Lack Of Defense Costing 2021 Celtics

The Celtic’s play as of late has been disappointing. Lack of defense is costing the 2021 Celtics. Any chance of a top seed in the NBA East is quietly dwindling before our eyes. If there is a bright spot, it’s the healthy return of Kemba Walker. Walker recently came off his best effort in a win over Indiana. In this post, we will evaluate three why the Celtics are struggling.

Brad Stevens Coaching Style Has Been Questionable

Head coach Brad Stevens is being criticized for his lack of toughness with the players. Fans and the media question Steven’s toughness with his veteran players such as Jayson Tatum.

Tatum has been up and down with his play this season. One night he’s on, the next night he’s off. Trade rumors are surfacing. If the Celtics do not put together a winning streak, the road may get a little bumpier for Brad Stevens.

In any event,the the club needs to tighten up and close out games. Overall,the team has blown leads to the Pelicans and have fallen off the top of the NBA East.

Playing Soft Defensively

As a whole, the organization ranks 16th in the league defensively. Last season they were one of the best defensive units in the NBA. Losing large leads against weaker teams has hurt them. The confidence has slipped. The Celtics need to get back to fundamentals and start to regain some ground they lost in the East.

The tough defense is what kept the Celtics deep in last year’s playoff run. Closing out games has been an issue. Forward, Jayson Tatum needs to get his confidence back. The only consistent player has been star forward Jaylen Brown.

Team Needs To Improve In The Shooting Department

This season the Celtics rank 12th in shooting with 358% from the 3 point area. With Kemba Walker getting healthier, time will tell. But overall, the club has been inconsistent. Guard Marcus Smart will be out for quite some time. Rookie Payton Pritchard has been piling up considerable minutes as a two_ guard.

Conclusion

With 35 games left, time is on the Celtics side. Kemba Walker is getting better with each game. If the team can stay healthy and Marcus Smart returns soon a deep playoff run is possible.

Sizing Up Chaim Bloom’s Offseason Transactions.

Now that baseball is officially here, it is time to make predictions. Red Sox General Manager Chaim Bloom didn’t really make any big splashes, but he did enough to keep the team competitive. In this post, we will review Chaim Bloom’s Off_ season Red Sox transactions. If anything, the organization got better. But that remains to be seen.

New _Season Fresh Outlook

In 2020, the organization had the 4th worst record in Major League Baseball. Now a year later the team has rehired Alex Cora. With Alex Cora, the club has several new faces. Key addition,s are Garrett Richards righthanded pitcher, outfielder Hunter Renfroe, right_ handed pitcher Mike Andriese, Relief pitcher Adam Oattavino, utility man Marwin Gonzalez, second_baseman Kiki Hernandez, Right Handed_pitcher Calvin Pritchard,

Granted, these moves are not blockbusters, but good enough to make a solid competitor in the AL East this season. Martin Perez provides depth. With promising prospects Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata on the horizon, the club will make 2021 interesting.

Pitching Is Still Questionable

In 2020, the team had the worst bullpen in baseball. A Major League _high 25 blown saves cost the club a winning season. Manager Ron Roenicke lost his job to Alex Cora. Starters Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez suffered season _ending injuries. Mike Andriese and Adam Ottavino will provide depth.

The primary concern is who will win the closer’s role? The logical candidate is Matt Barnes. Barnes will get competition from Ryan Brasier and Connor Seabold. Seabold came over in the Brandon Workman trade from Philadelphia trade along with Nick Pivetta.

Well Balanced Offense

In 2020 the Red Sox finished with a team average of 265 81 home runs and 278 rbi’s. They also had a 5th best 292 runs scored. Despite impressive numbers they finished with disappointing 24-36 record.

The team added Kiki Hernandez, Hunter Renfroe, and Marwin Gonzalez to the mix. Rookie Bobby Dalbec is the starting first baseman. In23 games with the big club he had 8 home runs and 16 rbi’s in 23 games.

Team Has Plenty Of Depth

The Red Sox have added plenty of depth for the 2021 season. Manager Alex Cora has plenty of options. KiKi Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez can play both the infield and outfield. Hunter Renfroe can platoon and share the designated hitter responsibility.

Conclusion

With a new season comes hope and optimisim. The organization has young prospects ready to make their mark in the majors. The bullpen added arms and depth. A veteran starting pitcher in Garrett Richards. Red Sox fans have reason to be excited for the upcoming season.

Matt Patricia Returning Will Be Beneficial For Patriots

The Patriots announced last week, that former Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will be returning to the organization. Patricia has served the Patriots in many capacities as a defensive coach. He first joined the team in 2004 as an offensive coordinator. a year later he switched over to the defensive side as a linebacking coach. He was also part of the success by winning two Super Bowls. In this post, we will review three reasons why a Matt Patricia return will benefit the 2021 Patriots.

Familiar With The Defense

Matt Patricia has served under Bill Belichick since 2004. During that span, he has seen many great players develop under his leadership. Players such Teddy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Vince Wilforkhttp Devin McCourty, and Chandler Jones have all performed under Matt Patricia.

Last season, the team was last in stopping the run. Overall, New England allowed 5 yards per carry. One of its’s worst seasons under head coach Bill Belichick.

Front Seven Needs To Be Restructured

For years, New England has been known for their front seven. With players leaving and opt_outs the organization has suffered significantly. New faces have been leaving an impression on the coaching staff. Second_year linebacker Chris Winovich is developing into a team leader. Linebacker Josh Uche has shown he can make a solid contribution. And safety Kyle Duggar will compete for a starting spot next season.

The team finished 11th in the NFL last season. With the addition of Matt Patricia, the Patriot’s defense will be exciting to watch. With several holes to fill, this year’s draft will be interesting.

With ten draft picks available drafting defense, and a quarterback will be a priority. Players returning next season after opting out will be another issue. Linebacker Donta Hightower may retire. And Devin McCourty. Matt Patricia returning may prove significant with these decisions.

Excellent Working Relationship With Bill Belichick

During his 14 year tenure, Matt Patricia has shared brilliant success with Bill Belichick. Two Super Bowls were won under his leadership. A lot needs to be done in order to get back to Super Bowl _caliber.

New England has 60 million dollars in cap space available. Stopping the run was the club’s biggest weakness last season. If the Patriots spend their money wisely, the playoffs are possible.

Conclusion

The Patriots are at a crossroads. A well _thought game plan is a must this off _season. Step number one is a quarterback, Step number two is stronger defense, step number three is to get back to the Super Bowl.

Celtics Making A Statement In the NBA East

The Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. Saturday the team learned Jayson Tatum needs quarantine for fourteen days. Tatum has been the team’s best player up until now. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the team still has a good chance to gain the first seed in the NBA East.

Payton Prtichard,/ Tacko Fall,/Robert Williams Contributing,Leading Celtics

With half the team sidelined, the Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. With Jayson Tatum in quarantine, the club has gotten valuable contributions from all three. In a recent game rookie, Payton Pritchard scored the game_winner over Toronto. Center Tacko Fall brings a strong physical presence to the front line.

Rookie Payton Pritchard has started all ten games for the Celtics. Teammate Aaron Nesmith has also impressed the coaches with his shooting but has appeared in only 3 games. The young Celtics are playing at a high energy level. The club is tied for first place in the NBA East. Rookie Payton Pritchard has been one of the reasons for the team’s fast start.

Team Dealing With Multiple Coved Issues

Despite the club having multiple Coved issues, their record is 7-3. The club has been playing well at home and on the road. Point guard Kemba Walker is close to a return. He has been practicing with the team. Sophomore guard Romeo Langford continues to miss significant time.

First place Indiana, continues to stay ahead of second_ place Philadelphia and Third place Boston. If the Celtics hope to gain the first seed in the East then they need Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson healthy.

Overall, Boston’s bench has kept them in the hunt. Center Tacko Fall has been impressive with his defense and shot _blocking.

Conclusion

With Jayson Tatum out, the Celtics will turn to Tacko Fall to get his minutes. The Celtics have Grant Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams, and Semi Ojeleye have all tested positive.

The team’s New year’s resolution is to stay healthy. For such a talented team as the Celtics, everybody needs to be healthy for a significant playoff run.

3 Possible Patriot Quarterbacks For a Bargain In 2021

The glory days of the Patriots dynasty is over. Unless Bill Belichick can find a possible Patriot quarterback fit for a bargain, it will be another depressing season for fans. Monday the team suffered its worst loss in club history at the hands of the Bills 38-9. In this post, we will explore three possible free _agent quarterback fits for the 2021 season.

3 Possible Patriot Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor has been around for a long time. The nine_year veteran is currently Justin Hebert’s backup for the Chargers. Taylor is in the middle of a two_year 11 million dollar deal. It guarantees him to make 6 million.

Earlier in the season, Taylor was diagnosed with a lung infection and replaced by Justin Hebert. He only appeared in two games, leading the Chargers to victory.

With the Cam Newton experiment a failure, it’s unlikely he will be back in 2021 as the Patriots signal_ caller. In 15 games this year Newton has thrown for only 5 touchdown passes. However, he has run for 12 touchdowns.

Taylor is only 29 years old and has plenty of upside left. The ex Baltimore Rave and Buffalo Bill is a good decision maker and accurate thrower. He has played in 72 career games with a decent rating of 89%. For the price, he would be the perfect bridge for the rebuilding patriots.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston was a former 1st found pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The ex Florida State graduate signed a one_year deal for 1.1 million dollars. Hampered by injuries, he has only appeared in three games this season.

Winston is a mammoth standing at 6″4″ weighing 231 lbs. His size and mobility would be attractive to the Patriots coaching staff. He is decent in the pocket and has a rifle arm when healthy.

With New England’s excellent offensive line, it may be a perfect situation for both parties. The Patriots are going to have to add receivers in the offseason. For the price, he may be the perfect solution.

Marcus Mariota

The interesting aspect of this situation is the price tag. The Raiders have two quarterbacks locked up for outrageous salaries. Mariota is the cheaper of the two at 20 million. His competition, Derek Carr is tied up 18 million per year.

Overall, the Raiders have had a disappointing season at 7-8. The most recent, a 26-25 loss to Miami. With all the cap space tied up in quarterbacks, one of the two will be cut. My guess is it will be Mariota.

Cutting Mariota could pave the way to a possible New England destination. He is only 27 and can scramble with the best of them. Not to mention a cannon of an arm. If he can stay healthy, he may be worth the risk.

Conclusion

With 51 million dollars in cap space, do not expect the Patriots to give away the farm on a quarterback. The club needs receivers in the worst way. This team is in for a total rebuild that will take two or three years. It’s safe to say the Patriots mystique is over.

Revolution Season Ends In A heartbreaking Loss

The New England Revolution’s season came to a heartbreaking loss Sunday, as the team lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew. Columbus mid_fielder Artur scored the game_winner in the 58th minute. In this post, we will review three positives that the Revolution can look forward to in 2021.

Revolution Season Ends In a Heartbreaking Loss

13 Players Under Contract

Heading into next season, the Revolution will have 13 players under contract. Notable players under contract are Taejon Buchanon, Brandon Bye, Matt Turner, Gustavo Bou, and Alexander Button are just some players who will return in 2021.

Head coach Bruce Arena feels that the club has made significant gains from last season. Arena feels the team needs to strengthen its attacking department.

In Sunday’s loss, the Crew’s midfielders completely controlled the game. Star play _maker Lucas Zalaryan proved too much for the Revolution defenders. Star mid_fielder Artur took a pass from defender Johnathan Mensah for the game _winner.

Significant Improvements From 2019

The club had a significantly better season in 2020 than last season. Last year in 2019 the Revolution finished in 7th place with an 11-11 record and 12 ties. They averaged 1.33 points per game.

While in the bubble in 2020 the club finished 8-7-8 for 23 points, They scored 1.33 points per game. Defensively the club is one of the better teams in the MLS.

They still have one of the game’s best goalkeepers in Matt Turner. Down the stretch, Turner was fearless in dramatic wins over Philadelphia and Orlando. The club, however, did not pick up the option on backup Brad Knighton’s contract.

Bright Future With The Current Group

With the core group intact, the club will set higher expectations in 2021. The team has gained confidence and feels it can finally be a contender in the tough MLS East. The team broke a barrier by defeating the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution previously was 0-5.

Sunday’s loss was an excellent building block for the Revolution. Aside from 13 players under contract, the organization needs to decide on several other key players. Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Antonio Delamea are a big part of the future that needs to be resigned.

Conclusion

Despite a heartbreaking loss,2021 should be even better. Head coach Bruce Arena is the game’s best. Considering the team came so close to going to the championship, they should only be better in 2021.

Five Free Agent Fits For The 2021 Red Sox

With baseball free agency around the corner, it’s time to predict what the 2121 Red Sox roster may look like. With only $25,000,000 to spend they have a lot of holes to fill. The first order of business is to address the second base position. A long time favorite Dustin Pedroia career may be over. Another area is pitching. Boston had one of the worst bullpens in baseball last season. Overall, they squandered 25 blown saves. With no closer insight, the team will have to search elsewhere.

Five Free Agent Fits For The 2021 Red Sox

Anthony Descalfani

This would be a reclamation project. Descalfani has been injury_ riddled the past two seasons. In 2020 he finished with a 1-2 record and a 7.22 ERA. The lanky right _hander would be a bargain.

In 2020 Descalfani had a disappointing season. He only appeared in 9 games due to a strain in his right shoulder. Given the right situation, he could be a perfect candidate as a fourth or fifth starter.

His current salary with the Reds last season was $5.9. This would be an ideal signing for the Red Sox. The knock_ on Descalfani is he has a high walk ratio of 10%. When healthy, he throws with good velocity averaging 93

Chris Archer

Red Sox General manager is very familiar with Chris Archer. The long time Devil Ray was dealt to Pittsburgh two_years ago. He missed the entire 2020 season due to numbness in the fingers.

A fresh start would be the best alternative for Archer. I look for him to return to the AL East where he once one of the best Rays pitchers on the staff. At $11,000,000 he would be the perfect one or two _year deal fit. When he’s healthy he eats up a lot of innings. This is a department the Red Sox sorely lacked in 2020.

Jackie Bradley Jr

This is a must signing. Forget signing George Springer or Michael Brantley. At 30 years old Bradley is the best all _around center fielder in baseball. He wins more games with his glove and arm than anyone.

A career 239 hitter Bradley also has a 412 slugging and 321 OBP. At $6,000,000 he is still the best deal on the market. He would be a perfect short term deal until Jared Duran or Gilberto Jiminez are ready. He’s also a threat on the basepaths.

For several years,

Bradley has been the talk of trade rumors. A personal favorite of mine Bradley is one of the game’s streakiest hitters. Also, one of the team’s leaders on and off the field.

Cesar Hernandez/2b/Indians

A true second baseman, he would add a spark to the Red Sox lineup. A veteran of eight major league seasons. He broke in with the Phillies and signed with Cleveland as a free agent in 2020.

Would be a great fit as the team’s leadoff hitter. A career 277 hitter and 352 OBP/ and 383 SLG. Hernandez can provide speed and is an excellent situational hitter.

With a cap hit of $7.75.000,000, he would be the perfect substitute until Jeter Downs is ready. He is an excellent bunter which would be a bonus with the club’s lineup. Has a career 80 stolen base

Christian Arroyo/ Inf/ Red Sox

This may be the best alternative for the Red Sox. Christian Arroyo joined the team in early 2020 after being released by Tampa. Even though he appeared in only 20 games it’s his defensive skills that caught management’s eye.

career _wise Arroyo is a 219 hitter with 9 home runs and 35 RBI’s. As a player, Arroyo provides versatility playing multiple positions. If Arroyo has a good spring training he could prove to be a diamond in the rough.

conclusion

Red Sox President Chaim Boom has a difficult task rebuilding the current roster. With $25,000,000 available the organization can only get better. The club finished with the fourth _worst record in baseball last season.

If pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez can bounce back from injuries the rebuild should be easier. Promising youngsters such as Bobby Dalbec and Tanner Houck give Red Sox fans hope for a bright future.

Latest Celtics Moves Will Not Improve The Club In 2021

The NBA free agent frenzy has begun. The latest Celtics moves have Gordon Hayward leaving for Charlotte on a max contract. Celtics fans welcome Cleveland center/power forward/center Tristan Thompson. Also, sign veteran guard Jeff Teague to a year deal. Fan _favorite Enes Kanter is dealt with Portland for draft picks. In this post, we will explore three reasons why the latest Celtics moves will not improve the club in 2021.

Latest Celtics Moves Will Not Improve The Club In 2021

Failed On the Gordon Hayward To Indiana Deal

Reason number one is Danny Ainge overplayed his hand with Indiana. Rather than get two players in a sign and trade they get zero in the Charlotte Deal.

The rumored names the Celtics would be getting were Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner or Doug McDermott. McDermott or Oladipo would provide depth in the shooting department off the bench.

In any event, the Celtics need to explore other options if they expect to get any better in the upcoming season. There is still the possibility that the team gets to do a sign and trade with Charlotte.

Sign A Proven Player In Tristan Thompson

Boston did land veteran center, Tristian Thompson, from the Cavaliers. Thompson agreed to a two_year 19,000,000 Dollar deal with the Celtics. In Thompson, the organization gets a veteran center and a proven winner.

Thompson was on the 2015/16 Cavalier championship team that won the NBA title. In Thompson. the club gets a big physical center who averages10 rebounds a game. Offensively he struggles at the three _throw line and averages 10 points a game. He is a significant upgrade over Enes Kantor and Daniel Theis.

Tatum Not Worth The Max Contract

Other than coming close to a championship twice, Jayson Tatum still has a lot to prove. Like other NBA greats, he needs to make the crucial shots every night. Showing great leadership skills as former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce did in the past.

Beating Toronto and Philadelphia was an essential step for this current Celtics team. In order to reach the finals, they need a healthy Kemba Walker to challenge for the title.

Conclusion

General Manager Danny Ainge once again has Celtics fans disappointed. After a successful bubble campaign, it seems Ainge has taken a step backward.

Without Gordon Hayward and nothing to show for his leaving I do not expect the Celtics to regain their 2020 post _season form

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

This week the NBA will hold its annual draft for the upcoming season. Once again, the Celtics went out in defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat. The Celtics failed to make clutch shots. With three picks available, we will discuss the three best possible Celtics Moves in the upcoming 2020 draft.

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

Jalen Smith/PF/Maryland

Probably the best two_way defender in this year’s draft. He has the frame to be an exceptional NBA forward. Is known for his excellent shooting in traffic and three _pointers.

With the 14th pick, it is unlikely that Jalen Smith will be available .with his shot_ blocking. In three years at Maryland, he averaged 15ppg and 11.5 rebounds. Would be an asset off the bench as Grant Williams continues to develop. He would also provide solid defense and rebounding help.

A perfect big man which the Celtics desperately need to clog up the middle. Miami literally controlled the paint in the playoffs which cost the team the series.

Isaiah Stewart/C/Washington

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

This talent may be worth the Celtics trading down. With Atlanta drafting 6th and Detroit 7th one of these could be a possibility. He may be the first player taken in the draft.

Ranked slightly ahead of Isaiah Stewart, Okongwu does not have too many weaknesses. The only knock on him is his three_ point shooting skills. Other than that he could make an immediate impact on an organization.

As fans recall, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo dominated the paint in the playoffs. If Okongwu slips in the draft he would be a gem of a pick. But the reality is he will be gone after the third selection.

In Okongwu a team is getting a gifted rim protector and defender. He has the frame of 6’9 240 lbs to be an immediate force in the NBA. Other attributes of Okongwu are his defensive skills. He creates havoc in the paint. He is an above _average free throw shooter. Also, an overpowering rebounder both offensively and defensively.

If I had my pick between Okongwu or Stewart it would have to be Okongwu. The Celtics lack a true center. Enes Kanter and Robert Williams are adequate but not dominant By drafting Okongwu the organization would have a legitimate center for the future.

Conclusion

The Celtics own the 14th,26th, and 30th picks in this year’s draft. The club needs added scoring off the bench. My best prediction would be Jalen Smith. Smith is big and physical. If the club trades down he would be a diamond in the rough. Lack of scoring wings costs the team in the playoffs. Its highly unlikely that either Smith or Okngwu will be available after the 5th pick.

Revolution Hanging Tough With Playoffs Close

The New England Revolution is gearing up for a late _season playoff run. Currently, the Revolution is sitting in 5th place in the MLS East. New England is 4points behind Toronto and in front of NYCFC  and the New York City Red Bulls. In this post, we will review three areas why The Revolution needs to hang tough with the playoffs close.

Revolution Hanging Tough With Playoffs Close                                                               Needs To Create More Scoring Opportunities In the past five games the Revolution has won two games ties 2 and lost to Philadelphia. In the loss to the Union, New England had many opportunities but could not connect. Attacker Tajun Buchanon scored in the 95th minute.

The next test comes Friday against Nashville in Nashville. With 28 points, the Revolution need to continue to attack. They need as many wins as possible, in order to have any hopes of surviving the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Team Is Fairly Healthy Overall, the club is healthy. If the Revolution hopes to gain any ground in the East it begins with an offense. They have one of the best defenses in the league. Goalkeeper Matt Turner continues to play stellar in goal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Superior Coaching  Head coach Bruce Arena needs to coach up his young team. The offense still plagues the Revolution. New England continues to struggle against Toronto and Philadelphia. The last loss against the Union did not help the team’s confidence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Revolution will need to devise some offensive strategies. With only four games left the club needs every point, it can get. Talent _wise,  the club is slightly better this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Conclusion   Revolution fans are praying for a successful playoff run.  The Revolution has reached respectability in two_years. With one game against Philadelphia left they need to send a message.

Winning soccer has finally returned to Boston again. In Bruce Arena, the organization has one of the most successful coaches in MLS history.