Will The Leprechaun Return?

Just a nerve-wracking day for all Celtics fans. This is worse than the day of game 7 in 2004 against the Yankees. Worse than a Super Bowl Sunday involving the Patriots.

The lottery tonight will be the focus of attention for even casual Celtics fans. Even with Red Sox/Yankees going on at the same time, fans are going to be waiting anxiously between 8:30 and 9:00 for the results of the ping pong balls.

On the 10:00pm edition of Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight on FSN, Mike Gorman will have a one-on-one with Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. Tom Heinsohn will report on the lottery results from NBA Entertainment. Tanguay and Dickerson will analyze the Green’s next move in-studio with Ryen Russillo of ESPN Radio.

As an indication of how the national media realizes how much this lottery means to the Celtics, ESPN’s Andy Katz will be reporting live from the Celtics’ facility.

Bill Simmons says that the Sonics have the most Karma built up to win the lottery. (He has the Celtics getting the 2nd pick.)

After listening to Glenn Ordway spout for the better part of two decades that the only way the Celtics can rebuild is by bottoming out and getting a franchise player at number one or two in the draft, it was amusing to hear him yesterday saying that if the Celtics get the number two pick and land Kevin Durant, they should strongly consider trading him for a “veteran all star.”

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Bookmark last night’s blog entry by Rob Bradford. You’re going to need it at some point this summer. He talks to the Red Sox’s Director of Baseball Operations, Brian O’Halloran,”whose job it is to know all the ins and outs of big league baseball’s rules and regulations.” This includes all the ins and outs of the waiver process, which has changed this season, rules and procedures related to designating a player for assignment, post-season roster eligibility, the Rule 5 draft, and a host of other complex baseball items.

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Bob Raissman speculates that a feud between Peter Gammons and Yankees President Randy Levine might be behind the rumor from Gammons that Levine is looking to get Joe Torre fired. He also looks at a confrontation between Chris (Mad Dog) Russo and Suzyn Waldman over his mocking of her reaction to Roger Clemens’ announcement that he was returning to the Yankees.

Barry Horn has a look at Waldman as a pioneer for women in sports broadcasting.

Michael Hiestand looks at the issues FOX and ESPN have trying to coordinate coverage for when Barry Bonds does break the all time home run record.

Neil Best looks at the NHL’s version of the “Heidi game” which happened this weekend when NBC left a Sabres/Senators playoff game headed for overtime to cover the Preakness.

Richard Sandomir has more on the NBC/NHL mess.

Chad Finn has a Boston based edition of Nine Innings.

Todd Jones of the Columbus Dispatch has Greg Oden’s former AAU coach saying that the big man “has mentioned in the past that he would like to play for Boston because of the franchise’s rich tradition.”

Jesse Nunes on the Boston.com Green Room can’t live through another lottery like 1997.

Marty Burns looks at the teams with the most to lose (and gain) from tonight’s lottery.

The Masochistic Duncan Myth – Adam Kennedy.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Yankees
7:30pm, TBS – Mets @ Braves
8:30pm, ESPN – NBA Draft Lottery
9:00pm, ESPN – Jazz @ Spurs
9:00pm, Versus – Red Wings @ Ducks