Battered, bruised and exhausted, the Celtics limp into tonight’s game five against the Miami Heat, facing elimination and likely the end of the line as true championship contenders for this core group.

With the uncertainty of the NBA labor situation, it could be awhile before we see the Celtics play again.

Doc Rivers is too smart to stay – Gerry Callahan says that there is no way that Rivers will return next season as the team enters rebuilding mode. Peter May seems to agree with that assessment.

Celtics have some fight left – Gary Washburn says that the Celtics will not go down without their best effort, and takes a shockingly optimistic view of things. Paul Flannery has it all on the line for Boston tonight. A. Sherrod Blakely looks at the long ,tough road facing the Celtics if they are to get back into this series.

Delonte’s time has come – Jackie MacMullan says that the Celtics will need a huge boost from their backup point guard tonight. Mark Murphy says that a Selfish Kevin Garnett is needed.

Davis is at a loss for an explanation – Monique Walker’s notebook has the reserve forward still at a loss to explain his postseason funk.  The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has West playing through pain. The ProJo Celtics Journal has KG at his worst in game four. The Enterprise notebook from Jim Fenton has more on the struggles of Davis.

The Red Sox just cannot get over that .500 hump. For the fourth time this season they had the chance to climb to that mark, and came up short, including last night’s 7-6 loss in Toronto to the Blue Jays, in which Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs for Boston. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Believe it or not, you still shouldn’t worry about these Red Sox – Rob Bradford says that it still is not time to panic.

As Crawford’s hitting improves, so does his spot on the pecking order – Brian MacPherson has the outfielder meriting an improved position in the batting cages with his recent improvements. John Tomase thinks Crawford is ready for a move up in the batting order as well.

A Molina has caught their eye – Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox reaching out to the representatives of retired catcher Bengie Molina.

In Boston, walk-offs come with price – MacPherson’s notebook has Crawford learning the hard way the price that is paid for walk-off hits. The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has Tim Wakefield set to become the oldest player ever to take the field for the Red Sox.

Giving them their due – Mick Colageo says that Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien deserve respect for sticking with this team and what they believe in.

Goal of Bruins is to bottle up the Lightning – Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that it may be a benefit for the Bruins that they faced Montreal in the opening round of the playoffs.

Thomas, Roloson took roads less traveled – Joe Haggerty with a look at the opposing goaltenders in this series, each of whom took an unconventional route to NHL success.

Saturday night live for Bruins, Lightning – Mike Loftus’ notebook has the Bruins wishing the series was scheduled to start sooner than Saturday. The Herald notebook from Stephen Harris and the Globe notebook from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell both have Patrice Bergeron checking in with his teammates at practice yesterday.

Patriots working out under radar – Mike Reiss has a group of Patriots discreetly working out together.

Groh: Dowling up to task for Pats – Karen Guregian talks to the former Patriots assistant and Virgina head coach about New England’s second round draft pick, Ras-I Dowling.

Patriots’ Sour Relationship With Tom Condon Means Mark Herzlich Unlikely a Future Patriot and 19 Other Thoughts – Jeff Howe with a collection of Patriots and NFL items.

New Patriots running back Stevan Ridley knows how to take advantage of an opportunity – Chris Price talks to the LSU running backs coach about the Patriots third round pick. Ridley himself spoke with Patriots Daily last week.

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