The Boston Celtics defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 despite having five players sidelined due to injury.
The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Aron Baynes, and even Guershon Yabusele tonight. With FIVE(!) players sitting out, the Celtics rotation will see a massive shake-up tonight against the Pelicans. What does Brad Stevens have in store?
Earlier today the New England Revolution announce their official list of protected players in preparation for the upcoming expansion draft to welcome FC Cincinnati into the league. While Isaac Angking, Scott Caldwell, and Zachary Herivaux were all automatically protected due to their Homegrown status, the Revolution still faced the task of protecting another 11 players.
So what's up and what's down in the world of Boston sports as of December 10, 2018?
The New England Patriots bi-polar season continued on Sunday as they were embarrassed in Miami giving up the longest play with no seconds on the clock since 1970, falling to the Miami Dolphins 34-33. New England played EXTREMELY un-Patriot-like football in all 3 phases of the game and fans are left picking up the pieces of their smashed remotes while questioning a final play that has most of us questioning Bill Belichick's genius.
The Bruins entered Sunday afternoon's match up with the Ottawa Senators fresh off a decisive 6-3 victory over their Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs at home Saturday night. Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with their win over the Leafs, and looked to continue their winning ways on the road, with less than a day of turnaround traveling from Boston to Canada's capital for a 5pm puck drop against the Sens.
The reeling Boston Bruins returned home after a difficult Florida trip. The depleted Bruins, losers of three in a row, would face a difficult opponent in the Toronto Maple Leafs who welcomed William Nylander back in the lineup on Thursday against Detroit. Struggling to score and without Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk Bruce Cassidy turned to Jaroslav Halak in goal and slotted David Krejci at the number one center spot. To make matters more challenging the Bruins would be tested with solving Frederik Andersen, who is 11-1-0 with a .937 save percentage in the regular season against Boston.
It started off as a positive sighting for the injury-riddled Boston Bruins as it matched the NHL's leading Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1 throughout two periods. But in the third, a pair of turnovers allowed the Lightning to strike twice, leading the way to the 3-2 victory for Tampa Bay at the Amalie Arena.
The Red Sox solidified their starting rotation for 2019 and beyond by signing postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi to a four year, $67.5M contract. The hard throwing righty was an integral piece of Boston’s playoff run, and became a fan favorite with strong performances against the Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers. With the signing, Boston’s starting five projects to be Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eovaldi, and some combination of Eduardo Rodriguez and/or Steven Wright, unless the Sox view Eovaldi as a possible closer if Craig Kimbrel does not resign (likely) or if Matt Barnes or another closing option is not explored during this Hot Stove season. It will be interesting to see if Eovaldi’s post-season versatility will sway the Sox into considering this move. Either way, the Sox retain a pitcher who seemed to thrive under the bright lights of Boston’s scrutinizing eye.
Last Sunday against the Vikings, Patriots fullback James Develin was in the spotlight. The Patriots were once again at the goalline and struggling to punch it in for the touchdown throughout the game, but not when they handed it to James Develin.