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02/07/2010 - 6:06pm
Super meltdown: C's blow it to Magic

The Celtics were outscored 36-11 in the third quarter and blew an 11-point halftime lead in a 96-89 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday at TD Garden. After taking a 51-40 halftime lead, the Celtics allowed the Magic to shoot 71 percent from the field in the third while shooting just 29 percent. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 17 points and nine assists while Paul Pierce returned from a strained left foot and scored 13 points in 30 minutes. Marquis Daniels played his first game since Dec. 4 and had eight points in 12 minutes.

 

The Celtics (32-17) fell a game behind the Magic (34-17) for second place in the Eastern Conference. Vince Carter had 20 points to lead the Magic, who won the season series, 3-1. The Celtics play in New Orleans on Wednesday night in their final game before the All-Star break. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog. 

 


02/07/2010 - 4:38pm
Ference returns, Boychuk out

Bruins defenseman Andrew  Ference is back in the lineup for today’s contest against Montreal for the first time since suffering  a groin injury at Ottawa on January 5. That’s the good news. The bad news is that fellow blueliner Johnny Boychuk will be out though the Olympic break with a fractured orbital bone. He will not need surgery. Boychuk was hit in the side of the face by the puck during the first period in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver.  


02/07/2010 - 2:43pm
Super returns: Pierce, Daniels to play

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Sunday's game that Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels will play against the Magic. Pierce missed the last two games with a left mid-foot strain while Daniels has been out since having surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


02/06/2010 - 6:38pm
Rice leads Football HOF Class of '10

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle John Randle, Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm and New Orleans Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson — as well as Senior Committee inductees Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little — were selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. For more updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


02/06/2010 - 5:36pm
Pierce expects to play vs Magic

WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce (left foot sprain) practiced on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Magic. Doc Rivers said it will be a game day decision based on the fact that Pierce looked hesitant on live plays, but Pierce says he is ready to go. He categorized his recovery as "not quite one-hundred percent but it's good enough for me to play."

"I think it's my decision," he said after practice. "He asked me if I could play tomorrow and I told him yeah. I got out there and did some of the drills we had going on today."

Marquis Daniels (thumb) also hopes to return against the Magic. Rivers said he is "50-50" on both players, and noted that Daniels did not get as many hits in at practice as he would have liked. Daniels, however, tweeted Sunday will be his first game back.

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