Considering the five-game losing streak and seven losses in eight games before the NBA All-Star break, there hasn't been too much to celebrate around the Celtics locker room, but the return of bigs Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox are welcome additions to the team's depleted frontcourt.
After a six-game absence due to a knee injury, Bass started alongside Kevin Garnett against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night in place of the injured Jermaine O'Neal (knee). Meanwhile, Wilcox has battled shoulder, calf and groin injuries -- the last of which kept him out of a loss to the Thunder last week.
The Celtics (15-17) lead the Cavs (13-18) by 1.5 games for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
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Bruins forward Mike Mottau called Monday's trade to the B's "a dream come true."
The Avon, Mass., native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.
"Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate," Mottau said after Tuesday's morning skate.
Mottau followed last year's playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He's friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team.
"Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nearly 24 hours after learning of the decision by Jason Varitek to retire rather than return under a minor league invite to Red Sox camp, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Tuesday recalled one of Varitek's epic moments that endeared him to Red Sox fans forever. In praising Varitek, Valentine recalled the catcher's fight with New York's Alex Rodriguez on July 24, 2004, when Rodriguez shouted out toward Bronson Arroyo and Varitek popped out in front of the plate. Rodriguez got in Varitek's face after the Red Sox catcher had words with the third baseman and a fight ensued.
"From afar, he was everything that you want in a guy that wore a 'C' to be," Valentine began. "He was a man's man. He was a big hitter when needed. He was a leader of a pitching staff. He was able to beat up Alex. All that stuff was good stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be."
With the Red Sox struggling to stay in the...
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that he expects additions Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to be in the lineup when the B's take on the Senators Tuesday night. Greg Zanon just arrived in Boston and did not take part in the morning skate and will not play Tuesday.
Julien added that forward Shawn Thornton, who has been sick recently, is expected to be in the lineup. Thornton was present for Tuesday's morning skate.
Rolston, who was acquired with Mottau from the Islanders Monday, centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron in the morning skate.
Julien said he was "really happy with the moves, which provide the B's with depth for the stretch run.
"Depth doesn't mean they don't belong in our lineup," Julien said, "it means we have a lot more options now."
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Dustin Pedroia was a guest of Dennis & Callahan at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Tuesday morning. The second baseman was asked for his thoughts on Josh Beckett's comments to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford regarding "snitches" in the Red Sox clubhouse last September.
Beckett told Bradford "somebody made stuff up, just like somebody made up that we were doing stuff … This is stupid. I don't understand what the big deal is. Somebody was trying to save their own ass, and it probably cost a lot of people their asses. The snitching [expletive], that's [expletive]. It's not good."
"I've thought about this and talked about it before," Pedroia told Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday. "What Josh said, I'm 100 percent with him. Whatever goes on in our clubhouse, that stays in there. It's...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
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.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
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HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 1. Gerry tells Kirk that the trip to the White House may not happen for them. Mut takes his shirt off to prove how well the gym has worked. The guys read an old email from Dino.More from this show
Hour 2. Headlines with Kirk. Kirk and Gerry give Mut a hard time for his workout notebook.More from this show