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Boston Big 4 Weekly Report: February 22 through February 28

Marcus Smart leading the Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat on Saturday (Photos courtesy of Taylor C. Snow and Celtics.com)

Marcus Smart leading the Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat on Saturday (Photos courtesy of Taylor C. Snow and Celtics.com)

Celtics: 35-25, 2nd in Atlantic Division

  • 124-122 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday (2/22/16)
  • 112-107 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday (2/25/16)
  • 101-89 win over the Miami Heat on Saturday (2/27/16)

This Celtics team continues to amaze me, especially after a huge win over Miami on Saturday. It only proves that this team as a whole is an All-Star – the teamwork and chemistry they present is off the charts. Even being down eight to Miami by the end of the first quarter, using skillful plays and teamwork they cut it to three by the end of the half. The Celtics cooled off the Heat in the second half, outscoring them 55-40, allowing them to win the game. Marcus Smart lead all Celtics in scoring with 15 and Jared Sullinger had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The next challenge for the Celtics is a rematch against the Utah Jazz on Monday at TD Garden.

Bruins: (34-23-6), 2nd in the Atlantic Division

  • 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday (2/22/16)
  • 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (2/24/16)
  • 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (2/26/16)
  • 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday (2/28/16)

As they say, you can’t win them all. Even with the loss to the Lightning on Sunday, I think the Bruins are turning around the season. With two big wins over Carolina and Pittsburgh, it shows this team can play with the big boys still. Even though the defense could use an upgrade, I have a hunch they will make a trade for a defenseman soon to boost their playoff hopes.

Red Sox: What is to make of Pablo Sandoval?

Pablo Sandoval came into Spring Training looking like he did last year: overweight. Even though he said he is down from 24% body fat to 17%, it still looks as if he is out of shape. Last year, being overweight effected his defense at third base, making him less nimble and quick on his feet. It also forced him to mainly hit right-handed, but this year he is going back to switch hitting. Overall, I’m not impressed with how Sandoval prepared for this season. We will have to wait and see on if he really does improve this season.

Patriots: Scouting at the NFL combine

This year in the draft the Patriots number one concern has to be protecting Tom Brady. During the AFC Championship game, Brady took 20 hits from the Denver Broncos, therefore the Patriots need to be looking at an offensive lineman to draft. Joshua Garnett, out of Stanford, would be the best fit for the Patriots because of his size and strength. Garnett is 6-foot-4 and did 30 reps of bench press at 225 pounds.

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

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