Ray Allen scored a season high 36 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists as the Celtics stopped their losing streak with a 94-88 win over the Raptors in Toronto.
Marc J. Spears notes that Allen wasn’t able to get his usual pregame shooting routine in because of the early start to the game. Steve Bulpett has the Raptors making a late run, but the Celtics managing to close things out with a win. Paul Flannery has the Celtics finally able to make a statement with the win. He also has 10 observations on the game.
Bulpett looks at the concern over Paul Pierce’s knee, which may keep him out of tonight’s rematch with the Raptors. Jeff Howe doesn’t think that it is far fetched that LeBron James could be a Celtic in 2010. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics are fighting fatigue, whether they admit it or not. Jessica Camerato looks at the Facebook campaign to get Brian Scalabrine to the All Star game.
Mike Reiss reports on the Broncos hiring Josh McDaniels to replace Mike Shanahan as head coach. John Tomase also looks at McDaniels getting the Denver job. Going all doom and gloom on us, Michael Felger tells us that all this attrition the last few years has to have caught up with the Patriots, and the loss of McDaniels and probably Pioli is going to further damage the franchise. Glen Farley also reports on McDaniels’ departure.
Reiss also says that Scott Pioli to Kansas City is looking very much like a realistic situation.
Thanks to the Eagles win over the New York Giants yesterday, the Patriots also moved up one pick in the draft. The Philadelphia victory ensured that either they or the Arizona Cardinals will be in the Super Bowl, and each team had few wins than the Patriots this season. The Patriots will now draft 23rd.
Mark Farinella looks at the likely retirement of longtime Bronco Tom Nalen, a Foxboro High and Boston College product.
Jim Rice will find out today whether he’ll be elected to the Hall of Fame. Nick Cafardo says that either way it goes, it will end 15 years of frustration for Rice. Michael Silverman says that while Rice might seem to be a good bet considering how close he was last year, he’s far from a sure bet. Curt Schilling gives his input on the Hall of Fame candidates.
Mike Loftus says that the second half of the season should be more difficult for the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa has goalie prospect Tuukka Rask ready for when the Bruins call. Joe Haggerty looks at the progress that Patrice Bergeron is making, noting that the center is on a different path this season than he was last. Steve Conroy has the Bruins turning to young Matt Hunwick to pick up the slack with the injuries the team is battling.