A Weekend Review of All Things Boston
Patriots – Not a ton of action this weekend on the Pats front. Tom Brady and Julian (and Jimmy Fallon for some reason) were spotted at the Syracuse basketball game on Saturday. When the camera panned to the three megastars, Edelman appeared to say “He’s coming back, he’s coming back”. Brady proceeded to give an awkward smile and looked like he wanted to strangle Edelman. Later in the game, cameras caught Brady and Edelman face-timing what looked to be Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, which of course sparked a social media explosion, with the Titans rumored to be a serious destination for Brady in the offseason. After the game, Edelman, the marketing genius he is, put out “Stay Tom Stay” t-shirts online. This is where we’re at with the Brady watch. Every Instagram post, Tweet, appearance, like, or favorite will be heavily dissected. I for one, cannot wait for it all to be over.
Celtics – The C’s lost a heartbreaker vs the Rockets Saturday night in a thrilling matchup between two elite clubs. The Celtics somehow were able to force overtime when Jayson Tatum intentionally missed a free throw, and the rebound was kicked out to a wide-open Jaylen Brown who was able to sink a three at the buzzer. In overtime, it felt like neither team could get the ball in the net, with James Harden able to get a bail-out foul call with just under 30 seconds left to give the Rockets a one-point lead. With one timeout remaining, Brad Stevens elected not to call a timeout, and attempted to run a set play that took far too long to execute, and frankly no chance to succeed, as Brown missed a tough turnaround jumper in the final seconds to seal it. Overall, not a terrible loss, especially with Kemba out once again. A close game between two contenders, the boys in green shouldn’t be too disappointed. The Celtics take on the Kyrie and Durant-less Nets on Tuesday night at the Garden in what should hopefully be Kemba’s return.
Bruins – The Bruins had a very nice win in a Saturday matinee matchup vs Matt Barzal and the New York Islanders. Tuukka Rask had an excellent game in what was his fourth shutout of the year. The Bruins scored early, with David Pastrnak rocketing in his 47th of the year after Patrice Bergeron was shoved into Semyon Varlamov, who couldn’t get up in time to stop the blast. Matt Grzelcyk got on the board next as he fired a wrister from the point that hit off of Johnny Boychuk and banked in the net. Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy had the final two goals of the night, as the game ended in a 4-0 final. Next up will be a date with the Steven Stamkos-less Lightening, it what should still be a fantastic matchup on Tuesday night.
Red Sox – The Sox continued Spring Training action this weekend as they lost to the Yankees and were able to split two matchups with the Twins The only item of note from those games was that Nathan Eovaldi looked excellent in three innings of work, striking out four and allowing just one hit and zero walks. If the Sox want any shot of being competitive this year, Eovaldi is going to have to pitch well and stay healthy. It was also made clear that Chris Sale was going to start the year on the Injured List, as he still needs an extra two weeks to ramp up as he recovers from the flu he had in January. It remains to be seen who will be the Sox Opening Day starter, but my guess would be Eduardo Rodriguez. The Sox will take on Detroit on Monday afternoon.
Grizzlies +2.5 at Hawks 3/2/20
Grizzlies should be motivated coming off a stretch of losses as they fight for the 8th seed in the West
Predators -135 vs Oilers 3/2/20
Every game matters right now for the Preds as they fight for the second wild-card spot in the West. They should be coming out guns blazing in a battle of two playoff hopefuls.