Playing without injured starters Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, the undermanned Celtics still found a way to beat the Toronto Raptors, 103-96, on Saturday night at TD Garden. Ray Allen scored a team-high 23 while Rasheed Wallace added 16 for the Celtics, who had six players in double figures. Kendrick Perkins added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Allen replaced Rondo at point guard and scored 14 points and dished out seven assists. The win snapped Boston's three-game losing skid and ended Toronto's five-game winning streak. J.R. Giddens made his first career start for the Celtics and scored two points. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
The Patriots were relatively healthy as they landed in Houston on Saturday for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Texans at 1 p.m. ET. No downgrades were reported by the team on Saturday night. Ty Warren [ankle] and Vince Wilfork [foot] were the only questionable players for the contest. Tom Brady leads a list of 10 players listed as probable. Others include CB Leigh Bodden [knee], WR Julian Edelman [forearm], DE Jarvis Green [knee], T Nick Kaczur [shoulder], RB Laurence Maroney [knee], WR Randy Moss [not injury related], CB Shawn Springs [knee], TE Benjamin Watson [knee] and WR Wes Welker [not injury related]. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers hinted Saturday night that Kevin Garnett could be out at least another 10 days with soreness in his right knee, adding that Garnett probably would miss the next five games. "At least you know it's going to be a lot longer than that, but you don't know how quickly he can come back from that," Rivers said. Entering Saturday's game, the Celtics were 2-3 in the five games without Garnett in the lineup. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
Paul Pierce spoke on Saturday night for the first time since having two surgeries to clean out a nasty infection in his right knee around Christmas and said he plans to be with the team on its upcoming road trip. Pierce, who was wearing a white circulatory wrap on his right knee, said the infection and subsequent pain came upon him quickly following the team's home win over Indiana on Dec. 22. "It was a situation I got home and I was sort of sitting back and relaxing and then sort of felt a slight pain in my knee and then over a 10-to-15-minute period, it just got worse and worse," Pierce said. "It went from just kind of hurting to sore to bad to extreme in like a 15-minute period, which was crazy. "I called [team trainer] Eddie Lacerte about 1:30 in the morning and he knows I never call him unless it's really bad. So, he came over to the house and checked it out. We went to the hospital that morning, doctor checked it out and...
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters at his team's practice Saturday that Boston has signed free-agent forward Mirolsav Satan, who is expected to be at the team's Sunday workout. The 35-year-old is expected to help a Bruins team that is 27th in the league in scoring, having scored 354 goals in his career. According to TSN, the deal is for one year and worth $700,000.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.
We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.\
The big nose tackle joins Dale and Holley the day after one of the worst losses in recent Patriots history.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
The guys opened the show discussing the coaches less than amicable conversation with Dale & Holley.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.
The guys open the show re-visiting the comments made by a couple former quarterbacks in Trent Dilfer and Steve Young. Lou, Christian and Tim also talk about Brady's comments on Dennis and Callahan regarding Danny Amendola, Logan Mankins, and the slow start to the season.
Christian's nephew twisted his ankle and missed Sunday's game because he (supposedly) slipped while rushing down the stairs to stop his puppy from peeing on the floor. Lou addresses the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from last night's game, in which a Chiefs player was flagged for dropping to his knees during a TD celebration. And Christian is dubious of some photos of LaRon Landry.
A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.
A less than chipper Bill Belichick joins Dale, Michael and Steve DeOssie the day after the Patriots got blown out on Monday Night in KC.
We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the issues the Patriots defense faced against the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in the running game.
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mut and Price talk about how the Patriots were exposed in all aspects of the game.
Mut is in for Mikey and Chris Price of WEEI.com is in with him. The guys talk about the Patriots defense, inability of the offense to stay on the field, and coaching adjustments or lack thereof.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.
Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.