Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Thursday afternoon, just hours before the Celtics and Hawks play Game 6 of their first-round series at TD Garden. Ainge was first asked about Game 5, an 87-86 Hawks win that saw the Celtics fail to execute offensively down the stretch.
"We didn't play well, I didn't think," said Ainge. "We had good spurts to get back in the game. It probably wasn't a game we deserved, although we had chances."
As for Game 6, Ainge expects the most intense game of the series to date from both Atlanta and Boston.
"I think both teams view this as a must win," Ainge said. "You have to. Obviously you have another shot at it in Game 7, but I think our guys will approach this game tonight, and Doc will coach it, like it's the end of the season type of game, elimination game. And that's how they'll coach it and play it."
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The Patriots announced Thursday that they have signed free-agent running back Joseph Addai, as well as seven rookie free agents: running back Brandon Bolden (Mississippi), defensive lineman Marcus Forston (Miami), defensive lineman Justin Francis (Rutgers), tight end Brad Herman (Iowa), wide receiver Matt Roark (Kentucky), offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren (South Florida) and offensive lineman Markus Zusevics (Iowa). The rookies will join the seven players drafted by the Patriots in 2012 at a rookie minicamp at Gillette Stadium that begins Friday. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Speaking before the Red Sox series opener against the Indians, Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he had talked to Josh Beckett about the pitcher's May 3 golf outing, and didn't have any concerns regarding the pitcher's participation.
There had been some controversy surrounding the outing since it was a day after Beckett had been scratched from his scheduled May 5 start due to a right lat strain.
"I talked to Josh. He's ready to go, feels great and I'm looking forward to the performance," said Valentine of Beckett, who was slated to start Thursday night. "I've never seen a pitcher get hurt playing golf."
When asked if he could understand some of the concern regarding the golf outing because of Beckett's reported ailment, Valentine said, "I didn't think he was injured when he was skipped."
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The Red Sox announced that the PA microphone will be silent during the series opener between the Sox and Indians on Thursday in honor of Carl Beane, who died Wednesday in a single-car crash. Beane, 59, had been the PA announcer at Fenway since 2003. The Sox also announced that they will have a tribute to Beane before the game on Thursday night.
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The Red Sox called up outfielder Daniel Nava for Thursday's game against the Indians. After a slow start, Nava has been among the hottest hitters in Triple-A over roughly the past three weeks.
In his last 16 games, he leads the International League with a .429 average, ranks second with a .484 OBP, third with a .696 slugging mark and third with a 1.181 OPS. In that span, he is 24-for-56 with two homers, seven doubles and a triple.
Though Nava was used primarily against left-handed pitchers when with the Sox in 2010, this year, he's hitting well against pitchers of both handedness. Against righties, he has a line of .328/.418/.552/.970, with marks of .286/.429/.393/.821 against southpaws.
The team optioned right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who has allowed just one run in 9 1/3 innings spanning three appearances while striking out 12 and walking none, to Triple-A. Justin Thomas was removed from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for Nava....
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Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.
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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.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
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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.
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