Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss Saturday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers and the health of his team.
On the subject of Avery Bradley, who is dealing with injuries to both of his shoulders, Ainge confirmed reports that Bradley is most likely done for the season.
"We'll probably find out more here in the next few hours, but it's looking that way," Ainge said. "… Someone said it's a 90 percent chance that he's done for the season, and it's looking that way."
Added Ainge: "Avery needs surgery, so he should have a summer full of rehab. He should be ready to go next year."
Regarding the series with Philadelphia, Aigne said that the C's "didn't meet the challenge that we should have" in falling to the 76ers in Wednesday's Game 6, but also noted that the fourth win of a series is...
The Red Sox announced Thursday that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's next rehab start will take place on Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, while outfielder Darnell McDonald will get into game action for the PawSox on Friday.
Matsuzaka has yet to pitch in the majors this season, as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery from last June. In three rehab starts for the PawSox thus far, Matsuzaka has tossed 16 2/3 innings, allowing 16 hits, nine earned runs and four homers. He has walked four batters and compiled 12 strikeouts.
McDonald has been out with a strained oblique since May 11. He began swinging the bat earlier this week.
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After a season in which he averaged 11.9 points and a career-high 11.7 assists per game, Rajon Rondo was named to the All-NBA third team. It's the first time in his career that Rondo has been named to an All-NBA team.
Rondo received four first-team votes. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce also received votes. Here's how the voting broke down.
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Position, Player, Team (first-team votes), Points
Forward, LeBron James, Heat (118), 596
Forward, Kevin Durant, Thunder (117), 591
Center, Dwight Howard, Magic (75), 476
Guard, Kobe Bryant, Lakers (104), 568
Guard, Chris Paul, Clippers (74), 484
ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Forward, Kevin Love, Timberwolves (16), 365
Forward, Blake Griffin, Clippers, 170
Center, Andrew Bynum, Lakers (33), 400
Guard, Tony Parker, Spurs (41), 367...
Making his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Thursday afternoon, ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney talked all things Red Sox, including pitcher Daniel Bard, whose spotty effectiveness has been a concern all season.
Bard pitched 5 1/3 innings and earned a win on Wednesday against the Orioles to improve his record to 4-5, but his ERA stands at 4.69 and he has more walks than strikeouts. Olney said that league scouts are concerned not only with Bard's fastball but his control as well.
"They're saying to me what really concerns them is how much he's missing his target by," Olney said. "They're watching that the target is down and in and the ball is high and away. He's missing his target by a couple of feet, and for them that's a concern. And the feeling is: How good can he be if he's missing by that much, and what is the reason behind that?"
Adrian Gonzalez made an appearance in right field in the series with the...
Speaking to WEEI.com at the Hard Rock Cafe during an event to celebrate the release of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary commemorative album, Daniel Bard said the cut on his pitching referenced by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after his team's 6-5 win in Baltimore Wednesday was a non-issue.
"It's not a big deal at all," said the Red Sox pitcher. "I've had it since high school."
The cut resides the area between Bard's right thumb and forefinger and is opened up by his nail, usually when executing various fastballs. Between starts he often uses Super Glue to toughen up the area.
"I've filed the nail down," Bard explained. "I've had it bleed where blood was dripping down, but it wasn't that bad [Wednesday]. We try and heal it between every start, but it tends to reopen. As long as I can limit it from ripping."
Valentine cited the the cut when conducting his postgame interview with NESN Wednesday...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
The Dallas Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel, and dumped Andrew Bogut in the process, leading the guys to wonder why the Celts weren't pursuing 6'11" power forward/center.
Chris Mannix, Yahoo! Sports joined the show to give the latest on the NBA trade deadline.
The guys acknowledge that the Green-teamers will defend Danny whether he makes a move or not.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
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