Sonic Boom Lowered on Celtics

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The Celtics came out flat on the second night of a back-to-back and got routed by the Seattle SuperSonics, 113-100 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score would indicate. Shira Springer observes that the Celtics were beaten in every phase of the game by Seattle. Mark Murphy notes that even though the Celtics shot 52% from the field, they could not get stops against the Sonics, especially Ray Allen, who had the answer whenever the Celtics started a modest run. Peter May has more on the Seattle running away from Boston on a night where all the signs pointed to a Celtics victory. Scott Souza also has coverage of the Sonic rout.

Steve Bulpett has the story of former Providence College star and short time Celtic Marvin Barnes claiming that he did cocaine while seated on the Celtics bench back during the ’78-’79 season. Murphy looks at the Celtics showing concern over the Tony Allen case, where the second year player was indicted yesterday on three counts of aggravated battery to cause serious bodily harm. Celtics ownership is keeping their option open regarding Allen. Springer’s notebook has more on Allen’s case. Murphy’s notebook looks at the Celtics failure to get the ball inside to their big men.

Russ Hochstein was in the spotlight yesterday at Patriots practice as the lineman will fill in for injured center Dan Koppen for the rest of the season. Jerome Solomon has a look at Hochstein as he prepares for his new role. Alan Greenberg says that Hochstein will now get his wish of being the “director”, a role he wanted in the credit commercial he appears in with his fellow Patriots linemen. Karen Guregian has more on Hochstein. Michael Parente also looks at Hochstein putting in extra work this week to prepare for his center spotlight role on Sunday. Guregian also looks at what losing Koppen means to the entire line. Tom E Curran says that the unit will face a stern test this Sunday against a “mean” defensive line of the Saints.

Bob Ryan looks at Bill Belichick describing the Saints as the best 2-7 team of all time. John Tomase looks at how all the injuries for the Patriots leave Tom Brady with very little margin for error. Jim Donaldson notes that all the injuries are threatening Brady’s well being. Michael Felger says that the Patriots defensive backs are in the process of transforming themselves into a more physical, hard hitting unit. Eric McHugh notes that Ellis Hobbs may be small, but he can play must taller and bigger than his size would lead you to believe. Chris Kennedy looks at the Patriots filling as many gaps as they can with street free agents. Felger has Belichick remaining in the one game at a time mode in dealing with the injuries and setbacks.

Tomase looks at former Patriot Antowain Smith who gets a chance to wear his “big boy” pants in the lead role this Sunday. Christopher Price has more on all the replacement players brought in by the Patriots to fill holes. Tomase’s notebook says that Mike Cloud may see more carries on Sunday. Curran’s notebook has more on Antowain Smith as he prepares to face his former team this Sunday. Solomon’s notebook has the Patriots hoping to win two in a row for the first time this season. McHugh’s notebook says that we should probably assume the worst with many of the injuries, and looks at who is left in the secondary.

Gordon Edes & Chris Snow report on Jim Beattie getting a second look as a Red Sox GM candidate. Michael Silverman also looks at this development. David Heuschkel notes the lack of interest in the position, to the point that the club is having a hard time just finding candidates. The ProJo looks at the Red Sox struggles in finding a replacement.

NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:00. TNT has Wizards/Timberwolves at 7:00 and Rockets/Spurs at 9:30. ESPN and ESPN2 have college basketball doubleheaders.