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12/20/2012 - 11:00am
Doc: Celts progress slower than anticipated

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Dennis and Callahan Show, Thursday morning, Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked about the ups and downs both his team and individual players have endured throughout what has been 13-12 season thus far.

Regarding the team, and any assertion that some of the early-season struggles have to do with so many new faces, Rivers explained the inconsistencies were due to a variety of reasons.

"I understand the changes we made. We made a lot of them," said Rivers, whose team is coming off a 103-91 win over Cleveland Wednesday night. "One of our key guys has not played yet, but Avery [Bradley] is not Bill Russell. With that, plus with all the different changes -- guys buying into different roles -- it does take time. Did I think it would take this much time? I didn't. It also takes time for us as a...

12/20/2012 - 9:00am
Mashup: Jets to trade Sanchez, bring in Vick?

The Jets appear ready to start over at quarterback. According to the New York Daily News, the team will look to trade Mark Sanchez after the season -- although it likely will be difficult to find a team willing to pay Sanchez the $8.25 million he's owed. Sanchez, in his fourth season in New York after being selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft, has been benched in favor of Greg McElroy for Sunday's game against the Chargers following his disastrous five-turnover performance in this past Sunday's 14-10 loss to the Titans that ended the Jets' playoff hopes.

“I’m not going to make excuses,” Sanchez said after Wednesday's practice. “At the end of the day, no matter what kind of situation that you’re in, the quarterback has the ball and it’s my job to make good decisions with the football regardless of the personnel situation. … I’m not going to go there. Is every interception the quarterback...

12/19/2012 - 10:50pm
Truthful: Red-hot Pierce scores 40 in win

Paul Pierce hit his first six 3-point field goals on the night and scored a season-high 40 points as the Celtics hung on for a 103-91 win over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at TD Garden. The win snapped Boston's three-game losing skid and helped them back over .500 at 13-12 on the season while the Cavaliers fell to an NBA-worst 5-22 on the season. Pierce finished 13-of-16 from the field to lead a red-hot Celtics night from the floor. Boston shot 59 percent from the field as a team. It was Pierce's 24th career 40-point game. 

The Celtics appeared to have the game well in hand, building a 20-point lead with 3:16 left in the third. But Boston's bench got sloppy with the ball and allowed the Cavaliers to go on a 20-2 run that made it close in the fourth. The Celtics went on a 10-1 run to fend off the Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter. 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers shook things up before the game, benching Courtney...

12/19/2012 - 8:04pm
Terry, Collins new Celtics starters

After losing their third straight game Tuesday night in Chicago, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he would continue to search for answers to shake his team out of its early season funk. On Wednesday, he followed through, replacing Courtney Lee in the starting lineup with Jason Terry, who got only two shots in Tuesday's 100-89 loss in Chicago. 

"Nothing more, until Avery [Bradley] comes back," Rivers said of the decision. "Jet just doesn't get involved unless [Rajon] Rondo is on the floor. It has nothing to do with anybody else, it's more to do with getting Jet more involved." 

In a more drastic measure, Rivers said Jason Collins would take over the starting center role from Kevin Garnett in order to move Garnett back to his more natural spot of big forward. The move would mean Brandon Bass would come off the bench. Bass has started 21 of Boston's 24 games this season, including the last 16 straight. 

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12/19/2012 - 6:56pm
Brady (right shoulder) DNP at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was given the day off from practice to rest his right shoulder after throwing a career-high 65 passes on Sunday night in the 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium. While Wednesday marked Brady's first day off from practice this season, the Patriots have routinely given Brady a day off on Wednesday in years past as the team approached the postseason. 

Linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle) was the only other player to miss practice due to injury on Wednesday outside in sweats and shells. Jermaine Cunningham is serving the fourth and final week of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL PED policy. 

Rob Gronkowski was again officially listed as "limited" Wednesday, five days after his return to Patriots practice on Friday. He was inactive on Sunday for the game against the 49ers. Gronkowski was one of 18 listed as limited by the Patriots in their first injury report of the week. 

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