Bruins Continue Playoff Warmups, Beat Lightning

The Bruins continued to show signs that they’re rounding into playoff form as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 at TD Garden last night.

Bruins look ready for revival – Joe McDonald says that the team’s confidence is growing as the postseason nears.

Big night for Zdeno Chara, Bruins – Steve Conroy looks at a special night before and during the game for the Bruins captain.

Are Bruins getting where they need to be for the playoffs? – DJ Bean examines whether the Bruins are truly warming up for another long playoff run.

Ageless Rolston playing like a kid – Christopher Smith looks at the surprise contributions of 39-year-old Brian Rolston.

Approach here isn’t very defensible – Nick Cafardo is NOT happy that Mike Aviles has won the starting shortstop job for the Red Sox. He stomps his feet to make sure you hear his outrage. However, Chad Finn, Michael Silverman, Gordon Edes and Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox made the right move in sending Jose Iglesias to the minors to begin the season.

It’s time to give this Mike Aviles guy a chance – Rob Bradford makes the case that Aviles is a better player than Marco Scutaro, and that there wouldn’t be hand-wringing over sending Iglesias to the minors if Scutaro were still here.

Lineup may be preview of opener – Michael Silverman’s notebook has Bobby Valentine experimenting with a lineup that has Aviles leading off. The Globe notebook from eager and worthy cub reporter Dan Shaughnessy has Josh Beckett looking good yesterday.

Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley form winning combo – Mark Murphy looks at how the backcourt combination has been a winning one in the last two games with Ray Allen sidelined.

Celtics’ playoff possibilities plentiful – Chris Forsberg looks at the state of the Celtics as we head down the stretch.

Celtics not putting teams away when given the chance – A. Sherrod Blakely says that closing has been an issue for Boston.

Leftovers from breakfast with Belichick – Tom E Curran looks at some of the reluctant and expansive answers given by the Patriots coach yesterday.

A housekeeping note here – You likely noticed the post below from Chris Warner, which traditionally would be the property of Patriots Daily. Some technical issues with Patriots Daily, as well as an attempt to streamline and reorganize some of my publishing led me to consider publishing columns of that sort here, albeit in a slightly different format. As this blog is mainly devoted to keeping track of what’s being written and said in the local sports media, any sports-related columns will be posted as that one yesterday was – a short blurb with a link to click in order to read the entire post. Regular posts such as this one you are currently reading will continue to be displayed in their entirety.

At this point, it appears we will not be adding new posts to Patriots Daily, though the site will remain up, as it is a fine resource with eight seasons worth of work in it. There are many draft interviews that may become relevant, such as the one with new Patriots fullback Tony Fiammetta from 2009.

Thank you for your continued support. The 10th anniversary of BSMW is only a couple of weeks away. (April 8th)

Patriots 2012 Draft Wish List

By Chris Warner

With six picks this year in the top four rounds, New England should get busy starting April 26. No one knows which direction Coach Bill Belichick will take, so instead of guaranteeing failure with predictions (check out our upcoming mock draft!) we’re focusing on positions we’d like to see Mr. Kraft and Co. address.

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Bill Belichick Shows Up For Breakfast, Media Stunned

Bill Belichick did an about-face from last year, and made an appearance at the coaches breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings this morning.

For those who had their indignant column already lined up to go, this development was no doubt a disappointment, as instead, they had to listen to the coach say “we’ll see how it goes” in about 100 different ways this morning.

Edit – Some more precise numeration here:
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It is March, after all, perhaps a little too early to be wondering if they’ve done enough this off season in one area or another.

The Celtics won a road game on the second night of a back-to-back situation, holding off the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 last night, behind 36 points from Paul Pierce. The win moved the Celtics into a first place tie with the Philadelphia 76ers atop the Atlantic Division,

Bottoms up as Celtics beat Charlotte – Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics continuing to beat teams on the low-end of the NBA food chain.

The Celtics are in first place, can they stay there? – Paul Flannery wonders if this stay atop the division will be a short-lived one.

Pierce bringing it with playoffs approaching – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics captain raising his game with the postseason in sight.

Rivers runs through son’s decision to go pro – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook in the Globe has the coach talking about his son’s professional future, and notes that Mickael Pietrus has not started baseline testing after his concussion.

No easy answers as Bruins attempt to repeat – Joe Haggerty has the Bruins needing to rely on defense, goaltending and opportunistic scoring, something they showed signs of doing in recent games.

Retro ways have suited Bruins well – Mike Loftus says that the Bruins are getting back to what made them successful.

It seems there’s a bit of angst in the ranks at NFL meetings – Greg A Bedard reports on the owner’s meetings.

Kraft opens up – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots owner talking about the present and future of his team and league.

Belichick, Ochocinco in sync – Mike Reiss looks at why Chad Johnson is getting a second chance.

Catching up with pitcher Lackey – Dan Shaughnessy gets John Lackey to talk to him. A worthless writer talking to a worthless pitcher. Why am I linking this again?

Old, faithful – Stan Grossfeld talks to 94-year-old Lou Lucier, who pitched for the Red Sox in 1943 and 1944 and is the oldest living former Red Sox player.

UMass has found magic at MSG – With UMass in the NIT Final Four, Marty Dobrow looks at some of the University’s history playing in Madison Square Garden.