Rozier gets a big test tonight against Thunder
Terry Rozier has stepped up his game this season. And it's games like tonight’s against the Thunder that will put him to the ultimate test as he faces off against MVP Russell Westbrook.
Can Jason McCourty help Pats' leadership?
With all the departures the Patriots have seen this offseason, it's worth wondering how the tenor of the Pats locker room will be impacted. 
Boston Bruins rookie Ryan Donato.
Everything but a win in debut
If Ryan Donato keeps up something close to his debut performance on a nightly basis, then there's yet another young, impact player the Bruins can count on.  
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand is brought down on his breakaway attempt in OT by the Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre Luc-Dubois.
Hung up on a non-call
Brad Marchand was hauled down on a breakaway in overtime and didn't get a call on a potential game-winner. It's yet another example of the lack of respect he's getting around the NHL. 
Two more B's fall victim to injury bug
It’s another day and another injured player, or two, for the Boston Bruins. 
NBCSB Breakfast Pod: Donato impresses in NHL debut
Among the topics: Ryan Donato shines in NHL debut. Are the Patriots replacing the talent they've lost this offseason? And the Celtics are struggling as injuries pile up.
C's, Thunder balancing rest and rhythm
With the NBA playoffs looming, this is a tricky time of year for most of the league’s playoff-bound teams. 
OKC not looking past shorthanded C's
The Thunder can't afford to underestimate the Celtics, no matter how decimated by injuries Boston's roster may be.
B' loss, non-call in OT spoil Donato's debut
Ryan Donato's debut was a bright spot in what otherwise was a tough loss for the Boston Bruins.
If Swihart stays, who goes?
Blake Swihart's strong spring looks like it will earn him a spot on the big league club. So who might the Red Sox deal instead?
Defensive tackle Danny Shelton, acquired by the New England Patriots in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in March 2018.
The best lesson Wilfork could teach Shelton
New Patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton has picked up some advice from Vince Wilfork. What might the recent retiree be teaching the young up-and-comer?
Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato from Harvard.
Spoked B in a circle...of life
Once upon a time, Patrice Bergeron was the Bruins rookie playing with Ryan Donato's father, Ted. It has come full circle with Ryan about to make his B's debut.
Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel.
'Toughest thing we've ever been through'
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was back in Fort Myers after spending the past three weeks in Boston, where his infant daughter Lydia has undergone heart surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital.  
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
AFC East prepares for life after Brady
For years, the Patriots have ruled the AFC East. Now, the other teams are positioning themselves in an attempt to take over in the coming years. 
Bruins choose a line for Donato
Ryan Donato will make his NHL debut for the Bruins on Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it looks like he’ll do it as a member of the third line.
Boston Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum.
Offensively challenged
This is a different Celtics team than the one that started the second half of the season. With injuries taking their toll, the search for offense continues.  
A path to success for Donato
On a Bruins team currently decimated by injuries, prospect Ryan Donato will get his chance to shine.
Should we be confident in the Red Sox rotation?
Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich predict what the Red Sox rotation will look like by Opening Day, how the 'Killer B's' will perform this season, and much more.
Horford: 'No excuses' for loss to Pelicans
Al Horford understands there’s plenty of blame to go around following Boston’s 108-89 loss to New Orleans.
C's falter in fourth, Davis dominates
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 108-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. 
What are Pats getting in Patterson?
Cordarrelle Patterson has speed to burn. Will he be able to contribute as a receiver, or will he strictly contribute on special teams?
Pats may choose to stick with their picks
How highly do the Patriots value their mid-round draft picks? We'll find out as the run on NFL free agents continues this week. 
Bruins make a statement vs. Lightning
The Bruins sent a message to the Lightning and the rest of the NHL that they're not a team to mess with down the stretch.
B's start strong and don't look back
Other than a scary David Backes injury that forced him out of the game, it was smooth sailing for the Bruins vs the Lightning on Saturday.
Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin puts up a shot against the Orlando Magic.
A lesson to keep in reserve
The Celtics take care of business in Orlando and get contributions from bench guys in starting roles that could help down the road.  
Chung extension part of busy period for Patriots
After a quiet start to free agency, the Patriots continue to make moves, this time extending one of Bill Belichick's favorites - safety Patrick Chung. 
Horford helps C's get back on track
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.
Hill already recruiting for Pats
New Patriots running back Jeremy Hill is already recruiting free agents to join him in New England.
Pats sign DE Adrian Clayborn
The Patriots and defensive end Adrian Clayborn have reached an agreement on a contract.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart
Set your sights on the postseason
Marcus Smart is expected to sidelined six to eight weeks after successful thumb surgery, which means he could return during the playoffs
Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (left) and Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart (right).
Limping into the playoffs
With plenty of questions surrounding the health of key players, the Celtics will reach the playoffs with concerns about how they're closing out the regular season.
Young reserves get another chance to shine
The Celtics' injury bug has given the reserves an opportunity to show what they're really made of.
Backes not expected to face discipline
David Backes was ejected from Thursday night's game vs the Panthers, but likely won't face further discipline from the league.
NBCSB Breakfast Pod: McCourty twins reunited in Foxboro
Devin McCourty joins to discuss his brother Jason joining him in New England, Michael Holley, Chris Forsberg, and Alex Giaimo share their panic levels on Kyrie Irving's nagging knee, and more.
Reunited at last
The Patriots tried to trade for Jason McCourty multiple times when he was a member of the Titans. Now, finally, Devin McCourty's twin is coming to Foxboro.
Devin McCourty: I'm better than my brother
Devin McCourty joins Boston Sports Tonight and jokes that the biggest difference between him and his brother, is that he is better.
Reimer dominates B's, Backes gets ejected
The Bruins simply couldn't get the puck past Panthers goaltender James Reimer on Thursday night.
Source: Pats players are miserable
Those persistent reports of Patriots dysfunction are real: A source tells Mike Giardi some Patriots 'don't feel appreciated' and Bill Belichick is making 'planet players' miserable.
Butler: Wasn't 'locked in and focused' for Super Bowl
It didn't take long for Malcolm Butler to be hit with Super Bowl LII-related questions in Tennessee.
Smart's importance, dissecting the East
A. Sherrod Blakely and Abby Chin discuss the Celtics' injuries and Marcus Smart's importance, and Steve Kyler joins to analyze the Eastern Conference on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast.
Will Jason McCourty help Belichick get the locker room back?
Mike Giardi and Phil Perry react to the the Patriots signing Jason McCourty, and how his character will help the locker room.
Lewis gets emotional in Titans press conference
Dion Lewis held back tears during his introductory press conference with the Titans while talking about his journey.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
No excuses - close doesn't cut it
While the depleted Celtics drew plenty of praise for staying with the Wizards through two OTs, their coach isn't interested in moral victories.  
QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Is tenor around Pats in a bad place?
The early days of free agency have seen the Patriots lose key players and sit on the sidelines. Tom E.
Get the duckboats ready for these Bruins
After watching the Bruins accomplish amazing things this year, capped by Tuesday's comeback in Carolina, it's clear: They're going to win the Stanley Cup.
Ainge on the possibility of Kyrie needing knee surgery...
Danny Ainge joins Toucher & Rich to discuss when Kyrie Irving would need to have surgery on his bad knee.
So . . . what's left?
It may feel like there aren't many moves for the Patriots to make in free agency at this point, but there are still some intriguing names out there.
Morris takes on leadership role
The injury-ravaged Celtics needed someone to step up and Marcus Morris did just that, scoring 31 points in a go-to role as the C's pushed the Wizards to double overtime.
NBCSB Breakfast Pod: C's lose 2 OT thriller to Wizards
On the latest NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod, our guys discuss the Celtics' failure to finish off a double OT thriller, the Patriots losing multiple key players, and much more.
Butler: Never got reason for SB LII benching
Malcolm Butler says he hasn't spoken to Bill Belichick since Super Bowl LII, and has yet to receive a reason for his benching.
Double overtime disappointment
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 125-124 double overtime loss to the Washington Wizards.
Pastrnak showing something 'special'
Every once in a while David Pastrnak does something outrageous to remind just how special he is as a hockey player, and he did just that Tuesday night.
Bedard: Not shocked if Belichick trades Gronk
Greg Bedard says that he would be very open to trading Rob Gronkowski and believes that thought is going through the mind of Bill Belichick.
Down . . . and out?
The Celtics have been flattened by injuries, making you wonder if they can recover health-wise and still have time to gain some semblance of good rhythm headed into the postseason. 
Coded Instagram notes from Brady, Gronk?
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady send Instagram congratulations to Danny Amendola on his new free-agent deal, and they could be read as signs that life in Foxboro isn't good.
Different paths for improvement
The rebound of a Red Sox offense that had a brownout in 2017 requires not only the success of J.D. Martinez, but also of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi.
C's without Irving, Horford, Smart tonight
The Celtics' bulging injury list now includes most of their starting lineup, which means that the backups -- like Semi Ojeleye -- are going to receive a chance to make an impact.
Former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Soldere (77) blocks for QB Tom Brady.
What now at left tackle?
For the first time in a long time, the Patriots need to find someone to protect Tom Brady's blindside. It's anyone's guess how they'll fill the void left by Nate Solder's departure.
This one really hurts
The Pats had to know there was a chance they'd lose Nate Solder, yet they did nothing -- either signing Solder early, or grooming his replacement -- to proactively address the problem.
Time to pursue Suh?
Suh's time in Miami appears over; could the Patriots be his next suitor?   
Short-handed C's will need to grind out a win
We have seen them play short-handed before, but nothing like what we’ll see tonight when they host the Washington Wizards.
Bruins impose their will in face of adversity
The smiling Bruins couldn’t quite explain what had just happened, but knew they totally enjoyed it after playing some bad hockey early in the game.
Pastrnak leads insane comeback vs. Canes
David Pastrnak goes nuts in the third period with a hat trick to help spearhead a five-goal Bruins outburst that allows them to erase a three-goal deficit.
Could Melvin, Amukamara be answers at CB?
With the reported departure of Malcolm Butler, it's important for the Patriots to make a run to add another veteran cornerback.
With no Cousins, Jets loading up on QB's
The Jets will lose out on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, it appears, and now they seem to be loading up on quarterbacks. 
Social media love for Butler, Amendola
Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola's impact on their former teammates is not lost, as several important Patriots reach out to congratulate them on social media.
Frederic signed, Donato next order of business
Bruins have signed first round pick Trent Frederic to a three-year entry level, the next name on that docket will be that of Harvard University junior Ryan Donato.
Butler's crazy ride has a rich ending
From Super Bowl hero to Super Bowl benchwarmer to third highest-paid cornerback in history . . . Malcolm Butler leaves for Tennessee with quite the story to tell.
Putting Amendola's loss in perspective
This isn't a smear campaign against the Dolphins' newest receiver. It's a perspective campaign.
Chara 'not a big fan' of pre-playoff rest
Zdeno Chara turns 41 this weekend and the Bruins would like to keep him fresh for the upcoming playoffs. But he's not looking forward to sitting out much down the stretch.
Signings show what a bargain Brady's been
What could Tom Brady command if he ever hit free agency? A lot more than what QBs like Drew Brees, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum have agreed to this offseason.
Pats lose 'a tremendous competitor'
Danny Amendola's clutch playoff peformances made him a beloved figure in New England. But, with his 33rd birthday approaching, the Pats apparently won't match Miami's offer.
Seventeen years ago, The Truth emerged
It was on this day in 2001 that Shaquille O'Neal bestowed upon Paul Pierce the nickname that he'd carry for the rest of his career.
Giardi: Kirk Cousins domino has AFC East twist
Now is as good a time as any for the AFC East to position itself for the post-Brady era. 
Does Brian Gionta hint at severity of Marchand's injury?
Brian Gionta joins Toucher & Rich to discuss the slew of injuries the Bruins have faced recently.
NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics injuries mount, Butler and Patricia reunited in Detroit?
How will the Celtics handle Marcus Smart's thumb and Kyrie Irving's knee issue? Is Malcolm Butler going to Detroit? What about Ray Allen's book?
NHL Power Rankings: Lightning still rule
NBC Sports Boston Hockey Insider Joe Haggerty gives us his NHL power rankings as we begin to approach the NHL playoffs.
Late Night fun for Brady with Colbert
Chugging beer. Eating strawberries. Tom Brady lets loose on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Without Theis, It's Monroe's time to shine
Boston's move to pick up Greg Monroe was seen as a good move at the time, and even better now that Daniel Theis is out for the season.
Giardi: Patricia's Lions making a push for Malcolm Butler
Mike Giardi reports Matt Patricia and the Lions are attempting to sign Malcolm Butler. Does this prove that benching Butler in Super Bowl was solely Bill Belichick’s decision?
Heinen working to get back to 'good place'
Danton Heinen got off to an impressive start this season, but his production has cooled off as of late.
Arm strength hampers Sox' depth search
The Red Sox would like to add pitching depth in the form of minor-league free agents, but they’re not the most appealing destination because opportunity in the big leagues appears scarce.
New England Patriots free agent targets: LB Connor Barwin of the Los Angeles Rams.
Could Barwin, Peppers be answer for Pats?
Keeping the players they have healthy and making a bargain signing or two feels like it might be Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio's best bet when it comes to edge defenders.
Is the clock nearing zero for Brady?
The final installment of Tom vs. Time carries a heavy sense of foreboding. Given Tom Brady's editorial control, there can be no confusion: He’s just about had it.
Boston Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara.
Get Big Zee some Z's
The Bruins will need a well-rested Zdeno Chara for the playoffs and, as the loss to the Blackhawks showed, the time for him to get that rest is now.  
Manziel: 'I'd go to New England in a heartbeat'
The Patriots have a history of taking chances on players with troubled pasts. Johnny Manziel as a backup to Tom Brady might be the ultimate gamble. 
Rest or top seed? Celts should choose rest
The Celtics would be better served getting healthy than getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Allen details rocky C's tenure in new book
Ray Allen talks about his problems with Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers and Celtics management.
'Livin' on a Prayer' will cost B's the Cup
The Bruins have a new in-game tradition and it's the worst.
Are Celts in panic mode about Irving?
Even if the Celtics say they aren't worried about Kyrie Irving's knee, which sidelined him in the second half of Sunday night's loss, it's hard not to at least have a heightened level of concern.
Spring training, free agent market heating up
On this week's edition of The Baseball Show, Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni discuss the free agent market, what irks Red Sox players about the Boston media, and more.
C's fall short after Irving's injury
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Irving: 'I just need to take some time'
After leaving the game late in the first half vs. the Pacers, Kyrie Irving spoke about his knee soreness and how he needs to be smart about the injury going forward.
Irving exits game with knee soreness
Kyrie Irving was forced out of Sunday night's game vs the Pacers with left knee soreness.
URI coach reacts to brother making NCAA tourney
URI coach Dan Hurley didn't have to worry about his Rams making the NCAA tournament, so his emotional moment on Selection Sunday came when his brother Bobby clinched a spot.
The good and the bad of Chara
Patrick Kane proved he is still a damn good player for the Hawks and Zdeno Chara was in the midst of both good and bad on Sunday afternoon.
Cora, Sox: What media can do better
NBC Sports Boston sat down with a few players and manager Alex Cora in the first couple weeks of spring training.
Celtics well aware of recent Pacers surge
The Pacers continue to climb the NBA standings which has caught the eye of many, including the Celtics who are aware of Indiana being on their heels.
Nothing disrupts the chemistry of these B's
The Bruins have pulled together a six-game winning streak with an undermanned crew and a number of new trade deadline parts.
Gionta making his presence felt
No one viewed Brian Gionta as an impact player when he joined the Bruins, but Saturday's game-winning goal was his sixth point in five games with Boston.
With Sherman and Talib gone, now what?
The Patriots lost out on the Aqib Talib sweepstakes. It looks like they were never in on the Richard Sherman sweepstakes. What's the plan now?
Stevens has insight on mental-health issue
Brad Stevens’ background working for a pharmaceutical company gives him a different kind of insight into the issue of mental health.
Highlights: Revs win stoppage time thriller in home opener
Chris Tierney scores on a free kick in stoppage time to give the Revs a win in their home opener, 2-1
DeBrusk and Krejci developing special chemistry
Jake DeBrusk was a man on a mission Saturday, helping facilitate a big day for the second line and for the second power-play unit.
The Boston Bruins' Riley Nash is congratulated by his teammates after a goal.
Riley Nash fills in nicely for Bergeron
Riley Nash has three goals and seven points in the five games since the Bruins lost Patrice Bergeron with a fractured foot. 
Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier (left), Marcus Morris (center) and Marcus Smart.
The bench for 3...Got it!
What has powered the Celtics' 6-1 stretch since the All-Star break? Look no further than the bench troika of Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart.  
B's 'getting beat up a bit' in face-off circle without Bergeron
The Bruins have felt Patrice Bergeron's absence in the face-off circle.
Something special is brewin'
The Bruins just keep on winning, even without their best all-around player in Patrice Bergeron.
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon.
If Lewis is out, is McKinnon in?
Vikings free-agent RB Jerick McKinnon is an enticing talent who won't exactly break the bank. If Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead are gone, perhaps the Patriots should give him a look.
Marchand on fine: 'It's a joke'
Brad Marchand is defiant about the $2,000 fine he drew from the NHL for embellishment. "I don't care about this," he says. "It's a joke."  
Free-agent pitcher Jake Arrieta  pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 2017.
There's never been a better time to buy
Attention, Red Sox: If, say, Jake Arrieta can be had at a discounted price that may never be seen again, there’s bang for your buck in spending now rather than next year.  
'The hope is still there'
Gordon Hayward insists he's focused on his recovery and isn't thinking about whether or not he'll return this season, but admits 'the hope is still there.'
He's back to being Above Average Al
Al Horford's critics were crawling out of the workout after a string of recent subpar pefrormances, but he silenced them Thursday night.
Rejuvenated Rask saves Bruins
After getting a couple of days to recharge physically and mentally while nursing a minor lower body injury, Tuukka Rask and the Bruins got the desired result in his first game back.
Forgotten man is one to remember
No one did any cartwheels when the Patriots picked up Kenny Britt's option. But he could wind up being a key piece of their 2018 offense.
Red Sox translate emojis for MLB teams, players, and media
Red Sox players including Chris Sale, Andrew Benintendi, Rick Porcello, and manager Alex Cora pick an emoji to describe different MLB teams, players, and the media.
Haggerty: Marchand 'on a mission'
In a miraculous turn of events, the Bruins have not lost a single game since Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy and now David Backes have all exited Boston’s lineup.
'They say he's fine so that's a good thing'
The Celtics express relief after Jaylen Brown apparently escapes serious injury after a scary fall following a dunk, and Brown himself Tweets 'I'm ok' after the game.
Al Horford enjoys best game of season
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Boston Celtics' 117-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Blakely: Jaylen Brown expected to return to Boston with team
A. Sherrod Blakely joins Boston Sports Tonight to give the latest on Jaylen Brown’s injury.
Stevens: Jaylen Brown ‘felt pretty good leaving the arena’
Brad Stevens gives the latest on Jaylen Brown’s injury, and says that he felt pretty good leaving the arena.
Marchand refuses to lose
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand continues to put the Bruins on his shoulder and refuse to let them lose.
Marcus Morris: Second unit picked up the intensity
Marcus Morris joined Kyle Draper following the Celtics' 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves to discuss the bench's performance.
Howe: Sherman 'absolutely wants to play for the Patriots'
Jeff Howe says that Richard Sherman absolutely wants to play for the Patriots and makes his case for the Patriots going after him.
A regular-season return for McAvoy?
After the first knee injury of his hockey career and a four-week timetable for his recovery, Charlie McAvoy says his aim is to play in a few regular-season games before making a playoff return.
Patriots free-agent targets: Philadelphia Eagles LB Nigel Bradham.
If you can't beat 'em, have 'em join you?
The Patriots could use a boost at linebacker. How about one coming off winning a Super Bowl title?  
Boston Bruins forward David Backes.
'It's the world we live in'
The Bruins' David Backes, while accepting of the first suspension of his 12-game NHL career, views things a little differently than the NHL, which ruled him out for three games.
QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Phil Savage details draft prospects
Senior Bowl guru and former Browns GM Phil Savage joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to break down draft hopefuls. Which QBs are overrated?  
Turning down the heat on Horford takes
It’s fair to criticize players for poor performances, and Al Horford admits he hasn’t played up to his own standards lately. But some of the stuff being leveled at him is just ridiculous.
Will Pats suffer walkoff loss on o-line?
Nate Solder's impending free agency, with no guarantee he'll return, means the Patriots have painted themselves into a corner at left tackle.
What does Ainge think of Kyrie's 'Uncle Drew' movie?
Danny Ainge joins Toucher and Rich to discuss his thoughts on the trailer that was released for Kyrie Irving's "Uncle Drew" movie.
Ainge: Hayward doesn't think he'll return
Danny Ainge tells Toucher & RIch that Gordon Hayward is 'not close' to being 100 percent recovered from his ankle injury, and he doesn't think Hayward expects to play this year.
C's next foe has injury issues of its own
The Celtics may be without Gordon Hayward, but the Timberwolves -- who host the C's tonight -- don't have Jimmy Butler. 
NBC Sports Boston Breakfast: Hayward coming back?
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss Mike Gorman’s comments on Gordon Hayward’s potential comeback.
Talib vs. Sherman?
Richard Sherman or Aqib Talib? Who should the Patriots pick if both are available and interested?
Should Brad Marchand be in the MVP discussion?
Mike Felger and Mike Giardi discuss how Brad Marchand might start getting into the Hart Trophy conversation and how he has become one of the elite scorers in the NHL.
Irving opens up on Hayward's injury
Instead of being just one of the team leaders, Kyrie Irving became The Man when the Celtics lost Gordon Hayward in the first minutes of the season. He's responded to the challenge beautifully.
Is Gronkowski trying to avoid being traded?
Lou Merloni tells us his theory about why Rob Gronkowski is using retirement as leverage against getting traded away from the Patriots.
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham could be a free agent target of the New England Patriots.
Should Pats look for Gronk Insurance?
Our first look at key questions facing the Patriots before free agency opens is a simple one: Can the Patriots protect themselves at tight end by going after Jimmy Graham?
Would Richard Sherman be a fit with the Patriots?
Gary Tanguay, Mike Giardi and Lou Merloni debate if Richard Sherman would fit on the Patriots and if there is a better cornerback option out there.
Krug stepping up in B's time of need
Torey Krug isn’t shying away from the responsibility he feels to provide offense from the back end with Charlie McAvoy out of the lineup.
Report: Flores will call defensive plays without DC title
Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores will take over the defensive play-calling, but will not get the title of defensive coordinator next season, according to a Yahoo report.
Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Seeking blockbuster finish to this sequel
Settled in and less hyped to create a big first impression, Chris Sale looks to build to a big finish to his second Red Sox season.  
Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara (left) and Brandon Carlo.
The McA-void on defense is showing
Despite the 6-5 overtime victory, the defensive lapses against the Red Wings painted a pretty stark picture of what life could be like without Charlie McAvoy and it wasn’t a very pretty one at all.
Do we still fail to fully appreciate Al Horford?
Mike Gorman joins Toucher & Rich to discuss whether or not Al Horford has lived up to his contract and how the All-Star center continues to be underappreciated.
Mike Gorman on Gordon Hayward returning
Mike Gorman on Hayward's rehab and return to the court
In talking about Gordon Hayward, Celtics broadcaster Mike Gorman wonders why he would be working out 8-9 hours a day if the plan was to not attempt a comeback this season
Are Lewis, Solder about to leave Pats?
Mike Giardi has a couple of notes on two Patriots key free agents: Running back Dion Lewis and left tackle Nate Solder
Under fire, union may add legal firepower
Baseball's slow free-agent market is a result of bargaining choices made by the players' union in the last CBA negotiation. Former union pitbull Gene Orza offers history lessons.
Breakfast Pod: Is Horford unfairly criticized?
The Boston Sports Tonight crew debates whether the Boston Celtics' Al Horford is unfairly criticized.
Cassidy reacts to Marchand game winner: ‘He doesn’t quit’
Bruce Cassidy and Brad Marchand react to the Bruins 6-5 OT win, and Cassidy praises Brad Marchand’s ability to finish when the puck finds him.
Talking points: Marchand shines
Brad Marchand was studly in a game when the Boston Bruins defense seemed to feel the loss of Charlie McAvoy.
Mayo on whether Belichick is a dictator
Jerod Mayo weighs in on if Bill Belichick has turned into a dictator or whether he still has checks and balances.
How dire is the need to re-sign Nate Solder?
Mike Giardi and Lou Merloni debate how important it is for the Patriots to re-sign their left tackle Nate Solder, and how much money he may command.
Morris on being a mentor to Jayson Tatum
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely get you caught up on the latest with the Celtics. Marcus Morris joins Kyle to talk about a wide range of topics.
Taking care of business
Beating the teams you're supposed to beat is a big part of being a contender, and the Celtics did just that Monday in Chicago.
C's offense firing on all cylinders
Since the All-Star break, the offensive floodgates have opened for the Celtics.
Marcus Smart ninja jump
Marcus Smart: Part ninja?
It started off as Marcus Smart getting knocked to the floor, but then something crazy happened that went viral in an instant
Is Belichick listening to anyone anymore?
At this stage of his historic career, is Bill Belichick no longer hearing advice, or criticism, from his staff or his peers?
NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod
Exclusive interview with Chris Sale; C's crush Bulls
On this episode of the NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod, Chris Mannix breaks down the Celtics' dominant win over the Bulls, an exclusive interview with Chris Sale, and much more.
Decision to start Larkin pays off
Brad Stevens' bold choice of starting Shane Larkin in Kyrie Irving's absence works out for both the player and the team as the Celtics cruise past the Bulls.
A total team effort
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's stars, studs, and duds from the Celtics' dominant victory over the Bulls on Monday.
Irving could miss additional time
Kyrie Irving missed Monday night's game against the Bulls because of a sore left knee, and the Celtics haven't ruled out him missing additional time this week.
Could Kyle Lauletta become the next Jimmy Garoppolo?
Phil Perry discusses what he thinks about Kyle Lauletta after watching him at the NFL Combine, and if the Patriots might take a chance on him.
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand comes around the net with the puck before scoring his overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens.
Just call No. 63 Mr. OT
Brad Marchand's latest overtime goal -- Saturday vs. the Canadiens -- ties him for the most in Bruins' history with 10.
Buckets' Bracketology: Harvard's in, PC's out, URI's dropping
There's a little good news, and a lot of bad news, for New England teams in Robbie Buckets' weekly brackets. Click here for his current NCAA field.
An overrated class of quarterbacks?
After three days of bouncing around the NFL Combine, let's unload some of the buzz we picked up . . . both Patriots-related and otherwise.
University of Miami RB Mark Walton at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Miami RB Walton could be an interesting fit for Patriots
The Patriots could be looking at moving on without both Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. What then? 
Second year shaping us as a charm
Chris Sale talks to Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni about feeling more comfortable in his sedond year in Boston, and what surprised him about his first year.
The evolution of Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has been a stable, consistent, engaging leader for the Celtics -- qualities that he never had during his time as LeBron James' sidekick with the Cavs.
Pasta stepping up his production
With key Bruins players out injured, it is high time that the rest of Boston’s greater offensive lights are ready to step up and fill the void.
Monroe begins to find his niche
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's takeaways from Boston’s 123-120 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Khudobin's brilliant season continues
Anton Khudobin stepped up with a fantastic performance in Tuukka Rask's absence, just as he's done all season long.
C's bench a bright spot despite loss
The Celtics bench has its best scoring game of the season, albeit in a losing effort against the Rockets.
Morris shines, but C's defense falls short
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 123-120 loss to Houston.
Julien: Bruins doing "embarrassing things"
Claude Julien is fed up with both the Bruins and the officiating, saying they're doing “embarrassing things in the game of hockey".
A bittersweet victory
It was another great win for the Bruins as they defeated the Canadiens in an OT thriller, but it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies.
'He's NOT playing this year'
Brad Stevens couldn't make it any clearer Saturday. Gordon Hayward is not playing for the Celtics this season.  
Rather have Patriots acquire Sherman or Talib?
Gary Tanguay, Mike Giardi, and Lou Merloni debate if they would rather have the Patriots acquire Richard Sherman or Aqib Talib.
Phil Perry talks to Colts fans about Josh McDaniels
Phil Perry talks with some Colts fans at the Workingman's Friend Restaurant about what they think about almost Colts head coach Josh McDaniels.
See you later?
Saturday night's Celtics-Rockets showdown may not be the last time these teams meet this season.
Getting to know Andrew Benintendi and Brock Holt
Evan Drellich sits down with teammates Andrew Benintendi and Brock Holt as they discuss the end of the flow bros, their friendship, and Holt's singing career.
Harden on Smart: 'Next question'
James Harden is asked about Marcus Smart, and the two offensive fouls he committed at the end of the last meeting between the Rockets and Celtics
Harden: No answers for how to play Smart
Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds of the Celtics' incredible comeback over the Rockets in December. And Harden isn't taking questions about it.
What are Patriots looking for from QBs at combine?
The NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing for this year's quarterback class. But how can these prospects help themselves in the eyes of the Patriots? 
Early Rick Nash-David Krejci chemistry undeniable
Don Sweeney's bold move to sure up the Bruins second line has produced an instant payoff, and rejuvinated David Krejci
Time to worry about Tuukka again?
The Bruins goaltender had a rough first period Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins where he allowed three goals in the first 20 minutes.
BEST OF BST PODCAST: Tension in Foxboro needs to be addressed
Tonight's Best of BST Podcast discusses the Patriots future, the Bruins big win, and Alex Cora's clubhouse. 
Bruins batter the Cup champs
The Boston Bruins couldn't have performed better offensively, led by the efforts of David Krejci, and the physicality of Zdeno Chara.
QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Steve Palazzolo breaks down the QBs in this year’s draft, what player could fit the Patriots needs?
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus joins Phil Perry on Quick Slants the Podcast to break down the NFL Draft.
Feldman/Mariner: 2018 Revs preview
Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner preview the New England Revolution season, including what they are expecting from Brad Friedel.
Toledo QB Logan Woodside.
Holy Toledo! Is this the next Jimmy G?
Logan Woodside doesn't lack confidence and the small-school QB has drawn big-time raves from coaches and scouts and comparisons to a certain former Patriots backup QB.   
Friedel: ‘You can see the whole team coming together as one’
Brad Friedel opens up about his strategies for the Revolution, and what he has learned so far from the team in preseason.
Smart and Harden meet again
Marcus Smart got the best of James Harden by drawing back-to-back offensive foul calls to cap a Celtics comeback in their last meeting. As they meet again Saturday, Smart explains his defensive strategy.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) and coach Bill Belichick.
Laying in the weeds...The End
The friction and fatigue that are inevitable in the Patriots' near two-decade dynasty were at a record high in 2017. Left unchecked, that's what will end it.
Ainge: NCAA isn't broken but it could be fixed
Danny Ainge joins Toucher & Rich to discuss if the NCAA should start playing the players and his thoughts on what could be tweaked.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (33) meets with his teammates.
How do B's snap out of special teams 'funk'?
The Bruins are a woeful 2-for-34 on the power play in the past 11 games and have allowed six PP goals in the past five games. Now without Patrice Bergeron, a special teams resurgence is needed.
Cora's working to build a healthy clubhouse
Alex Cora recognizes that a healthy clubhouse requires a level of communication and understanding between himself and his players.
BEST OF BST PODCAST: Gronkowski expected to return to Patriots?
The BST crew discusses Gronk's expected return, the Celtics big win over the Hornets, and potential rule changes in the NFL
Monroe makes the most of his opportunity
Greg Monroe hasn't had the opportunity to play bigger minutes until Wednesday night against the Hornets.
A lethal offensive performance from the C's
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics'134-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Giardi: Trade Gronkowski if he’s going to hold you hostage
Mike Giardi is fed up with Rob Gronkowski not making any decisions on his future, and thinks the Patriots should be shopping him to other teams before he becomes a detriment to the Patriots
The Moose is loose
Due to Daniel Theis' injury, Greg Monroe will see more minutes tonight and have the chance to impress Brad Stevens.
Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown passes as he comes down court.
Keep it moving, keep 'em winning
What's been the key to the Celtics' post-All-Star break, three-game winning streak? Moving the ball, as shown in their assist-to-turnover ratio.

Amica Game Recap: Davis dominates, Celtics fall to Pelicans

Brian Scalabrine and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics' 108-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

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