By Adam Hart
"Why didn't anyone tell me the Celtics were playing the Hawks tonight?" said the man who works for the Celtics broadcast partner.
It is of little consequence, who did or did not know the team's opponent this Thursday. The point is "Mike Bibby said that?" should immediately echo in the minds of fans every time the Atlanta guard pops up on their television. Why, you ask?
Remember when the Celtics couldn't win on the road in the 2008 playoffs? Remember when the Hawks thought they were something? Remember when Mike Bibby called the Garden faithful "bandwagon fans"? The reaction of Kendrick Perkins -- 40-second mark, above -- is one of his Top 5 moments in Boston:
"Mike Bibby said that? I mean, you come off a 2-for-10 night shooting you would say something like that, too."
But wait, there's more. Hosting Boston, Atlanta finally had a full house for its playoff games.
"It's about time, huh? It take for us to go down there to pack their house."
BOSTON - Ryan Hanigan (neck), who was with the team today, will play nine innings for Pawtucket Saturday and Sunday and will be evaluated after that. It's possible he could be activated for the start of the Texas series Monday.
* Blake Swihart (ankle) is walking around without a boot.
"He's improving,'' reported John Farrell. "He got on the treadmill here today and the last couple of days, [he's done] more walking. He's more free. I can't say that he's beginning to job or any kind of running progression; I think that's still too early. But the fact that he's able to tolerate more ground-based activity is encouraging. There's still no timetable for him to initiate any baseball acvtivities, other than throwing -- which he's doing right now."
* Joe Kelly (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen Thursday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday.
"There's steps being made,'' said Farrell. "There's probably going to be a need for at least two additional bullpens before we get him back in a ballgame.''
On Instagram and on Twitter, Evan Turner thanks the Boston fans after he leaves the Celtics for a four-year, $70 million free agent deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox starting lineup as they open a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.
Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.
Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels.
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jhoulys Chacin RHP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Steven Wright RHP