Part of what made yesterday’s Celtics loss to the Pistons at the Garden so frustrating was that when the Celtics wanted to, they could turn it on and look like they could run Detroit out of the building if they wanted to. Then they would ease up, the Pistons would go on a run of their own and take back control of the game. The end result was a 105-95 Pistons win.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Pistons determined not to get swept in the season series with the Celtics. Mark Murphy has the Celtics wasting a big game from Paul Pierce in the loss. Mike Fine has the intensity (along with KG) missing for the Celtics yesterday. Bill Doyle has the Celtics again sputtering down the stretch. Lenny Megliola has the Pistons doing some role reversal with the Celtics. Robert Lee has the Pistons looking like a better team without Allen Iverson.
Steve Bulpett has the Celtics going through some growing pains while letting Stephon Marbury and Mikkie Moore acclimate while waiting for the return of KG and Tony Allen. Jim Fenton has the Celtics planning on using practice time this week to get their newcomers up to speed. Check in at CelticsLinks.com for more Celtics news and opinions from around the web.
Tim Weisburg says that we have to take Marbury at his word that he will behave himself with the Celtics. Bill Burt says that the Marbury experiment is going to take some time. Doyle says that an older Marbury is hopefully wiser as well. Bulpett has Brian Scalabrine heading out to see a specialist for his head trauma. Jessica Camerato has Scalabrine’s life pretty much on hold at the moment.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has the diagnosis of a third concussion for Brian Scalabrine enough for the Celtics to be scarred about. Murphy’s notebook examines the on-court rivalry between Richard Hamilton and Ray Allen, which can be pretty intense at times. Fenton’s notebook has more on Scalabrine. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics choosing discretion over valor when it comes to Scalabrine. Lee’s notebook has Scalabrine heading for an MRI.
Check in at Patriots Daily this morning for an exclusive Q&A with Cincinnati Bearcat linebacker Connor Barwin, who could be a fit for the Patriots draft needs.
John Tomase says that Julius Peppers would be a perfect fit for the Patriots. Christopher L. Gasper has a look at the new deal for James Sanders, and what moves could be next for the Patriots. Sanders’ agent, who also represents Rodney Harrison, says that the Patriots have kept the door open for a Harrison return.
Mark Farinella elegantly states that the Patriots are getting their bleep together. Michael Felger says that the Broncos and Bucs bungled the Matt Cassel situation, not the Patriots. Christopher Price says that there was no conspiracy – the Patriots and Chiefs were perfect trade partners.
The BSMW Power Play remembers Barry Pederson.