What a difference a week makes. After seeing the Red Sox flop out of the gate, the Celtics fizzle down the stretch of the regular season, and the Bruins fall 0-2 to the hated Montreal Canadiens, things were pretty grim around here. Now the Celtics have finished off a four-game sweep of the (non)rival New York Knicks, the Red Sox are coming off of a 5-1 road trip, including a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Bruins have won three straight games, including two straight in overtime, to lead the Canadiens 3-2 in their first round series. Not a bad few days. Not bad at all.
The ratings reflect this. Ken Fang over at FangsBites on BSMW, looks at how NESN and WCVB fared this weekend:
The Celtics ran out to a big third quarter lead yesterday, then lost a bit of an edge and let the Knicks get back into the game before closing things out for a 101-89 series-clinching win yesterday in New York. Get all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.
Sweep stands as lesson for Celtics - Steve Bulpett says the Celtics can go away from this series knowing they’re going to need to be better in the second round.
Celtics on their game again - Jackie MacMullan says that the Celtics have flipped the switch.
Bench play bears fruit — a rest period - Bob Ryan gives props to the Celtics reserves.
Sweep Dreams - Natural cynic Michael Muldoon is wondering if the Celtics can beat the Heat.
Jermaine O’Neal does part - The stats are not overwhelming, but Mark Murphy’s notebook has the veteran center as a big part of the Celtics right now. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has Rondo making a huge statement with his play. The ProJo Celtics Journal has more on the bench finally contributing.
John Lackey takes ire out on Angels - Gordon Edes has the Red sox righty pitching with an edge.
Momentous mound men - John Tomase examines the tremendous run the Red Sox starting pitchers are on. Sean McAdam has the staff digging the team out of the hole it dug itself at the start of the season.
Trying to uncover the reason it took so long for Carl Crawford to be Carl Crawford - Rob Bradford examines possible reasons for the outfielder’s slow start, which may be coming to an end.
Tasting Salty success - Scott Lauber’s notebook has Lackey giving credit to the young catcher, who is starting to feel more comfortable with the staff. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Crawford hitting his first home run as a member of the Red Sox. Tim Britton’s Red Sox Journal has more on Crawford.
Bruins hope Game 5 winner signals better days ahead for their top line - Mike Loftus has the Bruins top line showing encouraging signs of life in game five.
Hard to stomach dull Habs - Stephen Harris isn’t a fan of the Canadiens style of play.
Pressure brought out their best - Fluto Shinzawa says that game five brought out the best in the Bruins stars.
Dennis Seidenberg wins endurance race - Rich Thompson’s notebook says that “Dennis Seidenberg is a German with the stamina of a Kenyan.” The Globe notebook from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has more on Seidenberg. The Gatehouse notebook from Mike Loftus has the Bruins still working on that power play.
Patriots are in position - Bill Belichick talked with Shalise Manza Young over the weekend about this week’s draft.
The question remains: Will Pats run with Mark Ingram? - Christopher Price wonders if the Alabama running back is on the Patriots draft board.
Patriots have needs as annual NFL draft approaches - Glen Farley looks at what areas the Patriots are likely to address.
Kraft on ESPN Boston Radio today at 1:15 - Jonathan Kraft is a guest on ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones today.