The Celtics improved to 4-1 on the season with a 96-83 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Frank Dell’Apa says that there will not be much easier opposition this season than the Thunder. Kevin Garnett only played 29 minutes last night – by design. Mark Murphy has the Celtic bench doing a lot of the heavy lifting last night. Paul Flannery has a look at how Kevin Garnett revolutionized the game. Scott Souza has Leon Powe unable to escape the post.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics setting a goal meeting President Obama at the White House next summer. He also has Spurs coach Gregg Popovich complaining about the Celtics championship banners. He doesn’t understand why the Celtics put “World Champions” instead of “NBA Champions” on them. They’ve always done it as “World Champions” why would they make this banner any different? What’s the big deal? Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen feeling a little weird about the Thunder really being his former team, the Seattle SuperSonics.

Patriots

It’s a two-for-Thursday on Patriots Daily. Dan Snapp looks at the decision to not re-sign Adam Vinatieri and instead draft the cheaper Stephen Gostkowski, and how that has worked out for the Patriots. Tyler Carter looks at the Red Zone futility of the Patriots.

Karen Guregian says that the AFC East looks like a four horse race. She looks at each team’s schedule the rest of the way and what it means. Glen Farley also looks at the crowded field atop the AFC East. Hector Longo says that the Patriots are perfectly positioned for the playoffs. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots trying to fend off the field in the division. After a lot of doom and gloom thus far, Kerry J. Byrne finds 10 reasons for Patriots fans to be optimistic for the second half of the season.

 Christopher L. Gasper and Mark Farinella look at the Patriots bringing back cornerback Jason Webster to help out at cornerback. Brian McPherson says that Webster’s familiarity with the Bills might be another reason he is here this week. Robert Lee says that the Patriots know that Trent Edwards is the real deal. Rich Garven has the Patriots preparing for the Bills. Tom Wilcox has three keys for the Patriots against the Bills.

Steve Buckley has BenJarvus Green-Ellis emerging as a player and contributor in the Patriots backfield. Dom Amore has Green-Ellis making a name for himself with the Patriots. Lenny Megliola talks to Paul Carroll who is the education/tours coordinator for the Hall at Patriot Place. Christopher Price says that Matt Cassel could be in line for some big bucks at the end of the year. Chad Finn has a look at Cassel’s on-the-job training. Tom Caron goes 1-on-1 with Heath Evans.

Guregian has the Patriots weighing in on the election Tuesday night. Young has Deltha O’Neal and Ellis Hobbs talking about Barack Obama being the man for the job. David Brown has the Patriots seeing hope in the Oval Office.

Guregian’s notebook has Webster back to provide relief in the secondary. Gasper’s notebook observes that the Bills have had some problems with 3-4 defenses the last two weeks. Farinella’s notebook looks at some tight scheduling coming up for the Patriots over the next three weeks. The Projo notebook has more on the Patriots bringing back Webster. Farley’s notebook has Webster looking to turn the tables on his old team this weekend. Garven’s notebook has Terrence Wheatley joining the ranks of the banged up in the secondary. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the return of Webster. Wilcox’s notebook has the Patriots first among equals in the AFC East.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam has the Red Sox finding some trade interest in Coco Crisp. Alex Speier issues a warning: free agency and big name pitchers make a toxic mix. Tony Massarotti looks at the Red Sox interest in Mark Teixeira. Nick Cafardo has the Dodgers making an offer to Manny Ramirez. Short years, big bucks. Check Speier’s Blog for all the hot stove updates from yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has the Mariners eying John Farrell and Brad Mills for their open manager position. Maureen Mullen has Tony Gwynn talking about Justin Masterson. Bill Burt wonders if Jason Varitek is worth the money Scott Boras is asking. Daniel Barbarisi says that a lower payroll this season will allow the Red Sox to spend a little more if they like.

Bruins

Stephen Harris and Matt Porter have Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas reacting to being left off the All Star ballot. Danny Picard looks at Thomas grabbing the starting goaltender position on the Bruins.  Mike Loftus says that the Bruins have a pretty good idea of what to expect in their second meeting with the Maple Leafs. Harris says that Marc Savard is now the complete package. That Bruce Allen guy wonders if there is hope yet for the Bruins.

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