The Celtics are all alone in first place in the Atlantic Division for the first time this season after a 100-79 win over the Timberwolves on Friday coupled with a Sixers loss in Washington. They are now 14-5 since the All-Star break and are playing their best basketball of the season.
It was one of their most complete wins of the season as they hung with Minnesota on the boards, held them to 35 percent shooting and turned the ball over only nine times. Rajon Rondo had his 12th straight double-digit assist game with a rather incredible 17 assists and just two turnovers. Avery Bradley scored 17 points starting in place of Ray Allen, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle.
Paul Pierce added 21 points and nine rebound, while Kevin Garnett got the better of his matchup with Kevin Love, scoring 24 points on an efficient 12-for-18 shooting night. Love went for 22 and 11 rebounds, but was 5-for-18 from the floor.
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who currently works as a baseball analyst on ESPN, called into The Big Show Friday afternoon to address his prediction that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine could face a bad first season earlier this week on Mut & Merloni.
"I had friends on the Mets," Schilling said. "I talked to those guys. I know what they were saying and what it meant and how it played out. And when I have conversations with some of the guys on the [Red Sox] now, and some of the conversations are similar, it leads me to believe that a lot of the same things are the same."
From talking to players and media members, Schilling said he believes not every member of the team is buying into Valentine's method of managing. However, given the roster and pieces in place, Schilling still feels the Red Sox are in...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard came away from his six-inning outing Friday with more optimism, but without any answers regarding if he had earned a spot in starting rotation.
"It's hard to keep it out, but, at the same time, that's no different than pitching in big games," he said after the Red Sox' 9-7 win over the Twins at Hammond Stadium. "There was something riding on it today. It was more personal, what my role is going to be, but, at some point, hopefully I'm pitching in a big game and there's a lot more riding on it and it's team-oriented. Its' the same deal. Either way, there's that added pressure, but that's fun. It adds to it. It gives you that adrenaline when you need it."
Bard cruised through the first five innings, but ran into some trouble in the sixth, throwing 27 pitches while allowing two runs. The righty finished his outing allowing three runs on four hits, striking out seven and walking three, throwing 95...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox' game with the Twins in the bottom of the fifth after fouling a pitch off the inside of his right knee.
The outfielder said after the Sox' 9-7 win over Minnesota at Hammond Stadium, however, that he was "fine" and walked out of the stadium without any sign of a limp.
Prior to leaving the game, Ellsbury went 1-for-3, putting his putting his spring training batting average at .265.
"Yeah, you don't want to see that this late in the spring," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "It was a liner right off his knee. They wanted to put ice on it ASAP."
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The Boston Celtics announced that forward/center Jermaine O'Neal underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today at New England Baptist Hospital.
O'Neal played in just 25 games this season for the Celtics, averaging 5.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game. Last season he battled injuries throughout the regular season, playing in only 24 games, however he returned to start and play in all 9 Celtics postseason games against the Knicks and Heat.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
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 Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
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