It took the Boston Celtics 22 years, but with last night’s 111-82 victory over the Seattle Supersonics, Boston captured their first 10 game winning streak since the 1985-1986 season. Back then, the big three in town were a few guys by the names of Bird, McHale and Parrish. The trio would lead the Celtics to their 16th NBA title, the last the organization has seen.
The new big three want that to change.
With another dominating performance by Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, the Celtics continue to control play vs. the Western Conference whom they are now 12-0 against at home, with a 20-3 overall record. Garnett and Allen each dropped 18 points in the win while Pierce chipped in with 14 points and a game high 11 assists.
“We are talking more than ever and we feel connected,” Garnett said on yahoo.com. “Any team can beat you in this league, but confidence-wise we are strong 1 to 12 and that is a rarity.”
The Celtics are getting the job done on both sides of the court holding opponents to only 88 points a game during the winning streak while averaging 105 points. Their defensive effort really showed in the Supersonics win by holding the team to a dismal .380 shooting percentage from the floor and an even uglier .071 percent from 3-point range.
“We are playing well on both ends,” Pierce said on yahoo.com. “We like to share the ball and it’s contagious and [we] are riding the wave at just the right time.”
The score doesn’t reflect the struggle early on in the first quarter for the Celtics who trailed until late in the period. Once they gained the lead by going on a 23-6 run that spanned from the first quarter into the second, they would not lose it again throughout the entire contest.
Supersonics rookie sensation Kevin Durant played a solid game scoring 16 points, but his play couldn’t lift his team who has now lost 10 of 11 and six in a row. “They went on a run and it was quick,” Durant said. “It got us off our guard.”
Every single Celtics player that logged minutes contributed in the winning effort. Veterans PJ Brown and Sam Cassell played solid minutes, each contributing with 3 and 6 points respectively.
The Celtic’s next home game is tomorrow night vs. the Utah Jazz who are also playing great basketball, winning six of their last seven. The two teams met in Utah early on in the season with Boston coming away with the 104-98 victory on Dec. 29th. After the Jazz, the C’s will hit the road for a five game trip out West where there will be no cupcakes. Boston faces Milwaukee, San Antonia, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans in the swing.
It will not be an easy trip, but with the big three on the floor and the luck of the Irish in their uniforms, the Celtics will hopefully continue to dominate the rest of the NBA en route to Green 17.
The Celtics have already clinched a playoff berth and 2008 Celtics Playoff tickets are now available.
The Boston Bruins are hoping to change their fortunes when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins have lost five out of their last 6 and are barely hanging on to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff scheme. They lead the eighth place Flyers 80 points to 79. The main problem for the Bruins continues to be their lack of scoring. Not helping matters is the absence of Defenseman Zdeno Chara. Chara has missed the last two games with an undisclosed upper body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
Boston Bruins tickets are available for tonight’s game and all remaining home games. If the Bruins stay in the playoff picture, Bruins playoff tickets will be available soon.
Alicia Keys is one of the most successful R&B recording artists in the world, and is currently strutting her stuff on the “As I Am” UK tour. Don’t be worried though, you will have a chance to see her very soon because her US tour kicks off in about a month in Hampton, VA on April 19th, 2008.
Keys has enjoyed a lot of recent success especially with her smash hit single “No One” which has gone double platinum, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. This track helped her earn two 2008 Grammy awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Make sure to check out Alicia Keys in a city near you. Tour dates listed below! Alicia Keys Tickets are availalble now.
2008 Alicia Keys Tour
Sat-Apr-19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
Sun-Apr-20 Philadelphia Liacouras Center
Tue-Apr-22 Pittsburgh Peterson Events Center
Thu-Apr-24 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Sat-Apr-26 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottenstein Ctr
Sun-Apr-27 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wed-Apr-30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Thu-May-01 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Mon-May-05 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Wed-May-07 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Fri-May-09 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
Sat-May-10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Mon-May-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Wed-May-14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun-May-18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Thu-May-22 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
Sat-May-24 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Sun-May-25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Wed-May-28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Fri-May-30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sat-May-31 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Tue-Jun-03 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Thu-Jun-05 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State
Fri-Jun-06 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sun-Jun-08 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Wed-Jun-11 Boston, MA TD Bank North Garden
Fri-Jun-13 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Sun-Jun-15 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Tue-Jun-17 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Wed-Jun-18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
For the first time in 16 years the Boston Celtics have reached 50 wins. The Celtics’ Big Three mostly downplayed this feat with much bigger goals in mind. “It doesn’t really mean anything”, said the Celtics’ Ray Allen. Allen enjoyed a great shooting night with 21 points. Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 12 rebounds in leading the team to its ninth straight win. Paul Pierce rounded out the scoring for the Big Three with 17 points. The Celtics were winners over the 76ers 100-86.
Sam Cassell also made his debut for the Celtics but looked rusty in limited time on the court. Cassell quickly picked up three fouls within four minutes of play.
The Celtics host the Seattle Supersonics on Wednesday 3/12 at the TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics tickets are available for this and all Celtics games including Celtics playoff tickets.
Jimmy Buffett has to be one of the most consistent touring acts around these days. With no signs of slowing down, Buffett will be on the road all summer long in 2008. A number of shows are already onsale for Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band. One of the highlights of the tour will be Buffett’s return to the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. Buffett will play two shows at the venue on 9/4 and 9/6. Many fans were disappointed when Buffett moved his New England show to Gillette Stadium last year. No worries now that the shows are back at the Tweeter Center.
Check out Jimmy Buffett’s 2008 tour schedule and buy Jimmy Buffett tickets now.
After almost two weeks of Spring Training action, the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have looked a little rusty in their Grapefruit League games thus far. Through 11 games, the Sox boast an MLB worst 3-8 record and going into today’s match up vs. the NY Mets had lost 6 consecutive decisions.
Ok, so I know what you’re all thinking… it’s only spring training, so what! Right?
Although it’s certainly not time to start panicking, the early spring training woes are also not a good sign if history were to repeat itself. In 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox were the Grapefruit League Champions, and would go on to also win the World Series in both those years. In 2006, the Sox did not qualify for the playoffs, and finished 3rd in the AL East behind the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. Why does that matter? In the 2006 Grapefruit League standings, the Red Sox finished with a total of only 9 wins, an MLB low for that spring.
Since last Wednesday, the Sox have lost all the games they have played, getting outscored 44 to 18 during that stretch.
Starting to get worried yet?
Three weeks ago the Red Sox pitching staff was talked up as the most dominant in the AL but some eyebrows are being raised by the efforts of the members during the spring. Josh Beckett was scratched from his start due to back spasms. Clay Buchholtz has looked like a Double-A pitcher at best, having trouble keeping the ball down in the zone. Dice-K Matsuzaka gave up a towering 3-run HR to Matt Kemp in yesterdays 4-0 loss to the LA Dodgers. One off-season goal Matsuzaka and then Red Sox had set for him to work on this year was to limit the long ball. He gave up 25 bombs last season, which was tied for 9th most in the American League.
At the plate, the team is averaging only 3.8 runs a game. Last year during the regular season, the Sox plated 5.4 runs a game. Besides David Ortiz who is currently batting .333, the meat of the Red Sox lineup is struggling. Manny Ramirez is hitting only .154, 2007 Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia is at .174, team captain Jason Varitek is at .200 and World Series MVP Mike Lowell is hitting only .235.
In three weeks the regular season will open for the Red Sox in Japan with a two game series vs. Oakland. Hopefully within that timeframe they can regain their championship form, and come into this year’s campaign with a legitimate shot at defending their title.
Continue to stay tuned for Red Sox updates, and for any of your 2008 Red Sox ticketing needs, contact Ace Ticket today!
The Boston Celtics had a great weekend, beating the Bulls on Friday night 116-93, and dismissing the Grizzlies 119-89 a day later. Winners of eight in a row now, the Celtics have found their offensive groove once again. The Celtics have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and are looking to keep home court advantage with the best record in the East.
On Friday night the Celtics won in large part behind the strong efforts of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Pierce scored 22 points while Garnett added 16 points and 8 boards. Both sat out the 4th quarter to rest for Saturday’s game. Kendrick Perkins continued his great play of late with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The matchup with the Bulls could be a preview of the 1st round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, as the Bulls are competing for the 8th and final playoff spot. For the 2nd night in a row the Celtics were able to rest their starters in the 4th quarter.
Saturday night’s game with the Memphis Grizzlies featured more of the same from the Celtics. They jumped out to an early first quarter lead with strong performances from their starters. Ray Allen had a game high 23 points and Perkins had another impressive night with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pierce and Garnett added 19 and 17 points respectively.
The Celtics will play the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday night. They return home on Wednesday, March 12 to host the Seattle Supersonics. Celtics tickets including Celtics playoff tickets are now available.
The New York Rangers bested the Boston Bruins in a shootout in an intense matchup at Madison Square Garden today. The two teams have been tied for the 6th seed in the playoffs for over a week now. Today’s win put the Rangers 1 point ahead of the Bruins for the 6th seed.
Despite some nice scoring chances on both sides, goaltending was the story today. Alex Auld stopped 34 shots from the Rangers, only giving up a goal in the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist got his 8th shutout of the year with 27 saves. Nigel Dawes was the difference in the game for the Rangers, scoring on New York’s 2nd attempt in the shootout.
The Bruins will return home on March 13 to host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bruins tickets are available for this and all remaining Bruins games.
New York will play its next three on the road. Stay tuned for info on New York Rangers playoff tickets.
The Boston Red Sox and RHP Jonathan Papelbon have agreed to terms for a one-year contract worth $775,000. This amount almost doubles what the All-Star was making last season ($425,550) but still leaves question marks about the young stars future with the team. Many were expecting the Red Sox to offer a multi-year contract extension before the season started. After this contract expires at the end of 2008, Papelbon will be eligible for salary arbitration and will most likely demand a multi-year deal.
“I feel a certain obligation not only to myself and my family to make the money that I deserve but for the game of baseball,” he said Tuesday in a spring training locker room interview. “Mariano Rivera has been doing it for the past 10 years and with me coming up behind him I feel a certain obligation to do the same.”
The 27-year-old had another great season last year saving 37 games in 40 attempts with a 1.85 ERA. Some consider him to be the games best closer, but he hasn’t let that impact his consistency on the mound. Manager Terry Francona made sure to monitor his innings in 2007 so that he would be at his best when the team needed him the most and it certainly paid off during the post season run. He saved 3 of the 4 games in the World Series en route to another Red Sox championship.
Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein was glad that Papelbon agreed on the one-year deal. Epstein said on redsox.com, “He’s going to be here a really long time. This isn’t his last contract. The relationship between him and the club is a really strong one. I don’t think something like this was going to get in the way.”