Celtics Finally Get a “W”

We’re already nearly halfway through the 2006 BSMW Fall Fund Drive. We sit at $1275 raised thus far and would like to be at $2400 today to be on pace to reach the goal. Thank you to those who chipped in yesterday. The winner of yesterday’s daily prize was Jess Fiorelli.

Today’s prize is a pair of tickets to the Bruins game on Saturday, November 18 vs. Washington.

Thanks again as we push through what is shaping up to be the final fund dive in the history of the site…

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The Celtics finally picked up a win last night, holding off the pesky Charlotte Bobcats 110-108 at the Garden. The first win of the season did not come easy for the Celtics, who couldn’t hold off the Bobcats down the stretch of regulation and then needed to come back in OT to win on a buzzer beater by the cold Delonte West. (3-10 from the floor for the game, 6-26 on the season)

Steve Bulpett looks at the win as a baby step forward for a team that really needed to make some progress. Shira Springer looks at the Celtics getting 35 points apiece from Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak on the night, and still needing the buzzer from West to escape with the win. Shalise Manza Young says that of course the first win of the season wouldn’t be easy. Scott Souza tries not to imagine what it would’ve been like in the Celtics locker room had they not won this game. Bill Doyle looks at Pierce and Szczerbiak leading the Celtics to their first victory of the season.

Mark Murphy looks at Paul Pierce passing up the final shot in OT, dishing off to West, who made the winner. Pierce had a great night in some aspects, but also struggled with 12 turnovers, the most by a Celtic since they’ve started recording that stat in 1978. Peter May says that it took some “D” to win this one, and he’s not talking about defense. Murphy has a look at the surprise appendectomy that Al Jefferson had to go through after complaining on stomach pain at the morning shootaround. Murphy also reports on the Celtics getting threatening phone calls over the weekend aimed towards a a member of the team’s new dance squad. Murphy reports that the caller used information from Steve Buckley’s column about the squad on Saturday.

Bulpett’s notebook has a look at the frontcourt getting shuffled slightly with Al Jefferson being out for a few weeks and Theo Ratliff returning and making an impression. Springer’s notebook has more on Jefferson’s appendectomy. Young’s notebook has Jefferson’s streak of bad luck being extended once more. Souza’s notebook has more on Jefferson’s latest setback. Doyle’s notebook also looks at the latest bad news for the third year forward.

Patriots

With Rodney Harrison being the latest Patriots defensive back to go down, and with Eugene Wilson having missed the last several games, Randall Gay and Tebucky Jones on IR, the Patriots secondary is once again decimated by injuries. It seems this happens each and every year. Or is that just our perception of things? Bill Barnwell on the Patriots Game Day page takes a look at the injuries to the Patriots DB’s, tries to figure out why they’re happening, and confirms statistically that the Patriots defensive backs are indeed the most injury prone over the past few seasons in the National Football League.

With Harrison out against the Jets this weekend and for the foreseeable future, the Patriots will look to a pair of veteran cornerbacks – Artrell Hawkins and Chad Scott to step in and attempt to fill the void left by Harrison’s injury. Mike Reiss and John Tomase each look at the pair and how they’re preparing to step in and play bigger roles as the season rolls on. Albert Breer has the Patriots seemingly better prepared to handle Harrison’s absence then they were last season. Joe McDonald says that the Pats will miss Harrison’s leadership as much as his play. Alan Greenberg focuses on Artrell Hawkins, whose deep booming voice will need to be heard in the Patriots secondary in coming weeks. Jennifer Toland asserts that Harrison’s Harrison’s instincts, his playmaking ability and the intensity will be missed in the weeks that he is gone. Dan Pires has a source that tells him Harrison will be out 4-6 weeks. Michael Parente also says that Harrison could return sometime in December.

Tony Massarotti questions whether this Patriots team can get it done when it matters. He says they make far too many mistakes that the old Patriots never would’ve made. Eric McHugh looks at the Patriots at the midway point of the season, notes the positives they’ve accomplished and notes that things actually could get easier from here on out. Bill Reynolds would still take Tom Brady over Peyton Manning…he thinks. Breer has Bill Belichick praising everyone associated with the Jets with the exception of their head coach. Ian Clark also focuses on the coaching soap opera.

Reiss looks at Tom Brady’s history of rebounding following his four-interception games throughout his career. Tomase says that the Pats QB isn’t shaken by his performance and is confident he and the team will bounce back. Tomase also has a brief note about Chad Scott’s interception against Peyton Manning, and how the Colts QB says Scott messed up and wasn’t supposed to be there. Buddy Thomas basks in the glow of the Colts win.

For more from the Jets, check the New York Sports Pages.

Reiss’ notebook says that Harrison’s return date this season is very much up in the air. Tomase’s notebook has rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski not comforted by the fact that he out played Adam Vinatieri. McDonald’s notebook has Brady and Chad Pennington exchanging compliments. Toland’s notebook has more on Brady’s record after his four interception games. Parente’s notebook observes that the Jets have improved their running game since the last time the Patriots played them.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont has Andrew Raycroft living large upon his return to Boston to face his former team. Karen Guregian has Raycroft throwing a little salt in the Bruins’ wounds by saying they gave up on him too soon. As Guregian points out however, Raycroft was the one who asked for a trade. Bud Barth says Raycroft comes to town with something to prove.

Dupont’s notebook has Brad Stuart ready to return to the lineup for the B’s. Guregian’s notebook has head coach Dave Lewis not ready to name a starting goaltender for tonight just yet. Barth’s notebook has the Bruins hoping their “BB’s” line can get hot.

Other

Dan Shaughnessy submits a thoughts column. I submit it without comment.

Mike Fine says that Theo Epstein and the Red Sox are gearing up to start talking trades next week in Florida. Paul Bistoff has a look at Curt Schilling setting up shop for his new company Green Monster Games.

The Herald has a number of college basketball preview articles in their college sports section.

NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:00. ESPN has Bulls/Cavs at 8:15 and Mavs/Suns at 10:30. ESPN has Louisville/Rutgers at 7:30.