A pair of ugly losses for the locals last night, one obviously more crushing than the other. There are NFL draft leftovers, and some Comcast HD talk today.
The Indiana Pacers came out of the gate on fire, knocking down threes from everywhere. The Celtics hung tough, and eventually took the lead. In the third quarter, the Celtics seemed to take control, and seemingly had the game in hand as the last five minutes approached. Then in a stunning turn of the events, they coughed up the game, unable to execute down the stretch. On the other hand, Shira Springer looks at the Pacers making the plays when they needed to. Steve Bulpett says this was not the same Celtics team we saw in game one. Carolyn Thornton looks at the Pacers turning the tables on the Celtics. Lenny Megliola and Jeff Goldberg also chip with stories on the game, with Goldberg looking at the play of the wily Reggie Miller, who says the Boston crowd was “child’s play” compared to New York and Philly. Christopher Price says timing is everything, and the Celtics didn’t have it last night. Jackie MacMullan writes that after game one, you knew the Pacers would come to play in this one, and suddenly the Celtics are in trouble. Howard Bryant (subscription only) and Bill Reynolds each look at Miller, who got worked up thanks to the crowd and the taunting of young Celtics like Tony Allen. Michael Vega looks at Miller’s role in slowing down the tempo of the game to the Pacers’ liking. Mark Murphy looks at a bruised Ricky Davis after a night of chasing Miller through borderline illegal screens.
Peter May looks at the man who “summarily destroyed” the hopes and dreams of the Pacers this season…not Ron Artest, but David Stern. Um, Peter, Artest and the Pacers made their own bed this season. Don’t blame the commissioner. Murphy also has a look at Stern holding his ground when it comes to the Pacers. Vega looks at Jermaine O’Neal playing through obvious pain last night. Fluto Shinzawa looks at Pacers point guard Anthony Johnson, one the crew who spearheaded the comeback in the final minutes for Indiana. Michael O’Connor has Paul Pierce saying that the Celtics just need to clean a few things up to rebound in the series. May also has a look at rough nights for Raef and Ricky. In the notebooks, Springer’s notebook looks at Danny Ainge keeping a low profile recently. Bulpett’s notebook looks at the quiet night for Raef LaFrentz and also has the Larry Bird/Antoine Walker mutual admiration society. Thornton’s notebook looks at rookie Al Jefferson’s decline in minutes last night, the young forward did not even play in the second half. Tim Weisberg also files a game recap and notebook from last night.
After shutting out the Orioles in a pair of games last week in Baltimore, the Red Sox gave up eight runs to the birds last night. David Wells struggled and left the game after 3 2/3 innings with a sprained foot, having given up six runs. Chris Snow looks at a rough night all around for the Sox. Michael Silverman has more on the loss. Kevin McNamara says that the night added injury to insult for the Sox. Tom Yantz says that Wells fell well short of being the first Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens to throw three straight shutouts. Garry Brown and Andy Vogt wrap up the game summaries. Alex Speier and Joe Haggerty have more on the game, but focus on the injury to Wells. Tony Massarotti looks at the continued rough start to David Wells’ Red Sox career.
Jon Couture looks at the Orioles “O” finally waking up against the Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan looks at Red Sox short timer Bruce Chen shutting down his former team last night. Paul Harber also looks at Chen. Paul Kenyon looks at Kevin Millar giving Manny a break in the outfield. Brown also has an article on Millar going to left field for the evening. Johnny Damon was on base five times last night. Steve Conroy looks at the Red Sox centerfielder. Wells wasn’t the only Red Sox pitcher to leave the game with a foot injury. Matt Mantei suffered a sprained ankle in the seventh inning. Conroy also has an update on pitcher Wade Miller, who will be starting for Pawtucket. Snow’s notebook has word of a small fine for Terry Francona for his criticism of umpire Greg Gibson. Silverman’s notebook looks at Millar, Ramirez and Ortiz switching positions last night. The Projo notebook has more on Miller. Yantz’ notebook looks at Jason Varitek, who provided one of the few highlights for the Red Sox. Brown’s notebook looks at a slow recovery from the flu for Bill Mueller.
Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Buckley (subscription only) remember former Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson, who died at the age of 70 over the weekend. Dupont talks to Frank Malzone and Johnny Pesky about Wilson, who pitched a no-hitter at Fenway in 1962. Buckley’s article focuses more on Wilson’s role in fighting racism in Boston, as he was the second African-American to suit up for the Red Sox, but receive little support from the organization, which traded him in 1966 a few weeks after he spoke out about not being served at a bar during spring training because of his race.
Jerome Solomon and Michael Felger report on the Patriots hosting free agent linebacker Chad Brown at Gillette. Solomon’s piece also has word that cornerback Aaron Glenn of the Texans has the Patriots on the short list of teams he’d like to be traded to. (Although it appears he could be heading to the Cowboys.) Michael Parente says that the Patriots filled needs with their draft picks. Eric McHugh wonders if linebacker Ryan Claridge could be the Patriots latest second day draft find. Bill Burt and Lenny Megliola look at first round pick Logan Mankins, while Felger looks at both offensive linemen picked by the Patriots. Hector Longo takes an overall look at the draft and future of the Patriots. Mike Reiss’ blog entry from yesterday fills in a few tidbits leftover from the draft. Zach Lowe has look at Bill Belichick’s appearance at a March of Dime fundraiser in Connecticut. A couple amusing anecdotes in that account.
Bill Griffith looks at the new DVD Three Games to Glory III, which according to Griffith, takes things to a new level.
Word is that you should have TNT-HD on Comcast channel 833 today. Comcast, high priced as it may be, deserves some credit for its continued rollouts of the HD tier in time for sports fans to enjoy the High Definition experience. They added UPN38-HD in time for the Red Sox opener, and we should now have TNT-HD to enjoy the NBA playoffs on. One note of complaint however, in nights like last night when both the Red Sox and Celtics are playing in games that are available on HD, it seems you only get one…whichever game they deem more important. It’d be nice if they could use 881 along with 882 to show both games. I understand bandwidth and contractual obligations may play a role, but I’d like to be able to see both my teams in HD at the same time. Now that TNT is going to be available, perhaps that might solve the issue for the remainder of the playoffs anyhow. However, Comcast does lose points for yanking NBATV. (As mentioned by Ryen Russillo and Anthony Pepe yesterday on WWZN) I think they did it to fit in bandwidth for TNT-HD, but for subscribers to lose something they paid extra for doesn’t seem quite right.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TNT has Nets/Heat at 8:00 and Kings/Sonics at 10:30.
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