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01/26/2012 - 11:51pm
Furious Celtics comeback stuns Magic

There was no reason to think that the Celtics had any chance of coming back in a game when they were down by 27 points and playing without three starters. But the Celtics slowly began to chip away at Orlando's lead in the second half and late in the third quarter, E'Twaun Moore caught fire knocking down three 3-pointers as the Celtics rallied all the way back for a 91-83 win in Orlando, sweeping the two-game set with the Magic.

Paul Pierce led the way with 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and Kevin Garnett added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Celtics also got a huge lift from Moore and Mickael Pietrus, who combined for 28 points and seven 3-pointers, making up for the absence of Ray Allen. They were also missing Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal, which meant that Garnett had to play Dwight Howard and the veteran held the All-NBA center in check.

Orlando scored only eight points in the fourth quarter and did not score a field goal...

01/26/2012 - 10:26pm
Team Chara picks Thomas, Kessel, Seguin
By: DJ Bean

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara held the first overall pick in the fantasy draft to determine teams for the 2012 NHL All-Star game Thursday night and selected Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk with the top pick. Chara then drafted teammate Tim Thomas in the second round. 

The other Bruin in the player pool, Tyler Seguin, had to wait quite a while for his name to be called. After picking the likes of Carey Price, Phil Kessel and Dennis Wideman, Chara selected Seguin in the 19th round.

Upon being selected, Thomas was asked about his controversial decision to not attend the White House Monday for political reasons. 

"I followed my conscience," Thomas said of his decision. "I'm extremely grateful for all the support I've gotten from my teammates, my friends and my fans." 

Chara did not select any players from the Canucks.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins...

01/26/2012 - 8:14pm
Rondo, Allen, O'Neal out for Celtics

Rajon Rondo will miss his third straight game with a sprained right wrist and the Celtics will also be without Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal when they play the Magic on Thursday night. This is the second-straight game missed for Allen who rolled his ankle in Sunday's game against the Wizards trying to avoid a screen set by Jan Vesely. O'Neal bruised his left knee in Monday's game against Orlando.

Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass will make the start alongside Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics are also expected to have Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox back in the lineup. Dooling (seven games, knee) and Wilcox (six, calf strain) have been out for the last few weeks.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


01/26/2012 - 5:57pm
Ainge: Bradley's performance 'impressive'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told The Big Show in his weekly appearance that he's not sure he's ever seen a point guard dominate a game defensively the way Avery Bradley did against Orlando on Monday when the Celtics won 87-56.

"I'm not so sure I've ever seen a point guard dominate an NBA game to that extent, ever, defensively," Ainge said. "That was impressive."

The Celtics have always known that Bradley was capable of being an elite defender, but he really opened eyes in training camp when he was matched against Ray Allen and Ainge left open the possibility of Bradley teaming with Rajon Rondo on occasion.

"Ray's experience and size was able to get him some shots but Avery was all Ray could handle day-in and day-out in training camp, Ainge said. "Those guys could easily play together and provide a lot of spark. Avery's one of this guys that his intensity throughout possession by...

01/26/2012 - 5:23pm
Coughlin: Need 'a ladder' to stop Gronkowski

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin met with the media following practice on Thursday and was asked about the problems presented by Rob Gronkowski. The 6'6, 265-pound tight end caught eight passes for 101 yards and a TD in the regular-season contest between the Patriots and Giants. 

"Get a ladder, probably," Coughlin joked when asked how the undersized cornerbacks of the Giants could contain Gronkowski. "This is a very gifted tight end and there's two of them, as you know. He's had an outstanding career and rewritten some of the record books along the way and has done a very good job of making the big-play catch as well. He's become someone that Brady looks to go in certain areas of the field as well, certainly in the red zone."

For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.


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