After beating the Bulls, 95-91, on Sunday the Celtics acknowledged that this was an important victory, especially after losing by one point to the Lakers on Thursday and getting embarrassed by the Raptors in Toronto the following night.
"We needed a win," Kevin Garnett said. "Today was a huge game for us. Dealing with everything that happened in Toronto, yeah today was a needed win. Nothing else said. It was. And I thought we played like it.
"I thought we played with an edge," Garnett continued. "We played like the old Celtics that I know we are. Doc [Rivers] came in and gave us a good talking to, something we needed to hear."
The Bulls were without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, but they were 5-1 without Rose in the lineup and the Celtics were dealing with injury issues of their own as they were without Jermaine O'Neal and Brandon Bass.
"I knew we would bounce back," Paul Pierce said....
Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 32 points, dished out 15 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for a triple-double as the Celtics outlasted the Bulls, 95-91, Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. The win was arguably Boston's biggest this season as Chicago entered with an NBA-best 23-6 record.
The Bulls were playing their second straight game without reigning MVP Derrick Rose (sore back) while the Celtics were without starting center Jermaine O'Neal and power forward Brandon Bass. O'Neal is day-to-day with knee and shoulder injuries while Bass is out 10-14 days with a sore knee. Chris Wilcox filled in for O'Neal and had four thunderous dunks and 11 points in 26 minutes. Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 12 rebounds while rookie JaJuan Johnson scored 12 in 33 minutes.
The Celtics started out red-hot, hitting nine of their first 10 shots from the floor and building an early 11-point lead at 18-7. They finished the first quarter connecting on 13-of-22...
The Celtics will once again be without Jermaine O'Neal when they play the Bulls on Sunday and they will also be missing sixth man Brandon Bass, who is dealing with a sore knee. Bass missed one game earlier this season, but it swelled up after Friday's game in Toronto.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal was day-to-day, but Bass could be out for 10 days to two weeks. It's a significant blow for the Celtics who will start Chris Wilcox at center opposite Kevin Garnett and will have to rely on rookies Greg Stiemsma and JaJuan Johnson for depth.
Asked if Johnson was ready to contribute meaningful minutes, Rivers said, "Not yet. I think he’s getting close. You’ve got to execute when you’re on the floor. That’s an area he has to improve on. He’s talented, but there’s a level, to me, of intensity that you have to play with every night and focus and he’s inconsistent in that. But he’s getting...
Derrick Rose, the reigning Most Valuable Player, will miss Sunday's game against the Celtics with back spasms and he will see a specialist on Monday when the team returns to Chicago.
"It's killing me right now, not being able to play," Rose said. "You've just got to stay positive and hope for the best."
Rose said it was way too early to consider whether he's skip the All-Star game and the team said they were taking the injury day-by-day. This will be the seventh game that Rose has missed this season. Entering play on Sunday, the Bulls are 5-1 without their point guard.
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According to an industry source, the Red Sox signed right-hander Sean White to a minor league deal. The contract does not include an invitation to big league spring training.
White, 30, is 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA, 4.0 strikeouts and 3.4 walks per nine innings in 105 career big league appearances, all with the Mariners. He had a strong performance in 2009, making 52 appearances and throwing 64 innings while recording a 2.80 ERA. He spent last year pitching for the Rockies' Triple-A team in Colorado Springs, going 4-2 with a 5.68 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 49 walks in 82 1/3 innings. White is the third sinkerballer whom the Sox have acquired this offseason who spent last year with the Rockies, joining Aaron Cook and Clayton Mortensen.
News of the deal was first reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
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.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
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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.
Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.
Tanguay and Dino team up to read the day's 'Headlines', including gross reports of the water quality at the Olympic water locations in Rio.
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
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John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.More from this show