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.

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 

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 – June 21, 2011

Who in the NBA wants Josh Smith?

Good day to everyone! Yes, it’s Tuesday, but also, it’s the first official day of summer, wahoo! Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan, well, you’re quite content these days, as their offense has certainly found its groove.

* Attention NBA owners … the Atlanta Hawks would be interested in hearing from you about acquiring Josh Smith.

* Apparently more turmoil is occurring in the NFL, as players and owners continue to see things differently. Although it certainly seems the owners are the reason why a new CBA hasn’t occurred.

* It’s official, NBA owners will meet on Tuesday to discuss their labor-issues, as well as see if they can piece together a new season too.

* Good news NHL fans, the NHL network and website will wrap up their 2010-2011 coverage with the draft, so be excited.

* According to sources, Nicklas Lidstrom will return for a 20th season with the Detroit Red Wings, but is that a good or bad move?

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles of Anaheim Angels at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Philadelphia at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s officially summer, but we can still watch college bands perform, right?