The Los Angeles Clippers came into the Garden and pretty much had their way with the Celtics all night. After the Clippers had a lead of as much as 23 points, the Celtics made a run that closed the game to as close as three points, but the Clippers held on with some big shots down the stretch to beat the Celtics 108-103. Get all the stories at CelticsLinks.com.
Garden Clipping - Scott Souza says that the Celtics just didn’t deserve this one. Steve Bulpett says that though the bench struggled, this one was on the starters – and the Clippers deserve some credit too.
Celtics have a bigs problem - Paul Flannery says that with just two “bigs” available last night, the Celtics struggled in the paint.
Krstic a throw-in? Not for the Celtics - With 20 points and 9 rebounds last night, Chris Forsberg says that Nenad Krstic is showing he has big value to the Celtics. Jessica Camerato has Krstic getting a crash course in the Celtics system.
Guard Carlos Arroyo impresses in Green debut - Mark Murphy’s notebook has the newest Celtics playing some strong minutes last night. Julian Benbow’s Celtics notebook has Boston looking for reinforcements from their injured corps. Camerato’s CSNNE.com notes has the Celtics digging too deep a hole. The notebook from Jim Fenton has several Celtics meeting with President Obama on Tuesday night.
The NHL announced yesterday that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara would not be fined or suspended for his hit on the Canadiens Max Pacioretty Tuesday night. Apparently though, the Montreal police are opening an investigation on the hit.
Crawford gets up to speed - Peter Abraham has the outfielder settling in with the Red Sox as he prepares to see his former team for the first time today.
Dennys Reyes tale takes left turn - John Tomase explains how the right-handed Reyes became a lefty pitcher.
Westmoreland hungrier than ever - Joe McDonald with another update on the outfield prospect.
Juan Carlos Linares’ Impressive Spring Spurs Trade Talks and Eight Other Red Sox Thoughts - Tony Lee runs through several Red Sox items.
Florida sports radio host Dan Sileo was apparently among the first to report that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather had shot two men. Of course, Sileo orginally reported that it was “Floyd meaweather” involved in the shooting. Deadspin (Patriots Safety Brandon Meriweather Accused Of Shooting Two Men During Brawl) then jumped on the story, which became topic # 1 on Boston sports radio this morning.
Sileo has been taking victory laps on the story:
What’s not clear is if the story is actually true. While Sileo has been passing rumors, several Boston sports media reporters are actually gathering information on the story.
Attorney in Meriweather case has ‘doubts’ - WEEI had the attorney for the victims of the shooting on this morning (as did 98.5, but WEEI had them on first.) The attorney says he has doubts about whether Meriweather was the shooter, or was even there.
Sheriff: Meriweather not on police report - WEEI also followed up with sheriff’s department, which says Meriweather’s name is not on the police report, nor in any part of the investigation.
The man who raised Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather says of shooting allegations: “It’s not true.” - Ian Rapoport has the legal guardian of Meriweather saying that the Patriots safety was not at the scene of the crime, and was not involved.
So what’s the truth? Is this a money grab? Did it happen as the victims say? It is easy to rush to judgement on Meriweather, one of the least popular Patriots in recent memory, but there seem to be a lot of questions about this story right now.