Celtics Fall Again in OT To Bulls

So depending on how you look at things, the Celtics could’ve finished off a four game sweep yesterday, or found themselves in a 1-3 hole. Three of the four games of this series have gone right down to the wire, and could’ve been taken by either team. Yesterday it was Ben Gordon once again coming up huge for the Bulls, hitting a three pointer in OT to force a second OT, where the Bulls finally hung on for the 121-118 series-tying victory.

Frank Dell’Apa has Doc Rivers blaming poor execution down the stretch for the loss. Mark Murphy has the coaches from both sides feeling their teams could play a lot better.

Marc J. Spears says that the Celtics really did not want to come back to Chicago, but they will have to now. Steve Bulpett has a closer look at the lack of execution and focus by the Celtics yesterday. Paul Flannery has five things we learned the hard way from yesterday’s loss. Jeremy Gottlieb on the BSMW Full Court Press weighs in on a classic game on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Bulpett has Rajon Rondo once again putting on a show, notching his second triple-double of the series. Jessica Camerato says that the Celtics had no one to turn to on their bench yesterday, which severely hampered their play.

Daniel I. Dorfman has a look at Gordon’s efforts to keep his team alive yesterday.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has things getting physical between the two teams. Murphy’s notebook has Brad Miller avoiding an ejection and suspension, and noting the following: 

At least one member of the Celtics entourage was taken aback at the sight of the officiating crew exiting the United Center. Two of the three members of the group, which consisted of Danny Crawford, Bill Kennedy and Marc Davis, were spotted with their families decked out in Bulls gear.

Kennedy ejected Celtics coach Doc Rivers from a game in Chicago on March 17, and two days later was fined (as was Rivers) for his actions.

Couldn’t the NBA even just try to avoid the appearance of impropriety in these things?

Red Sox

The Red Sox finished off a weekend sweep of the New York Yankees last night, with a fifth inning straight steal of home by Jacoby Ellsbury being the highlight.

John Tomase says that this series will be remembered for Ellsbury steal. Amalie Benjamin has plenty more on the first straight steal of home in 15 years for the Red Sox. Dom Amore has the Red Sox completing the sweep of the Yankees. Mike Fine has the Sox wrapping up a 9-0 homestand, helped by Ellsbury’s steal. Bill Ballou notes that now the Red Sox have even beaten the Yankees with their feet. Ron Chimelis has the Sox finishing off a series that had a little bit of everything.

Sean McAdam says that Red Sox/Yankees games are more like tests of endurance rather than baseball games. Bill Burt says that we learned a lot about the Red Sox and Yankees this weekend. Lenny Megliola chimes in with a number of observations from the weekend.

Nick Cafardo loves the daring by Ellsbury. Steve Buckley says that this becomes a dash into Red Sox folklore. Bill Burt says that Ellsbury will be reminded of this for the rest of his life. Alex Speier says that we’ve learned not to blink when Ellsbury is on base. Dan Lamothe gives us the Anatomy of Jacoby Ellsbury’s steal with video.

Adam Kilgore has youngsters Hunter Jones and Michael Bowden combining for eight outs from the Red Sox bullpen last night. McAdam has more on the efforts from the two unlikely contributors.  Buckley is impressed by a 99 mph pitch from Manny Delcarmen Saturday night. McDonald has Delcarmen returning to his Little League roots on Saturday.  Brian MacPherson says that the weekend was a tale of two bullpens.

Daniel Barbarisi has Justin Masterson lauding Andy Pettitte’s character. Sarah Green says that the Yankees early problems are real.

Benjamin’s notebook examines the trend that has taking Jonathan Papelbon more pitches to get the job done this season. The ProJo notebook has more on the effort from the Bullpen. Jim Fenton’s notebook has Masterson putting together another quality fill-in start. Ballou’s notebook has Michael Bowden pitching in for the Sox bullpen. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Bowden’s effort out of the bullpen.

Patriots

Far too many Patriots draft stories to link to here, but I’ll try to give you a taste, and some of the highlights of the coverage.

Over at Patriots Daily, check out the post-draft rundowns from Scott Benson and Chris Warner.

The Patriots wheeled and dealed all weekend, moving around in the draft, picking up two more second round picks next year, and dealing Ellis Hobbs to the Eagles for a pair of late round picks.

Mike Reiss notes that the Patriots don’t appear to be in a rush to address the outside linebacker position. Ron Borges says that the never-ending search at cornerback continues. Mark Farinella has the Patriots continuing their weekend swap meet. Hector Longo is glad Ellis Hobbs is out of town.

Christopher Price has the best and the worst of the draft weekend, while Jim Donaldson has Bill Belichick going for quantity over quality. Michael Holley may be in mourning, but Michael Felger says that the Patriots will be just fine without Ellis Hobbs. Rich Garven has Hobbs shocked by the trade. Brian MacPherson says that once the Patriots drafted Darius Butler, Hobbs was expendable.

Check the rest of the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

The Bruins continue to wait and see who they’re going to play in the second round. Check BruinsLinks.com for the latest.

  • Paul

    You Boston sports fans are just looking for excuses…
    I could see you guys bring up the refs wearing Bulls gear if there was actually a bias on the calls. The problem is Boston was getting the calls, not the Bulls. Ben Gordon was body slammed and didn’t get a call and for the 22 shots he took,he didn’t even make it to the line until either the 4th quarter or overtime for the only two free throws the guy shot in the game!

    Face it, the problem is the self proclaimed best player in the world has no heart (if he played like he did in game three, this series would be over), and if the Celtics happen to limp by the Bulls in this series, they’re still one and done.

    • Jon

      Pierce has not heart? You have no credibility.

      Or did you skip all of the playoffs last year?

  • Chief

    Paul so your argument that the refs weren’t/aren’t biased is based on the amount of times a jump shooting 2 guard went to the line?
    I think the bigger point is that for a number of years there have been a great deal of rumors/allegations that the NBA was fixed. It would be smart for the league to have their refs avoid the situations where people could see something like that and say that they are biased.
    C’s lost because Doc didn’t have the C’s foul at the end of OT 1.

  • Tony

    The C’s didn’t lose because of the refs yesterday. They lost because their defense/strategy on Gordon’s tying three-pointer was lousy.

    That said, I do find it amazing that a team with 128 regular season wins and an NBA title under their belt over the last two seasons still has a hard time getting calls…even at home.

    Perhaps it’s the perceived lack of a megastar like Kobe, LeBron and Wade (guys who always get the calls) that keeps the C’s and refs in a constant state of conflict. But usually you’ll see successful teams get the benefit of the doubt from the refs in the NBA. This current edition of the Celtics seems to be an exception to that historical trend.

  • Classless

    That tidbit about the refs is unsettling. This is why nobody takes the NBA seriously.