Celtics

Is there any reason not to shop Garnett or Pierce?

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Is there any reason not to shop Garnett or Pierce?

Gary Tanguay and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the recent state of the Celtics and what the team should do with stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Shaughnessy makes his thoughts very clear when asked if the Celtics should be aggressive at the deadline.

"Absolutely. They're not going to win a championship in the professional lifetime of those two players," Shaughnessy said. "We love them, but this is Year 3 of the Big Three, Big Two, whatever you want to call it, and because of what's happened with Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, you name it ... it doesn't get better. So if you're not going to win a championship as constituted, why woujnd't you blow it up, deal one of these megastars. A team that's one player away, they'll deal some future for that. I would go for it."

So for Shaughnessy it's either championship or miserable basketball, apparently.

Pierce is a Celtics lifer, and Tanguay wonders if fans would have a harder time parting with him for that reason.

After all, the Celtics have been playing better basketball since Rondo went down. Is that sign of things to come?

"I think it's unfair to Rondo to use those numbers at this point," Shaughnessy said. "You're not going to win a championship without Rondo as opposed to with Rondo, that's just the way it goes. I understand the sentiment on that. But what I see out of this whole thing is that coach Doc Rivers to me is way happier with the team and the people he has now than when Rondo's there."

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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