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06/04/2012 - 12:57am
LeBron: 'I don't foul out'

Going into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James had played 795 career games in the NBA. He had fouled out in just three of those contests, all of which were in the regular season, and the last time dating back to April 2, 2008. After the Celtics won Game 4 in overtime, James expressed his displeasure with the officiating and fouling out.

“I know how to play the game of basketball,” James said. “I don't need the advantage of holding somebody or pushing somebody down.”

James particularly was upset about the off-the-ball fouls called on him. He said he didn't think he should have been called for the offensive foul Mickael Pietrus drew in overtime that made him a spectator the rest of the night.

“I don't foul out,” he continued. “If I'm going to foul out [on] that sixth foul, I wish I earned it.”

For complete coverage of Game 4 at the Garden,...

06/03/2012 - 11:43pm
Thriller: Celtics tie series with OT win

Rajon Rondo had the go-ahead shot with just over two minutes left in overtime and Mickael Pietrus played stifling defense and had a pair of key offensive rebounds in the final 90 seconds as the Celtics survived the Heat, 93-91, in a heart-stopping Game 4 Sunday night at TD Garden. Dwyane Wade missed an open look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would've won the game for Miami. 

Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists while Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who head back to Miami tied, 2-2, in the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James had 29 points before fouling out with under two minutes left in overtiime and Wade added 20 for the Heat, who couldn't complete their comeback. 

The Celtics went for the kill early in Game 4, racing out to a 21-6 lead. Paul Pierce led the way in the first quarter, hitting 2-of-3 from long range and finishing the quarter with 12 points. The Celtics made 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the...

06/03/2012 - 8:15pm
Anthony gets start for Heat over Turiaf

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made a late change to his starting lineup, moving Joel Anthony into the center spot ahead of Ronny Turiaf. That lineup has played 80 minutes together in the playoffs, outscoring its opponents by 35 points.

Anthony also has played Kevin Garnett well during the series. In Anthony's 32 minutes, Garnett is shooting 40 percent. In the 78 with Anthony on the bench, Garnett is averaging 24.5 points per 36 minutes and shooting 53 percent.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers mentioned that the Heat made a number of defensive adjustments in the fourth quarter, including trapping Rajon Rondo.

"They did so many things in the fourth quarter and more of it was because they were down," Rivers said. "From our standpoint, you have to think: Is that what they’re going to do now? You just try to prepare for change, but you never should make a change first before they make a change."

Rivers also said that he and...

06/03/2012 - 4:02pm
Bard walks, hits Jays as Red Sox lose
By: DJ Bean

Daniel Bard didn't make it out of the second inning Sunday in Toronto, surrendering five earned runs over 1 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 5-1, at Rogers Centre. 

Bard allowed just one hit, but he walked six batters and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the first inning. He walked in a run in the second and allowed another when he hit Edwin Encarnacion with the bases loaded. 

The Red Sox got their lone run of the day from Kelly Shoppach, whose solo shot in the fifth inning off Drew Hutchison was his third dinger of the season. Hutchison went seven innings for Toronto, allowing five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. 

After an off day Monday, the Red Sox will return to action Tuesday with the first of three games against the Orioles Tuesday at Fenway Park.

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


06/03/2012 - 1:12pm
Thomas: Focus off hockey, on family, faith

In a post on his Facebook page Sunday, Tim Thomas wrote about his plans for the upcoming year. On Friday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told media that Thomas had suggested to him that the goalie would be sitting out the 2012-13 season. On Saturday, Thomas posted a pair of links on his Facebook page, both links predicting world economic disaster. Thomas led into the first link by writing, "See why hockey's just not that important right now?" 

On Sunday Thomas wrote the following on his Facebook page:

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I...

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