At several points last night, the Celtics seemed to have things well in hand, and it looked as if they might be successful in evening up their second round series with the Miami Heat at two games apiece. However, poor execution and tired legs did in the Celtics as they faded badly down the stretch, couldn’t run a successful play at the end of regulation and had nothing left in overtime as they fell to the Heat 98-90. Get all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.
The Celtics now face elimination, and quite possibly the end of an era tomorrow night in Miami.
For Celtics, the one that got away – Paul Flannery has Paul Pierce and the Celtics knowing that they beat themselves last night. Jackie MacMullan has inexcusable mistakes dooming the Celtics last night.
Kevin Garnett runs out of paint – Steve Bulpett has KG reverting to his passive, passing game one self in this one, essentially disappearing on the offensive end. (1-10, 7 points) A. Sherrod Blakely has Garnett turning in the worst playoff game of his career. Peter May has more on the costly game four stinker for KG.
Glen Davis: I’ve been bad Baby – Mark Murphy’s notebook has the reserve forward continuing his putrid postseason. The Globe notebook from Gary Washburn has Rajon Rondo’s path to playing last night after the dislocated elbow he suffered Saturday night. The Projo Celtics Journal has Wade and James coming up big for Miami, while the Enterprise notebook from Jim Fenton has more on KG’s disappearing act last night.
Jonathan Papelbon blew a save in the eighth inning last night, but the Red Sox still managed to score a walk-off win in the 11th inning last night thanks to a Carl Crawford double, which gave Boston a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Carl Crawford in hero’s role – Scott Lauber has the big-money outfielder finally starting to settle in with his new team.
Jose Iglesias returns to where his big league journey began – With the Red Sox in Toronto tonight, Alex Speier has the rookie shortstop returning to the country in which he decided to defect from his native Cuba.
Decidedly tough break – Michael Vega has the bullpen unable to hang on to a lead for Josh Beckett, who was once again brilliant. Rich Thompson has Beckett OK with another no-decision despite throwing seven shutout innings.
Terry Francona’s odd bullpen moves pay off – Mike Fine’s notebook has the manager making a couple of unconventional moves last night. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham notes that despite last night’s performance, Papelbon has been very good this season. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Francona actually getting an explanation on a balk call last night. The CSNNE notes from Danny Picard have Beckett getting his fourth straight no-decision.
Bruins-Lightning should go down to wire – Joe McDonald says that that Bruins will get a very tough test from Tampa Bay.
Why Tomas Kaberle could (finally) make a major difference for Bruins vs. Lightning – DJ Bean wonders if we’ll see the defenseman’s full array of skills at long last.
They’re big B’s fans. For now, at least. – Beth Teitell in the Globe has the Bruins bandwagon fans coming out in droves. If you’re one of the bandwagon hoppers, the Globe also provides a handy Hockey cheat sheet.
Marcus Stroud sees fresh start with Pats – Karen Guregian talks with the former Jaguars and Bills defensive lineman about what he expects to bring to the Patriots.