C's without Bass as they try to lure in 4th straight win


C's without Bass as they try to lure in 4th straight win

BOSTON The injuries continue to pile up for the Boston Celtics.

Boston's super sub Brandon Bass (knee) will not play in today's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It's accumulation of the games," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. "It had some swelling in it. They're just going to sit him."

Without Bass, that means the C's will lean more heavily on Chris Wilcox and rookie JaJuan Johnson.

Wilcox told CSNNE.com that not having Bass won't change the way he approaches today's game.

"My role stays the same," Wilcox said. "I'm just got to go out and keep competing, playing hard. Nothing else changes with me."

It's unlikely that Bass' injury will sideline for too long a period of time. The 6-foot-8 forward has been a steady performer coming off the Celtics bench this season. In 22 games, he is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing a career-high 29.2 minutes per game.

The news wasn't totally bad on the injury front for the Celtics on Sunday. Jermaine O'Neal (right knee) was questionable for today's game after having an MRI performed on Saturday.

O'Neal told reporters before tip-off that he would play, and Rivers confirmed O'Neal would be in the starting lineup.

As far as the MRI results, Rivers said, "he's good to go, which is good."

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.