A closer look at the 48th overall pick

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A closer look at the 48th overall pick

If the Patriots can do as well with the 48th pick in 2012 as they did in 2001, they'll be more than satisfied.

Back in 2001, the Patriots traded up to 48 to jump ahead of the New York Jets to grab Matt Light who locked down the left tackle spot for the last 11 seasons. Strong murmurs of Light's retirement this offseason remain but that's been a pick that's served them very well.

Here's a look at the other players selected at No. 48 since April 2000.

2000
Jason Webster, CB, Texas A&M (49ers)
Had an eight-year career that started in San Fran and ended in New England. Was a starter for the Niners until 2002 before going to Atlanta. His final three seasons, he played in just 12 games including three for the Patriots in 2008.

2001
Matt Light, LT, Purdue (Patriots)
A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro for the Patriots. He's been the best left tackle in franchise history.

2002
Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida (Chargers)
Never really did much for the Chargers catching just 76 balls in four seasons in San Diego. In his one year with the Patriots (2006), he became the Patriots go-to wideout with 61 catches and four touchdowns but his case of the drops in the AFC Championship game against the Colts is a lasting image. He played just one more season in the league after that with 15 catches for the Redskins in 2007.

2003
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska (Bills)
Has had a very nice nine-year career with the Bills, only playing fewer than 16 games twice (14 in 2007, 12 in 2011). Had five sacks for the Bills last year at the age of 32. Has 30.5 career sacks.

2004
Dontarrious Thomas, OLB, Auburn (Vikings)
Made 10 starts and had 1.5 sacks in a disappointing five-year career with the Vikings.

2005
Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia (Bengals)
Played one year with the Bengals and actually was pretty good. Then a litany of alcohol problems, missed drug tests and assault arrests got him suspended. Was suspended indefinitely by the league after the 2008 season.

2006
Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas (Vikings)
Spent six seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Redskins this past offseason. Started 63 of 76 games since 2007. Solid tackler who has just eight career picks.

2007
Justin Durant, LB, Hampton (Jaguars)
Played his first four seasons with the Jags and was a decent linebacker there. Signed with the Lions in 2011 where he made 59 tackles in 13 games.

2008
Fred Davis, TE, USC (Redskins)
Pass-catching tight end out of USC who was franchised this offseason after being suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after repeatedly failing drug tests. Had 59 catches for the Skins in 12 games last year.

2009
Darcel McBath, DB, Texas Tech (Broncos)
Played in 13 games as a rookie and seven as a second-year player. Was released by Denver last September and played one game with Jacksonville in 2011. Has one career start and 28 tackles.

2010
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (Panthers)
Started 10 games in his rookie season with the Panthers, going 1-9 with three TDs and nine picks. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton last year and Clausen got into two games without throwing a pass. The one-time Notre Dame phenom has an upward climb to stay in the league.

2011
Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State (Raiders)
Started all 16 games last year for the Raiders and looks to be a promising pro..

Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

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Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.

Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss. 

"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.

Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.

Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.

In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

BOSTON – There are many factors you can point to in the regular season as indicators of what may happen when two NBA  teams meet in the playoffs.

You don't have to be inside the Chicago Bulls' locker room to know that when it comes to the Celtics, they were fully prepared to face a team that took a lot of 3's but wasn’t necessarily shooting them at a high percentage. 
 
That reality has certainly come into focus in Boston’s first-round series against the Chicago, one the C’s lead 3-2 as they continue to try and 3-point shoot their way on to the next round – without giving a damn how many long-range shots it takes to get the job done. 

In five playoff games, Boston is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, which puts them in the middle of the pack (eighth overall) among the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason.
 
But when it comes to the long ball, they are on the back-nine of playoff teams, ranking 10th while shooting 32.4 percent from 3-point range while leading all postseason clubs with 38.7 3-point attempts per game.

In the regular season, the Celtics ranked 16th in field-goal percentage (.454) and 14th in 3-point shooting (35.9 percent) while attempting 33.4 3's per game, which trailed only Houston (40.3) and Cleveland (33.9) this season.  

Boston's shooting from the field mirrors what it did in the regular season, but they know all too well that their shooting percentage in this series should be much higher due to the high number of open shots they have missed. 
 
Take a look at Game 5.
 
In the 108-97 win, the Celtics shot an impressive 53.1 percent when their shots were contested.
 
But let the Bulls have a defensive breakdown like a failed switch, or a guy gets beat for what turns into a great opportunity for Boston to score with no resistance, and instead of burying the open shot, the Celtics have  consistently blown those opportunities. That’s evident by the C’s connecting on just 30.8 percent (12-for-39) of their uncontested field-goal attempts in Game 5.
 
Even the usually reliable Isaiah Thomas had issues making uncontested shots in Game 5 and this series as a whole.
 
He had 24 points and shared game-high scoring honors with Avery Bradley on Wednesday night, but Thomas probably should have led everyone outright in scoring when you consider he had five open shots and wound up missing four of them.
 
That’s why when it comes to Boston’s offense, the last thing Thomas or any of his teammates complains about is getting the shots they want.
 
“I’ve been getting good open looks,” he said. “My teammates have been getting me open. We just got to knock down the shots. Coach [Stevens] keeps saying one day soon we’re going to knock down the open shots that we are missing and it might be [Game 6].”