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Morning Sports Update: Patriots release of Dominique Easley reportedly stems from attitude issues

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The Patriots released Dominique Easley, a former first-round pick, on Wednesday. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Celtics beat the Heat in their regular-season finale, the Red Sox topped the Orioles, and the Patriots released former first-round pick Dominique Easley on Wednesday, reportedly due to off-field issues.

Celtics take No. 5 seed in East, will play Hawks in playoffs: “We did all that for that?” Celtics forward Jae Crowder joked after the game. “We laid it on the line like that for nothing?” (NESN.com)

Patriots’ decision to release Dominique Easley reportedly stemmed from attitude issues: It is not known if there was a single incident that led to Easley’s release. But a portrait emerged Wednesday of a player who struggled with maturity and his responsibilities of being a professional athlete. (The Boston Globe)

Roundup of NBA draft odds for Celtics’ picks: The NBA regular season is over and the Boston Celtics own eight draft picks. Here’s the updated order and odds for each pick. (Celticsblog.com)

Celtics overcome 26-point deficit to defeat Heat, 98-88: Isaiah Thomas had 21 points to help the Celtics rally from 26 points down and beat the Miami Heat 98-88 on Wednesday night. (Boston.com)

Red Sox end Orioles unbeaten start with 4-2 win: The Baltimore Orioles were overdue for a game like this. The Orioles wasted too many early chances and finally lost after opening the season with a team-record seven straight wins, beaten by the bats of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night. (Boston.com)

Kobe Bryant puts up 60 points in career finale: Drenched in sweat, Kobe Bryant wrapped his arms around his head coach and teammates, one by one, then the dozens of former teammates that gathered nearby. (ESPN.com)

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Warriors make history with 73rd win: In winning 125-104 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors, again, jumped the line and seized something the league still struggles to believe. They, and not Michael Jordan, now boast the NBA’s best-ever regular season. (ESPN.com)

Celtics legends honored at Celtics’ game; Bill Belichick in attendance:

https://twitter.com/ACorddry/status/720431970644135936

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