Playing without the injured trio of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus, Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley picked up the slack and led the Celtics to a 102-98 win over the Magic Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics had to withstand a late Magic charge to clinch their fifth consecutive Atlantic Division crown, assuring them of no worse than a No. 4 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs. One night after a season high 43 points in New York, Pierce finished with 29 points and a career-high 14 assists. Bradley had 23 and Bass added 21 for the Celtics.
Former Celtics power forward Glen Davis stole the ball and dunked the ball with 31.6 seconds remaining to pull the Magic within two, 98-96, only to have Pierce rattle home the clinching shot as the shot clock expired with 7.6 seconds left. Pierce hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to ice it.
Starting Sasha Pavlovic for the fifth time this year, the Celtics were...
A brilliant start by Josh Beckett was spoiled by an even better one from Rangers counterpart Derek Holland and another huge night for slugger Mike Napoli, as Texas completed a two-game sweep in Boston with a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Sox have now lost three straight.
Beckett logged seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out a season-high seven. He featured a swing-and-miss cutter as well as his best fastball of the season, a pitch that ran from 91-94 mph. However, a familiar nemesis saddled Beckett with the loss. Up 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Beckett allowed a leadoff single to David Murphy and then left a 2-0 fastball up and in to Napoli. As he has done so many times in his career, the Rangers catcher turned on the pitch and crushed it, lining a ball into the back row of the Monster Seats to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Beckett settled and retired the next 12 hitters he...
The Celtics almost had a deal for Memphis guard O.J. Mayo at the trade deadline that would have sent Ray Allen to the Grizzlies, Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday. The deal was so close that told Allen he was traded, and then had to tell him he wasn't after it fell through.
"If you lose Ray, that’s a scary moment," Doc Rivers said before the Celtics played the Magic. "I wouldn’t want to see Ray, Paul [Pierce] or Kevin [Garnett] ever move. That’s just how you are. Even if you got the best deal in the world you’d still be losing guys you have an attachment with. It would be scary for me."
Rivers said he didn't have to smooth over any hard feelings.
"Our guys are great," he said. "That’s the point. Afterward our guys were good and you just move forward. That’s what I love about this team."
Allen is out of the lineup again with a sore ankle and wasn...
The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus Wednesday as they battle the Magic in a key Eastern Conference showdown.
Rondo fell on his back Tuesday in New York and had a heavy wrap on his right wrist and was given the night off Doc Rivers. Ray Allen missed his sixth straight game with a sore left ankle while Mickael Pietrus missed his second straight game with right knee soreness.
"Just a bruised back for Rondo," Rivers announced before the game. But he acknowledged that Allen's ankle is "troublesome" and has no idea when he might be full strength again.
The Celtics entered the game with a 36-26 record, and have all but assured no worse than a No. 4 seed in the East as the Atlantic Division leaders. However, they could still not have home court advantage if Atlanta (36-25) or the Magic (36-25) have a better record.
Rivers also indicated that if Wednesday marked the...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has Kevin Youkilis batting sixth in Wednesday's lineup against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, the lowest that Youkilis has hit that low in the order in almost four years. Since hitting sixth on July 22, 2008, Youkilis has hit in the third through fifth spots in every game he's started.
However, one night after Youkilis went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts to drop his average to .176 with a .443 OPS, Valentine suggested that the 33-year-old might benefit from "just a little breather" by hitting lower in the order.
"Maybe just a little something different for him, you know, gets that one pitch," said Valentine. "We’ve all been there. A bloop away."
Valentine did praise Youkilis for the effort he's putting into returning to form, though he deferred to hitting coach Dave Magadan on Youkilis on the specifics of his work, noting that his experience with the three-time All-Star is...
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.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
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.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
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.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
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