The Celtics will play two at home this week at the TD Garden. They kicked off the playoffs last night against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta, but got the 83-74 loss. They will play one more in Atlanta on Tuesday May 1 before heading home for games Friday May 4 and Sunday May 6. The Celtics are hoping they will not be without both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen in those games. Rondo was ejected from the game with only a minute left for bumping the official, and Allen has been out with an injured ankle. Though they started off slow, the Celtics played their way back, but were unable to get ahead of the Hawks during the game. They’re hoping to win Game 2 to come back to Boston with the series tied at 1-1 and dominate at home.
The Red Sox are finishing off a short road trip where they swept the Minnesota Twins in three games and beat the Chicago White Sox in three of the first four games. They will play against the Oakland Athletics for three games back at Fenway Park, starting tonight at 7:10, Tuesday May 1, and Wednesday May 2. They have an off-day on Thursday before welcoming the first place Baltimore Orioles for three games over the weekend, Friday May 4, Saturday May 5, and Sunday May 6. Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, and Daniel Bard will all take the mound to kick off the week. The Sox are now 10-11 on the season, and though they are in last place, all of the teams in the AL East are within 3.5 games of each other. The Sox ended the month with a strong 6-1 streak, but will be happy to leave April behind after tonight’s game and continue building on their success in May and the season beyond.
Gillette Stadium will host the New England Revolution against the Colorado Rapids this week on Wednesday May 2. The Revs are ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 2-5 record. They have a three-game losing streak and are hoping that they can turn their luck around at home against the 4-4 Rapids. Led by head coach, Jay Heaps, team leaders include Saer Sene in goals with two, Shalrie Joseph in assists with two, Lee Nguyen in shots with 15, Matt Reis in saves with 22, and Kelyn Rowe in shots on goal with nine. With the regular season playing well into October, the Revs have a longtime to turn things around and hope to do so at home during this week’s game.