The Celtics had a rare 12:30 start yesterday at the Garden, and the early hour showed as they played a “low energy” game, but had enough to take a 80-70 win.

Marc J. Spears has the sluggish Celtics having enough to take down the LeBron-less Cavs at the Garden yesterday afternoon. Mark Murphy has James Posey attempting to give his teammates a wake-up call yesterday. Scott Souza has the Celtics turning to defense to deliver this win. Bill Doyle notes that while the Cavs played without LeBron, the Celtics played without their jumpers. Jeff Howe has more on the win for the Celtics.

With the Celtics a perfect 9-0 at home, Steve Bulpett notes that the Garden is once again a happy place to watch basketball. Peter May tries to figure out why this game had to be played at 12:30, when there was nothing else scheduled at the Garden later in the day. (Bill Doyle has the answer in his column above.) Jeff Horrigan has the Celtics needing to dig deep yesterday as neither Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce managed double-figures.

Lenny Megliola has a look at an active afternoon for “Big Baby” Davis. Tim Weisberg also looks at the impact that the large rookie is having for the Celtics. Jeff Horrigan has Ray Allen still trying to get his outside touch back on track. Souza notes that the Celtics are now in NBA’s sights, as they are a target of whomever they play.

Spears’ notebook has rookie Glen Davis providing a much-needed spark for the Celtics yesterday. Murphy’s notebook has more on “Big Baby” making his presence felt yesterday. Doyle’s notebook has Big Baby as the personality of the team.


The Patriots play yet another prime-time game this evening as they are in Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Over on Patriots Daily, the gang has a roundtable discussion as well as a look back at the action from yesterday.

Jim McCabe offers up a game day feature on Patriots receiver Wes Welker and his refusal to quit. (How come we didn’t learn about where he finished in his class though?) Shalise Manza Young has a look at Adalius Thomas, who says a car crash when he was 14 helped make him who he is today.

Christopher L. Gasper says that the Patriots are going to get the Ravens’ best shot tonight. John Tomase says that the Eagles’ “Blueprint” won’t be of any help to the offensively challenged Ravens tonight. David Heuschkel has the Ravens hoping to finish the job that the Eagles started. Douglas Flynn also looks ahead to tonight. Mark Farinella has a look at the coaches tonight, who are pretty much opposites in everything, but share admiration for Randy Moss and Ed Reed. Christopher Price has the Patriots living in prime time this season.

Jim McBride has a Patriots/Ravens scouting report for tonight. Tomase offers up Five things to keep an eye on for tonight. Jim Donaldson looks at the remaining schedule and figures there are only two tests remaining for the Patriots. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots primed for action on Monday Night Football. Rich Garven says that Baltimore might still be a tough place to play, but the Patriots should still win. David Brown speculates on some of the shuffling we might see from the Patriots defense tonight.

Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots less than enthusiastic about playing a third straight night game. Karen Guregian’s notebook has a look at the Ravens’ still-solid defense.

Red Sox

Gordon Edes and Amalie Benjamin have Hank Steinbrenner showing that he has a lot of his old man in him, as he blusters his way through trade talks for Minnesota ace Johan Santana. The Red Sox are also willing now to include Jacoby Ellsbury in a deal, but not along with Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz. Michael Silverman has more from Hank, while the Red Sox remain quiet publicly. Sean McAdam also looks at Ellsbury being included in the latest trade offer.

Joe Haggerty has a look at the start of the winter meetings. Mike Fine says that Theo Epstein has more than just Santana on his mind at these meetings.


Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to bounce back from a lackluster performance against the Lightning. Fluto Shinzawa has Jeremy Reich grinding his way towards a regular shift for the Bruins.

Bob Ryan has Boston College trying to console themselves with their 10 win season after their ACC title game loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. Steve Conroy and Mark Blaudschun have the Eagles heading to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Dec 28th against Michigan State.