Boston Celtics 2122 Team Preview

The Boston Celtics 2122 season is underway. The team is coming off a disappointing playoff loss. After finishing 3rd in the East, the Celtics hope to go deep in this year’s post season. But first, the club needs to win and win consistently. They had one of the busiest offseasons in team history. They said goodbye to Kemba Walker and welcomed back Al Horford. Semi Ojeleye is now a Buck and Tacko Fall is a Cleveland Cavalier. General Manager Brad Stevens acquired Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, and Juancho Hermangomez.

They also gave up their number one pick as part of the Kemba Walker trade to Oklahoma. In this post, we will review three areas the Celtics need to focus on to reach the finals.

Consistent Scoring

Last season, the organization finished fourth in the league in scoring. Averaging 113 points per game, the Celtics hope Dennis Schroder can add some firepower. Josh Richardson will add punch off the bench. Forward Juancho Hermangomez adds muscle and rebounding.

Free _agent sam Hauser out of Virginia was signed to provide depth. The club finished second overall in the three _point shooting area. Boston should be much deeper off the bench with Dennis Schroder and sharp_shooter Sam Hauser.

If the Celtics can stay healthy, then they will be stronger this year than in 2020.

Tougher Defensively

Last year the Celtics ranked fourth defensively, giving up 107 points per game. Rebounding_ wise, they finished eleventh overall. Closing out tight games was an issue with the team last season. Adding Hermangomez, Richardson, Enes Kanter, and Al Horford should help in that area.

Forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are getting better with age. Brown is taking his game to a new level. A healthy Marcus Smart will keep the Celtics near the top.

Improvement in Communication and Cutback on Turnovers

One area that needs improvement is in the turnover department. Far too many times did the Celtics commit silly mistakes that cost them leads. Holding down large leads is a top priority. New coach Ime Udoka will have to be strict with his players and stress fundamentals.

Former general manager Danny Ainge left. Brad Stevens was promoted to General Manager. Good communication is essential. If Udoka is going to be successful then strong communication is a step in the right direction.

Conclusion

Being a new coach in Boston is not easy. The Celtics played sloppy basketball too often last season. Having good ball movement creates opportunity. Udoka needs to push his players and stress defense. Hopefully, banner number eighteen is in reach.

Revolution Enjoying A Monster Season

The New England Revolution is enjoying a monster season in 2021. With 28 games in the record books, the club is having sweet success. They lead the Eastern Conference, comfortable lead over second_place Nashville, and third _place Philadelphia 11-7-42.In this post, we will review three reasons why the Revolution will reach the finals and be this year’s MLS Champions.

Top Defender In DeJuan Jones

The Revolution continues to support one of the best defensive units in the league. Winger DeJuan Jones is ranked near the top. After a disastrous start, Jones has completed 75% of his passes along with 13 interceptions. Not to mention 14 blocks. If these performances continue, the team will make life miserable for opponents.

If Jones can stay healthy, the Revolution will be in good hands down the stretch. Jones overcame a slow start at the beginning of the season.

Superior Goalkeeping

Once again, the Revolution continues, to receive superior goalkeeping from Matt Turner. Turner has played in 23 games allowing 27 goals. He is responsible for four clean sheets.

Depth has also been a factor in this year’s success. Veterans Earl Edwards and Brad Knighton have taken the pressure off Turner. Edwards has appeared in four games for the Revolution ll posting a 2-2 record.

Knighton, the long _time veteran, has started six games allowing six goals is credited with three clean sheets.

Balanced Scoring

The Revolution is enjoying the 2021 season. Balanced scoring has been one reason for the club’s success. Midfielder Carlos Gil leads the league in creating chances. Forward Adam Buksa has scored twenty _seven goals in thirteen games. Fan_ favorite Taejon Buchanon has played in twenty_seven games with seven goals.

Conclusion

With twenty_nine goals in the books, the Revolution continues to get strong performances. With balanced scoring and the league_ best goalkeeper, they will be the 2021 MLS Champions.

Red Sox Still Alive In The AL East

Despite recent struggles, the Red Sox is still alive in the AL East. After taking two out of three in Seattle, the team has won seven in a row. With eleven games left, it boils down to the starting pitching. Chris Sale is healthy and winning. Nathan Eovaldi is one of the league _best. With a weekend series against the Yankees, the team cannot afford to make silly mistakes. Fundamentals have been a major issue with this team. In this post, we will review the club’s strengths.

Chris Sale Is Healthy And Winning

Since being reactivated with Tommy John surgery, Chris Sale is 5-0. Despite an issue with Covid, the teams’, pitching is its’ strong point. With Sale pitching like Sale, the Red Sox are just as good as anyone.

With, fourteen pitchers, the team is flexible. Garrett Richards has been a shining star. c is healthy from Covid. Rookie Garrett Whitlock is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.

The success of the club falls on Chris Sales health. Nathan Eovaldi has been the unit’s ace all year. Eduardo Rodriguez has been inconsistent. A successful postseason depends on the starting pitching.

A Smart Manager In Alex Cora

Despite, a second_ half slide, manager Alex Cora has the club in the thick of the race. The team has rediscovered itself since the Covid outbreak. He has managed to utilize Kyle Schwarber and JD Martinez.

The organization has also gotten convincing performances from its bench. Late _season additions Travis Shaw, Jose Iglesias have contributed significantly. Cora has managed to keep loose and winning. Late game heroics have also benefitted the team.

With thirteen players out with Covid, Alex Cora has the club playing tough hard_ nosed baseball. If the team can play smart baseball, the playoffs will be a success.

The Emergence Of Bobby Dalbec

First baseman Bobby Dalbec has emerged as a quality first baseman. With, early_ season stumbles, Dalbec was Player of the Month for August. With, 23 home runs and 78 rbi’s Dalbec is only getting better. He and Hunter Renfroe continue to get clutch hits.

Defensively, Dalbec continues to shine. Prior to August, he was heavily criticized for not making routine plays. He is clearly the team’s best hitter as of this moment. If the club needs to keep winning, then they need Dalbec to stay hot.

Conclusion

With nine games left, the Red Sox are in a good spot. Sound baseball is the recipe for success. Committing poor base running mistakes and sloppy defense will not get it done.

Questions Facing 2021 Patriots Roster

With the 2021 NFL season a week away, fans are questioning the 2021 Patriots Roster. The head coach spent over $160.000,000 The most in franchise history. They drafted a quarterback with the 15the pick in the NFL Draft. New faces will be on the field and time will tell how this team responds. In this post, we will evaluate three areas that the team needs to focus on.

Quarterback Experience/Depth

Last week the organization released Cam Newton. Newton, the controversial starter, suddenly got released. Rumors of vaccination issues quickly spread. Realistically, Cam Newton was beat out by rookie Mac Jones.

The future is now with Mac Jones leading the way. The biggest question can move the Patriot’s offense. And the next question is can he stay healthy. With a deep offensive line and backfield, Jones should be OK. The growing pains will show. Patience from the fans and coaches will be vital.

With new receivers and two new tight ends, Jones should be successful. If the receivers can hold on to the ball and get open, Jones is the perfect quarterback to lead them. One area that needs improvement is receivers holding onto the ball. Last season, the team was one of the worst for dropping passes.

No Stephon Gilmore

With, pre _season over, Stephon Gilmore has yet to be on the field. Gilmore was assigned to the PUP list. Contract talks continue to stall and the Patriots backfield is not as strong as it once was.

The team added cornerback Shaun Wade from Baltimore. Wade, an Ohio State product, was considered a high draft pick, but an injury deterred his stock.

Special Teams Concerns

The Patriots signed undrafted kicker Quinn Nordin out of Michigan. With, Nordin’s signing, Nick Folk is on the practice squad. The issue is Nordin has no NFL experience. Last year’s kicker Nick Folk was effective but was beat out by Nordin. Nordin impressed the Patriots coaches this summer.

Conclusion

With, the offseason roster revamped fans are curious about the upcoming season. All eyes are on Mac Jones. Cam Newton’s work ethic was debatable. Last season Newton did not execute one hurry_up exercise. The Hurry_up is a vital play for any NFL team. Overall, I look for the Patriots to go 10-7 for the 2021 NFL season.

New Faces Dominate 2021 Bruins Roster

The NHL season is around the corner, new faces dominate the 2021 Bruins roster. Familiar faces Tuukka Rask and David Krejci will not be on it. Krejci opted to move back to his native Czechoslovakia. while Tuukka Rask awaits surgery on his hip. With the additional cap space, Boston has revamped its roster. In this post, will review three reasons why the Bruins are still contenders in the NHL East.

Much Needed Size Added

The Bruins used their cap money to get bigger. They also added Nick Foligno, LW, and Erik Haula Size and physicality have lacked the past two seasons. The team was pushed around by the St Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup finals. Meanwhile Tampa bay just seems to have their number in the postseason.

For the first time in fifteen years, the Bruins need to fill the second _line center position. Top candidates are Charlie Coyle and Jack Studnicka. Studnicka struggled last year and bounced between Boston and Providence. Rookie Cameron Hughes signed a two_way contract and could be a longshot. acquired Thomas Nosek brings size and muscle. But he projects to be a fourth_ line center.

Newly signed Thomas Nosek brings size and muscle. Nosek appeared in38 games for Las Vegas last season scoring 8 goals and 18 assists. The obvious candidate is Charlie Coyle. Inconsistency hurt him last season. Coyle doesn’t come close to the skill set that Krejci has. His strong points are his puck control, which will help Taylor Hall and Craig Smith.

Defense Revamped

The Bruins have one of the game’s top young defensemen in Charlie McAvoy. In six seasons, McAvoy has appeared in 235 games, scoring 24 goals and 98 assists and a plus _minus of 22. He averages 22 minutes per game and continues to be the heart and soul of the blue line. The organization has the task of getting a long_ term deal done for the young superstar.

Boston came to terms with Brandon Carlo and free agent Derek Forbort. Veteran Kevan Miller has retired, leaving openings for Jakub Zboril, and Urho Vakananien. The team also resigned Mike Reilly. Fan_ favorite Matt Grzelcyk continues to get better. The club lost highly regarded prospect Jeremy Lauzon to Seattle in expansion.

Goaltending Changes

General Manager Don Sweeney replaced Rask with LinusUllmark from Buffalo. Ullmark is young and has lots of upsides Rookie Jeremy Swayman will see most of the action. Swayman won over the confidence of the fans with his athletic style.

Conclusion

With, all the offseason transactions, the team still has one of the best rosters in the NHL. The question is, can this new group get by Tampa Bay if it gets that far? Only time will tell.

Marcus Smart Will Be Staying In Boston

Marcus Smart will be staying in Boston. The NBA free_agency is off and running. The Celtics have been one of the league’s busier teams. Veteran, Tristan Thompson, and Kemba Walker will be changing uniforms. The Celtics and Al Horford have reunited. In this post, I will review three reasons why Marcus Smart isn’t going anywhere this offseason.

Tough/Scrappy Defender

‘Marcus Smart is one of the game’s toughest defenders. His tough scrappy, style makes him special. When he is on the floor opposing teams know they’re in for a long night. Criticized for his emotions and short fuse Smart has also cost the Celtics critical games. But overall he’s the game’s best and they have no one else to replace him.

Since being draftec1st by the Celtics in 2014, Smart has improved significantly each year. Last season the team finished a disappointing eighth seed and first_round exit. With new faces, Smart will have to step up in 2021/22.

Offensive Game Improving

In the last three seasons, Smart’s offensive game has been improving. His outside shooting has been the most significant improvement. Taking more shots Smart is getting more confident each. game. His three_point shooting has also improved significantly.

If improvements continue the rewards will be beneficial. The more he connects in the postseason, the better the team’s results. Shooting threes is the key to playoff success in the NBA.

Needs To Control Emotions

During the season Smart receives heavy criticism from fans due to his emotions. If the Celtics want to win crucial games this is an area that needs to be addressed. Playing intelligently is important for him and the team. Within time and patients, he will get better.

Conclusion

With GM Brad Stevens wheeling and dealing, Marcus Smart is still valuable to the organization. Many fans would like to see him traded. With Kris Dunn acquired in trade, Smart would provide depth. Resigning Evan Fournier is vital for a winning season. Do not expect the number one pick Juhann Begarin of France for a couple of years.

Patriots And Stephon Gilmore Need To Come To Terms

The Patriots and Stephon Gilmore need to come to terms. With the NFL pre _season around the corner, time is running out. Currently, he is in the final year of a four-year deal. In this post, we will review three issues why Stephon Gilmore should be extended.

Creates Opportunity

Patriots fans know the importance of getting Stephon Gilmore re-signed. Gilmore is on the last year of a four_year deal. Injuries hindered him in 2020. In eleven games Gilmore had one interception.

Overall, the four_year Patriot has started in fifty_six games and has eleven interceptions. Getting Gilmore extended makes the Patriots that much better. With, all the new additions, resigning him is a priority.

Gilmore would provide depth in the defensive backfield. The team lost corner Jason McCourty in free agency. The Patriots have Devin McCourty, Johnathan Jones, Jalen Mills, Myles Turner, Kyle Duggar, Adrian Phillips, JoeJuan Williams under contract. With him signed, their defense would be a Super Bowl defense.

The Incentive Option

One resolution for the team to go in is the incentive option. this means that the organization would tack on money and lengthen his contract. Such was the case with former players Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and Richard Seymour.

Given his age of thirty and a season_ ending injury in 2020, it comes down to his expectations. One scenario was Deion Branch. Branch held out for more money, which came down to him being traded to Seattle. One thing is for certain, they are better with him than without him.

Compared To Other Corners

In 2019, Stephon Gilmore was the best in football. However, Pro Football Focus Gilmore does not rank in the top 10. Compared to Jalen Ramsey of the Rams, Jaire Alexander of Green Bay, Travon Mullen of Las Vegas. Patriot corner JC Jackson does rank in the top 10. Given Gilmores age, he takes more snaps than Jackson and covers the opposition’s number one receiver. Jackson is younger and used in situational plays.

Conclusion

Having Stephon Gilmore resigned would make life a lot easier for Patriots fans, The team has fifteen million dollars left in cap space for the 2021 season. a healthy Stephon Gilmore is intimidating for NFL quarterbacks. I think in the end both sides will come to terms.

Three Studs The Red Sox Must Consider In The Draft

With, the MLB Draft days away the Red Sox has decisions to make. With the fourth selection, there are three studs the Red Sox must consider in the draft. the team can draft a quality arm or select a talented positional player. In this post, we will review three options the team can explore.

Starting Pitching Depth

This year’s draft is stockpiled with pitching. The two top studs are Jack Leiter and Kumar Rockar. Both hurl for Vanderbilt. Out of the two, Jack Leiter has the upside. With four pitches to his arsenal, he would be the ideal selection for Boston.

In 2021 Leiter finished up with a 2.08 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched. His teammate Rocker is equally talented. Blessed with a torrid fastball and curve he will be a nice fit in a Red Sox uniform.

In three years at Vanderbilt Rocker has compiled a 28-10 record and a sharp2.89 ERA. His most impressive performance was his 19 strikeout no_hitter in the 2019 NCAA regional finals. The Burly 6″5″ 245 lb righty will be a starter in two_years.

Henry Davis/C/Louisville

Henry Davis the most talented catcher in this year’s draft. Currently, the club has Christian Vazquez, Kevin Plawecki, Connor Wong, Ronaldo Hernandez, and Chris Hermann on the depth chart. By drafting Davis, this would be a stud who is an offensive threat.

In 2021 Davis hit 370 with 15 home runs, 48 runs batted in for the Cardinals. Not to mention a 663/SLG,484OBS. The only drawback is how he handles quality pitching. His framing and game_ calling skills are superb.

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Other Options

I like Henry Davis with the fourth pick. Realistically Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker will have been selected. Davis is an extraordinary talent who could be starting in three_years.

Outfielders to look for are Colton Cowser of Sam Houston State and Sal Frelick of Boston College. Both are excellent contact hitters exceptional defensively. Frelick can play both the infield and outfield which would help his stock.

Conclusion

This will be General Manager Chaim Bloom’s second draft. Last year the organization selected second baseman, Nick Yorke. Yorke a high school phenom from California has impressed the team’s scouts with his power. Another important draft in rebuilding a thin minor league system.

Celtics Shakeups Signaling Signs Of Urgency

The Boston Celtics shakeups are signaling signs of urgency. Shakeup number one was the resignation of President Danny Ainge. The second move was to announce that Brad Stevens will be President of Basketball Operations. In less than twenty_four hours after the Stevens move, Kemba walker was an Oklahoma City Thunder. The team shipped the disgruntled playmaker to the Thunder for Al Horford and center Moses Brown. In this post, we will evaluate three reasons why the organization is signaling urgency.

Celtics Receive Financial Flexibility

By dealing Kemba Walker away, the club saves $ 9,000,000 dollars in cap_space for the 2021 /22 season. With that capital, the Celtics can restructure Evan Fournier and Robert Williams’s contract.

The Celtics acquired Evan Fournier at the trade deadline. An unrestricted free agent it is expected that Stevens will go all out to resign the accomplished guard. In Williams, he has one_year left on a four_year deal. He will make a base salary of over $2,000,000 dollars this season. I look for both players to be in Celtics uniforms this upcoming season.

The key to the deal was getting out of Kemba Walker’s $83,000,000 dollars salary. The Thunder who are rebuilding received the Celtics number one pick in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft.

More Deals Ahead

Celtics fans can expect a very busy off _season. Nobody on the current roster is safe. Outside of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, anyone is expendable. Veteran Marcus Smart has value and will be an attractive trade talk chip this summer. Center Robert Williams is injury prone and is also on the block. The club is loaded with centers and Williams’s age will be intriguing to other teams.

Free Agency

The cash _strapped Celtics do not have the wiggle room this year. I do not expect the organization to even attempt to pursue a DeMar DeRozen, Kawhi Leonard, Victor Oladipo, Jure Holiday, or Rudy Gobert. look for the team to pursue current player Evan Fournier. Fournier when healthy is an excellent shooter. If anything I see the club signing an inexpensive veteran.

Conclusion

With, all the activity in recent days, the Celtics need leadership. With the signing of Ime Udoka as head coach, the need needs to mature and close out games better. Blowing large leads was the story in 2021. Focusing on defense and ball movement will significantly improve the franchise.

Revolution Making A Statement In The MLS East

The New England Revolution is making a statement with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. In a stunning victory, the team has a comfortable lead over the Philadelphia Union and Orlando City. With two shutouts to their record, excitement is starting to heat up. In this post, we will review three reasons why the Revolution is a serious MLS Cup contender in 2021.

Searching For Consistency

The main objective in 2021 is to find consistency. Consistency in both the defensive department and the offensive department. Goalkeeping wise the tandem of Matt Turner and Brad Knighton remains the best in MLS.

Only eight games in the Revolution are 5-2-1 with 17 points. With two stellar shutouts over Columbus and Cincinnati, the club’s defense has been superior. Scoring still is an area of concern. Forwards Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa lead the team in scoring. Buska in particular has been putting additional pressure on himself to score more.

Depth On defense

What I like about this year’s squad is the depth. Particularly on defense, the squad is just as deep as anyone in the MLS. Newcomer Christian Mafla signed from Colombia brings speed and excellent coverage skills.

As for the goalkeeping department, the Revolution signed Earl Edwards Jr. as a depth move. Edwards spent the past six seasons with Orlando City. In that period he appeared in six games.

Mafla will be a welcomed addition with a deep defensive group. He should give the goalkeepers added confidence with his experience.

Leagues Best Goalkeeper

Every MLS fan knows that goalkeeper Matt Turner is the game’s best. Coming off his best season in 2020 Turner is over to another amazing year. Last season Turner recorded a league_best six shutouts. After eight games this season, he has already two shutouts. Rumors are swirling that he and Tajon Buchanon may leave to play overseas for the United States National Team.

Conclusion

With a remarkable start, the club needs to stay focused on the long season ahead. With 34 games remaining it will take a total team effort to remain at the top in the MLS East.