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01/03/2012 - 7:48am
Mashup: Swears, tears at Jets' breakup day

After Sunday's forgettable performance in a season-ending loss to the Dolphins, the Jets made a memorable exit from their practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday. The day featured a crying coach, an obscene linebacker and a silent receiver being trailed by a media horde after being stripped of his captaincy.

Coach Rex Ryan admitted that he was both angry and tearful while meeting with the team. Ryan also announced that the team no longer would have any captains, after his awarding of a 'C' to Santonio Holmes backfired when the receiver alienated some of his teammates during the season and especially in the final game, culminating with his benching for the final drive.

"Normally, I’m a guy that really has the pulse of this team, and I don’t think I had the pulse of the team the way I’ve done in the past," Ryan said after the meeting. "When I met with players, I think that became clear to me."

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01/03/2012 - 12:24am
O'Neal on hamstring: 'It's not an injury'

Despite sitting out Monday's game with a sore hamstring, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal maintained afterward that his hamstring is not injured and not a long-term issue. He attempted to convince coach Doc Rivers that he was ready to play but trainer Ed Lacerte intervened and pulled the plug on O'Neal playing. 

"No, not it's not an injury," O'Neal said. "I got here with the intentions on playing. Ed Lacerte went through the regular routine of our pregame [stretching]. It's still sore. It's been sore the last three days. He just thought that just based off our schedule, he'd prefer for me not to play.

"I came to the arena with the thought process that I was playing. He had a conversation with Doc and sometimes players get trumped with whatever decision they have. It's not a hamstring pull or anything like that. And the fact of the matter [is] I'll be ready to go come Wednesday."

The Celtics won't practice on...

01/02/2012 - 10:58pm
Steamer: Allen, Stiemsma lead C's to .500

Ray Allen extended his all-time NBA record by draining six of his seven 3-point shots while scoring a team-high 27 as the Celtics won their third straight, 100-92, over the Wizards Monday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce sealed the game with a trey of his own with 30.7 seconds left and added 21 for the Celtics, who have battled back to .500 after dropping their first three games.

Greg Stiemsma made a strong impression in his first NBA career start at center for an injured Jermaine O'Neal, who missed the game with a sore hamstring. Stiemsma finished with a career-high 13 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. He added two blocks and two assists as the crowd roared their approval early.

The Celtics were powered early by Allen, who nailed his first three 3-pointers, including one at the end of a fast break that precipitated the ejection of Wizards coach Flip Saunders, just one minute, 46 seconds into the game. 

Saunders charged onto...

01/02/2012 - 8:55pm
Saunders ejected for contact with officials

Wizards coach Flip Saunders was ejected just a minute, 46 seconds into Monday's game after racing onto the court to argue a call with referee Eli Roe.

Greg Stiemsma got the start for Jermaine O'Neal and blocked a Rashard Lewis shot on the left baseline. That led to a Boston fast break that ended when Ray Allen pulled up and hit a 3-pointer, electrifying the TD Garden crowd. 

During the fast break, Saunders made contact with Roe while trying to argue the non-foul call on Stiemsma. Following the Allen long-range jumper, Saunders lost control and charged onto the court, and was subsequently ejected and ushered off the court by Garden security. 

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 


01/02/2012 - 7:59pm
O'Neal out, Stiemsma starts for Celtics

Jermaine O'Neal will miss at least one game with a hamstring injury and rookie center Greg Stiemsma will start in his place against the Wizards. O'Neal injured his hamstring in Sunday's game against Washigton, but coach Doc Rivers doesn't think his center will be out long.

"It’s not bad," Rivers said. "Eddie [Lacerte, the team trainer] came to me and suggested that he didn’t play. With the hamstring you just don’t want to take any chances. JO’s been doing so well we figured tonight, [Tuesday] and then maybe he can play the next game."

In his place steps Stiemsma, the rookie center who has made a name himself with his shot-blocking ability.

"We’re just trying to protect him by starting him because he’s with the four best players and that helps him," Rivers said. "The one thing he does is bock shots. I’m thrilled to death that he’s shooting the ball because he...

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