The Orlando Magic were not a happy group after getting beat 94-71 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We didn't play hard at all tonight," Jason Williams said. "The first two games we didn't play hard all 48 minutes. It seems like we waited until the second or fourth quarter to start playing hard. Why, I don't know." Williams was the on the other end of the Celtics signature hustle play when Rajon Rondo raced down court and dove on a loose ball, knocking it away from Williams and scoring. "I told [Rondo] after the game, that was the play of the playoffs for me," Kevin Garnett said. "It was just pure heart. Pure hustle. Pure I want it more than you."
The Celtics scored the first seven points of the game and used a 14-0 spurt midway through the first quarter en route to a 94-71 embarrassment of the Orlando Magic Saturday night at TD Garden to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Rajon Rondo had another spectacular game with 11 points, 12 assists, four steals, and a loose ball scramble with Jason Williams in the first half that was finished off by a stunning bank-shot that electrified the crowd. Glen Davis added a game-high 17 points off the bench while Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson each had 15 for the Magic, which had more turnovers  than field goals  in the first quarter as Boston raced out to a 27-12 lead. Boston would eventually lead by as much as 32 in the fourth quarter on consecutive 3-pointers by Rasheed Wallace.
With chants of 'Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA' ringing through the Garden over the last quarter of the game,...
Daisuke Matsuzaka starter went 7 2/3 innings without giving up a single hit before Juan Castro blooped a single over the out-stretched glove of Marco Scutaro, into left field, to break up what would have been the first no-hitter by an American League pitcher in a National League park since the advent of interleague play.
Matsuzaka managed to finished off his outing by inducing a fly out from Ross Gload, closing out his line having allowed just the one hit while walking four and striking out five. He threw 112 pitches, 73 strikes. The performance helped pace the Red Sox to a 5-0 win over the Phillies, at Philadelphia.
“Dice did a good job,” said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who has already caught four n0-hitters. “He stayed powerful through the zone. He stayed aggressive, continued to stay aggressive, and had a good mix of his pitches.”
The no-hitter was almost ended earlier...
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker reiterated his stance on Saturday that there is no set timetable for his return, but feels like his rehab is "going good so far." Speak at his football camp in Braintree, Welker told reporters his plan was to "keep working hard, keep doing the things I've been doing to get to where I am right now."
"It's a long process, but I feel like we're making a lot of strides," said Welker, who injured his left knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans and sat out the playoff loss to the Ravens. "I’m just trying to stay pain free.
“It’s gone as good as expected so far. Hopefully we stay on that track and keep on progressing every day.”
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Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the Red Sox lineup, Saturday against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, batting leadoff and playing center field. The Red Sox lineup against the Philadelphia right-hander is as follows: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Drew RF, Ortiz 1B, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Varitek C, Scutaro SS, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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The guys kick off a free form Friday by looking at the competition in the outfield and a possible peace with Pete Abe.
On this weeks Aloha Friday, Tim apologizes to our producer Tom for not knowing who Leonard Nimoy was, Christian bashes Kanye West, and Joey makes amends for mistaking camel noises for llama noises
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
On this week's Fauria Five, Christian asks what the over/under on how many times Ortiz will be fined for stepping out of the batter's box this season, will the Bruins make the playoffs, will the Patriots use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty, where does Adrian Peterson play next year, and what color was the dress that went viral yesterday
We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
Chris and Nate from Barstool Sports review the events of Fast Lane and Raw while discussing the potential card at Wrestlemania.
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