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04/02/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: Flyers respond to 'gutless' Penguins

The Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Penguins, 6-4, Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the talk after the game was about a brawl that began when Pens winger Joe Vitale crushed Danny Briere at mid-ice with just over a minute remaining.

While the players on the ice fought, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette climbed up on the dasher to scream at Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma. Pittsburgh assistant coach Tony Granato climbed up on the boards to defend his coach and was ejected along with Laviolette.

After the game, Laviolette criticized Bylsma for putting his enforcers on the ice at the end of the game. "Those guys hadn't played in 12 minutes," Laviolette said. "It was a gutless move by their coach."

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04/01/2012 - 10:12pm
LeBron: On defense, Bradley 'one of the best'

He wasn't ready to go as far as calling Avery Bradley The Dwyane Wade Stopper, but Heat superstar LeBron James had high praise for the sophomore guard after the Celtics' 91-72 victory Sunday.

"He's a really good young player," James said. "I think defensively he's one of the best that we've seen as far as baseline to baseline. He's really good at that."

Bradley held Wade to 15 points on just 6-for-17 shooting. Meanwhile, starting in place of the injured Ray Allen (ankle), he scored 13 points on 5-for-10 field goals -- four of which came within two feet of the rim. The Celtics improved to 11-4 in Bradley's 15 starts (4-0 over the last four games).

"He gives them another attack off the dribble, and he does a great job of cutting," James said. "When [Rajon] Rondo penetrates or Paul [Pierce] penetrates, he does a great job of cutting and getting easy ones, so he brings a dynamic to their team that they use and...

04/01/2012 - 9:31pm
Bruins beat Rangers, clinch division title

The Bruins clinched both the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday night, beating the Rangers for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers took an early lead as Marion Gaborik beat Tim Thomas (unassisted) for his 40th goal of the season. The 1-0 Rangers lead held until four minutes into the second period when Dennis Seidenberg -- back after missing a pair of games with an infection in his left knee -- netted his fifth goal of the year. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand assisted on the Seidenberg goal. The Bruins took advantage of a Michael Del Zotto interference penalty later in the period with a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal at the 11:52 mark to take a 2-1 lead.

That was all the cushion Tim Thomas needed. Thomas had struggled against the Rangers this season, losing both games with a GAA of 3.53 and a .811 save percentage, but he was sharp Sunday,...

04/01/2012 - 8:57pm
Heat coach: 'This game was unacceptable'

Following the Celtics' 91-72 dismantling of his Heat on Sunday, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "It doesn't matter what we say right now. It's not about any kind of meeting, any kind of talk. Our response to the media: This game was unacceptable, and we will fix it. Together, collectively, we're not happy about it."

The Heat shot 34.8 percent from the field (31-for-89), 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-for-16) and 41.2 percent from the free throw line (7-for-17). Led by Rajon Rondo's triple-double of 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, the Celtics outscored Miami 29-19 in the first quarter and 31-12 in the third.

"We have not been able to come up with an answer on the road, particularly in the third quarter, and we fell prey to that again tonight," Spoelstra added. "So, we'll figure it out. Somehow, someway, this group, together, us in that locker room, we'll figure it out. This was unacceptable."

While LeBron...

04/01/2012 - 7:48pm
Rondo: 'We can probably beat anybody'

After his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career, Rajon Rondo spoke like a point guard who feels confident he can lead his team deep in the NBA playoffs, even against the powerhouses like the Heat and Bulls. 

"I think when we have at least four or five guys healthy, we follow the game plan," Rondo said after his 16-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound performance in Boston's 91-72 spanking of Miami Sunday at TD Garden. "But when I'm healthy, I think we can probably beat anybody."

Last year, Rondo suffered a grotesque dislocation of his left elbow in Game 3 against the Heat. The Celtics won that game but lost the Eastern semifinals four games to one. 

Rondo said he does not pay particular attention to the national spotlight, despite the fact that 14 of his career 18 triple-doubles have come on national TV. 

"I think my teammates put a spotlight on me more than the media or the televised...

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