The Brady news that didn't break


The Brady news that didn't break

By Mary Paoletti

Rumor day! Rumor Day! Rumor day!

Oh, man. I love rumor days in the sports world. But there's one important thing to remember: they're sneaky.

A rumor is sometimes born when a media outlet says "Let's stir the pot. Remember those 'what ifs' we got from some sources' sources? Let's make a story about one of those. Or what about that thing that happened to that guy a while ago? Let's recycle that but sound all surprised and dramatic so people think it's news."

Thus, the rumor -- thrice removed from the supposed source -- is born.

This is what happened with Tom Brady's broken foot. Or supposedly broken foot. Whichever.

Your reaction after reading this should be to wonder 'Didn't Brady hurt his foot back in November?' You would be wondering correctly.

But if you're thinking 'Oh, no! Brady broke his foot?! OMG! I hope he's okay! No wonder the Patriots lost that playoff game! That game doesn't count! WE WANT A MULLIGAN! PUT THE PLAYOFFS ON HOLD. RE-PLAY THE GAME AFTER HE'S HEALED," then you got hosed.

Toldja they're sneaky.

Don't be taken in. Tom E. Curran tells you why Brady's problem on Sunday was the Jets and not his foot right here.

In his story, Curran mentions the fact that I heard rumblings of Brady's possible breakage back in December. Allow me to elaborate.

I went to a bar on Christmas Eve. (Don't judge me, just listen to the damn story.) Anyway. I was enjoying drinks with my best friend, Jenna, when we were interrupted by two older gentlemen.

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: My wife died of anorexia; would you like a piece of cheese?

Me Blinks several times: No, thank you.

Jenna Covers mouth: Wow. Wow. That is not appropriate bar conversation.

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: Looks down to cheese plate. Looks back at me. Looks up at TV showing football highlights Tom Brady's gotta broken foot. Eats piece of cheese.

Me: Turns to short guy Wait, what?

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull of scotch and soda

Me: Whhaat are you talking about?

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: Iz true. I was atta conference today in Brewer -- you know where Brewer is? -- an' Tom Brady's doctor's brother told everybody that hezgotta broken foot.

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull of scotch and soda

Me Raises eyebrow: We know his foot is injured, but it hasn't been reported as broken. I'm in that locker room every week with several other reporters. Why is this news being shared at a conference in Brewer, Maine and not by the Patriots?

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: I dunno, but iz true. I heard it myself. Today. Atta conference in Brewer. You know where Brewer is?

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull on scotch and soda

Me: Turns back to Jenna Tom Curran's gonna have a good laugh at this. Sends text to Tom

And that's it.

I did not pick up a big red rotary phone and dial an emergency line to my editor: "ART. A SOURCE JUST TOLD ME THAT BRADY'S FOOT IS FRACTURED. WE'VE GOT TO BREAK THIS IMMEDIATELY. DEAR GOD, I NEED TO TWEET THIS. "

Why? C'mon. No need to further insult your intelligence today.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Wizards shoot ridiculous 65 percent from field

After Boston’s last game against Portland – a loss – Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he was encouraged by some of the things his team did defensively.

It’s safe to say Stevens won’t be singing that tone if the Celtics continue along the path they’re on defensively right now as the Washington Wizards went into the half with a 66-59 lead.

Washington, donning all-black clothes when they arrived at the Verizon Center, were very much looking as though they were digging a basketball grave for the Boston Celtics who allowed the Wizards to shoot a ridiculous 65 percent from the field in the first half and 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from 3-point range.

The Wizards scored the first four points of the game and spent all of the first half playing with a lead.

But the Celtics showed some fight late in the second quarter, going on a 14-6 run to cut Washington’s lead to 55-52 with 3:39 to play in the quarter.

Boston would later have a chance to tie the game, but Marcus Smart’s 3-pointer was off the mark.

And the Wizards, as they had done all game, made the Celtics pay as Bradley Beal drained a jumper that made it a two-possession game.

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.



Bradley Beal

It was his idea to go with the all-Black look, and he backed up his talk with a strong first half of play. He has a team-high 14 points at the half along with five assists.

Isaiah Thomas

Thomas delivered yet another all-star caliber scoring performance in the first half for Boston. He led all scorers with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting along with a game-high eight assists.  

John Wall

After scoring just nine points when these two met on Jan. 11, Wall has 13 points at the half on 6-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and three assists.



Al Horford

It was an extremely efficient game offensively in the first half for Horford. He had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three assists.

Markieff Morris

He’s one of four double-digit scorers in the first half for the Wizards. In addition to his 10 points, he also has five rebounds and three assists.



Celtics defense

At this end of the floor, the Celtics were absolutely atrocious in the first half. The Wizards shot a ridiculously high 65 percent from the field, and were just as lethal (8-for-13, 61.5 percent) from 3-point land. They have no shot at competing let alone winning tonight’s game, if they don’t turn things around and do so soon!

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Beyond the numbers: 'Game is slowing down' for Isaiah Thomas

Just about every part of Isaiah Thomas’ game offensively has seen tremendous growth this season.

But what has really separated him from earlier versions of himself, has been his 3-point shooting.

He comes into tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards shooting a career best 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

When asked about how he has elevated his game this season, the answer isn’t that simple.

“I don’t know” he told reporters prior to tonight’s game. “The game is slowing down for me. My teammates put me in position, my coach does … and I’m just knocking down shots.”

Because of his shot-making, Thomas has made it difficult for defenses to give him a steady diet of any style of play in trying to limit him.

And because they have to change things up with regularity, that has created more scoring opportunities.

“Sometimes they forget what they want to do (defensively) and leave me open for a three,” Thomas said. “Those are the the types of shots I need to knock down and I’m being aggressive.

He added, “I need to get to the free throw line, trying to make plays for my teammates. It’s one of those things where I’m in a really good zone now; a really good rhythm.”

A good rhythm?

According to NBA statistics guru Dick Lipe, Thomas is the first Celtic ever to make at least four 3-pointers in five straight games. Taking it a step further, he has made at least three 3-pointers in seven straight games which equaled Antoine Walker’s streak in 2001.

Thomas has also attempted 11 three-pointers in five straight games which is a franchise record. There have only been three longer streaks in NBA history - Golden State’s Stephen Curry (7 straight games, 2016); Washington’s Gilbert Arenas (7 straight games, 2005) and Dallas’ George McCloud (6 straight games, 2006).

He’s also averaging 3.1 made 3’s per game which would be a franchise record that’s currently held by Antoine Walker who averaged 2.7 during the 2001-2002 season.

And all those 3’s have added up to Thomas scoring at least 27 points in seven straight games, something that hasn’t been done by a Celtic since Larry Bird had eight such games in March 1988 as well as the 1987-1988 season.