Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, December 9:
As the Boston Celtics began to pummel the New York Knicks, there were signs that the game was getting a bit chippy.
For a good chunk of this season, the first quarter has been one the Boston Celtics would just as soon forget.
The Boston Celtics have had their share of big leads only to squander them because they came about too soon. That wasn't the case on Sunday.