It’s fair to say that last night’s game was one of the ugliest in recent NBA memory. The Celtics had players ejected because of questionable technical fouls (Kendrick Perkins), have to leave the game with concussions (Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels), and foul out AND be injured (Rasheed Wallace).
That isn’t the reason the Celtics lost the game however. They were once again the less aggressive team, did not defend the three point line and were generally outplayed. THAT’s why they lost the game. The officials didn’t help their cause any, but ultimately the Celtics can only blame themselves for the 113-92 loss. Full links at CelticsLinks.com.
I don’t feel good about this team right now, the momentum is clearly with the Magic, and if the Celtics don’t close out tomorrow night, it seems pretty certain to me that they will join the Bruins in the infamous 3-0 club. (not that there is ANY connection between the two) There are people (in the media) out there rooting for this.
Celtics hurtin’ for certain – Mark Murphy says that the Celtics need to hack off Orlando’s momentum. Quickly.
Things fall apart - Paul Flannery says that you can look at the series a couple different ways.
Celtics losing their edge - Bob Ryan has the series slipping away from the Celtics.
Celtics say they’ll be all right - Chris Forsberg has the Celtics still acting confident following the beating.
These blows shifted the momentum - Gary Washburn has a pair of Dwight Howard elbows changing the series.
Kendrick Perkins T’s a big issue - Steve Bulpett has the center’s fate for game six in league hands.
Playoff anomaly? Celtics as Cinderella - Howard Bryant looks at how the Celtics playoff run flies in the face of the LeBron/Jordan star power theory.
Series wears on Rondo - Kevin McNamara’s Celtics Journal has the Boston point guard worn down and still not the same player as earlier in the playoffs.
Things are much better for the Red Sox these days, as they finished off a three game sweep of the first-place Tampa Rays, and moved into third place in the AL East. Last night Adrian Beltre (2 HR, 6 RBI) was the offensive star, and David Ortiz also homered to power Boston to a 11-3 win. Full coverage is available at RedSoxLinks.com. Heck, this one should be Reloaded.
Adrian Beltre’s bat helps Red Sox get out the brooms and sweep Rays - Ron Chimelis has the third baseman leading the way for Boston.
Red Sox rising above the chaos - Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox have officially put their slow start behind them.
Sox make a statement with recent run - Sean McAdam looks at the remarkable run the Red Sox have been on as of late.
True potential now rising to surface - Michael Silverman says that we’re seeing just how good the Red Sox can be.
Bard has continued to deliver while learning on the job - Brian MacPherson has the young reliever growing up before our eyes.
Ortiz bats in No. 3 spot - MacPherson’s extensive notebook has Ortiz hitting the third spot for the first time in over a year.
The Patriots held a limited OTA workout that was open to the media yesterday.
Crable, Tate and McKenzie back on the field - Christopher Price looks at a trio of young players who missed most, if not all of last season.
Veteran WR working hard - Mark Farinella has David Patten talking about his offseason work with the Patriots.
Wheatley not feeling cornered by competition - Shalise Manza Young has the third year cornerback acknowledging the make or break year in front of him.
Stiff competition for Pats’ third receiver slot - Robert Lee looks at one of the ongoing competitions on the club.
Holt keeps Pats cool - Rich Garven has Torry Holt trying to set a good example for his younger teammates.
Brace gets mental game up to speed - Mike Reiss has Ron Brace focused on getting better after a tough rookie season.