The Celtics traveled to Mike Felger’s home state of Wisconsin last night for a late (9:00pm start) with the Milwaukee Bucks. In all the years I’ve followed the Celtics, dating back to the 1980’s, this has always been a tough place for the Celtics to play. Last night was no exception, but the Celtics managed to execute down the stretch and pulled out a 89-83 win over a game Bucks squad. Get all the coverage over at CelticsLinks.com.
Late push enough for Celtics – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics winning their fifth straight with a combination of smoke, mirrors and a defensive revival.”
The importance of getting the top seed – Paul Flannery says that while this game will not make the postseason highlight DVD, it was nonetheless an important step towards a bigger goal for the Celtics.
Krstic excels in transition game – Gary Washburn’s notebook has the big man continuing to seamlessly fit into the Celtics offense. A. Sherrod Blakely reported yesterday that Shaquille O’Neal will be out indefinitely with a sore foot. Chris Forsberg has a number of reactions following the game last night. Steve Bulpett‘s notebook in the Herald has more on the Celtics waiting on Shaq and the other injured players.
It’s all in place – Nick Cafardo has a feature on why some left-handed hitters are made for Fenway Park, and he believes Adrian Gonzalez is one of those.
Healthy dose of optimism – Michael Silverman has Red Sox team physician Dr. Thomas Gill hopeful that he won’t be quite as busy this season as he was last.
Sox duo feels for steal – Scott Lauber has Tommy Harper praising the base-stealing instincts of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford.
Expect big things from Papelbon – Jon Couture says that the Red Sox closer is going to have a monster season in 2011.
For Josh Reddick, the challenge is about more than just drawing walks – Brian MacPherson has the outfielder honing his skills at the plate.
This smacks of real progress – The Globe notebook has Gonzalez taking his first live BP of the spring. The Herald notebook from Michael Silverman has Terry Francona watching the kids yesterday. MacPherson’s Red Sox journal has Papelbon’s mechanics back in sync.
Mankins isn’t first Pats’ front office/football squabble – Tom E Curran takes exception from a line in Greg A Bedard’s Sunday NFL Notes in the Globe (Unnecessary roughness with Mankins, team)
With Dale Arnold filling in for John Dennis this week on Dennis and Callahan, and the new Mut and Merloni show debuting this morning on WEEI, the stage was set for an awkward crossover between Arnold and the guys who replaced him on the 10-2 timeslot. WEEI smartly avoided this, on the first day anyway, by not having a crossover segment at all.