After dropping two straight game, the Celtics were determined not to drop a third, and the Milwaukee Bucks were the unfortunate recipients of the wrath of the Celtics defense, as Boston set a franchise record (in the shot clock era) in holding the Bucks to 56 points in a 87-56 home rout. Get all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.
On the Celtics postgame last night on CSSNE, Gary Tanguay made repeated references to the “shot clock era,” but neither he nor Donny Marshall knew exactly when that era began. I may have misheard, but it sounded like Tanguay guessed 1961 when asked (could’ve been 1951) but either one was wrong. The shot clock was instituted for the 1954-55 NBA season. It was a little embarrassing for guys who should know this stuff.
This is a small item, but I’ve always thought that sports media types should be at least as knowledgeable as a diehard fan. Perhaps a diehard NBA fan wouldn’t know the exact year the shot clock was instituted, but they would at least have a rough idea of when it was introduced.
For Celtics, good things start with D – Chris Forsberg says that it would be an understatement to say that this game was exactly what the Celtics needed.
Input on paltry (56 points) output - Gary Washburn observes that last night was a reflection on how strange the NBA can be on a nightly basis.
Has Ray Allen ever been better? – Kirk Minihane has the future Hall of Fame guard continuing the best shooting season of his career.
West gets closer to a return – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Delonte West looking at a Wednesday return to action. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Paul Piece tweaking BU fans. A. Sherrod Blakely has Troy Murphy (11 points) making the most of some extra floor time last night. Mike Fine’s notebook in The Patriot Ledger has more on the return of West.
Changing luck with Dice? – Nick Cafardo has new pitching coach Curt Young attempting a change in Daisuke Matsuzaka’s between-game ritual.
For Red Sox reserves, versatility becoming name of the game – Tim Britton has the Red Sox backups attempting to make the most of their skills.
Trying to frame Beckett outing – The Globe notebook looks at a tough fifth inning for Josh Beckett yesterday. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has Clay Buchholz set to take his place behind Jon Lester in the rotation. The Herald notebook from John Tomase also looks at the change in routine for Dice-K. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam and Joe Haggerty have Alfredo Aceves replacing Buchholz in today’s game against the Yankees.
Ference would help team sharpen its skates – Fluto Shinzawa has the return of Andrew Ference a possible boost for the Bruins.
Plenty of teams in position to win NCAA – Dan Duggan has an overview of the college basketball tournament.
Terriers hope to make splash in crowded, competitive pool - Bob Ryan looks at the tournament for the Globe.