Both local winter entries were victorious last night as the Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards 88-76 at the TD Garden, behind 23 points from Avery Bradley. The Bruins wrapped up their California tour with a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Celtics have plenty left in reserve – Mark Murphy has Bradley and Greg Stiemsma playing big roles for the depleted Celtics.
Tacoma has provided Boston fans with Lester — and Bradley – Christopher Smith notes that Bradley and Jon Lester both hail from Tacoma, Washington.
When the W stands for weird – Peter May seemingly wasn’t impressed with the win, and Wiz coach Randy Wittman was not impressed with Bradley, offering some sour grapes after the game.
Bruins and Turco rain on Ducks – Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Bruins win last night behind Marty Turco.
Looking at the healthy scratch debate and whether that was Marty Turco’s last start – DJ Bean thinks that could be the last start Turco gets with the Bruins.
Jenny Dell made her long-awaited NESN debut over the weekend – on tape. The first segment was an “interview” with Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in which she talked about herself, and it almost seemed like she was interviewing for the job right then and there. She also had a segment with Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. There may have been more, but that was all I stuck around for on a Saturday afternoon.
It’s a little puzzling to me how NESN has handled this transition. Dell has been getting well-placed raves for her professionalism and work in spring training, yet the network seemed hesitant to put her on the air. Lack on on-air experience was cited as a possible concern, but what better way to build that experience than by putting her on during some meaningless spring training games that aren’t drawing a large audience? Instead, they held her back, which had people wondering why she wasn’t on, and then made a fairly big deal of announcing when she would make her debut – upping the pressure, if the was feeling it – and then drew it out some more on Saturday.
I think once they start using her in the role she’s actually going to be doing, she’ll do fine. NESN could’ve just done a better job getting her on the air.
Debunking the power struggle and other spring Red Sox myths – Rob Bradford says there is no power struggle between Bobby Valentine and Ben Cherington. There’s nothing to see here, nothing to see here…
New position for undecided Matt Light – Ron Borges talks to Matt Light, who is pondering retirement.
If only all coaches were like Erhardt – Mark Farinella remembers the former Patriots coach, and how he once posed for Farinella’s newspaper, unlike the current coach who is “treated as if he was Zeus seated atop Mt. Olympus.”
I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the outraged Tweets, blog posts and columns this week after Bill Belichick again skips the coaches breakfast at the NFL owner’s meetings.