Bring On The Playoffs

The Celtics wrapped up the regular season, David Wells pitched a gem for the Red Sox, and Ron Borges is again in the crosshairs, and not from BSMW.

The Celtics once again went mostly with their kids last night, and jumped out early on the New Jersey Nets, who were playing for their playoff lives. However they couldn’t sustain it, and ended up on the short end of a 102-93 regular season ending loss. Next up, the Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, starting Saturday night at home. Shira Springer reports that Doc Rivers was quite pleased by the effort of his youngsters. Mark Murphy says that the kids made a spirited effort, but in the end they were shot down by the NJ veterans. Carolyn Thornton also reports on the efforts of the first and second year players for the Celtics. Christopher Price looks at the stiff test the Celtics will face in the first round, going up against the talented Indiana Pacers. Steve Bulpett looks at what the advantage of having home court in the first round means for the Celtics.

Michael Holley went off on the Celtics this morning, and Doc Rivers decision to play the kids and not make the full effort to knock the Nets out of the playoffs. Calling it a “lack of competitiveness” that drives him crazy, and saying if he was a fan he’d ask for his money back. I can’t tell if he’s really mad, or if he’s acting on an edict from above to be more “edgy”. (He insists it isn’t) Bill Reynolds feels that the Celtics mission for the playoffs should be to make people care about them again. Steve Buckley (Subscription only) also tackles this subject, saying that the Celtics have a chance to make a little noise and get some attention, even if they don’t raise banner 17 this year. Michael Vega looks at Vince Carter, who scored 37 last night as has been a big boost to the Nets in their charge to the playoffs. Springer’s notebook looks at a couple veterans getting the entire night off for the Celtics last night. Murphy’s notebook takes a closer look at the play of some of the youngsters. Thornton’s notebook has Rivers criticizing three of the young players for their efforts against Cleveland on Tuesday night.

David Wells was in fine form last night, throwing eight shutout innings against the Orioles, who have been mashing the ball early this season. Chris Snow says that it was vintage Wells last night. Jeff Horrigan says it’s a cosmic fit for Wells to have done well in Baltimore. Steven Krasner tells the tale of when Terry Francona visited Wells on the mound in the sixth inning. David Heuschkel and David Borges round out the game stories from Camden Yards. Bob Ryan has a good look at the effort by Boomer last night against the hot hitting Orioles, good enough that Wells even impressed himself. Michael Gee (Subscription only) says don’t let Wells’ body fool you, his arm and mind are in perfect shape.

Ryan also has a commentary piece in which he says he’s already sick of hearing about this whole fan incident from last week. It’s time to move on. Snow and Horrigan report that MLB will be taking no action against Gary Sheffield. Michael Gee has a piece on hot hitting Brian Roberts of the Orioles. Krasner’s notebook has an update on Wade Miller. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Lee Mazzilli employing a little gamesmanship against David Wells. Borges’ notebook looks at Manny returning to the lineup, also the lead of Snow’s notebook. Horrigan’s notebook has Francona sticking by the scuffling Keith Foulke.

Kevin Mannix looks at the linebackers in this years draft. From the headlines of Mannix’s columns this week, it would appear there are no prospects at any positions except wide receiver. Today: “Prospects backin’ in: Few blue-chippers in this field” Yesterday: “No great rush to get these guys” Tuesday: “Talent pool isn’t deep on the line.” and Monday: “Williams part of another solid corps”. (Receivers) Mannix today says of prospect Kevin Burnett: “needs to play more aggressively at the point of attack.” What do you think they odds are the Mannix has seen Burnett play at all? Shouldn’t he tell us where this information came from. Of course, many of the other writers do the same thing, it’s not just Mannix. Michael Felger tells us what the Patriots would be looking for in a linebacker. Michael Parente also looks at the linebackers. Jerome Solomon and Alan Greenberg look at the receiving prospects in the draft. Solomon also looks at Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards. On the offensive line, Tom E Curran says that the Patriots aren’t going to spend an early pick on this position. Eric McHugh writes that time is the only way to make a proper judgement on a draft. Michael O’Connor looks at Boston College NFL hopefuls.

As mentioned on Dale & Holley yesterday, the lads at Cold, Hard Football Facts took Ron Borges to the woodshed once more yesterday, showing Borges to be wrong regarding a recent column on Patriot Fullback Patrick Pass’ new deal. They also have Borges’ reaction to the column as well. Borges made his weekly appearance on the Eddie Andelman show yesterday and was his usual entertaining self. Overheard on the WWZN stream:

Eddie Andelman: Well there would be a revolution if they didn