The Celtics made it seven straight wins to open the season with a 91-69 win over the New Jersey Nets at TD Banknorth Garden last night.

Marc J. Spears has Kevin Garnett comparing last night’s game to an “ugly bar fight.” Mark Murphy has the Celtics sounding like the Patriots as they focus on their imperfections rather than their record. Jeff Howe agrees that the Celtics are sounding a lot like the Patriots these days. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics already showing themselves to be the class of the Atlantic. Bill Doyle has more on the Celtics getting off to their best start in 35 years.

Tony Massarotti says that the key to this game was the supporting cast doing their job last night. Scott Souza also credits the second line players on the Celtics for last night’s win. Steve Bulpett has Tony Allen playing his best game of the season last night, chipping in with 13 points.

Peter May has former Boston College center Sean Williams opening eyes in New Jersey. Massarotti says that the question on Williams is whether he’ll be able to keep his head in the game all season.

Spears’ notebook has Garnett declining an Olympic invitation. Murphy’s notebook has the Nets impressed with the Celtics after losing to them twice in the last week. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics stars wanting to get better with each game. Souza’s notebook has opponents already trying to make adjustments to stop the Celtics.


On Patriots Daily, Bill Barnwell takes a look at how Buffalo’s Jason Peters has become on of the 10 most valuable properties in football.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots unbeaten record is a bulls-eye for all foes. Mike Reiss looks at Kevin Faulk as a huge help in pass protection. Mark Farinella looks at Wes Welker as The Natural. David Heuschkel has Welker finally getting some attention. Christopher Price has the Patriots gearing up for another appearance in Prime Time.

Buddy Thomas says that it is no wonder that everyone hates the Patriots and their fans.

Shalise Manza Young has the Bills overcoming quite a bit of adversity to get over .500 this season. Guregian has J.P. Losman backtracking on his comments about Vince Wilfork from earlier this season. Rich Garven notes that special teams is a strength for the Bills, and something the Patriots need to contain. Ian M. Clark looks at the Patriots experience as one of their biggest strengths, and notes the lack of an impact rookie this season. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots in the spotlight each and every week.

Guregian’s notebook has Bills rookie back Marshawn Lynch likely out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Reiss’ notebook has more on Lynch and Losman. Farinella’s notebook has Tom Brady embracing the pressure that comes with being unbeaten. Garven’s notebook also examines the status of Lynch for Sunday.

Over on the Boston Metro, I take a quick look at the 10-year journey to Titletown here in Boston.

Nick Cafardo notes that Red Sox fans got “gypped” by the announcement that the team is starting the season in Japan, meaning that fans will have a shorter time to visit spring training.

Isnt “gypped” a bit of a ethnic slur? At least one BSMW reader feels that way.