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Brad Stevens’ Absence Reminds Struggling Celtics There Are Bigger Things Than Basketball

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Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer | 1:32 AM ET

The Boston Celtics lost for the fourth time in five tries with Thursday’s 101-92 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls during a rare national-TV broadcast.

When Boston won a season-high four consecutive games in late December, some wondered out loud if the Celtics might be the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Ten days later, it’s clear the Bulls have submitted their claim to that title, while TNT’s Charles Barkley opined at halftime that the Celtics are “a 6-7-8 seed, at the most.”

It’s hard to argue with Barkley’s assessment. The Celtics endured yet another game in which their offense disappeared in the second half, allowing an opponent to race away. Boston led by double digits in the early going but found itself down one by halftime. The Celtics then shot 30.4 percent in the second More >

Ken Griffery Jr., left, reverses his cap after donning it backward at a news conference about his and Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in New York. Both men will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NYKW116

Ken Griffey Jr. (99 percent of vote), Mike Piazza head to Cooperstown

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ESPN.com news services | Jan. 7, 2016

NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza will join him in Cooperstown this summer.

A star slugger during the steroids era who was never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey appeared on 437 of 440 ballots in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped the previous mark of 98.84, set when Tom Seaver appeared on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.

There had been speculation that Griffey could become the first unanimous selection.

“I can’t be upset. It’s just an honor to be elected, and to have the highest percentage is definitely a shock,” Griffey said on a conference call.

Shortly after learning of Griffey’s selection, Seattle raised a giant banner with his number More >

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