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05/31/2012 - 8:10am
Ortiz won't participate in Home Run Derby

David Ortiz told WEEI.com Wednesday that he will not participate in the Home Run Derby at this year's All-Star Game if asked.

"No, man. Last year was it for me," Ortiz said. "I can be the captain if they want me again, but I won't participate. I'll just be cheering for the guys."

Ortiz has participated in the Home Run Derby five times, winning the contest in 2010. Last season the Red Sox designated hitter captained the American League group.

"You can't be 36 to do that," he said. "There's no 36-year-old who can keep up with that." When asked if 2011 was more exhausting than the previous year in Anaheim, when he won the contest with 32 total home runs, he said that was the case. When asked why, his response was, "I was younger, [in '10]."

Ortiz did emphasize that the reason he wouldn't be participating wasn't because he believed the event would alter his swing for the season's second...

05/31/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Szczerbiak says Garnett not clutch

Wally Szczerbiak, who played six-plus seasons with Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves and briefly played for the Celtics as part of his 10-year career, did not pull any punches in his criticism of the Big Ticket on Wednesday night. Despite Garnett's stellar performance this postseason -- including 18 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday night's Game 2 loss -- Szczerbiak, now a CBS Sports analyst, pointed to Garnett's late-game struggles in a series of tweets.

Wrote Szczerbiak as Garnett was missing five of his last six shots: KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene always has!

Late in the game he added: KG never takes big shot for #Celtics now he's fourth in line behind Pierce Allen and Rondo to take clutch shot. Warrior all game though!!

And following the game: KG was a warrior all game but in OT he was horrible on both ends of the floor tonight!!

Read more about that story and others, plus check out...

05/31/2012 - 1:21am
Rondo: 44 points 'irrelevant, we lost'

Rajon Rondo became the first player in the long, illustrious history of the Celtics to score at least 40 points and dish out at least 10 assists in a playoff game, but his mood and the mood of the team was tempered after a 115-111 loss to the Heat Wednesday night that put the Celtics in a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference finals. Rondo finished with 44 points, 10 assists and was just two rebounds shy of his fourth triple-double of this playoff season.

"It's kind of irrelevant," Rondo said. "We lost. It's as simple as that."

Rondo had three steals and just three turnovers, remarkable considering the point guard played all 53 minutes of the epic playoff contest. He became just the eighth player in NBA history to play all 53 minutes of a playoff game. But Rondo maintained that he was not tired in the late stages of the game.  

"I felt fine," Rondo said. "It was a mental grind for me, individually,...

05/31/2012 - 12:30am
Doc on officiating: 'It is what it is'

Doc Rivers attempted to hide his frustration with the discrepancy in the fouls Wednesday night as the Celtics fell 115-111 in overtime to the Heat at American Airlines Arena. The Celtics were whistled for 33 fouls while the Heat were called for just 18 in 53 minutes of action. 

"It is what it is," Rivers said. "LeBron James took 24 free throws tonight and our team took 29. Paul Pierce fouled out of a game where he was attacking the basket. It's just tough. We have to just keep playing. I tell our guys, 'It doesn't matter. We can't get distracted.' We will not get distracted in this series. I guarantee you, right now, they're distracted, our team in the locker room, but we have to get out of us and move on. Whatever happened, happened. We just have to move on and play the next game."

Two key plays will stand out to Celtics fans who feel they were robbed of the chance to win Game 2. Pierce was called for his sixth and final...

05/30/2012 - 11:47pm
Opportunity lost: Rondo brilliant, C's lose

Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Udonis Haslem scored the go-ahead dunk during a 9-0 run in overtime as the Heat handed the Celtics a crushing 115-111 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat, who were led by 34 points from LeBron James, lead the Celtics 2-0 as the series shifts back to Boston for Game 3 on Friday.

Rajon Rondo posted one of the greatest playoff performances in the legendary history of the Celtics and the NBA, scoring 44 points, dishing 10 assists and hauling down eight rebounds while playing all 53 minutes. Rondo was 16-of-24 from the field and kept the Celtics in the game late, as Paul Pierce and Keyon Dooling fouled out. Again, the officials were a significant point of controversy as the Celtics were whistled for 33 fouls while the Heat were called for just 18. The most blatant missed called came late in overtime with the game tied as Rondo drove the basket. Replays showed...

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