The Celtics rewarded those fans who made the trip in through the blizzard of ’06 with a 102-94 victory over the Orlando Magic at TD Banknorth Garden last evening. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest of victories, but it was the second in a row for the green after having dropped six straight previously. Steve Bulpett looks at Paul Pierce leading the way with another 30 point game, his 31 points last night was the fifth time in six games that the captain has gone for more than 30 points. Shira Springer looks at Doc Rivers keeping things simple for his team last night, with a shortened rotation and a cut play list. Shalise Manza Young looks at rookie forward Ryan Gomes being a key to victory as the Providence college product contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds (leading the team) in victory. Scott Souza has more on Gomes, who got big minutes for the second straight game and made the most of them. Mark Murphy also looks at Gomes, who despite being only 6-foot-7, is clearly more suited to play the power forward spot and showed that he can hold his own against bigger opponents.
Dan Shaughnessy fires off a quick column about the hardy souls who made the trip into Boston for the game last night, and takes the opportunity to reminisce about the blizzard of ’78. Tim Weisberg wonders if we’re seeing the last days of Paul Pierce in a Celtics uniform as published trade rumors persist surrounding the Celtics captain. You can get the Floridian perspective on last night’s game in the pages of the Orlando Sentinel. Murphy also takes a look at Delonte West, who will be heading to All Star Weekend after all, he will participate on the sophomore team of the rookie challenge after his college teammate Jameer Nelson went down with an injury. Springer’s notebook has more on West getting the call, as does Young’s notebook. For more on the snow, and the effect it had on players (and officials) getting to the game, Bulpett’s notebook has details.
You will no doubt hear a lot about the Red Sox equipment truck leaving for Fort Myers today, probably moreso because of blizzard from yesterday. Tony Massarotti kicks off spring training with nine questions surrounding the team heading into the beginning of camp. He concludes that the Red Sox are just as capable of winning a championship as they are of missing the playoffs altogether. David Heuschkel also plays the question game, asking and answering five items surrounding the 2006 Red Sox. David Borges narrows his focus down to just three major issues surrounding the Red Sox to open spring training. Garry Brown notes that this edition of the Red Sox will be filled with new faces.
Rob Bradford says that if Roger Clemens does pitch for the Red Sox this season, it isn’t likely to be until after the July trading deadline. If you missed it yesterday, Gordon Edes had a nice feature on the Red Sox new centerfielder, Coco Crisp. Dom Amore has a look at the Yankees with their new centerfielder, Johnny Damon as they prepare for camp.
Mick Colageo looks at the Bruins as they break for the Olympics, standing at .500 after having traded their franchise player earlier in the season. Matt Kalman looks at what some of the Bruins are doing with their time off this week.
The snow made Jim Donaldson think of the Patriots and how some of the most vivid moments in their franchise history have taken place in snow. Lenny Megliola looks at a Boston sports bar in Naples, Florida. NH native Matt Bonner of the Toronto Raptors made his weekly visit with WTPL this weekend, and shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including gambling in professional sports. Boston Sports Review published their complete media poll results from their recently media edition. I would also be interested in learning the number of voters involved in that survey. Jeff Goodman notes that Al Skinner is just two wins away from becoming the winningest coach in Boston College history. The Inside Track reports that Jason Wolfe will be taking over as Vice President of Operations for WRKO beginning this week, in addition to his WEEI duties.
NESN has the Beanpot Championship at 8:00. ESPN has UConn/Villanova at 7:00 and Kansas/Oklahoma St at 9:00.