Rondo suspended, Celtics defeat Knicks

Things didn’t look so good for the Celtics when Monday afternoon they learned point guard Rajon Rondo would miss their game with the Knicks after being suspended one game by the NBA for making contact with a game official and failure to cooperate with a league investigation. The incident occurred in Saturday’s win over Atlanta, but the Celtics managed to overcome the loss of Rondo and defeat the Knicks 102-96 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Boston was led by Paul Pierce who had 23 points and six assists, while Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 10 boards. The game got chippy in the fourth quarter when Garnett and Carmelo Anthony got into it, jawing at each other on the court. It spewed over to after the game where Anthony reportedly was outside the locker room shouting for Garnett and then Comcast Sportsnet video had Anthony waiting outside the Celtics team bus for Garnett. If there wasn’t already, there is a rivalry developing between the two teams and sure would make for a great playoff series.

Don’t look now but the Celtics have won three in a row and have dramatically turned things around the past three games. All that trade talk can finally be put to bed.

Celtics without Rajon Rondo against Knicks due to suspension– Gary Washburn in his notebook looks at the two storylines off the court — Rondo’s suspension and Anthony looking for Garnett after the game.

Final buzzer ends game, not Garnett-Anthony feud– Dan Duggan looks at the situation which occurred following the game.

Paul Pierce enjoys big stage– Chris Forsberg has another monster night from Pierce, in a game his team really needed him.

Lee, Bradley make dynamic duo on defense in Rondo’s absence– A. Sherrod Blakely looks at how the Celtics made up for being without Rondo.

Potential trade fits for Celtics– Gary Dzen says the proposed trade rumor swirling around the internet would be good for the Celtics.

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Alabama and Nick Saban continued to build their college football dynasty Monday night in their 42-14 beat down of Notre Dame. It ‘s their third title in four years and second straight.

Alabama dominates in BCS title game– Christopher Gasper gives his take on the game.

 

Celtics fall to Memphis for their fourth straight loss

The Celtics are in trouble.

The team continued their trend of looking out of sync on offense and not playing with the energy needed to win Wednesday night in their 93-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden. Boston got Avery Bradley back from his off-season shoulder surgery, but he played only 20 minutes and scored four points. Rajon Rondo still dealing with a hip pointer, played 40 minutes scoring 11 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Boston is now 14-17 on the season and losers of eight of their last ten. The team is searching for an identity and trying to find players who can play with the same emotion as Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The next few games are very crucial for the team as they try and right the ship and get back on track.

Celtics are headed for a fall– Dan Shaughnessy, who was all about the Celtics prior to the year, now says Danny Ainge needs to make a big move.

Celtics Rajon Rondo still dealing with hip pointer, not quite up to speed in Celtics loss to Grizzlies– Gary Washburn, in his notebook takes a look at Rondo’s performance, which saw him struggling from the floor.

Rivers: Celtics need Rondo to be an ‘aggressive scorer’– A. Sherrod Blakely says Rondo needs to look to take over games more with his scoring, with Doc Rivers backing that up.

Doc Rivers proves prophetic– Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics defense saying Avery Bradley can only help so much as the rest of the team needs to step up and play a full 48 minutes.

Celtics’ offense keeps disappearing– Chris Forsberg has a look at the struggling Celtics offense, which only scored 83 points Wednesday night.

Tony Allen: ‘I don’t see the same team from 2008′– Jessica Camerato has Tony Allen’s assessment of the Celtics as he is now with the Grizzlies. He added, “they are missing a lot of pieces.”

A lone Patriots article as they prepare for whoever they may face in next weekend’s divisional round: (Get full coverage at Patriotslinks.com)

‘D’ needs Brandon Spikes to make noise– Karen Guregian says Brandon Spikes needs to get his game back to where it was during the middle of the season.

 

Pierce, Celtics get past Cavs

Although it wasn’t their best performance, the Celtics were able to get past the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-91 at the TD Garden. Despite the win, there shouldn’t be much stock put into it as the Cavs came into the game with just five wins on the year. Paul Pierced led the charge with a season-high 40 points. Pierce also added eight rebounds and five assists. Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists in the win. With the win the Celtics improve to 13-12 on the year.

The big news of the day came off the court when Doc Rivers announced a change in the starting lineup. Kevin Garnett would move from his usual center spot to his natural position of power forward, meaning Jason Collins would now start with Brandon Bass coming off the bench. Also, Jason Terry will now replace Courtney Lee. It was a move Rivers needed to make in an effort to change things up after losing their third straight game Tuesday night.

Paul Pierce scores 40 vs. Cavaliers- Amalie Benjamin looks at just how good Pierce’s performance was.

No fooling Paul Pierce, C’s– Mark Murphy gives his take on Pierce’s night.

Paul Pierce shaper than ever– Chris Forsberg says this was one of Pierce’s all-tie best.

Captain Pierce leads the way– A. Sherrod Blakely has Pierces stepping up as a captain when his team needed him most.

Wilcox sits vs. Cavaliers, stays positive– Jessica Camerato has Wilcox’ reaction to not playing at all due to the lineup shift.

The Red Sox formally announced the signing of Ryan Dempster at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Although it may seem like a minor signing, Dempster could be a very nice addition to the back end of the starting rotation next season.

Ryan Dempster adds leadership and character to Red Sox rotation– Nick Cafardo looks at what Dempster brings to the table.

Ryan Dempster delivers– Michael Silverman says innings pitched will be very important for the Red Sox’ newest pitcher.

Ryan Dempster, Sox seek rising tide– Gordon Edes looks back at the 36-year-olds career and what he brings to the Red Sox.

Searching (hard) for how the Jaguars could beat the Patriots– DJ Bean tries to find a way for the Jaguars to beat the Patriots this coming Sunday.