After taking an elbow to the head in the third quarter that required 10 stitches, Big Baby Davis returned to the court and helped close out the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Garden last night. Big baby scored 15 points in the final quarter to end the night with 19 points and 10 rebounds (the joke is that with his 10 stitches, he got his first career triple-double last night), while Paul Pierce scored a game high 27.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics, even without Kevin Garnett, proving to be too much for the Thunder. Mark Murphy notes that Eddie House was also a huge contributor in closing out the Thunder last night. Robert Lee has Davis and House giving the Celtics an offensive spark in the fourth quarter for the win. Scott Souza has a new big three leading the charge last night. Bill Doyle has Davis’ bump on the head getting him going last night. The Metro has the game at a glance.
Steve Bulpett has Eddie House sparking the Celtics to the victory last night. Gary Dzen has Mikki Moore starting to feel settled, as he chipped in with a double-double (12 pts, 11 rbs) of his own last night. Paul Flannery has Moore and Stephon Marbury settling into their roles with the Celtics. Souza has the Celtics playing some Perked up defense with Garnett out.
Paul Flannery says that the Ray Allen trade also worked out pretty well for the team that is now the Thunder. Tim Weisberg notes that the April schedule will actually benefit the Celtics. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics giving the Thunder a history lesson. Mike Fine has a look at the wounded Celtics, including Brian Scalabrine, who seems to be going a little stir-crazy sitting at home.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Davis getting valuable experience starting during KG’s absence. Bulpett’s notebook has KG hoping to return for Friday’s game against the Hawks. Lee’s notebook has Leon Powe and Tony Allen also getting closer to a return. Doyle’s notebook has more on a possible KG return on Friday.
The Bruins won their third straight game, this time a 4-3 win over the Flyers in Philly. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins hanging on and flying high after the win. Stephen Harris has the Bruins getting things set up nicely for the playoffs with their strong play as of late. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins looking like a playoff team in the win.
Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins not planning on raiding the Providence roster while the P-Bruins are in the playoffs. Harris’ notebook has Milan Lucic throwing his weight around against the Flyers.
Tony Massarotti and John Tomase have a look at Jon Lester working on his changeup, which he hopes to feature more this season after having virtually ignored it the last few years. Maureen Mullen says that this spring has been a great learning experience for Clay Buchholz. Rob Bradford and Michael Felger debate the value of Buchholz.
Tomase’s notebook has Brad Wilkerson leaving the team after being informed he wouldn’t be on the opening day roster. The Globe notebook has Wilkerson weighing his options. Barbarisi’s notebook has more on Lester’s changeup.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly have BU scoring with under 15 seconds left in regulation to defeat UNH and go to another Frozen Four. Allen Lessels has UNH coming up short once again. Mike Zhe also reports on the heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats.
Steve Buckley has Villanova winning over the hearts of Boston fans during the regional finals at the Garden.
Karen Guregian has Jason Taylor not giving any hints as to where he is leaning towards playing next season.
Chris Warner has a Q&A with Morgan State defensive lineman Lonnie Harvey for Patriots Daily.
Mark Farinella has a few ponderous thoughts.