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Don’t Blame Brad Stevens for Celtics’ Late-Game Woes

By on November 28, 2014 at 3:01pm

The Celtics could easily be a .500 team right now if a few more late shots had fallen in. Projections from various media sources predicted the C’s to be somewhere in the league’s bottom five at the end of this year. Bearing that in mind, while also considering just how tough their schedule has been so far, the team’s 4-8 record does not appear so terrible and the Celtics should be thankful for that.

Boston ranks in the bottom five in defensive efficiency and bottom three in points allowed per game. While their mediocre defense can be partially attributed to their lightning-quick pace, which ranks second in the league, what has really hurt them has been their execution in late-game situations. So does head coach Brad Stevens deserve more criticism for this weakness? Continue reading Don’t Blame Brad Stevens for Celtics’ Late-Game Woes »

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Could Yoenis Cespedes play alongside Rusney Castillo in either center or right field and help anchor a  dreamy lineup? Or will he be part of another blockbuster trade? (Boston Globe)

When reports emerged that the Boston Red Sox were honing in on an agreement with Hanley Ramirez, thus began the speculation surrounding the all but imminent departure of incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Between coaches hating him, attitude problems, a free-swinging approach, and just one year remaining on his current contract, Cespedes seemed doomed to be shipped out in a trade for starting pitching.

Not so fast, it seems.

Continue reading Not So Fast: Cespedes to Play CF or RF? »

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You know who's not excited about the addition of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez? Ryan Lavarnway, and the never-to-wear-a-Red-Sox-uniform Juan Francisco. (Boston Herald)

You would think David Ortiz spoke for all of us when he welcomed Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to Red Sox Nation.

But there are a couple of former members who might not be as excited as the rest of us about the signings of Sandoval and Ramirez, because it signaled the end of their time in Boston — for one of them, before it even started, really.

So long, Ryan Lavarnway. It was good(ish) while it lasted. Farewell, Juan Francisco. We hardly knew ya.

Continue reading Casualties of New Red Sox Royalty: Honoring Lavarnway, Francisco DFAs for Panda, Hanley Signings »

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Tom-Brady-Thanksgiving-Day

Do you know what happens in two days? I bet you do. The nation will set aside any and all disputes (well, maybe not) and we will collectively plunge into a turkey/gravy/stuffing/potato induced coma. Unhealthy mountains of turkey will sustain some through the rigors of Black Friday, and for others Thursday will just end in a good night’s sleep with dreams of gravy waterfalls. On a related, but far more important note, due to three Thursday NFL games, and the fact that daily fantasy sites are offering “Thursday Only” contests, this will be part I of a two-part Redraft King Turkey Day Extravaganza!

Okay. Calm down. We still need to review week 12 before jumping into Thursday’s advice.

Week 12 Recap:

Tony Romo tossed four touchdowns in a come-from-behind win against the Giants, and had his best fantasy performance so far this year. Josh McCown passed for over three hundred yards and 18.8 fantasy points. Brian Hoyer also threw more than three hundred yards, but three interceptions lowered his point total to 14 for the day. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 13 Fantasy Football Advice »

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David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (@davidortiz)

Red Sox Nation is pretty excited, and for good reason: the top two offensive players on the free agent market are both coming to Boston.

Pablo Sandoval’s agent confirmed yesterday that he was spurning the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants to come to the last place Boston Red Sox (I’m not sure I quite get that logic either, but who am I to argue?), and he was officially introduced today having signed a five year, $95 million deal with a team option for a sixth year. Just hours earlier, ex-Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez was reported to be heading back to Boston to sign with his former team for four years, $88 million (with a vesting fifth year option).

Alas, only one of the two can play third base, but I guess the Red Sox will just figure that out later. Now is the time to be excited about the endless possibilities that comes with winning (for now) the meaningless offseason arms race. The most excited member of all in Red Sox Nation, though?

Big Papi.

Continue reading David Ortiz Welcomes $200M Teammates Sandoval and Ramirez to Red Sox on Twitter »

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14 years to the day of Brady's debut losing to the Lions 34-9, the Patriots turn the tables with a 34-9 victory of their own. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Another week goes by and another division leader falls at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the beginning of the season if you told most people the Patriots would come out of their current six-game stretch with a 3-3 record, most people would have taken that as a plus. Fast forward to the week of Thanksgiving and there is a legitimate chance the Patriots don’t lose a single game of their difficult mid-season schedule. They’ve already handled the likes of the Bears, Broncos, Colts, and Lions. All that remains are trips to Green Bay and San Diego. Even if they lost one of those games, going 5-1 after most expected them to break even is a massive accomplishment. Personally, I don’t see how this Patriots team loses another game this season.

- There really aren’t enough good things to say about this defense. Granted the Lions haven’t been lighting up  the scoreboard but they do have terrific talent who can easily find the endzone. Thanks to another standout game from the secondary, all the Lions could muster was three field goals. The only real big plays came when the Patriots were in zone defense, i.e. Golden Tate’s 42-yard catch. Jamie Collins had Tate in coverage and got turned around allowing Tate to be wide open. Other than that, there were few mistakes made by Matt Patricia’s defense.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9 »

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Pablo-SandovalRUMORS and Rants

Pablo Sandoval will make his final decision today regarding a contract with the Boston Red Sox worth approximately $100 million, according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. Speier reported this on Twitter after speaking with Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vazquez.

Continue reading Pablo Sandoval To Sign With Red Sox Today »

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