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5 theories on what Danny Ainge did

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5 theories on what Danny Ainge did

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

If youre reading this then youre one of maybe 100 Bostonians still alive. The rest, were afraid, are probably floating down the Charles River and into the bay.

They might be better off.

Should you be one of those 100 Bostonians left, you can mark yesterday down in the history books. On Thursday, February 24, 2011 at around 3:30 in the afternoon, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge went insane.

He did what the Red Coats couldnt kill New Englands pride.

Ainge then sent half of whatever Celtics roster was left for a draft pick, a bag of cash, a pack of cigarettes and a used Lebron James jockstrap.

After the dust settled half of Boston started drinking whiskey straight while the other half have a scab from where they were scratching their heads all night. Some of the Wicked Good Sports crew were part of the head scratching team

the rest of us went straight for the liquor cabinet. Even our cats took the trades hard.

Our cats dont drink good beer, apparently.

And after we woke up and popped a few Excedrins to ease the throbbing we realized something no one still knows what the hell Danny Ainges doing.

Have no fear. We have a few theories:

1) Hes been brainwashed by Phil Jackson

Youre getting sleeeeeepy... and centers are over rated.

2) Hes actually Miami Heat sleeper agent

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3) He figured -- after the Bruins acquisition of Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly there were enough centers in Boston.

Wheres the face off circle?

4) He brought back way too much peyote from a recent weekend to Vegas.

5) And lastly, hes turned heel.

Only time will tell

Five quick thoughts: Patriots put it all together against Falcons

Five quick thoughts: Patriots put it all together against Falcons

FOXBORO -- Here are some quick-hitting thoughts on the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Falcons on Sunday night.

1) If the Patriots attacked this game believing that the best defense is a good offense . . . they were right. 

They controlled the ball for more than 18 minutes in the first half and ran for 92 yards on 18 carries (a 5.1 yards per attempt average) with four backs sharing the load. Rex Burkhead gave the team a spark with his speed and vision in his first game back since suffering a rib injury in Week 2. The success the Patriots had running the ball had the added benefit of opening up the play-action pass game and it helped protect Tom Brady. After taking two sacks in the first quarter and a monster hit (penalized for roughing the passer) from Adrian Clayborn in the second, Brady was fairly well-protected. 

PATRIOTS 23, FALCONS 3

2) Tom Brady lamented the fact that he hadn't been more accurate in the red zone of late, but he was better in that area to help the Patriots pad their early lead. 

The Patriots went 2-for-3 in the red zone through the first half, with Brady hitting on touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks (which looked more like an end-around hand-off) and James White. Brady still had moments of inaccuracy. The pass he lofted before being croaked by Clayborn was a bad one that was intercepted. (The pick was wiped after the penalty was enforced.) He threw behind Chris Hogan on multiple occasions. He also had an odd throw float well out of bounds that was intended for Rob Gronkowski. But for the most part he was on point, completing 21 of his first 29 throws for 241 yards. 

3) The Patriots defense showed up in critical moments time and time again in this one. 

They stopped the Falcons twice on fourth down, and they allowed Matt Ryan and his offense to convert on just two of their first nine third-down plays. The Falcons coaching staff deserves plenty of criticism for going for it when they did, but with a banged-up secondary, going against the reigning MVP and one of the best receivers in the league, the Patriots responded.

4) Bill Belichick's run defense was particularly impressive in the first half on Sunday night, helping keep the Falcons from getting anything going until it was too late. 

They allowed just 30 yards on nine attempts in the first two quarters (a 3.3 yards per attempt average), with Malcom Brown, Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy, Lawrence Guy and Deatrich Wise all making impressive stops at, near or behind the line of scrimmage. 

5) The Patriots suffered a handful of injuries to key players that will be worth keeping an eye on moving forward. 

Malcom Brown left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. Their top defensive tackle this season, Brown's absence may be one reason for why the Falcons were able to pump up their rushing yardage to triple digits by midway through the fourth quarter. Dont'a Hightower also left the game and was announced as questionable to return with a shoulder injury. Hightower has had a history of shoulder issues and so perhaps this is an older injury that was re-aggravated. Chris Hogan also left the game briefly and was evaluated for a concussion, according to NBC's television broadcast. He later returned.

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