The Boston sports teams and their fans got a breather last night, as the Bruins and Celtics were off, while the Red Sox had their game with the Twins rained out.
The Celtics did get more bad news yesterday, as it was revealed that forward Leon Powe suffered a torn ACL, and because of that, is obviously out for the remainder of the playoffs, making Boston’s thin front line even thinner.
Marc J. Spears has Doc Rivers noting that Powe played an additional three minutes in the game after tearing the knee ligament. Mark Murphy has the Celtics receding in their efforts to get healthy. Robert Lee has Rivers and the Celtics devastated by Powe’s injury. Scott Souza looks at more hardship for Powe.
Steve Bulpett says that of all the people who don’t deserve such an injury, perhaps Leon Powe doesn’t deserve it the most. Bill Reynolds is excited about the NBA again. Bill Burt gives us a few things to look for starting tomorrow night. Jonathan Comey says that Doc Rivers deserved more consideration for coach of the year.
Bulpett reports that any surgery for Garnett has been put on hold, at least for now. Lenny Megliola is still amazed by Ray Allen’s game winning shot on Monday night. Kevin Henkin attempts to offer up a little junk food for Celtics’ fans souls on the BSMW Full Court Press. Frank Dell’Apa explores the deep New England basketball roots of Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Rondo leading the Celtics in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the playoffs thus far. Murphy’s notebook has Rondo hampered by a sprained ankle, but still ready to go tomorrow night.
Fluto Shinzawa has Bruins coach Claude Julien pondering his game four lineup for tonight. Stephen Harris has Bruins holding the past as a reminder of why they should not let up on the Canadiens. Mick Colageo has the Bruins gearing up to play 60 strong minutes tonight in pursuit of their first playoff series victory in 10 years. Nick Cammarota looks ahead to tonight. Joe Haggerty reminds us that the fourth win is the toughest one to get.
Kevin Paul Dupont checks in with rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick, who is still holding out hope he might be able to play in a Stanley Cup Finals this season. Steve Conroy has Dennis Wideman showing off his newfound composure. Mike Loftus has the Bruins gladly paying the price needed to take control of the series. Colageo says that elevated play has put the Bruins in the driver’s seat in this series.
Shinzawa’s notebook has veteran Aaron Ward helping the Bruins guard against overconfidence. Conroy’s notebook has defenseman Steve Montador fitting right in since being acquired at the trade deadline.
Mike Reiss also checks out the quarterback position, while Mark Farinella looks at the receivers, at the same time saying that the Patriots likely won’t be looking for one. In the Herald, Karen Guregian scouts the Offensive Line, the Tight Ends and the Defensive Line.
Andy Vogt says that with all the flexibility that Bill Belichick talked about yesterday, the Patriots might be looking to make a splash in this year’s draft. Ron Borges even seems to admire the position the Patriots have put themselves into for this draft. Christopher Price says that Patriots fans should be prepared for anything this weekend. Karen Guregian has Belichick with plenty of options at this point. Shalise Manza Young says that Belichick is ready to wheel and deal this weekend. Rich Garven agrees that the Patriots will be able to do just about anything they want this weekend. Farinella notes that Belichick himself is still studying up on this draft. Glen Farley says draft picks are pawns to the Patriots.
With the rainout last night, the Red Sox and Twins will play two today. Get all the coverage and chatter at RedSoxLinks.com.