Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press chronicles the experience of a Celtics fan at a Bruins game.

The Celtics picked up their fiftieth win of the season last night in Philadelphia, as they knocked off the Sixers 100-86. Kevin Garnett led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Green, who reached the 50-win plateau for the first time since the 1991-92 season – the last year of the Larry Bird era.

Marc J. Spears has Doc Rivers and the Celtics downplaying the significance of the 50th win, saying that they weren’t aware of it, and that they have bigger goals in mind. Steve Bulpett also has the Celtics quickly distancing themselves from both the Sixers and the accomplishment of 50 wins. Tim Weisberg says that the emergence of Kendrick Perkins as of late has given the Celtics a boost.

In Philly, they were hyped for this one, as Marc Narducci notes that it was the biggest and most animated crowd of the year for the Sixers. Phil Jasner says that the Sixers showed that they aren’t quite ready for prime time just yet. Bob Ford looks at the difference that Kevin Garnett makes for the Celtics. Sam Donnellon says that the crowd for the game last night indicates that the Sixers are arriving. Jasner has Doc Rivers comparing Andre Miller to Andrew Toney.

Spears’ notebook has Sam Cassell trying to shake off the rust that comes with not playing in 2 1/2 weeks. Bulpett’s notebook has Cassell getting graded on a curve from Rivers for his rusty performance last night.

Red Sox

Boston sports media types rejoice! Josh Beckett has a sore back! You can now fully stoke the flames of panic among your consumers! He might not make the trip to Japan!

Gordon Edes and Dan Shaughnessy have Beckett feeling much more sore yesterday than he did on Sunday, which seems to put his availability for the Japan trip in doubt. Steve Buckley says that Beckett will keep continuing to receive treatment, but his status is up in the air. Joe McDonald tells us that Jon Lester might in line to take Beckett’s place at the top of the rotation if the latter cannot make the trip to Japan.

Dan Shaughnessy says that the principals in the proposed Johan Santana trade from the winter were in action yesterday, and they’ve all moved on from the situation. Apparently the media hasn’t. Steve Buckley informs us that talk of this trade will last for years and years because the Red Sox players offered were all so young. Jeff Goldberg has Lester facing off against Santana yesterday, with neither pitcher getting the edge.

Jon Couture has a look at Jacoby Ellsbury and how despite being labeled “the next big thing,” he’s keeping things day to day. He mentions that Ellsbury was named one of the ten “young athletes most likely to become cultural touchstones over the next decade” by the Miami Herald on Monday. Tony Massarotti has Pedro Martinez pitching for a new three year deal. Buckley has former Brandeis pitcher Nelson Figueroa trying to make a return to the Majors. Joe Haggerty looks at the impact that players drafted by the Red Sox in 2005 are already having with the club.

The Globe notebook says that the status of Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp for Japan is also up in the air, as neither player can get on the field this spring. Buckley’s notebook says that with the uncertainty of who will be available, Jon Lester is very much in the running for a start in Japan. McDonald’s notebook has the Red Sox glad that they stood pat on the Santana trade. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the medical struggles of Beckett and Lugo. Couture’s notebook says that the Sox aren’t worried about the one that got away in Santana.


Fluto Shinzawa has a look at the job that Alex Auld has done recently in stepping in for Tim Thomas. Steve Conroy says that if the Bruins can just score a goal or two, they might get back on track. Tony Lee has a quick look at the ups and downs of Thomas.

Christopher L. Gasper reports that the frivolous $100 Million lawsuit filed against the Patriots by and Ex-Ram player and fans has been dropped. Lenny Megliola says that the Randy Moss story with the Patriots continues on, and with a new deal in place, there are a few more chapters to be written.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution bucking the league trend of going for older, high-priced, high-profile players.

Jeff Goodman has Tyrese Rice going at it alone for the Boston College basketball team.

David Scott reports on the demise of sports radio 790 AM/99.7 FM The Score in Providence.