After dropping two straight game, the Celtics were determined not to drop a third, and the Milwaukee Bucks were the unfortunate recipients of the wrath of the Celtics defense, as Boston set a franchise record (in the shot clock era) in holding the Bucks to 56 points in a 87-56 home rout. Get all the coverage at

On the Celtics postgame last night on CSSNE, Gary Tanguay made repeated references to the “shot clock era,” but neither he nor Donny Marshall knew exactly when that era began. I may have misheard, but it sounded like Tanguay guessed 1961 when asked (could’ve been 1951) but either one was wrong. The shot clock was instituted for the 1954-55 NBA season. It was a little embarrassing for guys who should know this stuff.

This is a small item, but I’ve always thought that sports media types should be at least as knowledgeable as a diehard fan. Perhaps a diehard NBA fan wouldn’t know the exact year the shot clock was instituted, but they would at least have a rough idea of when it was introduced.

For Celtics, good things start with DChris Forsberg says that it would be an understatement to say that this game was exactly what the Celtics needed.

Input on paltry (56 points) output Gary Washburn observes that last night was a reflection on how strange the NBA can be on a nightly basis.

Baby much needed Big – Steve Bulpett has Glen Davis making a much-needed return to the lineup. Mike Fine has more on the return of Davis.

Has Ray Allen ever been better?Kirk Minihane has the future Hall of Fame guard continuing the best shooting season of his career.

West gets closer to a return – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Delonte West looking at a Wednesday return to action. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Paul Piece tweaking BU fans. A. Sherrod Blakely has Troy Murphy (11 points) making the most of some extra floor time last night. Mike Fine’s notebook in The Patriot Ledger has more on the return of West.

Changing luck with Dice?Nick Cafardo has new pitching coach Curt Young attempting a change in Daisuke Matsuzaka’s between-game ritual.

For Red Sox reserves, versatility becoming name of the game – Tim Britton has the Red Sox backups attempting to make the most of their skills.

Trying to frame Beckett outingThe Globe notebook looks at a tough fifth inning for Josh Beckett yesterday. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has Clay Buchholz set to take his place behind Jon Lester in the rotation. The Herald notebook from John Tomase also looks at the change in routine for Dice-K. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam and Joe Haggerty have Alfredo Aceves replacing Buchholz in today’s game against the Yankees.

Ference would help team sharpen its skatesFluto Shinzawa has the return of Andrew Ference a possible boost for the Bruins.

In the NFL labor wars, it’s all relative – Michael Felger’s take on the NFL labor war. Michael Gee’s take is worth reading.

Plenty of teams in position to win NCAADan Duggan has an overview of the college basketball tournament.

Terriers hope to make splash in crowded, competitive pool – Bob Ryan looks at the tournament for the Globe.



6 thoughts on “The Bucks Really Stopped Here

  1. So I read Felger's amusing tale of owner nepotism (nothing he did not hammer for 3 hours on Friday's show) and I am amazed at how a seemingly smart, informed guy can make such an idiotic argument. I can make a pretty good case for allowing players access to some numbers. It would be along the line the Recoding industry and the Movie industry structure deals for back end residuals. These numbers are contractually supplied to an artist who has a piece of the back end numbers for a specific project. How the expenses are accounted for and kept is contractually laid out so there are no surprises, no hidden funds and no questionable bookkeeping. When they agree on a revenue sharing formula the players would be fools not to mandate open access to the accounting that is used to set the salary cap or revenue split.

    What Felger is saying is the players have a right to look at how much of his own money an owner is spending, make a value judgement on whether this is a reasonable expenditure or not and then tell the owners that they are paying their relative X, when it should be Y. I have a simple question for Felger, who has clearly never been a business owner and put his own capital at risk: What financial risks are the players sharing in with the owners that allows them influence on expenses?

    I know a lot of people think the owners are just rich people who are greedy and not fair to the players. The fact is these people do something the players are not willing to do. They put their capital in play with the hopes of building a business. This idea that their employees are somehow entitled to dictate how they run that business is just ludicrous to me. The players have a right to bargain for whatever they can get. The owners should be under no compulsion to share any data other than what is needed to set the salary cap. How much Jonathan Kraft or Steve Jones or any other "Spaulding" from Felger's condescending hit piece earns is between the owner of the capital and the recipient. By Felger's logic the books to Patriot's Place should be opened because it makes money solely because the Kraft's own the Patriots. So let's give the players access to those revenues as well.

    So I say it again. The real issue is not how much money is paid to relatives of owners. The issue is there are franchises doing everything they can to maximize revenues and others that aren't. If the players really want a legitimate agreement then they should come up with a revenue sharing plan that punishes owners who do not do all they can to maximize revenues. For example if a team does not sell naming rights then they do not share in the naming rights pool of shared revenue. The teams that do get a higher salary cap and the teams that don't have a lower one. To avoid the $1 sale set a floor…you must sell your naming rights for more than X to be included in the shared revenue and if you are going to fall short have a mechanism in place for exemptions (for example the floor is $10 mill and Buffalo can only get $7 mill after a year of really trying…and the $7 mill comes from Kodak and not Ralph Wilson).

    Maybe I should stop expecting a higher level of quality for the talking heads. I will be disappointed less.


    1. Felger isn't trying to be smart, informed or logical. He's just trying to be contrary. The only logic that can be applied to Felger is that he will always take what he thinks will be the "unpopular" position on an issue. He's the little boy who wants to get noticed by being bad. Any math more complicted than 2 plus 2 equals 4 would cause Felger's hair to fall out. This is way over his head.


  2. Even more pathetic about the "shot clock" misfire is that both Tanguay and Marshall have laptops in front of them. Just google it between commercials, geez.


    1. Exactly. These guys know they're likely to be discussing this topic after the game, so what exactly are they doing during the fourth quarter that they can't take two minutes to look it up online? How ironic is it that broadcasters were much more prepared decades ago, long before the instant search engines we have at our fingertips today?


      1. Last night I watched the Notre Dame vs. Brigham Young game from 1981. What I found very different from today is that the score and the clock aren't on the screen at all times. I've really gotten used to that.

        It was nice to watch a game where I didn't see a single tattoo.


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