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BSJ Daily Briefing 01.05.21: Pritchard arrives in win over Raptors; Belichick & reality; B’s on ice; USA-Canada Juniors Final

Good morning!

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

  • Payton Pritchard has looked good early in the season, but he went to another level last night in a 126-114 win over Toronto. Pritchard had 23 points and 8 assists.
  • He did a little bit of everything vs. the Raptors, but his passing and creating for others probably stood out the most.
  • Somewhere Danny Ainge is fist-pumping all over the place. Pritchard almost makes up for some of Ainge's picks.
  • Bill Belichick met with the media for the final until ... probably the draft and while he didn't say a whole lot, what he did say kind of glossed over reality again.
  • For the Patriots' sake, I hope he's more of a realist behind the scenes. They need a reality check in personnel.
  • The Bruins were back on the ice and Brad Marchand is feeling good.
  • Baseball just can't get out of its own way. Boring games, and now boring offseason after boring offseason.
  • If you're not watching the World Juniors tournament, you're missing out. Team USA had a thrilling 4-3 win over rival Finland last night to set up tonight's titanic Gold Medal match against juggernaut Canada.
  • Our neighbors to the north have been dominating in the tournament, outscoring opponents 41-4. But Team USA has something cooking with a bunch of locals and local college kids. Should be a good one. Matt Boldy of Millis/Boston College had a goal and a huge block late. Good stuff. Check it out on NHL Network at 9:30 p.m.

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Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

Bedard: Hopefully Bill Belichick is privately more honest about how Patriots got here than the public version
Why a seemingly meaningless season finale meant a lot more for Devin McCourty & this Patriots’ defense

CELTICS

Robb: Payton Pritchard looks like the perfect running mate for Boston’s stars
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 126, Raptors 114 — Tatum, Pritchard put on a show in big win
Payton Pritchard and wildcard options set for bigger role with Jeff Teague (ankle) sidelined

RED SOX

McAdam: Baseball’s offseason is, again, a snoozefest
Live Q&A: Chat Red Sox and MLB with Sean McAdam, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

BRUINS

Bruins Training Camp Notebook: After playing at ‘80%’ for years, a revitalized Brad Marchand is ready for a clean slate
Podcast: Conor Ryan talks first day of Bruins training camp on Bruins Beat

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ON TAP

2 p.m.: Bedard on Felger & Mazz
5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — McAdam on Red Sox/MLB
5:30 p.m.: NHL — World Juniors - Bronze Medal: Russia vs. Finland NHL Network
7 p.m.: CFB — Heisman Trophy ceremony ESPN
8 p.m.: NBA — LA Lakers at Memphis NBATV
9 p.m.: MCBK — UConn at Marquette FS1
9:30 p.m.: NHL — World Juniors - Gold Medal: USA vs. Canada NHL Network
10:30 p.m.: NBA — Chicago at Portland NBATV

NOTE on National college basketball schedule. There are so many channels (what the heck is FloHoops?) and Covid cancelations, we simply can't list every game that's on. Haven't really found a good list, but the NCAA daily schedule is here.

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PARTING THOUGHT

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