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04/14/2012 - 11:36pm
Celtics clinch playoff berth

The Celtics officially locked up a spot in the NBA playoffs on Saturday night. By virtue of the Bucks' loss to the Pacers, the Celtics clinched a playoff berth for the fifth straight season.

Currently the Celtics hold a 3.5 game lead over both the Knicks and Sixers in the Atlantic Division and are slotted at the number four seed in the Eastern Conference standings as of Saturday night. Division winners in the NBA are guaranteed to be seeded no lower than fourth, however winning the division does not guarantee home court advantage in the first round. If the fifth seed has a better record, it would get home court in the series.

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04/14/2012 - 11:18pm
Crawford's desire to return 'intensified'

Speaking before the Red Sox' 13-5 win over the Rays Saturday, Carl Crawford talked about having to fight any temptation to hurry back now that the Sox will be without Jacoby Ellsbury for an extended period.

"It's a little nerve-wracking, but at the same time I don't think it's going to effect if I come back earlier or later," Crawford said. "I still have to stick to the plan. As much as I would like to rush things, I don't thing the training staff is going to let me. I think we're going to stay on track with the plan that they have.

When asked if he was anxious to help add the kind of production usually exhibited Ellsbury 2011, and Crawford prior to last season, the outfielder said, "I felt that way before he got hurt, and now since he got hurt it definitely is now intensified a little bit more. But I have to stay the course of what I've been doing and go from there."

Crawford, who is still rehabbing his surgically-...

04/14/2012 - 9:58pm
Celtics bounce back, beat New Jersey

One night after an uninspired loss in Toronto, the Celtics were able to shake off a sluggish first half and get a 94-82 win over New Jersey. Early on, it looked like a repeat performance for the C's who are in the middle of a three games in three nights stretch against the dregs of the Eastern Conference.

They trailed 28-22 after one quarter and were tied at the half, but a 26-13 third quarter sent them on their way. Rajon Rondo had seven of his 15 assists in the quarter and Avery Bradley scored 11 of his 18 points. Bradley made a career-high three 3-pointers and Rondo's streak of at least 10 assists has now reached 21 straight games.

Kevin Garnett (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Brandon Bass (18 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles and Paul Pierce added 17 points and Greg Stiemsma had six points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Ray Allen missed his third straight game with a sore right ankle -- his ninth overall -- and won't play...

04/14/2012 - 8:43pm
Julien: Caps 'outmuscled us' on game-winner

Bruins coach Claude Julien called out his team after a 2-1 loss in double-overtime that left the series with the Capitals knotted at a game apiece heading to Washington for Game 3 Monday night. 

Julien was not happy when his team won the draw early in the second overtime but lost the fight for the loose puck as Marcus Johansson outworked Johnny Boychuk and fed Nicklas Backstrom for the game-winner. He watched as the Capitals won battle after battle all game for the loose puck. 

"The proof is the overtime goal: We win the drop, they outmuscle us to the puck, and they get a second effort to make a pass in the right area, and they score a goal. So we lost that battle and we lost the game."

Julien also said Washington is doing a better job getting traffic in front of Thomas. 

"They’re putting pucks at the net, and they’re going to the net," Julien said. "Some of the other guys or lines...

04/14/2012 - 8:10pm
Thomas: 'Better than down 0-2 like [2011]'

After allowing the game-winning goal in a gut-wrenching 2-1 loss in double-overtime, Bruins netminder Tim Thomas tried to put a positive spin on heading to Washington for Game 3 Monday night with the series tied, 1-1. 

"We're playing a pretty good defensive game," Thomas said. "We need to find ways to generate more offense without giving up anything defensively. It's better than down 2-0 like last year. You have to take whatever positives you can in cases like this."

Thomas is referring to the fact that the Bruins lost their first two games on home ice to the Canadiens before rebounding to win four of the next five, including overtime wins in Games 4, 5 and 7. 

Thomas has faced 46 shots in the first two games, making 44 saves. His counterpart - rookie Braden Holtby - has been even more spectacular, stopping 72 of 74 shots in the two overtime battles. 

"We're going to have to get some ugly goals...

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