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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Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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