The Celtics almost pulled off an amazing comeback against the Heat on Tuesday night in Miami, rallying from a 16-point third-quarter deficit behind a small lineup and an effective zone defense. A Keyon Dooling 3-pointer sliced Miami's lead to three points with just over two minutes remaining, but the Heat answered after a crucial Boston turnover in a 115-107 victory.
Without Paul Pierce (bone bruise, right heel), the Celtics didn't have an effective defensive counter for LeBron James. They also didn't learn their lessons from last year's playoff series as 15 first-half turnovers led to 23 Miami points. Their defense was absolutely shredded as Miami shot 56 percent and put on a clinic in the open court. James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 24 and the Celtics had no answers for either of them.
Coach Doc Rivers hit upon an effective strategy midway through the third quarter when he went zone. That allowed the Celtics to get back in the game,...
The Patriots lead the AFC with eight Pro Bowl selections, it was announced Tuesday night. It is the second year in a row that eight members of the Patriots team were selected for the NFL's all-star game.
On the offense, quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Rob Gronkowski and offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Brian Waters all made the cut, while defensive linemen Andre Carter and Vince Wilfork also earned a trip to Hawaii. In addition, special teamer Matthew Slater is part of the AFC roster. The seven positional players were all selected as starters.
It is the seventh Pro Bowl selection for Brady, sixth for Waters and fourth for Mankins, Welker and Wilfork. Carter, Gronkowski and Slater earned their first Pro Bowl invitations.
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ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard joined Steve Buckley and Kirk Minihane Tuesday on The Big Show, discussing the Celtics and the 2011-12 NBA season.
The C's kicked off the season Sunday with a 106-104 loss to the Knicks. After missing what would have been the game-tying shot and losing the game, Garnett went after Knicks guard Bill Walker and put his hand around Walker's throat. It isn't the first incident in which Garnett's behavior has been called into question, but he was not penalized by the league.
"Around the league, there's just a feeling that KG is all bark and no bite," Broussard said of Garnett. "Everybody respects his game, no question about that, but in terms of the extracurricular stuff, if you will, picking on guys, guys feel like he picks and chooses who he'll pick on.
"Bill Walker isn't necessarily the type of guy Garnett has gone after in the past, so I wouldn't be surprised if...
FOXBORO -- Matt Light spoke Tuesday for the first time since a late foot ailment kept him out of Saturday's game against the Dolphins.
"We're getting there, buddy," a grinning Light told reporters at his locker on Tuesday. "I just wasn't able to go the other day, unfortunately. It's a tough deal, game day, making that decision. But we'll work this week and get back out there. It's feeling better."
As for teammate Logan Mankins, who reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, Light said Mankins was with him in team meetings all day and will return, though his initial reaction was not optimistic.
"Not good," Light said of Mankins' injury. "He's a tough guy, a guy that's never missed a practice or a game, or had any of those kind of issues. When you see that happen, it's always tough to watch. But I'm sure the Cowboy will ride again. He'll be good."
As for the team's offensive line come...
All access series NHL 36 will profile Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, the league announced Tuesday.
The show, which follows players for 36 hours, began following Bergeron at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and will air the episode on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports. Peter Coyote will provide narration.
In a statement about the episode, executive producer Ross Greenburg cited Bergeron's championships in the NHL, the Olympics and World Junior Championship, calling him "one of the league's most underrated superstars."
Bergeron has seven goals and 21 assists this season for 28 points and is on pace for his first 70-point season since 2006-07.
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We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian have a semi-reunion with Pittsburgh's Tim Benz. In addition to a stroll down memory Lane, they talk about the Steelers-Patriots game Sunday, and Benz has to jam in some Penguins talk.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian look ahead to tonight's Bruins Home Opener against Taylor Hall and the Devils. They also talk about David Backes' fit in Claude Julien's system, the young defensive core, realistic expectations for Zdeno Chara, and the development of David Pastrnak.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian go through the details of Josh Brown's domestic violence issues, some of which are from his own journal, and wonder why he is still in the NFL. They're pretty disturbed that there are reports that the NFL knew of these issues, and took no action. Also, John Mara is very complicit in this...
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with MMQB's Peter King for our weekly hit with him. The guys discuss Josh Brown, the Giants and the NFL, the Patriots, and also the Robert Klemko vs Bills fans situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of the day discussing the latest revelations in kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case, and more specifically how the NFL and NY Giants try to sweep it all under the rug.
We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day. And prostitutes.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
The Thursday K&C recap show with Ken Laird & Chris Curtis discussing the photo day reveal, local TV sports anchors and Jon Meterparel angling for certainty.
Ken & Curtis recap a Trenni-Wednesday on the show with a female showdown, a smorgasbord of topics, & the embarrassing Patriots media led by Mike Giardi
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the 3rd and final presidential debate in hour one of the Thursday show and have all concluded Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Trenni talked about the brutal NFL ratings and Trags called in to defend the local Patriots media,More from this show
To start hour three of Thursday's show, Gerry, Kirk and Meter discuss a New York Post story exposing Josh Brown and Curtis recounted his awkward photo day experience.More from this show