The Portland Trailblazers had come from 16 down in the final minutes to pull to within one point of the Celtics. Ray Allen, who had struggled with his shot all night (3-11 prior to this shot) was left open in the corner and nailed a three pointer with 10 seconds left to put an end to the Blazers comeback, and lift the Celtics to a 99-95 win at the TD Garden.
Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer lifts Celtics – Chris Forsberg looks at Allen saving his best shot for last.
Paul Pierce nets 28, but assist wins praise – Steve Bulpett has Pierce, who was 9-11 for the night, passing up the final shot in favor of a pass to the wide-open Allen.
One shot defined the Celtics’ greatness – Paul Flannery with more on the final shot, but also with a look at your new lockdown defender – Marquis Daniels.
Doc Rivers has done plenty with little – Peter May says that Doc Rivers deserves the Coach of the Month award he won yesterday.
Cutting it very close – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Kevin Garnett’s five stitches to the chin taking longer than usual. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has the players saluting Rivers. The Republican notebook from Nick Underhill has the Celtics finally playing their style of ball. The Telegram notebook from Bill Doyle has more on the players appreciating Rivers’ style. A. Sherrod Blakely notes that injuries are again piling up for the Celtics.
Where the hate is – Gary Washburn look at just how ugly it could get in Cleveland tonight for LeBron James.
Branch leaves ’em hanging on his every word – Mark Farinella says of the receiver: “Branch has been a breath of fresh air – and not just on the field. Gregarious and approachable, Branch has provided quote-thirsty reporters with an oasis where once there was nothing but desert.” Which we know is what is really important down there…
Characters, plot are all in place for high drama – Bob Ryan looks at “Cousin Rex” and his Jets team, how they got to 9-2 on the season, and what Monday night should hold. Ron Borges likes Rex because he’s not dour like a lot of NFL coaches…he’s not naming any names…*cough*Belichick*cough*
Worry Wart – Game Twelve vs. Jets – Chris Warner has his misgivings about this one.
Bruschi has numerical plan – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots great hoping someone else gets to wear #54 for the team. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Belichick giving Ryan some praise. The Telegram notebook from Rich Garven has the Patriots not responding to the Jets bluster.
Tim Thomas is really feeling it – Joe McDonald has the Bruins goaltender notching his fifth shutout of the season.
Savard’s day appears near – Fluto Shinzawa says Marc Savard could return as early as tonight.
Red Sox relief remake, Part 1: The current state of the bullpen – Alex Speier looks at the annual bullpen makeover for the Red Sox. Daniel Barbarisi says that building a bullpen is not easy.
Could Carl Crawford fit in on the Red Sox? Oh yeah – Dan Lamothe makes the case for the former Tampa Ray, with whom the Red Sox met yesterday.
Red Sox caught up in Russell Martin dealings – Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox catching situation could be tied to that of the Dodgers.