The Celtic- or really the Celtics sans the Big Three – closed out the regular season with a 115-107 victory over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden (see article on namechange). The win pushed the Celtics to 62-20 on the season, just four games behind their pace of last season.
Julian Benbow has the Celtics finishing the season on a high note. Steve Bulpett has Eddie House setting the Celtics single season 3pt field goal percentage record, while the Celtics draw the Chicago Bulls for the first round. Robert Lee has House and Leon Powe leading the Celtics to victory last night. Bill Doyle has the Celtics getting the Bulls in the first round. Jeff Howe has the game at a glance.
Dan Shaughnessy says that with or without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics will not repeat. The Cavs are just better. Mike Fine has the Celtics holding their breath on Garnett. Steve Buckley says that it will be hard to figure how the Celtics will be without KG. Jessica Camerato says that the Celtics will take from what they learned in last year’s playoff run. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics ready to start the real season. Alan Siegel says that if Garnett is close to being healthy the Celtics will be dangerous. Lee notes that there were a lot of peaks and valleys in this Celtics season. Pat Gilroy says that a title defense could be tough with an injured KG. Lynn Worthy says that the Celtics will need a great coaching job from Doc Rivers in the postseason.
Bill Reynolds has Bill Russell putting aside a decades-long grudge against the Red Sox.
Benbow’s notebook says that Garnett’s status is still up in the air for Saturday. Bulpett’s notebook can’t shed any light on KG’s status, either. Lee’s Journal has Ray Allen breaking the franchise record for free throw percentage. Doyle’s notebook has more from Allen on setting the record, and having to sit out on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox got a badly needed win and complete game from Tim Wakefield, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning yesterday afternoon in Oakland.
Michael Silverman has Wakefield saving the Sox -and the bullpen – from a long flight home yesterday. Amalie Benjamin has Wakefield knowing what he needed to do before the game even started. Joe McDonald has Wakefield helping the Sox to break their slide. Rob Bradford has Tim Wakefield stepping up for the Sox.
Sean McAdam says that the no-hit bid was just a small part of the Wakefield story yesterday. Adam Kilgore has Daisuke Matsuzaka heading to the 15-day DL. McAdam has more on Dice-K to the DL. McDonald also looks at the shoulder strain that has sidelined Dice-K.
Kilgore looks at a crazy travel day for call-up Hunter Jones. McDonald has a sore leg keeping Rocco Baldelli out of the lineup yesterday. He also reports that Jed Lowrie won’t need surgery on his sore wrist. Alex Speier has more on Lowrie. Bradford has clubhouse reaction to Wakefield’s near no-no.
The Bruins open up their first round playoff series with Montreal tonight at the Garden.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that these are happier days for Patrice Bergeron, as life is just about hockey right now. Stephen Harris says that judgment time has arrived for these Bruins. Mick Colageo recounts how the Bruins of the Bourque-Neely era finally broke through against the Canadiens. Bud Barth says that it is time to move on or move out for the Bruins. Carmine Frongillo says that we need to forget history, the Bruins are just too good for Montreal to handle.
Fluto Shinzawa has 41-year-old Mark Recchi as someone that the Bruins can count on in the postseason. Steve Conroy says that the young Bruins will need to keep their emotions in check throughout the postseason. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins will be leaning on the experience of players like Aaron Ward, Shawn Thornton, Stephane Yelle and Mark Recchi. Loftus also says that the Bruins will have a new look to throw at Montreal.
Jim Hoban has Canadiens to watch in this series. The Herald has Five keys to the series. Conroy checks the matchups in Bruins vs. Canadiens. In the Metro, Douglas Flynn checks in with a game one preview.
Shinzawa’s notebook has a look back at a crucial point in the season, when Claude Julien actually took his foot off the gas, instead of pushing his players harder. The team responded and shook out of their struggles. Conroy’s notebook has Blake Wheeler moving to the fourth line.
We’ve got a few items on Patriots Daily today. First, Scott Benson takes a look at first-day offensive lineman available in the draft. Then, you’re invited to the Hall at Patriot Place to hear Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti speak about their time broadcasting the team together. They’ve called a total of 26 years worth of Patriots games together. Also be sure to check out the complete list of Chris Warner’s Draft Prospect Interviews, something we’re pretty proud of.
John Tomase has five draft prospects that Patriots fans should get to know. Christopher Price bangs out his first version of the mock draft. Mark Farinella takes a look at the Patriots special teams and if they’ll be targeting any players to help out in that unit.