It feels like the NBA season officially started yesterday, with a hangover from the Patriots season still lingering over the region.
The Celtics used a strong second half to pull away from the Los Angeles Lakers and post a 109-96 victory at the Staples Center. Get all the links at CelticsLinks.com. Check the LA view from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN Los Angeles.
Celtics set tone against Lakers – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics sending a message to the Lakers and the NBA.
Duel does what’s needed – Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce (32 points) buckling on his holster and shooting it out with Kobe Bryant (41 points) yesterday.
Fluid Rondo found the flow – Gary Washburn has the Celtics point guard coming alive in the second half and boosting Boston to the win.
Celtics prove they’re NBA’s best – Paul Flannery says that when the Celtics play at their best, you wonder how they can ever lose.
Lakers have trouble with elite; cut fires up KG – A. Sherrod Blakely’s CSNNE notes has an elbow to the head perking up Kevin Garnett. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has Pierce and Ray Allen taking turns on Kobe. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Ray Allen talking about defending Kobe.
Exec Hausmann retires after 19 years – Mike Reiss looks at what the retirement of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Jim Hausmann means to the Patriots.
Family matters most with McCourty twins – Karen Guregian looks at the bond between Devin McCourty, and his twin brother Jason, who plays for the Titans. Guregian also has Logan Mankins and Bill Belichick having a private chat after the Pro Bowl.
Red Sox outfield should be strong defensively – Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox outfield for 2011.
Making pitches for Red Sox relief roles – Scott Lauber looks at how the bullpen might shake out.
Bruins in shaky shape – Mike Loftus says that the next two months will be crucial for the Bruins.