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03/11/2012 - 5:12pm
Celtics drop thriller in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Celtics started this eight-game road trip with an absolute thriller against their most famous rival,  but the Lakers walked out with a 97-94 victory on Sunday at Staples Center.

Ray Allen hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and it was the second that gave the Celtics a 94-89 lead with 2:41 left. The Lakers rallied with back-to-back baskets from Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum to trim the lead to 94-93 with 1:16 left. That five-point Boston lead was the biggest held by either team over the final 12 minutes. 

Following an Allen miss, it was Bryant drilling a 14-foot fadeaway jumper to give the Lakers the 95-94 lead with 41 seconds left. Brandon Bass then missed a jumper and Bynum answered with a jump hook with 15 seconds left that gave the Lakers the three-point lead that proved to be the final.

All five Celtics starters reached double figures, with Rajon Rondo leading the way with 24 points and 10 assists...

03/11/2012 - 2:48pm
Lester, Cook sharp as Sox beat Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jon Lester increased his workload to four innings of work in which he allowed one run on one hit while walking four and striking out two, and Aaron Cook looked good in two innings of work during his Red Sox debut as the Sox beat the Orioles, 5-1.

Lester struggled with his command early, walking three batters in the first two innings, but then settled down to retire seven of the last eight batters he faced. In that stretch, he had two strikeouts and recorded six outs via groundball (one a double play ball after a walk).

While Lester was making his third start of the spring, Cook -- signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal in January -- tossed two scoreless innings in which he walked a pair of batters, struck out one and got four groundballs, the latter number suggesting that his trademark sinker was working effectively at 88-90 mph. Cook said that he also mixed in four curveballs.

The Sox also got scorelss relief...

03/11/2012 - 2:28pm
Rivers: 'Obviously we're looking' for a big

LOS ANGELES -- While the Celtics await word on heart tests involving Chris Wilcox, their frontline depth has been diminished considerably. Center Jermaine O'Neal has been out since before the All-Star break with a wrist injury and Rivers has said they're prepared to play without him.

That leaves a huge hole in the middle with Greg Stiemsma and JaJuan Johnson are now the principle backups behind Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that while they need another big man, it doesn't change the team's approach with the March 15 trade deadline approaching.

"You don’t want to do anything silly," Rivers said. "We’re building for this year and the future so we’re not going to do anything that’s going to hurt either one of those. Obviously we’re looking to grab a big from somewhere, hopefully not by giving away a player, by doing it another route."

Even if Wilcox is able to...

03/11/2012 - 2:13pm
Wilcox out indefinitely for cardiac tests

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers isn't sure when Chris Wilcox will be back with the team, or if he'll ever be back with them as he undergoes more tests for a heart-related condition. The coach said before the Celtics took on the Lakers on Sunday that Wilcox has been tested periodically for heart-related issues throughout the last four or five years.

"He never had a condition but I think we all have different things that you’re a candidate for," Rivers said." And I think he was maybe in that, but it was never a condition that was risky or anything like that. Unfortunately now it may be."

Rivers also referenced forward Jeff Green who is out for the season after a preseason physical found a heart aneurysm. Green had surgery in January and is expected to return to the court next season.

"It’s not a great place. It’s scary. It really is," Rivers said. "The chances of having one of these in a year...

03/11/2012 - 2:01pm
B's suffer more injuries in latest loss
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins suffered a 5-2 loss that saw Tim Thomas get yanked after a period, but it was the other players who left the game that should have the already injury-riddled B's concerned. 

Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period after hurting himself trying to hit Penguins forward James Neil, but he wasn't the only Bruin to suffer an injury. Patrice Bergeron was hurt blocking a shot in the second period. After leaving the bench and going to the room, he came back for a shift but left the game again. Bergeron took one more shift in the third period, but ended up leaving the game for the third time and did not return. Max Sauve, making his NHL debut in place of the injured Benoit Pouliot, was also injured in the second period, meaning the B's played with only 10 healthy forwards. 

To make matters even worse, defenseman Johnny Boychuk was the victim of a hit from Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin that could be looked at by the league....

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