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05/27/2010 - 9:05am
Donaghy on D&C: Refs favoring Magic

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy continued his criticism of the league in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and addressed the controversy from Wednesday night, when the Celtics were on the short end of some questionable calls, including the ejection of center Kendrick Perkins for two technical fouls.

 

Donaghy said the league clearly benefits from the series going longer, and the referees understand that. "It's a situation where the officials are well aware of what goes on and what's best for the league," said Donaghy, who left the league in disgrace after a gambling scandal and served a prison sentence. "Obviously, what's best for the league is putting Orlando in a little bit of an advantage. It seems to be that's certainly what's taking place."

 

Of Wednesday night referees Ed F. Rush and Joe Crawford, Donaghy said: "Obviously, they're two veteran,...

05/27/2010 - 8:43am
Ellsbury: Sox misdiagnosed rib injury

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said the pain he has been experiencing the past couple of days is in the same area of his ribs and similar to the discomfort he had after colliding with Adrian Beltre on April 11. Ellsbury talked to reporters about the issue before and after Wednesday's game, clarifying comments the Red Sox made that the pain was coming from a different area and questioning the Sox medical team's handing of the issue.

 

"[The pain] is along the same ribs that cracked," Ellsbury told ESPN.com after the game. "All the ribs are moving, so it can affect the back ribs as well, where it hits the front of the spine. So you not only feel the impact at the direct place where you were hit, but the back side, too, along the band. I felt that originally, but I hadn't felt it again until now."

 

Added Ellsbury about the Sox' treatment: "I think they downplay it because they misdiagnosed...

05/27/2010 - 7:59am
Mashup: ChiSox' Guillen goes off on ump

The Celtics weren't the only one unhappy about the officiating Wednesday night. In Chicago, umpire Joe West, never known to be afraid of the spotlight, called two balks on White Sox ace Mark Buehrle. The pitcher was eventually ejected along with manager Ozzie Guillen, who had some parting shots after the game, including: "He's a [bleeping bleep], that's what he is." And: "Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this. I'm not going to change it, nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks [bleeping] people pay to watch him [bleeping] umpire." Rad more about that, plus find out why South Florida Super Bowl committee officials think, "The fix was in for New York," for the 2014 game. It's all at Thursday's Morning Mashup, along with videos, trivia and more.


05/27/2010 - 1:07am
KG: 'Today was a tough day'

ORLANDO -- Kendrick Perkins got thrown out, and may possibly be suspened for Game 6. Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels both suffered concussions. Rasheed Wallace has back spasms. And the Celtics lost 113-92 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Garnett summed up the mood in the locker room the best. "Today was a tough day," he said. "Lot of things going on. It's not like it's something we haven't seen before. We've had lots of different situations during our run in the past. None of this is going to be easy. I've always said that the toughest games are the first one the close-out." Garnett went on to say, "We are upset and we do not take losing lightly around here. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and as a team get together and figure this thing out." 


05/27/2010 - 12:07am
Big Baby: 'I'll be back'

Knocked out by an elbow from Dwight Howard in the second half of Wednesday's playoff loss to the Magic in Orlando, Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had a brief message for reporters after the game: "I'll be back for the next game. That's all you need to print." For more Celtics news, check out our basketball blog Green Street.


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