Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

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Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

Longest Running Nightly Sports Television Show in the Region
Looks Back at 10 Years on the Air
 
BURLINGTON, MA, August 7, 2012 UNOs Sports Tonight, Comcast SportsNet New Englands twice a night news and analysis program, will celebrate its 5,000th episode on Monday, August 13th with a one-hour prime time special beginning at 6:30PM. At 5,000 episodes and 10 years, Sports Tonight is the longest running nightly sports television show in the region.
 
The celebratory special episode on August 13th, hosted by Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson, will begin with a look back to the Sports Tonight launch in 2002 which commenced with coverage of the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl Championship title.  Since then, Sports Tonight has featured six years of Red Sox Spring Training shows, aired live from four different Super Bowls, two NBA Finals, two World Series, one MLB All-Star Game and hosted more than 350 of New Englands most influential athletes, team personnel and media as guests on the show.  From the heated moments and contentious arguments, to the sincere laughter and hilarious bloopers, Sports Tonights 5000th show will reflect on a decade of serving New England sports fans with the most in-depth, unfiltered and proactive sports talk and opinion in the market.

Following are some of the highlights from the past 10 years of Sports Tonight:
 
        Show launched on February 11, 2002, hosted by Gary Tanguay & Wendi Nix
        Glenn Ordway and Gerry Callahan were the first ever guests on Sports Tonight during the debut episode
        The 10 p.m. edition of Sports Tonight debuted one year later, February 10, 2003
        Dickerson and Tanguay were co-hosts from February 2003 until October 2007 ; In November 2007, Felger and Tanguay became co-hosts and continue to co-host the show today
        Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a special guest on the show in 2002 while running for Governor of Massachusetts
        In 2007, Paul Pierce hosted the show on three separate occasions
        Additional athletes who have made regular appearances on the show include: the Red Soxs Kevin Millar, Coco Crisp, and Jonathan Papelbon; the Patriots Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, and  Mike Vrabel; the Celtics Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker; and the Bruins Shawn Thornton.
 
CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, will feature clips from the various Sports Tonight promo campaigns, will showcase highlights from some of the best episodes, and will run extended, uncut clips from features aired during the special.  A bracket has also been launched for fans to vote on Sports Tonights Most Valuable Personality from over the years.  
 
Since 2002, Sports Tonight has been the gathering place for the most influential voices in the region with daily participation from New Englands best personalities, said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet New England Executive Vice President and General Manager. The opinion-driven show has gained a loyal following from passionate sports fans in New England, who are never short on opinions.  We are pleased to share Sports Tonights  5,000th episode & retrospective with all of the partners, guests, and viewers who have helped make the show a success over the past decade.
 
Sports Tonight airs every weeknight at 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show and New England Tailgate. Comcast SportsNet New England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Game notes: Celtics look to extend Kings’ Boston losing streak to nine

Game notes: Celtics look to extend Kings’ Boston losing streak to nine

BOSTON – Here are a few odds and ends to keep an eye on heading into tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings: 
 
· The Celtics have won eight in a row over the Kings in Boston, with the last loss to Sacramento at the TD Garden coming on Jan. 19, 2007. Current Celtic Gerald Green was in the starting lineup that night. 

· Only six times in franchise history have the Celtics launched 38 or more 3-pointers in a game, four of which came in the month of November this season. 

· Speaking of 3-pointers, 36.2 percent of Boston’s shots are 3s. That ranks fifth in the league behind Houston, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Golden State.

· Don’t be surprised if Avery Bradley gets off to a good start tonight, especially from 3-point range. He’s shooting 59.1 percent on 3s in the first quarter which ranks second in the league. 

· Isaiah Thomas tallied 395 points scored in November, the most by a Celtic since John Havlicek had 406 points in November during the 1971-1972 season. 

· Boston leads the NBA in points scored (46.3 per game) by second-round picks. The Celtics’ second-round picks include Isaiah Thomas; Jae Crowder; Amir Johnson; Jonas Jerebko; Demetrius Jackson and Jordan Mickey.

· The Celtics are 5-0 this season when they outrebound an opponent. 

· Tonight’s game will be Boston’s fifth set of back-to-back games this season. In the first game, they are 3-1 this season. On the second night, they are 2-2.

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

BOSTON – When it comes to defense, the Celtics are quick to claim that it is indeed the foundation for which their team is built upon. 
 
Still, far too often this season, we have seen cracks in their usually Teflon-tough defense, the kind that ultimately means the difference between winning and losing.
 
The Celtics’ defense will once again need to step up and play well tonight against a Sacramento squad that has shown it can fill it up offensively of late. 
 
Sacramento (7-11) has scored 100 or more points in eight of their past 10 games. In that span, their 107.2 points per game ranks ninth in the league. 
 
In that same span, the Celtics have allowed opponents to score 100.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA in fewest points allowed.
 
And when it comes to winning, limiting teams to less than 100 points has been huge in Boston’s win total. 
 
The Celtics have held eight opponents to 100 points or less this season. 
 
Their record in those games? 8-0.
 
Within that limited scoring, Boston must also make sure teams don’t get into a nice groove shooting the ball. 
 
Boston is 0-5 this season when an opponent shoots 48 percent or better from the field. 
 
While there are several things Boston must do to be successful, having the right kind of defensive disposition ranks at or near the top of that list in their efforts to play with the kind of defensive success that gave so many hope that this would the year Boston would hold court among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.