I knew this would be a crazy time leading up to the wedding, and it’s starting to catch up to me a little bit. The good news is, there will be plenty of updates and material posted during May while I’m away, as I’ve put in a lot of time and late nights getting things ready. Here are some reduced links for an incredibly busy sports morning today:
David Wells returned to the rotation for the Red Sox last night, but it was a short and unproductive outing as the veteran lefty only lasted four innings, giving up seven runs in a 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, snapping the Red Sox five game winning streak. Coco Crisp also signed a contract extension yesterday that will keep him here for at least the next three years after this one. Check out the links on the Red Sox Daily Links page.
The Patriots wrapped up Richard Seymour with a new contract extension yesterday, taking care of a major piece of their offseason business. You can get the stories at the Patriots Daily Links page.
Is it ok to get excited about Gerald Green yet? The rookie scored 22 points last night, but the Celtics still fell to the Indiana Pacers 117-112 last night out at Conseco Fieldhouse. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 30 points, but Green was impressive once again, providing a couple more highlight film dunks and some good shooting (10-16 from the field) as he continues to get increased playing time over the last games of the season. Even with the Celtics out of the playoffs, Green continues to give fans a reason to tune in and check the team out. It’s hard not to be excited about the young talent that this team possesses. If they can add a solid point guard in the offseason, someone to handle and distribute the ball a little more smoothly, this team could make great strides next year. Shira Springer and Mark Murphy look at the Celtics getting officially eliminated from the playoffs by the Pacers last night. Murphy’s notebook looks at Paul Pierce closing in on the fifth highest single season scoring average in Celtics history.
With Delonte West out with a strained calf, Tony Allen started at the point guard slot, a position that he has been working at more and more recently, to the point that Doc Rivers stated that Allen was the second string point guard, ahead of Orien Greene. Allen had nine points five assists and five steals last night. In addition to Green and Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Raef LaFrentz and Ryan Gomes all scored in double-digits for the Celtics. You can check out coverage from the Pacers sides of things over at the Indy Star.
NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. CN8 has Bruins/Canadiens at 7:00. TNT has Knicks/Cavs at 8:00 and Mavs/Suns at 10:30. ESPN2 has Phillies/Braves at 7:30.