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06/14/2010 - 1:53am
Artest on Rondo push: 'Did what he had to do'

Rajon Rondo received a technical foul at the 4:42 mark of the second quarter of Game 5 for pushing Ron Artest following a hard foul from the Lakers forward to Kevin Garnett. Artest, though, had no problem with Rondo when asked about the altercation in a postgame interview.

 

"That's his teammate, his teammate hit the floor," Artest said. "And he didn't like it. He did what he had to do. Part of the game, I don't care. He pushed me, I'm not going to push him back. I gave a hard foul, he pushed me, the ref called a tech. Next possession, you know? Move on." 

 

Rondo was asked the incident in his postgame press conference.

 

"Pretty self-explanatory," Rondo said. "I felt that Artest pushed Kevin. It wasn't just a regular foul and we weren't going anywhere, so in Kevin's defense I pushed him back."

 

Artest nearly fell down following the shove,...

06/14/2010 - 1:14am
Doc, Pierce on Jackson's rant: 'He's right'

In the fourth quarter of the Celtics' Game 5 showdown with the Lakers Sunday night, Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson was caught by ABC telling his team during a timeout regarding the Celts: "This team has lost more games in the fourth quarter than anybody in the NBA. They know how to lose in the fourth quarter. They're just showing us that now."

 

When asked about the comment, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, "He's right. As a coach you can tell your team whatever you can to get him going. We didn't hear it and it didn't affect us."

 

Celtics forward Paul Pierce relayed a similar reaction as his coach when asked about Jackson's comment. "You know, he's right," Pierce said. "What you just said, that's been the truth for us throughout the regular season. I haven't really seen much of that in the playoffs, but coaches say things to try to motivate their team. He's supposed to give them confidence...

06/13/2010 - 10:49pm
Celtics overcome Kobe, win Game 5

Paul Pierce scored a team-high 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night at TD Garden to stand just one win away from hanging their 18th NBA championship banner from the rafters.

 

Rajon Rondo added 18 for the Celtics, who overcame a blazing third quarter by Kobe Bryant, who drilled his first seven shots out of the locker room and scored the first 19 points of the quarter for the Lakers. Bryant added nine points in the fourth and finished with 38. While Bryant was on fire, the rest of his team went cold and the Celtics expanded their lead to double figures during Bryant's run. Pierce had 11 points as the Celtics increased their lead to 73-65 after three. 

 

The Celtics lead the finals, 3-2, and can wrap up the championship in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. If they don't win, they will have one...

06/13/2010 - 5:49pm
Youkilis expects to be 'good' for Tuesday

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis missed Sunday's game, the second contest in three games that he has missed after experiencing mild back spasms in Cleveland on Thursday. Youkilis said that he could have been available on Sunday in a bind, but that the team wanted to give him a day off prior to Monday's off day in hopes that he will be fully healthy on Tuesday, when the Sox start a three-game series against Arizona.

 

"I had swelling, but I told them if they really, really needed me I’d be fine," said Youkilis. "[Manager Terry Francona] wanted to give me an extra day just to make sure it’s 100 percent for Tuesday. I’ll be good."


06/13/2010 - 5:31pm
Sox draftee Ranaudo to pitch for Brewster

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental portion of the first round with the 39th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is slated to pitch for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer, according to the team's website.

 

Ranaudo, who entered the year as a consensus top-10 pick in the draft but suffered through injuries for Louisiana State University that led him to slip, told WEEI.com last week that he planned to pitch in the Cape League to prove that he is healthy before he and his advisor, Scott Boras, commence contract negotiations with the Sox.

 

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