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06/16/2010 - 12:51am
Ortiz says Manny and he not that close
By: DJ Bean

With Manny Ramirez making his return to Fenway Park Friday when the Dodgers roll into town, many are wondering how both the fans and his former teammates will treat him. David Ortiz, perceived to be one of Ramirez' closest friends in the world, has set the record straight that though the teammates enjoyed each other while both members of the Red Sox, the two have barely had any communication since July 31, 2008. 

 

"Since Manny was traded, to tell you the truth, if I had talked to Manny four times, that’s a lot," Ortiz explained. "That’s him, though. I’ll bet that when he sees me he’s going to be jumping all over me, this and that, and wanting to do things, but that’s him, though, and I understand that. People believe that me and Manny were really together. It was so hard for me to reach out to Manny when we were playing together. Manny would call you and tell you, 'I’ll meet you in a...

06/16/2010 - 12:46am
Jackson on Game 7: 'A high-tension situation'

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson has won 10 titles as a coach, and coached teams that have appeared in 11 finals, but he has never coached a team in Game 7 of the finals. "It's really a high-tension situation," Jackson said. "Players have come down to putting a lot on the line at this particular point. A lot of times it's not about coaching at that point."

 

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06/16/2010 - 12:38am
Rondo gets stitches after Artest elbow

LOS ANGELES -- Rajon Rondo received stitches in his chin after catching an elbow from Ron Artest in the third quarter. "I don't think it was intentional, but it was definitely a foul," Rondo said. "One of the fouls that wasn't called, but that's the way it goes." To read all of what Rondo said after the Celtics' Game 6 loss, go to the Green Street blog by clicking here.


06/16/2010 - 12:26am
Doc on Perkins: 'It doesn't look great'

Speaking after the Celtics' 89-67 loss to the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals, C's coach Doc Rivers was not optimistic about the status of center Kendrick Perkins heading into Thursday's Game 7. Perkins sprained his right knee midway through the first quarter, contributing to the Celtics' problems on the boards, with the Lakers outrebounding the C's 52-39. "I don't know. It doesn't look great, but I don't know," Rivers said.

 

Asked about how things changed without Perkins in the game, Rivers said: "Well, another body. No size. Honestly, tonight it wouldn't have mattered the way things were going, but it would have been nice to have him on the floor. He's one of our guys that I think gives us great spirit, gives us a lot of toughness and gives us size. You know, I hope he can play. It would be tough if he can't. Somebody is just going to have to step forward."

 

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06/15/2010 - 11:38pm
C's can't seal deal, suffer painful loss

LOS ANGELES -- The Celtics' dreams of walking out of Staples Center on Tuesday night with their record 18th NBA title ended in ugly fashion as the Lakers blew out the C's, 89-67, to force a seventh and deciding game Thursday night in Southern California. Kobe Bryant led a balanced attack for the Lakers with 26 while Pau Gasol added 17. The Celtics were led by Ray Allen with 19. Paul Pierce had 13, Kevin Garnett chipped in with 12 and Rajon Rondo had 10 for Boston. 

 

The Celtics lost starting center Kendrick Perkins with 5:30 left in the first quarter when he collided with Andrew Bynum under the Lakers basket. League officials reported that Perkins sustained a sprained right knee when he landed awkwardly and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday for Thursday's Game 7. In addition to Perkins injury, Rajon Rondo suffered a cut to the left side of his chin late in the third and didn't return but should be fine for Game 7. 

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