The Celtics look to even things up in the best-of-seven NBA finals tonight in game four at the TD Garden.

Here are the top stories in the Boston-area outlets this morning.

What to watch for in Thursday’s Game 4 – Paul Flannery has a few things to keep on eye on tonight.

Celtics comeback begins with Game Four – A. Sherrod Blakely says that the Celtics have been in this position before.

Kevin Garnett, missing in action? Nope – In what seems to be a rebuttal to his nemesis Gerry Callahan, Howard Bryant has KG answering his critics on Tuesday night.

Celtics stuck in traffic again – Steve Bulpett points out that the Celtics need to go inside to KG more to allow better spacing for their outside players.

Pierce can’t cash in, won’t credit Artest – Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce and Ron Artest in a subtle battle of words over Pierce’s lack of scoring in this series.

Allen tries to put nightmare behind him – Michael Muldoon has Ray Allen looking to bounce back tonight, and touches on a number of other items as well.

His faith isn’t shot – Bob Ryan has more on Allen trying to get himself straight for game four.

 Perkins’ offense lost in shuffle – Peter May looks at the regression of Kendrick Perkins.

Clifford Ray’s Future Job Interviews and Other Random Celtics Observations – Kevin Henkin weighs in on Perkins and a few other items.

Glen Davis’ play explains everything – Mark Murphy has the Celtics forward perhaps finally discovering himself.

Back still ails Wallace – Bill Doyle’s notebook reports that Rasheed Wallace has been unable to practice because of his bad back.

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Red Sox

Old friend Justin Masterson dominated the Red Sox, pitching a complete-game two hit shutout against his former club, as the Cleveland Indians stomped the Red Sox 11-0last night. An eight-run bottom of the eighth off Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson put this one away for Cleveland.

Masterson shows his worth vs. Red Sox – Gordon Edes has Masterson finally getting a chance to show the Indians his full potential.

Hall hitting the ball, playing all over the place – Peter Abraham has Bill Hall doing what the Red Sox hoped he would do when they signed him.

Contract makes sure Beckett can focus on healing – Rob Bradford says that the contract extension signed by Josh Beckett means that the righty can focus on getting 100% healthy this season.

Lowell a real nowhere man – Amalie Benjamin has Mike Lowell not seeing the field at all these days, but remaining professional.

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NBA woos a world audience – Jenn Abelson in the Globe has a look at how the NBA is getting the finals out to China, India, Mexico and parts of Africa.

Teammates reunite outside Fenway – Eamon Convey in the Herald looks at the unveiling of the statue of Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Dominic DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr outside of Fenway Park.

Deal protects Patriots – Albert Breer looks at the complicated contract signed by fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez.

Roster Watch – Sam Aiken – Is Sam Aiken a lock to make the Patriots roster this season?

Chicago captures the Cup – Fluto Shinzawa has the Chicago Blackhawks capturing their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

Cup finals proved Bruins’ collapse wasn’t destiny – DJ Bean says that the “fate” card can’t be played anymore.


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