Truck Day is kind of pointless

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Truck Day is kind of pointless

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Last Tuesday was Truck Day, the most boring exciting day of the year. For many Red Sox fans this snooze fest signals the unofficial start of baseball season.

Basically, a bunch of fans head down to Fenway to watch some Red Sox staff members load a truck full of Red Sox equipment and umm.oh wait, that's it. No players are there. Theres nothing but dudes loading a truck full of boxes. Why, just thinking about it makes us.

zzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzz.

Oh, um, where were we? Right, Truck Day! Woo! Is it quite possibly the most fun a person can have outside of watching grass grow or watching your grandpa take a nap.

Pink Hats everywhere look forward to Truck Day as well so they can head down to Fenway, talk about how Josh Beckett is the best second baseman in the MLB and wonder when Manny Ramirez is going to show up to spring training.

We sent our ace reporter Patrice Purrgeron down to Fenway to check out the action. Heres a clip we have from last Tuesday:

Riveting. Look at that one guy wheeling that box up the ramp! Oh. My. Gosh! Most fun weve had since the last funeral we went to. Maybe next year Sleepys should sponsor Truck Day.

What could possibly be more fun that Truck Day!? you ask.

Good question.

Not many things are more fun that watching guys move things into a truck. Quite honestly, the entire Wicked Good Sports Crew LOVES to drive around on a Saturday until we find a house with a moving truck out front and then we just stop and cheer them on.

If youre still wondering what could possibly be more fun than Truck Day, heres a short list we came up with:

Getting hit by Johnny Boychuk.

Getting kicked in your special no-no place.

Receiving a singing telegram from the Black Eyed Peas.

Watching a Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Highlights DVD.

Getting your spleen cut out.

Competing with Rex Ryan at a buffet.

Hoodie shopping with Bill Belichick.

Listening to Ben Stein narrate an 1840s themed adult film.

Sorry, Sox fans. It is just a truck. ...With boxes.

WATCH: Celtics vs. Hornets

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Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

BOSTON -- The last time Boston saw the Charlotte Hornets last month, both teams were streaking in the wrong direction with each coming in having lost three in a row.

Both come into tonight’s game streaking, although in two very different directions.

Boston (25-15) has won 12 of its last 15 games to firmly establish itself as the third-best team in the East behind Cleveland and Toronto. Meanwhile the Hornets (20-20) are on the cusp of falling below .500 for the first time this season after losing their last four games.

Still, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen enough of this Hornets team to know that a win tonight won’t come easily.

“This is a good team,” Stevens said. “We all know Charlotte. They don’t beat themselves. We’ve had to play really well against those guys. This is going to be a tough one, as we all know.”

Figuring out why these two teams are trending in opposite directions isn’t all that complicated.

For the Celtics, their success of late has hinged heavily on their ability to make 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s problems have had a lot to do with a tough slate of road games (all four of their recent losses were on the road) and their inability to make shots which has been an issue in some form for them all season regardless of the opponent.

Look at the last four games, all of which the Hornets lost while the Celtics won three of their four games in that span.

The Hornets rank 21st in scoring with a 101.5 points per game average while the Celtics average 110.8 points which ranks 8th in the league.

Charlotte ranks dead-last in the league the last four games when it comes to shooting the ball (40.5 percent), while Boston comes in 18th at 46.0 percent.

But it’s the 3-point shot and its impact on having an effective field goal percentage, that really separates these two.

Boston has averaged a league-best 15.3 made 3-pointers in the last four games while the Hornets and their 9.8 made 3’s ranks 20th.

And as far as its impact on eFG%, Boston comes in with the eighth-best eFG% in the league (54.8 percent) while the Hornets next-to-last in the NBA with an eFG% of .462.

So what does that mean tonight?

Boston will look to continue being fueled offensively by good ball movement and attacking the rim which in turn should result in lots of good looks from 3-point range which is clearly a strength of this team.

Charlotte will search for other sources of offense besides former UConn star Kemba Walker who is on the short list of candidates for a spot on this year’s Eastern Conference all-star roster.

As was the case in Charlotte’s 102-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, an off-night shooting for Walker (17 points, 7-for-23 shooting with three assists) left the Hornets extremely vulnerable to defeat. Similar struggles tonight will provide a similar ending for Charlotte which would allow both teams to continue streaking along … something the Celtics wouldn’t mind at all.