The Globe has posted a few more NBA articles since this morning. Peter May looks at the vanishing species of the true point guard. Shira Springer looks at the Celtics point guard trio. May also lists out his Eastern and Western conference predictions.

Mike Fine has a Celtics Preview and also grades the preseason. Jim Fenton says Paul Pierce will be a marked man. Bill Simmons previews the Eastern Conference. He has the Celtics slated at # 6, behind the Wizards, Pacers and Pistons.

Glen Farley examines Drew Bledsoe’s resurgence. Eric McHugh has yet to spot any dissension on the Patriots. High School coaches grade the Patriots in the Union Leader. McHugh’s notebook has cutting down on penalties as a goal of the Patriots.