Buchholz heathy, ready to pitch in real games


Buchholz heathy, ready to pitch in real games

DETROIT -- Sunday afternoon, for the first time since last June, Clay Buchholz will take the mound and pitch in a game of consequence.

"Yeah, it's been a while,'' acknowledged Buchholz, who missed the final 3 12 months of 2011 with a stress fracture of his lower back. "Going through spring, working to get to a point where I can throw consecutive innings, getting the ups and downs and pitch counts and everything, it's more of a relaxed state of mind, knowing that everything's fine."

"I don't have to worry about anything other than going out there and executing pitches and trying to help this team win. My thought process is that it's just another game that I have to go out and pitch.''

Buchholz was relieved to enjoy good health over the course of spring training. He was able to focus on preparation, just as he would any other spring.

"It was re-assuring through spring,'' he said, "with the number of pitches that I threw, that I didn't have to miss anything. Just going from start-to-start and day-to-day and feeling good about it -- that's what spring training is for. Hopefully, I can make every start from here on out.''

As far as Buchholz knows, there will be no limit to his workload.

"The last couple of seasons, if the freak things that happened hadn't happened,'' he said, "I had put myself in a position to (go 200 innings). That's my goal at the beginning of every season -- to go out and make your 33 or 34 starts and get to that 200-inning plateau.''

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”


James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”