For the first time in a very long time no Boston sports teams were in action. The Bruins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs over a month ago, the Red Sox had an off day in Boston before taking on the Orioles tonight at Fenway, and the Celtics traveled to Miami for Game 5 of their series with the Heat, which is tied at two games apiece.
With the series tied at two, it is now a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 8:30 airing on ESPN, with local pre and postgame coverage on CSN.
Celtics have taken fifth before- Chris Forsberg has the Celtics fairing very well in Game 5’s under Doc Rivers. Since 2008 when their series’ are tied at two, the Celtics are a perfect 8-0 in Game 5’s.
Celtics have made it a series with the Heat- Bob Ryan says the pressure is now on the Heat, not the Celtics.
Please, no tipping point- Steve Buckley says Rajon Rondo needs to remain calm, and play with poise and composure.
Bench brigade gives Celtics a spark- Mark Murphy says the Celtics’ bench is going to need be at their best in order for the Celtics to have a shot in winning the series.
Rivers faces tough task of lowering Garnett’s minutes- A. Sherrod Blakely says Rivers needs to find a way to lower Kevin Garnett’s minutes.
LeBron’s no big shot- Gerry Callahan looks at LeBron James and his talents on the court make him one of the league’s all-time greats, but he hasn’t proven that he is clutch by making big shots down the stretch of big games.
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The other big story in Boston has been Tim Thomas and his future next year. Through posting on his Facebook page it appears that the Bruins goaltender will be taking a year off from hockey, to focus on “the three F’s: Friends, Family and Faith.” A few back Thomas, while many have ripped Thomas saying that it is all business, a way to get back at the Bruins.
Michael Felger: Tim Thomas is ‘out of his mind’- Michael Felger on his radio show, Felger & Mazz, shared his opinion on the Bruins goaltender, saying Thomas is “out of his mind.”
Getting inside Tim Thomas’ decision- Joe McDonald says that if Thomas is indeed taking time off just to be with his family, good for him.
Thomas not forcing trade- Fluto Shinzawa speaks with Thomas’ agent and he says that his player is not doing this to get a new contract, or force a trade.
Thomas goes wrong way- Stephen Harris looks back at Thomas’ career, searching for answers as to why he would want to take the next year off.
Monday night was the first round of the MLB Draft. Although not a very big event for fans, it is critical in the development of teams’ farm systems. Alex Speier of WEEI.com is by far the most knowledgeable of the Red Sox’ farm system and draft among members of the Boston media and is a must follow for this week and as the signing deadline gets closer later in the summer.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Scouting Director Amiel Sawdaye break down draftees- Speier has what members of the Red Sox organization thought of their first three picks of the 2012 draft.