When the Patriots started off this season, their offense was playing with a purpose. Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski were picking apart defenses with surgical precision and putting up numbers that rivaled those of the undefeated 2007 Patriots team. Fast forward to where we are now, and the Patriots do not look as mighty as they did at the beginning of the season. The Offensive line has crumbled, injuries are having a huge effect on both the offense and defense, and they lost to the hapless Eagles. However, the AFC just isn’t very good this year. Andy Dalton is sidelined for an indefinite amount of time with an injury, and Brock Osweiler is no John Elway. Is it possible that even with all of the injuries and two losses under their belt, the Patriots are still the best the AFC has to offer?
As of now, I would say yes. The Patriots lost a heart breaker three weeks ago to Osweiler’s Broncos, which probably would not have happened if not for a dropped punt by now free-agent wide receiver Chris Harper. They then followed that loss with another loss to the Eagles in which the special teams play of the Patriots was horrendous. However, the Bengals lost Dalton, and I still think the Patriots are a much beter team than the Broncos, especially with Gronkowski and Jamie Collins back into the mix. Once Edleman and Hightower return from their injuries, the Patriots should be a force, and I believe that they will make the Superbowl, only to lose to the Cardinals.
So just how good are the Bruins this year? We have seen all levels of play from them ranging from horrendous to outstanding, but what can we expect from this team for the remainder of the season? I think that it all rides on the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask. If Rask can keep up the level of play we’ve seen from him in the past few weeks, then the Bruins could be a contender in the post season. However, if Rask regresses to the play we saw from him at the beginning of the season, the Bruins could miss the playoffs entirely. This team lives or dies on the play of Tuukka Rask
The Celtics have been heavily involved in trade rumors in recent weeks, most notably rumors involving two of the games best big men; Demarcus Cousins and Dwight Howard. The Celtics would surely have to give up at least two of their rotation pieces for ether of these guys as well as one of the coveted Brooklyn first round picks. They would not have to give up nearly as much for Dwight Howard as they would for Demarcus Cousins. With that being said, who is the better fit? And how good would one of these guys make the vastly improved Celtics?
I will start with Dwight Howard. Howard is having a horrible season (by his standards) with Houston this year. He is unhappy in Houston (surprise, surprise) and every time we hear about him on the media it seems hat he is complaining about something. With all the skill that Howard has, at 30 years old he may just be the softest player in the NBA> This is a huge NO NO for me. Howard is a nightmare to coach and by all accounts is a bad teammate. I don’t see him changing his ways at 30 years old.
Now on to Cousins. Cousins is probably the best center in the NBA right now. He is averaging about 25 per game for Sacramento this season and is producing at a high level. The question with Cousins is his character. He has had some issues in the past with teammates and coaches, however that all happened in Sacramento, which isn’t exactly a marquee franchise. Perhaps if Cousins came to Boston and experienced a bit more stability he could clean up his act. That aside, Cousins is a top-level talent, and if he and his ex-teammate Thomas could get a little chemistry going, then the Celtics could be a force to be reckoned with in the east. The Celtics would have to give up a lot for Cousins, but it could pay huge dividends.
Dwight Howard- HELL NO
Demarcus Cousins- YES!! If he can clean up his act on and off the court
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My name is Steve and I am a passionate Boston Sports fan. I watch all four major Boston sports teams very closely. My goal for this website is to give my opinions on Boston Sports news, and I will be posting anywhere from twice a day to once every two days. Regardless, this website will be up to date with the most recent Boston sports news and my reactions to it.
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