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12/29/2010 - 11:00pm
Celtics lose Garnett, fall to Pistons

Even before Kevin Garnett went down with a leg injury, the Celtics were in danger of losing to the Pistons. Once Garnett left the game late in the first quarter, there was little hope for a comeback in a 104-92 loss. The Celtics turned it over 21 times as they once again felt the loss of point guard Rajon Rondo who sat out his sixth straight game with an ankle injury.

 

Paul Pierce scored 33 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists, but that was the only highlight for the Celtics on a night when Garnett limped back to the locker room and didn't return. The Pistons had six players score in double figures, including Tracy McGrady, who started in place of Rodney Stuckey, and had 21 points and eight assists.

 

For more on Garnett's injury, go to the Green Street blog. For more Celtics...

12/29/2010 - 10:21pm
BC winning streak ends at 7 with loss to URI

Joe Trapani scored 18 points but the Eagles turned the ball over 18 times and their seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 67-65 loss to Rhode Island on Wednesday night in Kingston, R.I.

 

Reggie Jackson scored 15 points for BC, but his long 3-pointer bounced off the front rim as the buzzer sounded to end the game. BC had inbounded the ball with 1.4 seconds left to its star guard, who heaved up a shot from about 25 feet. Corey Raji contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.

 

The Eagles (10-3) hit 12-of-25 treys and shot a solid 48 percent from the field, but they were haunted by turnovers. Their 18 giveaways were almost twice their season average. One reason was the limited availability of starting point guard Biko Paris, who played just five minutes due to an ankle injury.

 

Nikola Malesevic led the way for URI (9-4) with 16 points, while Akeem Richmond netted 15.

 

The Rams...

12/29/2010 - 9:21pm
Garnett leaves game with leg injury

Update: The Celtics are saying that the injury to Kevin Garnett is related to a leg muscle, possibly in his calf, and is not a knee injury. Garnett hurt himself going up for a dunk late in the first quarter against the Pistons and went to the locker room in obvious pain. He did not return to the game. X-rays came back negative and Garnett will undergo an MRI Thursday. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after the game that Garnett would likely miss a few games, but the injury does not appear to be serious.

 

The play was eerily reminiscent of the one that ended his 2009 season against Utah and led to offseason surgery. As with that play there was no contact. Garnett hobbled back up the court and had to intentionally foul Tayshaun Prince to stop the game. He then fell to the ground and pounded the floor in frustration.

 

For more on Garnett's injury,...

12/29/2010 - 6:13pm
Mankins: 'Not playing for a contract'

FOXBORO -- Despite earning his third Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday night, Logan Mankins says he's not trying to prove a point by playing extra hard this season. 

 

"I don't know if you ever watched any of our games, but I tend to play hard the majority of the time so I don't think I'm playing for a contract right now," said Mankins, who missed training camp and the first half of the season because of a contract dispute before reporting prior to the team's Nov. 7 game in Cleveland. He has been in Pro Bowl form ever since. Bill Belichick hailed Mankins as a lineman of "superior toughness."

 

"It means a lot," added Mankins. "I'd hate to be known as a wimp or a dummy so I'll take the first one, that's a lot better. It's nice. That's not why we play games, to make Pro Bowls. We play to win games so if it happens, it happens and you're happy about it. If you never make one, that's part of the...

12/29/2010 - 5:51pm
Dolphins practice report: Dansby misses

Four players missed Dolphins practice as the team prepares to head north for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The complete Dolphins injury report from Wednesday:

 

Did Not Participate

CB Nolan Carroll (head)

LB Karlos Dansby (toe)

TE Anthony Fasano (knee)

TE Lydon Murtha (head)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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