After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road


After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

BOSTON -- After playing 19 of their first 28 games at the TD Garden, the Boston Celtics are hitting the road for a four-game road trip heading into the All-Star Break.

They leave behind an 11-8 home record, one marked by a mix of blowouts, grind-it-out wins, and losses they let slip away.

In chronological order:

Home Wins: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors (twice), Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls

Home Losses: Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

Following a frustrating 98-88 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday night (in which they trailed by just one after the third quarter), the C's will fly to Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday. They will then travel to Detroit, Dallas and Oklahoma City to round out the trip. The Celtics have lost to each of those five teams already this season.

Despite being 4-5 on the road, coach Doc Rivers isnt weighing the away games with any more significance than the games played in Boston.

That part doesnt bother me at all. The road-home schedule hasnt, never did, he said. I think were really good on the road. I think like Ive said, so far weve proven we can beat anybody and lose to anybody. Thats the maddening part. What we havent proven is that we can be a consistent basketball team, and thats where we have to get to.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.