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The Celtics fell to 0-2 on their West coast road trip, beaten last night on a Baron Davis 20 foot jumper with three-tenths of a second remaining on the clock, which broke a 117-117 tie and gave the Golden State Warriors a 119-117 win over the Celtics in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in the state of California.
Steve Bulpett notes that over the last two games, the Celtics have given up their title of having the stingiest scoring defense in the NBA, having surrendered 242 points in the two losses. Marc J. Spears has the Celtics pointing to their 14 missed free throws as a big part of the loss as well. Check out the game stories from out West on the Bay Area Sports Pages.
Spears’ notebook has Ray Allen talking about playing for the Celtics during Black History Month. Bulpett’s notebook says that there don’t appear to be any big trades on the horizon for the Celtics before today’s 3:00pm trade deadline.
Yesterday’s media focus was on Jacoby Ellsbury, today’s is on the man he is competing with for a starting job. Sean McAdam has Coco Crisp preferring to be traded if he doesn’t win the starting centerfield job over Ellsbury. Amalie Benjamin has Crisp emphasizing that he won’t be happy sitting on the bench. Joe Haggerty has Crisp not giving up without a fight for his job. Rob Bradford has more on Coco’s desire to play full time – if not here, then somewhere else. Jeff Goldberg also has Crisp ready to fight for his job.
Even though Manny Ramirez made an appearance at camp yesterday – a day before he had promised to show up – Gordon Edes apparently couldn’t waste the filler material that he had compiled which chronicles each of Manny’s tardy appearances in past spring trainings. Steve Buckley has David Ortiz feeling good as camp begins, with his knee repaired and reporting in great shape to start the season. Bob Ryan has a look at shortstop prospect Jed Lowrie, who seems headed for the Red Sox lineup at some point in the very near future. Maureen Mullen has Clay Buchholz ready to go the distance for the Sox.
Buckley has Mike Lowell explaining that his comfort level with the situation here was the biggest reason for his return to the Red Sox. Bradford has Larry Lucchino not wishing to engage the Steinbrenner boys in their recent bravado.
McAdam’s notebook has David Ortiz’s surgically repaired knee making him feel 25 again. The Globe notebook has the White Sox denying that they’ve ever performed the type of surgery that Curt Schilling and his doctor believe he needs in order to pitch this season. Bradford’s notebook has more on Manny’s brief appearance in camp yesterday. Goldberg’s notebook also reports on Manny’s arrival.
Christopher L. Gasper and Mike Reiss pass along an AP report that the NFL and Matt Walsh are getting closer to a deal that would allow the former Patriots employee to testify about what he knows about the organization. The AP Report, which came out last night, contained one glaring error, which the Herald’s Point After blog corrected quickly. The AP claims that Walsh told the Herald that he had taped the Rams walkthrough prior to the first Super Bowl title, which wasn’t what the paper had actually stated. The Globe piece also has a number of Patriots notes, including a look at whether the team will franchise Randy Moss today.
John Tomase has the Patriots on the lookout for talent at the combine in Indy. Shalise Manza Young has former Patriot Lawyer Milloy believing that Thomas Dimitroff could be the guy to turn around the Falcons. Bill Doyle has Mel Kiper Jr believing that Matt Ryan could be the top pick in the NFL Draft.
Stephen Harris has Shawn Thornton picking up his game with the Bruins after a talk with coach Claude Julien a few weeks back. Fluto Shinzawa has Andrew Ference shaking off a numb leg in the win over Carolina on Tuesday.