The Celtics got their most strenuous test of the young season last night, holding off the Minnesota Timberwolves last night 92-90 to stay perfect on the season at 6-0.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics unable to find and offensive flow for most of the game, but able to get the hoops when needed and make stops defensively when it counted. Mark Murphy credits the Celtics’ experience for the win. Jessica Camerato has three things we can take away from this game. Chris Forsberg also has a few thoughts on the win.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Al Jefferson getting the jump on his former teammates last night. Murphy’s notebook has Kevin Garnett passing on the sentiment of being back in Minnesota last night. Forsberg’s notebook looks at a homecoming of sorts for Sheldon Williams.
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Albert R. Breer says that it looks like the Patriots finally have a healthy and comfortable Tom Brady under center. Not so fast, says Ian R. Rapoport ,who isn’t yet sure which Patriots offense we’re going to see for the rest of the year. Rich Garven has Brady feeling good, and having it reflected in his play as of late.
Ron Borges has Vince Wilfork looking forward to a physical fight with the Dolphins on Sunday. Brian MacPherson pulls out some stats to show that Stephen Neal has actually been the Patriots best offensive player this season. Garven has the forgotten rookie Ron Brace making progress in practice. Chris Price looks at how the Patriots recognize and honor their Scout Team Stars.
Karen Guregian has Joey Porter doing his thing, hating the Patriots and zinging them whenever possible. Christopher Price has a look at the recent history between Porter and the Dolphins. Adam Kilgore has Porter seeking to stoke the fires of hatred yet again. Shalise Manza Young says that Porter actually tried to hold back yesterday, but couldn’t help himself. Chris Forsberg agrees that this was actually a somewhat kinder, gentler version of Porter.
Andy Vogt says that the AFC East no longer automatically belongs to the Patriots. Jeff Howe has Belichick remembering a “Wildcat” like series of plays used by the Steelers in the mid-90’s with Kordell Stewart.
Mark Farinella has the Dolphins created in the image of the Tuna. Rapoport has Belichick lauding the Bill Parcells system, on full display in Miami. Glen Farley has more from Belichick on Parcells and the Dolphins.
Jonathan Comey trots out his week 9 power rankings.
Kilgore’s notebook has Belichick extolling the methods of his former boss, Bill Parcells. Rapoport’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski a potential weapon against the returns of Ted Ginn Jr. (column by Lesley Visser) Vogt’s ntoebook has more on Porter. Young’s Patriots journal has the competition heating up in the coming weeks for the Patriots. Garven’s notebook also looks at Porter’s hatred for the Patriots. Farley’s notebook has more on Porter. Farinella’s notebook has more on – you guessed it – Porter.
Mike Loftus has the struggling Bruins set to host the Montreal Canadiens, who have been up-and-down themselves. Fluto Shinzawa says that with Marc Savard out, David Krejci needs to step up his game, something he has been unable to do thus far this season. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins need some goalscorers to step forward. Matt Kalman says that this game with Montreal comes at a good time for the Bruins.
Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the Yankees won their 27th World Series last night. Congrats to them.
Amalie Benjamin has Series MVP Hideki Matsui leading the charge last night.
Nick Cafardo has the old-guard foursome of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte enjoying their fifth World Series championship together. (Posada only played in 8 games for the 1996 team though.) Peter Abraham and Steve Buckley have Pedro Martinez going out with a clang last night. Peter DeMarco has Yankees fans in Boston proud and vocal of their team.
Alex Speier ranks this Yankees team as the best World Series champ of this decade.