Celtics Look To Add Final Piece

With the Bruins making a flury of trades last week, will the Celtics follow suit today? It seems unlikely, given what the Celtics have to offer, but Danny Ainge has surprised us before.

At deadline, Celtics in a bind - Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics may be forced to sacrifice the future in order to improve this team. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics do not want to go that route, and any addition to the roster may come in the form of a player signed after a buyout. Gary Washburn says that the Celtics just don’t have the assets to give another team what they want. A. Sherrod Blakely has Ainge saying he will not do a deal out of panic.

Point taken by Garnett - The Globe notebook by  Julian Benbow has Kevin Garnett looking to be more aggressive on offense. The Herald notebook from Steve Bulpett has Kendrick Perkins out for a week with a strained MCL.  

Evolution of a pitcher: Over time, Lester adds cutter to arsenal - Brian MacPherson has the second part of his three-part series on Sox lefty Jon Lester.

Major obstacle - Nick Cafardo has a piece on Lars Anderson, whom the Red Sox are still high on despite adding Adrian Gonzalez to first base.

Early days of Curt Young era - Scott Lauber has the Red Sox new pitching coach getting to know his staff.

McDonald adopts ‘beast mode’ routine for 2011 - Maureen Mullen has Darnell McDonald looking to improve on his breakthrough season of 2010.

Marco Scutaro prognosis: good - Lauber’s Red Sox notebook has the shortstop feeling at full strength. The Red Sox Journal from Brian MacPherson has Rich Hill looking to secure a spot in the bullpen. The Globe notebook from Nick Cafardo has Terry Francona not ready to name his opening day starter.

A head-scratcher for NHL - John Powers has a feature on the NHL facing the problem of concussions that come from legal hits.

Quite a character, Hnidy brought in for tryout - The Bruins notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the club bringing back a former defenseman for a look. Steve Conroy has more on the tryout for Hnidy. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Steve Kampfer on the outside looking in at the moment in terms of playing time.

Patriots’ view of the NFL combine - Mike Reiss takes a New England-centric look at the combine.

Kevin Faulk feels labor pains - Ian Rapoport talks to the Patriots running back about his rehab will be impacted by a lockout.

Could Colon wind up on Patriots’ radar? - Tom E Curran wonders if Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon could be of interest to the Patriots.