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05/29/2012 - 3:04pm
Report: Celtics may sit Allen for a game

In an interview with Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com, Doc Rivers said that he was thinking about sitting Ray Allen for a game during the Eastern Conference finals series against the Heat.

"It’s a tough call with him,” Rivers said Tuesday. “We’re trying to figure out a different minute rotation for him, maybe that will help him. We’re even considering sitting him for a game, getting him a longer rest and then playing him, and then sitting him for a game. We don’t know what the right thing is."

Allen has bone spurs in both ankles and may need surgery after the season. He has struggled mightily in the postseason, averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting only 39 percent. He scored six points on 1-of-7 shooting in 39 minutes in Monday's loss to Miami.

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05/29/2012 - 2:36pm
Lineup: Pedroia out, Nava leading off again
By: DJ Bean

Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday after jamming his right thumb in Monday's win over the Tigers. With Pedroia unable to go for the Sox, Nick Punto is playing second base and batting ninth. Daniel Nava remains in the leadoff spot after going 1-for-5 Monday in his first game leading off since 2010. 

The Red Sox will oppose reigning American League Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander. The veteran righty is 5-2 this season with a 2.15 earned run average and 75 strikeouts. Daniel Bard will take the mound for the Red Sox. 

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Ryan Sweeney, RF

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

7. Mike Aviles, SS

8. Scott Podsednik, CF

9. Nick Punto, 2B

SP -- Daniel Bard 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


05/29/2012 - 1:53pm
Patriots release WR Anthony Gonzalez

The Patriots announced several roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, including the release of veteran wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and the signings of unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Jamey Richard, rookie free agent tight end Nick Melillo and seventh-round draft choice, defensive back Alfonzo Dennard (which had been previously reported).

The most intriguing name of the bunch is Gonzalez. The 27-year-old, who has been wracked by injuries over the last few years, was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Indianapolis on March 17. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Ohio State. In five seasons with the Colts, the 6-foot, 193-pound wide receiver started 12 of 40 games and had 99 career receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Patriots added Richard and Melillo. Richard, 27, is a veteran of four seasons with the Colts after joining Indy...

05/29/2012 - 12:38pm
Wojnarowski on M&M: C's 'in some trouble'

Yahoo! Sports basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to talk about Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and he's not optimistic about the Celtics' chances to win the series.

Said Wojnarowski: "Boston's in some trouble here."

Many people in Boston are focusing on the five technical fouls assessed to the Celtics in their 93-79 loss to the Heat, but Wojnarowski noted that only the Doc Rivers tech was clearly egregious.

"That was an obviously an absurd tech and one that wasn't justified," Wojnarowski said. "Ironically, I think Miami might only have converted on a couple of those technical free throws anyway, so it didn't set them back too many points. They were still even at the half. They've got to be able to make shots. Right now, they're struggling to do that against Miami. This could be a short series."

Looking at ways Boston can improve, Wojnarowski pointed to better...

05/29/2012 - 9:07am
Burke on D&C: 'Absolute shock' at Doc's tech

ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and offered her thoughts on the slew of technical fouls whistled against the Celtics in their Game 1 loss to the Heat on Monday night.

Burke, who was sitting close to the Celtics bench, said coach Doc Rivers was "absolutely not riding [referee] Ed Malloy" prior to the technical foul called on him, one of five technicals assessed to the team on the night.

"I was sitting next to the PR staff of the Celtics and we were in absolute shock," Burke said. "Doc looked over at us a couple of times and you could imagine he was very upset, [and] I'm sure he'll be fined for his comments.

"And when you have [ABC play-by-play announcer] Mike Breen, who is sometimes, I don't want to say an apologist for the officials, but he certainly tries to be fair with the officials. When you get him and Jeff [Van Gundy] agreeing [that the technicals...

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