Differences between Rivers, Belichick

961533.jpg

Differences between Rivers, Belichick

Are Doc Rivers and Bill Belichick similar? In a word, no.

Rivers was at Gillette Stadium Monday and spent a little time with Bill Belichick before the game.

He talked about how he always learns things from Belichick's ways. But can Rivers really instill much of those ways into his own coaching style? Mike Felger doesn't think so.

"You can't coach in the NBA like you coach in the NFL," Felger said. "Talk about the two most diametrically opposed leagues in the world. The players run the show in the NBA, and the NFL may be the only sport in the world where the coach is the boss. I know Doc Rivers wants to take things from Belichick, but he can't. If Doc tried to pull half the stuff with his players, Doc would get run out of town by his players."

In the opposite sense, Gary Tanguay points out that Belichick wouldn't last in an NBA huddle.

"If you put Bill Belichick in an NBA huddle, his head would pop off," Tanguay said. "If Bill was in the huddle, you call the play, Rondo goes out doesn't run the play. Oh my God, his head would explode."

Check out the video for more.

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

felgerst_1280x720_693930051772.jpg

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.