Comeback As Big As Texas For Celts

Both Rajon Rondo and the Celtics would rather forget how last night’s game against the Spurs began. Trailing by 17 points at the end of the first quarter, and as much as 22 during the first half, Rondo and the Celtics looked overmatched against the defending champion Spurs. But then a funny thing happened – they did forget about the huge deficit and the start of the game, and starting playing their game. By the third quarter, the Celtics had taken the lead, and while things went back and forth the rest of the way, the Celtics took the lead for good on a huge three-pointer from Sam Cassell (17 points) with 47 seconds left. The end result was a 93-91 Celtics victory, and Rondo, after getting torched by Tony Parker earlier in the game was one of three Celtics to finish with 20 or more points on the night. Kevin Garnett (21) and Paul Pierce (22) were the others.

Marc J. Spears has Cassell adding another clutch shot to his NBA resume, as he helps push the Celtics over the World Champs. Steve Bulpett has a recap of the night for the Celtics, who needed the luck of the Irish on St Patrick’s day to storm back on the Spurs. In San Antonio, they’re wondering what’s wrong with the Spurs.

Bill Reynolds says that the arrival of Garnett accelerated the Celtics transformation back to contenders. Bulpett has the Celtics weighing in on Bruce Bowen, with Doc Rivers counting himself as a fan, while Ray Allen and Paul Pierce hate to play against him, with Allen calling him a dirty player. On the BSMW Full Court Press, Kevin Henkin answers a few “fan” letters that have trickled in.

Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics looking forward to the challenge of facing the Rockets tonight on national TV. Spears’s notebook has the Celtics going into tonight in a rare position this season – they’re not the ones with the target on their backs.

Red Sox

Rob Bradford has the birth of his child opening up the way for Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch the opener for the Red Sox in Japan. Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox trying to temper expectations by reminding us that Jacoby Ellsbury has a lot he can improve in his game. Bob Stern has part one of a nine part series leading up to the start of the season for the Red Sox, and in the opener, says that injuries are the one thing that could derail this team. Joe McDonald says that even in spring training, the Red Sox and Yankees play for real.

Jackie MacMullan says that even though he got roughed up yesterday, Bartolo Colon remains one of the most intriguing stories of the spring for the Red Sox. Michael Silverman has more on Colon, who struggled with his command, but did finish the outing pain-free, which has to be counted as a plus. Jeff Goldberg has a look at Colon’s performance against the Yankees yesterday, while Andy Pettitte was solid on the other side for New York.

Bradford has a look at what Josh Beckett will be doing in Florida while his teammates are in Japan. Joe Haggerty has J.D. Drew hoping that an offseason of bowling will keep his back in good shape this season. Bradford and Silverman report that Jon Lester will be taking a later flight to Japan so that he can get another minor league start here on Thursday before getting ready to play game two against the A’s. Bradford has Coco Crisp getting back into action yesterday.

Cafardo’s notebook has more on the Sox naming Matsuzaka as their opening day starter. The Herald notebook has Andy Pettitte sending a message by pitching inside to David Ortiz, and has Johnny Damon still yapping about how much the Red Sox miss him. They missed you so much they won the World Series last year, Johnny. McDonald’s notebook has more on the Sox naming Matsuzaka their opening day starter. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the Sox giving Dice-K and Lester the nod for the two games in Japan.

Pats/Bruins/Misc

Karen Guregian and Christopher L. Gasper report on Troy Brown visiting and working out for Eric Mangini and the Jets yesterday.

Stephen Harris has Zdeno Chara hoping for a fast return to action for the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa has Chara hoping for continued improvement in both his health and his team.

Mark Blaudschun has a look at North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough.

Jim McCabe tries to put into perspective exactly what Tiger Woods in accomplishing right now.

  • http://celticsblog.com LL

    What a game last night!

    I’m not the only one who can’t get into the messageboard, am I?

  • Bruce

    No, the messageboard is down. PSF is working on it. We’re pretty sure Brian took it down so he wouldn’t have to deal with Celtics talk all morning…

    • Bruce

      Update from PSF

      Operating system is corrupted; they have to reload it. Once they do that I’ll restore all the backups (pretty sure the last backup was taken around 3 AM, so there shouldn’t be much missing)

      • http://celticsblog.com LL

        I hope this doesn’t have anything to do with the naked pushups in the server room last night at halftime.

  • ITT

    NESN lead off Pravda Desk with an update on who will start the opener. They then went to Yanks-Sox ST highlights. And interviews with Tito. And interviews with Remy and Dandy Don. And then they got to the Celtics highlights.

  • NASCL

    Who will be the first to post the “Baghdad PSF” picture?

  • Denise

    Good to know I’m not the only one!

  • http://celticsblog.com LL

    Good point.

    Poor Brian. I’m afraid we won’t see much of the lad over the next 3 months as the C’s march toward #17.

  • http://celticsblog.com LL

    You have to be kidding me ITT.

    Someone needs to tell the good folks at TASS… err… I mean, NESN that SPORTSCENTER led their show with Celtics-Spurs as did this site.

  • NAOP

    NESN (aka Brian TV) always leads with their own stuff (Red Sox/Bruins) over the Celtics. I’m willing to bet that will hold true throughout the playoffs. The morning after the C’s win #17 the Foot will still mention the Sox score and tease the highlights before they show any Celtic highlights.

  • Doncabesa

    I never realized how much the board got me through a slow morning at work until I ended up on a porn site at work while it was down….. can’t believe they pay me here.

  • http://celticsblog.com LL

    I have the shakes right now.

    God is with you PSF.

    • Lobel’s Drinking Buddy

      I’ve seen NESN start out with a Pat’s story, but I think it was when they made it to the Super Bowl. The story after that was some meaningless Sox story IIRC. The new Dr. Charles probably doesn’t get along with Wyc.

  • Butchie

    I take a nap, and then this?

  • ITT

    I bet the RSS feed is purring like a kitten.

    • http://celticsblog.com LL

      Did the server explose?

  • Dave

    NESN sucks. Fire everyone. Bring back Sean McDonough.

  • Jay

    wonder how dale made it through his show without the board to crib off of.

  • ITT

    I see some snark in the comments section of the FCP. I thought it was great.

    • http://celticsblog.com LL

      I returned fire there. Henkin has chunks of a certain formerly-Boston based blogger in his stool, and while it wasn’t as vicious as some of his posts on the board have been in parodying the unmentioned superstar blogger it hit a home run with me.

  • JRines

    This set up is like the old tag board.

  • Brian

    While what you guys say about NESN is probably accurate, over on CSNE, they hardly ever, if at all even mention the Bruins.

  • NAOP

    The Bruins are a bit irrelevant, unless you’re bundling tickets. NESN leading off this morning’s SportsDesk with spring training highlights would be like Tanguay leading off a late September addition of NEST with Celtics preseason highlights. It would never happen, even Gare Bear is smarter than that.

  • http://celticsblog.com LL

    Any update PSF?

  • NASCL

    Maria Menounos doing hard news for NBC News now?

  • tommyfw

    All fun and games until my damn binky is taken away. A day without the board is like a day without clean underwear. Or something like that.

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