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Ainge, in addition to noting that he felt both of Kendrick Perkins' Game 5 technicals should have been rescinded, stressed the team's need to play improved defense.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...
A day after the NBA rescinded one of Kendrick Perkins technical fouls from Game 5, allowing him to play in Game 6, Perkins said he still has to play physical.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.
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:
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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...
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.
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Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.
Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!
A South Carolina mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her 9 year old daughter alone for hours at a local park while she worked a shift at McDonalds. This has sparked a national debate about whether or not the mother should have been arrested, since many are arguing that 9 years old is old enough to show dependency. The question arises: Where do we draw the line?
Tony Dungy is catching a lot of backlash regarding his comments that he would NOT have drafted Missouri LB Michael Sam because of the distractions it would have brought to the team. MFB had Cyd Zeigler of OutSports.com on the show to discuss Dungy's comments.
We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.
The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.
In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!
The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?More from this show