The Celtics showed some heart and grit last night in Phoenix, but were too undermanned to pull off the upset as they fell to the Suns, 103-94. Delonte West went for a career high 30 points in the loss, but perhaps the most interesting development for the Celtics and their fans was seeing rookie Gerald Green on the court for 23 minutes. The High School product scored 13 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, and while he did miss a few defensive assignments, he didn’t hurt the team too badly on that end of the court. Steve Bulpett has a look at the Celtics getting an “A” effort from the kids. While the kids were impressive, Shira Springer notes that the night belonged to Shawn Marion, who put in a career high 44 points for the Suns. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic also has a report on the game.
FSN’s play-by-play man Mike Gorman took a few minutes to answer some questions on the FSN website. Bulpett reports on Paul Pierce getting invited to try out for the US Men’s Basketball team this summer. Springer’s notebook has more on the invitation for Pierce. Bulpett’s notebook examines whether Danny Ainge might have anything cooking for this afternoon’s trading deadline.
Chris Snow has a look at Terry Francona, who is determined to manage his health better this season and not be worn down at the end of the year as he was last season. Jeff Horrigan says Mike Lowell is looking to bounce back after a humbling season in Florida last year. Steven Krasner says that the Red Sox are going to take things slow with Cla Meredith, after rushing him to the big leagues last season. David Borges has a piece on first baseman J.T. Snow, who plans to wear number 84 this season to honor his late father.
David Heuschkel looks at Mark Loretta and Snow, who are both making the transition from the West coast to the East. Michael Felger has more on Loretta. Dom Amore looks at Johnny Damon settling in at Yankees camp. Former Herald columnist Howard Bryant reports on Damon for the Washington Post. Rob Bradford reports on Manny getting permission to report on March 1.
Dan Shaughnessy attempts to talk to Jim Rice about why he isn’t in the baseball Hall of Fame as of yet. Snow compiled a list of who is new and who is gone on the Red Sox roster since last season ended. The Globe notebook reports that no one is clear yet as to Manny’s intentions regarding the World Baseball Classic. It also reports that Bill Lajoie has resigned his position with the team. Horrigan’s notebook has David Ortiz saying that Manny won’t walk away from $20 million. Borges’ notebook has a look at Willie Harris, who hopes to stick with the Red Sox big club as an all-around ultilityman. Krasner’s notebook has more on Loretta.
Tom E Curran says that the Patriots are unlikely to tag Adam Vinatieri as their franchise player today, which would mean that the kicker would go to unrestricted free agency starting next Friday. Mike Reiss references a report from the Baltimore Sun which has Jamal Lewis listing the Patriots as one of four teams he would be interested in joining. Michael Felger has a look at the Patriots practice of looking for both intelligence and athleticism in players they scout at the combines. Curran’s notebook looks at the NFL labor situation making things uncertain for this offseason.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the Bruins starting to regather in preparation for the stretch run.
Check out the New York Sports News page for news on the Jets dismantling their team, the Yankees in spring training and the Knicks getting Steve Francis. The Bay Area Sports Pages have plenty of coverage of Barry Bonds reporting to Giants camp.
TNT has Pacers/Pistons at 8:00 and Kings/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN has South Carolina/Georgia at 7:00 and Cincinnati/Villanova at 9:00. ESPN2 has Wisconsin/Northwestern at 9:00. FSN has BU/Vermont at 7:00 and Stanford/Washington at 10:30.