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05/20/2010 - 2:04pm
Lineup: McDonald leading off, Lowell at DH

 With left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Twins, and shortstop Marco Scutaro still out with an injured left elbow, the Red Sox will have Darnell McDonald in the leadoff spot. Here is the Red Sox lineup in the series finale against Minnesota: McDonald CF, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Lowell DH, Beltre 3B, Drew RF, Hall LF, Sanchez SS. Lester P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


05/20/2010 - 2:02pm
Perk takes it personally against Howard

WALTHAM — Before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, Kendrick Perkins was apprised that several media outlets were getting on Dwight Howard after he scored just 13 points in the series opener. Perkins’ eyes grew wide and then he sighed. “What happens is, y’all gas the man up and get him mad,” Perkins said to WEEI.com. “Then I come out and I got my hands full.” Perkins did have his hands full with Howard in Game 2 as the big man scored 30 points. Not that Perkins was around for most of it since he fouled out in just 15 minutes of action. “Do I take it personally? Yep, I do,” Perkins said Thursday before the team’s practice session. “I’m a defender so I do take it personally. Guy got 30 on me, but it happens to the best of us. We ended up getting a win, so...

05/20/2010 - 1:54pm
Pierce on Superman: 'We want their best'

WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce said he was happy to hear that Dwight Howard was not getting suspended for Game 3 after his flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter of Game 2 that resulted in a pair of scratch marks on Pierce's forehead above his left eye.

 

"My reaction to him not getting suspended is a good reaction because we want the team's best," Pierce said. "In order to be the best, you want to get their best. If they lose Dwight Howard, obviously they're still a good team but that's not the best team they put on the floor. We just want their best."

 

The NBA announced Wednesday that Howard would not be disciplined for the hard foul that resulted in Pierce hitting the deck hard just before halftime on Tuesday night. 

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


05/20/2010 - 1:42pm
C's issue counterfeit ticket advisory

The Celtics issued a consumer advisory Thursday asking fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. “The organization has received numerous reports of counterfeit playoff tickets being sold to consumers in the Boston area,” the team said in a press release. Fans are urged to be cautious and aware of the situation. The release went on to say that the only guaranteed authentic tickets are ones that are purchased through the team website, Ticketmaster, the Garden box office or Ticketmaster’s exchange program. Fans are also urged to call the Boston Police if they are suspicious of any fake tickets. Read more Celtics coverage on Green Street.


05/20/2010 - 12:28pm
Pierce denies 'broom' tweet

WALTHAM -- Before heading out to practice on Thursday for Game 3 of their series against the Magic, Paul Pierce denied disrespecting the Orlando Magic with a tweet following Boston's Game 2 win on Tuesday. 

 

"I think you guys [media] know more than me on that. I guess somebody said I said, 'Break out the brooms.' I'm not going to say that on the tweet," Pierce said. "I think that's pretty unprofessional. That's not something I would say like that. I'll probably talk some trash and say some things on the court I wouldn't say here [to media] but I definitely didn't say that." 

 

After a twitter post of 'Anyone got a BROOM?' from Pierce's account, the Celtics captain denied it and said his account was hacked. Game 3 is set for Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston, with the Celtics leading the Eastern Conference finals, 2-0. 

 

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