Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the Celtics-76ers Eastern Conference semifinal series, as the teams prepare for Monday night's tiebreaking Game 5 at TD Garden.
While Mannix said the Sixers are capable of winning this series, he sees the Celtics headed to the NBA finals and a "toss-up" against the Thunder.
"I'm leaning towards Oklahoma City and Boston," he said of his finals matchup. "I think the Celtics will get by whoever comes out of this next series just because of the [Chris] Bosh injury. I think even with the mismatch [up front] against Indiana, I think Boston's experience will be big for them. And Oklahoma City's in a for a dogfight with San Antonio. They played horribly against them in the regular season. ... I think Oklahoma City's youth will prevail in that series."
If the Celtics survive the Sixers, Mannix said they might be better off with the Heat...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics reported that all players were on hand and accounted for during Monday morning's shootaround at the team's practice facility.
The team's official website tweeted just before shootaround ended that Avery Bradley (left shoulder) was a "game-time decision" for Monday's Game 5 against the Sixers at TD Garden.
Bradley did not practice on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of his left shoulder injury during the third quarter of Friday's loss in Philadelphia.
If Bradley were not available for Game 5, it's assumed Ray Allen would return to the starting lineup for the first time in the playoffs. Allen hasn't started since April 4 against the Spurs, coming off the bench in the last four games he played in the regular season and all eight games to date in the playoffs.
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Rangers coach John Tortorella is not happy with what he perceives to be embellishing on the part of the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals. Tortorella was attempting to defend Rangers forward Brandon Prust, who received a one-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov during New York's 3-0 victory in Saturday's Game 3. The Devils defenseman went down the ice clutching his head but eventually got up and did not miss a shift.
"We tell our players, 'Don't stay down on the ice. Get up," Tortorella said during a Sunday press conference. "I'll leave it at that. If we want to start discussing officials with the media, I have a long list here."
Tortorella then went on to complain about picks he said the Devils are running during power players as well as two questionable hits from Devils players in Game 3.
Informed of Tortorella's comments, Devils coach Pete DeBoer responded: "Comical."
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, David Ortiz called a players-only meeting on May 11, a day after Josh Beckett allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians at Fenway Park.
The meeting was described as "heated" by one player, as hitters reportedly told pitchers to "step it up."
The Sox -- 13-19 at the time of the meeting -- won their next five games and since the meeting have won seven of nine.
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According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- speaking after Sunday's 5-1 win over the Phillies -- Daisuke Matsuzaka won't make what was scheduled to be his final rehab start Tuesday, as the pitcher received an injection in his ailing right trapezius muscle.
Because of the ailment, the Red Sox will be allowed to restart the pitcher's rehab clock after he sits out seven days. Matsuzaka's rehab assignment was slated to end Wednesday. According to Major League Baseball rules, the only way a player's rehab assignment can be extended is if it can be proven to the league that there is a physical issue which has to be dealt with.
"He got another injection today in the right trap that's been bothering him for quite a while," Valentine told reporters, "and we've got to make sure that's 100 percent before he's going out there again."
When speaking with the media Friday, Matsuzaka suggested his right elbow was in good health...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Gerry, Kirk and the callers react to another abrupt exit by Gary Tanguay. And Curtis discussed the greatest day of his life.
We discuss whether or not parents should coach their kids teams and Gary takes offense to their comments and walks out of the station again.
Chris Mad Dog Russo weighed in on Tom Brady's Italian vacation and Headlines with Kirk.
An angry female caller got Ordway rattled to the point where he starts complaining about an LA bar that only lets beautiful people inside. Unfortunately for Glenn (and most of the WEEI staff, really), he doesn't think they'd let him in.
Glenn, Lou and Christian kick off the show talking about last night's presidential debate, and how poorly Donald Trump looked during it.
In their first game since the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon hit a lead off home run -- his first home run of the season. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the tragic news and the emotion surrounding that game last night.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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