Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo admitted he wasn't completely back to his old form but said he felt good being back on the court for the first time since suffering a strained left hamstring. Rondo played 35 minutes in Boston's 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at TD Garden.
"I was rusty," Rondo said. "Guys made shots in the first quarter. We got some easy looks from my teammates. My timing was a little off for me. But I feel fine."
But as for his eight assists in the first quarter and 14 for the game, Rondo said he felt like he was seeing the court very well.
"I was in the zone passing the ball," said Rondo, who added the extended minutes took its toll afterward. "Tired. I hadn't played in a week. Playing 35 minutes, I was trying to sit the fourth [quarter]."
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Speaking at his daily press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated that while he believes his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, should be considered tops among NFL coaches, it won't stop New York from believing it will come out on top when the Jets face off with the Pats a week from Monday.
"I pride myself on being a good football coach," said Ryan, who is 2-1 against Belichick. "With the guys that I have around us, I feel confident. But I'm still not in Bill Belichick's class, and I know that. But I know one thing: He's going to get my best shot."
Friday, Ryan -- who sarcastically said regarding the Patriots after his team's win over the Bengals Thursday night, "Clearly, they're the best team in football. That's what all the experts say -- except me" -- went on to relay the Jets' confidence heading into the showdown, which will decide who will reside atop the AFC...
Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 26 points while Rajon Rondo returned to the starting lineup from a strained left hamstring to dish out 14 assists as the Celtics held off the Toronto Raptors, 110-101, Friday night at TD Garden.
Rondo played 35 minutes in his first game back since injuring his hamstring last Friday night against Oklahoma City. The point guard thrilled the sellout crowd with several great passes, including alley-oops to Shaquille O'Neal and Garnett. He missed three games and the Celtics were 2-1 in his absence.
The Celtics built big leads twice, up by 14 in the second quarter and 22 in the third quarter, only to have the Raptors charge back, thanks to the sharpshooting of Jose Calderon and Peja Stojakovic, who were a combined 5-of-6 from long range. Toronto drew to within six, 99-93, with just over five minutes left, scoring 26 points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. ...
BOSTON - Doc Rivers met with the media before Friday's Celtics-Raptors contest and was asked about the potential availability of Rajon Rondo, who has missed the club's last three games with a sore left hamstring. Rivers cautioned that he could "change his mind," but believed the NBA's assist leader will be in the lineup. As it turns out, Rondo was in the starting lineup, along with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett.
"He's passed every test," said Rivers of Rondo, who participated in Friday's shootaround. "The only thing I gave Eddie [Lacerte] and Rondo is that he had to be 100 percent and he is. I told him most likely, but I haven't made up my mind yet. But he'll probably play."
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Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins' penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B'sat TD Garden on Friday.
The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league's top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals.
The B's outshot Carolina, 37-20, though Ward was able to stop every shot he saw, robbing the likes of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin. The loss dropped the Bruins' record to 12-7-2, while Tim Thomas saw his record fall to 11-2-1. The Bruins are now 4-5-2 in home games, including the season-opener in Prague.
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Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Stephen A. confronted Kevin Durant on ESPN yesterday.
Another blown call in Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.
The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.
Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.
Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games
Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Sausage's pudding story, Don Orsillo and Curtis just shows up for some reason.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.
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