Boston’s Big 4 Weekly Report: March 14 through March 20
Isaiah Thomas leading the Celtics to a win to keep them playoff contention (Courtesy of Celtics.com and Taylor C. Snow)
Celtics: 39-30, 2nd in Atlantic Division
- 103-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesdays (3/15/16)
- 130-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday (3/15/16)
- 105-91 loss to the Toronto Raptures on Friday (3/18/16)
- 120-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday (3/20/16)
The Jae Crowder injury has hurt the Celtics this week in more ways than one, although the C’s looked like their normal selves on Sunday handing the 76ers a 15-point loss. This week’s games may favor the Celtics to regain their third spot in the East when they play a weak Orlando team on Monday at home, then Toronto at home and a depleted Phoenix Suns team to conclude the week. Hopefully by next week Crowder will be back in the lineup for conclusion of the season.
Bruins: 39-26-8, 3rd in Atlantic Division
- 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday
- 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (3/18/16)
- 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (3/19/16)
California is not what it is made up to be. This wasn’t the land of dreams for the Bruins, it was more like the land of nightmares. Being outscored 9-3 in three games is pitiful for the fourth overall scoring team in the NHL. This team needs to stay consistent in order to make a playoff run come May. They will try to regain their confidence against a great New York Rangers team on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Red Sox: The Battle for Third Base
Alright Sandoval, time to earn your place because Travis “Mayor of Ding-Dong City” Shaw is coming for you. Shaw has been playing out of his mind lately hitting 13-31 (.419) with two home runs this spring. Even though Sandoval has hit two home runs, his defensive skills at third aren’t as solid as Shaw’s. “(Sandoval) could be competing for regular at-bats,” said manager John Farrell this week.
Patriots: Off-Season Acquisitions
The acquisitions the Patriots made will not go under the radar this year. With new tight-end Martellus Bennett, Brady and Belichick finally have a their super duo tight end team. Bennett can be a war machine, breaking tackles and using his massive height advantage to bring down footballs. This is what Bill has been looking for since the Gronk-Hernandez era ended. Signing Shae McClellin from the Bears will be a great move, giving the Patriots that needed depth at the linebacker position. The Donald Brown signing is a classic Patriot move to give Dion Lewis some competition during training camp. Finally, trading Chandler Jones for Jonathan Cooper, from the Arizona Cardinals, will address the biggest issue the Patriots had last year, which is protecting Tom Brady. Cooper was the seventh overall pick three years ago and by working with the best offensive line coach in pro football, Dante Scarnecci, he can rebuild his statues as a great offensive linemen.
Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.