rather than have five guys really pushed back too much, we’ll take one start and let Lack start the game out in Oakland where he’s had a lot of success."

In his career, Lackey has pitched at McAfee Coliseum, going...

04/13/2011 - 3:47pm
Francona on Big Show: 'It's been awful'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show show Wednesday to talk about his club's struggles. 

At 2-9, the Sox have the worst record in baseball. Francona was asked if it's too early in the season to worry about the team's performance.

"I don't know, if it was 30 games and we were still struggling, I wouldn't throw in the towel," said Francona. "We're going to continue to fight. This is too good a team with too much potential. We had a horrendous first 10 games, I mean it's been awful. … It's our responsibility to find a way to fix it."

Starting pitching was a concern of some heading into the season, but many pegged the Sox lineup as the best in baseball. Through 11 games it has been anything but the juggernaut most expected, hitting just .230 with a .348 slugging percentage.

"It's probably your worst fear," said Francona of the slow offensive start. "Any...

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