Beckett, Garnett and more

Kevin Garnett healthier than Josh Beckett? That appears to be the case as Beckett has been scratched from Monday night’s start due to a slightly sore back he got from last night’s flight back from New York(isn’t that just a 45 minute flight in a nice cushy charter?). Funny, the rest of the team was slightly ill as well, suffering from an upset stomach after being swept by the Yankees).

Beckett will skip tonight’s start and probably start Wednesday or maybe thursday. He said that he could pitch tonight and would if it was the playoffs, but with the playoffs scheduled to start next thursday (possibly Wednesday) now is the time to make sure that he is ready to go next week.

Now what about Garnett? Garnett, whose season ended prematurely last year and then had knee surgery, said today at Celtics media day that he has been cleared to play and in fact has already played 5 on 5. Paul Pierce said Garnett just showed up last week and announced that he was going to play after the teams had already been picked (I wonder who he bumped to the bench). Pierce said Garnett looked pretty good and even played a little point guard bringing the ball up the court a couple of times.

It is an exciting time for the Celtics. And what about the Bruins- They start their Regular season this Thursday at the Garden against the Washington Capitals. Bruins Coach Claude Julien mentioned Marco Sturm, who missed most all of last season after having surgery on his knee, as the player who should take up most of the slack of Phil Kessel’s 36 goals traded to Toronto.

And oh yah, the Patriots, It’s a great time of year around here.

-MD

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