Ray Allen scored 11 points in the two overtimes last night, including the game winning three-pointer with under three seconds left in the period to boost the Celtics to a come-from-behind win over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Garden.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics finally able to dispatch the pesky Bobcats. Mark Murphy has the Celtics overcoming their own sloppy play and mistakes to rally back and beat the Bobcats. Robert Lee says that we can add this game to the list of great Garden comebacks. Scott Souza has Paul Pierce dishing off to Allen for the game-winner. Mike Petraglia has the Celtics once again spoiling the Garden fans. Jeff Howe has the game at a glance.

Marc J. Spears says that health will be the biggest factor in the Celtics quest to repeat. He talks to Gregg Popovich, Magic Johnson and Larry Brown, as well as the Celtics players about what needs to happen. Steve Bulpett has Ray Allen once again hitting the big shots for the Celtics, and garnering praise from Paul Pierce as the greatest shooter he’s seen in the NBA. Bill Reynolds repeats the obvious, something that has been said ad nauseum in the last two days, without a healthy Kevin Garnett, the Celtics will not repeat. Did we need another column on this?

Bill Doyle has Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers talking about Garnett’s knee and when they expect him to play. Lee has the Celtics seeing a silver lining in the absence of Garnett. Jim Fenton has more on KG. Jessica Camerato has Leon Powe still limited in workouts.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Doc Rivers confident that Garnett will be ready to start the playoffs. Murphy’s notebook has Doc feeling that his team can repeat even if Garnett isn’t 100%. Lee’s Journal has Tony Allen returning to the active roster last night. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics pulling ahead of Orlando with the win. Souza’s notebook has Tony Allen returning to the roster.

Red Sox

Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox well armed to start the season next week. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox ready to start playing ball for keeps. Mike Fine notes that the changing of the old guard with the new continues this season at Fenway. Maureen Mullen says that many of the questions facing the Red Sox entering spring training have been answered. Daniel Barbarisi says that with Curt Schilling retired, Josh Beckett has taken over the leadership mantle of the pitching staff.

John Tomase notes the depth of the Red Sox lineup with Jason Bay and Mike Lowell hitting 6th and 7th. Art Davidson says that Dustin Pedroia has the heart of a giant. Lenny Megliola says that Terry Francona is the right man in the right place for the Red Sox. Barbarisi has Rocco Baldelli hitting a milestone by being able to play in his third straight game this spring.

The Boston Herald has their 2009 Red Sox Preview today, with no less than 15 articles on the team.

Fine looks down the roster at what each player must do to help the Red Sox win in 2009.  Barbarisi notes that the Sox bullpen won’t have a long man to start the season. He also has Brad Penny set to throw about 80 pitches today to determine whether he’ll start the season with the Red Sox. Rob Bradford has Penny pretty much set to go. Dan Lamothe has fearless predictions on the 2009 season.

Paul Doyle has prices at the Fenway concessions holding steady this season.

Massarotti’s notebook says that unlike last year, Josh Beckett will be healthy for the season opener. McAdam’s notebook has Brad Penny feeling ready for his April 12th start.


Steve Conroy has Milan Lucic benefiting from Claude Julien’s line change. Mike Loftus has a look at Chuck Kobasew’s emergence at the Bruins unnoticed scoring threat. Kevin Paul Dupont likes the intensity he saw from the Bruins on Tuesday night. Joe Haggerty says that David Krejci is the key to the Bruins playoff success.

Loftus has the Bruins hoping for a good game with the Ottawa Senators.


Check in at Patriots Daily, where Scott Benson has collected a Potpourri of Patriots items.

Mike Reiss has Willie McGinest interested in coming back to the Patriots for his final season.

Michael Felger has his latest mailbag.

Ron Chimelis says that this time, it wasn’t about the money for John Calipari. Jon Couture says that despite his flaws, Calipari is still worthy of respect. Adam Smartschan looks at Calipari taking on the most difficult job in the country.  

Mark Blaudschun has Villanova coach Jay Wright proud of his senior class as they head to the Final Four.

The Globe has a short bit about a few of its writers earning top-five finishes in the AP Sports Editors annual writing contest.