For the first time in the KG era, the Celtics find themselves trailing 0-2 in a playoff series. The Celtics kept things close most of the night, but the Heat closed every single period on a run, and ended up winning the game 102-91. It is close to desperation time for the Celtics, who have looked extremely old and vulnerable in the two games thus far. Are we in the last days of this era for the Celtics? It feels like it. Check all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.
Get up off the floor now – Steve Bulpett says that last night was like watching “an aging boxer in an ill-advised comeback.” Bulpett insists though, that the Celtics are not too old to take this series.
Do the Celtics have enough left? – Paul Flannery questions whether the Celtics have what it takes to make this a series.
Celtics have time to lick wounds – Chris Forsberg says that even with the time off, the Celtics aren’t likely to get any rest.
Pierce and Allen need to fire it up – Gary Washburn says that the Celtics need more from their two wing stars.
Battered and bruised – Mark Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics getting a much-needed three-day break. The ESPN Boston notebook from Chris Forsberg has injury updates for Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics Journal has the Celtics big men not getting the job done. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has more on the Celtics time off.
After pursuing Downs, Sox built bullpen a different way – Brian MacPherson looks at how the Red Sox fell back on plan “B” in building their relief corps, and how it has worked out thus far.
Pedroia’s will is just his way – Tim Britton’s Red Sox Journal has the second baseman adamantly refusing an offered day off from his manager. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Gonzalez getting his first Fenway homer. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Dan Wheeler throwing strikes but still getting hit. The Patriot Ledger notebook from Mike Fine has more on Wheeler and Bobby Jenks. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam and Maureen Mullen have more on Gonzalez going deep for the first time at home, while the Pitching notes from Mullen have Jenks feeling “cured.”
No time for a letdown – Stephen Harris states the obvious for the Bruins.
Overtime has really paid off – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins have been money when it counts.
Dennis Seidenberg makes up for lost time – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the defenseman making the most of the postseason after missing the playoffs last year with an injury. The Globe notebook from Barbara Matson has an update on Adam McQuaid. Mick Colageo has more on the injury to McQuaid, and who will take his place tonight. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty say that the Bruins aren’t taking the Flyers lightly.
Patriots Daily Q&A With Stevan Ridley – Chris Warner talks with the Patriots third round pick out of LSU.
Overanalyzing NFL draft can drive one mad – Mark Farinella urges patience in judging draft picks.
Bill Belichick Didn’t See Many Quality Players in Draft and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe with 20 thoughts on the draft.
Can’t fault Patriots’ pick of Solder – Karen Guregian can’t find anyone with something negative to say about the Patriots top pick.
Head to the Rap Sheet for Ian Rapoport’s series The Making of Mallett as he goes to the QB’s home town to learn more about him.