Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup


Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup

HOUSTON Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers made a couple changes Friday night by inserting Courtney Lee back in the starting lineup and extending his rotation.

If you take his comments following Boston's 101-89 loss to Houston to heart, you can expect more changes to come soon.

There was plenty of blame pie to pass around after Friday's loss, but Rivers seemed intent on taking a big slice for himself.

"I have to do a better job of preparing the team," he said. "I have to do a better job of playing the right guys. Everybody shouldn't play every night, the way we're playing."

On Friday, Rivers added Leandro Barbosa back to what was a 10-man rotation. It is unclear if Rivers will drop Barbosa from the regular playing unit tonight against San Antonio, or potentially sit someone else who has played consistent minutes.

One position that might see a switch tonight is the backup center position that's currently being manned by Chris Wilcox.

Rivers may consider having Jason Collins back in the rotation in place of Wilcox who was among the Celtics players out of position at times on defensive rotations Friday night.

Earlier this year when Rivers was playing Collins instead of Wilcox, he said that the two would go back and forth throughout the season in terms of serving as Garnett's primary backup.

As for Lee starting, Rivers will likely stick with Lee as a starter and Jason Terry coming off the bench.

Despite all the problems Boston had against the Rockets, the play of Lee and Terry didn't stand out as far as being major factors in the team's loss. Lee had eight points to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Terry came off the bench for 12 points on four 3s, to go along with three steals and a rebound.

Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain


Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.

Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.

Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.

He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.

Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.

Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.


Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Bob Neumeier explains why he thinks Clay Buchholz will ultimately end up being key for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch even if it is just a bullpen role.