MIAMI -- The general reaction from the Heat players at coaches at practice on Monday was that the talk of Game 1 being overly phsyical or "chippy" as Celtics coach Doc Rivers labeled it was overblown. "I didn’t see us start anything," LeBron James said. "I don’t understand what all the other conversation is about. We just want to play basketball. Go out there we’re going to be physical, the best team will win the game that night. That’s all it's about."
Dwyane Wade echoed those sentiments. "I haven’t been in the second round in a long time but I’m assuming this is how it is. Maybe I’ve been out of the loop for a while. If they win a ballgame it will be a total different spin on things."
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Kevin Youkilis, who missed Sunday's game with a sore hip, is back in the lineup on Monday as the Red Sox prepare to face Angels starter Jered Weaver, who concluded a historic April with a 6-0 record. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate with Clay Buchholz on the mound.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Doc Rivers met with the media before Celtics practice on Monday, and was asked about the possibility of Shaquille O'Neal returning for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Heat.
"I think right now there's a chance," Rivers said. "We'll see how it goes. He's feeling a lot better so we'll see."
Rivers said before the game on Sunday that O'Neal -- who is battling right calf and Achilles tendon injuries -- was "getting very close" to a return.
“Honestly, we had to actually make the decision today so that’s better than what we had to do in the past," Rivers said Sunday. "He’s getting close. Maybe next game. If not, I would say, for sure, Game 3.”
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Paul Pierce — who declined to speak to reporters following Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Heat — met with the media before the Celtics' practice Tuesday on the campus of the University of Miami. Pierce was ejected on Sunday after picking up his second technical foul, which was assessed after he exchanged words with Dwyane Wade following an attempt by Wade to run through a screen set by Pierce.
But it was the first technical called on Pierce that has raised the idea that action from the NBA might be administered. Pierce appeared to attempt a head butt on James Jones after the Miami swingman aggressively fouled Pierce. Pierce told the media that he expected to hear from the NBA sometime on Monday, but didn't feel his actions warranted further action. He did, however, admit that there is always worry whenever the league is investigating the possibility of discipline.
"It's always a concern when...
PHILADELPHIA — Bruins coach Claude Julien says he has given thought to what the atmosphere will be tonight before Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers still show a video of Smith — who died in 1986 — singing “God Bless America” in lieu of “The Star Spangled Banner” for good luck before important games. The video of her performance is now accompanied by Lauren Hart, daughter of the late Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Gene Hart, the longtime voice of the Flyers.
That will no doubt be the case tonight as America celebrates the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, with people gathering and chanting "USA, USA, USA" and singing "God Bless America."
“That’s something that went though my mind this morning, no doubt about that,” Julien said. “When something major like that happens, I guess all the attention is drawn that way but our guys this morning seemed fine. In...
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Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Bruins opening night loss, and whether this will continue or we'll see the team improve when the defense gets healthy.
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