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05/22/2010 - 11:17pm
Magic's lament: We didn't play hard tonight

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."


05/22/2010 - 10:07pm
Too easy: Celtics crush Magic for 3-0 lead

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 [6] than field goals [4] 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,...

05/22/2010 - 9:20pm
Daisuke loses no-hitter, Sox still win

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...

05/22/2010 - 4:44pm
Welker: Rehab 'going good so far'

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.”

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


05/22/2010 - 3:21pm
Lineup: Ellsbury leading off, Ortiz at first

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.


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