Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups had his ailing left knee drained and received a cortisone shot on Wednesday in hopes of returning to the court for Game 3 against the Celtics on Friday, according to The New York Daily News.
An MRI on Billups' left knee reportedly revealed only the original diagnosis of a knee strain, not ligament damage. The paper stated that -- although "cautiously optimistic" -- some Knicks sources believe Billups needs a week to recover.
"Chauncey's doing everything he can to get back out there," a Knicks official told The News. "This is killing him. He feels they would have won both games if he was out there at the end."
Meanwhile, New York Post reporter Marc Berman tweeted that Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is listed as day-to-day with a pulled back muscle after also undergoing an MRI. Berman wrote, "His MRI showed a pulled muscle in his back. ... Amar'e's pulled muscle and...
NESN and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni Show on Wednesday to discuss some areas of ongoing early-season concern for the Red Sox. In particular, he suggested that the defensive struggles of Jarrod Saltalamacchia may force the Sox to explore alternatives, given that at 39 years old, Jason Varitek is ill-suited to be an everyday catcher.
"You just can’t have this on a championship team, especially when a big part of that championship team is built around power pitchers who are in a couple of cases struggling for their identity," said Gammons. "I would be shocked now if Varitek doesn’t catch [Josh] Beckett all the time now. Clearly, they’ve made the decision that he’s going to catch [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, whose earned run average is massively different with Varitek catching. But I don’t think they can afford to let Jason go out and try to catch 120,...
Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie checked in with the Mut & Merloni Show from Oakland to discuss the loss to the A's on Tuesday, his recent hot streak and the state of the lineup. He also discussed the situation between himself and Marco Scutaro, the latter of whom began the season as the Sox' everyday shortstop but who has been sitting in recent games while the red-hot Lowrie has been playing.
Lowrie said that he fully expected that Scutaro wanted to regain playing time, and that the situation was one that benefited the Sox.
"We’re both competitive guys. I think that’s just going to make both of us better. We’ll continue to push each other," said Lowrie. "This is a funny game. You just continue to put your work in. We’re out there competing against the other team. We’re not worried about competing with our own teammates. Any competition between guys on this team, it’s for the better."
According to the New York Post, Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups will undergo an MRI on Wednesday on his strained left knee to determine whether he might be available for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series against the Celtics. Billups told the Post that he did not know when or if he would be available.
"I don't know. I'll find out more [Wednesday]," Billups said. "Of course I'm concerned. It's feeling better today as far as walking and stuff. Hopefully it will continue to get better."
Billups left Game 1 of the series with the injury. The Post report suggested that it was possible that the knee issue could involve a ligament issue.
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Another day and another go-round on the Shaquille O'Neal rumor mill. The update from the Celtics is that nothing has fundamentally changed with Shaq. He is still trying to come back from leg injuries associated with a strained Achilles and calf muscle. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal has made progress but he's not ready to play yet. "He is going to try to do some things and we’ll see," Rivers said. "He has had some improvement but I don’t know how much."
Asked if he would make the trip to New York when the series with the Knicks resumes on Friday, Rivers said, "I’m not sure yet. It depends on what’s best. If you see him on the trip that means he’s really close." The latest round of questions was sparked by a report in a local paper based on an anonymous source that said Shaq would be out for the playoffs.
O'Neal last tried to practice with the team on Saturday, but they...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
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 Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
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!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.
Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Dale, Michael and Jerry revisit the news that Brady will be on the field for Week One and discuss what the Krafts could and should do about their penalty.
On today's Final Drive the guys hear from Bill Burr and his thoughts on Deflategate, and LaRoy has another rap -- aptly themed around Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned.
There's been a lot of fools during the Deflategate saga, and we take a look at some of the biggest, most obnoxious ones.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with another a edition of the Fantasy Football Podcast. The opening of the 2015 NFL Season is just days away and the Fantasy Football draft season is at its peak. This week’s installment of the Fantasy Football Podcast features conversation about 36 Running Backs, how they are ranked and why. Plenty of insight to help you win at the position in your drafts. Good luck with your drafts and enjoy the show!
Jerry Thornton is joined by Richard J. King, author of the new book titled Meeting Tom Brady. The two discuss King's book as well as their undying love for TB12.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
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