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10/10/2010 - 10:24pm
Shaq after preseason win: 'My hip is good'

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.

 

For more on the Celtics, see the team page at weei.com/celtics.


10/10/2010 - 10:19pm
Evans: Pierce dunk 'ammunition' for Bosh

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...

10/10/2010 - 8:36pm
Balanced effort leads C's past Raptors

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...

10/10/2010 - 8:02pm
Conrad's crime: Errors cost Braves vs. Giants

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....

10/10/2010 - 4:30pm
Rays tame Texas to force Game 5

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...

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