It takes more than just one player to have the best defense in all of basketball. Last year's Celtics were no exception. With the league's best team defensive rating, the Celtics roster features a host of versatile defenders who can guard multiple positions and defend multiple actions from even the league’s most efficient opposing offenses. It takes communication, commitment and immense talent to play defense at the level the Celtics were able to in 2017-18.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Patriots have released wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt signed a 2-year deal with the Patriots last December after he was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier that month. Britt was not on the field for the majority of training camp as he was working his way back from a hamstring injury and was not on the field for the majority of camp. He returned to practice Tuesday and there was video of Britt on the field during wide receiver drills before his release today.
Baseball can sure be frustrating sometimes. In the first game of this series the Red Sox jumped all over Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, but couldn't hold the lead and blew the game. In this second game, they were up against rookie Shane Bieber and looked to bounce back and even the series. Nathan Eovaldi was on the mound for Boston and all eyes were on him to recapture the form of his first two Red Sox starts and not the most recent two. As I said in the opening sentence, though, this can be a frustrating game and that was perhaps never more evident this season than in this tilt.
The NBA Rookie Survey was released on NBA.com this week. The survey polls rookies on a number of questions ranging from "Who will win the rookie of the year?" to "Who is your favorite current NBA player?". While the questions vary in topic, most of the questions (including the ones prominently featured below) are about who the best players in the incoming rookie class are in each catehotc. The survey lists off the percentages received by anyone who ended up in the top 5 in the voting and then lists the remaining players who received votes for the topic in a separate section.
It blows my mind that it's mid-August and the Red Sox are only now playing the Indians for the first time this season: Cleveland is the only team in the American League that the Red Sox have yet to play. They've got this four game set at Fenway Park and then three games in Cleveland at the end of September and while the Indians aren't as dominant as they were in 2016 or even 2017, they're still a damn good team. Yes, they play in the worst division in baseball and have the worst record of the four AL contenders (Boston, New York, Houston, Cleveland) and also have fewer wins than Oakland, but they're still a dangerous team. There's also been the knock on the Red Sox (said mainly by Yankees fans) that "the Red Sox get all of their wins against bad teams." Never mind that A) they've split with Houston so far, B) they're winning the season series against the Yankees 8-5, and C) the Yankees keep losing to "bad teams" like the Orioles, Rays, and Royals. Still, I've been looking forward to this Indians series because it comes in the midst of a tough stretch of the schedule for the Sox and because it should be a good measuring stick against another legitimate American League contender.
With the abundance of accumulated young talent, the Phoenix Suns and their fans should be excited regarding the teams future.
It’s fair to say that a majority of New England Revolution supporters are at wits’ end with the Front Office’s extreme ineptitude, and the rift between the two parties is only growing wider each matchweek. Last night, seemed to show much of the same from a Revs side that hasn’t won a match since June, as they took on upstart D.C. United in brand-new Audi Field. (Still waiting for that SSS promise to be fulfilled Jonathan.) With the Revs in 7th, and D.C. only a few points behind the Revs, this game had serious playoff implications. Coach Friedel made the decision pre-game to start new acquisition Michael Mancienne over Jalil Anibaba, and started Scott Caldwell in place of All-Star midfielder Wilfried Zahibo. A bright spot from the night however, was that for the first time in history, and entirely female broadcast crew took the reins on the FOX broadcast, and in my opinion, did a fantastic job. From the moment the match began, D.C. was on the prowl, and forward Luciano Acosta constantly pressed his way into the final third, creating chance after chance.
Almost every expert out there is pushing the “don’t buy into Adam Thielen’s last season” narrative. They claim he is being over-hyped after a top-10 fantasy WR season in 2017. Well, as I sit here in the vast minority, I am telling you Thielen will still be an absolute stud for your fantasy season.
The Cleveland Indians gallop into town this week to take on the Red Sox for a four game set at Fenway Park. I think it’s safe to say that the Red Sox don’t have much more to prove in this historic 2018 regular season. Any thoughts that all their winning was a result of a soft schedule were probably put to rest earlier this month with the Sox’ four game sweep of the Yankees. By the way, speaking of soft schedules, the Indians are the only team in the American League Central with a winning record. They are 37-17 against the rest of the division. So I mean, I know they have a lot of talent in that clubhouse, but to say this this series is a major test for the Sox would be inaccurate. However, as New Englanders, we’re cynical when we can be. The latest argument I’m hearing on the radio and social media is that the Yankees have a lousy manager (Aaron Boone) and the Indians have Tito Francona, so there! That’s fine, but Tito’s probably going to get zero at bats this series, and he ain’t starting any games either. He’s a great strategist and will always hold a special place in my heart, but the game is won on the field. Let’s check the matchups:
Rick Porcello (15-5, 4.04 ERA) vs. Cory Kubler (15-6, 2.86 ERA)
It kind of stinks that Porcello is facing an American League team this time around because we could really use his bat in our lineup after the Sox mustered up zero runs in the series finale against the Rays.