Pats-Giants first quarter notes


Pats-Giants first quarter notes

EAST RUTHERFORD - High drama at the Meadowlands. Goose eggs everywhere after the first quarter. Some notes after one quarter of the Patriots-Giants dress rehearsal. Ryan Mallett got the start at quarterback. He nearly got picked throwing late to the sideline on the Patriots first drive, a throw better not made. Also, he threw a screen to Jesse Holley that was aimed directly at Holley's right hip as the play flowed left. Not that solid. Other offensive starters were all backups (oxymoron?). Sebastian Vollmer did get his first preseason action starting at right tackle and was just fine over there in place of The Marcus Cannon Experience. Darrion Weems and Vollmer were the tackles, Derek Dennis and Jeremiah Warren were the guards. Ryan Wendell started at center. Holley and Jeremy Ebert were the wideouts. Eric Kettani started at fullback and Brandon Bolden was the running back. Daniel Fells was the tight end. Vollmer and Wendell came out after two series. Cannon and Dan Koppen entered. Koppen played just one series before Dan Connolly took over. Jermaine Cunningham split a double team and came up with a sack. He started at defensive end. The other end was Trevor Scott. Brandon Deaderick and Ron Brace were the defensive tackles. The linebackers were Bobby Carpenter, Niko Koutouvides and Mike Rivera. Rookies Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner started at safety. Alfonzo Dennard and Ras-I Dowling were the corners. Marquice Cole got the night off, a signal he's probably going to make the team which is sensible. Jeff Demps returned kicks in the first quarter.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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