The Celtics went through a light walkthrough on Thursday and Shaquille O'Neal was on the floor with the rest of his teammates. The plan is for the team to have heavier workouts on Friday and Saturday in preperation for Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Knicks. How Shaq responds to the practices will determine if he is able to play in the opener.
His status hasn't changed over the last few days. The Celtics are optimistic that he can play, but coach Doc Rivers said, "I can't guarantee that."
The news is a little more positive on guard Delonte West. Rivers said that he expects West to play in Game 1 and that his guard was walking easier after reinjuring his ankle against the Wizards on Monday. Neither player talked to the media before practice.
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While the Bruins prepare for Game 1 against the Canadiens Thursday, center Marc Savard remains at home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he attempts to recover from post-concussion syndrome for the second consecutive season. Savard played in just 25 games this season before a routine hit from Matt Hunwickleft him in such bad shape that the team had to shut him down for the remainder of the season and playoffs. He reportedly has experienced memory loss, among other symptoms. While the B’s are focused on the Canadiens, they haven’t forgotten about their star center.
“I’ve kept in contact with Savvy every week or so. We communicate, and things haven’t changed in his case, and it’s unfortunate for him,” Claude Julien said Thursday. “I’m sure he’s going to be sitting at home and watching these games and wishing he could be part of it because as a player that part of you will never leave.
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Buchholz is scheduled to start Friday night at Fenway against the Blue Jays, taking the spot of John Lackey, who was skipped in the rotation. Buchholz was asked if he was surprised to see Lackey skipped, even after a disappointing start to his 2011 season.
"A little bit," Buchholz admitted. "Lackey is that guy on our team that has been around a while -- him and Beckett both -- usually that's the guy you'll run out there to get out of a jam. I don't know the whole reasoning behind it."
As for the 2-9 start of the Sox, Buchholz feels a key to getting back on track is for Carl Crawford to play at the level he had for the majority of his career in Tampa Bay. The left fielder is hitting just .152 through 11 games.
"When CC starts doing what he does, and that's what everyone knows he's going to do when he gets going," said...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. The Celtics and Knicks will play Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup on Sunday night. Rivers knows that this Knicks team -- winners of seven of the last nine -- is going to be a tough out, in no small measure due to the tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
"Our help defense has to be unbelievable," said Rivers. "They can be very difficult. What makes the Knicks tougher now than before the trade, before the trade you could really focus on one guy, which was Stoudamire. Now you have to really have to pay attention to two other guys in Billups and Carmelo. And that's going to require help defense. They are really tough single-cover guys."
Since the Kendrick Perkins trade, many have questioned if the Celtics have the kind of defense that can win a championship. Rivers, however, pointed to statistics when asked...
Terry Francona is staying calm despite the Red Sox' 2-9 start, but managers of other teams that have had issues early aren't shy about letting off steam. In New York, new Mets boss Terry Collins "went ballistic" in a closed-door team meeting Wednesday night after his team lost to the Rockies to fall to 4-7. And White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had another memorable expletive-laden press conference after his team's 7-4 loss to the A's in 10 innings, in which Chicago gave up three runs each in the ninth and 10th.
Also in the news, the wife of Phillies reliever Ryan Madson wasn't shy about sharing her opinon of Philadelphia fans while at a charity event: "I hate the fans," Sarah Madson said, according to the Naked Philadelphian blog. Added Madson: "There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the offseason."
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