There will not be regular links tomorrow morning, as I am going to be out of town starting tonight, and not getting back until Tuesday morning. There will be a SporTView column tomorrow, with a look at the weekend’s events on television, Steve Burton’s claims about knowing about hockey players betting on hockey and a mini-interview with Borges. David Borges. That column should be up at 8:00 tomorrow morning.
Despite a career high 50 points from Paul Pierce, the Celtics still couldn’t pull things out in the end, and fell before LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-109 in a Double Overtime affair at the TD Banknorth Garden. James had 43 points of his own, making this a shootout for the ages. Shira Springer notes that despite the heroics of Pierce, this was the type of loss that has typified the season for the Celtics. Close, but just not enough in the end. Steve Bulpett says that this was still a night to savor for the undermanned and undersized Celtics. Shalise Manza Young also looks at the Celtics bowing before King James, despite the first 50 point game by a Celtic since Larry Bird. You can check out the coverage from Cleveland on the pages of the Plain Dealer.
Jackie MacMullan has a look at LeBron, who is still a work in progress, as was seen on the defensive end last night, where Pierce pretty much had his way with the youngster. She notes that if this is not the finished product of James, then just imagine what the finished product will look like. Lenny Megliola says that the things that LeBron has to work on make for a short list. Mark Murphy examines last night’s duel between the two All Star forwards, with Pierce pulling everything he had in his bag of tricks in the losing effort. Murphy also looks at how LeBron has carried the load for the Cavs with the injuries to his would-be running mate, Larry Hughes. There has been a lot of talk recently about what direction the Celtics are heading in. Bill Reynolds wrote the piece critical of Ainge the other day, and Mike Fine gives Ainge a chance to defend himself and give his side of story as to what he is building here in Boston.
The notebooks are all about Wally. Springer’s notebook looks at how Szczerbiak was able to get on the court and play through his discomfort last night. Young’s notebook says that the spirit was willing for Wally, but the flesh was weak and his shot was off. Bulpett’s notebook has Szczerbiak looking forward to the All Star break to rest his knee and get his family settled in Boston. Fine’s notebook has more on the forward’s transition to Boston while coping with the knee.
Michael Silverman looks at how the Red Sox and John Henry are dealing with being one of the few teams that have to concern themselves with revenue sharing and luxury tax issues. Henry says that he is not in baseball to make money, but is galled by the current arrangements which he feels are unfair. Silverman also looks at how Henry is involved with the club on a daily basis, and how he has been involved in the push to improve the TV broadcasts, making sure they are shown in true 1080i high definition. Chris Snow has a look at Kevin Youkilis, who is ready to start the season with the big club and stay with it, unlike previous seasons which saw him as a member of the Pawtucket shuttle. Mike Fine says you’re going to need a scorecard to keep up with all the changes on the Red Sox roster this winter. He’s got a position-by-position look at the roster as it stands now, and what possible positional battles remain.
NESN has Miami/Boston College at 7:00. TNT has Sixers/Bulls at 7:30 and Rockets/Suns at 10:00. ESPN2 has Tennessee/Georgia at 8:00 and San Diego State/UNLV at 10:00. ESPN has Marquette/Georgetown at 9:00. FSN has Arizona/Cal at 10:30.