Celtics Wrap: Boston Wins Third Straight, Beats Pistons 108-105

The Celtics are starting to settle into a groove.
Boston won its third straight game Tuesday night, beating the Detroit Pistons 108-105 at TD Garden.
It was an even affair in the first half, but the Celtics took control by outscoring the Pistons 25-13 in the third quarter and preserved the lead the rest of the way, despite a late comeback from Detroit.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 31 points. Jayson Tatum (16), Marcus Morris (15) and Jaylen Brown (14) also tallied double figures for Boston. Blake Griffin led Detroit with 24 points and was one of five Pistons in double figures.
With the win, the Celtics climb to 5-2, while the Pistons fall to 4-2.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
F: Jayson Tatum
F: Gordon Hayward
C: Al Horford
The Celtics finished the first period leading 31-28 in what was a helter-skelter 12 minutes.
During parts of the middle stages, both teams struggled to establish their offense, with turnovers (four for each team in the period) and missed attempts with plenty of time on the shot clock resulting in a lot of upbeat transition play. At one point Boston led by eight, but the Pistons kept creating chances on the offensive end and defending well enough on defense.
The Celtics got nice contributions from its bench, as the reserve unit tallied 16 points with Aron Baynes leading all players with nine first-quarter points.
It was mostly level-pegging again in the second, as the Pistons outscored the Celtics 30-25 and took a 58-56 lead into the break.

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The Celtics opened their lead up to seven points three-and-a-half minutes in, but Detroit chipped away and tied the game at 5:14 before taking their first lead of the game since early in the first quarter 31 seconds later. From there, both sides kept trading chances until Reggie Jackson drilled a 29-foot trey to put the Pistons ahead just before the halftime buzzer.
Boston shot 48.8-percent (20-for-41) from the field in the opening pair of quarters. Irving, Griffin and Drummond all had 12 points through 24 minutes.
After a tight first half, the Celtics really started to settle into a rhythm in the third, outscoring the Pistons 25-13 to give themselves an 81-71 lead heading into the final frame.
Trailing by two early in the stanza, Boston ripped off a 10-0 run over 2:43, putting going ahead 68-60 with 6:20 left. The Celtics then really started to grab control. Boston took their biggest lead of the game to that point (12) with 2:52 left in the frame thanks to a 3-pointer from Irving with 2:52 left in the frame. The trey was the final one for Irving in a run over 96 seconds that saw him knock down three shots from distance.
Irving had a game-high 13 points in the quarter while also leading players with 25 points through three periods.
The Pistons made things interesting in the fourth, as they outscored Boston 28-22, but the Celtics did enough to hold on to the victory.
Detroit was able to mount a comeback when Boston went into a dreadful offensive drought, unable to hit a field goal for 6:34 starting at the 10:41 mark. In that time the C’s hit five free throws, but it allowed the Pistons to get back in the game. It took the visitors a little bit of time to get going on the offensive end as well, but a 10-2 run in the midpoint of the quarter cut Boston’s 88-79 lead to 90-89.
With the Celtics leading 101-99 with 15 seconds left, Morris hit a pair of free throws to up the lead to four. Ish Smith responded with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one with 11 seconds left, but Tatum knocked down a pair of free throws to bring the lead up to three. The Pistons’ responding inbound pass went wide, with Marcus Smart beating Smith to the ball on a dive. He sent it to Irving, who was fouled and proceeded to hit two free throws to extend the lead to five.
Reggie Bullock splashed a 3-pointer to narrow Boston’s advantage back to two with 0.4 to play, but Tatum put the game away by hitting a free throw.
The Celtics will remain at home for a Thursday night matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip-off from TD Garden is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Bruins Wrap: Brad Marchand’s Two Goals Powers Boston Past Hurricanes 3-2

The Boston Bruins are back in the win column.
Boston came back twice from one-goal deficits to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night at PNC Arena. Brad Marchand accounted for two of the team’s three goals while Patrice Bergeron notched three assists on the night. David Pastrnak also added a goal as the first line continued to be an issue for opponents.
Jaroslav Halak was stellar in net, stopping a season-high 42 shots and allowing two goals as he improved to 4-0-2 on the season.
The Bruins now own a 7-3-2 record while the Hurricanes slipped to 6-5-1.
Here’s how it all went down:
The B’s had a solid chance to strike first, but Scott Darling had other plans. A turnover in the neutral zone allowed Jake DeBrusk a wide open chance, but Darling made a fantastic save to keep the game scoreless.

What a save @SDarling_33 pic.twitter.com/FNBDVXSICN
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) October 30, 2018

With Carolina on the power play after Jeremy Lauzon was called for tripping, Micheal Ferland backhanded a loose pack past Halak with 2:06 remaining in the opening period.

[email protected] fights through! #TakeWarning pic.twitter.com/CsIDdf2ihs
— Carolina PumpCANES (@NHLCanes) October 31, 2018

Boston went on the man-advantage when Jordan Staal was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking and Pastrnak capitalized. Torey Krug fed a pass to the first-line winger who tied the game when scored from a sharp angle that somehow got past Darling.

This is good from any angle. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/kosSUmcRJG

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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 31, 2018

With just 1:27 left in the second, Dougie Hamilton broke the 1-1 stalemate with a bullet of a one-timer off the face off for the second power play goal for the Hurricanes.

Dougie with the 𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕣! pic.twitter.com/WevCfMnwB6
— Carolina PumpCANES (@NHLCanes) October 31, 2018

The first line remained nearly unstoppable in the final seconds of the second period. Bergeron stole the puck from Warren Foegle while he was on a breakaway, slipped the puck to Marchand who hammered it home to make it 2-2.

That Bergeron pass is RIDICULOUS. pic.twitter.com/kePD8IpZE6
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) October 31, 2018

It didn’t take long for Boston to jump in the lead after the third period began. And much like the closing goal of the second, Bergeron and Marchand connected once again when Bergeron passed the puck off to Marchand who completed the wraparound for his second goal of the game and the 3-2 lead.

Is this good? #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/FIat8lPwdo
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 31, 2018

The Bruins remain on the road when they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators on Saturday night. Puck drop from Bridgestone Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET.
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Watch Brad Marchand Give Bruins Lead With Sweet Wraparound Goal

The first line did it again.
With the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tied at two in the third period, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron connected for the second time in the game.
Bergeron passed the puck off to Marchand who fought through Justin Williams and finished off the sequence with a wraparound goal for the 3-2 lead.
Take a look:

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Is this good? #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/FIat8lPwdo
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 31, 2018

Marchand entered hat trick watch with 14:34 to go while Bergeron continued to up his assist total with his third helper of the game.

Red Sox Showed Off Impressive Foresight With Trade For Nathan Eovaldi

It was clear that the Red Sox were going to be buyers at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, but the moves Boston made left many scratching their hands.
While a right-handed bat was an area of need, the acquisition of 35-year-old Steve Pearce didn’t come off as much of a gamechanger. And as the Red Sox’s bullpen continued to struggle in the dog days of summer, opting to deal for starter Nathan Eovaldi was a bit perplexing at the time.
Well, those moves look like two strokes of genius now.
Pearce, of course, claimed MVP honors in Boston’s World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Eovaldi arguably was the Sox’s most valuable pitcher throughout the team’s postseason run. Eovaldi’s ability to seamlessly transition from starter to reliever came as a great benefit to manager Alex Cora, and it’s something the ballclub envisioned when they dealt for the fireballer in July.

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“Everybody was saying, ‘You need to do something about the bullpen. Why are you getting another starter?’” vice president of baseball operations Frank Wren told Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verdduci. “We made that trade specifically with October in mind and knowing that Eovaldi could be our Charlie Morton.”
Morton, like Eovaldi, had a broad role for the Astros in their championship run. After tossing 6 1/3 innings in Game 4 against the Dodgers, Morton logged the final four innings in Game 7 to help Houston clinch its first title in franchise history.
Although Eovaldi had a handful of shining moments in these playoffs, he etched his place in Red Sox history despite being tabbed with a loss. The righty threw the final six frames in Boston’s 18-inning loss to L.A., which served as a rallying cry for a team that easily could have lost its mojo following a defeat in that fashion.
Considering how things panned out, the Red Sox’s trade for Eovaldi now looks like thievery. But after a remarkable playoff stretch, Eovaldi likely will be on several teams’ radars when he hits free agency this winter.

Watch Brad Marchand Finish Off Filthy Patrice Bergeron Pass With Game-Tying Goal

In case you haven’t heard, the Boston Bruins have the best first line in the NHL.
They continued to be a force during the second period of Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. With the Canes up 2-1 and seconds remaining in the frame, Patrice Bergeron stole the puck from Warren Foegle and connected with Brad Marchand down the ice.
Marchand finished off the sequence by beating Scott Darling and tying the game at two.
Take a look:

Bergy the defense.

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Marchy the offense. pic.twitter.com/0C0PFILnLF
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 31, 2018

The tally marked the third of the season for Marchand, while Bergeron picked up his 11th assist and second of the game.

Boston Bruins Assign Colby Cave To P-Bruins

The Boston Bruins made a roster move on October 30th with GM Don Sweeney announcing that forward Colby Cave has been assigned to the AHL Providence Bruins.
Cave leads Providence in scoring this season with five goals and five assists for 10 points with a plus-three rating.
Cave has been an alternate captain with the P-Bruins for the past three seasons and skated in 72 games in the 2017-18 season with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. The 23-year-old also appeared in 3 games for Boston last season making his NHL debut in Mid-December.
Cave prior to coming to the Bruins organization played four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL where he complied 95 goals and 107 assists in 287 career WHL games.
Cave was recalled by Boston on Monday on an emergency basis.
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Fantasy Football Impact Of Biggest Moves From NFL Trade Deadline

The 2018 NFL trade deadline was plenty busy. With five players shifting teams Tuesday and four more getting traded overall in the last two weeks, teams sure are starting to look different.
Playoff spots aren’t the only thing impacted by the influx of deals. With the movement of major players, such as wide receivers Golden Tate and Demaryius Thomas, there could be some major implications on some players’ fantasy football value.
Here is the impact of the deadline’s biggest moves.
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Demaryius Thomas to the Denver Broncos
Thomas’ change of scenery from Denver to Houston may have the biggest impact on Broncos wide receiver Cortland Sutton. The rookie already leads the team in yards per reception (19.1) and now will take over as a top deep threat for a team that throws often.
Other players’ stock that could be impacted by the move are Texans wideout Keke Coutee, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and, well, Thomas. Thomas may see an uptick in fantasy points over the next few weeks as he won’t be facing the No. 1 corners now that he lines up alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Thomas’ presence will directly affect Coutee, who likely will receive fewer looks now that both Hopkins and Thomas are options for Deshaun Watson. Sanders, similar to Coutee, may start getting less attention from Case Keenum as the departure of Thomas means there will be more defensive pressure on him.

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Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles
If Marvin Jones Jr. is available in your league, go pick him up right now. Jones is coming off a two-touchdown performance Sunday and should get many more looks now that Tate is gone. In an already pass-heavy system, Jones’ chance for big plays just increased immensely.
Someone who is not as lucky is Nelson Agholor. Tight end Zach Ertz is the favorite target of Carson Wentz, and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is not far behind. Tate most likely will fall right after Jeffery, leaving Agholor on the outside looking in. Wentz does have a tendency to spread the wealth, but if you have a smaller league, Agholor may not be the greatest start.
Another player who will be affected by the deal is Kenny Golladay. Golladay has come out the gate hot, but with the loss of Tate, he may begin to slow down. Tougher defensive pressure likely is on deck, which could hinder his ability to put up enough fantasy points to keep him in your starting lineup.
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Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens
If there ever was a time to pick up Aaron Jones it would be now. He is coming off a game in which he set season highs in carries (12) and rushing yards (86), adding a touchdown. The Packers have had a crowded backfield all season long and losing Montgomery gives Jones more of an opportunity. By the end of the season, Jones could end up commanding more carries over Jamaal Williams. Javorius Allen could be negatively affected by the acquisition of Montgomery as his touches are sure to take a hit due to Montgomery’s running and pass-catching ability.

Hurricanes Grab Early Lead Vs. Bruins With Gritty First-Period Goal

It was by no means pretty, but the Carolina Hurricanes managed to grab an early lead over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday thanks to some grit and grind.
With just over two minutes remaining in the first period at PNC Arena, a Hurricanes face-off win in the attacking zone led to a wide-open shot from Sebastian Aho. While Jaroslav Halak denied the initial strike, the puck remained loose in the goalmouth until Michael Ferland worked it into the back of the net to give Carolina a 1-0 lead.

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To see a replay of Ferland’s goal, check out the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind in the video above.

Who On The Bruins Could Coach? Bruce Cassidy, Torey Krug Share Thoughts

It’s not uncommon that former athletes end up as coaches after they call it quits.
Take Alex Cora, for example, who just led the Boston Red Sox to a historic season capped with winning the World Series in his first year.
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy also used to be a player in the NHL. He’s had success since taking the lead midway through the 2016-17 season. Though he hasn’t had the success Cora’s had, he has brought the B’s to the playoffs every season since taking over.
The 2018-19 Bruins squad has a plethora of talented players who have a special eye for the game. But who does Cassidy think could handle being an NHL coach?
“I love it, but it’s not for everybody,” Cassidy said, via The Athletic’s Joe McDonald. “(Patrice Bergeron) would be one that comes to mind, for sure.”
Bergeron certainly seems like a logical choice considering his leadership skills on the ice.

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But what about players like Torey Krug or Brad Marchand?
“Yeah, I could see it,” Cassidy said of Krug. “He understands all parts of the game very well. You’ve got to love the game, so that brings in (Brad Marchand), but I don’t know if Marchy has the discipline to not enjoy life so much.”
Krug seems to agree with his coach’s logic.
“I’d give myself the nod. Coaching’s a grind,” Krug said. “Those guys put in a lot of hours, watch a lot of hockey, but it’s definitely something I’ve thought of. It depends on how long I play and how I’m feeling afterwards.”
Krug only is 27 years old, so he (hopefully) has a lengthy amount of playing time left before he thinks about making coaching a reality. But if he decides to go that route, we know he has Cassidy’s stamp of approval.

Patriots Rumor: Team Eyeing A Wide Out But Appear To Be Miss Out

Patriots Rumor: Team Eyeing A Wide Out But Appear To Be Miss Out
The New England Patriots are rumored to be interested in trading for a top wide out to help bolster their offense. Earlier on Tuesday there seemed to be plenty of options but with the day coming to a close the likes of Golden Tate and Demaryius Thomas have been traded limiting the potential options for New England.
It is always interesting to see the price points of players and their value the closer to the trade deadline with all situations being different.”
“Most of the situations all are different.” Bill Belichick said.” Usually, Nick [Caserio] is involved in and handles a lot more of those than I do. I’m in meetings with players and staff trying to get ready for the game, so really we have other people on our staff that I would say handle the majority of those calls and that discussion.”
New England defeated the Buffalo Bills on Monday night meaning they will have a short week prior to playing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. For some that might be a disadvantage in terms of working with the trade deadline on a short week, but Belichick doesn’t really see it that way.
“No, I don’t think so. I think if you have a later game, like we had this week, then you use a little bit of the extra time last week to maybe check on a couple of things, or teams that want to communicate with us can and did do that knowing that we had a game on Monday night. They might have initiated conversation on Friday or Saturday of last week. Sometimes these conversations go back several weeks, so you just never know. Each situation is different. I don’t think there’s any set formula. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Everybody’s pretty accessible by phone, so we can get ahold of whoever we need to get ahold of. Anybody that needs to get ahold of us, they can do that too.”
New England will be eyeing a wide out, but with Tate and Thomas off the board it appears the Patriots will have to either pony up for another weapon or take a less than “premium” option.
For the Patriots maybe the Josh Gordon discipline was real and they are looking for insurance in case Gordon has another relapse. Or maybe the always looming Rob Gronkowski injury paired with a real lack of depth on offense is driving the teams mission in bringing in a top wide out. But ultimately it has to be putting QB Tom Brady in the best position to lead the Patriots to another Lombardi Trophy.
With the trade deadline past at 4 pm, it is unclear what New England’s next move is.
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