Pierce's shots not falling just part of problem


Pierce's shots not falling just part of problem

BOSTON - At one point in the second half, Milwaukee second-year forward Tobias Harris had 11 points while Pierce had just two.

There isn't a planet in the solar system where that scenario should exist.

Pierce's shooting woes were among the many things that didn't go the Celtics way as the Bucks had a surprisingly easy time in defeating Boston, 99-88.

Pierce finished with 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting, with his struggles in large part due to early foul trouble.

The Captain had two personal fouls in less than six minutes of playing time. Once he left the game, the Bucks outscored the C's by seven for the remainder of the quarter and never looked back.

"It was tough. It kind of threw me out of rhythm," Pierce said of his two early fouls. "Even when that happens, we have to have guys ready to step up."

And that, maybe more than anything else, is so surprising about the Celtics struggles through the first two games.

Because of their depth, the C's were supposed to have enough talent to fill in the gaps when core players like Pierce have off nights.

Two games into the season, and the Celtics are still in search of players who can be difference-makers.

But as Coach Doc Rivers has reminded the media often - it's still early and there's a lot of basketball left to be played.

"Both sides of the ball, we just didn't play well," Pierce said. "We're still trying to develop some chemistry with one another, offensively and defensively. It's going to take some time. The first two games, we got 80 games left. We got time to get it together."

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title.