Yesterday was one of those rare days we all cherish here in New England. Three of our local sports teams in action, two of them in the playoffs.
The Celtics got the day started at 12:30pm, and frankly, were pretty terrible. They dropped the opener of their best-of-seven playoff series 105-103 in overtime. Paul Pierce missed a free throw with two seconds left in regulation that would’ve given the Celtics the lead. Ray Allen scored 4 points for the game. Rookie Derrick Rose tied a playoff record for rookies with 36 points. Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press has the grim details. Check the rest of the coverage at CelticsLinks.com. Hint – don’t read Shaughnessy this morning. His effort was worse than the Celtics, if you can believe it. Marc J. Spears in his NBA Notes looks at Chauncey Billups trying to lead his hometown Nuggets deep into the playoffs.
The Red Sox were up next, at 7:00pm – Josh Beckett didn’t have his best outing, giving up four runs, three earned, in the fifth inning, but those were all the run that the Orioles got, as the Red Sox won, 6-4. Kevin Youkilis hit his third homer for the Sox. RedSoxLinks.com has all the stories and recaps you could possibly need. Nick Cafardo in his Baseball notes has Jake Peavy and the Padres liking where they are for now. Michael Silverman in his Baseball notes looks at the concern over David Ortiz’s lack of power and production thus far.
The Bruins capped off the night in style, with a rousing 5-1 game two victory over the hated Montreal Canadiens. Once again, check in at Bruinslinks.com for the coverage and reaction. Kevin Paul Dupont in his NHL notes checks out the teams that didn’t make the postseason and what the future might hold.
The Patriots continue their preparation for next weekend’s NFL draft. Chris Warner on Patriots Daily hands out a list of 2009 Draft Superlatives for your perusal. PatriotsLinks.com will get you caught up on the rest. Mike Reiss has a good edition of the NFL notes with an assessment of the 2006 draft for each team, now that three seasons have past.