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04/05/2011 - 11:38pm
Rondo: C's made 'a little statement' in win

After scoring 16 points and dishing out 13 assists in a 99-82 win over the Sixers Tuesday night at TD Garden, Rajon Rondo said the Celtics made a statement by shutting down the team they may face in the opening round of the playoffs.

“Tonight was a good test for us," Rondo said. "That might be a first-round team and we did a good job of making a little statement that it’s going to be hard to beat us in a seven-game series."

The Celtics trailed by two after one as Rondo's counterpart -- Jrue Holiday -- had 11 points in the first quarter. Holiday was held scoreless the rest of the game. Now, the 54-23 Celtics prepare for the 57-20 Bulls in Chicago Thursday night with a chance to draw within two games of the Eastern Conference leaders. 

"It’s a different game versus Chicago and Miami," Rondo added. "Obviously, the intensity will be a lot greater, but in the playoffs, the first round, there...

04/05/2011 - 9:54pm
Red Sox still winless after loss to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox' struggles continued despite changing venues, as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Indians Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 9,025 at Progressive Field.

Josh Beckett took the loss for the Red Sox, giving up three runs over five innings. The Sox starter struck out four, walked four and threw 106 pitches. Beckett allowed two runs in the fourth inning on RBI hits by Orlando Cabrera and Jack Hannahan, before giving up a single run in the fifth when Carlos Santana notched a sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox stranded the tying run at first base in the ninth inning when David Ortiz flew out to left field against Cleveland closer Chris Perez.

The Sox, who managed just four baserunners after the fourth inning, finished with only four hits. Their only offense came in the second inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia plated Ortiz with an opposite-field single, coming off a Josh Tomlin 0-2 pitch. The visitors' attempt at adding...

04/05/2011 - 9:48pm
Point made: Rondo leads C's past Sixers

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 13 assists and a buzzer-beating layup that electrified the TD Garden crowd, helping the Celtics beat the 76ers, 99-82, Tuesday night. Paul Pierce had a team-high 18 points for the Celtics, who moved into a second-place tie with the Heat in the Eastern Conference. 

The young and athletic Sixers shot out to a 26-24 lead after one as second-year point guard Jrue Holiday scored 11 of his team's 26 points. Holiday failed to scored the rest of the way, however, and finished with 11. First-round pick Evan Turner led the Sixers off the bench with a game-high 21. 

Rondo's best play of the night was his layup just beating the third-quarter buzzer as he took a loose ball following an Andre Iguodala missed free throw with 4.2 seconds left in the quarter and let the ball go just before the red light went on. The Celtics turned up the defensive intensity on the Sixers in the second half, holding Philadelphia scoreless in the...

04/05/2011 - 7:09pm
Krstic returns, will come off bench

Nenad Krstic made his return to the Celtics lineup Tuesday night after missing the last two games with a bruised knee. He said that he's not 100 percent and still a little sore, but that it's feeling better each day. Still, the pain and discomfort will linger. "The doctor said I'm going to feel it for [about] three weeks," Krstic said before the game.

Krstic will come off the bench and Jermaine O'Neal will start for the second straight game. That could be a permanent move. "JO’s playing well," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "That’s probably where Krstic will come off during the playoffs, so put him there now and let him get used to that and that role."

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


04/05/2011 - 5:48pm
Tito explains approach to Crawford in lineup

CLEVELAND – For the fourth time in four games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona tried out a new lineup, Tuesday night. Most notably, Carl Crawford, who hit seventh after manning the No. 3 spot for the first two games of the seasons, was slotted in the second slot for the Sox with Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin on the mound.

Francona said he still might be moving Crawford around, whether it’s the No. 2 or 3 spots, or potentially finding himself lower in the order against left-handers. Throughout his career, the outfielder has spent more time in the second spot than any other place in the lineup.

Crawford explained that prior to Tuesday night’s game at Progressive Field that he hit leadoff for most of his minor league career up until he reached Triple A, when the speedster was moved to No. 3.

“In the big picture I don’t think it matters. But I just thought third the first couple of days, coupling with him...

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