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05/17/2010 - 8:27am
Jeff Van Gundy on D&C: C's intensity key

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Celtics' victory over the Magic on Sunday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals. Van Gundy was asked how the Celtics are able to limit Dwight Howard and the Magic offense while other teams struggle against Orlando. "Different personnel, different intensity and different plan -- I just think it's that simple," said Van Gundy, whose brother Stan coaches the Magic. "From a personnel standpoint, they're big and they're strong. They stay one-on-one, from a plan standpoint. And the Celtics' intensity is just at a different level defensively than most teams in this league."

 

Howard is the marquee player in this series, but his inability to score on post moves showed he still has a way to go. "He's improved some offensively, but I just don't think he's ever going to be the...

05/17/2010 - 6:48am
Mashup: Bay picks up pace with Mets

Former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay finally has put together some hits for the Mets after a slow start, although he says he still does not feel comfortable at the plate. Meanwhile, one New York writer is calling for the last-place Mets to fire their manager. Get the details on those stories, plus read about why Kobe Bryant is defending himself against four-year-old allegations of tanking a playoff game. All that, along with videos, trivia and more, can be found at Monday's Morning Mashup.


05/16/2010 - 11:40pm
Report: Pats, Mankins 'far apart' in talks

Logan Mankins and the Patriots have been working on a new contract for the Pro Bowl offensive lineman, and while Patriots owner Robert Kraft told ESPN on Sunday he “really hopes” the two sides can work out a new deal, Mankins’ agent told the Boston Herald that the two sides are still “pretty far apart” on a contract that could keep the All-Pro left guard in New England for the long term. “There has been discussions," agent Frank Bauer told the Herald. “We’re pretty far apart. Let’s leave it at that.” Mankins reportedly has stayed away from team offseason workouts in an attempt to show his displeasure with his situation. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


05/16/2010 - 6:43pm
Carter: C's win was a wake-up call

ORLANDO -- Before Sunday's loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Orlando Magic had not lost a game since April 2, a span of 44 days. "I think it was a wake-up call that we really needed in my opinion," Magic swingman Vince Carter said. "I don't think we were prepared for the level that they were ready to play. They were ready to go from jump, and we weren't on their level at the beginning." For more reaction and analysis from the game, visit the Green Street blog.


05/16/2010 - 5:23pm
C's hold on to grab 1-0 lead vs. Magic

Ray Allen scored a game-high 25 points and Paul Pierce added 22 as the Celtics built a 20-point second-half lead before holding on for a 92-88 win over the Orlando Magic Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amway Arena. 

 

The Celtics went on a 24-7 run early in the third quarter to take a 67-47 advantage before the Magic took over down the stretch. Allen's 3-pointer put Boston up 88-75 with 5:34 left, but Orlando went on a 10-0 run before Pierce hit two free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to help seal the win. Allen also hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics up four. 

 

Vince Carter scored 23 points and Jameer Nelson chipped in with 20 for the Magic, who lost for the first time in nine game games this postseason. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Orlando before the series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Saturday night.

 

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