The Celtics once again found themselves trailing by double-digits on the road last night, digging themselves an early hole against the new-look Knicks. A taunting New York crowd seemed to fire up Paul Pierce and the Celtics, who closed the game on a 23-4 run in the fourth quarter for a 96-86 victory.
I’m a little bemused when I see CSNNE and others proclaiming Knicks/Celtics at “Rivalry Renewed.” There hasn’t been a rivalry between these clubs since the Nixon administration (that’s Richard, not Trot). A few competitive games does not a rivalry make. Things have generally been pretty one-sided in either direction for the two teams, with the brief exception of the Bernard King era in the 80′s.
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Celtics tough enough - Julian Benbow looks at a bloodbath at Madison Square Garden, where things picked up another notch when Doc Rivers called his team “soft” at halftime.
A playoff preview perhaps? - Paul Flannery wonders if last night was a preview of the first round of the playoffs.
Let’s not play this game - Gary Washburn says that that there is no need to panic after every loss this Celtics team has. They are after all, well ahead of where they were last year.
Ray Allen hits the bloody deck - Mark Murphy’s notebook has Allen shaking off a seven-stitch cut on the head to return to the game. The CSNNE notes from A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics winning with hustle. The Globe notebook from Gary Washburn and Julian Benbow has the agent for Jeff Green saying that his client is already comfortable in Boston and open to a longer-term stay. NESN’s Evans Clinchy has a Shaq update and six other Celtics thoughts. The ESPN postgame notes from Chris Forsberg has Kevin Garnett talking about green squirrels.
Sox swim in deep end - For the second straight day, a Herald columnist gushes over Theo Epstein and the team he has put together. Today it is Gerry Callahan’s turn.
Tough guy Callahan this morning called Paul Pierce “selfish” and ”gutless” for not naming the guy who stabbed and nearly killed him back in 2000.
This after a conversation with the attorney for Brandon Meriweather, who said that no one who witnessed the shooting incident in Florida initially reported it to the police, including Meriweather, and that this sort of thing was “not unusual” in that situation and environment. Callahan couldn’t grasp that people might have doubts that they or their family could be adequately protected in situations like these.
Red Sox prospect has special moment - Gordon Edes has an obscure Red Sox prospect getting the chance to stand in against Roy Halladay.
Agent Boggs wades right in - The Globe notebook has the agent for Adrian Gonzalez checking in on his client. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Matt Albers looking good this spring. The Red Sox Journal from Tim Britton has Jon Lester with mostly a positive outing yesterday.
Tyler Seguin’s improved play could improve chances of staying in the lineup - DJ Bean has the rookie getting better late in the season. Joe Haggerty says that Seguin is starting to “get it.”
Boston Bruins running out of time to correct problems at home - Mike Loftus has the Bruins looking to make a stand at home.
N.H. scribe’s vile Plan B - Kevin Cullen weighs in on the guilty plea of former Union Leader sportswriter Kevin Provencher.
Bill Belichick’s passion shows through - Mike Reiss has the Patriots coach talking about proposed rule changes.
Typical Bill Belichick, little to say - Ian Rapoport had a different take on the coach’s comments yesterday.
This morning at the NFL Meetings, Belichick was the only one of the 32 NFL coaches who did not meet with the media at breakfast. This of course kicked off a wave of Twitter whines among Patriots reporters:
Can you really blame him?
I love this one. Belichick won’t talk??? I’m going to run and tell on him and see if he can get fined!!!
So really, the reporters don’t care whether Belichick talks or not, it’s about the FANS. THEY deserve better. What’s he going to tell us? What is he going to say that he didn’t say yesterday?
If there were an actual rule about this, maybe this clown would have a point.
Yup, this guy is credible. In his next Tweet, he proceeds to sing Rex Ryan’s praises.
Seems like they just went and brought up Belichick’s absence to other coaches as well:
Bill Belichick has clearly once again committed crimes against humanity.
Update: What’s great about all of this, is that Belichick later came down and spoke to reporters.