The Celtics put together a strong fourth quarter last night, putting away the New Orleans Hornets on the road, 89-77. It wasn’t all good news for the Celtics however, as Ray Allen had to leave the game with a hyperextended thumb. X-rays were negative on the injury. Now both my namesakes on the Celtics have thumb injuries. You can be sure I’ll be watching my step today…

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics stepping up their play in the fourth quarter last night. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics winning the game, but losing the game of attrition.

Jessica Camerato looks at the improved play of Leon Powe as of late.

Bulpett’s notebook has P.J. Brown once again saying he is not coming back. Spears’ notebook has Ray Allen hoping to give it a try tonight against Dallas.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has a look at Brad Penny, who hopes to be a bargain for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam has Penny and John Smoltz getting ready for the adjustment to the American League. Mike Fine says that catching is going to be the weakest link on this Red Sox team. Joe McDonald has Rocco Baldelli eager to start his new life with the Red Sox. McDonald also reports on a good bullpen session for Penny. Joe Haggerty wonders if the Red Sox bats will be able to carry the load this season.

Dan Shaughnessy says that steroids have sucked the fun out of Hall of Fame voting. Ron Borges says that the most trusted man in baseball right now is Jose Canseco. McAdam has Terry Francona disputing an account in the biography of Manny Ramirez. McDonald has Jon Lester wishing to be known as a great pitcher, not just a cancer survivor.

Benjamin’s notebook has a look at Josh Beckett’s offseason routine. McAdam’s notebook has more on Penny. Find more Red Sox coverage and blogging at RedSoxLinks.com.

Bruins

Steve Conroy has the Bruins on top of the NHL standings, but showing a few cracks in the foundation. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins struggling on the power play. Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins need to make a deal.

Misc

Over on Patriots Daily, Chris Warner wonders What’s BB Brewing?

Karen Guregian has Mel Kiper saying that he would take Matt Cassel over either of the top college QB prospects.

Michael Felger has his latest mailbag.

Michael Vega has a look at Carl Edwards heading into the Daytona 500.

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