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Yes, it’s only May and players are not in pads, but Monday was the start of Phase 3 of the Patriots voluntary offseason workout program with the first OTA session taking place, and Tom Brady reportedly continued to stay away.

When Brady didn’t attend the start of the program last month,...Read more

Jaylen Brown and Kevin Love

Brad Stevens talks about connectivity more than your local ISP. When his Celtics play with it, they generally win. When they don't, you get debacles like Saturday's 30-point shellacking at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After that Game 3 loss, Stevens praised the Cavaliers nearly...Read more

LeBron James and Terry Rozier

CLEVELAND -- The Celtics took the floor Saturday like a team that had spent the previous three days scouring the internet for every last glowing testimonial to its greatness.

The Celtics left the floor on Saturday with a black eye, bandaged chin, and four missing teeth, victims of a...Read more

Isaiah Thomas Marcus Smart

The Celtics owe Isaiah Thomas one last debt of thanks.

If the former TD Garden favorite hadn't played out of his mind in 2017, the Cavaliers never would've considered him a viable piece for All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.

And if Thomas doesn't go to Cleveland, then he doesn't alienate...Read more

There has been so, so much chest-beating about this whole evolution of hitting. And for good reason.

Around here it has been a revelation, with J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few, who have already hit the ceiling on preseason expectations. Launch angle. Hunting...Read more

There’s no question, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are the two best hitters on the Red Sox and have both been on tears of late, but someone else is quietly in the midst of a strong run as well.

Xander Bogaerts.

The shortstop hit his second home run in as many nights on Thursday in...Read more

LeBron James

On “Dale & Keefe” Wednesday, my pariah-in-crime John Tomase said he would rather have Al Horford on the Celtics than LeBron James. As of five days ago, I would’ve bursted out laughing at the suggestion. 

But after watching James get stifled in Game 1 and turn passive in Game 2 –– he...Read more

Brad Stevens

The greatest mismatch in the Eastern Conference Finals isn't LeBron James vs. Greg Monroe or the young Celtics wings against pretty much everybody on Cleveland's roster.

It's on the sidelines, where Brad Stevens is batting around Ty Lue like a cat with a not-particularly-interesting toy....Read more

Fresh off of rookie minicamp last weekend, three players selected by the Patriots in last month’s draft — Duke Dawson, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Christian Sam — addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday and all had the same general message.

“Everything is earned,” Dawson said, summing...Read more

LeBron James

We've seen this LeBron James before.

The one who takes the floor in hostile territory with his season on the line and swings Thor's hammer. The one who doesn't blink or crack a smile while ripping the hearts out of 18,000 sullen fans. The one who reminds everyone that not only is he the...Read more