LeBron James scored 32 points and hauled down 13 rebounds while the Celtics shot just 39 percent from the field as the Heat beat the Celtics, 93-79, Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and Paul Pierce was the only other Boston player in double figures with 12 points as the Celtics look toward Wednesday night and a chance to even the series.
The game was marred by controversial officiating as five technical fouls were called on the Celtics, three coming in a seven-minute span of the second quarter. The Celtics also were brutal at the free throw line, missing 10-of-21 from the line.
In the first quarter, the Celtics looked like a team that finished a grueling seven-game series 48 hours earlier when they came out and scored just 11 points, as LeBron James outscored Boston by himself, 13-11, helping Miami to a 21-11 lead after 12 minutes.
MIAMI -- Despite losing Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox to heart surgery and Avery Bradley and Jermaine O'Neal to season-ending surgeries, coach Doc Rivers said that his core group of players always believed it would get to the Eastern Conference finals.
"We’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at us this year, starting with Jeff Green. Then Chris Wilcox, Avery [Bradley], we’ve had a lot of stuff," Rivers said. "Paul [Pierce] started the season not right. Kevin [Garnett], not right to start the season. It would have been easy for them to think that, especially at All-Star break. Nothing was going right for us. This was grind season in a lot of ways, but it’s been an enjoyable one."
There were no surprises in the starting lineups or the inactive lists for both teams in the conference finals' opener Monday night. Chris Bosh remains out and the Heat are starting Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Shane Battier and...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Monday's 7-4 victory in the top of the sixth inning due to what the team described as a jammed right thumb, was likely to miss Tuesday's game. Valentine said that he expected the second baseman to go for some tests on the injured digit.
"Right now, I don't think he'll play [Tuesday], if I was a betting man, but don't bet on it," Valentine said. "It's just swollen. You could tell there's something there."
The fact that it was Pedroia's right thumb that was injured suggests that the injury may have occurred before he made a spectacular diving play in the top of the fifth inning, ranging far to his left and diving for a Danny Worth grounder, hopping to his feet and throwing to first. Teammate Mike Aviles hinted that the injury may have taken place before the play.
"For where he had to go to stop that ball and to make a good throw, and he...
A strong case can be made that Felix Doubront's arsenal has been the best of any Red Sox starting pitcher. That theme continued Monday, in the Red Sox' 7-4 victory over the Tigers.
Doubront punched in with six innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including two solo homers) while striking out six and walking one. The left-hander improved to 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA, and he leads Sox starters in wins, ERA, strikeouts (59) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.5). Doubront featured what has become a customary array of swing-and-miss pitches, with a 91-95 mph fastball, changeup, cutter and curveball all eliciting whiffs from the Tigers. He was touched for a pair of solo homers (one from Delmon Young, one from Gerald Laird), but was otherwise in complete command of the game.
The Sox mounted a steady offensive attack in which eight of nine starters had at least one hit. The team got on the board in the first when David Ortiz delivered an RBI double off...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game against the Tigers prior to the sixth inning due to a jammed right thumb, likely as a result of a diving play he made an inning earlier.
Pedroia made a stellar play to get to a sharp Danny Worth grounder that was going away from him and into the outfield, and he was able to throw out the Detroit second baseman to end the top of the fifth inning. Nick Punto replaced him at second base to begin the top of the sixth.
For the year, Pedroia is hitting .295 with an .800 OPS, five homers, 21 RBI and three steals.
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Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
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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.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
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Callers weighed in on the Josh Brown disaster and Heath Evans still needs more info on Josh Brown.
Chris Russo called in to defend himself on comments he made regarding John Mara's handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case.
Nate Burelson said he still needs more information on Josh Brown and headlines with Kirk.
Josh Brown, who is the center of a domestic violence scandal, put out a statement saying some contradictory things that we already know about the Giants kicker. Glenn, Lou and Christian call out Brown and talk about his phony statement.
Yet another member of the Red Sox baseball operations staff is leaving and joining Mike Hazen in Arizona. When the should the Red Sox be concerned? Also, Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about a surprise twist with the vacant Red Sox GM job.
The Pats look like their the best team in the AFC (again), but after Denver's win on Monday Night Football, can they contend? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the biggest threat will be.
We check in with super bowl champion and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer for his take on Pats-Steelers, Pats-Bills, Tom Brady, and the rest of the NFL.
Took them awhile to get there, but the G-Men did the right thing today and we discuss it.
We talk a bit about the World Series and Tito vs Theo.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
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