The Celtics extended their win streak to 13 games thanks to a 99-88 win over the Pacers Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Paul Pierce, Nate Robinson, and Glen Davis all led the way with 18 points apiece, while Ray Allen contributed with 17. Pierce finished with a triple-double, coming away with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Center Shaquille O'Neal made his presence felt in returning to the starting lineup, netting a much-needed 11 points considering back-up center Semih Erden was limited with a groin injury. To read what went right and went wrong for the Celtics' in their latest victory, see the Green Street Blog. For more Celtics coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/celtics.
The Celtics got some good news Sunday as Shaquille O'Neal will return to the starting lineup for their game against the Pacers this afternoon at TD Garden. Semih Erden, who has played well in Shaq's absence, will also be available, although he is dealing with a groin injury. "Semih is not feeling well," Doc Rivers said. "He is going to play, but I don’t know how much he’s going to play. At this point [Saturday] we thought he wasn’t playing and then today he said he was fine. So we’ll see."
Jermaine O'Neal will remain sidelined, as expected. He was able to practice Saturday for the first time since sitting out the second half of the Celtics game against the Mavericks back on Nov. 8. Rivers said that O'Neal is getting closer and could possibly play Wednesday when the Celtics play the Sixers.
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Bruins coach Claude Julien revealed little about the state of winger Brad Marchand following the Bruins' 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night. Marchand left the game following the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
"What I was told in between periods was that he wasn't going to come back tonight and that they'd evaluate him," Julien said. "Right now, what I was told is he's day-to-day."
It is unknown whether the forward's injury is in any way related to the hard hit he took from Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in Thursday's game.
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Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference and Blake Wheeler scored in the first period as the Bruins raced out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over slumping Washington Capitals Saturday night at TD Garden. Tim Thomas stopped 39-of-41 shots to improve to 15-3-3 as the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak. Thomas stopped Alex Ovechkin on a point-blank chance with 10.2 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.
Ference fired a shot through a screen from the left point to beat Michal Neuvirth for his first goal since Feb. 22, 2009, a span of 99 games. Brad Marchand, who was leveled by P.K. Subban on Thursday night in Montreal, left the game in the second period and did not return. After taking a 3-0 lead, the Bruins were outshot, 38-10, the rest of the game, including 26-2 in the third period.
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According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the physical required for right-handed reliever Bobby Jenks to finalize his two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox was scheduled from Saturday to Monday for logistical reasons. Jenks, who had a 4.44 ERA but 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 2010, would give the Sox a late-innings complement to Daniel Bard as a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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