What Celtics Record Is Isaiah Chasing? What to Look for in the Malcolm Butler Saga? What Line Change Should Bruce Cassidy Make? This and Much Much More!!!
By: Evan Matzner
Don’t look now, but Isaiah Thomas is on track to have the highest single season per game point average, (currently 29.0 ppg) since Larry Bird set the franchise record in 1987-88, averaging 29.9 points per game.
If I’m Bruce Cassidy trying to get more scoring out of the 2nd line, I would switch Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci to let Bergeron play on the same line as Pastrnak to try and create more scoring opportunities for the young winger.
An avid football fan will keep an eye out for a random, non-discussed team drafting in the 20-30 range signing Malcolm Butler to an offer sheet the Patriots won’t match in a pre-arranged deal with the New Orleans Saints. And if you think that the Patriots would actually keep the #11 pick in a Butler deal, ask yourself if the Patriots would pay a rookie picked in the top 15?
While I’m not buying Pablo Sandoval stock just yet, a .349 batting average in 43 at bats, with 3 home runs, 4 doubles, and 13 RBI’s is certainly encouraging and leads to a much better conversation than the alternative spring training performance.
For any Celtics fan that thinks Danny Ainge balked at a Paul George deal, consider that apparently, Philadelphia was willing to offer Robert Covington, at least 2 first round draft picks (preferable either the Lakers or Kings picks), and a choice of Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, and Indiana still wasn’t seriously interested in making a deal.
More sleepless nights ahead for Bruins fans with 7 out of their final 9 regular season games against teams with winning records including match ups with top seeds Washington and Chicago and playoff contenders Nashville and Ottawa.
On the other side of the coin, the Celtics final leg of the season includes games at home against lottery bound squads such as Phoenix, Orlando, and Brooklyn.
Raise your hand if you had UNC as the sole ACC team remaining after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament? Perhaps unsurprisingly in a “one-and-done” culture”, parody once again rules, with the Big 10, SEC, Big 12, and PAC 12 all having 3 teams remaining in March Madness.
Speaking of March Madness, Rick & Richard Pitino just became the first father/son combo to coach in the same NCAA Tournament.
Rumor has it that the Green Bay Packers are looking at Adrian Peterson.
Adam Silver issuing a memo to NBA owners regarding further discussion of teams resting star players for prime-time games is just a reminder the sports are a business first and foremost. If the players need more rest, why doesn’t the NBA explore tying to work a “bye” week for each team into the annual schedule?
All you have to know about the World Baseball Classic is that neither Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kris Byrant, Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, or Madison Bumgarner played.
RIP to former Bulls GM Kerry Krause. Simply put, there is no dynasty without Krause and sadly, he did not live to see the now inevitable hall of fame induction he is desperately wanted.
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