Paul Pierce scored a game-high 17 points while Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets, 107-92, in their preseason finale at TD Garden. The Celtics finished the preseason 7-1.
Originally expected to play just the first half, the starting five played late into the third quarter as the Celtics outscored the Nets, 36-16, to take control of the game after falling behind by as many as 14 early in the second quarter. Lawrence Frank coached the game for Doc Rivers, who is still recovering from the biopsy on his throat earlier this week. Rivers is expected to be ready to assume coaching responsibilities once the season begins.
Next up for the Celtics, their highly anticipated NBA season opener against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat next Tuesday night at TD Garden.
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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was among six players to miss practice on Friday in Southern California as they get ready to host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday that the team considers Gates day-to-day with a toe injury and is hopeful the star tight end can return to practice later in the week.
Chargers Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Practice
LB Larry English (foot)
WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)
TE Antonio Gates (toe)
K Nate Kaeding (groin)
RB Ryan Matthews (ankle)
WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring)
WR Buster Davis (ribs)
LB Brandon Siler (foot)
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FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page all missed Patriots practice on Wednesday on the upper practice fields while Kyle Arrington was limited with a groin as the team began on-field preparations for the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The team practices again on Thursday before leaving for Southern California on Friday.
Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:
Did Not Practice
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
WR Julian Edelman (concussion)
S Jarrad Page (calf)
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
WR Wes Welker (not injury related)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
S James Sanders (hamstring)
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Faced with the specter of elimination, the Yankees managed to take advantage of their opportunities, while the Rangers failed to capitalize on theirs. Though the Rangers out-hit the Yankees, 13-9, New York ended up winning the more important battle of the scoreboard, claiming a 7-2 victory to send the series back to Texas for Game 6, with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven ALCS, 3-to-2.
Though Yankees ace CC Sabathia allowed 11 hits -- and at least one in each of his six innings against the Rangers -- and labored over 112 pitches in his six frames, he managed to limit the damage. He allowed just two runs, walking none and striking out seven. The Rangers were 1-for-9 with men in scoring position, and grounded into a pair of double plays.
Meanwhile, the Yankees managed to take advantage of most of the chances afforded them by starter C.J. Wilson and the Texas pitching staff. Three of the four batters walked by Wilson...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers will not be on the bench when the Celtics play New Jersey Wednesday night in their preseason finale. Lawrence Frank will run the team in Rivers' absence. Rivers said that he will likely return Friday, although he did run a shootaround earlier Wednesday. "I can talk now, obviously," Rivers said. "They didn’t want me to scream or anything until Friday."
Rivers decided to stay in the locker room because he didn't want to be a distraction. "If I’m not going to coach, I don’t want to be out there," Rivers said. "I’d rather for Lawrence for to do it."
Rivers underwent a biopsy Sunday morning to check on a cancerous lesion. He received a clean bill of health and was only away from the team for one day.
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Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
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.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
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.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show