Celtics Beat Up In Orlando, Sox Sweep Rays

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.

You like apples? Both the Bruins and Celtics are on the verge of choking away 3-0 leads. How do you like dem apples?Thu May 27 04:39:55 via web

How great would it be to see both the Bruins & Celtics blow 3-0 leads? Does it make the 04 and 07 World Series a little more bearable. (No.)Thu May 27 03:12:47 via web

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.

  • Jon

    Jim Rome (pause).
    Is awful (pause).
    And his show is (pause)
    terrible.

  • Seawall

    The NBA is a joke. The officials in the WWE are better. Players should call their own fouls like in the playground.

    • dhamz2004

      That would be great for the Celtics since Perkins, KG, Wallace, Pierce, Rondo, and Big Baby have never committed a foul in their lives.

      • Bruce

        I’m pretty sure none of them have ever knocked two opponents unconscious in the same game.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/dhamz2004 dhamz2004

          I wasn't speaking to that as much as the way they react every time they are called for a foul.

          In Perkins case, it is his reputation for acting that way that probably got him thrown out and possibly now suspended when he didn't really deserve it.

  • Tony

    Jim Everett should have finished the job on Rome 15 years ago. He's a complete tool. Always has been.

  • mandb97

    Bruce, I want to disagree with you on a couple of points. The first one is I believe the Celtics actually played very hard in the first half. The second half they were trying to win with their 9-12 players which gives them no chance. The problem seems to be they have no idea how to deal with the new, aggressive Jameer Nelson. The Celtics would bring up Perkins to slow Nelson's penetration and he would immediately find Howard for easy dunks. If the Celtics packed it in on Howard the Magic would find an open shooter like Barns or Reddick and they would sink a three. The Celtics are beat up and befuddled. This is not a good combination.

    Also, it was not Howard who took out Daniels it was Gortat. Daniels head awkwardly went into Gortat's chest knocking him to the floor leaving him a little woozy and slightly limping. I wonder if he mildly pinched a nerve.

    As far as Rome goes, I don't think he is rooting against Boston as he is piling on. I remember when I used to listen to him, he was all over Dallas when they looked like they were going to blow a 3-0 lead to Portland. McIntyre and Ourand on the other hand are both giant New York honks and wouldn't bat an eye if a nuke was dropped right in the middle of Copley Square.

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