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Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

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Conference Call: Celtics-Heat Preview

Bob Neumeier takes a stroll around the NBA world and talks to a few writers who certainly have a few things to say before the NBA season gets underway on Tuesday.

First, Eric Reid, from Sun Sports, has seen plenty from the Miami Heat and Ray Allen since training camp began. You know he'll be there Tuesday night, and is expecting to see a game with heightened intensity.

"A little bit more, but probably not for the right reason," he said when asked if there's a little more juice to the rivalry now. He thinks the the reason should be based on the postseason battles between the two teams, not the talk between the C's and Ray Allen.

Our man Sherrod Blakely was next, where he said that the Celtics are contenders for title.

"They're just a better team from top to bottom," he said, before saying how they can go 9-10 deep in the rotation and make up for injuries that may occur.

Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen ranked the Celtics fourth in his power rankings but noted that the Celtics won't go into the postseason with the fourth-best record, instead focusing on staying healthy before the postseason begins.

Lastly, it was hockey or lack thereof.

The Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont says, "If players are going to blink, they're going to blink very shortly here."

It's do or die for the NHL season.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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