A late start today because there isn’t a whole lot the media can say for the performance of the Celtics last night. Is there a more grating color analyst than PJ Carlesimo? Wow. If ESPN/ABC offers him a job next season with their NBA telecasts, you can be sure he won’t be on the # two team, as he is now. A surprising lack of anger on the part of the Celtics is disturbing. All interviews and pieces in the paper just show a team resigned to it’s fate, a team still in shock and denial over how this has played out. Remember two weeks ago when the talk on all the sports shows was whether the Celtics were going to be able to give the Lakers any trouble in the finals? Now it looks like neither team might get to the championship round. Stern and company surely don’t mind which team comes out of the east for their NBC finals ratings, Boston, you got the tradition of the Celtics, if it’s the Nets, you got the huge New York Media market. They must be praying for the Lakers to come back and beat the Kings in the next two.

Geroge Kimball builds on the theme started by Gerry Callahan and mentioned here yesterday. He adds this point: “Any parent who keeps a 3-year-old up after midnight in order to use him as a press conference prop(which Kidd, as is his wont, did again last night) ought to be charged with child abuse.” Kimball concludes: “Kidd’s position is that he can take it whatever the Boston fans dish out, but that Joumana and T.J. shouldn’t be forced to witness the harassment.This from the man who punched his wife in front of the son he now wants to shield from people who might remind him of it. Just because TNT and NBC (and, apparently, the Post and the Daily News) appear to have forgotten what Kidd did doesn’t mean the rest of us should.”

Well said, George.

WEEI talk this morning is not much Celtics, but more Kidd talk and steroid talk. They did announce that Dale Arnold has signed a new deal to remain at WEEI with his midday show as well as continue to host the “NFL Sunday” show.

With the Red Sox also on an off day, NESN has the Paw Sox taking on the Yankees AAA club, the Columbus Clippers at 7:00. Hardly anything on the Primetime National TV sports schedule tonight. TBS has the Braves and Expos at 7:30. Troy O’Leary fans can try to get a glimpse of the former Red Sox outfielder on the Expos. ESPN is also replaying the disturbing “Outside the lines” feature about coaches and sexual abuse at 9:00.