Will there be any bad blood between Nets and Celtics?


Will there be any bad blood between Nets and Celtics?

We all remember what happened the last time the Celtics and Nets met . . .

. . . it ended with Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and a handful of other NBA players in the stands pulling themselves off of each other.

Both the C's and Nets are back at it Tuesday on Christmas Day.

Will there be peace on the basketball court as families gather around and watch from their TV sets? Or will the two teams pick up where they left off last game and get a little too physical?

Either way, both teams aren't playing great basketball, and it's showing.

The Celtics, says Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen, don't have an identity yet 26 games into the season. That's a problem.

The Christmas Day game is the start of a big road trip for the C's, and the outcome of that game could set the tone for the rest of the trip.

Check out the video for more from Gary Tanguay and Thomsen.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen


Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.