Celtics Win Big In Chicago

OK, confession time…

I wasn’t really high on the Celtics chances last night. There just seemed to be too much going against them for last night…a pumped United Center crowd, an athletic young Bulls team feeling confident, the continuing injuries – it all just seemed to add up to disaster. And it did. For the Bulls. The Celtics jumped out fast, and never looked back in a 107-86 stampede of the Bulls, and the game wasn’t even as close as the final score. The Celtics lead was over 30 for most of the fourth quarter.

I’m really confused right now, because my gut instinct on these type of things is usually correct. I’m really glad I was wrong, however.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics grabbing a 2-1 series lead by taking control right from the opening possession. Mark Murphy has the Celtics rediscovering their inner defender last night.

Marc J. Spears has Paul Pierce and the Celtics putting the pieces together last night. Steve Bulpett has Pierce throwing heat and setting the tone for his club. Paul Flannery says that among the things we learned last night is that Paul Pierce is not dead. The BSMW Full Court Press has the Game 3 Breakdown.

Daniel I. Dorfman has the Bulls losing the home court advantage they had stolen from the Celtics in Boston. Jessica Camerato says that rookie of the year Derrick Rose has been no match for Rajon Rondo. Spears has Tony Allen receiving death threats from his hometown of Chicago.

Spears has Commissioner David Stern not feeling sympathy for the injured Celtics, and addressing the rumors that the league would prefer to have a Kobe Bryant/LeBron James matchup in the finals. Bulpett has Stern blaming the media for the notion that the league is focused on a particular player matchup in the finals.

Check CelticsLinks.com for more coverage and chatter from all around the country.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Rajon Rondo insisting he is fine despite having to be helped to the locker room after the game. Murphy’s notebook has more on the death threats to Allen.

Patriots

The draft section at Patriots Daily is complete and all set for this weekend’s big event. In addition to all the position previews, player interviews and mock drafts, we’ve got downloadable draft boards for Day One and Day Two and Chris Warner takes A Look At Drafts Past.

Mike Reiss gives us the State of the Patriots. Ron Borges says that we must shake the idea of Julius Peppers coming to the Patriots this weekend. Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots, as always, looking to the future with the draft. Hector Longo says that Belichick and the Patriots must hit a home run tomorrow. Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots have a huge chance to stock up for the future this weekend.  Jim Donaldson makes fun of people who put together mock drafts.

Mark Farinella checks out prospects in the secondary. Karen Guregian scouts the Outside LB and the Inside LB  positions. Gasper rates the Wide Receivers in the draft. Shalise Manza Young rates the best and worst Patriots draft trades. Christopher Price has the home stretch in sight for potential draftees.

Red Sox

The Yankees are town for their first visit of the season this weekend. Dom Amore has the Yankees bringing some new faces to the rivalry this season. Adam Kilgore says that it is never too early for Red Sox/Yankees. Sean McAdam says that the rivalry seems to have cooled a bit.  Mike Fine has Nick Green now getting a chance to the see the other side of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Joe McDonald has more on the rivalry being reborn tonight. Lenny Megliola says that it is time for the rivalry to be renewed.

Paul Jarvey has David Ortiz getting into a happy place again. Brian MacPherson says that Papi’s struggles should be of little worry to the Red Sox and their fans. John Tomase has Mike Lowell not giving a second thought about Mark Teixeira and the Red Sox pursuit of the first baseman last winter. Alex Speier has Jason Bay talking contract.

Dan Lamothe compares and contrasts the two clubs. Rob Bradford looks at the return of Kason Gabbard. Paul Kenyon says that it looks like the sellout streak will continue. Bradford also looks at the  Red Sox Future Without Teixeira.

Kilgore’s notebook has a look at Kevin Youkilis’ hot start to the season. Tomase’s notebook has Ortiz asking Joba Chamberlain not to throw at Red Sox hitters, particularly Youkilis.

Bruins/Other

Mike Loftus says that every potential second-round playoff matchup has pros and cons for the Bruins. Steve Conroy has the Bruins showing their complete talents against Montreal. Stephen Harris says that the Canadiens were clearly outmatched in the series. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins just taking care of business against Montreal.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Zdeno Chara being named a Norris Trophy finalist for the second straight year.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Michael Felger adding even more to his media menu.

  • Tony

    David Stern didn’t have much sympathy for the C’s when Len Bias and Reggie Lewis died, so why would he have any sympathy for this year’s injured squad?

    I swear that if he could make it happen (there’s only so much his biased officiating crews can accomplish), we’d see the Lakers/Knicks in the Finals every year.

    • NASCL

      Isiah pretty much wrecked Stern’s master plan then.

      • Tony

        LOL…exactly.

        I will, however, forever believe that the “Ewing Lottery” was rigged.

  • Jason Coyote

    NASCL, the not-for-profit Isiah has pretty much wrecked anything he’s touched. The perfect name for him would be Sadim (‘Midas’ spelled backwards). I have a feeling the Florida International alum may soon be abbreviating their school name with one less letter when next basketball season rolls around.

    As for David Stern’s preferences, I think King James’ Cavs will be a perfectly fine substitute for those Knickerbockers. LeBron vs. Kobe gets Stern all warm and fuzzy inside.

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