Posted by: Nate | April 23, 2008

NBA Playoffs, Red-Hot Red Sox and the NHL? The Weekend in Sports

This past weekend was an epic one for Boston sports for sure. The NBA playoffs kicked off, the Sox swept the Rangers, the Bruins gave everyone some hope and the 112th running of the Boston Marathon took place. Needless to say, things were crazy around here. Since I was starting some vacation time as of Friday afternoon, I was around to soak up most of the frenzied action.

The Red Sox look unbeatable right now the way they are swinging the bats. We beat up on Texas Friday night, scoring 11 runs and battering their pitching staff. On Saturday we rallied from a late 3-2 deficit to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th, capped by a towering Manny home run waaaaaay over the Monster. On Sunday,  we again found ourselves in a late hole, this time 5-0 before tacking on 2 in the 7th and 4 more in the 8th as previously un-hittable Rangers closer CJ Wilson gave up all four runs without recording an out.

On Patriots day we completed the sweep with an 8-3 win over the Rangers and then got back to our comeback ways last night behind Jacoby Ellsbury (2 HR) and Dustin Pedroia (4-5 with 3 doubles) in a back and forth 7-6 win. The Boston Red Sox are red hot right now and no one is playing better than the kids.

The current season lines for Ellsbury (.308/.456/.538  19R, 3HR, 9RBI, 9SB), Pedroia (.364/.418/.523 13R, 1HR, 12RBI, 3SB and 11 2B!) are phenomenal and Jed Lowrie has played great defense and sports a 6-16, 5RBI lines so far as well. Manny Ramirez continues to be one of the best RH hitters baseball has ever seen and David Ortiz is coming out of his early season struggles, bringing his BA near .200 for the first time all year.

If we can get continued production at the top of the order from Ellsbury and Pedroia, then Manny and Ortiz are going to have really good years RBI wise as the bases will always have occupants. Lugo and Drew are showing signs of rebounding from down years in 2007 and Kevin Youkilis is off to his typically strong start as well. Once the pitching get healthy and settles down, the Red Sox will be even more formidible.

In basketball action, the Celtics took care of the Atlanta Hawks with relative ease in game 1 by a margin of 23 despite some sloppy play early. This series looks to be a good tune up for the coming rounds for the C’s, as the Hawks have some good players who can create problems if not defended toughly in Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby and Josh Smith. Seeing as the Celtics pride themselves on defense, this will be a good test for them after many of the regulars took it easy down the stretch of the regular season.

Speaking of defensively minded Celtics, in an announcement that surprised no one, Kevin Garnett won the Defensive Player of the Year honors for 2008. He posted numbers of 9.2rpg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg. In addition to these stats, he also severly limited the FG% of each opponent he guarded to well below the league average and gave the Celtics a presence in the middle that altered opponents game plans and shots alike. Congratulations, Kevin, on a well deserved award.

The Boston Bruins, after losing all 8 games against their first round opponent the Montreal Canadiens forced a game 7 after being down 3-1 in the series and pulling out a dramatic game 6 that saw a wild, goal scoring 3rd period. Unfortunately for them, they fell 5-0 in the decisive game Monday evening, but they did better than many people expected them to and even got me to watch some of the last two games even as a non-hockey fan.

Add to all this playoff excitement and streaking Red Sox action the 112th running of the Boston Marathon this weekend and Beantown was buzzing. It was a gorgeous day for running and spectating alike and the runners did not disappoint. The men’s field was won by Robert K. Cheruiyot, a winner for the 3rd consecutive year and 4th time overall, in a time of 2:07:46. He beat out 2nd place finisher Abderrahime Bouramdane by almost 1:20. On the women’s side, in the closest ever women’s finish at Boston, Dire Tune of Ethiopia outlasted Russian Alevtina Biktimirova, 2:25:25 to 2:25:27.

As I have mentioned before, it is a great time to be a Boston Sports Fan, and here’s hoping the good run continues. Sox-Angels tonight at 7:05pm, with Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks series tipping off at 8:00pm. Should be another good night in titletown for sure.

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  1. […] Nate wrote an interesting post today on NBA Playoffs, Red-Hot Red Sox and the NHL? The Weekend in SportsHere’s a quick excerptThe NBA playoffs kicked off, the Sox swept the Rangers, the Bruins gave everyone some hope and the 112th running of the Boston Marathon took place. Needless to say, things were crazy around here. Since I was starting some vacation time … […]


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