The Big Three came together to help the Celtics beat the Rockets, 94-87, on Friday night in Houston. Paul Pierce led all players with 26 points (15 in the fourth quarter); Ray Allen shot 5-for-8 from long-range to score 19, and Kevin Garnett scored 15. Luis Scola and Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 17 points apiece. Rajon Rondo dished 10 assists, just five less than the entire Rockets team combined. The Celtics will face the Rockets again in April.
The Red Sox received an encouraging report on the condition of Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent surgery Tuesday on a cavernous malformation on the 19-year-old prospect's brain. The team released a statement on the matter:
According to Dr. Robert Spetzler, Westmoreland’s neurosurgeon and the director of Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Ryan has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into the hospital's Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, where he will undergo physical and occupational therapy.
"Ryan is right on track and we expect progressive improvement," said Dr. Spetzler.
“We are thrilled for Ryan and his family that the surgery went so well,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “While we recognize that the recovery process is long and complicated, we are excited that all of the early indications...
Appearing on The Big Show, Bruins vice president Cam Neely relayed his frustration regarding his team, coming right out of the gate by answering Glenn Ordway's inquiry as to how he was doing by saying, "I've been better. ... I was disappointed last night." Asked what went wrong in in the B's 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh, Neely said, "I've been trying to figure that out all year, Glenn, to be honest with you. It's been very, very disappointing just to see the way our team has performed with that lack of emotion, if you will. It's something we try to instill here. I've said this for years, I said this when I played, I said this after I played, people expect their athletes to compete and show that they care, and if they don't win they're OK with that as long as they compete, show that they care and work hard. I've heard it too many times this year and I don't blame our fans...
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, back in Fort Myers after the birth of his daughter on Tuesday night, threw a 44-pitch bullpen at City of Palms Park on Friday afternoon.
"He felt strong," Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell said.
The Red Sox now will have him throw two innings in a minor league game on Sunday. If all goes well there, he likely would be in line to make a start in a big league spring training game later next week.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, pitching for the first time in 11 days, was roughed up for four runs on six hits and two walks in 3-1/3 innings against the Pirates. He also struck out a batter and allowed a homer. Yet Beckett, who remained hoarse from the aftereffects of the flu, suggested that the most important number he posted on the day was positive.
"The numbers are obviously what they are. The most important number for me today was 70 pitches," Beckett said. "Would it be nice to go out there and shut everyone out in spring training? Yes. But the most important thing is to get your innings in, especially for me right now."
Beckett was scratched from a scheduled start last Sunday, remained completely bed-ridden for three of four days, could not follow his normal between-starts workout routine and admitted that he felt fatigued by the end of his outing. Despite the mid-spring...
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.
Greg, Steve and Chris zero in on the O-line specifically and look at what it will take to right the ship. Is the running game a solution or more blocking from TE's, LaFell etc. ?
The boys discuss what is going on with the Pats offense and why Brady has looked a little off so far. Is it O-line or WR issues? They specifically discuss Amendola, Thompkins and Dobson - who's the odd man out?
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing the Pats brutal Monday night loss.
John Dennis left the show mid segment.
Christian's nephew twisted his ankle and missed Sunday's game because he (supposedly) slipped while rushing down the stairs to stop his puppy from peeing on the floor. Lou addresses the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from last night's game, in which a Chiefs player was flagged for dropping to his knees during a TD celebration. And Christian is dubious of some photos of LaRon Landry.
A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.
Lou, Christian and Tim break down last night's embarrassing loss on national television. They wonder just how much progress has been made towards building a championship team.
We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.
We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.
We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.
Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
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