The Celtics fended off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Suns Wednesday night a 115-103 victory over Phoenix at TD Garden.
Kevin Garnett led the way for the Celtics with 28 points, all of which were scored in the first three quarters. He also contributed 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo also picked up a double-double, his 25th of the season, totaling 16 points and 15 assists on the night. Paul Pierce had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Ray Allen had 19 points.
The Celtics led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter, though they saw their lead shrink to as little as nine points in the fourth quarter. In winning, they picked up their sixth victory in their last seven contests.
Troy Murphy made his Celtics debut, wearing No. 30 and totaling one point and two rebounds in 13 minutes.
Suns teammates Vince Carter and Channing Frye collided in the third...
Having missed out on Corey Brewer, the Celtics are hoping to wrap up a deal with free agent swingman Sasha Pavlovic quickly, according to a source. Pavlovic played 10 games with the Mavericks and four with the Hornets this season. The 27-year-old Pavlovic saw action in 71 games with the Timberwolves last season and was a part-time starter with the Cavaliers for four seasons before that. He's 6-foot-8 and can play both the off guard and small forward positions.
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Newly signed Celtics forward/center Troy Murphy will be active for Wednesday night's game against the Suns. Prior to the game, he discussed his decision to sign with Boston.
After being bought out by the Warriors, Murphy, who began the season with New Jersey, narrowed his choices of potential suitors to the Celtics and the Heat before ultimately signing with the C's.
"I think it's the way they play," Murphy said of choosing the Celtics over the Heat. "I think watching both teams, I think I fit in better with the way Boston plays, the way they spread the floor, and I just like the way they play."
Murphy, who averaged has averaged 11.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game since entering the league in 2001, said he weighed the Celtics' chances of prolonged playoff success before making his choice.
"That was the most important factor," he said....
Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal is listed as "reserve/retired" on the NFL's internal transaction report, an indication he is going to retire. The news, which was first reported by ESPN Boston, indicates Neal's career has likely come to an end. (UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: The Patriots issued a statement saying that Neal is indeed retiring, and will speak with the media on a conference call on Thursday.) A former collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001, the 34-year-old Neal became a full-time starter in 2004 at right guard, starting 81 of a possible 86 games over the course of his professional career. Neal suffered a shoulder injury midway through the 2010 season and ended the year on injured reserve.
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The Celtics made it official and announced the signing of free agent forward Troy Murphy. The 6-foot-11 Murphy is with the team and at the Garden as they prepare for a game with the Phoenix Suns. He will wear Number 30, last worn by Rasheed Wallace. Murphy chose the Celtics over the Heat after he was placed on waivers by Golden State.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show