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01/18/2010 - 11:38pm
Celtics get Dirked around in loss

Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 of his game-high 37 points in the second half as the Dallas Mavericks erased a nine-point halftime deficit and beat the Celtics, 99-90, on Monday night at TD Garden. Jason Kidd had a spectacular night passing the ball, registering 17 assists to go with 13 points for the Mavericks, who closed the third quarter on a 19-5 spurt to take control. The 27-12 Celtics are now just 11-7 at home and have lost three straight in Boston for the first time in three seasons. The Mavericks shot 57 percent from the floor, the best by a Boston opponent this season. Paul Pierce had 24 points to lead the Celtics. Ray Allen added 21 and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists for the C's, who play next in Detroit on Wednesday. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog


01/18/2010 - 9:57pm
Doc didn't think Starbury 'was done'

Upon hearing the news Monday night that Stephon Marbury was continuing his professional basketball career in China, Doc Rivers said he still believes Marbury has some game left. "I did not think he was done, no. I thought he still had a lot of basketball left in him. I thought someone would pick him up last summer but I don't think the web broadcast helped his cause at all." Rivers added that Marbury and the Celtics ended their relationship at the right time at the end of the playoffs last season. For more on this, visit the Green Street blog. 


01/18/2010 - 8:28pm
Sheed, Pierce cleared to play

Doc Rivers announced before Monday's tipoff that both Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace were cleared to play against the Mavericks. Pierce banged his sore right knee into the leg of Shelden Williams during Sunday's practice. "He's OK, really," Rivers said. "It looked bad, obviously, but he's fine." Wallace missed the last three games with a sore left foot. For more, visit the Green Street blog


01/18/2010 - 7:58pm
Offerman banned for life

Jose Offerman received a lifetime ban from the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during a game Saturday. The onetime Red Sox second baseman was serving as manager of the Licey Tigers when he got physical with umpire Daniel Rayburn (video here). Offerman's team said it will appeal the ruling. Read the full story here.


01/18/2010 - 7:27pm
Gammons: Knees nixed Sox-Bay deal

According to Peter Gammons on NESN, the Red Sox and Jason Bay had agreed on the framework of a four-year, $60 million deal in July before an MRI raised concerns about both of the outfielder's knees. As a result of those concerns, Gammons said, Sox ownership reduced its offer from four years to two.

 

Gammons suggested that the dispute illustrated the need for an independent medical staff in the majors, since there is sometimes distrust by players about the health findings of doctors who are employed by a team.

 

"You had the same thing here with Jason Bay, when he agreed to the four-year, $60 million deal near the end of July and then the MRI showed some problems with both knees," Gammons said. "Ownership wanted it to be two years and he had to prove that he was healthy to be able to make it four years, and he wouldn’t sign. This is no reflection on [Red Sox team physician Dr. Thomas] Gill and the Red...

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