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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celts play hard, Sox who cares, Crazy Brothers

By on April 24, 2015 at 6:54am

1. Celtics:

* Team has to watch Larry Bird films on how to box out (Zeller please fight harder)

* Avery Bradley (Ainge’s only bad move this year – signing him), 4-14 from three point land in the series and it seemed every miss reversed momentum for Cleveland – he also is getting torched by Irving

* Irving and Curry have the best handle in NBA history along with Allen Iverson?

* Celtics 19-63 from three point land in the series

* Celtics have given up 38 offensive rebounds in three games

2. Red Sox:

* Victorino hurt again – hamstring (add that to the ribs last week, etc)

* Dwight Evans played in at least 146 games in 11 of 12 straight years with Red Sox – Drew and Victorino in 8 years will fail to do that once Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Celts play hard, Sox who cares, Crazy Brothers »

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls up his sleeve while facing the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

We wanted the playoffs, and well, we got ’em.  The Celtics once again lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that – at times – felt like they could have won.  But now, it is time to accept that the Celtics are severely out-sized and inevitably outmatched in a series we should never have convinced ourselves was remotely possible of winning. However, it is in our nature as Boston sports fans to believe in the impossible and to never give up until it is truly over.  But this time, it looks like the Celtics incredible run is over.  In hindsight, what the Celtics accomplished this year deserves nothing short of praise.

It’s still a tough pill to swallow. Continue reading Another Hard-Fought Loss: Celtics Lose 103-95, Go Down 3-0 in Series »

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After celebrating their 4th Super Bowl victory, it's back to work for the New England Patriots. (credit Getty Images)

The NFL season concluded almost three months ago and we’re already itching for the start of 2015. With the NFL Draft next week and the schedules being released this week, the excitement is already starting to build as we gear up to watch the Patriots defend a championship for the fourth time. Along with playing division rivals twice and last year’s AFC division winners, the Patriots will be playing the AFC South and NFC East. At a glance things are looking good for the Patriots as the AFC South as a whole went 25-39 last year and the NFC East was 32-32. There is one glaring negative on the schedule and that is the less than ideal week 4 bye. Looking at it with a “glass half full” mentality, since the Patriots played longer and had a delayed start to the off season, the early bye can give them a chance to ease into the season. With that said let’s take a look at the games. Continue reading 2015 New England Patriots Schedule and Predictions »

Rick Porcello was taken deep twice on Sunday moving his total to 5 home runs allowed on the season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Going into this season the biggest question mark was the pitching, notably the starting rotation. With Jon Lester going to Chicago they weren’t able to land a credible “ace” pitcher. Instead they filled the rotation with pitchers who have all shown the ability to be very good, but have all lacked consistency. That was never more evident than in week two of this short season.

– Clay Buchholz has shown in his few starts that he still posses the Jeckyll and Hyde personality disorder. On opening day against a weak Phillies lineup he was dominant. Sunday night in prime time against the Yankees he gave up seven runs in the first inning. Then on Saturday against the Orioles he really pushed his way through six very difficult innings against the Orioles. He only allowed two runs which was impressive considering how many times the O’s loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately for Clay, the offense was shut down by Chris Tillman.  Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitchers Post League Worst ERA »


The Boston Celtics kicked off their first round matchup in the NBA Playoffs with a 113-100 road loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon. Despite the C’s being a part of the playoffs, this is a good time to take a look at how Celtics rookie Marcus Smart progressed this season.

If you take a look at Smart’s numbers, they are not very gaudy looking on paper, as he averaged 7.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.48 steals per game. Despite Smart’s numbers not being overly impressive, The No.6 pick in the 2014 draft is off to a good start to his NBA career. Smart’s worth to this current C’s team and for the future is something you have to take a look at further than paper. Continue reading Marcus Smart’s Progression Through his Rookie Season Impressive »

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1. Celtics:

* I think this series is going to be too fast for Bass and Sullinger / Mozgov is going to be too strong for Zeller

* Avery Bradley 1-6 from three point land (including two air balls) and was absolutely torched by Irving (surprised Smart wasn’t switched over)

* I think the one advantage the Celtics have over Cleveland is coaching – look for Brad Stevens to go to school on that game film and Game 2 be much closer but still a loss

* If you are serious about winning then don’t let Lebron stare you down as he did after his dunk at Evan Turner and at Kelly Olynyk when he fell down

* Fifteen offensive rebounds not acceptable Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Marathon Day! »


The Celtics failed to contain the Cleveland Cavaliers’ big three in Sunday’s playoff matinee at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. While it was the first career playoff game for much of this Celtics team’s young core, it happened to be Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love’s introduction to the postseason as well. For Irving, who led the Cavaliers with 30 points on 11-21 shooting, his lack of experience proved inconsequential. For the Celtics, however, they’ll have their work cut out for them if they wish to extend this series beyond four games.

After a hot shooting first quarter, the Celtics managed to escape the first with a 31-27 lead. However, the Cavaliers responded swiftly with a 35-23 point second quarter, appropriately ending the half with a Kyrie Irving buzzer beating three pointer. After several questionable refereeing calls in the third quarter, the Celtics’ expressions transitioned from determined to defeated, all but sealing the fate of this game prior to the fourth quarter. Continue reading Celtics Lose Battle to Cavaliers, 113-100, but Not the War »