Celtics, Red Sox Finish Off Sweeps

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:

Stunning Ratings for Canadiens-Bruins & Celtics-Knicks

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.

Anybody else want to question Rajon Rondo? – Paul Flannery has the Celtics point guard destroying another detractor. Chris Forsberg has Rondo answering all challenges the Knicks threw his way.

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.

The Red Sox got eight shutout innings from former Angel John Lackey, as they rolled to a series sweep with a 7-0 win yesterday. Get all the news at RedSoxLinks.com.

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.

  • latetodinner

    So wait…does this mean the SKY is NOT FALLING. What the F@#k will I do with all the heavy duty umbrellas I bought last week. Perhaps I can listen to Felger who on his weekly spot with Matty on Kiss 108 (Taking the daughters to school they commandeered the radio) said that it was "a miserable weekend for Boston Sports". He thinks the Celtics are frauds, the Sox pretenders and he does not like the way the Bruins are playing. Phew for a moment there I had thought I was going to lose money on all those umbrellas I bought.

    • Jack

      D.B. Felger really said that? Actually for him it probably was a miserable weekend. If all three teams had lost, he would have loved it. I think Steve from Fall River is his scriptwriter.

      • latetodinner

        He did say it. He also said he was impressed with Dice K's last two starts but he needs to see more to be convinced. He wants to see the Celtics play a real opponent. He wants to see the Bruins actually win the series against Montreal before he gets excited. Matt Segaloff (my spelling is probably wrong) poked fun at Felger and his negativeness. He used Felger complaining about having Easter Brunch with his kids (which Felger claims he did not enjoy…because no one ever enjoys meals with their kids in his world) as a metaphor for Felgers outlook on life. Quite apt if you ask me.

  • Deemanster

    Interesting because Felger, like many media "experts" affirmed that the Knicks were probably the best of the lower seeded teams in the playoffs and had a serious shot at beating Boston. The Felgerista has some serious depression issues, if ya ask me.

    • Jack

      Felger doesn't know whether a basketball is inflated or stuffed. I would value my dog's opinion more than Felger's. And I'm waiting with bated breath to hear his expert opinion on Dice-K.