Kevin Garnett returned to the lineup last night for the Celtics, and with 19 points and 8 rebounds and a key steal in the final seconds was the difference for Boston in a 109-106 victory over the Orlando Magic. Get all the links at CelticsLinks.com.
Kevin Garnett’s frenzied, and brilliant, return - Paul Flannery looks at KG’s return, the Celtics defense on Dwight Howard, and a look ahead to the playoffs.
They’re cooking now - Gary Washburn says that perhaps more than anything else, chemisty is a key for this Celtics team.
Starting 5 together for first time since Finals - Brian MacPherson’s Celtics Journal says that with Perkins practicing the Celtics are able to finally get their starting five some work together. The Herald notebook by Mark Murphy has Ray Allen closing in on Reggie Miller. The Globe notebook by Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce late in getting on the scoreboard. The postgame notes from Chris Forsberg has Pierce getting a key bucket late from his sweet spot.
The final report cards are out for this season. As you imagine, the Patriots didn’t do too well in what turned out to be their final exam for the season. Making The Grades – Divisional Round Playoff vs. Jets - Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily leads us off, followed by: Ron Borges | Mike Felger | Mike Reiss | Kirk Minihane
Amid uncertainties, Belichick to return - Mark Farinella says that you know that Bill Belichick has really been thrown by a loss when he thanks the media for their patience and cooperation in his closing remarks.
Patriots offseason should be busy - Karen Guregian looks forward to the spring and summer for the Patriots.
The Pats begin a long offseason - Glen Farley has the Patriots with plenty of time to think about this one.
Not known when they’ll play pickup football - The Globe notebook by Monique Walker has the Patriots uncertain of the future with the labor situation. The Herald notebook by Ian R. Rapoport has Belichick defending the clock use in the fourth quarter.
Chara deserves tip of the hat - Mick Colageo has Zdeno Chara recording his first career hat trick in the Bruins 7-0 wipeout of the Hurricanes yesterday afternoon.