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03/24/2011 - 9:19am
Doc on D&C: 'We have to play better'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. The Celtics fell 90-87 to the Grizzlies Wednesday night, their fifth loss in the last nine games. The Celtics are now a full game behind the Bulls in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

 

"We didn't play well, but I thought we should have won the game," said Rivers, who listed the 52-26 Memphis edge in points in the paint as a main factor in the game.

 

Former Celtics Leon Powe and Tony Allen played significant roles in the Memphis win, with Powe pacing all Grizzlies' scores with 13 points and Allen chipping in with eight points and seven rebounds. Rivers was asked if a loss is even tougher when former players contribute to a Celtics defeat.

 

"It's harder to take when you lose, period," said Rivers, who confirmed that the Celtics looked at Powe before the trade...

03/24/2011 - 8:15am
Reyes agrees to extend opt-out to Saturday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dennys Reyes, who had an opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Red Sox for March 25, said that he has accepted the team's request to extend the date one day. Reyes now has the option of getting out of his contract with the Sox if they don't put him on the major-league roster by Saturday.

 

Reyes is battling for one of the final bullpen spots and is scheduled to pitch Friday against the Blue Jays at City of Palms Park.

 

"It's a little bit stressful," the lefty explained Thursday morning. "It's stressful that you've been working so hard and you don't know the answer and have to wait until the last moment. You have to understand that you have to do everything you can, and that's what I did. I did everything I could and put all my cards on the table. The last decision is going to be up to them."

 

Reyes, who dealt with an opt-out clause once before, in 2004...

03/24/2011 - 6:46am
Mashup: Sox second in value to Yanks

Forbes magazine did an analysis of Major League Baseball and determined that the Yankees are the sport's most valuable team for the 14th straight year, worth $1.7 billion. The Red Sox are No. 2, but 86 percent less valuable than the Bronx Bombers, at $912 million, and they had an operating income of minus-$1 million.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


03/24/2011 - 6:36am
Tony Allen: 'I'm a Celtic'

Tony Allen -- who spent the first six seasons of his career in a Celtics uniform -- made his return to Boston Wednesday night, collecting eight points and seven rebounds to help Memphis pick up a 90-87 win, a loss that drops the Celtics a full game behind the Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. 

 

“I’m a Celtic, but unfortunately, I wear a Grizzlies jersey right now,” said Allen, who was the only member of the Memphis starting five to receive a positive response from the Garden crowd during Wednesday night’s game. “It was a nice reaction. I liked it.”

 

Allen signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal with the Grizzlies this past offseason. The Celtics reportedly offered Allen two years and $5.2 million to remain in Boston.

 

“Yeah, it’s strange, but most importantly I was just happy about the victory and how our guys stuck together and focused for 48...

03/23/2011 - 11:32pm
Doc on C's woes: 'It starts with Doc Rivers'

As the Celtics failed to execute their offense down the stretch of Wednesday's 90-87 loss to the Grizzlies, Celtics coach Doc Rivers laid the blame squarely at his own feet, not on Rajon Rondo, who was 2-for-12 from the field, and missed a runner in the lane late that would've given the Celtics the lead. 

 

"No, it starts with Doc Rivers," Rivers said. "Then, after that, it starts with the whole team." 

 

Rondo did have a spectacular game in assists, with 11, and rebounds, also with 11. But the Celtics were unable to get the ball to Paul Pierce in the final minute until Pierce heaved a desperation three-pointer that fell harmlessly off the rim, allowing the Grizzlies to escape with a 90-87 win, dropping the C's a full game behind the Bulls in the East.

 

“Probably a little bit more, but I play within the framework of the offense," Pierce said when asked if he got...

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