The Celtics tipped off against the hapless New Jersey Nets last night, and the outcome was never in doubt, as the Nets never even attempted to play defense. The Celtics were up 71-35 at halftime, and rolled to a 111-87 victory.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics getting more of a workout in the gym the morning of the game. Steve Bulpett says that with a game tonight, the rout was just what the team needed. Tony Lee has the Celtics able to rest up for tonight’s game with the Bulls.

Mike Fine has Kevin McHale saying that health is the only thing that can stop these Celtics. Chris Sheridan has Brian Scalabrine getting the last laugh on the Nets. Gary Washburn says that guys like J.R. Giddens, Shelden Williams, and Bill Walker are all going to need to contribute at some point. Paul Flannery has the NBA sending mixed messages.  

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Doc Rivers mystified for the $25,000 fine he received from the league for arguing with the officials on a call that was ultimately reversed by the league.

Bruins

The Bruins dropped the first game of their three-game California trip last night, 4-3 to the Anaheim Ducks. Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins had lots of fight, character and chances, but came away with nothing. Stephen Harris has the Bruins frustrated that their strong effort yielded nothing. Jessica Isner has the Bruins unable to finish the job. Joe Haggerty has the Ducks splashing cold water on the Bruins. (Why does CSNNE.com have a Bruins game story, but not a Celtics one?)

Graig Woodburn has the Bruins offense improving, but the losing continuing. Mike Loftus has the Bruins trying to take things one day at a time.  Shinzawa’s notebook says that Patrice Bergeron would welcome a reunion of his 2005 World Junior Championship team. Harris’ notebook has Milan Lucic not yet giving up on his Olympic dreams.

Patriots

Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots offseason shopping list should be longer than usual this year. Ian R. Rapoport says that the pass rush should be a priority.

Michael Felger deals with the restless natives in his mailbag. Jerry Thornton wishes he could be Bill Belichick.

Rapoport’s notebook has Junior Seau saying he’s retiring. Monique Walker has more in her notebook.

Red Sox

John Tomase has Boof Bonser happy to be in Boston. Amalie Benjamin has lefty Brian Shouse getting a minor league deal with the team. Joe McDonald has extensions for Victor Martinez and Josh Beckett on Theo Epstein’s to-do list in the coming weeks.

Brian MacPherson and  Gordon Edes have Daniel Bard ready for a new year of challenges. Michael Silverman has Daisuke Matsuzaka looking to report to camp in great shape. Jeff Goldberg says spring training is five weeks away for the defense-heavy Sox.

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