Box Score Bank: Fenway at 50

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Box Score Bank: Fenway at 50

Hey, did you hear that Fenway Park's turning 100?

True story. Equally true, is that 50 years ago, Fenway turned 50. But back then, the anticipation and drama wasn't nearly as thick. In fact, the only controversy occurred when Tom Yawkey found out the celebration wasn't "whites only."

OK, I'm sorry. That's not true (I don't think).

Let's change the subject and set the Box Score Bank for 50 years ago today

April 19, 1962

John F. Kennedy was 15 months into his presidency. "Good Luck Charm" by Elvis Presley was No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Lawrence of Arabia had just won Best Picture at the Oscars. Larry Luchhino was nothing but a weaselly 17-year-old. Jamie Moyer was just kicking off his third season in the majors.

And over at Fenway, one day before their glorious park turned 50, the Boston Red Sox had their way with the Tigers.

Final Score: Red Sox 9, Tigers 5

Gene Conley started and went 8.1 impressive innings for the Sox. Conley who was (and still is) 6'8'' is probably best known for playing for the Red Sox and the Celtics. But he also co-starred in one of the most legendary sports stories of all time. (For more, please click here). Young Lou Clinton paced the Sox with a homer, a triple and four RBI.

The win was one of only a few bright spots for the Sox (76-84), who finished eighth in the American League. But, much like this year, the onfield record in 1962 took a back seat to commemorating the history of the most important and historic structure in the history of the modern world: Fenway Park!

Here's to another 100 years.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.