Are Doc Rivers and Bill Belichick similar? In a word, no.
Rivers was at Gillette Stadium Monday and spent a little time with Bill Belichick before the game.
He talked about how he always learns things from Belichick's ways. But can Rivers really instill much of those ways into his own coaching style? Mike Felger doesn't think so.
"You can't coach in the NBA like you coach in the NFL," Felger said. "Talk about the two most diametrically opposed leagues in the world. The players run the show in the NBA, and the NFL may be the only sport in the world where the coach is the boss. I know Doc Rivers wants to take things from Belichick, but he can't. If Doc tried to pull half the stuff with his players, Doc would get run out of town by his players."
In the opposite sense, Gary Tanguay points out that Belichick wouldn't last in an NBA huddle.
"If you put Bill Belichick in an NBA huddle, his head would pop off," Tanguay said. "If Bill was in the huddle, you call the play, Rondo goes out doesn't run the play. Oh my God, his head would explode."
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BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss.
Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season.
The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net.
Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch.
Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.
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