We’ll lead off here with Jessica Heslam and her story about the back-and-forth war of words between Bill Simmons and Glenn Ordway. The last line is a bit inaccurate. Perhaps Ordway took the high road when asked for comment by the Herald, but he certainly hasn’t done so the last two days on the air.
You can download and listen to Simmons’ appearance on 98.5 through their On Demand page.
The Celtics did a number of the Utah Jazz last night, running out to a 105-86 win at the Garden. Mark Murphy has the Celtics putting together a balanced attack, which started with the guys inside. Julian Benbow has the Celtics paying attention to the small things and the details against the Jazz. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics not interested in losing a second straight home game. Bill Doyle notes how much better the Celtics played with a little rest. Robert Lee has the Celtics defense doing the job on Utah.
Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics certainly showed the benefits of getting a few days with no games and being able to get some practice time. Gary Washburn says that the short break allowed the Celtics to put it all back together. Paul Flannery has the Celtics finding their legs at the Garden last night. Mike Fine has the rest allowing the Celtics to show what they’re capable of. Rich Levine has a revamped “D” getting the job done.
Jeff Howe has Marquis Daniels impressed with the defense that his teammates play. Murphy has Glen Davis finding an old shoebox in his closet that was full of old clippings of guys who are now his teammates. Bulpett has Brian Scalabrine mad at a New York cameraman who had his foot over the line down at Madison Square Garden, and caused the Celtics forward to sprain his ankle.
Benbow’s notebook has more on Davis finding the box of clippings. Murphy’s notebook has Kevin Garnett fine after slipping on a third quarter alley-oop pass. Doyle’s notebook has Doc Rivers and the Celtics not worried about KG’s diminished numbers. Chris Forsberg has a notebook which looks at Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins briefly switching roles. Lee’s Celtics Journal has the Celtics expecting KG to improve as the season wears on.
Rob Bradford looks at three men outside the Red Sox organization who will likely have a big impact in the Boston offseason. Nick Cafardo has a look at San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who isn’t fazed about the uncertainty over his future with the Padres. In the Metro, I’m looking at three possible “big splash” moves the Red Sox could be looking at.
Peter Abraham and Michael Silverman have Jason Varitek exercising his $3 Million player option and returning to the Red Sox next season. Fine has more on the catcher returning to Boston for his 13th season with the Red Sox. An ESPNBoston report notes the Red Sox interest in Hideki Matsui, as reported by a Japanese web site.
Silverman’s notebook has the Red Sox OK with the idea of Billy Wagner accepting arbitration. Abraham’s notebook says that Wagner enjoyed his time in Boston, and the Red Sox would love to have him back in a non-closer role. Sean McAdam also has a notebook with more on Wagner, and some pitchers the Red Sox might take a look at this offseason.
Mike Loftus and Stephen Harris have Bruins coach Claude Julien with some criticism of David Krejci yesterday, saying that the center’s game “certainly isn’t where it should be.” He is also hinting that Krejci isn’t working as hard as he should. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins still needing the sharpen up their power play.
Julian Benbow has a feature on Boston College point guard Biko Paris.
Patriots links coming in separate post.