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01/13/2011 - 4:37pm
KG practices: Doc says he's 'pretty close'

WALTHAM --  In a sign that he is close to returning to game action, Kevin Garnett took part in contact practice with the Celtics on Thursday for the first time since straining his right calf against Detroit on Dec. 29. Coach Doc Rivers said that Garnett participated in a little more than half the practice, going through plays and running up and down the court but ruled him out of Friday's home game against Charlotte. 

 

"He went through half the practice or more than that, actually," Rivers said. "He looked pretty good. He's not playing [Friday] but he looked pretty good. Besides just his wind, I thought his movement was very good. I want to see him another practice but he's getting close."

 

Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte and team doctor Brian McKeon checked out Garnett and cleared him to participate in all of the contact drills and plays in practice. 

 

"That was...

01/13/2011 - 2:53pm
J. O'Neal on D&H: Surgery in future

Celtics big man Jermaine O'Neal checked in with the Dale & Holley show Thursday as part of the show's Celtic of the Week interview series.

 

O'Neal has been struggling with his surgically repaired left knee the entire season, and he's been limited to 17 games. "For the most part, it's been a frustrating first part of the year," he acknowledged. "I do understand where I'm at. I understand what we're dealing with. We actually had a little evaluation this morning about something that may or may not be done to kind of just put a couple of scenarios behind me."

 

O'Neal said another meeting was scheduled for Thursday afternoon with doctors and Danny Ainge, so they can make a decision on the treatment plan. O'Neal indicated surgery definitely is in his future, but he's hoping it can wait until after the season.

 

"[Surgery] was definitely something that we talked about the first time...

01/13/2011 - 2:19pm
Rondo, Garnett passed in All-Star voting

Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have been passed by Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire, respectively, in the latest round of All-Star voting numbers released by the league. Rondo and Garnett have had slim leads over their conuterparts since the returns started coming in, but Rose and Stoudemire have been making steady gains each week.

 

The Eastern Conference starters right now are: Dwyane Wade and Rose at guards, LeBron James and Stoudemire as forwards and Dwight Howard at center. The West lines up with: Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant at guard, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony at forward and Yao Ming, who is injured, at center. Final results will be announced in two weeks.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics


01/13/2011 - 2:02pm
Dilfer: Brady will 'unleash hell' on Jets

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer spoke to the media on a conference call Thursday and offered his thoughts on how Tom Brady will handle criticism from the Jets this week.

 

”I think he’s going to unleash hell on them,” Dilfer responded. ”I do. Early in the week, I felt like the Jets had a chance in this game. I looked for every reason why this thing could be an epic battle. That the Jets could redeem themselves from the 45-3 [game last month]. Then I started to look at more film, and realized the Patriots are just smarter than everyone else.

 

”And then I look at how they’re handling [the trash talk], and yeah, I do think it festers in a good way. They have the ability to use all this stuff, and hold it inside, and use it to their advantage come game time. I don’t see how this strategy works against the Patriots that the Jets are using. I can see it working against somebody else...

01/13/2011 - 1:41pm
MacMullan on D&H: Jets exploit emotions

Veteran sports writer Jackie MacMullan made her weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about the news of the day. MacMullan opened by discussing the inflammatory comments from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie toward Tom Brady and questioned how a player with his checkered past could be so willing to question another man's class.

 

MacMullan said it's curious that Cormartie feels so comfortable opening his mouth, "especially when you're like this deadbeat dad that has the worst reputation in the league — you have to get an advance from your team to pay off your child support. It's not like we're talking about a paragon of virtue there. It's very interesting, isn't it?"

 

MacMullan also questioned Cromartie's play in the Jets defensive backfield. "He hasn't had a great year either, I don't think," she said. "I know on reputation he's been a shutdown corner, but not...

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