Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 30 points and the Celtics battled foul trouble all night as the Lakers captured Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals, 102-89, Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Pau Gasol was also huge for the Lakers with 23 points and 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.
Paul Pierce had 24 to lead the Celtics and Kevin Garnett added 16. Pierce and Ray Allen also picked up five personal fouls apiece, with Allen forced to play the entire fourth quarter one foul away from disqualification.
Doc Rivers worst fears about the Lakers on the glass were realized in the loss, as Los Angeles outrebounded Boston, 42-31. Game 2 is set for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night.
WEEI.com's Jessica Camerato, Paul Flannery, Kirk Minihane and Joey Zarbano are out in Los Angeles providing complete coverage on the Green...
John Wooden, the 99-year-old legendary coach of the UCLA basketball dynasty, has been hospitalized in "grave condition" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to KCAL9/CBS2 in LA.
The station also reports that the first person ever selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach has not eaten for the last "couple of" days.
The Washington Post retracted an earlier story saying Wooden had passed.
The "Wizard of Westwood" coached at UCLA from 1948–75 where he won 10 national championships, including an unprecedented 10 NCAA championships in his final 12 seasons and a record seven straight from 1967 to 1973. The Bruins also won 88...
LOS ANGELES -- Speaking to reporters before Game 1 of the NBA finals, commissioner David Stern said that the NBA would revisit the issue of having double technical fouls count against a player's allotment during the postseason. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins has accumulated six technical fouls and one more would trigger an automatic one-game suspension. Doc Rivers has said repeatedly over the last week that double technicals should not count against a player. "I think Doc actually has a point," Stern said. "As much as I hate to agree with Doc."
LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers said just prior to Game 1 of the NBA finals that, "Everybody is good. Everybody is healthy, feels good, rested and ready to play. So, there's no issues on our end." There is one issue. Marquis Daniels is not available for the start of the series, although he told WEEI.com when he arrived at the arena that he is "feeling much better." As for Rasheed Wallace, Rivers' primary concern is not his back, but his conditioning. He has missed the majority of practice time since injuring his back.
Third base coach Tim Bogar was forced to hold his second post-game media gathering of the season, this time after the Sox’ 9-8 loss to the A’s in which he waved two runners in nobody out, coming away with no runs to show for his efforts.
“Obviously with nobody out, two bad decisions and I got two runners thrown out at the plate,” he said. “Obviously both times I was wrong so I take full responsibility for it.”
The first instance where Bogar ran into trouble came in the third inning when Victor Martinez barreled around third base from first after on Kevin Youkilis drive to left. Martinez, who has been battling a sore left big toe, was sent waved in by the third base coach only to get tagged on the shoulder by Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki after the A’s made a solid relay from left fielder Eric Patterson to shortstop Cliff Pennington to home plate.
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
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 and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
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.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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