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The Celtics wrapped up the regular season with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at home last night, and will now face the red-hot Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, starting on Saturday night. Hit up CelticsLinks.com for the full assortment of stories.
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Here are the best stories from this morning, and there’s quite a few out there:
Next big hit: Jeremy Hermida – Michael Silverman wonders if Hermida could have a breakout year in ’10 like David Ortiz did in ’03.
Just how powerful is Pedroia? – Rob Bradford looks at how offseason training has paid off for Dustin Pedroia, and four other items from yesterday.
Give Papi a chance – Gordon Edes is one of the last in the media willing to give David Ortiz more time.
Dustin Pedroia power – John Tomase’s notebook has the Red Sox 2B continuing his hot start to the season.
Stolen goods – Fluto Shinzawa has a feature on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who represents yet another theft of the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Bruins.
Milan Lucic’s time to shine – Steve Conroy has the Bruins winger looking to make up for a lost regular season.
The black is back – Rich Garven looks at how the Bruins might actually be playing with house money at this point.
Opening series figures to be a grind – Kevin Paul Dupont has two old Adams Division buddies renewing acquaintances in this series.
Honoring Satch — that’s cool – Bob Ryan has the cool beyond cool Satch Sanders being honored at the 25th annual Sport in Society’s True Heroes of Sport Awards.
Boston Celtics aren’t ready for anything now – If you think the Celtics can just flip on a switch for the playoffs, Mike Fine wishes to correct your thinking.
Not according to plan – Gary Washburn looks at how nothing has worked out this season for the Celtics, who await a summer of change.
Belichick unfazed by Pats’ rivals recent moves – Andy Vogt recaps what the Patriots coach had to say yesterday.
There’s time to wheel, deal – Shalise Manza Young looks at how the new draft format will give teams like the Patriots time to make trades.
Bill Belichick keeps it all on file – Ian Rapoport looks at the reams of information that the Patriots keep on file to pull up anytime.
Scott O’Brien, Patriots must find a new punter – Rapoport also looks at the Patriots need to replace Chris Hanson.
A few other links:
Patriots Daily Mock Draft, Part 1 – Chris Warner, Greg Doyle and Scott Benson wade through their ocean of draft materials and preparation and have a roundtable discussion on where the Patriots might go in the first two rounds of the draft.
How To Suck The Joy Out Of Watching Sports – If you’re a sports media guy, and feel that you’re not sufficiently pissing off your audience to the level of some of your peers, then you’re in luck – I’ve put together a quick, easy-to-follow primer just for you!
Squinting At The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs – BSMW’s Joe Donahue picks the playoff winners.