The Celtics returned home last night, and returned to their dominating style of play, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 92-87. The game wasn’t as close as the score would seem to indicate, as Boston was in charge throughout.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics coming out with the needed energy despite just coming off a grueling West coast road trip. Mark Murphy has the Celtics able trot “Boogie Fever Gino” onto the Jumbotron for the first time in weeks last night. Jeff Howe notes that there were homecomings all around last night. Bill Doyle has the Celtics beating a LeBron-led Cavs team for the first time in…well, quite a while. Jessica Camerato had a live blog of the game last night.
Tony Massarotti notes that the Celtics will be going for a championship for the first time in a generation this spring, and they know they have things they need to tune up to get there. Jackie MacMullan writes about how LeBron James had absolutely killed the Celtics every time he had played them, and that his new supporting cast is much better than the old version of the Cavs. Bill Burt talks to ex-Celtics Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak for their thoughts on their old team and new. Camerato also has a look at the Return of Celtic Pride to Boston. Murphy reports on the Celtics bringing in P.J. Brown to add depth to the frontcourt for the stretch run.
Spears’ notebook has more on the signing of Brown, who should lend some much needed size and defense to the Celtics frontcourt. Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen continuing his hot shooting since the All Star break, and checks in with West and Szczerbiak. Doyle’s notebook has more on the pickup of Brown.
With the veterans at the White House, pitching prospect Justin Masterson was the star of the show in Red Sox camp yesterday. Amalie Benjamin has a feature on the soon-to-be 23 year-old, who appears to charm everyone he encounters and has a limitless future ahead of him. Maureen Mullen also has a piece on Masterson, and he is also featured in Rob Bradford’s notebook as he gets the start against Northeastern tonight in a split-squad game. Masterson is also the focus of Jeff Goldberg’s notebook.
Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox visit to the White House is spoiled by the steroid scandal. John E. Mulligan has more on the Red Sox trip to the White House. Massarotti says that Roger Clemens has no shame and has proven himself a phony. Nick Cafardo has Congress launching an inquiry into whether Clemens committed perjury in his testimony earlier this month. Jeff Jacobs says that Clemens can’t throw a fastball at the feds’ head as he would’ve during his playing career. Buckley has John Kerry weighing in on Clemens and the Patriots.
Rob Bradford has a look at Jason Varitek using the offseason to make his swings from each side of the plate appear like mirror images of each other. Michael Silverman has a look at prospect David Aardsma and his sister Amanda, who could each be rising stars in different fields. Rob Duca has Jonathan Papelbon happing with his role and looking forward to another World Series with the Red Sox. Silverman also has Freddy Garcia paying a visit to Red Sox camp to get checked out.
Benjamin’s notebook has Bartolo Colon looking at pitching in a game as early as March 9th, and impressing Terry Francona with his arm. Sean McAdam’s notebook has Colon ready to pitch. Duca’s notebook has Colon ready to do whatever it takes to get ready for the season.
Stephen Harris has Phil Kessel unfazed with all the attention his name drew at the trading deadline. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins preparing to face the Penguins and the player they couldn’t get at the deadline, Marian Hossa, at the Garden tonight.
Karen Guregian has Ty Law open to a return to the Patriots, and she has a number of other player updates. Christopher L. Gasper has a look at former St. John’s Prep star Jonathan Goff, who made quite an impression on scouts at the combine.
Buddy Thomas is hearing those voices again.