For The Record: Looking Back at Celts/Wiz, Rating Derek Rivers, Looking Ahead At Third Base and Much Much More!!
By: Evan Matzner
For the record, the Boston Celtics were not the most talented team in their series against the Washington Wizards and had they not had home court advantage, the series most likely would have turned out differently. In a league where talent so often reigns supreme, the C’s defeated the Wizards with physical toughness, grit, and hustle. Regardless of what happens against the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals, a world of credit should be given to Brad Stevens for getting more out of this roster than just about any other coach in the NBA.
A few follow up notes from the series in preparation for Cleveland...
Quiz of the Week: Who is the sole remaining MLB player from the 2004 Boston Red Sox? Answer at the bottom of the column.
Make no mistake about it, If Derek Rivers had played for Ohio State as opposed to Youngstown State, he would have been a first-round pick.
While I thought the 2017 Red Sox would miss Big Papi, I didn’t expect to see them currently ranked last in the AL with 31 home runs.
Alex Ovechkin is quickly becoming the Dan Marino of the NHL and at 31 years-old, it’s not unfair to ask if his best years are behind him.
I wouldn’t exactly define the Patriots 2017-18 schedule as “friendly”, having to play 5 teams that were in the 2017 postseason (Kansas City, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, and Pittsburgh), as well as perennial contenders Carolina and Denver, along with upstart Tampa Bay. With that said, I still can’t see this team finishing any less than 12-4.
If I’m Dave Dombrowski, I’m scouting Trevor Plouffe pretty heavily at 3rd base in anticipation the A’s may become sellers at the trade deadline.
I wonder what Jackie Robinson would think if he knew that in 2017, 8 out of every 100 MLB players is African American, down from 19 out 100 in 1975.
Quiz Answer: Bronson Arroyo
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