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05/27/2012 - 10:25am
Busted: Bruins trade Hamill for Bourque
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins swung a minor deal with the Capitals Saturday night that sent former eighth overall pick Zach Hamill to Washington in exchange for left wing Chris Bourque. 

Bourque is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque. The longtime Bruin holds the NHL record for goals, assists and points by a defenseman in addition to holding the Bruins' record for career games played, assists and points. 

Chris Bourque was drafted 33rd overall by the Capitals in the 2004 draft but has played in only 33 career NHL games. He spent the 2004-05 season at Boston University but left after his freshman year. In his NHL career between Washington and Pittsburgh, Bourque has one goal and three assists for four points. 

Like Bourque, Hamill is a high draft pick who has yet to fully reach his potential. The forward failed to make the NHL squad out of training camp since coming to the organization. In 20 career NHL games, Hamill has four assists...

05/27/2012 - 3:08am
KG on facing Heat: 'Let's get it on'

The Celtics are considered by most "experts" to be heavy underdogs against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals that begin Monday night in South Florida. The Celtics won three of the four in the regular season but are trying to avenge last year's loss in five games in the Eastern semifinals. The Heat elminated the Knicks and Pacers to advance while the Celtics had to survive the Hawks and Sixers to get to the Eastern finals for the third time in five years. 

"it's what it is," Kevin Garnett said after the Celtics beat the Sixers, 85-75, in Game 7 Saturday night. "They're playing well right now. They beat a very tough Indiana team. I think LeBron [James] and D-Wade [Dwyane Wade] are playing on high levels right now. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves right now. It should be an interesting series.

"This is a good time right now. This is the cream of the cream. This is what it's all about, conference...

05/27/2012 - 12:31am
Pierce on Rondo: 'We needed every drop'

No one was more grateful for the effort of Rajon Rondo late in the fourth quarter Saturday night than Paul Pierce. The Celtics captain fouled out with 4:16 remaining and the Celtics leading by just three, 71-68. 

Rondo took over the game and scored 11 of Boston's next 12 points to lead the Celtics to an 85-75 win over the Sixers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

"I said, 'Great work, we needed it.' We needed every drop that he gave us tonight," Pierce said afterward. "It was great work."

Pierce fouled out after scoring 15 points in nearly 37 minutes. Rondo took responsibility for Pierce's disqualification on fouls. 

"I felt I was part of the reason he fouled out," Rondo said. "I had two bad turnovers. I felt somewhat responsible for it. My night wasn't going well all night. I just figured stay with it, stay positive and something will happen."

Rondo finished...

05/26/2012 - 10:41pm
Seventh heaven: C's nip Sixers in Game 7

Rajon Rondo had 11 of his 18 points in a crucial fourth quarter stretch while Kevin Garnett scored 18 points and hauled down 13 rebounds in 37 minutes as the Celtics held off the Sixers, 85-75, in a grinding and tense Game 7 Saturday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce fouled out on a charge with 4:16 left in the fourth and finished with 15 for the Celtics, who open the Eastern Conference finals Monday night in Miami against the Heat. 

The Celtics raced out to a 10-2 lead in the opening three minutes as the Garden crowd was in a frenzy. The Sixers opened the game missing nine of their first 10 shots. But the Sixers took advantage of early foul trouble on the Celtics and used the foul line to get back into the game. They made all seven free throws as they fought back to tie the game, 20-20, after one. The two teams were a combined 13-of-14 from line. 

As has been the case often in this series, the two teams put on an ugly display of offense in...

05/26/2012 - 10:18pm
Saltalamacchia's walk-off lifts Red Sox

Jarrod Saltalamacchia launched a two-run homer into the Red Sox bullpen with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Rays Saturday night at Fenway Park.

The homer scored Daniel Nava, who had led off the ninth with a walk against Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Nava was moved over to second courtesy a bunt from pinch-hitter Nick Punto, paving the way for Saltalamacchia's homer. It was the catcher's first career walk-off homer, and first walk-off win for the Red Sox.

With the win the Red Sox improved to 23-23.

Avoiding the loss was Sox starter Josh Beckett, who lowered his ERA to 4.15 by allowing two runs over seven innings, striking out five and not walking a batter. The Rays managed both of their runs off Beckett in the sixth inning, with Ben Zobrist tying the game with a sacrifice fly, scoring B.J. Upton, and then Luke Scott singling in Matt Joyce with the go-ahead score.

Joyce was allowed to find himself in...

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