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BSJ Weekend Briefing 11.20.20: Will Ainge be left holding bag on Hayward? Next step for Pats; Revs in playoffs; College hockey is back

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

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  • Gordon Hayward has opted out of his Celtics contract. The question is, what happens now?
  • If Hayward signs out-right with another team, Danny Ainge is going to have egg on his face. With Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and now possibly Hayward leaving without a sign and trade, the Celtics — a contending team just lacking a major piece or two the past couple of years — will have watched a significant amount of cap space leave out the door and no way to match it.
  • There's little doubt that has adversely affected this team, and if Hayward signs out-right, it's going to be a huge blow to next year's team. I don't know how you spin that as a positive. Ainge's plans keep blowing up in his face and he's been left with a team that's good, but not good enough. 2021 will be the same.
  • If Bill Belichick was left with a ton of "dead money" on a team that was close to contending, we'd rightfully skewer him.
  • I take a look at what needs to happen for the Patriots to stay in the playoff race down the stretch.
  • One piece I do know fell into place: that Arizona game next Sunday looks a lot more winnable after the Cardinals' loss last night to the Seahawks.
  • Yes, Arizona will have 10 days to rest (Kyler Murray's right shoulder looked like it needs it) and prepare for the Patriots. That's big. But that Cardinals team is largely an undisciplined mess in all three phases and is exactly the type of team that a buttoned-up Patriots team will beat at home.
  • Nick Cattles and I deep-dived the Patriots' next steps on the latest pod. Good discussion, I thought.
  • Revs are hosting Montreal (talk about undisciplined messes) tonight in a play-in game. I like their chances now that Carles Gil is back at full strength.
  • New England College Hockey is back this weekend!

Time to hit the links...

CELTICS

How will Gordon Hayward’s situation impact Celtics free agency plans?
Winning Plays Podcast: Gordon Hayward opt-out reaction
Celtics trade Vincent Poirier to Thunder for protected second round pick
What are Celtics’ options after Gordon Hayward declines $34 million player option?
Enes Kanter picks up $5 million player option with Celtics
Robb: How the Celtics’ trade of the No. 30 pick could foreshadow a bigger deal

PATRIOTS

Bedard: What are the next steps for these Patriots if they’re really going to make a postseason run?
BSJ Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots/NFL – 3 p.m. Friday
Podcast & Video: Bedard Patriots Pod – The bleeding has stopped, now what?

RED SOX

Red Sox Notebook: Scouting reports on two new minor league free agents; a look at 40-man roster shuffle coming Friday

BRUINS

Bruce Cassidy paints a picture of what Bruins’ D corps might look like without Zdeno Chara in 2021
Completed Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL — 11.19.20.

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ON TAP

Today

1 p.m.: GLF — PGA: RSM Classic Golf
3 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
4 p.m.: GLF — LPGA: Pelican Championship (tape) Golf
4:30 p.m.: WCHK — Boston College at New Hampshire NESN
6 p.m.: MCHK — UConn at UMass NESN Plus
6:30 p.m.: MLS — Montreal at New England FS1
7 p.m.: MCHK — New Hampshire at Boston College NESN
7 p.m.: CFB — Syracuse at Louisville ESPN
7:30 p.m.: CFB — Purdue at Minnesota Big Ten Network
8 p.m.: CFB — UMass at Fla. Atlantic CBSSN
9 p.m.: MLS — Inter Miami CF at Nashville SC ESPN2
9:30 p.m.: CFB — New Mexico at Air Force FS1

Saturday

1 p.m.: WCHK — Maine at Holy Cross NESN Plus
1 p.m.: GLF — PGA: RSM Classic Golf
4 p.m.: GLF — LPGA: Pelican Championship (tape) Golf
4:30 p.m.: WCHK — New Hampshire at Boston College NESN
7 p.m.: MCHK — Boston College at New Hampshire NESN

College Football

No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 4 Clemson at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 6 Florida at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Appalachian State at No. 15 Coastal Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
LSU at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
East Carolina at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Illinois at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FS1
Michigan State at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Georgia Southern at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
FIU at Western Kentucky | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Rice at North Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
North Alabama at No. 8 BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 7 Cincinnati at UCF | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Iowa at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
San Diego State at Nevada | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Middle Tennessee at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Cal at Oregon State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Kansas State at No. 17 Iowa State | 4 p.m. | FOX
Abilene Christian at Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN3
Virginia Tech at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Georgia State at South Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
UNLV at Colorado State | 5:30 p.m. | FS2
Tennessee at No. 23 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN
San Jose State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Mississippi State at No. 13 Georgia | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 21 Liberty at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Missouri at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network ALT
Michigan at Rutgers | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Arizona at Washington | 8 p.m. | FOX
No. 20 USC at Utah | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Boise State at Hawai'i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN
Washington State at Stanford | 11 p.m. | FS1
UCLA at No. 11 Oregon | TBD
Ole Miss at No. 5 Texas A&M — POSTPONED
Georgia Tech at No. 12 Miami — POSTPONED
Charlotte at No. 15 Marshall — POSTPONED
No. 22 Texas at Kansas — POSTPONED
Central Arkansas at No. 24 Louisiana — CANCELED
Navy at South Florida — POSTPONED
Houston at SMU— POSTPONED
Wake Forest at Duke — POSTPONED
Arizona State at Colorado — CANCELED
Ohio at Miami (Ohio) — CANCELED (was scheduled for Tuesday)
UL Monroe at Louisiana Tech — CANCELED

Sunday

1 p.m.: NFL — Patriots at Houston CBS
1 p.m.: NFL — Philadelphia at Cleveland Fox
1 p.m.: GLF — PGA: RSM Classic Golf
4 p.m.: GLF — LPGA: Pelican Championship (tape) Golf
4 p.m.: MLS — San Jose at Sporting KC FS1
4:25 p.m.: NFL — Green Bay at Indianapolis Fox
7:30 p.m.: MLS — Colorado at Minnesota ESPN
8:20 p.m.: NFL — Kansas City at Las Vegas NBC
10 p.m.: MLS — FC Dallas at Portland ESPN

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