Celtics Stay Tough Out West

After an amazing second quarter in which the Celtics roared out to a 24 point lead, the Sacramento Kings made a run of their own in the second half, to cut the Boston lead to five at one point. However, the Celtics rightened the ship and eventually built the lead back up to 20 again in an 89-69 win out in Sacramento.

Marc J. Spears has th Kings getting physical with the Celtics in the second, leading to some hard fouls. Mark Murphy has the Celtics taking the hard road to a 20-point win over the Kings. Check the West coast coverage on the Bay Area Sports Pages.

Murphy has a feature on Celtics rookie Glen Davis, and how the Celtics rookie has been bouncing back from tough situations since childhood. Spears reports that the SuperSonics will thank Ray Allen in a ceremony prior to the game tonight in Seattle. Murphy says this will be a happy return for Allen to Seattle. Mike Brilliant offers up a Celtics report card for last week on the BSMW Full Court Press.

Spear’s notebook explores something I didn’t know…Eddie House is Mike Bibby’s brother-in-law, and House got into Sacramento the day before Christmas to be with the family. Murphy’s notebook has Leon Powe also heading West early to spend some time with his family.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Bill Barnwell has his second part of a two-part look in the impact of injuries.

Mike Reiss has more on the NFLN, CBS and NBC simulcast of Saturday’s Patriots/Giants game. Shira Springer says that it was pressure from fans and legislators that got the NFL to take this action. Jay Fitzgerald and Jessica Heslam report on the deal in the Herald, and have WCVB in Boston and WWOR in New York upset at losing their exclusive broadcast. Paul Edward Parker in the ProJo has a report as well. David Heuschkel has the NFL giving in to the fans on this one.

Karen Guregian has the Patriots wanting to reach their goals, but also remain healthy. Shalise Manza Young has Laurence Maroney stepping up his game just in time for the cold weather. Rich Garven has the running game starting to click for the Patriots. Heuschkel has Rodney Harrison not wanting to talking about the accomplishments of the Patriots just yet. Mark Farinella has Harrison and his teammates getting ready for the Giants. Christopher Price has Harrison keeping distractions to a minimum. Guregian has Harrison hanging up on anyone who brings up the topic of records on the phone. Jeff Jacobs has all of New York and Boston wondering how things are going to play out.

John Tomase says that the loss to the Colts in the AFC Title Game was the motivation behind all that has happened this season. He also points out Five key moments in 2007 that bring us to where we are now. Tomase has Zak DeOssie facing some familiar faces this week, including former throwing partner Tom Brady. Young has more on former Patriots ball boy DeOssie. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots closing in on more records this week. Ian M. Clark has the Giants trying to figure out how to approach this game. David Brown has a look at the Giants pass rush, which could be in Brady’s face Saturday night.

With the Patriots trying to go 16-0 this week, Reiss’s notebook has Tom Brady finally willing to talk about it. Farinella’s notebook has Kelley Washington and Heath Evans talking about how Bill Belichick keeps his team focused. Guregian’s notebook has Belichick taking it easy on his team yesterday with a no-pads walkthrough practice. Young’s notebook has Brady finally speaking about a possible perfect season. Garven’s notebook has Brady weighing in on his recent slump.

Misc

Dan Shaughnessy says this should be the time for Jim Rice to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over in the Metro, I’ve got a look at 2007 as An amazing year in Boston Sports.

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