Celtics Getting Vintage

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They’re not quite all the way back, but you’re seeing the signs. Last night contained another, as the Celtics put together a devastating 18-2 run in the second half, putting away the Los Angeles Clippers en route to a 90-77 win at the Garden.

Mark Murphy has Kevin Garnett sparking the Celtics with his defense, even in limited minutes. Frank Dell’Apa likewise has Garnett productive in his 18 minutes. Bill Doyle has Rajon Rondo kicking the Celtics into another gear in the third quarter last night. Scott Souza has the Celtics surging again. Robert Lee has the Celtics playing three good quarters last night and one poor one. Jim Fenton has the Celtics taking another step in the right direction last night.

Lenny Megliola says that KG is the difference for the Celtics. Gary Dzen has Garnett again making the most of his time on the court. Dan Duggan has Garnett impatient to increase his workload. Jeff Howe chips in with three things we saw last night. Paul Flannery has Rondo and KG getting their special connection back.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Doc Rivers saying that health is more of an advantage than home court in the playoffs. Murphy’s notebook has Stephon Marbury’s former teammate Zach Randolph happy for the former’s fresh start with the Celtics. Doyle’s notebook has Rivers saying that he will continue to limit KG’s minutes. Lee’s notebook has rookie Bill Walker still trying to earn his way into the rotation.

Red Sox

Where do we begin on the Curt Schilling retirement?  Curt’s archenemy, Dan Shaughnessy is a good place to start. Shaughnessy mostly plays nice, lauding Schilling’s postseason performances, even calling him the “Bill Russell of pitchers.” Still, Dan refers to him as an “uber-blowhard” and suggests that there are some hard feelings between he and the Red Sox front office.

Sean McAdam says that by sheer will, Schilling changed the course of Red Sox team history. Adam Kilgore looks at Schilling putting his retirement in writing…on his blog. Jon Couture says that Schilling wasn’t always well-received, but he always gave his all. Gerry Callahan says that Schilling has served as Boston anti-ARod. Alex Speier says that Schilling was an all-time bargain buy for the Red Sox. Chad Finn says that we’ll see Schilling in Cooperstown.

Bill Burt says that everything changed when the Red Sox acquired Schilling from the Diamondbacks. Mike Fine checks the Pros and Cons of Schilling. Adam Smartschan says that Schilling’s October performances will land him in the Hall of Fame. Dan Lamothe reviews some key Schilling moments. Howard Ulman of the AP also weighs in on the retirement.  McAdam has Curt Schilling’s Red Sox greatest hits.

Donna Goodison looks at what’s next for Schilling and his 38Studios.

For the rest of the Red Sox news from yesterday and more Schilling chatter, check RedSoxLinks.com.

Other

The Bruins are off until Saturday. Check in with the week of practice at Bruinslinks.com.

The Patriots will be opening their season with a home game on Monday night football against T.O. and the Buffalo Bills.

Chris Warner on Patriots Daily has a Q&A with Wyoming running back Devin Moore, who has drawn some interest from the Patriots.

Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders has their mock draft, and they have the Patriots trading up for once, targeting USC linebacker Brian Cushing.

Get the rest of your Patriots news at PatriotsLinks.com.