Celtics Beat Up Knicks

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The Celtics went down to New York last night and found a team that made Doc Rivers’ crew feel much better about themselves, as Boston rolled to a 123-98 win over the hapless Knicks. Shira Springer says the Knicks looked as though they could not have care less about the game, while the Celtics came to play. Steve Bulpett notes that the Knicks have a ton of “names” but it didn’t translate into even a competitive game last night. You can check out all the games stories from the Big Apple on the New York Sports Pages.

Bulpett talks to Doc Rivers about the discipline being given to rookie point guard Orien Greene after his arrest Monday morning. It seems that the “indefinite” suspension could be just one game. Springer’s notebook has more on Greene, and news of a Celtics front office person leaving for a post with the Rockets. Bulpett’s notebook has Paul Pierce saying that the Larry Brown/Stephon Marbury daily soap opera is good for the NBA, because it creates interest.

Kelsie Smith has a feature in the Globe on Bill James, his work with baseball numbers and formulas, and how he came to work for the Boston Red Sox. The Globe also shares most of the original email from John Henry, inviting James to work for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty has a nice piece on Alex Gonzalez, who impresses anyone who sees him play the field. Sean McAdam says that whining in baseball is already at mid season form. He singles out Tony Graffanino as an example of someone who would’ve been better served shutting his mouth. Lenny Megliola says that it will not be a pretty season for Barry Bonds. A lot of people are talking today about the feature by Bob Nightengale in USA Today about Bonds and whether this controversy around him has to do with steroids or racism.

Tony Massarotti has a look at Curt Schilling, who is trying to adjust his pitching style to make up for some lost velocity and is trying to keep hitters off balance more. David Heuschkel also looks at Schilling, who says he feels as good as he has in two years, but knows there are still questions as to whether he will the ace he was in 2004. David Borges says Schilling is ready to begin a new chapter to his career. Chris Snow’s notebook also focuses on Schilling. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling as well.

Borges’ notebook has Terry Francona very happy with the work and attitude of Manny Ramirez this spring. Massarotti’s notebook has Francona pleased with the state of his club despite their 9-17 record down in Florida. Heuschkel’s notebook has Schilling talking to Pirates manager Jim Tracy, more praise for Ramirez, and the note that Julian Tav