Daily Noontime – May 3, 2012

Daniel Bard sustained his third loss of the season on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics! (Photo Credit: Eagle Tribune)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Thursday, which means we’re one day away from the weekend! Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news from the city of championships!

* The Boston Red Sox concluded their three-game series with a 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Daniel Bard earned his third loss of the season, and yielded eight hits and four earned runs.

* Against the A’s pitching staff, Ryan Sweeney recorded his 12th double of the season, David Ortiz cranked his 11th double, and Dustin Pedroia drove in his eighth RBI.

Adrian Gonzalez extended his slump to 0-for-17 on Wednesday, and missed two chances to drive in runs against the Athletics.

* The New England Patriots bolstered their roster on Wednesday by acquiring former wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. The 31-year-old, who played for New England from 2006 through 2008, recorded 85 passes for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns.

* According to reports, Kevin Garnett finished fifth in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year, while head coach Doc Rivers concluded the regular season in fifth place in the voting for Coach of the Year.

Daily Noontime – May 2, 2012

Paul Pierce tallied 36 points on Tuesday, which helped the Boston Celtics even their first round series! (Photo Credit: NESN.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “Hump Day” to all, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news to tell your friends!

* The Boston Celtics evened their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday with an 87-80 victory. Paul Pierce led the Green and White with 36 points, while Joe Johnson paced the Hawks with 22 points.

* Both Boston and Atlanta will return to the hardwood for Game No. 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Friday – tip is slated for 7:30pm at the TD Garden.

* According to the Atlantic Journal Constitution – Josh Smith sustained a sprained left knee with 5:14 remaining in regulation. Smith, who remained in the game until the whistle sounded, aggravated it when attempting to deny Kevin Garnett a rebound.

* Despite ending the month of April with a critical win at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox kicked off May with a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Sox are now 0-3 in games where they’ve had a chance to push their record over .500, too.

* Against the Athletics, David Ortiz recorded his 21st double of the season, while Cody Ross hit his fifth double of the year. Felix Doubront lasted four innings, and yielded six hits and five earned runs, but still managed to strikeout eight batters in the loss.

* Boston and Oakland will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at 7:10pm — Daniel Bard will be on the bump for the Sox, and will oppose Brandon McCarthy.

* Finally, reports confirmed that Boston College dismissed Eagles running back Montel Harris for repeated violations of team rules.

Sideline Observations: Boston Celtics 87, Atlanta Hawks 80

Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 36 points! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Paul Pierce tallied 36 points, while Avery Bradley and Kevin Garnett combined for 29, as Boston rallied to defeat the Atlanta Hawks in Game No. 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday, 87-80.

This particular series is now tied, 1-1 and will resume on Friday when both squads invade the TD Garden for Game No. 3.

The Truth: Paul Pierce appeared more determined in Game No. 2 than he did in Game No. 1, as he began the game with a quick bucket, which provided Boston with some early momentum.

Pierce finished the game 12 of 26 from the field, and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc, but still managed to pace the Celtics in the point’s category.

Buckets in the Paint: Against the Celtics on Tuesday, the Hawks rattled off 42 points in the paint. They also secured 30 defensive rebounds, and held the Celtics to just three boards on offense.

Missed Free Throws: With the game hanging in the balance, Atlanta’s Joe Johnson missed a critical free throw with 1:35 remaining in regulation, which opened the door for Boston to secure their first victory of the series.

The Celtics concluded Tuesday’s contest with 26 free throws made compared to the Hawks, who only sank 16 at the charity stripe.

Daily Noontime – April 30, 2012

Don't expect Rajon Rondo to return to the lineup on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s hard to believe, but April is officially coming to a close!

Good Monday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news and headlines from Boston.

* The Boston Celtics dropped their first playoff game on Sunday, as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Green and White, 83-74. Josh Smith posted 22 points and 18 rebounds for Atlanta, while Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each paced Boston with 20 points.

* Atlanta and Boston will return to the hardwood for Game No. 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7:30pm.

* Sources confirmed after Game No. 1 that Rondo will most likely miss one game for being ejected on Sunday, and possibly two for colliding with referee. If Boston does lose their all-star point guard, they’ll most likely have to rely on Avery Bradley to carry the load.

* The Boston Red Sox had their six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the local nine, 4-1. Cody Ross recorded his 18th RBI, while David Ortiz cranked his ninth double of the season.

* The Red Sox, who’re now 10-11, will attempt to snap their one-game skid against the Oakland Athletics — Clay Buchholz opposes Tommy Milone.

* Kevin Youkilis expressed that despite being a late scratch on Sunday, he believed could have been a pinch hitter. Youkilis is currently dealing with a sore lower back, but hopes to be back in the lineup on Monday.

Sideline Observations: Atlanta Hawks 83, Boston Celtics 74

Josh Smith tallied 22 points and 18 rebounds, as Atlanta defeated Boston, 83-74 on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

The Atlanta Hawks earned a 13-point lead after the first quarter, and never relinquished their advantage, as they went onto defeat the Boston Celtics in Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, 83-74.

The Hawks now lead the Celtics, 1-0 in this particular best-of-seven series, and will attempt to earn a two-game lead on Tuesday when both teams return to the hardwood for Game No. 2.

Player of the Game: Hands down, I am going to select Josh Smith for this award.

He not only paced Atlanta with 22 points, but also led both squads with 18 rebounds, too. Smith recorded 43 minutes of playing time, and finished the contest 8-of-20 from the field.

Slow Start for Boston: Prior to their first playoff contest, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers elected to sit a majority of his starters.

On Sunday, it appeared that the head coach’s decision may have been the wrong thing to do, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett appeared out of sync.

Garnett and Rajon Rondo each concluded the contest with 20 points, while Pierce tallied 12 points. Although, while it’s only one game, it’s fait to state that all three of these players didn’t exhibit the chemistry from the second half of the regular season.

Boston wins the battle of the paint: Despite the loss, the Celtics still managed to tally 36 points in the paint, while the Hawks netted 28. However, Atlanta won the battle of the glass, 50-41.

Other Notes

* Rondo may receive a one-game suspension for bumping a referee at the end of the game. If that’s the case, we’ll most likely not see him until Game No. 3 on Friday, May 4. 

* Boston tallied seven offensive rebounds/ Atlanta recorded 11

* Boston registered 11 fast break points/ Atlanta tallied 10

* Boston went 10-of-13 from the stripe/ Atlanta finished 14-of-21

* Boston’s bench finished with four points combined/ Atlanta’s bench recorded 17 points 

Daily Noontime – April 25, 2012

Sasha Pavlovic paced the Celtics with 16 points, as Boston defeated Miami, 78-66! (Photo Credit: TheBestBasketballBlog.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “hump day” and welcome into another outstanding edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news and headlines!

* Despite no Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, Boston still managed to defeat the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 78-66. Sasha Pavlovic paced the Celtics with 16 points, while Marquis Daniels added 13 points off the bench.

* Boston will conclude its 66-game slate on Thursday when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the TD Garden. Boston is currently 38-27 in the Eastern Conference, and will most likely begin their first round series against Atlanta on the road, as the Hawks have a better record than the Celtics.

Josh Beckett earned his second win of the 2012 season, as Boston defeated Minnesota, 11-2. Mike Aviles, who hit leadoff, finished the contest with three runs, four hits, two RBIs and one home run, while David Ortiz cranked his third long ball of the season.

* Boston will conclude their three-game series with Minnesota on Wednesday at 8:10pm — Clay Buchholz will oppose Liam Hendriks.

* According to reports – Carl Crawford is seeking a second set of eyes to look at his left elbow. The Red Sox outfielder had returned to Florida to continue his rehab assignment on Tuesday, and according to the manager, there really isn’t anything else to report.

* Boston and Washington will skate for the final time on Wednesday in Game No. 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the semi-finals.

* Sources confirmed that Patrice Bergeron sat out of Tuesday’s practice, but is expected to be in the line-up for Boston. Also, Alex Ovechkin has told reporters that he’s unhappy about the amount of ice time he’s experienced in this particular series.

Daily Noontime – April 24, 2012

Cody Ross smacked two long balls, which helped Boston snap their five-game losing streak in Monday! (Photo Credit: ESPN)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means this week is slowly motoring along. And while we anxiously await Game No. 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday, let’s jumpstart the day with some news, notes and headlines.

Cody Ross hit two home runs, and Daniel Bard recorded his first win as a reliever, as Boston snapped their five-game skid and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-5.

* Against the Twins, Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 10th RBI, while Ross registered his 13th. Also, Alfredo Aceves earned his third save of the season.

* Boston and Minnesota will return to the diamond on Tuesday for an 8:10pm start — Josh Beckett opposes Nick Blackburn.

* The Boston Celtics will play their second to last regular season contests on Tuesday, too, as they welcome the Miami Heat to the TD Garden for an 8PM tip-off. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may not play against the Heat, as head coach Doc Rivers indicated during Monday’s practice that both players may one of the remaining contests.

Wes Welker apparently will be making a few appearances on various ESPN shows on Tuesday and will also be hosting a live online chat, too.

* Finally, the Boston Bruins seventh game of their quarterfinal series against Washington will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

Against Boston In The Playoffs, Don’t Expect Atlanta’s Horford

Without Al Horford in the lineup, Atlanta will rely on Josh Smith to guard Kevin Garnett! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.net)

By Matt Noonan 

As noted in Monday’s Daily Noontime, the Boston Celtics will indeed face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.

Although, according to NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk, Atlanta’s Al Horford, who’s been battling a torn pectoral muscle this season, doesn’t expect to be in the line up once the series begins. The Hawks had anticipated he’d return, but will most likely have to rely on forward Josh Smith to defend Kevin Garnett.

Against the Celtics this season, the Hawks have won one of three contests.

Both teams met in the first round of the 2008 NBA playoffs, which Boston won in seven games, 4-3.

The Boston Celtics have two regular season contests remaining against the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks before they play Game No. 1 against Atlanta.

Daily Noontime – April 18, 2012

Jon Lester lasted only two innings on Tuesday, and surrendered eight hits, seven earned runs and one home run! (Photo Credit: RedSox.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Wednesday to everyone! Let’s kick-start the day with some news and headlines from the six New England states!

* The defending American League Champions, (Texas Rangers) rolled into Fenway Park on Tuesday, and walloped the Boston Red Sox, 18-3. Jon Lester last two innings, and surrendered eight hits, seven earned runs and one home run. Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez each recorded a home run in the loss.

* Boston and Texas will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday at 7pm — Josh Beckett opposes Derek Holland.

* Paul Pierce netted 43 points on Tuesday, which wasn’t enough to beat New York, as the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics, 118-110. Kevin Garnett finished the contest with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 35 points.

* The Celtics will attempt to snap their one-game losing streak on Wednesday when they host the Orlando Magic at 8pm. Also, if Boston beats Orlando, they’ll claim the Atlantic Division.

* Washington received some bad news on Tuesday, as the NHL suspended Nicklas Backstrom for a cross-check penalty, which occurred at the end of Monday’s contest against Boston. The Bruins currently lead their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series, 2-1, and will return to the ice on Thursday for Game No. 4.

Daily Noontime – April 12, 2012

Once again, Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double, as Boston defeated Atlanta on Wednesday, 88-86 in OT! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the day with headlines and news from the Hub.

* The Boston Celtics won an overtime thriller on Wednesday, as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 88-86. Kevin Garnett paced the Green and White with 22 points, while Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double, (10 points, 10 rebounds, and 20 assists). Boston has now won four consecutive contests, and will return to the hardwood on Friday when they travel to Toronto.

* Against the Hawks, Brandon Bass sustained an somewhat serious injury while chasing a rebound in overtime, but didn’t leave the court. After the contest concluded, he told reporters that he apparently hyperextended his left knee.

* The Boston Bruins will begin their quest toward their seventh Stanley Cup championship on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals at 7:30pm.

* Reports confirmed on Wednesday that Nathan Horton will miss the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs due to recurring post-concussion symptoms. Horton had attempted to skate with his team a few weeks ago, but didn’t record any playing time since sustaining his injury earlier this season.

* Finally, the Boston Red Sox recorded their fifth loss of the season on Wednesday, as Toronto defeated the local nine, 3-1.