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BSJ Daily Briefing 09.16.20: Celtics blow lead, lose on block heard ’round NBA; Houck standout in Sox debut

Good afternoon!

Your daily rundown of what's going on with the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution, and what's about to happen...

  • Still can't get over what we saw last night. Celtics blow a 14-point, go to overtime, Jayson Tatum looks like he's going to send it to double overtime with a thunderous dunk after a great move with under 5 seconds left ... and then Bam Adebayo came out of nowhere and rejected the dunk as Tatum was putting it down.
  • That was one of the best defensive plays in a big spot I've seen in any sport. In terms of improbability, it ranks up there with the Malcolm Butler Matt Patricia INT. Obviously saving a Super Bowl is just a bit different, but in terms of leaving me stunned because I didn't think either outcome was possible in the moment, they felt similar to me.
  • What, because Bird's steal against the Pistons came in ECF Game 5 of a tied series, it's not one of the greatest plays/defensive plays in Boston sports/NBA history? Of course it is.
  • That block was way better than Marcus Smart, LeBron, Tayshaun Prince — those blocks from behind when the offensive player doesn't know it's coming. This was Adebayo challenging Tatum to his face, Tatum seeing him coming, and Adebayo rejecting him with a physical display that defies explanation (how was his wrist that strong?!).

  • Maybe you're smarting right because you were on the other side, but that's a block and a moment you will remember for the rest of your sports fan career.
  • Now the question is, will the Celtics wins the series and make that a footnote in history, or will it be the highlight of this NBA season if the Heat go on and win the series/maybe an NBA title?


Time to hit the links...



Robb: Kemba Walker’s biggest issue in Game 1 went beyond his shooting woes
Winning Plays Podcast: Celtics let Game 1 slip away against Heat
BSJ Game Report: Heat 117, Celtics 114 (OT) — Celtics blow 14-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 1 loss
Live Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics/NBA at 5 p.m. Wednesday
Celtics-Heat player power rankings and a series pick


Bedard’s Breakdown: Patriots offense as expected, but defensive replacements answer bell Podcast: Greg Bedard Patriots Podcast, Ep. 5 – Week 1 review, Cam Newton & Arians vs. Brady
Podcast: Bedard talks Week 1 win, Cam Newton, Tom Brady on Felger & Mazz 09.15.20


McAdam: For Tanner Houck, the reality was even better than the dream
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 2, Marlins 0 – Houck gets some help to win first start
BSJ Live Q &A: Sean McAdam


Ryan: What lessons can Bruins learn from Dallas Stars and other 2020 Cup contenders?




1 p.m.: MLB —  Washington at Tampa Bay MLBN
4:10 p.m.: MLB —  LA Dodgers at San Diego ESPN
6:40 p.m.: MLB —  Red Sox at Miami NESN
7:05 p.m.: MLB —  NY Mets at Philadelphia ESPN
9:30 p.m.: MLS —  Portland at San Jose FS1
9:40 p.m.: MLB —  Arizona at LA Angels ESPN


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