The Celtics cut Stephane Lasme and Mario West after Wednesday's game with the Nets, which makes it likely that Von Wafer will be on the final 15-man roster, but Wafer said he has not been told definitely yet whether he has made the team. "No, not yet," Wafer said. "If I don’t, I just want to go somewhere and play basketball. I’m 25 years old, it’s time for me to play."
Lasme was told after the game that he was being released, but he made a strong impression on the Celtics coaching staff. "I wasn’t really trying to prove anything," Lasme said. "I was just trying to fit in with the team. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball. If I think about it this way, it’s easier for me."
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Paul Pierce scored a game-high 17 points while Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets, 107-92, in their preseason finale at TD Garden. The Celtics finished the preseason 7-1.
Originally expected to play just the first half, the starting five played late into the third quarter as the Celtics outscored the Nets, 36-16, to take control of the game after falling behind by as many as 14 early in the second quarter. Lawrence Frank coached the game for Doc Rivers, who is still recovering from the biopsy on his throat earlier this week. Rivers is expected to be ready to assume coaching responsibilities once the season begins.
Next up for the Celtics, their highly anticipated NBA season opener against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat next Tuesday night at TD Garden.
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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was among six players to miss practice on Friday in Southern California as they get ready to host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday that the team considers Gates day-to-day with a toe injury and is hopeful the star tight end can return to practice later in the week.
Chargers Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Practice
LB Larry English (foot)
WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)
TE Antonio Gates (toe)
K Nate Kaeding (groin)
RB Ryan Matthews (ankle)
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring)
WR Buster Davis (ribs)
LB Brandon Siler (foot)
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FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page all missed Patriots practice on Wednesday on the upper practice fields while Kyle Arrington was limited with a groin as the team began on-field preparations for the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The team practices again on Thursday before leaving for Southern California on Friday.
Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Practice
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
WR Julian Edelman (concussion)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
WR Wes Welker (not injury related)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
S James Sanders (hamstring)
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Faced with the specter of elimination, the Yankees managed to take advantage of their opportunities, while the Rangers failed to capitalize on theirs. Though the Rangers out-hit the Yankees, 13-9, New York ended up winning the more important battle of the scoreboard, claiming a 7-2 victory to send the series back to Texas for Game 6, with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven ALCS, 3-to-2.
Though Yankees ace CC Sabathia allowed 11 hits -- and at least one in each of his six innings against the Rangers -- and labored over 112 pitches in his six frames, he managed to limit the damage. He allowed just two runs, walking none and striking out seven. The Rangers were 1-for-9 with men in scoring position, and grounded into a pair of double plays.
Meanwhile, the Yankees managed to take advantage of most of the chances afforded them by starter C.J. Wilson and the Texas pitching staff. Three of the four batters walked by Wilson...
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show