Ray Allen scored 19 points in 31 minutes off the bench while LeBron James -- fighting leg cramps -- added 26 points and 10 rebounds as the defending NBA champions celebrated their ring and banner-raising ceremony with a 120-107 opening night win over the Celtics on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.
Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 13 assists, falling just three rebounds shy of a triple-double. Rondo recorded his 25th straight game of double-figure assists, joining John Stockton and Magic Johnson as the only NBA players to accomplish the feat. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 29 points for the Heat, who won the first meeting between the two teams since Miami elminated Boston in the Eastern finals last spring.
Paul Pierce added 23 points and Kevin Garnett hauled in 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who did not show up defensively, allowing Miami to score 31 points in each of the first three quarters as the Heat shot 54 percent and built a 17-point...
With the NFL trade deadline looming on Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on WEEI's Big Show, suggested that he expected very little movement of key players. He noted that the issue of adjusting from one team's system to an unfamiliar one represents an impediment to midseason deals.
"I think the system in football is a little bit different, where a shortstop is obviously a shortstop, pitcher is pretty much a pitcher, but in football, the system and everything plays a lot into that, into how effective a player would be in your system relative to playing in another system. We’ve seen that many, many times through free agency, how players change teams and they’re really not the same player when they go to a different team in a lot of cases," said Belichick. "That’s a big issue. How long does it take? I don’t know. It would depend on the player’s familiarity with your system, his...
The Patriots released linebacker Bobby Carpenter Tuesday evening. The 29-year-old, a veteran of six NFL seasons with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010) and Detroit (2010-11), joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit on April 5. He was released Sept. 1 following training camp and subsequently re-signed on Oct. 2. He played in four games for the team, primarily in a special-teams role, and recorded two tackles. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by Dallas out of Ohio State.
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FOXBORO -- It's a message repeated around the NFL by head coaches to players - be smart and safe during the midseason off week. Following a practice on Thursday, the Patriots get their chance at rest this weekend and will spread out on their own for three days before returning next week to prepare for the Bills on Nov. 11 at Gillette Stadium.
"Most important thing for all us is just to be careful, use good judgment and be careful, come back with a fresh attitude and be ready to go," Belichick said during a conference call on Tuesday afternoon. "Whenever it comes is a good time. It's now so we'll try to take advantage of it and use it the best we can to improve our team, to rest, to get treatment. All of those things [are] part of it."
Asked what his specific plans are Belichick said he hasn't finalized them yet.
"I'm not really sure what my plans are for this weekend," Belichick said. "I'm...
The Celtics on Tuesday, hours before their season opener in Miami, picked up the 2013-14 team option on guard Avery Bradley worth $2.51 million. Bradley is considered the best on-ball defender on the team and one of the very best in the NBA.
Bradley, who will turn 22 on Nov. 26, had procedures on his left and right shoulders in the offseason after playing with significant pain in the playoffs last season. Bradley will miss the start of the season while rehabbing and building strength in his shoulders.
Bradley, who is entering his third NBA season, will make $1.63 million this season and also has a qualifying offer for the 2014-15 season worth $3.58 million. In two previous seasons, Bradley has averaged 5.6 points in 95 NBA games, incuding 28 starts.
The University of Texas product was chosen in the first round (19th overall) by the Celtics in the 2010 NBA draft.
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We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Mustard & Johnson are joined by Ron Borges to discuss his Aaron Hernandez piece in Rolling Stone.More from this show