Where was Avery Bradley in opening night win?

by James B. Terry

It was easy to pick out the problems with last year’s team.  Nobody could rebound, Jordan Crawford shot the ball too much, Jeff Green couldn’t finish a game like Paul Pierce used to do, the team couldn’t score down low and Jordan Crawford shot the ball too much.

What’s that?  I said that last one already?  Sorry, old habits are hard to kick.  He wasn’t even there for the whole season and I still can’t help it.

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How Peavy’s career has changed with shot at history

by James B. Terry

The Boston Red Sox are once again playing a hand in the World Series; this time the impact is no where near as large.

The San Francisco Giants will hand 33-year old veteran Jake Peavy the ball tonight as they are just one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

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Marcus Thornton is just what the Celtics needed

by James B. Terry

The Boston Celtics were involved in a three team deal this summer that brought them both Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller.  Most of the talk surrounding that trade was how much cap space the deal opened up for Cleveland as they prepared to sign LeBron James and shift the power index of the NBA.

Even most people around the Celtics talked mostly about Zeller over Thornton, which means some Boston fans are just learning who Marcus Thornton really is.

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C’s stroll past Knicks, move to 2-0 in preseason

by James B. Terry

The Boston Celtics moved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 106-86 victory over the New York Knicks.

The win marked their second straight 20 point win and the Celtics were led by power forward Jared Sullinger’s 25 points and five rebounds.  A full box score can be found at ESPN.com.

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Grades for each Celtics in preseason debut

by James B. Terry

There was so much to be excited about in the Celtics first preseason game so it wasn’t fair to grade everybody imminently after the game.

After having a night to sleep on everything, the team still looks impressive for the most part but there is also a lot that needs to be improved upon if the Celtics are to be a bit more competitive this season.

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Turner shines in Celtics debut; Boston downs Sixers

by James B. Terry

The Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 98-78 in their preseason opener at the TD Garden with a strong second half surge.

Free agent accusation Evan Turner shined in his Celtics debut scoring 15 and tying for the team lead with six assists.  A full box score can be found at ESPN.com.

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Preseason Game 1: 76ers @ Celtics

by James B. Terry

The Matchup
Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) at Boston Celtics (0-0)

Standings
BOS: T-1st Atlantic, T-1st East
PHI: T-1st Atlantic, T-1st East

What to Watch For
The Celtics have a major puzzle to be solved when it comes to the rotation and nothing will get cleared up tonight with Jeff Green (calf), Rajon Rondo (hand) and Vitor Faverani (knee) all sitting out injured.  Joel Anthony (groin) and Marcus Smart (groin) are also limited and at the moment remain game time decisions.  Where a player like Anthony may already be penciled in on the back of the bench, it is believed that the rest of them could be competing for starting spots.

Erik Murphy and Dwight Powell are expected to be battling for the final roster spot on the Celtics so seeing how they play can be very interesting.  Both men were acquired from Cleveland in the Keith Bogans trade which occurred just days before camp opened and it seems as if only one of them will be on the team by the end of the preseason.

Speaking of Keith Bogans…the stay at home dad makes his return to the TD Garden tonight as the Cavs were rather quick to trade Bogans away.  Chris Johnson, who was waived by the Celtics just before camp this year, also returns to the TD Garden.

Gerald Wallace is back!  The veteran small forward is optimistic that he can revive his career this year after finally having surgery on a knee that had been bothering him for multiple years.  With Jeff Green out, he will have the minutes to impress Brad Stevens and the rest of the coaching staff.  A big start to the preseason for him will go a long way.

Prediction
The Celtics fall in a tight game and 76ers center Nerlens Noel, who missed his entire rookie season last year, attacks a Boston defense that struggled to protect the rim last year with the whole basketball world checking in to see how he does.

NFL Picks: Week Five

Season Total
Colin: 34-27
Michael: 36-25
James: 41-20

Last Week (Only one right games)
Colin: 7-6 (49ers)
Michael: 5-8
James: 7-6

Our apologies for the late picks Colin didn’t get his in on time so he forfeits Thursday night pick.

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Colin: 
Michael: Packers- I think this is going to be a very run heavy game that might have gone the otherway if Adrian Peterson was playing.
James: Packers – How the hell are these two teams equal in terms of record?

Chicago Bears (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Colin:
Michael: Bears- Still not totally convinced on Carolina. Chicago is a hit or miss team but I think they will come out with this one.
James: Panthers – The Bears lost to Buffalo at home and lost huge to Green Bay.  They’ve looked good in wins but I have no idea what to actually think of them.

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-3)
Colin: Browns- The team has been building towards a win all season. This is a winnable game for them.
Michael: Titans- Terrible matchup all-around. Purely picking Tennessee to try to get a game off James.
James: Browns – This may be the one time all year I pick the Browns on the road, unless they play Oakland.

Saint Louis Rams (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Colin: Eagles- The Rams will get their hopes up only to have another Eagles comeback win.
Michael: Eagles- Sorry Rams. You know I like to pick you but not in this case.
James: Eagles – Well…shit…

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2)
Colin: Falcons- I don’t know why but I really like the way this Falcons team looks this year.
Michael: Giants- I hate to take the Giants in any week but they’ve looked too good recently and Atlanta is way too inconsistent, especially on the road.
James: Giants – Atlanta is 0-2 on the road, 30th in pass defense and 28th in rush defense.  The Giants have looked good the last two weeks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Colin: Saints- I doubt I’ll pick Tampa all year, I mean they lost to the Rams.
Michael: Saints- “The sky is falling,” well Drew, make it stable at home, if not the sky really will be falling.
James: Saints – I’ll take the Saints at the Superdome against a “red hot” Tampa Bay team.

Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
Colin:
Michael: Cowboys- I could honestly see this go either way but last week the Cowboys offense looked tuned in.
James: Cowboys – Taking the home team just because they’re the home team!  A 4-1 start for either of these teams would be huge.

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1)
Colin:
Michael: Lions- For the sake of my fantasy team I need Megatron to be more than just a decoy this week.
James: Lions – Like the Cowboys or Texans, a 4-1 start for Detroit would be massive!

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colin:
Michael: Ravens- Ravens are rolling this season and the Colts have been hit or miss.
James: Ravens – The Colts beat the Jaguars and Titans after an 0-2 hole.  Not the most impressive of wins for them.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Colin:
Michael: Steelers- Yikes. Awful matchup for Jacksonville.
James: Steelers – Steel City keeps their up and down season going as they roll through Jacksonville showing that last week was a fluke.

Arizona Cardinals (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1)
Colin:
Michael: Cardinals- I think Arizona is the real deal and this is absolutely a prove it week for them.
James: Broncos – With both teams coming off a bye it’s hard to factor that in.  Arizona looks good but I’m still not sold on them.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
Colin: Chiefs- This team looked good last week and San Fran has looked really inconsistent.
Michael: 49ers- The 49ers need to have a complete four quarter effort against KC.
James: 49ers – Another clash of strong teams in the AFC and NFC West and once again I’ll take the home team!

New York Jets (1-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Colin: Chargers- San Diego looks amazing right now tough to pick against them.
Michael: Chargers- Not even Rex Ryan believed in his team this past week. But like James is saying it’s time to put Vick in now.
James: Jets – They need to put the X-factor of Michael Vick in at quarterback now.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2)
Colin: Patriots- This team does not lose back to back games.
Michael: Patriots- Every part of me wants to pick the Bengals but I can’t go against my team at home, after a big loss and against an undefeated team. This has trap written all over it.
James: Patriots – The Bengals are the better team but after a bad loss, you don’t want to play against New England.

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-3)
Colin: Seahawks- HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
Michael: Seahawks- Washington was gaining big praise a couple weeks ago, not after last weeks outing. Seattle wins big.
James: Seahawks – Remember what the Giants did to this Redskins team?  Here comes Seattle!

 

Belichick has no one to blame but himself

by Zach Murphy

Abandon ship, abandon ship, the once Patriot dynasty is now a question to make the playoffs.  Bill Belichick, once Sith Lord, has grown confused, Tom “Darth Vader” Brady has grown old, and the once Death Star of a Patriots organization has blown up.  Maybe I am being a little dramatic, however there are some definite concerns to have with the Patriots after the 41-14 shellacking at the hands of the Chiefs.  Fans will point to the questions at offensive line, receiver and even quarterback, but Bill Belichick is the one that should be held responsible for the team’s descent. Continue reading Belichick has no one to blame but himself

Anthony, Rondo only plays sidelined on first day of camp

by James B. Terry

Many Celtics were nursing injuries as last season came to a close including Gerald Wallace, Vitor Faverani and Jared Sullinger.

The good news broke at media day that all three of those players will be ready to go as camp begins today but that doesn’t mean everybody will be good to go with center Joel Anthony and point guard Rajon Rondo both sidelined.

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Celtics not shy of headlines on media day

by James B. Terry

Before the start of training camp it is customary for every NBA team to hold a “media day” which allows the players to talk to the press as well as get business-like work done such as reading promotions and taking photos.

That day is today for the Boston Celtics and the team has no shortage of headlines as they prepare for the upcoming season.

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