The Sports Tonight crew debates whether Wes Welker and Brandon Spikes will see any punishment from Bill Belichick for their actions in the past week.
Welker, after an impressive showing against Denver, infamously said it was "nice to stick it in Bill Belichick's face every once in a while."
For all the thing's Belichick is known for, a sense of humor is not high on the list.
Brandon Spikes meanwhile, was the latest in a seemingly endless line of professional athletes to get in trouble for boneheaded use of Twitter. Earlier this week Spikes tweeted an inappropriate comment that many found to be homophobic. Spikes later tweeted that it was meant as a joke.
Of the two, Spikes seems more likely to receive some kind of punishment, although it's unlikely to be anything major.
Joe Haggerty in fact, was surprised the league didn't come down with a punishment for Spikes. Haggerty referenced the three-game suspension given to Yunel Escobar for an anti-gay message he wore on his eye black.
Andy Hart doesn't believe the NFL has a handle on how they want to deal with Twitter yet.
Tonight’s pregame number to watch is 45.4%. That was the Celtics' score frequency on pick and rolls finished by the screener last season, which was the worst rate in the NBA.
Score Frequency: The percentage of possession in which the team or player scores at least 1 point.
The major problem for the Celtics last season was personnel, as Jared Sullinger finished the most pick and roll plays for the C’s after setting a screen, and he was -- to put it nicely -- freaking terrible. Sullinger was the second-worst roll/pop man in the league, averaging a paltry 0.87 points per possession.
Fortunately, the Celtics replaced Jared Sullinger with four-time All-Star Al Horford, who is one of the elite roll/pop men in the NBA. Last season, Horford finished fifth in the NBA averaging 1.13 points per possession as a roll/pop man and boasted a more than solid 57.1 eFG% on those plays.
eFG% (Effective Field Goal Percentage): Measures field goal percentage adjusting for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal. The equation is ((FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA
If you watched the preseason, then you already know the kind of impact Horford can have on the Celtics half court offense. So keep an eye out for those pick and rolls tonight and throughout the season, and we should see that 45.4% Score Frequency jump somewhere closer to 50%.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots, led by Tom Brady, are looking to stay above the fray when it comes to any sort of extra-curricular back-and-forth with the Bills this week.
The Bills? They appear ready to throw down -- or start a shoving match, or yell and scream at someone -- again at a moment's notice.
Three Buffalo players were fined following their Week 4 win over the Patriots because they were involved in a scuffle with Patriots players and coaches after rookie Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett and rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell ran by a Bills warmup drill.
A few defensive backs took exception to how close Brissett and Mitchell came to their area, and safety Robert Blanton shoved Brissett to get the scrap started.
According to reports out of Buffalo, mulitple Bills players have insisted that they won't hesitate to retaliate if the Patriots buzz by their drills again.
Of course, the difference this time around will be that Brady will be the one who might jog by, not a rookie about to make his second NFL start. Would the Bills treat him the same way they'd treat a 20-something kid who is new to the league?
Immediately after the Week 4 loss, Patriots players were not pleased by what happened before kickoff. Not only did what happened with Brissett not sit well with them, the fact that Patriots coaches were shoved by Bills players irked them as well.