Wakeup Call: Big Al could be the big chip on the NBA trade market

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Wakeup Call: Big Al could be the big chip on the NBA trade market

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, January 22:

AUTO RACING
Democracy comes to NASCAR. (AP)

BASEBALL
If you're wondering why Bud Selig's in Cincinnati in late January, it's because he's about to award the 2015 All-Star Game to the Reds. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Marvin Miller's absence from the Hall of Fame is a travesty -- that's me talking -- and I agree with the retired players who urge that he be inducted. (AP)

So if you're left-handed, you can keep getting chances even if you're 35, haven't pitched in the major leagues since 2010, and had an 8.07 ERA in Triple-A last year. Would that all our opportunities be so bountiful. (Hardball Talk)

Was it really just a year-and-a-half ago that the Red Sox considered Erik Bedard to be their big midseason acquisition, the last piece of the puzzle? How far we sometimes fall . . . (CSN Houston)

There'll be a public visitation for the late Stan Musial in St. Louis on Thursday. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Georgetown's 63-47 win over No. 24 Notre Dame in South Bend left Irish coach Mike Brey speechless. (AP)

The Connecticut women slapped a 79-49 pasting on previously unbeaten Duke, meaning there are no longer any undefeated teams -- men's or women's -- in Division I. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Honey Badger's at the Senior Bowl, hoping to show NFL teams that he's changed his ways. (AP)

The nearly-two-year NCAA investigation of the U. is coming to a head. (AP)

GOLF
Phil Mickelson says the increased federal and state taxes he's due to pay "don't work for me right now." So, uh, when will they work for you, Phil? (AP)

HOCKEY
Keith Jones, like most hockey fans, loves fighting in the game. Mike Milbury thinks the staged brawls, the ones where the players drop the gloves to make a point or to try and inspire their team, are stupid. With the increased number of such fights in the season's first few days, they debate the issue -- spiritedly. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

It appears Tomas Holmstrom will call it quits today. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Beware, Sabres opponents: Ryan Miller's back on his game. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Still pining away for Al Jefferson? He might be available. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

If the NBA owners say yes, the Seattle SuperSonics will be back in business. (AP)

The Lakers are getting worse, not better, and eventually they're going to have to do something about it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Kobe Bryant agrees. (AP)

And if trading Pau Gasol -- who's now coming off the bench in Mike D'Antoni's grand scheme -- is part of that something, then he's all for it. (Pro Basketball Talk)

How can it be that the Nets and Knicks, who are developing quite the rivalry, are done playing each other for the year? (AP)

Good news, Sixers fans: Andrew Bynum's slow and steady -- emphasis on slow -- return  is right on schedule. (CSN Philly)

As is Derrick Rose's in Chicago. (AP)

A blood clot in his lower right lung will keep the Cavs' Anderson Varejao sidelined for the rest of the year. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Har-Bowl stuff hasn't even really started yet, and already Ray Ratto's sick of it. (CSN Bay Area)

It's come to this for David Akers: Jim Harbaugh's raving about the way he kicked in pregame. He kinda has to, since there's nothing to rave about during the game. (CSN Bay Area)

Looks like Jim Caldwell passed the on-the-job test. (AP)

The Raiders have spent 11 years, and counting, whining about their loss in the Snow Bowl. Now they've started up on something new. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Turns out there were 32 12 million reasons why Chip Kelly left Oregon for Philadelphia. (Pro Football Talk)

Kelly better hope Pat Shurmur makes a better assistant than he did a head coach. (AP)

The sprained shoulder he suffered at the end of the NFC Championship Game will keep Matty Ice out of the Pro Bowl. (AP)

Tom Brady never really gives much an excuse to duck out of the Pro Bowl -- this time around it's an "undisclosed injury" -- but his departure means Andrew Luck's getting a free trip to Hawaii in his place. (AP)

SOCCER
Talk about much Adu over nothing . . . (CSN Philly)

TENNIS
Maria Sharapova needed only 5 hours and 15 minutes to win five matches and make her way into the Australian Open semifinals. (AP)

Roger Federer has made it to the quarterfinals in 35 straight Grand Slam tournaments. (AP)

Those soul-piercing grunts that Victoria Azarenka emits each time she hits a shot are being put to music. (AP)

Elisabeth Shue, one of the co-stars of CBS's 'CSI', is a big tennis fan . . . which is why you'll be seeing Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob in Wednesday's episode. (AP)

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!