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02/10/2011 - 6:52pm
Ainge: Trades possible with Daniels down
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday, discussing the team's potential activity in the the trade market, Ray Allen's forthcoming record, and Kendrick Perkins' future with the team. 

 

With Marquis Daniels having gone down with a bruised spinal cord in Sunday's game after a collision with Gilbert Arenas, Ainge admitted that the team is more likely to make calls than simply field them. 

 

"We're having conversations," Ainge said. "I think the Marquis incident makes us a little bit more proactive rather than just receiving calls and seeing what else might be a possibility to back up Paul [Pierce] or Ray [Allen] in the playoffs." 

 

Allen could break Reggie Miller's record of 2,560 career three-pointers with a pair of 3's Thursday against the Lakers. 

 

"I think this record of...

02/10/2011 - 4:34pm
C's owners on Big Show: Thrilled with Doc

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca joined The Big Show and touched on a number of subjects, including Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen's longevity and whether they'd like to keep Kendrick Perkins. They were also asked about the future of coach Doc Rivers, who is in the final year of his contract.

 

"We're thrilled that Doc's the coach," Grousbeck said. "We'd like Doc to keep coaching. He seems very happy here and we go year-to-year. That's what Doc has asked for. There's a reason we won that championship, many [reasons], but one of the biggest reasons is that Doc is the coach." 

 

On Garnett, Pagliuca said, "He's an intense player and you can't change that. Every teammate he's had in Minnesota and here, every teammate he's had, they love him. He's somebody you love when he's on your team and he's a real problem if you're playing against him because he brings that intensity every night....

02/10/2011 - 3:42pm
Bard: Like to try starting in the future

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard, who was drafted by the Red Sox as a starting pitcher out of the University of North Carolina in 2006, told WEEI.com after his workout at the Red Sox minor-league training facility Thursday that he is open to perhaps returning back into the role of a starter at some point in his career.

 

"I kind of would like to try it. It's something I would like to do," said the Red Sox' reliever. "It would kind of challenge myself. You've never proven yourself, but I know I can do the reliever thing for myself, just as a personal challenge, (starting) would be cool. Sometime down the road if we're in need of a starter it might come into play, and I would definitely be open to it, but right now it's not even an issue."

 

Bard struggled in his lone season as a professional starting pitcher, giving up 59 earned runs in making 22 starts at two different levels of Single-A. In that year...

02/10/2011 - 2:35pm
Horton on Bruins' fight nights: 'It's crazy'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Nathan Horton joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday, discussing Wednesday's wild victory over the Canadiens and the unusual equipment tidbit that aided his five-point effort.

 

The Bruins and Habs combined for 192 penalty minutes in an 8-6 Bruins win. It joined the likes of last week's win over the Stars and a Dec. 23 victory over the Thrashers as games in which the Bruins stood up for one another throughout the night. 

 

"It's crazy," said Horton, who played his entire career for the Panthers before being traded to Boston in June. "I've never been involved in games like these where everybody's got each other's back. It's great to be on a team like this and be on the ice. You know that your teammates are going to stick up for you. That's what you want and that's what you need."

 

Horton, who had been slumping after a fast start to the season, had joked to Tyler...

02/10/2011 - 12:47pm
Theo on Beckett: 'Wouldn't bet against him'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After watching Josh Beckett, John Lackey, and Daisuke Matsuzaka do some light throwing on Field 4 at the Red Sox minor-league training facility Thursday, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein sounded optimistic regarding the condition of all three.

 

"Josh certainly can do better than he did last year, and he knows that. It looks like he went out and had a really strong winter, getting in great shape," Epsing said. "The big thing is at the end of the year he didn't hide at the end of the year, he took accountability for it and he knows there is more in there, there is better in there. I wouldn't bet against him going forward at all."

 

Beckett struggled throughout 2010, battling both injuries and command on the way to finishing at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts. All three pitchers looked noticeably slimmer than the last season.

 

"John had a stronger second...

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