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BSJ Daily Briefing 11.28.17: Celtics have company in the East

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I get mentally prepared for Lincoln-Sudbury's Division 2 Super Bowl against King Phillip on Friday night at Gillette:

  • We all know that I'm not the biggest NBA guy (I'm a long-time hoop head, but it's mostly colleges), but I didn't realize how much of a force the Pistons would be in the East this season. Of course, everything depends on health, but that's a very well-rounded team we saw beat the Celtics in their own backyard last night.
  • Two things that worry me the most about the Pistons: Avery Bradley continuing to be Kyrie Irving kryptonite (duh, but a minus-28 last night? Wow), and the Celtics not having anyone who can negate Andre Drummond.
  • OK, now I get why the Celtics and many fans didn't want to part with Bradley in the offseason. That guy is just a spectacular defender. But you gotta give something to get something. I think the Celtics will be OK with their team defense.
  • I'm going to miss The Fist.
  • I think the Patriots will most likely stand pat at backup tight end after Martellus Bennett went on IR, but I think people are fooling themselves if they don't think the offense will take a little bit of a hit (it wasn't as good on Sunday without Bennett as it was the previous two games). In just a short time, Bennett showed a lot of value in a) curtailing Rob Gronkowski's workload, b) taking some pressure off Dwayne Allen, c) giving Tom Brady, in the wake of Julian Edelman's injury, another quick/short pass option to take the heat off. The Patriots will still be fine, but, again, the margin of error has been chipped away a little.
  • Prediction: Even without their two best special teams' players (Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner) the Patriots' will still be good on special teams.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Celtics

B-Robb explains why both the Celtics and Pistons should be very happy with the Avery Bradley trade.
BSJ Game Report: Pistons 118, Celtics 108 — The defense shows leaks
Live Coverage.

Patriots

Martellus Bennett (hamstring) to injured reserve, now what at backup tight end? (And Nate Ebner went on IR as well)
Notebook: Elandon Roberts provides surprise pass rush boost for Patriots
View from DKPittsburghSports.com: Steelers’ defense taking a bath in all this splash
Week 12 Patriots’ offensive and defensive statistics from PFF
Today's Live Q&A: Talk Patriots with Price at 1

Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Doug Fister’s departure means Red Sox need rotation insurance; No manager, no problem for Yanks and more
Sean McAdam's Monday Q&A

ON TAP

11 a.m.: Bruins practice, Warrior Ice Arena (McDonald)
11 a.m.: Patriots conference calls (Price)
1 p.m.: Live Q&A — Price on Patriots/NFL
2-4 p.m.: Bedard in studio with Felger & Mazz (Listen live)
3 p.m.: 
Patriots locker room (Price)

PARTING THOUGHT

That's a big boy doing that. Pretty impressive last night.

https://twitter.com/NBA/status/935338233826816000

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Weekly schedule (subject to change, due to travel, of course):

Mondays: Sean McAdam - Red Sox/MLB.
Tuesdays: Christopher Price - Patriots/NFL.
Wednesdays: Brian Robb - Celtics/NBA.
Thursdays: Joe McDonald - Bruins/NHL.
Fridays: Greg Bedard, Noon - Patriots/NFL/BSJ.

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