Pistons Don’t Have The Answer For Celtics

Even with a 10-2 record heading into last night, some were calling the Celtics a disappointment thus far this season because of their struggles on offense and tendency to fall behind early on in games. Boston fell behind 13-2 to start the game against the Pistons at the Garden last evening, but turned things on and cruised to an impressive 98-80 win over their rivals from the motor city.

On the BSMW Full Court Press, Jeremy Gottlieb takes another look at what we’ve learned so far about the Celtics.

Frank Dell’Apa has Rajon Rondo leading the way last night, and outplaying Allen Iverson in the process. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics absorbing the opening punch by the Pistons, and then turning the tide in their favor for the rest of the night. Jeff Howe has the Celtics undressing the Pistons last night at the Garden. Bill Doyle says that the new matchups created with the Iverson trade favor the Celtics, and that was evident last night. Tim Weisberg says that through the first two games, it appears clear who the better team is. Robert Lee looks at what was a big win for the Celtics, even if they won’t say so.

Marc J. Spears says that the Celtics have not seen the real Pistons yet in the first two matchups between these clubs and should prepare to see a more talented foe come playoff time. Scott Souza says maybe the Pistons were just tired last night.  Steve Buckley has Tony Allen burning the Pistons for the second time this season. Howe has a slimmed down Kendrick Perkins showing new energy on defense and off the glass this season. Lenny Megliola wonders if Stephon Marbury could be a fit for the Celtics. Paul Flannery has Rondo revitalized last night against Iverson and the Pistons.

Spears has Kevin Garnett returning to the court in Minneapolis tonight for the first time since his trade to the Celtics, (he missed last season’s game with an abdominal strain) a moment which should prove to be emotional for all involved. Mike Fine has more on Garnett’s charged-up return to Minnesota.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has more on Garnett’s return to Minnesota tonight. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics expecting Garnett’s emotions to red-line tonight in his return to Minnesota. Doyle’s notebook has more on Garnett’s return to the city he called home for 12 seasons.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Britt Schramm outlines what the Patriots need to do to beat the Dolphins.

Ron Borges says that the Patriots can’t and won’t be fooled by the “Wildcat” in this matchup with the Dolphins. Jennifer Toland agrees that the Patriots won’t be ambushed by the “Wildcat” this time around. Ben Swasey says that lessons learned from the last meeting should help in this game.

Eric McHugh looks at what Matt Cassel has accomplished with his feet this season. Christopher Price has Cassel giving hope to backups everywhere with his performance this year. Christopher L. Gasper has Cassel playing while the guys he used to back up – Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart (and Tom Brady) – sit and watch. Mark Farinella has Cassel proving to be a patient student. Karen Guregian has Cassel’s feet putting the Dolphins defense on alert for Sunday. Shalise Manza Young has Cassel’s story inspiring the current USC backup QB.

Price examines the struggles of the Patriots kickoff unit this season. Karen Guregian looks at the disappoint which has been Benjamin Watson.

Jim McBride has his NFL picks. Jim Lazar has the picks in the Herald.

Bill Doyle chats with Patriots radio broadcasting legend Gil Santos.

McHugh’s notebook has Cassel returning to an unpleasant memory in Miami. Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots looking at a physical game with the Dolphins on Sunday. Farinella’s notebook has the Patriots getting ready for the Wildcat on Sunday. Toland’s notebook has Cassel’s mobility helping him improve his game. Guregian’s notebook has a look at the dramatic drop-off in numbers for Mike Vrabel this season.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has David Krejci getting the right pep talk to be able help the Bruins. Tony Lee has patchwork lines getting the job done for the Bruins. Joe Haggerty has the high scoring Bruins machine just rolling along. Bill Burt has the longest tenured Bruin, P.J. Axelsson enjoying the ride this season. Barbara Matson says that situational play has pushed the Bruins over the top this season. Rich Thompson looks at Marc Savard notching his 600th career point in the win over the Sabres.

Loftus’ notebook says that the Bruins can’t afford to look past the Panthers.

Red Sox/Misc

Michael Silverman has the Red Sox lusting after Mark Teixeira. Alex Speier has the Red Sox offseason puzzle starting to take shape.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Harvard/Yale rivalry getting national exposure this year.