The Celtics' full 15-man roster boarded the team plane for New York on Thursday afternoon, including injured center Shaquille O'Neal, who has not played since straining his right calf on April 3.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers shot down a rumor on Wednesday that O'Neal was finished for the season, telling reporters after practice, "If you see him on the trip that means he's close." While O'Neal has been ruled out for Friday's Game 3 against the Knicks, his presence on the trip is at least an indication he could play in Game 4 on Sunday.
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Jonathan Papelbon, who picked up his third save of the season Wednesday afternoon, revealed to WEEI.com that he currently does not view accepting a contract to become a setup man -- along the lines of the path taken by former closers Rafael Soriano and Bobby Jenks this past offseason -- as an option when his current deal runs out at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
“If I’m good enough to still have the ability to close, I’ll close,” he said. “I was honestly really kind of shocked that two of the guys who have been great closers took setup roles.”
Soriano, who closed for the Tampa Bay Rays in '10, signed a deal with the Yankees to serve as Mariano Rivera's setup man. The contract, which is for three years, $35 million, has an option for the righty to opt-out after either of the deal's first two seasons.
Jenks, the White Sox' closer since '05, is now joining Daniel Bard in setting up Papelbon for the Red...
MONTREAL -- Bruins center Chris Kelly will be in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday night after being cleared by team doctors. Kelly, who returned to Boston to be examined following a hit into Carey Price's goal on Monday, wore a cage in morning skate and will do so Thursday night. He said that doctors determined there was no fracture after being examined.
"I'm good to play tonight," Kelly said afterwards. "I went back to see our doctors in Boston and they gave me the green light and said everything is great and to just go out and have fun."
Coach Claude Julien confirmed that Kelly would play, saying the third-line center is "good to go" and that "he's going to be in the lineup tonight."
Kelly was shoved by Habs forward Scott Gomez while the Bruins were on a 3-on-1 in the first period. The B's center said he took no issue with the hit, which caused him to slide head-...
According to a report from the New York Times, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire was not at Knicks practice Thursday, instead getting getting treatment on his back spasms at his home. It is expected that Stoudemire, who was forced to leave his team's Game 2 meeting with the Celtics in the second quarter due to the injury, will be ready to play in Game 3. An MRI revealed that Stoudemire has a pulled muscle in his back, ESPN.com reported.
Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups remains questionable for Friday, and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told New York Newsday Billups is "feeling better, much better."
Newsday reporter Alan Hahn also relayed that Knicks center Ronny Turiaf injured his knee in the fourth quarter and was not an option on the final play of Game 2....
Jon Barry, who serves as an NBA analyst on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics-Knicks series. Barry said he was "surprised" that the Knicks have been so competitive in the first two games, and suggested the Knicks were just a few plays away from actually be up 2-0 in the series.
"I didn't see that, certainly in Game 2 when you have no Billups and Stoudemire for the better part of that game," said Barry. "I don't know what's going on, I think the Celtics have to worried. They are not playing very well. I see them defensively, and it looks like they are giving the Knicks too much respect. I see them doing them doing things on the defensive end that I've never seen them do before, Big Baby running around like a chicken with his head cut off, trying to double this guy and that guy. They just seem to be doing things that are not things that they've normally...
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Sam Packard and Josue Pavon from WEEI.com discuss the Celtics first two pre-season games. Then, in the second installment of Packard's Corner, Sam is joined by his brother Nick to answer an important historical question. Kick it!
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Dion Lewis has emerged as a huge piece to this Patriots team, and the guys react to that, but also go around the league and recap some of yesterday's games.
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the news of the day, Tom Brady's interview with Dennis and Callahan in which he breaks down his relationship with his health guru Alex Guerrero, and some of his health beliefs and practices.
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