The Celtics played their second game in two nights out in Los Angeles, as they fought off a young athletic Lob City Clippers team who seemed more interested in posing after shots and trying to get tough with the older Celtics. The 94-85 win was paced by Paul Pierce’s 25 points.
This is the first west coast road swing I can remember that I think actually makes sense from a scheduling standpoint. The Celtics played two games in Los Angeles, staying in the same spot, now with a day off, they go to Oakland to play the Warriors tomorrow night. They then have Thursday off and play Friday in Sacramento, which is about an hour and a half drive away, meaning, if they wanted to, they could stay in the same hotel again for the three days. At the very least, it is a drive and not a flight. For an aged team, this four game stretch is about as ideal as they come for a tough trip.
Celts ruin Clippers’ fun - Steve Bulpett has the Celtics having to muck things up to win this one.
Celtics bounce back - Gary Washburn has the Celtics bouncing back from a discouraging first half.
Celtics show they’re still tough - Chris Forsberg has the Celtics winning a “bar-style” fight.
Will injuries force Danny Ainge to make another big move? - Paul Flannery has Danny Ainge saying that he doesn’t need to make a trade, just bring in a big body. Steve Bulpett has Ainge getting a lot of inquiries, but rival GM’s think he is asking for too much.
NFL Free Agency kicks off today at 4:00pm, and the experts are mixed on whether the Patriots are going to make a splash or not.
Patriots’ signs usually point nowhere - Mike Reiss admits that when it comes to trying to figure out Bill Belichick and free agency, it’s just a guessing game.
Mario Williams may be big free agent target for Patriots - Ian Rapoport thinks that the Patriots will at least inquire about the big free agent defensive end/linebacker.
He also thinks he’s heard of another potential target for the Patriots:
Amendola would make sense as Welker 2.0 – Tom E Curran thinks that the Rams receiver could be the heir apparent to Wes Welker.
Will the Patriots cash in? – Shalise Manza Young thinks that Tennessee’s Jason Jones could be a target.
In their defense: How ‘The Fielding Bible’ views Red Sox in the field – Alex Speier sizes up the Red Sox defense.
No pain, and some gain for Bailey – Nick Cafardo looks at a mixed-results outing for the new closer.