With everyone focused on the insight of Rajon Rondo's friend, they missed what Kendrick Perkins was really trying to say. (indmix.com)

It’s been a few days since former Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins returned to his old stomping grounds, and I can’t get his interview with the local media out of my mind — but not for the reason you might think. He gave hope to Celtics fans far and wide for Rajon Rondo’s impending free agency.

“I think this is a great place for him. I think he wants to stay here. We talk on the regular. I think he should stay. If I was him, I’d stay.”

Former teammate + close friends + everything we’ve all been wanting to hear = HOPE. Right?

Continue reading Rondo Should Stay, Boston’s Great, and What Kendrick Perkins Was Really Trying to Say »

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Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

 

After Friday night’s loss, the Celtics have scored the second most points in the league while allowing opponents to score the second most points as well. Additionally, the Celtics have been outscored by opponents  72-41 in the fourth quarter of the last two games. Keep in mind that the C’s had sizable leads in both of these games. These two stats are the most indicative of this year’s Celtics team and its struggles. Closing out games has presented itself as the key issue for Boston early in the season.

Last night marked LeBron James’s first time in the TD Garden as a Cavalier since the Celtics defeated Cleveland in the six-game series which eventually resulted in James “taking his talents” to the Miami Heat. James typically receives a slightly colder reception in Boston than other cities, considering his history with the Celtics, and generally plays a little bit more aggressively as well, averaging over 30 points a game. Last night was no exception, as even when most of his teammates were struggling early on, James was finding and taking easy shots, eventually finishing with 41 points on an efficient 16-27 shooting. Continue reading Celtics Blow another Lead, Lose to Cavaliers 122-121 »

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Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron

When Zdeno Chara was hurt it was assumed that the Bruins would have a tough time without him. They started off strong in his absence winning six out of seven games including a five game winning streak. However, the past two nights have been lackluster performances on the road against Toronto (6-1 loss) and Montreal (5-1) loss. The total goal differential in those two games of -9 is one of the worst two game stretches the team has had since Claude Julien became head coach.

The next ten games for the Bruins will be a severe test of what they are capable of doing without their captain. I wrote previously that four to six weeks off for Chara could end up being a good thing as long as the Bruins stayed in playoff position with him out. The next three weeks will tell us a lot about their mental toughness as well as their ability to stay in playoff position. Continue reading Bruins Face Trying Times During Next Three Weeks »

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Tom Brady and Andrew Luck square off on Sunday Night Football with not only important AFC seeding on the line, but an imaginary midseason NFL MVP trophy, too. (Boston.com)

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.

With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received more votes than any other player, tallying precisely half  of the vote total (16). But even with the top seed in the AFC heading into Week 11, is Brady really the best choice among the NFL’s MVP candidates?

Continue reading Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It »

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Ryan Tannehill will likely be under siege  on Thursday night, but is he still fantasy worthy (Photo Credit: Reuters)

With only a couple weeks until the fantasy postseason begins, it is time to rely on your big options to help you down the stretch. Sure, there are still a couple tough matchups going forward for some players, but it should only get easier to choose who to play with less teams on bye. Even if you are all but certain that you won’t make the playoffs, make sure to set your lineups so nobody gets an easy victory down the stretch. What is better than playing spoiler?

Start ‘Em

Jay Cutler (vs. Minnesota): The matchup might not look enticing on paper, but Cutler should be able to have a big day against this Vikings secondary. Alshon Jeffrey picked them apart last year for over 200 yards and two scores which could mean a big day for the signal caller. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11 »

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T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ priority list on defense this week should be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

When most of the elite receivers in the NFL are brought up the conversation generally shifts to larger, stronger body types such as Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon. Hilton may not be as naturally gifted as those receivers at 5’9”, 178 pounds but he can create matchup nightmares for defenses. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton »

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Steve Downie ( Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

We’re already wrapping up our fourth fantasy hockey week if you can believe it. Hopefully by this time, you’ve thrown together some wins and haven’t been bitten by the injury bug too much. Personally, I’m already dealing with Taylor Hall being placed on the IR who I had big hopes for this season. I picked up Filip Forsberg as his replacement, who’s already got 15 points and is a stellar +15. What’s best about him is that he has eligibility in C/LW/RW. Multiple-eligibility players like that become key in a long fantasy season when the injury bug hits. They bring some great production and flexibility to your roster.

If you’re looking for some injury replacements or are ready to drop someone who’s just not performing, here are some speculative adds:

Tanner Pearson – LW

I said in my last fantasy post that I’m not a big fan of Pearson, but he continues to prove me wrong. He already has 7 goals and ten points and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. What’s really fantastic is his +13, which indicates that he’s really been productive and not just fluky. He’s here to stay.

Brock Nelson – C

The #2 Center for the emerging Islanders team already has 14 points, 7 of which came on the powerplay. The team as a whole is benefiting from having legit threats on the blue line in Boychuk and Leddy, so Nelson is a good look if you’re hurting at center.

Steve Downie – LW/RW

A guy we love to hate, Downie is one of the more effective pests in the league and it’s carrying over into fantasy. He already has 54 PIM, with 7 points and LW/RW eligbility to boot. Your league most likely scores penalty minutes, and he’s one of the best players in the league in that category.

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