Good morning, grab your coffee and let's take a swing through the Boston sports landscape:
An exciting win for the B's last night over the Hurricanes in game three of the opening round of the playoffs. Jeremy Swayman got the start in net over Linus Ullmark and played well after the Bruins got a lead.
That was the key--this team needs to play from ahead. The offense is stuck in neutral down the stretch and still struggles to score with an anemic power play. The B's were written off after being blown out in the first two games on the road. The old axiom holds true: a series doesn't start until the home team loses.
Game four is another must win at home for the Bruins, but at least one win takes the panic away. To say the Garden was rocking...well, after the third goal the fans pounding on the glass resulted in a sheet coming down right on the off-ice official in the penalty box area. Yikes!
BOSTON RED SOX:
Weak starting rotation. Terrible bullpen with no closer. Bats cold as ice. 10-17 start puts a damper on the season. Here it is the first week of May and in last place 9 games back of the Yankees. The only positive is that it looks good for cheap seats for August and September games at Fenway.
Let's be real: this is no surprise. The bullpen was a mess from day one. The rotation without Chris Sale at the top needed a lot of good fortune to be effective and they never really replaced Eduardo Rodriguez. Trevor Story needs time to transition to not being in Colorado like all ex-Rockies. Doogie, JBJ and Kike is not exactly the Killer B's of just a few years ago in the outfield. Bobby Dalbec's resurgence late last year was just a mirage.
The Sox went cheap. They'll pay the price this season.
The Celtics allowed Milwaukee to steal home-court advantage in game one. As good as they looked in game two, it means nothing if they don't forcibly re-take home-court advantage back in game three.
The Bucks are a damned good team and still the defending champions for a reason. They'll come out with guns blazing at home. The Celtics need to match that intensity.
This may be a game that Boston has to make a 90 point defensive slog to win.
OK, have a great day!