Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday, the morning after the Celtics suffered the worst loss of the Big Three era, a 103-71 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia.
With a win, the Celtics would have regained the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Instead, they were never close in the game, which came on the second night of a back-to-back and was the third game in four nights for the Celtics. Rivers was asked if he knew heading into the game that it would be a tough ask for the Celtics to be competitive.
"It was, but you know as a coach that you are still hoping," Rivers said. "You're hoping, my thought was going into the game last night was that maybe we could get into the fourth quarter and that was the thought. You could feel it in the locker room, you can just see it on the bus, and the plane is quiet, you know that guys are tired."
Following a home game vs. Portland on...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Bailey said Thursday morning at JetBlue Park that he will throw a live batting practice Friday, with an eye on pitching in the Red Sox' home spring training game against the Marlins Monday afternoon.
The plan is for Bailey to get somewhere between 7-10 innings of game action in before the start of the regular season. The closer also surmised there could be back-to-back outings, and perhaps a stint of more than one inning.
"Ready to go," Bailey said. "I'm getting antsy."
Although his spring training last season was limited to 1 1/3 innings due to injury, the previous spring -- his first as a full-time closer -- the righty pitched in seven games, going 6 1/3 innings. In 2009, when he was simply attempting to make the Oakland roster, Bailey totaled 13 2/3 innings.
Starter Aaron Cook, who has been brought along slowly due to past shoulder issues, reported he threw a live BP Tuesday and...
Heralded Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish made his spring training debut Wednesday and was impressive in two innings against the Padres. The Japanese 25-year-old, acquired after the Rangers won a bidding war for his services in the offseason, allowed no runs on two hits, although Will Venable blasted a ball that the wind kept in the park for a double.
Afterward, Darvish said through his translator that, contrary to the perception of apparently everyone else in the park, the wind helped the ball and that, "I don't think he really squared it up."
Responded Venable: "Maybe his perception of reality [in the majors] isn't right yet. But otherwise, I've got no comment."
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The Celtics went to Philadelphia with a chance to take first place in the Atlantic Division. Unfortunately, they were also playing the Sixers on the second night of a back-to-back. Optimism met reality in a 103-71 loss.
They have now lost all six of their games on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, but this one was worse than all the others. The Celtics were never in the game as Philly jumped out to a 20-11 lead and poured it on in, taking a 55-33 halftime lead. The Celtics didn't make a 3-pointer, only the third time since the 2000 season and tied a season-low for points in a game, while suffering the worst loss in the Big Three era.
The loss snapped the Celtics' five game-winning streak and held the Sixers break a 2-8 skid. Paul Pierce had 16 points and four rebounds, which was easily the best performance of the night for anyone in a Boston uniform. Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia and Elton Brand added 18 on 8-for-10...
The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve from Providence on an emergency basis Wednesday and sent goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Providence.
Sauve, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, has seven goals and 10 assists in 29 AHL games this season. He is expected to join the B's for Thursday's morning skate. The Bruins could be in need of a forward with Benoit Pouliot day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs in the second period.
Hutchinson was recalled Saturday following the injury to Tuukka Rask in the team's loss to the Islanders. Hutchinson did not play a game with the B's in his stint with the team, and was no longer needed after the team signed veteran netminder Marty Turco.
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Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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