The Celtics appears poised to put the final pieces of their roster in place by the end of this week, after signing Mikki Moore yesterday, and with Stephon Marbury finally agreeing to a buyout from the New York Knicks. Marbury is expected to sign with the Celtics as early as Friday, when he will clear waivers.
Steve Bulpett looks at the pending addition of Marbury, and the signing of Moore, and what the two players will bring to the Celtics roster. Marc J. Spears has more on Marbury, who hasn’t played in a regular season game since January of 2008. Jeff Goodman also says that the signs all point to Marbury signing here on Friday. Robert Lee has Rajon Rondo and KG expressing support of a Marbury signing.
Jessica Camerato introduces us to Mikki Moore. Scott Souza has the Celtics adding some size with Moore. Jeff Howe looks at Rajon Rondo stepping up his game in the absence of Kevin Garnett. Robert Lee looks at how the other Celtics are stepping up their games with KG out. Pat Gilroy has more on Rondo’s increased production.
Bulpett’s notebook has Brian Scalabrine being sent home to be checked after suffering a neck strain on a hard foul in Denver on Monday night. Check CelticsLinks.com for more on Marbury coming to Boston – plenty of New Yorkers have an opinion on this one…
The Bruins snapped out of their recent slump long enough to record a 6-1 trouncing of the Florida Panthers last night. Steve Conroy has three third period goals giving the Bruins the final cushion. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Panthers providing a needed elixir for the Bruins woes. Joe Haggerty has rookie Byron Bitz sparking the offense. Bud Barth has Bitz and pieces adding up for the Bruins.
Dupont’s notebook has Michael Ryder returning to action for the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has Ryder providing a boost for the offense with his return. Colageo’s notebook checks in with former Bruin Nick Boynton, who reflects on his time in Boston. Barth’s notebook says that it is probably not a coincidence that the offense struggled with Ryder out.
Searching for a story in the dog days of spring training, John Tomase says that we shouldn’t dismiss the idea that the Yankees could still swoop in and sign Manny Ramirez. Equally bored, Dan Shaughnessy checks in with Mike Lowell about the hurt the third baseman felt during the club’s pursuit of Mark Teixeira. Rob Bradford says that J.D. Drew is not about to let Boston change him. Joe McDonald says that newcomers find adjusting to the Red Sox clubhouse to be an easy process.
Sean McAdam has David Ortiz gearing up for the World Baseball Classic. Bob Hohler reports that a 2007 arrest of an Ortiz friend for identity theft was aided by MLB. Maureen Mullen has Papi getting his power back. McDonald has Ortiz taking aim at cars beyond the fence in batting practice.
McAdam has Josh Bard again trying to learn to catch the knuckleball of Tim Wakefield. Alex Speier says that Hideki Okajima could be with the Sox through 2012. Dan Lamothe goes through candidates for the title of most hated Red Sox player ever.
Karen Guregian says that Clay Matthews Jr looks like a good fit for the Patriots. Mike Reiss reports on Viking assistant Chad O’Shea appearing to be in line to be the new receivers coach for the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on O’Shea, who has only been with the Vikings for a month. Guregian has running back Fred Taylor meeting with the Patriots. Adam Smartschan has some notes from the combine. Chris Warner has more on day four of the combine.