CAN RAY SHAKE THE PAIN?
The scene was stranger than surreal. There was Ray Allen, so smooth a shooter, so relentless a worker, so detailed in his preparation, missing a free throw. Then another. Then another. It reached the point where Kevin Garnett was encouraging Allen from the bench after he missed 2 of 3 when fouled on a 3-pointer. That's Ray Allen, on the free throw line, needing encouragement?
THE BOOK ON DOC
Kevin Garnett called the Celtics team "Cuba" for a reason: Rivers’ regime is a dictatorship, not a democracy. He’s willing to discuss things with his stars and veterans, but he does not share decision-making power with anyone. The one possible exception is Rajon Rondo's veto power on plays Rivers calls from the bench.
Play Podcast ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry says it's time for the Celtics to start the rebuilding process, talks about the genuine disdain between the Heat and Pacers, says the Pacers need to take better care of the ball to have a chance in Game 2 and weighs in on the Grizzlies' attempt to get back into their series against the Spurs.
Play Podcast ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney gives his thoughts on Mike Trout's cycle and compares Trout's production with Miguel Cabrera's. Olney also says Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of production is putting the Red Sox in a tough spot and explains why Cole Hamels' poor start isn't too much of a concern.
Play Podcast Indians manager Terry Francona dishes on his return to baseball, joining Cleveland, Miguel Cabrera, his time with the Red Sox, MLB's usage of instant replay and more.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter covers Rob Gronkowski's latest forearm surgery, the possibility of a new league schedule, Super Bowls L and LI, Charles Woodson and more.