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06/05/2012 - 11:18am
Bosh remains a gametime decision

MIAMI -- Chris Bosh went through shootaround and the Heat say that he has been doing basketball work the last week, but they are still calling him a gametime decision for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics are preparing for Bosh and they have been throughout the series. His biggest impact would come on the offensive end where Kevin Garnett would have to guard him on the perimeter. 

"It makes it a longer roll," Doc Rivers said. "That’s the thing with Bosh. We’re still going to rotate, we’re still going to double in certain spots, but with Bosh on the floor instead of that roam coming from inside the paint, it may be coming 15 feet out in the lane and may be late at times. That’s why we have to shore up the pick and roll part of it."

Rivers has been able to use Garnett as a roamer in the paint and while they say Bosh's presence won't change their defense, his presence will be a...

06/05/2012 - 9:51am
Burke on D&C: Rondo comments 'shocking'

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, ESPN basketball analyst Doris Burke addressed the controversy stemming from her halftime interview with Rajon Rondo in which the Celtics point guard said Heat players were "complaining and crying to referees in transition" during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

"To me, it was first of all, shocking that he would say that. It's the kind of response you rarely get," Burke said.

Following the game, Burke asked Rondo if he expected any reprecussions from what he said at halftime, to which he said he didn't take back what he said. But after that interview was over, cameras revealed Burke and Rondo talking to each other, a conversation that appeared to be a misunderstanding between the two. Burke revealed the conversation on the air and what she thought was going on.

"If you recall how I ended the interview, I said - and this really wasn't my...

06/05/2012 - 8:21am
Game 5 refs: McCutchen, Garretson, Stafford

MIAMI -- The NBA has announced the following crew will work Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat: Monty McCutchen, Rom Garretson and Derrick Stafford. All three officials are crew chiefs normally during the regular season.

McCutchen's last Celtics assignment was Game 7 of the Philadelphia series. Garretson worked Game 6 of that series, while the C's haven't seen Stafford since Game 3 of the conference semifinals, a game they won on the road.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/05/2012 - 6:55am
Mashup: Papelbon wants ump demoted

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took the loss Monday night after surrendering a single to Elian Herrera that scored the winning run for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. Papelbon thought he struck out Herrera the pitch before, and he shared his thoughts about home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after the 4-3 loss.

"I thought he was terrible all day," Papelbon said.

Papelbon talked to Reyburn after the inning.

"I wanted to know If he could throw me out for what I was thinking," the former Red Sox closer said. "And if he could, then I thought he sucked. It's that simple."

After suggesting that Reyburn should be demoted to Triple-A, Papelbon insisted: "That's not a knock on him. That's not a knock on the umpires. You're up in the big leagues for a reason -- to do a good job. When you don't do a good job, you should be demoted or fired. … There's no room for that up here."

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06/04/2012 - 11:49pm
Source: Pedroia will return to lineup Tuesday

According to a team source, the plan is for Dustin Pedroia to return to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday in the team's series-opener against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

Pedroia has been out of action since leaving the Sox' May 28 game with what was later diagnosed as a slight tear in the adductor muscle in his right thumb. He had originally injured the thumb in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' May 2 game against the A's, with the second baseman fouling off a pitch against Oakland reliever Ryan Cook. Initially, X-rays didn't show any damage, but an MRI conducted following the Memorial Day game revealed the tear.

Pedroia took batting practice with a specially-designed brace both Saturday and Sunday in Toronto with no ill effects. He told reporters after the BP sessions that his hope was to play Tuesday, with the last hurdle coming Monday when he would receive another examination.

Tuesday, the Red Sox and Pedroia will be facing Orioles' starting...

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