Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday, the morning after the Celtics suffered the worst loss of the Big Three era, a 103-71 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia.
With a win, the Celtics would have regained the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Instead, they were never close in the game, which came on the second night of a back-to-back and was the third game in four nights for the Celtics. Rivers was asked if he knew heading into the game that it would be a tough ask for the Celtics to be competitive.
"It was, but you know as a coach that you are still hoping," Rivers said. "You're hoping, my thought was going into the game last night was that maybe we could get into the fourth quarter and that was the thought. You could feel it in the locker room, you can just see it on the bus, and the plane is quiet, you know that guys are tired."
Following a home game vs. Portland on...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Bailey said Thursday morning at JetBlue Park that he will throw a live batting practice Friday, with an eye on pitching in the Red Sox' home spring training game against the Marlins Monday afternoon.
The plan is for Bailey to get somewhere between 7-10 innings of game action in before the start of the regular season. The closer also surmised there could be back-to-back outings, and perhaps a stint of more than one inning.
"Ready to go," Bailey said. "I'm getting antsy."
Although his spring training last season was limited to 1 1/3 innings due to injury, the previous spring -- his first as a full-time closer -- the righty pitched in seven games, going 6 1/3 innings. In 2009, when he was simply attempting to make the Oakland roster, Bailey totaled 13 2/3 innings.
Starter Aaron Cook, who has been brought along slowly due to past shoulder issues, reported he threw a live BP Tuesday and...
Heralded Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish made his spring training debut Wednesday and was impressive in two innings against the Padres. The Japanese 25-year-old, acquired after the Rangers won a bidding war for his services in the offseason, allowed no runs on two hits, although Will Venable blasted a ball that the wind kept in the park for a double.
Afterward, Darvish said through his translator that, contrary to the perception of apparently everyone else in the park, the wind helped the ball and that, "I don't think he really squared it up."
Responded Venable: "Maybe his perception of reality [in the majors] isn't right yet. But otherwise, I've got no comment."
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The Celtics went to Philadelphia with a chance to take first place in the Atlantic Division. Unfortunately, they were also playing the Sixers on the second night of a back-to-back. Optimism met reality in a 103-71 loss.
They have now lost all six of their games on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, but this one was worse than all the others. The Celtics were never in the game as Philly jumped out to a 20-11 lead and poured it on in, taking a 55-33 halftime lead. The Celtics didn't make a 3-pointer, only the third time since the 2000 season and tied a season-low for points in a game, while suffering the worst loss in the Big Three era.
The loss snapped the Celtics' five game-winning streak and held the Sixers break a 2-8 skid. Paul Pierce had 16 points and four rebounds, which was easily the best performance of the night for anyone in a Boston uniform. Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia and Elton Brand added 18 on 8-for-10...
The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve from Providence on an emergency basis Wednesday and sent goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Providence.
Sauve, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, has seven goals and 10 assists in 29 AHL games this season. He is expected to join the B's for Thursday's morning skate. The Bruins could be in need of a forward with Benoit Pouliot day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs in the second period.
Hutchinson was recalled Saturday following the injury to Tuukka Rask in the team's loss to the Islanders. Hutchinson did not play a game with the B's in his stint with the team, and was no longer needed after the team signed veteran netminder Marty Turco.
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Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Sound from the first Pete and "Captain Kirk" show. Kim Jong-Un is has lethal chemical weapons. The Patriots would never give a receiver money like the Steelers did.
Hour 3. Alex says Pete was a better flash guy than Mut. Pete was a great diver in high school.
Hour 2. Gerry, Sheppard, and Reimer discuss if the Patriots should use the tag on Hightower. Trump grades his performance so far.
The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?
Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.
Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.More from this show
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.More from this show
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.More from this show
Hour 2. Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, won the girls' wrestling title. Headlines with Kirk.More from this show