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Celtics: 27-22, second in Atlantic Division
On Thursday, January 28, the NBA selected the reserves for the All-Star Game in Toronto, and this year, one of the players from the Celtics received a selection, one of the smallest players in the NBA, 5’9” Isaiah Thomas. Thomas is having a career year averaging 21 points, almost seven assists, and three rebounds per game, and is shoot almost 35% from beyond the three-point marker. Even though he is not starting the All-Star Game, he deserves to be part of the tradition.
Now that Thomas is going to Toronto, he is trying to get teammate Kelly Olynyk to be the three-point contest. Kelly is shooting over 50% from the three-point marker in the month of January. Either way, Boston’s little man will be killing it in Toronto next weekend.
After a loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, the Celtics look to rebound against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bruins: 26-18-5, third in Atlantic Division
No more “Big Bad Bruins.” They are now the high scoring, fast Bruins.
With the All-Star Game over, the Bruins look ahead to face their division rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden Tuesday. The Bruins’ main concern this season has been consistency. They are the third-best team in the NHL in scoring with 2.9 goals per game, although, they are 18th overall in goals allowed per game with 2.7. If they worked on their defensive scheming this weekend, I believe the Bruins could be in good shape. They are beginning to look like a real playoff team this year and could possibly make a good run this spring.
Red Sox: A Look into Spring Training
In less than three weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to Fort Myers, which can only mean one thing: spring is on the horizon! With the addition of an “A-Listed ace” in David Price, many believe this will turn the pitching staff into an elite group. Joining Price will be some young pitchers, Eduardo Rodrigues and Henry Owens, who look to learn from the Cy Young-winning pitcher.
Even with the acquisitions of relief pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith, there are still many questions around how strong the bullpen can be. In addition to the questions about the bullpen, many wonder if starters Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello can live up the their potential this season.
Either way, soon enough we will be hearing the crack of David Ortiz’s bat hit another home run from all of our dorm rooms.
Patriots: We are on to next year, but first a quick letter from Tom Brady.
Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.