Mickael Pietrus hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Tuesday night as the Celtics held off the Heat, 94-90, in Game 5 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Pietrus hit 5-of-8 shots from the floor and finished with 13 points off the bench as the Celtics moved to the brink of the NBA finals for the third time in five seasons by taking a 3-2 series lead over the heavily favored Heat.
Pietrus said he received a special source of inspiration on Monday via text message from former Celtics center and current TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal.
"I got a text from Shaq, he was telling me keep believing and keep playing, so that's what I did," Pietrus said.
Pietrus hit a huge 3-pointer to cap a wild flurry midway through the fourth as the Celtics and Heat were battling for control of the game. With the Heat on a 9-0 run to go up 78-72, Brandon Bass had his dunk blocked by Dwyane Wade, but the loose ball went out to Rajon Rondo...
Paul Pierce drilled a huge 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds remaining and Kevin Garnett poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 94-90 win over the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Pierce, who was just 5-for-18 before his clutch shot, finished with 19 points for the Celtics, who won their third straight in the series and now are on the brink of the NBA finals for the third time in five years. They can advance there with a win on their home court Thursday night in Game 6.
LeBron James had 30 points and Dwyane Wade added 27 for the Heat, who are now on the verge of elimination.
James led an early onslaught as the Heat built their lead to as many as 11 in the first quarter, 24-13. James and Wade each had seven points while Chris Bosh returned from an eight-game absence due to an abdominal strain and scored five off the bench.
An inning after Jarrod Saltalamacchia tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth, Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves gave the lead right back to the Orioles, allowing an RBI single to Ronny Paulino in the 10th. The end result was an 8-6, extra-inning win for Baltimore over the Sox in the teams' series-opener at Fenway Park Tuesday.
An Endy Chavez RBI single with one out in the 10th, scoring Paulino, would give the Orioles an insurance run and cap the scoring.
Saltalamacchia's homer was his 12th of the season. It scored David Ortiz while snapping Orioles' closer Jim Johnson's save streak at 25 straight. The game-tying hit narrowly cleared the left field wall, with a landing spot close enough to the ledge that it forced an umpire review.
Prior to the Saltalamacchia homer -- which came on a 96 mph fastball after seven pitches from Johnson -- it appeared as though Red Sox starter Jon Lester and the bullpen were going to be victims of an...
Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday night, Sox pitching coach Bob McClure surmised that Daniel Bard needed to simplify things when trying to fix his mechanics at Triple-A Pawtucket.
"I think if you asked him he would say he was trying to do too many things," McClure said. "That would be my impression that he would say. I would think so. I would think he would say, 'I just need to get back to the simple form, to basics.' He knows that, and that's why I don't think [his stay in Triple-A] last very long."
McClure did suggest that Bard -- who was demoted after posting a 5.24 ERA in 10 starts -- still has a future as a member of the Red Sox' starting rotation.
"I think he can start," the pitching coach said. "I might be one of the few that thinks that he can, but I really do. Number one, like I said, he needs to keep it simpler. He's a power pitcher with two-plus pitches and perhaps a third...
Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket, Tuesday night, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two and walking a pair. The outing against the Indianapolis Indians saw Matsuzaka throw 40 pitches, 22 of which were strikes.
Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles, Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the plan was for Matsuzaka to go three innings. There was some thought that the pitcher's next appearance would be in the place of Daniel Bard, who was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday. Valentine, however, wouldn't commit to the Saturday start for Matsuzaka.
"He has felt great," Valentine said. "We’ll see how that goes in this three-inning stint tonight."
In his last two outings, Matsuzaka allowed just one run and three hits over a combined 10 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. In seven total rehab appearances coming into Tuesday, the...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe catch-up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein who is in town with the World Champion Cubs to take on the Sox this weekend.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
Final two hours of Dale and Holley with Keefe for a Friday.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a variety of topics for the first two hours of Freestyle Friday.
We close out the week with another edition of the madness and LAROY!!!!!!!!!!! takes you into the weekend.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ken and Chris have the Good Weekend recap of a Friday Christian Arcand edition of K&C.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
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Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.More from this show
Hour 3. Kyle Kennedy's lawyer joins K&C to talk about yesterday's press conference . K&C insider Rabbit calls in to talk about the news surrounding Kyle Kennedy.More from this show
Christian Arcand made his triumphant return to K&C and the guys talked about the future of Jimmy Garoppolo.More from this show