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January 29, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

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Fans, pundits and other NBA players have essentially counted the Celtics out after the season ending knee injury suffered by Rajon Rondo, but head coach Doc Rivers isn’t one of them.

Rivers told reporters after Sunday’s win against the Heat that he still likes the group he has this season.

“We’ll find someone that’s already in our locker room who will step up,” Rivers said. “You can write the obituary, but I’m not. We’re going nowhere.”

One would love to believe Rivers, but unfortunately that’s just coach speak. The Celtics had very little to no chance of making a playoff push with Rondo in the lineup, with him out of the lineup for the rest of the season the Celtics will have to cling on to a playoff spot and most likely play either Miami or New York in the first round of the playoffs.

With Rondo out fans have been calling for Danny Ainge to “blow it up”, but unfortunately Rondo was the only player on the team with any trade value so there really isn’t much left to blow up. The Celtics are going to have to ride out the rest of what has been a disappointing season and hope for a fresh start, and maybe some fresh young faces, next year.

Surgery

for Kalish

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish will have right shoulder surgery this week and will miss spring training. Kalish was expected to have an increased role in the team’s outfield this season but he has been unable to stay healthy.

The outfielder hit .229 with five RBI in 36 games with the Red Sox last season, a season in which he once again battled injuries. The Red Sox re-signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a minor league deal as a result of Kalish’s injury.

Good

not popular

A recent USA Today NFL players poll showed just how unpopular league Commissioner Roger Goodell is with the players.

According to the players surveyed, 61% disapprove of the job he is doing as Commissioner while just 39% approve. Steelers linebacker James Harrison is one of Goodell’s biggest critics.

”I feel like what he’s doing is not totally for the safety of players. A lot of stuff they’ve done, [such as] fining guys crazy amounts of money for helmet-to-helmet hits and all that and saying you’re doing this for the safety of players. But yet you want to add extra games to the regular season,” Harrison said.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru