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05/09/2011 - 12:25pm
Gorman on M&M: Unsure about Heat's psyche

Longtime Celtics television broadcaster Mike Gorman joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to discuss the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Heat.

Gorman said he doesn't blame Dwyane Wade for what happened to Rajon Rondo in Saturday's Game 3 after the two players tangled and the Celtics point guard ended up with a dislocated left elbow.

"I thought it was physical playoff basketball with a bad result," Gorman said. "What happened to Rondo didn't have anything to do necessarily with the way Wade hit him. It was just trying to brace his fall that he got his arm out there. It wasn't like his arm was twisted willfully by an opposing player."

Gorman said he was surprised by the Heat's failure to be aggressive with Rondo after the injury.

"Maybe they were just so stunned he was on the floor," Gorman said. "They seem hypnotized by the fact that he was playing them with one hand tied...

05/09/2011 - 12:01pm
Kelly: Bergeron is 'irreplaceable'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Chris Kelly skated in Patrice Bergeron's place on the second line Monday at Ristuccia Arena, centering a line with Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. Kelly, who has seven points since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, hopes to find success on the second line, but recognized after Monday's practice that he can't simply replace the concussed Bergeron. 

"Everything," Kelly said when asked what the team will miss with Bergeron out. "Obviously you can't replace Bergy. He does every little thing that maybe goes unnoticed by a lot of people, but not by us. He does all the big things that [everybody] notices, as well. You can't replace him. He's irreplaceable, and hopefully he's good to go." 

Bergeron is expected to miss the beginning of the team's upcoming series with the Lightning due to a concussion suffered in the third period of Friday's Game 4 win over the Flyers. As a result, Kelly...

05/09/2011 - 10:56am
Rondo participates in shootaround

Rajon Rondo went through shootaround at the Celtics' training facility in Waltham Monday morning, which is generally an indication that he will try to play in Game 4 tonight at the Garden against Miami. Rondo was on the floor in practice clothes shooting free throws when the media was allowed down on the court. He didn't talk to the press.

Fellow point guard Carlos Arroyo said that he thinks Rondo is ready. "He’s a warrior," Arroyo said. "He demonstrated that last game. We were all surprised in the fact that he came back after that injury. I know he’s ready. He wants to play. He wants to win." 

Delonte West also participated in shootaround as did Shaquille O'Neal.

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


05/09/2011 - 9:51am
Game 4 refs: McCutchen, Brothers, Stafford

The NBA announced the referee crew for Game 4 of the Celtics' playoff series with the Heat, and it consists of Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers and Derrick Stafford. Rodney Mott is the alternate.

McCutchen was on the TD Garden court for the Celtics' 87-85 comeback victory over the Knicks in Game 1 of the first round on April 17. That game featured a couple a couple of controversial calls that went the Celtics' way. McCutchen called Carmelo Anthony for an offensive foul for pushing off Paul Pierce while trying to get room to receive the ball with 21 seconds left and the Knicks holding a one-point lead. Then, when Knicks guard Toney Douglas tripped over Kevin Garnett's leg on a screen while Ray Allen hit the game-winning shot, no foul was called.

In the last three playoff games McCutchen has officiated this postseason (Mavericks-Trail Blazers on April 28, Hawks-Bulls on May 2, Mavericks-Lakers on May 4), the visiting team has won.

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05/09/2011 - 9:02am
Van Gundy on D&C: Heat will test Rondo

ABC NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Celtics-Heat series.

Rajon Rondo's health was the primary topic of discussion, as everyone waits to see how the point guard will respond two days after dislocating his left elbow during the Celtics' Game 3 victory. If Rondo plays, Van Gundy said the Heat assuredly will test him right away.

"Obviously, Miami has time to adjust and adapt and really send him left on every penetration," Van Gundy said. "I'd pick up him up full court and see if he can advance the ball with his left hand. Because you can't take it easy on someone with an injury. So, the adrenaline rush from the other night — and it truly was a heroic thing he did — whether it can carry over to another night, I'm not sure."

Added Van Gundy: "I think it all depends on who you are, your competitive spirit and personality, your level of speed and...

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