The Cleveland Cavaliers came out of the gate smokin’ last night, hitting six of their first seven shots, and running out to a 13-2 lead. A few minutes later, the Cavs led by 14 at 19-5 and 21-7, but the Celtics rebuilt bench led a comeback, and the Celtics took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back in a 95-89 opening night win over LeBron and company.
Frank Dell’Apa calls last night’s win a “a decisive victory and confirmation of the team’s improvement.” Mark Murphy has the Celtics ending an eight-game losing streak in Cleveland with the win. Mike Petraglia looks at what we can take away from this opening night win.
Bob Ryan says that even though this was just opening night, it was a very satisfying win for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics bench was the difference in this one. Chris Sheridan says that the Celtics were the better team in this one.
Bulpett reports that the Celtics have suspended Glen Davis ‘indefinitely’. After the details of how he injured himself came out yesterday, Ryan says that it is time for Baby to grow up. Washburn reports that Davis will be shelved 8 weeks after surgery on his broken thumb. Robert Lee says that Davis must learn from this incident. Jim Fenton has more on the suspension of Davis. Paul Flannery looks at the big drama from Big Baby.
Murphy says that the Celtics have increased their offer to Rajon Rondo.
Brendon Rosenau takes a moment to remember the 1993 Patriots over on Patriots Daily.
Kerry Byrne takes the Patriots pulse here at the bye week. Monique Walker notes that the schedule gets a whole lot tougher after the bye for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots will need to continue to play hard-nose, team football to power through this stretch.
Glen Farley says that despite Tom Brady’s knee being better, he still needs a crutch sometimes – and that crutch is Wes Welker. Ian R. Rapoport has Bill Belichick on WEEI’s Big Show defending the play of Laurence Maroney.
Brian MacPherson wonders if new Padres GM Jed Hoyer might trade Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has Brad Mills being named manager of the Astros. Sean McAdam has Terry Francona happy for Mills.
Bill Burt talks to Don Zimmer about the World Series. Amalie Benjamin has the Yankees insisting that George Steinbrenner is still a big part of them. Bill Reynolds says that A-Rod and the Yankees have vanquished their postseason ghosts.
Michael Silverman and The Globe notebook have Pedro Martinez and the Yankees meeting once again. Steve Buckley looks at why Boston fans have more to root for in this series than simply for the Yankees to lose.
Kevin Paul Dupont has coach Claude Julien pleased with the play of backup goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rich Thompson has Marco Sturm adjusting to changes in stride. Mike Loftus has the Bruins line changes paying immediate dividends.