Both the Bruins and Celtics secured road victories last night, as they approach the All Star break for each league.
The Celtics relied on some torrid outside shooting from Eddie House (25 points) and Ray Allen (27 points) to shoot down the Heat 98-83 in Miami for their sixth straight win.
Frank Dell’Apa says that last night was a prime example of difficult the Celtics can make it for opponents to pick their poison. Paul Flannery serves up a six pack of observations from last night’s win. Mark Murphy says that the Celtics needed long distance help to beat the Heat last night, perhaps a sign that not all is well.
Bob Ryan says that the NBA is “the most egalitarian major institution in our society.” Flannery tries to answer the question: Are The Celtics Back? after their struggles of a few weeks ago. Scott Souza has a look at rookie Bill Walker and his surging popularity. Jessica Camerato has Walker showing his commitment to Boston. Dan Guttenplan says that Stephon Marbury would be a bad idea for the Celtics.
Kevin Paul Dupont has coach Claude Julien riding a hunch in the shootout last night and going with Michael Ryder, who got the deciding shootout goal to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory. Steve Conroy has the Bruins able to catch a bit of a break now.
Chris Warner scouts the East West Shrine Game for Patriots Daily.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots promoting Bill O’Brien to Quarterbacks coach, putting him in a position to follow the career path of Josh McDaniels. John Tomase has Matt Light not worried about Bill Belichick spreading himself too thin with the departures of McDaniels and Scott Pioli. Shalise Manza Young has Light saying that the Patriots are using their extra time off the heal. Eric McHugh looks at the Super Bowl ad that Light will be appearing in. Tom Wilcox examines what the Patriots are doing in their personnel department.
Tom Brady spoke on Toronto sports radio yesterday, mostly to promote a product, but he did talk about his recovery from the knee injury he suffered on opening day of this season. WEEI.com has the full transcript of the interview. Mike Reiss has Brady saying he’s going “really well” in his recovery. Tomase’s notebook has Brady not saying whether he’ll be ready to start the ’09 season. Young has Brady talking about his season on the sidelines and what he did during games. Eric McHugh has Brady saying he “watched everything” the Patriots did this year.
With the hole in the middle of their lineup, Charles P. Pierce proposes that the Red Sox should perhaps consider…bringing Manny back? Dick Trust talks to Bobby Doerr about Jim Rice finally getting into the Hall of Fame. Chad Finn has a few thoughts as we creep closer to spring training. (Hey February 6th is ‘truck day!’)Maureen Mullen has a look at Casey Kelly, the Red Sox top pick in last year’s draft. Dan Lamothe looks at the Red Sox efforts to build up their bullpen this offseason.
Eric Wilbur says that it is a great time to be a baseball fan in New York. A public school teacher? Not so much.
Jeff Goodman has a look at Al Skinner’s recruiting style at BC and wonders whether it can last.