The Celtics continued two trends last night…a tough loss coupled with more injuries. Leon Powe had to leave the game last night with a knee injury, while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each also appeared to get nicked up during the 127-121 Chicago victory. Paul Pierce scored 37 points, but was trumped by 38 points from John Salmons.
Marc J. Spears has Doc Rivers proud of the fight his banged-up club showed last night. Steve Bulpett says that there just wasn’t enough green gas in the Boston tank last night. Check more Celtics coverage and chatter at CelticsLinks.com.
Mike Fine says that this season is starting to look like 1987 for the Celtics. Dan Shaughnessy can’t wait to see Dwyane Wade tonight at the Garden. Bulpett looks at why the Celtics don’t usually play in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. If you watched last night’s game you likely did a few double takes during the course of the night at the Bulls’ green uniforms.
Spears’ notebook says that the decision will be made on Friday whether Kevin Garnett will return to the lineup that night against the Spurs. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics exercising caution with Garnett.
Dan Barbarisi has a look at the cuts made by the Red Sox yesterday as they sent some of their brightest prospects down to the minor league camp. Michael Silverman has Lars Anderson being sent down to the minor league camp, but still showing plenty of promise and potential for the future. Joe Haggerty says that we could likely see Daniel Bard with the big club at some point this season. Maureen Mullen has more on the prospects sent down yesterday.
Mike Fine says that the team’s health is one of the biggest question marks facing the Red Sox this season. Steve Buckley is disappointed that the Julio Lugo/Jed Lowrie shortstop battle won’t extend to opening day. Amalie Benjamin has Jason Varitek putting in the work to improve his swing this season. Barbarisi has a ripped callus causing Josh Beckett pain yesterday. He also looks at a 450 foot home run by Jason Bay yesterday.
Sean McAdam has the US rallying for a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico to advance into the semis of the WBC. McAdam’s notebook has manager Davey Johnson comparing the win to game six of the 1986 World Series.
Patriots Daily has part one of a three part series on the Patriots Draft Needs.
Christopher Price examines the list of veterans who have made a late career renaissance under Bill Belichick. He says Jason Taylor could be the next on that list. Bill Burt says that Taylor, not Julius Peppers is the more likely addition for the Patriots. John Tomase looks at what moving Peppers to linebacker could do for the Patriots. Christopher L. Gasper says that the Patriots might find it hard to fit Peppers into their salary cap scheme.
Ron Borges says that Josh McDaniels has learned all the wrong things from Bill Belichick. Lenny Megliola says that all eyes will be on Tom Brady from now until September when he proves he is recovered.
Fluto Shinzawa has the action getting heated at Bruins practice. Stephen Harris has GM Peter Chiarelli saying that the club has gotten complacent and needs to focus better. Mike Loftus has the Bruins grateful for the extended break they’ve had, but also worried about losing their edge. Harris has coach Claude Julien calling out Marc Savard.