The Celtics went into Salt Lake City last night to face old friend Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz, and emerged with a 107-102 victory, giving then a 3-1 record on their latest West coast swing.

Heartless, not gutless – Gerry Callahan loves the trade of Kendrick Perkins, calling it a great deal, and praising Danny Ainge for being heartless enough to make it.

New-look Celtics rely on familiar formula when it counts – Paul Flannery with a few points from last night’s game, including going with a test formula down the stretch. Chris Forsberg also has a number of observations from the win.

It’s selling points that add up in this game – Gary Washburn says that the recruiting skills of Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge will be on display this week. Peter May looks at which of the buyout possibilities would be the best fit for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett’s Celtics Notebook has the Celtics and Heat competing for players.

Green, Davis will compete for crunch-time minutes – A. Sherrod Blakely says that the two forwards will likely be played based on which one is playing better during crunch-time. He also has a look at rookie Avery Bradley who got up some shots in his six minutes last night.

West is back on the shelf – Julian Benbow has Delonte West missing last night’s game after spraining an ankle in a walkthrough. Yes, a walkthrough.

Stating it right up front on Bruins – Kevin Paul Dupont says that despite the big changes the Bruins has made, many of their playoff hopes ride on David Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Michael Ryder, all of whom have been here all season.

Team set up for playoff run – Stephen Harris has the Bruins with the right pieces in place. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins’ trade strategies appear to be paying off.

Production values – Peter Abraham says that the Red Sox trio of outfielders offer speed, versatility, and promise. Brian MacPherson notes that not many fly balls will fall between Crawford and Ellsbury. Michael Silverman has the Sox happy to have Carl Crawford on their side. Scott Lauber has the Sox giving the OK to a more aggressive approach at the plate from Ellsbury.

Anchorman: How Lester emerged as most critical Red Sox – Alex Speier says that Lester is the one certainty in the Red Sox starting rotation.

Beckett hit in head by batted ball – Michael Vega’s notebook has the pitcher showing symptoms of a mild concussion after getting struck in the head with a ball while shagging flies. The Herald Red Sox Notebook from Lauber has lefty Andrew Miller making a strong impression in his first outing. The Red Sox Journal from MacPherson has Drew Sutton looking for a utility role.

Ten possible Patriots from NFL combine – Mike Reiss with a look at some guys who showed Patriot potential at the combine.


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