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04/29/2009 - 2:41pm
Doc: We'll let Brad Miller make a big deal of it

WALTHAM - Doc Rivers stood by his starting point guard at a brief shootaround this afternoon prior to the team's departure for Chicago and Game 6 on Thursday. Rivers reiterated that he didn't think that Rajon Rondo was trying to hurt Brad Miller when he committed a hard foul on him with 2.0 seconds remaining in overtime. "I don't think Rondo fouled to hurt him or anything like that," Rivers said. "I thought Rondo was clearly trying to go for it and then couldn't reach hiand then was just trying to grab anything he could grab. But Brad Miller clearly wants to make a big deal of that so we'll let him."


04/29/2009 - 2:41pm
Rookie Free Agent Picture Coming Into Focus For Pats

With this weekend's rookie minicamp looming, the Patriots have been extremely active in securing agreements with rookie free agents the last few days. In the last few days, they have extended camp invitations or agreed to free agent deals with Arkansas cornerback Jamar Love, UCLA punter Aaron Perez and Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, as well as Kent State wrestling star Jermail Porter. For more Patriots updates, check out our Patriots blog, "It Is What It Is."


04/29/2009 - 2:36pm
"Sore" Pierce vows to be ready for Game 6

WALTHAM - Paul Pierce admitted on Wednesday before leaving for Chicago that the grueling Game 5 on Tuesday night took a bit of a toll on him. He suffered a bruise when he was kicked in the left calf. "I'm a little sore but I'll use today to recover, get a message, rest and I'll be ready for (Thursday)," Pierce said. "It's nothing more than a light bruise on the calf muscle so some ice and stuff should be able to take care of it." The bruise clearly didn't affect his late-game performance as he drilled three jumpers in the final 90 seconds of overtime to help lift the Celtics to a 106-104 win over the Bulls, and a 3-2 series lead. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
 


04/29/2009 - 2:31pm
Doc confirms $25K fine

WALTHAM - Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday he has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for suggesting that center Kendrick Perkins has been "targeted" by officials for setting illegal screens. Rivers made the comments on Monday, one day after the Celtics lost 121-118 in double overtime to the Bulls in Chicago. The team is leaving this afternoon for Chicago following a brief film session at their Waltham training facility. Game 6 is Thursday night in Chicago, with the Celtics leading the best-of-seven series, 3-2. A win sends them into the second round to face either Orlando or Philadelphia.

 


04/29/2009 - 12:37pm
Francona: Youkilis, Drew both questionable for tonight

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, appearing in his weekly segment on the Dale & Holley show, said that both J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis are questionable for tonight's game against the Indians. During Tuesday's game, Drew (who went 1-for-5 with a double) experienced a recurrence of the tightness in his quadriceps that forced him out of Monday's game. Youkilis, meanwhile, was drilled in the back by a pitch on Monday, the second time in four games that he was hit in that spot.

If Drew is unable to go, Jonathan Van Every would start in right field. Jeff Bailey would play first in place of Youkilis.


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