Celtics Buck Off Streak At Last

The Streak is over.

After a shaky 1 1/2 quarters the Celtics finally came to life last night and turned a 15 point deficit into a 20 point win, 117-97 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points, while Gerald Green added 21, including 16 in the second quarter to help turn things around for Boston. Al Jefferson had another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Steve Bulpett says that the win resulted in mostly relief for the Celtics, who had been a biblical 40 days and 40 nights without a win. Christopher L Gaspar notes that having both “Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 16 and a sense of urgency befitting the playoffs, not the NBA draft lottery” helped the Celtics snap the record streak. Bill Doyle has the Celtics keeping things in perspective following the win, as they realize they have a long way to go still. We also had a live blog going on over at the FSN Nothing But Net page.

Peter May notes that for the second time this season, the Bucks may have saved Doc Rivers’ bacon. Matt Kalman has a look at Gerald Green, who was 6-7 from the floor last night, including 4-4 from three point range, after a talk prior to the game with Piece. This game gives Green a nice confidence boost going into the Slam Dunk contest.

Gaspar’s notebook and Bulpett’s notebook each look at Paul Pierce’s comments on WEEI yesterday, where the Celtics captain expressed frustration that he would be on a team this bad in his ninth season in the league. Doyle’s notebook has more on Green, who is looking forward to Las Vegas this weekend, but whom Doc Rivers wants to develop into a more complete player.

Red Sox

Tony Massarotti has a look at Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, entering his fifth season on the job, and for the first time feeling a bit of heat for the performance of the team the previous season. Gordon Edes has a piece on Dan Okimoto, who has become Larry Lucchino’s top adviser over the years for anything that has to do with Japan.

Jeff Horrigan has a look at Craig Hansen, who would certainly like to take over the closers role, but would also just like to make the team out of spring training first. Jeff Goldberg has more on Hansen, who is in the Sox plans to the extent that they would not include him in a trade to Colorado for Todd Helton. Steven Krasner has a piece on Abe Alvarez, who is trying to reopen some eyes in camp after being taken off the 40 man roster this offseason and re-signed to a minor league deal. Alex Speier says health is the biggest question facing the Red Sox outfield.

Horrigan also reports on the Sox landing a partnership deal with a Japanese electronic equipment maker. Bill Doyle looks at John Henry buying into Roush Racing.

Horrigan’s notebook has J.D. Drew finally being added to the 40 man roster, but at the expense of Lenny DiNardo, who was immediately claimed by Oakland. Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has more on Hansen, who is hoping to get back to the success he enjoyed as a closer at St. John’s.

Boston College

Yesterday Jim Donaldson was worried that BC fans would get all cocky after their team defeated Duke last night, and he said that BC would win because Duke is in a down year.

So much for that.

Duke came in and smothered Jared Dudley to the point that the Eagles forward only attempted five shots on the night, and the Blue Devils beat Boston College 78-70 at Conte Forum. Mark Murphy says BC just doesn’t look like that can share the floor with Duke, even in an off year for Mike Krzyzewski’s crew. Mark Blaudschun says that Boston College may not be ready for prime time after all. Lenny Megliola says that if BC was ever going to knock off Duke, this was the time to do it.

Jackie MacMullan says that Duke shutting down Dudley made the game impossible for the Eagles to win. Steve Buckley looks at Boston College getting embarrassed in their own building, a place they hope to turn into their own home court advantage along the lines of Cameron Indoor Stadium. MacMullan has senior Sean Marshall looking to finish his BC career strong.

Murphy’s notebook says that Coach K has Dudley’s number. Blaudschun’s notebook observes that Duke is formidable even in a down year.

Misc

Mike Reiss reports on Patriots assistant coach Brian Daboll bolting the team in favor of Eric Mangini’s New York Jets. Yesterday Reiss looked at the free agent wide receivers in his blog, as did Albert Breer. Today Reiss has a look at the free agent safeties that might be available.

Barbara Matson looks at the Bruins as they get set to start their longest road trip of the season. Mat Kalman’s notebook says this is a make-or-break trip for the B’s.

Bill Reynolds has a piece on Brown coach Craig Robinson who is Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s brother-in-law.

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