The Celtics managed a win on their home court last night, just getting by the Charlotte Bobcats by the score of 109-106. Peter May notes that it was all about the turnovers last night. Mark Murphy says that the Celtics had a lot in common with the second year expansion team from Charlotte. Shalise Manza Young writes that sometimes a win is just a win. Lenny Megliola notes some of the eye-popping numbers from last night and how the Celtics still managed to win somehow.
Michael Vega looks at Celtics rookie point guard Orien Greene, who made some key plays down the stretch to help the Celtics to victory last night. Murphy has some more on the turnover happy Celtics from last night. Steve Bulpett reports that the agent for former Celtic Vin Baker has had to file a grievance in an effort to recoup some of the money he says Baker owes him. May’s notebook looks a the struggles at the All Star ballot box being experienced by Paul Pierce. Murphy’s notebook reports that Tony Allen is once again close to being activated. Young’s notebook has more on the team’s issues with defense and turnovers.
Eric McHugh says that for the Patriots to be successful in the playoffs, they’re going to need to rely on Tom Brady’s arm. Michael Felger looks at a pair of decisions made by Bill Belichick and Jack Del Rio heading into this week which could play a role in who history views each coach. Alan Greenberg looks at the disrespect angle and how the Patriots usually make the opposition pay at any perceived slight. Mike Reiss has a look at Patriots rookie offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur, both of whom have stepped in and played huge roles for the club this season. Tom E Curran has the Patriots paying a lot of respect to the Jaguars defensive line. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that the Patriots claim of disrespect is nonsense and if any team can claim that role, it is the Jags. Steve Britt has more on the respect angle.
Rob Bradford looks at Rodney Harrison’s appearance in the locker room the other day as he tries to pump up his teammates. Howard Ulman of the AP also looks at the safety who vows to return to the field. Steve Buckley notes that the Patriots choose to not even think about failure. McHugh looks at how both teams lost their heart and soul safeties to injury this season. Ulman also notes that for the Patriots, the playoffs are all about preparation for the opposition. Barry Wilner of the AP reports of Tedy Bruschi winning a share of the comeback player of the year award. Reiss looks at some of the Patriots who will be experiencing the first playoff test of their careers.
Jerome Solomon’s notebook notes that the Patriots are preparing for both Leftwich and David Garrard this week. Curran’s notebook says that the Patriots are locked into the Jaguars, at the expense of other hobbies or crafts. Tomase’s notebook and Parente’s notebook each point out the fact that the first game winning kick of Adam Vinatieri’s career came against the Jaguars. Megliola points out that Flutie Magic began with a kick in high school.
Nick Cafardo says that the Jaguars defense is going to do their best to get to Tom Brady and force him to make mistakes on Saturday night. John Tomase has a look at the big receivers of Jacksonville, which may cause some problems for the undersized Patriots secondary. Michael Parente compares Byron Leftwich to a poor man’s Tom Brady. Tomase counts Larry Izzo as a fan of Jack Del Rio from their days in a Dolphins training camp. Chris Kennedy says that the prospect of cold weather doesn’t bother the Jaguars. Kevin Henkin says that the Jaguars boasting could come back to haunt them. McHugh’s notebook says that Leftwich isn’t worried about being rusty on Saturday night. Cafardo’s notebook reports that injured D-Lineman Paul Spicer plans on playing against the Patriots. You can get more coverage from Jacksonville.com
Buddy Thomas tells us that Shaun Alexander is the NFL MVP.
David Scott reports on the Red Sox taking out the Friday night UPN38/CBS4 package and moving all their television games in house to NESN. Michael Silverman in the Herald gives us our daily update that Manny Ramirez hasn’t been traded yet. Tony Massarotti says Manny is greedy for wanting the two option years of his contract picked up as a condition of any trade. Gordon Edes looks at Red Sox pitchers eligible for arbitration.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports that Hannu Toivonen will get the start once again tonight, further cementing his place as the #1 goaltender for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at the power play, another area that has been killing the Bruins this season. Conroy’s notebook looks at Nick Boynton taking a quick twirl on the ice yesterday.
Mark Blaudschun reports on Vince Young leading Texas past USC in the National Championship Game played in the Rose Bowl last night. Bob Ryan has more on what may have been the “greatest of all Rose Bowl performances”.
NESN has Bruins/Senators at 7:00.