The Celtics extended their winning streak to 10 games last night, as they routed the Seattle SuperSonics, 111-82 at the Garden.
Peter May has the game report for the Globe, and notes that even Tim Donaghy could’ve impacted the outcome of this one. However to me, the most startling part of May’s article was when he revealed that Danny Ainge exchanges text messages with reporters (apparently) during the game. I wonder how that goes: Reporter: “omg, did u c that play?” Ainge: “w00t! ttyl” Steve Bulpett says that this runaway win was as humane to the Sonics as the Celtics could manage. Scott Souza says that last night was the lull before the schedule picks up in intensity over the next couple of weeks. Bill Doyle has the Celtics hitting their stride right now with the win streak at 10. Jeff Howe has the Celtics not sleeping on Seattle at the Garden last night.
Jeff Horrigan has Sam Cassell getting a warm welcome from the Garden faithful in his first home game with the Celtics. With Kevin Durant in town, Dan Shaughnessy takes us back to the night of the draft lottery, when Durant could’ve fallen in the Celtics lap, but even that night was initially devastating, it sure seems like things worked out better in the end. Horrigan also has a look at how the way the ping-pong balls bounced worked out well for the Celtics. Mike Fine notes that we might not have the Seattle Supersonics to kick around for much longer.
May’s notebook has Durant carrying a heavy load for the young Sonics. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics bringing up another good omen with their 10th win in a row – the first double-digit win streak since the 1985-86 season. Doyle’s notebook says that it sure appears that the Celtics got the better end of the Ray Allen trade with the Sonics.
I’ll give credit to Rob Bradford’s blog for pointing it out to me last night, but Maureen Mullen has a great interview with Manny Ramirez on RedSox.com. Manny talks about his training habits, getting older, and his addiction to the self-help book The Secret, which he says has changed his outlook, and he also talks about his passion for reading in general. Warning: This is not your typical boilerplate “Manny Ramirez is a idiot savant at the plate and clueless in life” type of story. Some of you no doubt will be disappointed.
Tony Massarotti tells us that the Sox could use another starting pitcher. Gordon Edes has a mini-feature on the man they call “The Mayor,” new first baseman Sean Casey. Steve Buckley has Manny and Big Papi serving notice that they might be ready for the season to start. Jeff Goldberg has more on Ramirez and Ortiz heating up in spring training.
Jon Couture notes that Manny Delcarmen is finally coming into his own with the Red Sox. Joe McDonald has the pride of Rhode Island, Roco Baldelli, being placed on the Injured List “indefinitely” with an undiagnosed problem with the muscles in his legs. Buckley has Kevin Cash trying to prove his worth to the Sox. Buddy Thomas says that Joe Girardi isn’t getting off to a good start as Yankees manager. Bob Halloran wonders if the deck is stacked against the Sox this summer.
Massarotti’s notebook has Francona and Epstein planning on meeting with Coco Crisp to discuss his health and situation with the team. Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Manny and Big Papi getting in some healthy cuts at the plate yesterday. McDonald’s notebook has Clay Buchholz getting back on track with a strong outing yesterday. Goldberg’s notebook also checks out the start by Buchholz. Couture’s notebook though, says that Clay still has some things to work on before the season starts.
Christopher L. Gasper reports that the Patriots are prepared to part ways with Troy Brown, who will likely not be offered a contract for next season. John Tomase examines whether Ty Law is likely to sign with the Patriots or the Jets. I agree with his conclusion that the Jets are a more likely destination. Ty Law has always done what is going to put more money in Ty Law’s pockets, even if it is just for one year. You can’t blame the guy. Hell, we all gotta eat.
Bill Burt notes that Matt Walsh has gotten the fame that he has apparently always craved, but wonders if he has the goods to back up his claim to fame. Glen Farley says that the Patriots need to get defensive in next month’s draft.
Fluto Shinzawa looks at how the power play has abandoned the Bruins. Stephen Harris has Tim Thomas talking about his recent cutback in playing time. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins need to remember how to score.
Frank Dell’Apa says that the Revs aren’t taking the easy road this month. Mike Biglin has the team heading out on a six-day training trip. John Connolly has Revolution midfielder Jeff Larentowicz ready for a bigger role.
Marty Dobrow has a feature on UMass forward Etienne Brower and his family saga. Mark Blaudschun has a look at BC guard Tyrese Rice. Mark Murphy has the young Eagles unfazed heading into the ACC tournament.