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Boston’s Big 4 Weekly Report: February 8 through February 14

Marcus Smart helping the team come back from a 15 point deficit to force overtime. (Photo courtesy of Brian Babineau and Celtics.com)

Marcus Smart helped the Celtics come back from a 15 point deficit to force overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Brian Babineau and Celtics.com)

Celtics: 32-23, 2nd in Atlantic Division

  • 112-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday (2/9/16)
  • 139-134 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (2/10/16)

This Celtics team is a spectacular group of underdogs! They are third in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the NBA, with no real “big name” star. Beating the Clippers in overtime was an outstanding team win going into the All-Star break, once again grinding away to came back to tie the game and eventually win in overtime and showing that group chemistry is a key component to a winning team.

Although, that could change soon with the trade deadline approaching on February 18. As many Celtics fans know, general manager Danny Ainge is the master of making trades, like last year trading for Isaiah Thomas allowing the Celtics to go 20-10 with him on the court. This year, trade rumors around Al Horford, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Love have been surrounding the Celtics. Personally, Al Horford would be the best fit for the Celtics, but it all depends on who or what they are willing to give up for him. He would fit Brad Stevens’ style of play, as well as give the Celtics a true center.

Bruins: 30-19-6, 2nd in Atlantic Division

  • 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (2/9/16)
  • 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (2/11/16)
  • 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (2/13/16)
  • 6-5 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday (2/14/16)

Yes, this Bruins team can score lots of goals, although they still can’t hang around with playoff-contending teams. This was proven when they were annihilated by the Kings and then had a blood battle against their Eastern Conference rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. On the upside, the Bruins have scored 15 goals in three games. Even with this power surge, if they don’t clean up the defense, this team will not make it far in the playoffs, if they make it that far.

Red Sox: Spring Training Update

With spring training in three days, we will keep a sharp eye on the pitchers and catchers in the upcoming days. With seasoned veteran David Price taking the lead on the mound this year, the Red Sox are going into Fort Myers with one goal in their mind: win it for David Ortiz. This will be Ortiz’s last year in the major leagues, as a player, and we know that he wants to go out on top. He has been working as hard as ever this year to go out with a bang.

Patriots: Off-Season Update

There have been rumors about the Patriots bringing back their old offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia, for next year. After retiring in 2013, Scarnecchia was still involved in many of the Patriots offensive linemen’s lives, holding private practices for them in the off-season to keep them in shape. I believe bringing him back would help fix offensive line that was a major problem last season.

Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.

 

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