Two nights after blowing a 12-point lead in the final five minutes against the Cavaliers on the backs of their bench, the Celtics built a lead big enough they couldn't blow, escaping Cleveland with a 93-90 victory that pulled their record back to .500 for the season.
The C's (10-10) watched as the Cavs sliced a 22-point lead to two with just over a minute to play, but Kevin Garnett rattled home a turnaround floater and Paul Pierce made a pair of free throws in the final seconds to hang on for the win. Pierce finished with a team-high 20 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Brandon Bass (13 points) led the Celtics reserves, who totaled 28 points in the victory.
Anderson Varejao dominated the Celtics on the inside, totaling 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Cavaliers (8-12). Sunday's nemesis, Kyrie Iriving, chipped in 21 points and six assists in defeat.
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The Bruins returned from the All-Star break two periods late Tuesday night, but by the time they awoke, they were back to their old ways and defeated the Senators, 4-3, with a dominant third period.
The B's came back from a 3-2 deficit in the third, with Dennis Seidenberg scoring the unlikely game-winner with a slap shot from center ice that beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. The win improved the B's to 6-8-1 this season when trailing after the second period.
The Bruins took the lead in the first period on a power-play goal from Zdeno Chara. Colin Greening tied the game late in the first thanks to a nice pass from Milan Michalek. The Senators then dominated the B's in the second period, getting goals from Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson before Milan Lucic brought Boston within one with 45 seconds left to play in the period.
In a fashion that's been somewhat typical this season, the Bruins won...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer will play in Super Bowl XLVI, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia told WEEI.com on Tuesday. Vollmer, who has been hobbled by back and foot problems over the course of the last two months, has continued to ramp up his practice reps over the last few weeks, and appears to be ready to return to the field for the first time since a Nov. 27 win over the Eagles.
"He's very, very strong. He's got great experience, and is not afraid of anyone. He's a great alternative," Scarnecchia said of Vollmer. "He'll play. He'll play in this game at some point, whether we have Nate (Solder) outside or him at tackle. He's going to be out there, and thank God we've got him."
In Vollmer's absence, rookie Nate Solder has worked primarily at the right tackle spot, and Scarnecchia has been impressed at the body of work that Solder has been able to produce over the course of the season....
INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Light was not on hand for Tuesday's Super Bowl "Media Day" due to a stomach bug that also affected other Patriots team personnel. Light was the only player not to attend the annual event on five days before the biggest football game of the season and is believed to be the only Patriots player affected by the bug, according to a report by the NFL Network.
"Matt Light, please get well soon," Osi Umenyiora told reporters during the Giants media session on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. "I hope to see you on Sunday. You are one of my greatest friends."
Defensive lineman Umenyiora and left tackle Light have a long history of scuffles during games, dating back to the regular season finale of 2007. Last week, Umenyiora told reporters that Light does things to him while blocking that got under his skin, leading to the hard feelings the two have had over the last four seasons.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will miss his seventh straight game on Tuesday due to an injured right wrist, coach Doc Rivers told the Associated Press. Rondo is averaging 15.1 points, 9.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds a game while averaging over 36 minutes in his 13 games. However, the Celtics have managed to go 4-2 in his absence.
Meanwhile, Rivers also said at the morning shootaround that Jermaine O'Neal will be back after missing the last week with a bruised knee. The 33-year-old has played 15 games, starting 14, averaging 5.5 points, 5.6 boards and 1.4 blocks a night in 23 minutes.
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We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.
Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.
Kirk, Gerry and Sean discussed the Pats dominating win over the Texans and Phil Simms made a fool of himself.More from this show