The Celtics rebounded nicely from their game one loss to the Orlando Magic with an entertaining 112-94 blowout win in game two, evening the series at a game apiece. Eddie House came off the bench to score 31 points for the Celtics, who saw captain Paul Pierce only play 15 minutes due to foul trouble, scoring just three points – the opening three of the game.
Frank Dell’Apa says that an aggressive Rajon Rondo (another triple-double) got the Celtics in the right frame of mind last night. Mark Murphy lauds the Celtics for the across-the-board display of spirit and efficiency last night. Robert Lee has the Celtics following their plan last night. Bill Doyle says that Doc Rivers planned on going with a three-guard lineup last night, and it turned out even better than he could’ve hoped for.
For the most part Dan Shaughnessy wrote a readable, at time entertaining column, but there is always the undercurrent “this team isn’t going to win the championship.” Dan, most of us have accepted this, can we just enjoy watching them while we can?
That’s something that just eats me up, and it’s not just Shaughnessy doing it, whether it is the angry white golfers on the morning drive, or Bob Ryan, or Bill Reynolds, or really any member of the local media who seem to think that they need to constantly remind the great unwashed that this team isn’t going to repeat as champions without Kevin Garnett. We’ve accepted this for the most part, and while we can still hope that they pull off a miracle, we know the chances are slim. These ones just seem to take delight in trying to squash what little hope fans might have. I don’t quite understand it. Shaughnessy at least somewhat acknowledges what an incredible accomplishment it would be, but dismisses it in the same breath. We get it. It would be a miracle. We accept that. Now stop harping on it.
Marc J. Spears looks at another triple-double for Rondo, his third of the postseason (Dell’Apa’s game story says it is the fourth) and how the point guard really set the pace for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics getting the better of Dwight Howard and the Magic inside. Bill Burt has the Celtics toying with a listless Magic team. Ron Borges has Ray Allen more concerned with the team results than his individual play. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics learning the value of stifling defense last night.
Julian Benbow looks at the incredible night from Eddie House, who had Magic point guard Rafer Alston so frustrated that he tried to slap some sense into House. Lee has a bit on House and Alston mixing it up in the third quarter. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics enjoying another House party. Mike Fine has House making the Magic’s life miserable last night, getting under their skin with his hot shooting.
Jessica Camerato has the Celtics missing two stars last night, and still blowing out the Magic. Dan Duggan examines Rondo’s eye-opening dunk between Howard and Rashard Lewis. Paul Flannery has Rondo making the game too fast for the Magic to handle.
Monique Walker has the Magic defense taking the night off. Benbow has Stan Van Gundy talking about his coaching roots at small colleges in New England and how it helped get him to where he is now. Jeff Jacobs says that Howard was clearly the right choice over UConn’s Emeka Okafor in the 2004 draft.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Paul Pierce getting plenty of rest last night. Murphy’s notebook has House getting the last laugh on Alston. Lee’s journal has Rondo and KG receiving all-defensive honors. Doyle’s notebook has more on the all-defensive honors. Burt’s notebook looks at the unstoppable House.
The Bruins dropped game three against the Carolina Hurricanes, and now trail in the series, 2-1.
Bob Ryan has the Hurricanes feeling like they can win this series, which is bad news for the Bruins. Steve Buckley has an uneasy feeling settling in around these Bruins. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins must get their heads together for game four. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins’ game on the fritz, like an old TV that needs a slap on the side to display correctly. Stephen Harris says that Carolina just wanted it more. Joe Haggerty notes that the Bruins are surely in for a fight in this series.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has old friend Sergei Samsonov assisting on the game-winner. Mick Colageo has Samsonov proving to be a thorn in his old team’s side. Ryan says this series is no breeze for the Bruins. Marrapese-Burrell has a look at Carolina coach Paul Maurice, who is in his second go-round as the head coach of the team.
Shinzawa’s notebook has Tim Thomas getting burned by an old friend on the game winner. Colageo’s notebook has the Bruins yet to see the best of Erik Cole. Conroy’s notebook says that Andrew Ference’s return for game four is in doubt.
The news about Jerry Remy overshadows last night’s 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. It was revealed that the popular NESN analyst had surgery for lung cancer in the offseason, contracted pneumonia, and really hasn’t been able to shake it since. He is taking a leave from NESN in order to fully recover from the illness.
David Scott emerges from his book cocoon to report on and weigh in on the news. Paul Doyle in the Hartford Courant and Michael Vega in the Globe have more on the RemDawg’s recovery. John Tomase and the ProJo also report on Remy’s health.
Jennifer Toland has Justin Masterson losing at Fenway Park for the first time in his career. Adam Kilgore has old farmhand Carl Pavano confounding the Red Sox last night. Tomase has a makeshift lineup unable to do any damage against Pavano. Paul Kenyon notes that the numbers were in the Red Sox favor last night, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Ron Chimelis has Pavano shutting down the Sox.
Rob Bradford says that we’ve learned the most important piece of the Red Sox lineup. Haggerty has Jason Bay making the most of his free agent season. Brian MacPherson looks at J.D. Drew in the leadoff spot last night. Rich Thompson has Masterson getting tagged with his first Fenway loss. Kevin McNamara has Jed Lowrie hoping to resume baseball activities by June 1. Chimelis has the Sox keeping Nick Green in the lineup for his bat.
Toland’s notebook has more on Remy’s leave. Kilgore’s notebook has more on Drew in the leadoff role. Tomase’s notebook has the Red Sox still buzzing over Joba Chamberlain’s headhunting. The ProJo Red Sox journal has Drew surprised to see his name atop the lineup.
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