While the Patriots and the Celtics both enjoyed wins this past week, the Bruins were only lucky enough to celebrate one victory. With nothing going on in the world of the Red Sox either all focus was put towards these three teams especially on Thanksgiving day with the Patriots playing on the holiday for the first time since 2002.
The New England Patriots
Like I said before, the Patriots enjoyed more success this week in case you did not happen to catch the game on Thanksgiving. The Patriots had an impressive win on Turkey Day over the lowly Lions 45-24. After trailing 17-10 at halftime, the Patriots went on an offensive surge in the third and fourth quarters scoring five touchdowns to the Lions’ one. Tom Brady was able to find both Deion Branch and Wes Welker in the end zone twice in this game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was able to run into the end zone for two more scores of his own. The Pats have really changed up their playing style from that of a first half team that cannot close out games of the last two seasons to that of a dominant second half team able to score and play clutch defense.
Now, the Pats have the tough task of removing the Jets from their throne and placing themselves solely on top of both the AFC East and the entire AFC. Monday night football next week brings us the long awaited re-match from week two of the season back in September. Next week, there will be a different Patriots team in Foxborough than the one that showed up at the new Meadowland stadium two months ago. Not one that is just Randy Moss-less, but one that has improved on all aspects of their game and one riding a winning momentum of the last three weeks. Also, give Bill Belichick 11 days to prepare for a team he lost to and does not like and the results should be positive. The Patriots are looking for revenge next week against their division rival and should be the favorite to win this highly anticipated game.
The Boston Celtics
After closing out last week on a sour note, the Celtics righted the ship this week against the Hawks, Nets, and Raptors. Monday night the Celtics traveled down to Atlanta and put on an impressive display of offense and defense against the Atlanta Hawks destroying them 99-76. The Celtics were from start to finish the dominant team in this one scoring 39 points alone in the first quarter. The 26 point margin to start the game was the largest lead the Celtics have ever had on a team in franchise history during the first quarter. Despite the Hawks recent difficulties as a team, this is a great win for Boston since they lost all four match-ups to Atlanta just a year ago.
The remainder of the week saw the Celtics winning against the New Jersey Nets 89-83 and a re-match with the Toronto Raptors from last Sunday. The Celtics took care of business against the Raptors this time 110-101 with the return of Rajon Rondo, who missed the past three games with a hamstring injury. Rondo had little to rust to shake off as he dished out another 14 impressive assists and still played 36 minutes of quality basketball. The 36 minutes was necessary too as early in the game against the Nets on Wednesday, back-up point guard, Delonte West, left with a broken wrist. West suffered the injury after a lay-up attempt that resulted him falling to the floor and trying to brace his fall with his hand. Unfortunately, West’s wrist snapped against the floor and he was in considerable pain. He is out indefinitely and will most likely not return till after the All Star break.
A huge loss for the Celtics there as Delonte was putting up quality minutes and contributing greatly off the bench. Nate Robinson will most likely continue to fill the void left by West as Rondo’s back-up like he did to start the season while West served his 10 game suspension. The Celtics continue through next week with a trip to Cleveland Tuesday and visits back home from Portland on Wednesday and Chicago on Friday.
The Boston Bruins
The Bruins have not enjoyed the success that their fellow Boston teams have recently. The Bruins ended last week in a rough way with a shootout loss to the Kings and continued their woes through this week. Four games and three losses for the B’s. Monday saw them traveling to Tampa Bay to take on the lightning only to suffer a 3-1 loss. Wednesday was the only bright spot in the week down in Florida against the Panthers with a 3-1 win. Friday night the Bruins got to come back to some home cooking only to be shutout to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Finally, Sunday the Bruins traveled to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers and lost 4-1. Both the losses on Monday and Sunday came with Tuukka Rask in net, while Tim Thomas got the only win on Wednesday.
The good news for the Bruins this week came when Marc Savard was able to return to practice. Savard has been sidelined all season after suffering from post concussion symptoms from last season. Now, the Bruins must clear up some cap space to make room for the eventual return to action by Savard. Trent Whitfield was already placed on long term injury reserve by the B’s earlier this week to start making room for Savard. Their is still a little over a $1 million in cap space that needs to be cleared before Savard can enter a game. The Bruins head to Philadelphia on Wednesday, come back home Thursday to face Tampa Bay, and head back on the road to see old friend Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.
Boston College- The Eagles were the only team playing this week in the Boston area as they closed out their season against Syracuse. B.C. rode their win streak right through to the end of the season with a win on Saturday 16-7. They were able finish with a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 in the ACC. Their record is good enough for fourth place in the Atlantic division of the ACC. This was the Eagles fifth win in a row after losing five straight through September and October. The Eagles will now await to see if they will be selected to play in one of the upcoming Bowl games.
About the Author
Written by Geoff Poster
I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. I currently work for WODS Radio and Mix 104.1 Radio in Boston, MA as both a board operator and member of the promotions department. I am interested in pursuing a career in sports media. I currently have a Boston sports podcast entitled The Last Name Show, and I also write for the website SportsofBoston.com