With the Celtics tipping off tonight, a few articles on them. Mark Murphy produces three articles in the Herald, His first has Walker and the Celtics eager to begin the season after their playoff run of last year. His second has them ready to begin the season tonight. Steve Bulpett gives himself a headache from thinking too much about the Celtics. (44 wins, he says) Shira Springer looks at the car Pierce is driving and tonight’s season opener. Carolyn Thornton looks at the Celtics as targets now around the league. Michael Gee says we all know what’s going to happen in the NBA anyway. Murphy’s notebook also looks at Pierce’s car, while Springer’s notebook has Walker assuring us that Vin Baker is going to be fine. Jim Baker catches up with Tommy Heinsohn, and previews the NBA coverage for the upcoming season.

The Red Sox GM search continues. Michael Silverman has word of two new, unnamed candidates. He also has Lucchino gushing over already interviewed Mike Arbuckle. David Heuschkel also places Arbuckle as the front-runner. With Gordon Edes out of the country on some R&R, Bob Hohler reports on Lucchino interviewing the Red Sox own Lee Thomas. He also mentions the two mystery candidates. Joe McDonald also reports on the search process for the Projo.

Curiously few Patriots items today in this week of megahype. Likely just the calm before the storm and we’ll be overloaded the rest of the week. Michael Felger looks at how the players are coping with the struggles and that none of them have even hinted at blaming the coaches. The WEEI guy also uses a quote from Mike Vrabel’s appearance on WWZN on Monday, the one where the Patriots linebacker invited Tom Brady to come to the defensive meetings to see if they’re intense enough. Michael Smith looks at Victor Green’s history of success against Drew Bledsoe. Felger’s notebook examines whether the legend of Belichick being able to stop Bledsoe is real or a myth.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Sergei Samsonov’s concerns about his family back home in Moscow, where terrorist activity has resulted in over 100 deaths last week. Steve Conroy has Hall Gill adjusting to the new rules. Dupont’s notebook reports on the rumor of the day on a trade for Kyle McLaren, Conroy’s notebook looks at Coach Ftorek’s power play strategy.

FSNE has Celtics/Bulls at 7:00. NESN has Bruins/Capitals at 7:00. ESPN has Wizards/Raptors at 7:00 and Lakers/Trailblazers at 9:30.