No Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, or Michael Pietrus. No problem. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley led the Celtics to a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic to clinch their fifth straight Atlantic Division title. Pierce scored four of his game-high 29 points in the final 7.6 seconds to clinch the win. Pierce also dished out a career-high 14 assists.
Paul Pierce dishes out The Truth– Chris Forsberg has how despite being banged up, Pierce single-handedly led the Celtics to the win.
Appreciating Paul Pierce’s season– Paul Flannery takes a look at the Celtics’ captain’s entire season.
Division title no thrill, but sign of progress– Mark Murphy in his Celtics notebook says winning the title is just step one for this Celtics team.
Emotional Doc salutes Pat Summitt– A. Sherrod Blakely has how Doc got emotional in his postgame press conference when asked a question about Pat Summitt, who stepped down as Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach on Wednesday.
The Red Sox dropped their third straight game, and were swept in a brief two-game series by the Texas Rangers. Josh Beckett delivered his second consecutive quality start, but it was not enough as the Red Sox fell 6-3. Once again, the bullpen struggled as Franklin Morrales gave up three runs in the eighth inning, only recording one out.
Offseason choices bring Red Sox no relief– Michael Silverman has how the Red Sox’ offseason moves for the bullpen are not working out after 12 games.
Besides Aceves as closer, bullpen still work in progress– Tim Britton says Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox are still trying to figure out what they have in the bullpen.
Bullpen woes plague Red Sox– Didler Morais has just how much the bullpen has struggled this week, and there should be concern with the Yankees coming to town.
A tick up, then down for Josh Beckett– Michael Silverman also looks at Josh Beckett’s start. While pitching well once again, he’d like to take back a pitch in the fourth inning.
Red Sox are sorely lacking because of injuries– Nick Cafardo looks at the 4-8 start for the Red Sox and says how injuries have played a major role.
The renovations that did not reshape Fenway Park– Alex Speier looks some renovation ideas at Fenway Park that were discussed, but never actually happened.
The Bruins and Capitals were off on Wednesday and will face off in Game 4 tonight where the Bruins will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Capitals coach Dale Hunter accused the Bruins of head hunting on Tuesday. Yesterday Claude Julien strongly refuted those claims.
Bruins-Capitals have been warned– DJ Bean has that with the suspension of Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, and what has happened across the league, Brendan Shanahan has made it clear that he will not tolerate anything this postseason.
Bruins need Tyler Seguin to breakout– Ron Borges says that now is the time for the 20-year-old to make his presence known in the playoffs.
Looks like a cakewalk for Patriots– Tony Massarotti takes a look at the 2012 Patriots schedule and says 14-2 or 13-3 is what he is thinking at this point, a week before the NFL Draft.