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04/19/2012 - 8:06am
Mashup: Bobcats' Silas confronts player

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, sparked by Thomas' friendly chatter with Celtics players.

Silas, the 68-year-old former Celtic, reportedly chastised Thomas for his fraternization with the C's, and Thomas yelled back at Silas. When Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker before players stepped in to break up the altercation.

“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” a source told Yahoo! “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your [butt] too?”

Both men reportedly were fined by the...

04/19/2012 - 8:05am
Beltre: 'Shocked' by Red Sox clubhouse leak

Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre told WEEI.com prior to the series finale between his Rangers and the Sox Wednesday that the thing that shocked him the most about the chaos surrounding his former team following 2011 was how public it became.

"It surprised me that it came out," Beltre said. "I think some other teams do it, but it doesn't come out. We do a lot of things in the clubhouse that aren't supposed to come out of the clubhouse, but for some reason it happened that it came out."

When asked if he was referring to anything specific in regard to the clubhouse activities, Beltre said, "Stuff in general. Stuff that people shouldn't know outside because it's all confidential here.

"I was shocked, not that it happened, but that it came out and somebody said something about it," he added.

Beltre reiterated that he both enjoyed his one year in Boston, particularly playing for manager Terry...

04/19/2012 - 12:18am
Pierce: Won't 'pop champagne' over division

Captain Paul Pierce led the Celtics Wednesday with 29 points and a career-high 14 assists in a 102-98 win over the Magic at TD Garden. It was a win that gave Boston its fifth consecutive Atlantic Division title. But Pierce reminded everyone afterward of what the final goal is for the team, a team that was two games under .500 at the All-Star break. 

"I'm not about to go pop champagne bottles or anything like that," Pierce said. "I know they do in baseball. I mean, it is a good accomplishment. The guys should recognize where we came from to what we are today. It's a good accomplishment I guess. But all we care about around here is a championship banner. I guess it's just a step towards the journey we are trying to go towards."

But Kevin Garnett took the chance to take a swipe at the naysayers who wrote the team off, giving them no chance of winning another division, let alone championship.

“You guys called us...

04/18/2012 - 11:30pm
Valentine: 'I was booing myself'

After the Red Sox' eighth loss of the season, Bobby Valentine explained his decision to leave in Franklin Morales in the eighth inning of the Sox' 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Rangers, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. 

With Texas clinging to a 3-2 lead heading into the eighth, Morales replaced starter Josh Beckett to start the eighth. After a fly out to starting the inning by Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton singled to right, moved to second on a pass ball, leading to an intentional walk to Adrian Beltre. Morales then walked Nelson Cruz to load the bases.

With Matt Albers warming up, Valentine chose to stick with Morales to face pinch-hitter Craig Gentry. The result was Gentry being struck in the foot with a Morales pitch, scoring a run. 

Mike Napoli, who had already homered earlier in the game, proceeded to drive in two more runs with a double off the left field wall. After one more intentional walk by Morales -- this one to...

04/18/2012 - 10:42pm
Division clincher: Pierce, C's win Atlantic

Playing without the injured trio of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus, Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley picked up the slack and led the Celtics to a 102-98 win over the Magic Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics had to withstand a late Magic charge to clinch their fifth consecutive Atlantic Division crown, assuring them of no worse than a No. 4 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs. One night after a season high 43 points in New York, Pierce finished with 29 points and a career-high 14 assists. Bradley had 23 and Bass added 21 for the Celtics. 

Former Celtics power forward Glen Davis stole the ball and dunked the ball with 31.6 seconds remaining to pull the Magic within two, 98-96, only to have Pierce rattle home the clinching shot as the shot clock expired with 7.6 seconds left. Pierce hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to ice it. 

Starting Sasha Pavlovic for the fifth time this year, the Celtics were...

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