As bad as I (and I suspect most of my fellow Red Sox fans) felt about week 2, the team went 3-2 during that span although at 5-10 they were still fourth in the AL East. In this week they finished up their series with Baltimore with two more games including the traditional morning game on Marathon Monday. They then made their first trip to the Bronx to face the Yankees for the first time this season before wrapping up the week with a series in Tampa against the first place Rays. The goal, in my mind at least, was for the Sox to win the last two against the Orioles before going on to beat up on a Yankees team depleted by injuries. That would set them up nicely to be competitive in Tampa while picking up some ground in the division. As the old saying goes, though, "man plans and God laughs" and in this case, the baseball gods had a hearty chuckle at the Red Sox expense.
Over the last several weeks, there must have been hundreds of NBA analysts and reporters who dubbed Gordon Hayward “the X-Factor” for the Celtics entering the playoffs. Since beating the Warriors on the road by 33 back on March 5th, a game in which Hayward dropped 30 points on 12-16 shooting, the Celtics highest paid player has looked like a new man.
Saturday night the Revs seemed to finally solve their early season defensive woes as they held the visiting New York Red Bulls to no goals as Cristian Penilla’s late goal secured a win for Brad Friedel’s side. While the win wasn’t the prettiest thanks to the massive amounts of rain heaped on both the players and fans in attendance, 3 points are always better than none. Looking at the game again, it’s apparent what changes were instituted, and what truly lead to the play on the pitch by the Revs, and it really starts with one man, Jalil Anibaba.
The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 on Easter Sunday behind a team-high 20 point effort from Gordon Hayward, completing a 4-0 series sweep of the Indiana Pacers and their first playoff series sweep since 2011 against the Knicks. Despite the assertion of dominance against the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, many have questioned the legitimacy of the Celtics performance considering it came against an Indiana team without it's best player. However, the Celtics sweeping Indiana after the inconsistency they showed during the regular season shouldn't go under recognized. Here's what you can take away from their dominant showing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Bruins have beaten the Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2 to force a game 7 at home following a solid night from Tuukka Rask, a 3 point game from Brad Marchand, and a great game for the Bruins’ defense. The Bruins will meet Toronto in game 7 for the second straight year on Tuesday night in Boston. If the Bruins play like they did today, I think they will advance for the second straight year and meet the extremely hot Columbus Blue Jackets. However, if the Bruins play like they have in each of their 3 losses, Toronto will win a playoff series for the first time since 2004. It all comes down to a Game 7, the greatest thing in sports.
The other day, I was going through some things in my old desk at my mother’s house and came across a plastic baggie filled with some ticket stubs from Red Sox games I attended as a kid with my dad. Water damaged, faded, torn, and crinkled, the tickets were like a trip down memory lane.
After both of the last two wins, Kyrie Irving mentioned the team's grittiness as a factor in their success. After Game 1, he told the media that low scoring games like that 84-74 win are "where gritty individuals make their mark", and he repeated that sentiment after the team's 99-91 Game 2 win, calling it "a gritty win". Game 3 in Indiana proved no different as the Celtics let another early lead disappear, but executed down the stretch as they've proven to be far better at doing than Indiana throughout this series.
The Bruins have lost Game 5 in Boston 2-1. After an extremely disappointing showing, the Bruins will travel to Toronto with their season in jeopardy. Tuukka Rask was absolutely amazing, only allowing 2 goals on 27 shots, keeping the Bruins in the game while their offense sputtered. Game 6 will be in Toronto on Sunday at 3 PM.
Back and forth. At different times during the season we’ve all been on each side of whether or not we believe Kyrie Irving will be staying in Boston. I mean, he told us he would. He said the words. He asked for our approval. However, on more than one occasion throughout this season, it seemed as if he was fed up or uninterested with the city and/or this Celtics team. So.. what exactly will it take to keep Kyrie playing in green when this year comes to a close?
Amidst all the chaos of the NBA and NHL playoffs, the NFL released the regular season schedule for all 32 teams on Wednesday night. With the schedule now revealed, it's time to look through all the games ahead for the Patriots and pick out the marquee matchups on tap for the reigning Super Bowl champions.