Gonzalez: 'We just didn't play good baseball'

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Gonzalez: 'We just didn't play good baseball'

Adrian Gonzalez isn't in Fort Myers yet, but he's already delivered the first State of the Sox address of the spring.

Visiting ESPN, he appeared on SportsCenter and also did an interview with ESPN Boston Radio's Adam Jones. And he put forth a take on last September's collapse that we're certain to hear over and over as the players emerge from their winter hibernation:

We just didnt play good baseball . . . More than anything it was just the fact we didnt play good baseball. We didnt play good defense for our pitchers, we didnt get those timely hits that we needed to to bring in that extra run. We didnt prevent enough runs. It was a team as a whole that failed. We look forward to erasing that and getting back into the playoffs.

In other words, forget about the chicken. Forget about the beer. Forget about the salacious headlines of last October. That stuff wasn't the reason the Sox went 7-20 over the season's final month.

But after admitting that he was a follower and not a leader in his first season in Boston -- "I came in to a team that had leaders in place and didn't want to step on anybody's toes" -- he did say he's going to step up this year.

"There's things that I saw and noticed (last year) that I'm not going to leave unaddressed if they need to be (addressed)," he said. "With Bobby Valentine being our manager now, he's going to set a lot of ground rules for that, too."

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Raptors missing Lowry in first half

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TORONTO -- Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half which ended with the Boston Celtics ahead 55-45 over the Toronto Raptors.

STARS

DeMar DeRozan

Playing without Kyle Lowry (right wrist), DeRozan made the most of what, not surprisingly, were a few more shot attempts. He led all scorers with 19 first-half points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

The strong play by Thomas prior to the All-Star break, hasn't gone anywhere. He led the Celtics with 11 points in the first half on 3-for-7 shooting along with four assists.

 

STUDS

Jonas Valanciunas

Boston had problems throughout the first half keeping him off the boards as he tallied five points and a game-high six rebounds.

Jaylen Brown

The rookie showed a heightened level of maturity at both ends of the floor, scoring 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

 

DUDS

Corey Joseph

We all know he's not Kyle Lowry, but he has to do a better job of filling in for the All-Star than what we saw in the first half if the Raptors are to have any shot at rallying tonight. He was scoreless in 17 minutes, missing all three of his shots from the field.