The Celtics have been preaching defensive rebounding and ball movement the last three days and both were clearly evident in their 113-96 win over the Knicks in Game 3 of their first round playoff series. "We got stops and then offensively we kept the game simple," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought it was one of our best jobs setting picks, maybe this year."
That pick setting allowed Paul Pierce (38 points) and Ray Allen (32) to light up the New York night. The two combined to make 25 of 34 shots and go 14-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon and the Celtics have a chance to record their first playoff sweep since 1992 when they swept the Pacers in three games in the first round.
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NEW YORK -- The Celtics jumped out to a 22-5 lead out of the gate and never looked back, beating the Knicks in Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series, 113-96, Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Leading the way for the Celtics, who now have a 3-0 series lead, were Paul Pierce (38 points) and Ray Allen (32). Pierce went 14-of-19 from the field, while Allen made eight of his 11 3-point attempts.
Also turning in a stellar game for the Celtics was Rajon Rondo, who set the tone with 15 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds.
The closest the Knicks would get was five points in the first half, but a third quarter which saw the Celtics out-score New York 34-19 sealed the hosts fate. The Celts also out-rebounded the Knicks, 43-33.
Amar'e Stoudemire, who was battling a bad back, wasn't a factor for the Knicks, collecting just seven points and three rebounds. Carmelo Anthony couldn't come close to his 42-point...
Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday night's game after fouling a ball off his left shin, said he was ready for pinch-hitting duty Friday and would ready to return to the lineup Saturday.
"I'll play tomorrow, for sure. No doubt," Youkilis told reporters in Anaheim. The X-rays which the first baseman took during the Sox' win Thursday night came back negative.
"I'm doing better today," Youkilis added. "Just basically if they need me at any point, I can go in there and do something. Basically it's a lot better than it was yesterday, so that's a good sign."
Youkilis said there was some initial concern after Red Sox head trainer Mike Reinold evaluated the injury.
"I've fouled balls off pretty hard before. I didn't think it was as bas as it could be," Youkilis said. "But there were a couple of spots [Reinold] hit and he wanted to be a little cautious about it. He wanted to make sure, so we got...
The Red Sox will put Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot for the first time since April 7, as the Sox take on the Angels and their righty starter Dan Haren. Ellsbury is currently hitting .186 with an on-base percentage .273.
“We had to make some changes. We don’t have a lot of good history against [Haren]," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "He’s having his way with the league right now."
Jed Lowrie remains in the lineup, playing third base in the place of Kevin Youkilis, who suffered an injury to his left shin Thursday night.
The Red Sox' lineup in the second game of their four-game set with LA in Anaheim is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks have decided that Chauncey Billups' strained right knee hasn't recovered sufficiently enough to play in Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference series against New York, ruling the point guard out for Friday night's game. Knicks' forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who has been battling a pulled muscle in his back, was in the Knicks' starting lineup.
"We were pretty sure he was not playing and we were ready either way," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It doesn’t change our gameplan honestly. We’re going to play the same regardless of who plays."
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In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Glenn and Fred open the show talking about the Patriots 27-16 victory over the hobbled Pittsburgh Steelers. They discuss what they deemed to be a lackluster performance from the Pats, but conclude a win is a win.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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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.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the MMQB's comments on Dale and Holley defending the NFL and Giants organization. They find fault with him and other NFL apologists in their rationale of making excuses for the league and the Giants as to why Josh Brown was only suspended one game.
The OMFers open the show talking about new revelations about Giants Kicker Josh Brown and his domestic violence case. They discuss the NFL's failure to uphold the standards that they had placed on themselves in policing domestic violence perpetrators.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio makes his weekly appearance on OMF to discuss the NFL and New York Giants mishandling of the Josh Brown situation.
We discuss the NFL and the Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the Pats prepare to head to Pittsburgh to take on the Stillers.
We discuss Josh Brown, domestic violence and the league that never learns from it's past mistakes, the NFL
We close out the show with the best clips of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
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Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
With Pete Davidson unavailable today, Jim Hackett brought in a special guest for today’s show. You know him as “Andy from Sales,” famous from his appearances as spokesman for New England Fat Loss. The loser of 75lbs has been a winner to date in the Entercom Boston Fantasy Football League, sporting a 6-0 record sitting in 1st Place. But Jim is concerned about the makeup of his team. At 6-0, there’s still plenty of work to do for Andy (picture here)… After Andy’s team diagnosis that includes some needed Waiver Wire adds and some trade options to seek, the show turns to Pete’s Starts & Sits article where Jim highlights some plays and values he likes for Week 7. The show closes with a little insight from Jim on the continued missteps of the NFL… Enjoy!
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