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.     

Daily Noontime – February 27, 2012

Joe Maddon admitted that the Tampa Bay Rays won’t ban beer in their club house. (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome into a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news swirling around the city of Boston.

* Literally one day after the Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced that his team would ban beer in the clubhouse, Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon lashed out by telling the press that his ball club would be allowed to enjoy an “adult beverage” in their club house. Maddon also told the Tampa Bay Times that the Rays are not the Red Sox. So, with all of this being said, should we consider this motivation for Boston to beat Tampa Bay this year?

* Monday will certainly be a busy day for the Boston Bruins, who’ll attempt to initiate a trade before the NHL deadline concludes in the afternoon. Boston could certainly use some help at the wing position, especially since Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley are currently sidelined with injuries. The Bruins concluded their more recent six-game swing with a 3-2-1 record, and will return to the ice on Tuesday evening when they welcome the Ottawa Senators to the TD Garden for a 7:00pm face-off.

* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their five-game losing streak on Tuesday when they travel to Cleveland for a 7:00pm tip-off against the Cavaliers. The Green and White are currently ranked eighth in the Eastern Conference, and on-par to make the playoffs. However, Cleveland, who is ranked ninth in the conference, is one-and-half games behind Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Noonan: The Ups And Downs Of Boston Sports

Bobby Valentine has spiced things up in Florida! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been a while since a dark, stormy cloud drifted over the city of Boston.

For the past few weeks, Bostonians and New Englanders have appeared aggravated and disgusted with their four major professional sports teams because they’ve either struggled or disengaged.

Yet, let’s take a step back and realize that these particular days will pass because Boston is still technically the “City of Champions,” especially since all four major sports teams have won at least one championship in the past 11-years, right?

So, without further ado, let’s take a stroll downtown and check in with the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, who’re currently stealing the spotlight from the New England Patriots, who ended their season a few weeks ago in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Thoughts on the Sox: It’s way too early to deem the upcoming Boston Red Sox season a failure, especially since it’s only been two days of pitchers and catchers.

Manager Bobby Valentine has done a rather decent job with the club over the past few days, and appears eager to help everyone improve, especially Daisuke Matsuzaka, who according to the Boston Globe, played catch with his skipper on Monday. However, the highly touted pitcher isn’t expected to return the Fenway Park bump until midseason, as he’s currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Carl Crawford seems focused and determined to improve his performance from last season, despite ending the year with 129 hits, 29 doubles, seven triples, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Also, he struck out 104 times at the plate, too. Yet, similar to Matsuzaka, Valentine doesn’t want to push his leftfielder back into the lineup because he’s currently recovering from surgery on his left wrist.

Finally, a majority of the Sox position players have already arrived in Fort Myers, which is a hopeful sign that they’ve moved on from their chicken and beer rituals from last season. Boston is expected to conduct their first full team workouts on Thursday, and I’m sure after it concludes, we’ll have plenty to discuss around the water cooler in regards to David Ortiz to Cody Ross to Jason Varitek.

The aging Boston Celtics: Literally two weeks ago, I was sitting in the TD Garden watching the Green and White face a Memphis Grizzlies squad that probably should have won this particular clash, especially because they’re younger, quicker, stronger and faster. Although, Kevin Garnett denied the Grizzlies of a much needed win by turning in 22 points and nine rebounds, which helped Boston escape with a 98-80 victory.

Although, ever since that particular day, Boston has endued a 2-6 slump, which includes two losses to a struggling Detroit Pistons team that’ll most likely miss the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Can Danny Ainge salvage the Boston Celtics season? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

The Celtics are a complete mess, and need something or someone to spark their offense and defense, but what exactly should they do?

Should team president Danny Ainge create a blockbuster move or keep the roster intact?

What would Red Auerbach do? OK, that maybe the wrong thing to ask, but really, what would the former coach do in this particular situation?

It’s hard to determine what will happen over the next few weeks, but it’s pretty certain that a change is needed, especially if Boston plans to contend for some hardware in June.

The Bruins need to score goals: Similar to the Celtics, the Bruins are struggling.

They’ve lost two of their last three contests, and registered a goose egg (zero) on the scoreboard for the sixth time this season this past Sunday when the Minnesota Wild blanked them, 2-0 on national television.

However, Boston can salvage their current six-game road trip with wins in St. Louis, Buffalo and Ottawa, which might turn some frowns upside down.

Various reports on Tuesday and Wednesday confirmed that Nathan Horton is expected to remain sidelined, while Rich Peverley continues to be hampered by a knee injury. Also, Shawn Thornton has been battling an illness, which could prevent him from playing against the Blues on Wednesday.

Although, despite the various injuries, as well as bumps and bruises I think, Patrice Bergeron summed it up perfectly when he told the media that his teammates aren’t expecting the front office to locate a “savior” to assist the Bruins, who’re currently on par to snag the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

I don’t think a drastic change is necessary for this particular squad. What Boston needs to do is focus on scoring the first goal, and capitalizing on it. They also need Tim Thomas to keep his mind on hockey, not politics or social media.

The Bruins will be fine, but I’m not ruling out a potential trade that could help Boston in May and June.

Daily Noontime – February 17, 2012

Despite losing to Chicago on Thursday, Kevin Garnett led Boston with 18 points and 10 rebounds! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the final weekday!

* Chicago outscored Boston, 29-21 in the final frame, which helped the Bulls defeat the Celtics in the Windy City, 89-80. Chicago has now won 27 games, while Boston falls to 15-14 on the year, as well as 4-6 on the road. Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng paced Chicago with 23 points apiece, while Kevin Garnett led Boston with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Boston will look to snap their two-game skid on Sunday, when they travel to Detroit to face the Pistons for a 6:00pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins will continue their six-game swing on Friday evening, as they travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets. The Black and Gold are expected to be without Rich Peverley, who sustained a knee injury on Wednesday against Montreal. Also, Nathan Horton continues to remain sidelined due to a concussion he sustained against Philadelphia in January.

* Sources confirmed on Thursday that Brad Marchand won’t be suspended for a hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin from this past Wednesday. NHL Senior VP of Player Safety Brandon Shanahan tweeted that there won’t be any disciple for the Bruins winger.

* Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield have yet to show up at the Boston Red Sox spring training facility in Florida. Both players want to return to the club, but according to sources, Boston said they’re not guaranteeing roster spots for either player, but instead have offered minor league contracts with an invitation to attend Spring Training.

Daily Noontime – February 2, 2012

Paul Pierce tallied 17 points on Wednesday, which sparked the Celtics to defeat the Raptors, 100-64! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get started.

* The Boston Celtics earned their second consecutive win on Wednesday, and their 11th of the season, as they walloped the Toronto Raptors, 100-64. Paul Pierce finished the contest with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Boston will return to the court on Friday when they host the New York Knicks.

* Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that he’s excited for spring training to begin, and plans to arrive in Florida a few days before pitchers and catchers are expected. However, Valentine is planning on having a “volunteer” workout on Feb. 16, but will anyone attend? We’ll find out!

* Chris Canty told reporters on Wednesday that he’s expecting to have a great game on Sunday and then a parade on Tuesday in New York. The former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman has certainly enjoyed his time with the Giants, but also seems confident that Big Blue will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Thursday evening when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the TD Garden, and according to head coach Claude Julien, he’ll have some news/updates on Nathan Horton‘s (mild concussion) condition.