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05/15/2010 - 6:49pm
Doc: C's got Wallace to beat Orlando

WALTHAM - Doc Rivers tells WEEI.com that Rasheed Wallace’s defense against Dwight Howard played a large role in the Celtics push to sign him last summer. “Oh it was huge,” Rivers said following practice on Saturday. “This summer we were thinking about how can we beat Orlando, not Cleveland, because Orlando won the East. So it was a big factor.”

 

Howard averaged over 16 points last season in the Magic’s Eastern Conference Semifinals elimination of the Celtics. Wallace, however, has two seasons of playoff experience defending Howard as a member of the Pistons. Howard is averaging less than four field goals per game this season against the Celtics.

 

“Try to body him up,” Wallace explained. “Try to keep your body on him as much as you can. He’s already big, strong, and athletic, you’ve just got to try to keep that body on him.”

 

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05/15/2010 - 3:22pm
Lineups: Ortiz at DH against lefty Willis

The Red Sox will have David Ortiz serving as their designated hitter Saturday night against Detroit left-hander Dontrelle Willis. Ortiz is coming off a two-home run game Friday night and leads all designated hitters with an .818 slugging percentage in May, carrying a .333 batting average with five homers for the month. He is just 1-for-7 against lefties in May. Here is the rest of the Sox lineup: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Ortiz DH, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Hall LF, McDonald CF, Lester P. The Tigers lineup is as follows: Jackson CF, Wells LF, Ordonez RF, Cabrera 1B, Boesch DH, Inge 3B, Laird C, Sizemore 2B, Everett SS, Willis P. For all the matchups see the Full Count Blog by clicking here


05/15/2010 - 2:07pm
Perk held out: 'We need him tomorrow'

WALTHAM -- Kendrick Perkins, the player primarily responsible for guarding Orlando's Dwight Howard, was held out of practice on Saturday with a sore right knee. Perkins wore wraps on both knees and kept ice on his right one until the end of practice. 

 

"He tried to go early and it bothered him a lot." Rivers said. "He wanted to go I said, 'I don't need you tonight. You're not going to help me today in practice. I need you tomorrow.'"

 

Following practice in Waltham, the Celtics left Saturday for Orlando and Sunday afternoon's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. 

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


05/15/2010 - 11:47am
Welker: I injured 'just the ACL'

Wes Welker gave his third interview in less than a week on Friday and touched on many of the same themes he hit on earlier in his two previous Q&A's. But there was one new piece of information — he said that when it came to his left knee injury, he injured “just the [anterior cruciate ligament],” which would run counter to the reports that the wide receiver also injured his medial collateral ligament in the same knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans in January.

If Welker did injure only the ACL in his left knee — not the ACL AND MCL — this would drastically alter the rehab timetable, according to noted sports injury expert Will Carroll.

"I did a piece on this in last year's Football Outsiders Almanac. The standard is not to repair the MCL, so there's not a significant difference in the rehab now for ACL and MCL or just ACL," Carroll said in an e-mail to WEEI.com. "There is...

05/14/2010 - 11:43pm
Sox hoping Beckett will pitch Tuesday

Josh Beckett threw long-toss prior to Friday's game against the Tigers, and he told reporters that he is feeling significant improvement in his recovery from a back spasm that he experienced during batting practice on Monday. He will throw a side session on Saturday, and if he shows no ill effects from that outing, the Red Sox' Opening Day starter would pitch in the second game of the two-game series against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday.

 

That said, the Sox still are hedging their bets in case Beckett is delayed. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who allowed three runs in seven innings on Wednesday, also will be available to make Tuesday's start if Beckett is unavailable.

 

"Any problems at all, [Saturday] will be Wake’s side day, too," Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Both pitchers are aware of what’s going on. We’ll see how everyone shows up...

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