Wrong Kind of Fight

A rough night for the Celtics in Indy. Wade Miller appears almost ready for a spot in the Red Sox rotation, Logan Mankins meets the press, and a number of other items make up today’s links.

In another note, I’m taking my first week-long vacation in nearly 15 years next week. I will have limited Internet access if any at all. I will not be posting the daily links, Bryan (One of the weekend guys) will try to post a few updates during the week, but it likely won’t be at the regular morning times. I plan on spending some of the time brainstorming for the future of BSMW. We will have a three day mini-fund-drive sometime in May.

Thanks for all who wrote in about the Belichick article earlier this week. My mailbox was overwhelmed with the encouraging letters. I’ve tried to respond to as many as I can, but I’m sure I missed a few.

The Celtics were thumped in Indianapolis last night 99-76, falling behind in the best of seven series 2-1. If you’re a Celtics fan, you can only hope that last night will serve as a wake up call similar to the on the Pacers got in game one. “Frustrating” seems to be the word to describe the night, as described by Shira Springer in her game story. Steve Bulpett says the Celtics showed the wrong kind of fight last night, and not enough of the right kind. Jason L Young chips in a game story for the ProJo. Jackie MacMullan focuses most of her column today on the incident involving Antoine Walker and Jermaine O’Neil, which the Celtics hope will not lead to a suspension for Walker. The perception is that the Celtics were going after O’Neal’s injured shoulder last night, Mark Murphy has the Pacers center accepting that as part of the game. Hank Lowenkron has O’Neil saying the shoulder is getting better. Howard Bryant (subscription only) writes that the Celtics have made this series a whole lot harder for themselves.

MacMullan also writes a piece on Mark Blount, who has been the center of Celtics fans frustration, after signing a big contract last summer. Michael Vega looks at Doc Rivers, frustrated over his team’s lack of fire. Murphy’s Pacers notebook looks at another huge night for Reggie Miller. Young’s notebook has the Celtics looking for leadership from a variety of sources. Springer’s notebook reports that the Celtics are hopeful that Walker will be able to play game four tomorrow night. Bulpett’s notebook has a few interesting items, after looking at the Celtics quest for leadership, he reports on video of Rivers as a player getting Miller in a chokehold, and has Rick Carlisle saying that working the officials through the media as Rivers is doing doesn’t work.

Wade Miller made his second-to-last planned rehab start as he continues to get ready to jump into the Red Sox rotation. Chris Snow says Miller felt great, and wouldn’t mind skipping the last rehab start and go directly to the Majors. Isn’t going to happen. Rich Thompson and Jon Baker also have reports on Miller’s start, which has to be encouraging to the team, 5 innings, 5 hits 2 walks, 3 K’s and no runs. John Tomase examines how the Red Sox rotation has gone from crowded to empty. David Heuschkel also looks at this issue and a number of other topics. Garry Brown says that Tim Wakefield will have to step into the role of Sox ace. Jeff Horrigan previews this weekend’s series against the Rangers, the first non-AL East opponent of the season for the Red Sox.

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes what appears to be an answer to Tony Massarotti’s assertion yesterday that the Red Sox cheaped out in now re-signing Pedro. He says the team never had a chance of keeping him. Jim Donaldson writes a defense of fat guys. No, not the Big Show personalities, but several portly baseball players over the years who have done pretty good. Maybe Michael Gee (subscription only) was listening to WEEI yesterday, as he writes about a topic that was big on the station…Curt Schilling and his willingness to talk on any subject, and whether people like him or hate him for this. He’s talking in this instance about the Tampa Bay incident and public sparring with Lou Piniella. Snow’s notebook looks at the Red Sox calling up reliever Tim Bausher from Pawtucket.

First round pick Logan Mankins met the media yesterday. Jerome Solomon reports that Mankins needed to make a trip to Men’s Warehouse before meeting with the press. Michael Felger says that Mankins is not your typical rookie. Alan Greenberg has a pretty extensive piece on the real-life cowboy. Chris Kennedy says that Mankins hopes to make himself a good fit with the Patriots. Michael Parente has Mankins saying he doesn’t care where he plays, he’s just going to go hard. Patriots.com has the transcript of the session. Mike Reiss reports that Doug Flutie recently worked out for Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants.

The emails have been coming in…WHERE ARE ALL THE REVOLUTION LINKS. Ok. Are you sure you want this? I got a similar cry for Boston College Basketball links, and as I started posting them, the team went downhill…you’re sure? Frank Dell’Apa has a look at Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey, who has been the target of the opposition’s rough tactics this season. Gus Martins reports on Taylor Twellman getting his 50th regular season goal in his MLS career on Wednesday night.

John Ruiz may be the quiet man, but his trainer is anything but. Ron Borges has a look at Norman Stone.

John Connolly has Bruins coach Mike Sullivan hopeful that there will be NHL hockey next winter.

Jim Baker talks with Bob Cousy about the Celtics, looks at the NBA Playoffs on TNT, and has a few other short takes. Scott’s Shots has a new look, and today he takes a look at Joe Sullivan’s one year anniversary as sports editor, who it was that Antoine was sniping at in the media session after the game, and Everquest. If you missed John Molori’s Media Blitz earlier this week, he takes a look at the draft coverage, and also has a new look to the page.

UPN-38 has Red Sox/Rangers at 8:00. ESPN has Pistons/Sixers at 8:00 and Sonics/Kings at 10:30. ESPN2 has Grizzlies/Suns at 9:00.

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