The Celtics were never in this one last night, as the Lakers had more energy, more hustle, more everything, in an 89-67 rout of Boston in game six. The Lakers defense smothered the Celtics all night long, holding them to 33% shooting on the night, and they dominated the boards by a margin of 52-39.
To make matters worse, it sure appears that Kendrick Perkins will be out for game seven, as the Celtics center suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the game.
CelticsLinks.com – Get the entire picture from last night here.
It was a no-show job – Bob Ryan says that the ugly score fully represents the nature of this game.
Celtics left to put back the pieces for Game 7 – Paul Flannery has the Celtics in a familiar spot last night, and says that it will be up to Rajon Rondo to lead this team in game seven.
Tough road for Celtics – Steve Bulpett says that, as usual, the Celtics will need to do things the hard way.
Celtics’ troubles just multiplied – Peter May says that Lakers fans called it early last night when they chanted “Boston Sucks.”
What’s up for Game 7, Doc? – Gary Washburn wonders what adjustments Doc Rivers can make for Thursday night.
Can Celts draw inspiration from injury? – Chris Forsberg wonders if the Celtics can use Perkins’ absence as motivation tomorrow night.
As in Game Six, there will be no secrets in Game Seven – Rich Levine says that like last night, the Celtics know exactly what they need to do for game seven.
Perkins injures right knee; status unknown – The Globe notebook updates us on the condition of Perkins.
Draft sneaks up on distracted Rivers – Yeah, the draft is just a week away.
Expect a classic in Game 7 of Celtics-Lakers – Adrian Wojnarowski says tomorrow night’s game will turn this series into an epic.
Clay Buchholz picked up his ninth win to continue his strong season, as the Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks 6-3 at Fenway Park last night. Buchholz is quietly 9-4 with a 2.67 ERA on the season.
David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia start to roll – John Tomase has two key members of the Red Sox lineup coming alive.
Red Sox lineup continues to outpace expectations – Alex Speier looks at the surprising Red Sox offense.
Felix Doubront’s name comes up – Michael Silverman’s notebook has the 22-year-old lefty expected to take Daisuke Matsuzaka’s spot in the rotation for Friday.
The most interesting Red Sox draftee – DJ Bean is fascinated by fourth-round pick Garin Cecchini.
Patriots quietly moving on – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots lining up Nick Kaczur in Logan Mankins spot, and not making any comments on the guard’s comments.
Old college try by Warren – Shalise Manza Young has Ty Warren finishing up his degree this offseason.
Wilfork focuses on getting ready, not contracts – Mark Farinella has Vince Wilfork, new contract in hand, focused on preparation, not the contracts of his teammates.
Bill Belichick won’t ‘get into’ Logan Mankins issue – Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots coach not commenting on Mankins.
Cam Neely moves in as Bruins prez – Stephen Harris looks at what this move means for Neely and the Bruins.