The Celtics continue to sputter since their Christmas day loss to the Lakers, losing their third game in a row and sixth of their last eighth with last night’s 89-85 loss to the Houston Rockets at the Garden.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Rockets shutting down the Celtics in the stretch last night, sealing the victory for themselves. Steve Bulpett notes that even having the home court couldn’t make a difference for the Celtics last night. Bill Doyle can’t believe this is the same team that won 19 games in a row earlier this season. Jeff Howe has the Celtics extending their losing skid. Robert Lee has the rest of the NBA taking advantage of the Celtics’ struggles.
Dan Shaughnessy is happiest during a good losing streak. Puts a spring in his step. Ron Borges says that the Celtics are suffering a letdown, but that a game with the Cavs might be the perfect wakeup call. Paul Flannery has Paul Pierce with a glint in his eye when talking about Friday’s game. Patrick Gilroy looks at the Celtics struggles as of late. Bill Burt wonders if the Celtics are finally feeling the loss of James Posey.
Mike Fine says that nothing is working for the Celtics right now. Monique Walker says that this game was a reversal of the first meeting between the clubs. Jim Fenton has the Celtics saying that their offense will come around once the defense picks up. Lenny Megliola says that this losing stuff is getting serious. Scott Souza examines the inconsistent play of the Celtics bench.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Doc Rivers talking about Garnett’s calf injury. Bulpett’s notebook has Dikembe Mutombo and Brent Barry talking about their opportunities to join the Celtics before signing with the Rockets. Doyle’s notebook says that the Rajon Rondo All Star talk has certainly quieted down. Lee’s notebook has more on Mutombo’s desire to join the Celtics earlier this season.
The Red Sox appear poised to add a couple more veterans to the roster. Reports have the Sox close to deals with Rhode Island native Rocco Baldelli and longtime Atlanta stalwart John Smoltz. Michael Silverman and Nick Cafardo report that the Baldelli signing could be announced at tonight’s Baseball Writers Dinner. Joe McDonald says that playing at Fenway won’t be an issue for Baldelli.
Silverman looks at what is on tap for the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner tonight. McDonald writes that catching remains biggest variable for the Red Sox heading into the spring. Kirk Minihane explores who belongs in the baseball Hall of Fame for 2009, and that list doesn’t include Jim Rice. Ron Chimelis says that if Rice doesn’t get elected to the Hall of Fame, it is not because the media doesn’t like him.
Alex Speier analyzes the Red Sox buy-low approach to this offseason. Chad Finn says that the Tampa Rays will again be a force to be reckoned with. Maureen Mullen has a look at some of the Red Sox top prospects. Tom Caron has a Q&A with Johnny Pesky.
Adam Kilgore has Boston College following through on their threat to fire football coach Jeff Jagodzinski after he interviewed with the New York Jets. Steve Conroy calls this one of the stranger episodes in BC athletics. Eric Avidon looks at the sudden uncertainty at Boston College. Christopher Price says that this was about loyalty.
Mark Blaudschun says that a feeling of betrayal is what triggered this move. Steve Buckley says that this isn’t a great loss for BC, they’ll be better off with a coach who wants to be here. Conroy looks at who’s next on the sidelines for the Eagles.
The BC men’s hoops team, coming off their huge upset of North Carolina, suffered the inevitable letdown against Harvard last night, losing 82-70. Bob Albright says that this just capped a strange day at the Heights. Julian Benbow and Rich Thompson report on the game.
Stephen Harris says that the Bruins need some fine-tuning. Matt Porter has Milan Lucic sitting out practice with a mysterious injury. Bill Porter looks at Marc Savard as a major plus to this Bruins squad. Mike Loftus has Blake Wheeler needing to add some more shots to his repertoire. Danny Picard looks at Claude Julien’s recent moves to shake up the lines.
Charles P. Pierce looks at the rash of concussions in sports and says that the careers of Ben Roethlisberger and Patrice Bergeron should be over.
Jim Donaldson asserts that the Patriots need to do whatever it takes to keep Scott Pioli in the fold. Karen Guregian has Dan Reeves and Mike Ditka talking glowingly about Josh McDaniels and his prospects as an NFL head coach. Guregian and Ron Borges have the Browns hiring Eric Mangini as head coach.
Will Leitch and Paul Flannery go ’round and ’round.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Hockey East gearing up for the stretch drive.
Be sure to check in later this afternoon, as Bob Ekstrom will present the first BSMW Blog wrapup, which will take a look at some of the top Boston sports related blog postings from the last week.