Once again, the Celtics started strong, but finished poorly, losing to the Pacers in Indiana 107-100. About the only good thing you can say about this loss is that they looked better in losing to the Pacers than they did in beating the Timberwolves on Sunday. Get all the coverage at Celticslinks.com.

Don’t blame ‘The Trade’ – Gerry Callahan says again that the trade of Kendrick Perkins is not to blame for the Celtics slide.

Rondo’s spark not enough for Celtics – Paul Flannery has the point guard getting back on track, but other pieces falling short. Chris Forsberg tries to find some positives from last night.

Frustrated Allen cuts backdoor – Gary Washburn says that Ray Allen was clearly frustrated with his role last night, and his avoidance of the media afterwards speaks volumes.

Jermaine O’Neal near return – Julian Benbow’s notebook has the veteran center set to practices with the team, and hopes to play on Thursday night against the Spurs. A. Sherrod Blakely has more on O’Neal’s return,  and the Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has more on Rondo’s encouraging performance.

In Tito they trust – Joe McDonald has a feature on what has made Terry Francona the most successful Red Sox managers in Boston history. Scott Lauber has more on Francona’s style.

Five things spring training taught us about these Red Sox – Rob Bradford looks at some things we’ve learned about the 2011 Red Sox. The ProJo trots out Five keys to the season.

Albers and Reyes are keepers – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox making some tough decisions in the bullpen. Gordon Edes has more on the decision to send down Hideki Okajima. who has been the Red Sox top lefty reliever for the last four seasons.

Lackey not thrown off – The Globe notebook has John Lackey adjusting to a change of plans yesterday. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam have more on Lackey. The Herald Red Sox Notebook from Lauber has more on Okajima being sent down, as does the Red Sox Journal from Tim Britton.

Air has been cleared a bit – The Bruins notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the defensemen working with the goaltenders in order to keep visual lanes clear. The Herald notebook from  Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to keep their momentum going with crisp practices.