Pierce, Celtics Survive Game 5 Thriller

Trailing by 11 points in the fourth quarter, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo led the Celtics back to force overtime. A supposedly injured Ben Gordon played more minutes than anyone else in the game, scoring 26 points, including more head-shaking shots down the stretch, and hitting three free throws to tie the game after being fouled by Tony Allen on a three point play. Pierce though, had the answer, and after Rajon Rondo fouled Brad Miller hard to prevent a layup, the Celtics escaped the crucial game five with a 106-104 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Bulls staggering at the end as a result of the efforts of Pierce and Rondo. Bill Doyle has working overtime finally paying off for the Celtics. Scott Souza looks at another moment of Truth at the Garden in the postseason. Jeff Howe has game five at a glance. Robert Lee has Pierce and Rondo proving to be the heroes once again for the Celtics.

Bob Ryan reviews another sensational game between the two clubs, in a series which has become an instant classic. Jeff Jacobs has Paul Pierce getting the last word in on the Bulls. Marc J. Spears has Pierce accepting the increased load last night and taking charge of the game. Steve Bulpett has Pierce saving the Celtics season with his clutch play. Lenny Megliola says that once again, crunch time is Pierce’s time. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics willing to play as long as it takes. Dan Guttenplan says that Danny Ainge has put together a resilient team.

Bill Burt says that Rajon Rondo gives the beaten up Celtics a punchers chance in any series. Paul Flannery says that the age of Rondo is clearly upon us.  Dan Ventura has Rondo sparking the Celtics with his play. Mike Fine says that in addition to Pierce and Rondo, we need to acknowledge the performance of Kendrick Perkins – 16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocks. Monique Walker has Ray Allen having to sit out the final five and a half minutes of regulation and the overtime after fouling out. Mike Petraglia has Allen battling the whistles all night long.

Tim Weisberg notes that the Bulls just couldn’t quite pull off the miracle this time. Julian Benbow looks at the night for Ben Gordon, who didn’t seem hampered at all by his hamstring injury. Bulpett is impressed by Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro in his rookie year as a coach. Ventura has Derrick Rose enjoying his time on the big stage. Steve Buckley has the Bulls steamed over Rondo’s last second foul on Brad Miller. Petraglia has Miller complaining that a flagrant wasn’t called on Rondo.

The Globe notebook has the Bulls wanting a flagrant foul called on Rajon Rondo. Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen stuck on the bench after fouling out. Doyle’s notebook has Rivers getting fined again by the league for his comments about the officials. Souza’s notebook has more on the fine for Rivers. Lee’s notebook also reports on Rivers’ “ personal stimulus package” for the NBA.

Red Sox

All good things must come to an end, though the Red Sox likely would’ve preferred that their 11 game winning streak wasn’t ended on a dropped ball on a potential inning-ending play.

Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox third error of the game proving to be too much last night. John Tomase says that plenty of factors contributed to last night’s loss. Kevin McNamara has one of the most basic spring training drills proving to be the downfall for the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo examines another rocky outing for Brad Penny, and what it could mean for his future with the Red Sox. Michael Silverman has more on the woes of Penny. Joe Haggerty has Mike Lowell’s recovery beating expectations for the Red Sox. Silverman has Jonathan Papelbon working on perfecting a new delivery. McNamara says that Papelbon is proving that nobody’s perfect.

Benjamin’s notebook looks at the tweaks to the road uniforms for the Red Sox. Tomase’s notebook looks at an eventful return for Julio Lugo. Speier’s Five Things looks at the Red Sox first loss in two weeks.

Patriots

Mark Farinella has some leftover thoughts from the Patriots draft. With all the stiffs that the Patriots have added in free agency and the draft, Jim Donaldson says we shouldn’t expect the defense to be any better in ’09 and that the Patriots will be in danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Christopher L. Gasper has Ellis Hobbs leaving town with no hard feelings towards the Patriots. Christopher Price profiles top pick Patrick Chung and his journey to the NFL.

Bruins

It will be the Hurricanes in round two for the Bruins. Mike Loftus has the series schedule. Stephen Harris has the Bruins working to ensure that the long layoff won’t be a problem. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has big baseball fan Aaron Ward making big contributions to the Bruins back line. Haggerty has his latest edition of The Hagg Bag.

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Sox Make It 11 Straight

So somewhere in between the Bruins sweeping the Canadiens, the Celtics embroiled in a tight series with the Bulls and the Patriots wheeling and dealing on draft weekend, the Boston Red Sox have managed to quietly win 11 straight games.

Last night, Jason Bay was the offense as he hit a three run home run off Kerry Wood that gave the Red Sox a 3-1 victory in Cleveland over the Indians. Amalie Benjamin has Bay the difference in a pitching duel between Tim Wakefield and Cliff Lee. John Tomase has the Sox moving into first place in the AL East with the win. Kevin McNamara notes the contrast in pitching styles last night.

Michael Silverman has Tim Wakefield on one of his patented rolls. Kirk Minihane looks at how Wakefield has made himself into a Boston sports legend. McNamara notes that Mike Lowell’s recovery has been a hit thus far. Nick Cafardo has Bay carving out his own niche here in Boston. Dan Lamothe asks Who is this masked man?

Silverman has Jacoby Ellsbury making a huge impact on the Red Sox since he’s starting getting on base more frequently. Bill Reynolds makes the observation that speed doesn’t show up in the box score. Adam Smartschan examines what is real and what is fake about the Red Sox hot start.

Benjamin’s notebook has Julio Lugo being activated yesterday. Tomase’s notebook has Mike Lowell taking some teasing from his teammates over his triple last night. McNamara’s Journal has J.D. Drew sitting out again for precautionary measures. Bradford’s Five Things has the Sox making a slight change to the road uniform last night.

Celtics

Bob Ryan will lead us in the transition from Red Sox to Celtics, as he compares the styles of Rajon Rondo and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Gerry Callahan wants to know why the Celtics are even bothering to play since they have zero chance of winning the championship.

Steve Bulpett has the Celtics unhappy that they are in a tie series. Marc J. Spears examines how the postseason has brought out the best in Rondo. Mark Murphy has Kendrick Perkins saying that the officials are picking on the Celtics. Bill Doyle says that Perkins’ reputation hurts him with the referees. Scott Souza says that nothing is going to come easy for this team this spring. Robert Lee says that the Celtics knew their bench was thin, but not this thin. Jeff Howe previews the crucial game five tonight. Mike Fine has the Celtics trying to relax on their off day.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics throwing a little switch into their defense. Murphy’s notebook has Rondo focused on defense. Lee’s Journal has Doc Rivers trying to look at the positive.

Bruins

The Bruins still don’t know who they will face in the next round. They could find out as early as tonight, if the Rangers can manage to beat the Capitals.

Mike Loftus has the Bruins looking forward to putting an end to their waiting game. Nick Cammarota‘s chart in the Metro looks at the potential second round foes.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy have Tim Thomas being named a Vezina Trophy finalist.

Loftus has some Practice notes from yesterday. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook has Matt Hunwick on the recovery trail. Conroy’s notebook has more on Hunwick’s progress.

Patriots

Christopher Price looks at what sort of impact we should expect from this rookie class. Mike Reiss has a number of leftover thoughts from the draft. Ron Borges praises Bill Belichick for practicing cost effectiveness and smart business during the draft. That’s not a typo.

Karen Guregian explores the claims made by Ellis Hobbs that players will no longer take a hometown discount to stay with the Patriots.Gureigan says that seventh round pick Julian Edelman could develop into a “Wildcat” threat on offense. Shalise Manza Young reviews the picks as they prepare for rookie camp at the end of this week.

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CSN’s Celtics Telecast Nominated for Emmy for 17 Consecutive Year

Comcast SportsNet, New England’s original sports network, earned 10 Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter, including a 17th consecutive nomination for its Boston Celtics telecasts. Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics telecasts took home the Emmy in the Sporting Event category in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2008.

Comcast SportsNet’s 10 nominations include:

Sporting Event/Game-live/Unedited

Boston Celtics – Paul Lucey, producer; Steve Reagan, executive producer; Jim Burgoyne, director of production; Andy Levine, associate producer; Jeff Grice, editor; Mike Gorman, play-by-play; Tommy Heinsohn, analyst; Greg Dickerson, reporter; Donny Marshall, analyst; Barry Alley, videographer and Jim Edmonds, director.

Sports Series (2)

Celtics Now – Kevin Miller, coordinating producer; Steve Reagan, executive producer; Nate Long, producer; Joe Rolfe, editor; Donny Marshall, host and Laura Behnke, host.

Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight – Kevin Miller, coordinating producer; Steve Reagan, executive producer; Jim Burgoyne, director of production; Jim Aberdale, producer; Koom Lam, producer; Lucy St. Pierre, director; Gary Tanguay, host and Mike Felger, host.

Sports One-Time Special (2)

Manny Being Manny: The Final Days in Boston – Kevin Miller, coordinating producer; William Bridgen, executive producer; Steve Reagan, executive producer; Torey Champagne, producer/editor; TJ Powers, graphics/editor and Tom Guilmette, videographer.

Drive for 17: Championship Season – Paul Lucey, producer; Steve Reagan, executive producer; Jim Burgoyne, director of production; Andy Levine, associate producer; Mike Gorman, host and Jeff Grice, editor.

Promotion Program-Campaign

The Network of Champions – Steve Ratner, Executive Producer

Editor Program

2008 NBA Playoffs – Andy Levine

Editor Short Form (Promos/PSA/Commercials)

Comcast SportsNet promos – TJ Powers

Graphics Arts Program

Comcast SportsNet promos – TJ Powers

Graphic Arts Short Turnaround

2008 NBA Playoffs/Celtics Graphics package – TJ Powers

“I commend all our nominees for their hard work and devotion. We are extremely fortunate that the Boston sports scene has been running at full tilt year after year, and these nominations represent hours of work preparing the region’s best coverage,” Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet executive vice president and general manager.

Related: Red Sox Productions Nominated for 7 New England Emmys