Tom Giles

BEST OF BST PODCAST: J.D. Martinez has arrived and Marcus Smart returns

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: J.D. Martinez has arrived and Marcus Smart returns

0:41 - J.D. Martinez hasn’t officially been introduced by the Red Sox, but don’t panic. Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni break down the current situation with the new Sox slugger as well as where he’ll play during the season and how his addition affects the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

5:52 - Marcus Smart has been cleared to return. Tom Giles, Tom Curran, Kayce Smith and DJ Bean discuss how Smart’s absence affected the team and how tolerable his outburst that causes the injury is.

11:21 - With Rob Gronkowski’s retirement becoming more of a possibility, Tom Giles and Tom Curran break down the Patriots' depth at tight end and Kayce Smith, Albert Breer and DJ Bean debate the potential of the Patriots trading Gronk.

BEST OF BST PODCAST: C's need Smart back, Hanley goes all TB12

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: C's need Smart back, Hanley goes all TB12

0:41 - Obviously when comparing Gordon Hayward to Marcus Smart, it’s understood that Hayward is the better player. But A. Sherrod Blakely argues that Smart’s return to the lineup is more important that Hayward’s potential return. Kayce Smith and Tom Giles debate the point.

5:09 - David Ortiz is gone. Accept it. While this sounds like a topic from last season, Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox are still trying to replace Big Papi. Can Hanley Ramirez following the TB12 Method help fill the void? Evan Drellich joins Giles to discuss.

10:32 - While the NBA All-Star break isn’t quite the midway point in the season, it’s as good a time as any for picking some ‘first half’ awards. Giles, Holley, Smith and Rob "Hardy" Poole from 98.5 The Sports Hub reveal their MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year award winners.

17:23 - While Kyrie Irving has enough on his plate as the leader of the Celtics, he’s been developing his own personal brand off the court. Holley, Smith and Giles discuss Kyrie’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he talked about his upcoming “Uncle Drew” movie.

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics head into break on low note

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Celtics head into break on low note

0:41 - As the Celtics limp into the All-Star Break following a 129-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, plenty of questions surround the team. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and A. Sherrod Blakely break down the loss and discuss how the team needs to reassess going forward.

7:39 - Spring training has officially begun for the Red Sox and while Dave Dombrowski spoke about trade talks with other teams, it’s not likely that a big move is coming anytime soon. Evan Drellich joins Tom Giles to discuss Dombrowski’s comments and his first look at the team.

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