In yet another one-point game between the Celtics and 76ers, this time it was the 76ers coming out on top, defeating the Celtics 82-81, evening the series at one Monday night at TD Garden. In what was an ugly game most of the way, the offense picked up during the last five minutes. An offensive foul call on Kevin Garnett for an illegal screen with ten seconds left in regulation and the Celtics trailing by three, ended the Celtics’ hopes of pulling out a win. It was also a major discussion following the game. Games 3 and 4 are Wednesday and Friday in Philadelphia.
Celtics ignore Kevin Garnett til 4th quarter– Steve Bulpett says the Celtics should have gone to their big man more during the game.
Celtics make bad decision– Mark Murphy looks at the offensive foul call on Garnett being one of the many mistakes the Celtics made.
After ugly effort, Celts can only wonder if loss will haunt them– Bill Reynolds has an 11-point third quarter hurt the Celtics in their one-point loss.
For Celtics, one that got away– Paul Flannery looks at Game 2, a game the Celtics certainly had their chances to win in.
Celtics’ experience doesn’t pay– Chris Forsberg has bad execution down the stretch hurting the Celtics and their chances to win.
Paul Pierce, Celtics aren’t right in Game 2– Chad Finn says Paul Pierce’s injury is limiting the Celtics captain and also effecting the team.
Pierce: ‘The knee was fine’– Jessica Camerato has Pierce not making any excuses for Monday’s 7-point performance.
No matter the outcome, Celtics must convince themselves of the process– Gary Dzen looks at the Celtics’ reactions following the game and looks ahead to the remainder of the series.
This time, Celtics couldn’t close it out– Bob Ryan has the only difference between Game 2 and Game 1 was the Celtics not closing it out down the stretch.
Behind a complete game performance from Jon Lester, the Red Sox defeated the Mariners 6-1 Monday night at Fenway Park. With the win the Red Sox have now won four games in a row. Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach both homered for the home team. The two teams will play again this afternoon on Tim Wakefield day. Josh Beckett will take to the hill for the Red Sox.
Lester’s gem just what the Red Sox ordered– Maureen Mullen looks at Lester’s impressive performance in Monday’s win.
Jon Lester’s gem continues Red Sox rotation turnaround– Didler Morais has Lester’s outing being the fourth straight good outing from a Red Sox starting pitcher.
Still the one: Jon Lester’s season has a familiar top-of-the-rotation shape– Alex Speier looks at this season compared to Lester’s first four seasons, and notes his start is very much in line with career norms.
Red Sox in complete control– Michael Silverman has getting good solid pitching has been the key to the teams’ four game winning streak.
Decision day looming– Silverman also looks at the decision the Red Sox face when Kevin Youkilis returns from the disabled list and what to do with Will Middlebrooks.
Should Youkilis be handed his job back?– Nick Cafardo examines the dilemma of what to do with both Youkilis and Middlebrooks.
Lester is on board; is Beckett– Joe McDonald looks ahead to Josh Beckett’s start today and asks if he can continue the trend of good outings by starting pitchers.