Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. The Celtics and Knicks will play Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup on Sunday night. Rivers knows that this Knicks team -- winners of seven of the last nine -- is going to be a tough out, in no small measure due to the tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
"Our help defense has to be unbelievable," said Rivers. "They can be very difficult. What makes the Knicks tougher now than before the trade, before the trade you could really focus on one guy, which was Stoudamire. Now you have to really have to pay attention to two other guys in Billups and Carmelo. And that's going to require help defense. They are really tough single-cover guys."
Since the Kendrick Perkins trade, many have questioned if the Celtics have the kind of defense that can win a championship. Rivers, however, pointed to statistics when asked...
Terry Francona is staying calm despite the Red Sox' 2-9 start, but managers of other teams that have had issues early aren't shy about letting off steam. In New York, new Mets boss Terry Collins "went ballistic" in a closed-door team meeting Wednesday night after his team lost to the Rockies to fall to 4-7. And White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had another memorable expletive-laden press conference after his team's 7-4 loss to the A's in 10 innings, in which Chicago gave up three runs each in the ninth and 10th.
Also in the news, the wife of Phillies reliever Ryan Madson wasn't shy about sharing her opinon of Philadelphia fans while at a charity event: "I hate the fans," Sarah Madson said, according to the Naked Philadelphian blog. Added Madson: "There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the offseason."
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After scoring 17 points in 27 minutes of a laid-back regular-season finale against the Knicks, Glen Davis is expecting a far more serious game Sunday night when the two teams square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
"A brawl," Davis said. "We're going to fight, especially here. We're going to go there. Knicks-Boston rivalry, it's going to be crazy. This is the series to watch. They're going to be watching our series."
Davis also said that immediately following the 112-102 win Wednesday that gave the Celtics a 56-26 mark for the season, he sat at his locker and thought back to Game 7 of the NBA finals last June when the Celtics came within six minutes of an 18th NBA title before running out of gas against the Lakers.
"I'm excited man," Davis said. "The regular season is over with. Now it's time for the postseason. This is what it's all about. Game 7 feels like it was just yesterday...
Avery Bradley scored a career high 20 while Sasha Pavlovic added 19 off the bench as the Celtics had six scorers in double figures in a 112-102 win over the Knicks in their regular season finale Wednesday night at TD Garden. Glen Davis led the starters with 17 as the C's finish the season with a 56-26 mark, good for the No. 3 seed in the East while the Knicks finish 42-40.
The two teams will square off Sunday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series but Wednesday's regular season finale hardly resembled what will take place when the playoffs begin this weekend.
Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all sat out the game, with neither Allen nor Garnett dressing for the contest. For the Knicks, they chose to sit regulars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups while Amare Stoudemire, who had 14 for the Knicks, played the first and third quarters after missing the last three games.
The NBA announced the rest of the schedule for the Celtics-Knicks first round playoff series. Games 5, 6 and 7 are if necessary and some times are still to be determined (TBD).
Game 1: Sunday At Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Friday at New York, TBD
Game 4: Sunday at New York, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday April 26 at Boston, TBD
Game 6: Friday, April 29 at New York, TBD
Game 7: Sunday, May 1 at Boston, TBD
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WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had a fantastic day, knocking in seven runs, scoring five runs, and hitting five extra-base hits in the win against the Mariners at Fenway.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.
The guys discussed the latest on Orsillo.
Dean gave his thoughts on Schilling's tweet.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Ronda Rousey telling Floyd Mayweather that she makes more money per second than him, IK Enemkpali's strange headline in the news, and Danny unveils his thoughts on the player ratings for the new Madden game.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald calls in to talk about his fundraiser, The Old Time Baseball Game tonight. Steve also gives his input on what the Red Sox should do with Hanley Ramirez.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo comes on with Lou, Christian and Danny to give his brief, Patriot-like answers about preseason and their upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers while Christian has fun with the Panther's stadium sound effects. After the interview, the guys get into a heated debate over tipping valet drivers.
We have our first weekly chat with the acting manager for your BoSox, Torey Lovullo.
We discuss the parting of ways between DO and NESN, and Dale gives it a little bit of a personal perspective.
We close out the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed.
Chris Villani and Lenny Megliola are in for Mikey Adams and talk about the continued reaction from Red Sox fans regarding NESN Play-By-Play man Don Orsillo not returning to call games after the season
In for Mikey, Chris Villani & Lenny Megs talk about Don Orsillo leaving NESN after the season and touch on Hanley Ramirez taking grounders at first base.
WEEI.com's Christopher Price talks about the Patriots' Thursday's preseason game, who will play in the game, and also how long Tom Brady's career will last.
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson (Rotobahn.com) are back for another edition of the WEEI Fantasy Football hour. We're into week 2 of the preseason and the guy address a few key developments. A big injury in Carolina could create some value out of Devin Funchess. Brandin Cooks had his way with the Patriots secondary last night. What round should you draft Todd Gurley? Some other names that were mentioned were Ben Watson, Duke Johson, Brashad Perriman, Matt Forte and Peyton Manning. You can read Pete Davidson all season on WEEI.com.
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In perhaps a sign of some cracks in the NFL dam, when asked about Deflategate today, Giants owner John Mara says he just wants it resolved ASAP. We respond and react.More from this show