During the Patriots first-round playoff bye last month, Tom Brady felt his throwing motionneeded some tweaking. So he went to California to his palatial, newly-completedresidence in Brentwood. There, on thekelly greensod, Brady threw to Wes Welker. Watching Brady throw was the man who had cultivated the most fundamentally perfect quarterbacking form in football, Tom Martinez. Martinez had overseen thousands of throws startingwhen Brady was a pudgy 13-year-old in San Mateo. The legendary football, women's basketball and softball coach at the College of San Mateo - despite being in need of a kidney transplant and undergoing dialysis - gave Brady what he needed that day, according to someone who was there. Then, a little more than a week later, Tom Brady tied an NFL record with six touchdown passes in the Patriots' rout of the Denver Broncos. That day in Brentwood was probably the last time Brady and Martinez worked together in person. Martinez died Tuesday, reportedly of a heart attack while receiving dialysis. The San Jose Mercury News reported the 66-year-old's passing first. "It's a big loss but he's been very, very, very sick," said Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., on Tuesday night. "I've known him for 50 years. He was a terrific coach and terrific mentor to a lot of people. Hundreds, if not thousands of people, hehelped develop into caring mature, responsible adults. He touched a lot of kids who are now adults and teaching their kids in same manner he taught their parents. There area lot of sadpeople in San Mateo County tonight." A well-done piece in The Boston Globe recently detailed Martinez' need for a new kidney and the donor process. While Martinez' death becomes a bigger "story" because of the accomplishments of his most famous student, the glory - Brady Sr., said - belongs to Martinez. "He was a loving mentor who would do anything for Tommy," said Brady's father. "As Tommy said many times, 'There would never have been a Tom Brady with the Patriots without Tom Martinez.' It's a great loss to his family. But his legacy will continue on through the people he's touched over the last 45 or 50 years of coaching."
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics take a slim 47-46 lead into the half over Sacramento, a team they have dominated at the TD Garden.
The Celtics are looking to extend their winning streak at home over the Kings to nine in a row with a victory tonight.
But the Kings are not going to go down easily, as they rallied back from a 13-point deficit in the first quarter.
After Boston went ahead 29-19, the Kings scored the final 10 points of the quarter to tie it at 29.
Sacramento took a couple of brief leads in the second, only for the Celtics to get a clutch shot or a timely stop defensively.
The final points of the half came on a put-back basket by Al Horford which gave Boston a one-point lead that would serve as the margin going into the half.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Friday’s game.
After taking just five shots in Wednesday’s loss to Detroit, Horford had as many in the first six minutes. He would finish the half with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting which included a pair of three-pointers.
He had a horrible first half shooting the ball, but there was no denying Cousins’ presence and impact on the game. Despite missing six of his nine shot attempts he still led them with nine points and five rebounds.
He looked a lot more like the Avery Bradley we’ve seen most of this season, and not the one who was a non-factor for most of Wednesday’s loss to Detroit. At the half he had nine points and four rebounds.
The oldest player on the floor certainly didn’t look past his prime. The 36-year-old small forward came off the Kings bench to score six points along with grabbing eight rebounds.
A 19.6 points per game scorer this season, Gay couldn’t get into any kind of flow or rhythm offensively. At the half, he had four points on 2-for-8 shooting which included him missing all four of his three-pointers.
BOSTON – There were a bunch of numbers from Boston’s 121-114 loss to Detroit on Wednesday that stood out.
Among the eye-grabbing stats was the fact that the Celtics had taken 42 3s (with 15 makes), an unusually high number of attempts that we may see matched or even surpassed tonight against the Sacramento Kings.
Don’t count head coach Brad Stevens among those surprised to see the Celtics attempt a lot of three-pointers.
Last season the Celtics took 26.1 three-pointers per game which ranked 11th in the NBA.
This season they’re up to 31.2 three-pointers attempted and 11.3 made which both rank fifth in the NBA.
You can count Kelly Olynyk among the Celtics pleased with the team's increased emphasis on shooting 3s.
The 7-foot led the NBA in shooting percentage (.405) on 3s taken last season.
"We play a lot of spread offense with four shooters, four perimeter guys," Olynyk, who is shooting 38.1 percent on 3s this season, told CSNNE.com. "We're trying to make teams shrink their defense and spray out and hopefully make shots. You're making extra passes, giving up good ones for great ones. And we have some pretty good shooters on our team. That's the way we're trying to play. It's just a matter of us making shots."
And the Celtics face a Kings team ranks among the NBA’s worst at limiting 3-point attempts with Sacramento opponents averaging 28.4 three-pointers taken per game which ranks 25th in the league.
One of Stevens’ main points about three-pointers is while it’s an important shot for them, they need to be the right shot, the right basketball play at the right time.
And when asked about the 42 attempts against the Pistons, he was quick to acknowledge those were for the most part the right shots to be taken.
“They are,” Stevens said. “At the end of the day we want lay-ups. And if we don’t get layups, we want the floor to be shrunk. If the defense shrinks in, you’re able to touch the paint and kick out. Two of our last three games, maybe three of the last four, two-thirds of our possessions we touched the paint or shrunk the defense with a roll. That’s our objective. We’re not a team that gets to the foul line a lot. We’re not a team that rebounds at a high rate. And we haven’t scored in transition. To be able to be sitting where we are offensively, a big reason is because we space the floor.”