Five thoughts from No. 5 Garnett after C's loss to Griz


Five thoughts from No. 5 Garnett after C's loss to Griz

BOSTON -- Following the Boston Celtics 93-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett spoke frankly on the state of his team as they fell to 14-17 on the season. He addressed glaring problems the Celtics are looking to fix, and gave credit where credit was due to his opponents. Check out five thoughts from number five:

On considering losing "disturbing" or part of the 82-game season: "It's disturbing. It's part of it, but a loss is a loss. It hurts. Nothing's good about a loss."

On Zach Randolph, who posted six points, eight rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes: "I'm playing against one of the best forwards in the world, that being Zach (Randolph). I have a lot of respect for him. I knew it was going to be like a bear fight, so it was kind of just getting ready for that whole match up. I never once really balanced it out as far as being offensively-minded, so I'll do a better job of that. I've got to."

On Avery Bradley's return from double-shoulder surgery: "I thought he brought some good energy. It was good to have him back. He's a big part of this team. We're going to be better and he's going to be part of that process. It was good to see him out there."

On piecing the Celtics defense back together with the presence of Bradley: "He's a big addition to what we do. Obviously losing him was a huge, huge loss to us. Him coming up starts the rebuilding or the starting process of what we have broke here, and that's get back defensively sound and being the team we know we can be. As you see, it doesn't just happen. You have to work at it. When you're playing against good teams, it makes it that more difficult. But we're not hanging our heads, we're not making excuses. We're going to try to come in here and try to grind this thing out and turn this thing around."

On the development of rookie Jared Sullinger: "Jared's earned his trust, Doc's trust, the trust of his teammates, and I think all the playing time that he's getting, he definitely earned. He's given us a lift, man. He's coming in rebounding like a monster, doing the things that we know him to be, and he's getting better. That's a good sign for us."

Garnett played 32 minutes against the Grizzlies, scoring 12 points (5-14 FG), grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing five assists.

Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death


Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death

Like the rest of the baseball world, the Red Sox expressed shock and sadness over the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident in Miami. 

David Ortiz tweeted his thoughts before the game Sunday in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was a moment of silence for Fernandez - who attended high school in the Tampa area after defecting from Cuba at 15 - before the game at Tropicana Field, and before all major league games on Sunday. 

There was to be on-field ceremony for Ortiz before his last game at the Trop, part of his retirement farewell tour, but it was canceled at Ortiz's request. A video tribute to Ortiz was shown during the game and the Rays gave Ortiz his retirement gifts privately.

Ortiz wiped away tears during the moment of silence. He wrote "RIP Jose" on his cap.

Fernandez had joked about how he wanted to give up a home run to Ortiz when he faced him as an N.L. pitcher in the All-Star Game this past July. 

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run," Fernandez had said. 

Ortiz ended up walking against Fernandez, prompting this response from Big Papi:

First baseman Hanley Ramirez, who played for the Marlins, as well as other Red Sox players, also tweeted their reactions after hearing the news of Fernandez's death Sunday morning.

Bill Belichick says Brad Stevens has given him 'a lot of insight' on coaching

Bill Belichick says Brad Stevens has given him 'a lot of insight' on coaching

Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters last week that spending time with Bill Belichick can make you "feel pretty inadequate as a coach."

But Belichick raved about Stevens during a conference call on Sunday. The two spent time together on Friday night for the Hall of Fame Huddle fundraiser to benefit Belichick's foundation, and the Patriots coach explained that he's learned a lot from the Celtics boss.

"Got to know Brad ove the last couple of years," Belichick said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he's done, taking a young team, a team that we barely knew some of the players on the team, and in a couple of years has built them into a strong team last year and played very competitively in the playoffs. Fun to go over there and watch them.

"Brad and I have talked about a lot of things that are just coaching-related. Obviously the sports are different. I don't know anything about basketball, and he says he doesn't know much about football. It's really not about Xs and Os and that kind of thing. It's more the other parts of coaching: Prepartion, training, team work, team-building, confidence, communication, players and coaches relationships and so forth.

"Obviously we're in the same business in taking more people to training camp than we can keep on a roster, then managing a roster and dealing with things that happen during the year with that roster, whether it's bringing other guys onto the team, trades and so forth. We've chatted about a lot of those things. He's given me a lot of insight.

"I'd say some of the players they get are a little younger than the guys we get on average. Kids that are coming out of college after one year, we get them after three years or four. Just the trans from college to pro which he obviously has a lot of experience with. Coming to the New England area for most players, that's an adjustment, we don't get too many guys from this area. All of those things like that."