Paul Pierce had his shot rim out and Ray Allen was blocked by Pau Gasol at the buzzer as the Lakers held on for an 88-87 overtime win over the Celtics Thursday night at TD Garden. Allen scored 22 to lead four Celtics in double figures. Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points while Pau Gasol had 25. Andrew Bynum added 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. The Lakers outrebounded the Celtics 55-45.
Bryant and Steve Blake hit shots to open overtime. But the Celtics responded with the next five points, including a Pierce trey with 1:51 left to give the Celtics an 87-86 lead. But Bynum was again a monster on the glass with an offensive rebound and field goal.
Allen's 3-pointer with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter gave Boston an 82-80 lead before Pau Gasol put back a Kobe Bryant miss with 9.8 seconds left to tie the game, 82-82. Pierce had a wide open Allen on the left wing for a 3-point...
Ray Allen is shooting a career-best 53 percent from 3-point range -- second in the league behind Golden State's Brandon Rush -- and he's competed in the annual 3-point contest six times in his career, winning the title in 2000. But Allen wasn't named to the All-Star team and he said he wouldn't be participating in the contest this season.
"If I'm not going to play in the game, then it's a great opportunity to take the whole week and just relax," Allen said. "It's better on my body and my mind."
A 10-time All-Star, Allen said he wasn't upset about not making the team.
"I would pretty much think that most people wouldn't have thought I'd still be in consideration, still playing good basketball on a team that has a chance to compete for a championship," Allen said. "I know that my impact is being felt and what I'm doing, I've been doing the right things and continue to. Sometimes that's good enough."...
Paul Pierce has been named an All-Star for the 10th straight season, but Pierce will be the only Celtic representative on this year's Eastern Conference team. The reserves were announced on Thursday before the Celtics played the Lakers, and as voted by the coaches there were no other Celtics.
Four Celtics were selected last year with Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joining Pierce. Three were selected in 2010, 2009 and 2008. This is the first time Garnett has not been an All-Star since the 1998-99 season, breaking a string of 12-straight selections.
"It's just change," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It happens."
Rivers said this season was especially tough to choose a team, especially after just 24 games. He also said his team's 14-10 record probably played a part.
"I thought that hurt a couple of our guys especially," Rivers said. "Now we're playing well, but the voting was so...
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the team and forward Paul Pierce. The 34-year-old Pierce surpassed Larry Bird for second in all-time points for the C's this week.
Ainge called Pierce "one of the greats," and noted that the small forward has been underrated in his career.
"Because he played with bad teams for most of the early part of his career -- I mean, look what he did past his prime," Ainge said. "Everyone wants to say he was MVP of the finals, but no, he outplayed LeBron [James] in Game 7 in that Cleveland series. What he did in that playoff run was spectacular, and thats what it takes to be a championship-caliber team."
The C's have won nine of their last 10 games, and Ainge said the way the team plays in the weeks leading up to next month's trade deadline will determine which moves he might make.
"We have a long...
Come this summer, there will be no more Chad Ochocinco.
The Patriots wide receiver tweeted Wednesday evening that when he marries his girlfriend Evelyn Lozada on July 4, he will return to his original last name, Chad Johnson. After being called Chad Johnson for 30 years, he changed his name on Aug. 29, 2008, while with Cincinnati. (He indicated at the time that the name would be temporary.) In his first season with the Patriots, the receiver finished with 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show