Mailbag: Boxing out on rebounds


Mailbag: Boxing out on rebounds

Tommy address two big questions in tonight's mailbag:

"Do you feel everyone's still finding their place and role on the court or is it just lack of effort?"

"I think there's confusion that's going on because you have to think on the fly on this particular defense," said Heinsohn. "The second thing that's not happening, I think, on this ball club is going to certain guys when they come off the bench."

Tommy has takes issue with some of the players coming off the bench and not being turned loose or utilized to their strengths. We've heard all season about the issues on the Celtics bench, and this seems like another example of either poor execution or strategy on the Celtics' part.

The second question of the night: "The Celtics don't box out on rebounds. Why doesn't Doc show them film of Bird, Cowens, Silas, and Unseld? Those were guys who were masters at getting position by boxing out."

"Well the defense now is totally different than years ago," explains Tommy. '"And the rotating defenses allow for smart players to get to the space before you can really get and block them out. Second, I don't think the Celtics consistently focus, on the actual fact of blocking opponents out when they go through all the prep for the games and practices and drills."

Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night


Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.