Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal sat out practice Saturday with what was described as a bad hip. Doc Rivers said that it was something the team would monitor throughout the season and that the C's had a plan to give the big man rest. Asked about it after Sunday's preseason win over the Raptors, O'Neal said, "My hip is good. Got a little arthritis, a lot of pounding. We’ve got a great staff here. I’m getting a lot of rest. I’ll be fine."
Asked if it was something he would have to talk with Rivers about, O'Neal said no. "There’s nothing really to talk about," O'Neal said. "Whatever he needs me to do, I’ll do.
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Talking after his team's 91-87 preseason loss to the Celtics on Sunday night at TD Garden, Toronto forward Reggie Evans suggested that his former teammate, Chris Bosh, would be using the motivation derived from being kicked by Paul Pierce during a dunk in the midst of a Nov. 27 game last year at the Garden when Bosh's new team, the Heat, face off with the Celts in the teams' season-opener.
"Me knowing Chris, I know he's got that game penciled in based on what happened last year with the Paul Pierce dunk, with the kick and stuff," Evans said. "Knowing him, when he has so much ammunition on a team, I know he's looking forward to that game. He may deny it, but I'm pretty sure he's looking forward to it. It's going to be fun to watch."
Evans explained that Bosh never said anything about the play, but suggested that it wouldn't be a big leap of faith to suggest that the new Heat forward is using that play...
The Celtics beat the Raptors 91-87 Sunday night at TD Garden to stay unbeaten during the preseason. Nate Robinson led the way with 13 points, while Marquis Daniels and Delonte West each had 11 points off the bench. The Celtics had eight eight different players score at least eight points in the win. They also held Toronto below 40 percent shooting, but they turned it over 23 times, which kept the score close.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 points to go with five rebounds to lead the starting five. Rajon Rondo added eight points and seven assists in 26 minutes. Jermaine O'Neal saw his first action of the preseason and had three blocks and two rebounds in seven minutes. He did not attempt a shot.
In the battle for the last roster spot, UMass product Stephen Lasme had two points on a vicious baseline dunk and was active around the basket. Von Wafer played only four minutes and had three points. Mario West did not see any action...
Atlanta second baseman Brooks Conrad committed three errors that led to two Giants runs, including the go-ahead score with two outs in the top of the ninth, to hand San Francisco a 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the NL Division Series. The come-from-behind victory gave the Giants a 2-to-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
The Braves were one out away from victory before the Giants rallied for two two-out runs. With Atlanta closer Billy Wagner sidelined for the rest of the postseason by an oblique injury he suffered in Game 2, San Francisco rallied against a trio of Braves relievers in the ninth. With Atlanta holding a 2-1 lead, rookie Craig Kimbrel allowed a walk and a two-out hit to Freddy Sanchez, leading Braves manager Bobby Cox to summon left-hander Mike Dunn to face Giants left-handed slugger Aubrey Huff.
Huff lined a hanging slider to right to tie the game. Then, reliever Pete Moylan came in to face Buster Posey....
The Tampa Bay Rays rode a strong performance by rookie starter Wade Davis to shut down the Rangers, 5-2, and force a winner-take-all Game 5 on Tuesday back at the Tropicana Dome. The Rays had been down 2-0 in the best-of-five Division Series, losing both games in Tampa Bay, but they came storming back with consecutive road wins.
Haverhill native Carlos Pena, who did not hit a triple during the regular season, got the Rays on the board by scoring after hitting a three-bagger in the second inning. He later hit an RBI double and scored on B.J. Upton's double in the fourth. Evan Longoria later added a pair of insurance runs by blasting a two-run homer to left.
That proved more than enough for Davis and the Rays bullpen. Davis struck out seven and held the Rangers scoreless through the first five innings. Most significantly, he punched out Texas DH Vladimir Guerrero with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the...
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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