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John Tomase
May 23, 2018 - 10:07 am
The Celtics might be the only conference finalists in NBA history whose fans kinda want to get this over with, because they can't wait for next year. The C's sit just two wins away from the NBA Finals, and all we can think about is what they'll look like in the fall with a healthy Kyrie Irving and...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 12:45 am
FOXBORO — Last year at this time, Tom Brady was doing planks following a two-hour OTA session in 90-degree summer heat while the third-teamers were getting their reps and the rest of the starters were sitting on the ground drinking water. This year, Brady isn’t even there. Tuesday at Gillette...
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Alex Reimer
May 22, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Tom Brady may have lost some of his conviction to play football. It certainly appears as if Rob Gronkowski wants more money. But those don't look like the primary reasons why the Patriots’ two best players continue to shun all team activities. Alex Guerrero remains at the center of the discord in...
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Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, Al Horford
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May 22, 2018 - 1:44 am
The Celtics came to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals and led for exactly one minute and 13 seconds. Is it weird that I still believe they're going to win what has become a best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals? On Monday in Game 4, the C's at least showed up . . ...
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Ryan Hannable
May 21, 2018 - 11:19 am
Yes, it’s only May and players are not in pads, but Monday was the start of Phase 3 of the Patriots voluntary offseason workout program with the first OTA session taking place, and Tom Brady reportedly continued to stay away. When Brady didn’t attend the start of the program last month, many said...
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Jaylen Brown and Kevin Love
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John Tomase
May 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
Brad Stevens talks about connectivity more than your local ISP. When his Celtics play with it, they generally win. When they don't, you get debacles like Saturday's 30-point shellacking at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. After that Game 3 loss, Stevens praised the Cavaliers nearly half a...
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LeBron James and Terry Rozier
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John Tomase
May 20, 2018 - 1:12 am
CLEVELAND -- The Celtics took the floor Saturday like a team that had spent the previous three days scouring the internet for every last glowing testimonial to its greatness. The Celtics left the floor on Saturday with a black eye, bandaged chin, and four missing teeth, victims of a beatdown they...
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Isaiah Thomas Marcus Smart
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John Tomase
May 19, 2018 - 1:21 am
The Celtics owe Isaiah Thomas one last debt of thanks. If the former TD Garden favorite hadn't played out of his mind in 2017, the Cavaliers never would've considered him a viable piece for All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. And if Thomas doesn't go to Cleveland, then he doesn't alienate his new...
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Rob Bradford
May 18, 2018 - 10:22 am
There has been so, so much chest-beating about this whole evolution of hitting. And for good reason. Around here it has been a revelation, with J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few, who have already hit the ceiling on preseason expectations. Launch angle. Hunting pitches...
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Ryan Hannable
May 18, 2018 - 12:13 am
There’s no question, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are the two best hitters on the Red Sox and have both been on tears of late, but someone else is quietly in the midst of a strong run as well. Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop hit his second home run in as many nights on Thursday in the Red Sox’ 6-2...
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