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The Boston Celtics will be represented at All-Star Weekend in Toronto in two weeks with their leading scorer Isaiah Thomas being selected as an Eastern Conference Reserve. Thomas joins a stacked group of guards including Dwayne Wade, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Jimmy Butler and DeMar DeRozan. NBA coaches vote on the reserve All-Stars which, some may say, adds to the merit of the selection as fans can tend to lean toward names and popularity (see Lakers representation below).

Thomas has been an on and off the court leader for a young Boston team. He has provided an offensive spark scoring 21.6 points per game and dishing out 6.6 assists per night showing he can be a play-maker as well as a scorer. Isaiah has made an impact in the win column with the Celtics going 46-31 since he arrived in the lineup on Feb. 22, 2015, many will remember a much more dismal record prior to his landing in Boston. Under coach Brad Stevens, Thomas has helped lead the Celtics to a 26-21 record, good for 5th place in a balanced Eastern Conference. Boston is in good position to jockey for a home playoff coming out of the All-Star break and down the stretch.

Quick, fearless, and deceptively strong are some of the adjectives you may hear when people talk about Thomas. He is able to knock down the 3-point shot but makes his money pushing the ball in transition, weaving through the lane to make plays for teammates or going hard to the tin to score at the basket and draw fouls. His teammates and the fans in Boston love him as he embodies the spirit of a rising Celtics squad.

Thomas’ teammates and opponents for the 2016 All-Star Game are listed below:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Starters
Carmelo Anthony, New York
Paul George, Indiana
LeBron James, Cleveland
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
Dwyane Wade, Miami

Reserves
Jimmy Butler, Chicago
John Wall, Washington
Andre Drummond, Detroit
Chris Bosh, Miami
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
Paul Millsap, Atlanta
Isaiah Thomas, Boston

Western Conference All-Stars

Starters
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Reserves
Draymond Green, Golden State
Klay Thompson, Golden State
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
James Harden, Houston
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio
Anthony Davis, New Orleans

A star-studded field with both teams having plenty of fire power should make for the usual high-scoring event that will hopefully turn into a game in the fourth quarter as it has tended to the past few years. The talent level in the Western Conference is insane, the only thing that is likely to slow those guys down is Kobe’s number of field goal attempts (sorry Kobe, you are not retired so I can’t appreciate you yet).

Thomas can look forward to getting some minutes against the best in the west but its hard to imagine anyone can get excited about guarding the dazzling Steph Curry or the crafty Chris Paul on the perimeter and whoever is in the way of Russell Westbrook during the All-Star game is asking to end up a poster. Fortunately for Thomas, and probably for most of these offensive-minded players, the All-Star game is about 3-pointers, dunks and behind the back passes for at least three quarters, defense starts to seep in around the same time as the competitive nature of these individuals takes hold.

The Celtics are proud to be sending Thomas to the 65th NBA All-Star game in Toronto, no one deserves it more, if only I had the authority to give a Tommy Point he’d get two from me!

Congratulations to Isaiah!

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For the second year in a row, the Red Sox franchise’s Winter Weekend allowed fans, players, media, and management to come together and report on their off-season activities.

Hanley Ramirez declared he was working on his skills towards what he feels will be an “easy” transition from left field to first base. Since so much has been written about the Ramirez move, I’ll just say I will believe it when I see it. Less vertical box jumps posted to Instagram and more footwork and ball-handling drills, would be my advice to Hanley. Both are the secret to success at first base. Just ask Mike Napoli.

Continue reading Winter Weekend Yields Positive News from Dombrowski on Price, and More »

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Patriots Part Ways With Two Coaches

January 28, 2016 at 11:21am in Featured, NFL, Patriots

The Patriots parted ways this week with offensive line coach Dave Deguglielmo and strength coach Harold Nash. Both moves came within days of the Patriots falling to Denver in the AFC Championship game.

DeGuglielmo had been with the team for the past two seasons after replacing legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. The offensive line struggled this season amid several injuries. When asked on WEEI this week, Bill Belichick said that DeGuglielmo’s contract was up and both sides decided to move on. However, it is also likely the Patriots didn’t want him back regardless. There were rumblings that his style did not completely mesh with that of the other Patriots coaches and the offensive line had its share of struggles.

Nash was with the Patriots from 2005 until earlier this week. His role as head strength and conditioning coach began in 2011. Patriots fans may know him as the person who held long exercise bands attached to Tom Brady on the sidelines. The Patriots had a high injury rate his year and although Nash is not completely to blame, the Patriots wanted to go in a different direction as far as their conditioning is concerned.

Both moves represent an early offseason  shuffling for the Patriots. No replacements have been identified for either position. The Patriots generally like to promote from within but they are willing to go outside the organization if it presents the best fit.

ForTheBoys Radio: Episode 8

January 25, 2016 at 7:31pm in Featured, Now!

Welcome to ForTheBoysRadio, your destination for all things MEN. Whether its sports, GUY stuff, or the weirdest stories you’ve ever heard, you better believe we’ll be covering it. We cover everything like Columbus covered the globe, and we’ll never dude you wrong. That’s a guarantee.

On this episode of ForTheBoys, we go over the results of yesterday’s unfortunate game. We’ll also be giving you our Super Bowl predictions.

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Well, I was wrong. I was wrong dead to rights. I was a deer caught in the headlights on this one.

I’m a man, so I’ll admit my wrongs. And, you know, after it’s all said and done, I’m not really mad. I’m sort of over it already, surprisingly. After 2014, even though I kept telling myself I wasn’t mad, I was burning on the inside. It felt like the Salem Witch Trial people were burning a witch to death next to my heart. I felt like my heart had been replaced with a furnace stockpiled with everyone’s Christmas coal. I was devastated- mostly because people gave Peyton credit where it wasn’t due. That reared its ugly head in the SB where he got punished nationwide (excuse the pun) 43-8. Continue reading Honestly Not Even Mad, Just Very Disappointed after Patriots Loss to Broncos »

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1. PATRIOTS GET OUTCOACHED IN DENVER

*No one to blame but themselves for not having home field advantage – Philly – Pats handed them game / Miami that stupid running game plan / Jets outhit them / Drop punt in Denver

* Biggest failures in the game – missed extra point (hasn’t missed since 2006) / O Line / McDaniel got his ass kicked by Phillips

* Cincy hands game to Pitt / Pitt hands game to Denver / Pat’s hand home field and AFC championship and bragging rites to Manning

PREGAME

  • Kraft sighting – double kiss for Brady
  • 13 degrees warmer in Denver than Foxboro – no one to blame but themselves
  • Good national anthem – nice they showed it
  • WTF – They win the toss and take the ball against the best defense and loudest crowd – why change now and not defer?
  • CBS stat – When Brady is sacked more than twice in playoffs 2-3 / 2 or less 20-5

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Missed Extra Point, O Line Whiffs, McDaniels Throws Up! »

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in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

The Patriots came up two points short of a trip to the Super Bowl in their loss to the Broncos. There were several factors in the loss, but none bigger than the play of the Patriots offensive line. Tom Brady was hit 20 times and was constantly under pressure. Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe dominated the Patriots front throughout the game.

New England struggled to move the ball until the fourth quarter and even then they had two drives end on failed fourth down conversions. On each of those failed conversions, Brady faced pressure. Brady also faced pressure on both of his interceptions, but neither was a good decision by him. Even the patented Patriots style of throwing before the rush could arrive was not effective throughout the game because the rush was supremely fast and the Broncos secondary played a great game. The injury earlier this season to left tackle Nate Solder made a large impact in this game, with Marcus Cannon routinely getting beat by Miller and Sebastian Vollmer having some struggles against Ware.

Despite this the Patriots still nearly tied the game on a two point conversion try with 12 seconds left. It is a disappointing end to a season that had the Patriots aiming for their fifth Lombardi Trophy. New England is fortunate that many of their key players are locked up going into next season and they will be getting reinforcements returning for 2016. However, with Solder coming off injury and Vollmer not getting any younger, it would behoove the Patriots to invest in a tackle in this year’s draft.

In the end, the 2015 Patriots started out like a team that could beat anyone but injuries and a few key mistakes led to their demise. Much can be debated about the finish to their regular season and today’s game, but the overriding theme in the end of their season was the offensive line getting beat consistently.

 

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