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Marcus Smart made his debut for the Celtics last night with 6 assists

A Celtics team without Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo would typically get blown out by 20, and not blow out another team by 20. On Monday night the Celtics did in fact win by 20 points, in a game where their starting five had a combined 10 years of NBA experience.  The Celtics were trailing at the half, and by the end of the third period manifested themselves into a fast-paced, offensively formidable yet defensively-capable squad squared against an unsuspecting away team.

Luckily for the Celtics, that team was the unapologetically-tanking Philadelphia 76ers, who were also without perhaps their two best players, Michael Carter-Williams and the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Joel Embiid. Additionally, their best healthy player, Nerlens Noel, has not played a regular season NBA game yet, seeing as he was sidelined for the entire last season with an ACL tear. To provide some perspective into just how pedestrian this Philly squad is, their two leading scorers were Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson. Continue reading Celtics Show Up in Second Half in First Preseason Game: Player Report Cards »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 5

October 7, 2014 at 5:29pm in NFL
Eagles vs Chargers: Week 5's prediction for the Super Bowl

Five weeks into the season, and there are no unbeaten teams left. While plenty of teams are doing well, there haven’t been any teams that have emerged as big favorites as of yet. Injuries are taking their toll, and others just aren’t performing as well as was expected. It’s a turbulent time, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 7: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 5 »

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How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason

October 7, 2014 at 11:30am in Featured, Red Sox
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As many of you beloved Red Sox fans saw this year, there was a breakdown in their offense and pitching over the course of the season. We saw the departure of pitching aces Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront, as well as position players Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox also suffered a slew of injuries to their roster, including key players like Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia. When the dust finally settled, the locker room of the Red Sox organization had drastically changed. Now the question remains- who should the Red Sox pursue in the offseason?

Ace in the hole- The biggest concern right now should be acquiring strong pitching that will help on October 1st, 2015. There will be a long list of five potential players that will help the team, and are as follows:

1. Jonny on the spot- Jon Lester played a major role in the Red Sox pitching staff over the past 9 years, and after being traded to Oakland during the regular season made it very clear that he was open to return to the organization. Lester was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA during his shared time between Boston and Oakland, and his veteran experience would add a lot to the pitching rotation. Continue reading How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for the 12 penalties for 114 yards called on the Patriots, Sunday night’s game wouldn’t be as close as it was. The Patriots came out with fire and intensity and never relinquished the controls. A showing like Sunday night was exactly what the Patriots needed to reassure all the quaking media members, but it was expected from those who have seen what this team has done over the past 13 years after an embarrassing loss the week before.

- Through the early part of the season the offensive line has warranted some concern. Sunday night the Patriots started their third different offensive line combination in as many games. This combination was undoubtedly the best all season. Left to right the starters were Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer. The veterans of Connolly and Wendell provided the best guard play that the Patriots have seen all year. Solder looked like his old self and kept the pressure away from Brady’s blind-side. The rookie Stork looked good as well, creating holes in the run game and keeping the middle of the pocket clean. Of course this is just one game but Sunday’s game was the first positive sign the offensive line has given us all year so we’ll take it. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17 »

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Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins
Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug both have more points than Zdeno Chara. Patrice Bergeron leads the team in points with 78. Loui Eriksson scores 36 goals.

Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres win only 29 games this year, finishing first in the Conor McDavid sweepstakes. Mikhail Grigorenko has a breakout season 31 goals and 64 points. Matt Moulson is traded at the deadline yet again.

Carolina Hurricanes
Anton Khudobin wins 37 games in the process of overtaking Cam Ward’s starting spot. Alex Semin scores just 14 goals. Eric Staal makes a major comeback with81 points.

Columbus Bluejackets
Ryan Johansen finishes 7th over all in scoring with 83 points. Bobrovsky continues to thrive as an elite goaltender and wins the Vezina. The Bluejackets make it to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals but they’ll be back for more.

Continue reading 30 Teams, 30 Crazy Predictions; Fantasy Hockey Mailbag »

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MISC

* Talking about shutting us up with a quality game – game plan excellent, intensity and crowd was as loud as I’ve ever heard it

* James Devlin blocks, runs, catches and is now assigned to giving Tom Brady high fives

* I don’t want to see Revis go down the Talib Stairs anymore

* Great games – Wright, Vereen, Wilfork, Offensive Line, Ridley, Bolden on special teams (played with fire – like a guy who wants to stay on the team), Gostkowski

* Bad games – Dennard, Ninkovich, Easley,

* I like they were picking each other up off the ground and had each other’s back Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Quiet Critics (Including Me) »

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Tom Brady surpasses 50,000 yards for his career and leads the Patriots to a 20-3 halftime lead against the Cincinnati Bengals. (USA Today)

“Brady! Brady! Brady!”

That chant by the home crowd at Gillette Stadium tells you all you need to know about the first half of the Sunday Night Football contest between the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals.

After getting trampled last Monday night by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots have been a completely different team so far on Sunday night, jumping out to a 20-3 lead at halftime. The offense already has 16 first downs, three more than in four quarters in Week 4, and 256 total yards, nearly as much as last week. Tom Brady accounted for 153 yards in the air, including a 27-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski to surpass 50,000 yards passing for his career.

Continue reading Halftime Report: Patriots Up 20-3 on Bengals as Brady Surpasses 50,000 Yards »

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