ORLANDO Boston Celtics coach confirmed that the C's will be without three starters for tonight's game against the Orlando Magic.
Ray Allen, who is in Boston nursing a left ankle injury, is out along with his backcourt mate Rajon Rondo (right wrist) and center Jermaine O'Neal (left knee).
Avery Bradley will continue to start in place of Rondo, while Mickael Pietrus - he missed Monday's game against Orlando with a shoulder injury - will be in the backcourt.
And replacing O'Neal in the starting lineup will be Brandon Bass, although it's unclear who Bass will match up against initially. Look for Bass to begin the game defending Ryan Anderson while Kevin Garnett will battle Dwight Howard.
C's coach Doc Rivers said the decision to have Bass with the starting unit was easy.
"Playing the way we played the other night, you know they're going to come in with a lot of energy. You want to put in your five best healthy bodies to start the game," Rivers said. "And after that, figure it out."
Rivers also said that Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox will see action as well, although Rivers said Wilcox probably shouldn't be on the floor now.
"Honestly, we don't have enough bigs," Rivers said. "So we needed another body."
Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.
“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.
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According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.
Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”
Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.
“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."
What about the games?
You know. The games that are played between the lines. The controversial calls, the second-guessing of strategy, the why-the-hell-did-he-shoot-that?
This all came to me today. The games have become secondary. The main theme of what we do is drama.
Yep, we have done it. David Price being a complete asshat. Does Belichick really love Jimmy Garoppolo more? (Bill does have a history of trading for a younger model.) Should the Celtics do whatever it takes to trade for Kyrie Irving?
We have become a soap industry. It’s all about the gossip, the in-fighting, the free agent offseason.
And you know what?
I LOVE IT!