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05/28/2010 - 3:32pm
Ainge on Big Show: Sheed uncertain for G6

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in his interview on The Big Show on Friday afternoon, said that Glen "Big Baby" Davis will likely play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and Magic on Friday, but he said that Rasheed Wallace will be a game-time decision and Marquis Daniels will not play. Davis and Daniels both suffered concussions in Game 5, while Wallace left the contest due to a back injury. In Daniels' place, Brian Scalabrine will suit up on Friday.

 

Ainge also said that he was unaware of any injury or health concerns related to point guard Rajon Rondo.

 

"He's fine," said Ainge. "I am not aware of any spasms or cramps."

 

Ainge, in addition to noting that he felt both of Kendrick Perkins' Game 5 technicals should have been rescinded, stressed the team's need to play improved defense. Rebounding was an issue...

05/28/2010 - 3:18pm
Perkins: 'I might need to smile a few times'

A day after the NBA rescinded one of Kendrick Perkins technical fouls from Game 5, allowing him to play in Game 6, Perkins said he still has to play physical. The difference is, he may incorporate a new facial expression into his reportoire.

“I go out there and play my game,“ he said prior to Game 6 on Friday. “I can’t worry about if I’m going to get another tech. I cant play like that. I’ve got to go out there and do my job. If they want me to play physical, I’m going to play physical. I might need to smile a few times. That might help me. Ive got to go out there and play. I cant worry about nothing else.”

Perkins still has six technical fouls on his record in the postseason. He will face an automatic one-game suspension if he is called for his seventh.


05/28/2010 - 2:56pm
Lineup: Martinez back at catcher

After suffering from a contusion on his left big toe, Victor Martinez is back in the Red Sox lineup, starting at catcher and hitting fifth with Tim Wakefield pitching. David Ortiz remains in the third spot in the lineup.

 

The Red Sox lineup against Royals starter Kyle Davies is as follows:

 

Scutaro SS

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Youkilis 1B

Martinez C

Drew RF

Beltre 3B

Hermida LF

Cameron CF

 

Wakefield P

 

To see all the matchups, visit the Full Count blog by clicking here.


05/28/2010 - 2:11pm
Farrell: No knowledge of Daisuke injury

Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon. Asked about Daisuke Matsuzaka's lower body discomfort the pitcher referenced following Thursday night's loss, Farrell said: "That's the first that we had heard about it. So I don't have any news to give you on that." Farrell later reiterated that Matsuzaka did not mention anything about a problem during the game.

 

Farrell talked about issues with Victor Martinez' game-calling, noting that Martinez has worked well with Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield. Farrell said he expects improved communication the next time Martinez catches Matsuzaka.

 

"If that combination pairs up, which at some point it inevitably will, we know there's a change in the way they have gone about their communication before the start, and in-game as well," Farrell said.

 

Farrell said Josh Beckett has been...

05/28/2010 - 1:20pm
Interesting facts about Game 6 refs

The officials assigned to referee Game 6 of the Celtics-Magic series are Ken Mauer, Monty McCutchen and Mike Callahan. The consensus seems to be that this crew is one that will benefit the Celtics' style of play. We dug a little deeper to find out more about these referees and learned some interesting facts. For example, Mauer is the uncle of baseball star Joe Mauer. And Callahan is a graduate of the same Philadelphia-area high school as disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy — the same Donaghy who told Dennis & Callahan producer Steve Ciaccio Friday morning that "Orlando should dust off their golf clubs" when informed of the Game 6 crew.

 

To read more, visit the Green Street blog.


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