Hollins looks to improve rebounding woes


Hollins looks to improve rebounding woes

PHILADELPHIA Other than staying academically eligible, a 2.3 average doesn't do much for you if you play basketball.

But if you're a 7-foot forwardcenter in the NBA, and that's your rebounding average?

Yeah, you got a problem.

And that number, maybe more than anything else, is why Ryan Hollins - a relatively young, athletic 7-footer - was available for the Celtics' taking after he cleared waivers on Thursday.

Hollins saw his first action with the C's in Friday's 99-86 loss at Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old entered the game in the second quarter after Mickael Pietrus suffered a "closed head injury" and was unable to return.

Hollins finished with one point in just over three minutes of action.

While three minutes certainly isn't much time to do much on the boards (he had zero rebounds), that doesn't change the fact that rebounding has been a problem with him throughout his NBA career.

One of the first things C's coach Doc Rivers talked about after Hollins agreed to join the Celtics, was that he had to develop into a better rebounder.

Hollins agreed.

"I gotta be better," Hollins said. "I gotta be better. A lot of it is fit. You get with certain teams, certain chemistry, certain environments, guys tend to flourish," Hollins said. "You see that in the league. Hopefully this is my team, my situation.

He added, "If not, I'm going to make it my team, my situation. I'm going to do everything in my power to make it work."

At his size and age, there's a good chance that not too many more NBA teams are going to gamble that they can do what the others could not - make Hollins a better rebounder.

Cleveland thought he would be able to help them on the boards.

They were wrong, which is why they waived him earlier this week.

Hollins doesn't look back at his experience in Cleveland with any animosity or anger towards the organization.

"Every situation has it's own fit. It was time for me to move on from Cleveland," said Hollins, who averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 24 games with the Cavs. "There's no regrets; no looking back. No pointing the finger or anything. I think it was a good move for both sides."

While Rivers has high expectations for Hollins, he knows it will take him some time to catch up.

Still, when you consider that he's filling the void left by two players - Chris Wilcox (heart condition) and Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) - who are out for the season, Hollins is a definite upgrade.

"Ryan's a big kid. He's going to be a big kid if he sits on the bench," Rivers said. "He's going to be a big kid if we put him in the game. He's going to be a big kid that can run the floor. He'll make some mistakes. I just have to live with it."

Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox


Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.

Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.

JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings.

David Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.

The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the game, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead.

However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand.


Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge (concussion) is likely to come off the disabled list on Monday. . Mitch Moreland was in the starting lineup at DH for the first time this season.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits.


Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings.

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.


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Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury help Revolution beat Galaxy 4-3


Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury help Revolution beat Galaxy 4-3

Teal Bunbury scored twice, Diego Fagundez had three assists and the New England Revolution beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Bunbury gave New England (6-9-5) a 3-2 lead in the 70th. His pass down the right side led Kelyn Rowe, who played a perfect cross to a charging Bunbury for a header from the top of the 6-yard box.

Lee Nguyen opened the scoring for Revolution in the 16th, but Daniel Steres tied it in the 22nd. Kei Kamara put New England back on top going into halftime, and Steres made it 2-2 in the 53rd minute.

Bunbury's second goal put New England up 4-2 in the 73rd and Ariel Lassiter added a goal for the Galaxy in the 79th.

Los Angeles (6-10-4) has lost five in a row and has just one win in its last eight games.