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Bedard’s Weekend Briefing 01.11.19: Celtics lose and have drama, Bruins lose again to Caps, Chargers coming

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if I'll need to shovel the 3-5 inches of non-existent snow predicted earlier in the week...

  • The big news was the little shoving match between Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown last night. B-Robb has all the relevant information, including the laziness on Brown's part that started the whole thing.
  • Largely, this isn't a huge deal. Compared to other NBA teams, this is a lover's spat. But still, this team...

  • Any excuse to include The Hills in any post.
  • But, seriously, what is it with this team? Not just off this incident, but it's very clear this team is missing a strong leader in that locker room and it could end up costing them. Either Al Horford needs to step up and raise his voice, or Danny Ainge might seriously need to consider making a deal for one.
  • It's an issue. As we've learned over the many years with the Patriots, it's not the best 12 that wins the title, it's about the right 12. More is not more for these Celtics.
  • Bruins just can't beat the Caps. They played well last night, but every time the Bruins made a bid, the Caps just shut them down.
  • Sweet shot from Ryan Donato.
  • Mookie Betts could get a record-arbitration award.
  • High school teammates James White and Phillip Dorsett could be huge this weekend for Patriots.
  • The Chargers are awful at linebacker. That and left guard might be the plan of attack for the Patriots.
  • The MLS draft is today. It's kind of like the MLB draft — in that you have no clue when you're going to get contributions from any of the players — with better legs and cooler accents.

Time to hit the links...


Lessons learned by White, Dorsett as high-school teammates in Florida paying off with Patriots
First and 10: Putting final touches on game plan for divisional playoff showdown
Podcast: Price talks Patriots-Chargers with Mike’l Severe of ESPN 590 Omaha 01.10.19
Video – Rob Gronkowski on the postseason: ‘The playoffs are a whole new season’
Video – Devin McCourty on the cold, the challenge of the Chargers and his health
Salary cap recap 1.10.19: Patriots close the books (cap-wise) on 2018 season
Patriots Notebook: Perfect practice attendance as temps drop and snow falls
Bedard: Chargers are a disaster at linebacker – can Patriots ride that to victory?


McAdam: Another big payday coming for Mookie Betts in arbitration
Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox invite 10 non-roster players to spring training


Why did tempers flare on Celtics bench in loss to Heat?
Live Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics/NBA at 5 p.m.
BSJ Game Report: Heat 115, Celtics 99 – Road woes continue in lackluster performance
Final: Heat 111, Celtics 95 — C’s can’t recover after no-show second quarter


For Ryan Donato, adjustments away from puck are allowing him to reap rewards on stat sheet
BSJ Game Report: Capitals 4, Bruins 2 – Lack of execution dooms Boston in 14th-straight loss to Washington
Final: Capitals 4, Bruins 2 — Bruins 5-game win streak snapped


SuperDraft 2019 Revs Primer: How Generation Adidas may (or may not) factor into the Revs’ draft, and some predictions
Live Coverage: MLS SuperDraft 2019, 1 p.m.
SuperDraft 2019: Looking back at the Revs’ 2014 draft class



1 p.m.: MLS SuperDraft (MLS)
5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — B-Robb on Celtics/NBA
6 p.m.: PGA — Sony Open (Golf)
7 p.m.: WCHK — BC at Northeastern (NESN Plus)
7 p.m.: 
MCHK — Vermont at UMass (NESN)


NoonMCBK — BC at Notre Dame (NESN)
4:35 p.m.: NFL — AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Chiefs (NBC)
7 p.m.: NHL — Bruins at Maple Leafs, NBCSB (Ryan)
7 p.m.: 
NBA — Celtics at Magic (NBCSB)
7 p.m.
: PGA — Sony Open (Golf)
7 p.m.
: MCBK — Harvard at Dartmouth (NESN Plus)
8 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
8:15 p.m.: 
NFL — NFC Divisional Playoff: Cowboys at Rams (FOX)


1 p.m.: WCBK — BC at Pittsburgh (NESN)
1 p.m.
: WCBK — Providence at Seton Hall (FS2)
1:05 p.m.
: NFL —AFC Divisional Playoff: Chargers at Patriots, CBS (Bedard Price, Ryan, Richins)
3:30 p.m.: MCBK — UMass at Dayton (NBSN)
4:40 p.m.
: NFL — NFC Divisional Playoff: Eagles at Saints (FOX)
5:30 p.m.
: MCBK — George Mason at Rhode Island (NBSN)
6 p.m.
: PGA — PGA: Sony Open (NBC)

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