Celtics Clipped In LA

On the final game of their West coast road trip, the Celtics just couldn’t put it all together, and lost to the lowly Clippers, 93-91 in Los Angeles.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics unable to close out the Clippers in this one. Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers displeased with his club’s performance last night.

Paul Flannery examines how the Celtics have fared without Kevin Garnett, and offers some thoughts on Mikki Moore.  Mark Murphy tries to look at both sides of the Stephon Marbury signing. Spears has Marbury choosing to wait until he is actually signed before he comments on joining the Celtics. Bulpett has the Celtics expressing optimism about what Marbury can bring them.

Spears’ notebook has Moore giving the Celtics a lift, and some reaction from around the league on Marbury. Bulpett’s notebook has Moore eager for a shot at a championship. Check CelticsLinks.com for more news and blog posts on the Celtics.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a healthy Josh Beckett able to throw his changeup several times yesterday in the Red Sox opening spring training game. Joe McDonald says that Josh Beckett back at full speed should be a welcome sight for the Red Sox.

Alex Speier has Daniel Bard hoping to follow Justin Masterson’s path to the majors. Maureen Mullen has more on Bard. McDonald has Tim Wakefield feeling fine physically in the nightcap. He also has Rocco Baldelli going hitless in his Red Sox debut. Joe Haggerty looks at how Kevin Youkilis has really stepped up since Manny Ramirez was traded.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at the tradition of the Red Sox playing Boston College to open the spring, and what it means to the students who get a chance to play against players they’ve watched for years. Carol Robidoux has a look at a NH man who feeds spring training fans in an unusual way.

Benjamin’s notebook has Josh Bard with a successful catching outing with Tim Wakefield in the night game against the Twins.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has the Bruins surprised at the struggles of the Anaheim Ducks. Haggerty says that there is no place like home for the Bruins. Barbara Matson has the Bruins bouncing back after their tough road trip. Steve Conroy says that in the win over the Panthers, the Bruins defensemen starting jumping into the attack again – something that had been missing during the struggles.

Patriots

Scott Benson wonders if we’ve totally overestimated the market for Matt Cassel and what the Patriots can get for him. Jim Donaldson thinks there will be no shortage of teams interested in Cassel.

Christopher L. Gasper has the team filling out a couple spots on the coaching staff and in the front office. Christopher Price has Dr. James Andrews giving a good prognosis on Tom Brady’s knee.

If you want to click through 20 pages, you can view Boston.com’s Patriots offseason overview.

Misc

Michael Felger has a new edition of the mailbag.

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