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11/02/2012 - 8:41pm
Flat footed: C's embarrassed in home opener

Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and dished out 13 assists to lead the Bucks to a stunning 99-88 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. With David Ortiz sitting courtside after agreeing to a two-year, $26 million contract extension with the Red Sox, the Celtics came out flat in their home opener. 

The 0-2 Celtics, who were booed loudly and often all night, were led by 15 points from Kevin Garnett while Rajon Rondo added 14 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce missed his first six shots and finished 3-for-11 from the field with 11 points. 

The Celtics never found their rhythm in the first half, getting outscored 25-18 in the first quarter and 21-12 in the second. The Celtics made just 12 of 40 field goal attempts in the first half, including missing all six from long range. Pierce picked up three fouls in just under 10 minutes of action and took a seat while Rondo was held to just four points and three assists.  

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11/02/2012 - 8:33pm
Ortiz on returning: 'It doesn't get any better'

After agreeding to a two-year, $26 million extension on Friday night with the Red Sox, David Ortiz celebrated with his wife Tiffany by sitting courtside at the Celtics home opener. 

He told reporters that he was very excited to be coming back to Boston, a place he's called home since joining the Red Sox in 2003. 

"Good, man. You all know I want to be back," Ortiz said. "I've been here for a while. It doesn't get any better."

Sources tell WEEI.com that Ortiz can make up to $4 million in incententives, making the contract potentially worth $30 million over the two years. 

Ortiz, who sat next to Kevin Garnett's wife and daughter, attended the Celtics game with no boot or crutches as he aims to fully heal from an Achilles injury that shortened his season to one game in September. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the...

11/02/2012 - 8:22pm
Cody Ross hits open market

The Red Sox and Cody Ross did not reach an agreement on Friday, allowing the free agent outfielder to talk with other teams as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. 

Ross, 31, hit .267 with a .326 OBP, .481 slugging mark and .807 OPS along with 22 homers in 130 games in 2012. While the Sox have expressed interest in retaining a player who proved comfortable in Boston and features a made-for-Fenway swing, GM Ben Cherington also hinted on Thursday (in an interview with WEEI's Red Sox Hot Stove Show) that it seemed likely that Ross would explore the market. 

 

"One of the things we talked about [when Ross signed last offseason] was wanting to put him in a situation where he could be in a better position this offseason than he was last year. … We wanted it to work for the team and work for him. … We didn’t get the job done on a team basis, but it did work out for him," said Cherington. "He’s in a...

11/02/2012 - 6:10pm
Sox, Ortiz agree to two-year, $26M deal

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and David Ortiz are finalizing a new two-year, $26 million deal to keep the slugger in Boston through 2014. Additional incentives could push the value of the deal to $30 million.

Ortiz, 36, was limited to 90 games in 2012 -- and just one after July 16 -- due to a right Achilles strain. However, when on the field, he was a force, hitting .318 with a .415 OBP, .611 slugging mark and 1.026 OPS along with 23 homers. 

On Friday, the Sox made a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to Ortiz, ensuring that should he leave via free agency, the team would get draft pick compensation under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. However, the two sides remained free to negotiate, and arrived at an agreement just hours after the qualifying offer was made. 

"We have a guy who's been here for a long time and he's been an important part of the team and a guy...

11/02/2012 - 5:32pm
Daniels: Rondo, Ray relationship 'was good'
By: DJ Bean

Former Celtics guard/forward Marquis Daniels, now a member of the Bucks, said before Friday's Celtics-Bucks game that he doesn't feel Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo's rocky relationship was the reason Allen rejected more money from Boston to leave for Miami in the offseason.

"[Their relationship] was good," Daniels said. "It's like a brotherhood. Everybody's going to fight and have disagreements, but they still managed to keep it close-knit and didn't let it get out until the end of the year. They did it right. They handled it like professionals."

Allen passed on a two-year deal with the C's worth $12 million to take a three-year deal with Miami that will pay him just over $3 million a season. Asked whether he was surprised to see Allen take less money and leave Boston, Daniels replied, "I mean, it's a business."

"You never know what may happen. I don't think their relationship caused that to happen," he...

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