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* MACMULLAN: CAPTAIN CARRYING THE LOAD: [Celtics coach Doc] Rivers said he's not concerned that Pierce is becoming discouraged by the mounting losses. "He knows that when we have Kevin, we can beat anybody," the coach declared. In the meantime, it is Pierce's load to bear to hold up what's left of his depleted basketball team. He acknowledged as much on Sunday night, lamenting the ever-changing lineups, but adding, "We've just got to get through it."
* C'S CONFIDENCE NOT WAVERING: In one of the night’s only encouraging sequences for the visitors, the Celtics were downright defiant while affirming that they like their chances against anybody in the East, including New York. “We like how we match up with the Knicks,” captain Paul Pierce said. “We like how we match up with Miami. We like how we match up with pretty much anybody in the East.”
Play Podcast Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian and Bill Brink about the teams most likely to make a move for Jon Lester. Plus, Matt Gelb on why the Phillies have stayed so quiet.
Play Podcast Buster Olney and Jayson Stark talk about the chances that Jon Lester and David Price will be moved before the deadline. Plus, Roch Kubatko on the Orioles' momentum.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi weighs in on the responsibility Tom Brady shoulders for the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski's physicality and how New England will use Darrelle Revis.
Play Podcast Buster Olney talks to Alex Speier, Karl Ravech and Justin Havens about whether the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the trade deadline, pace of play and much more.