CHFF Local Spin: Patriots-Jets

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CHFF Local Spin: Patriots-Jets

The Patriots-Jets game looks like a battle of equals. Unfortunately for both teams, according to Cold Hard Football Facts, neither team is good enough to be holding Lombardi's Trohpy at the end of the season.

"Both teams have the same record," said CHFF's Kerry Byrne. "But both teams have only one win against a quality opponent. . . Neither team right now is Super Bowl caliber."

The matchup is even in terms of both teams' all-time records against each other, too. Both have 52 wins against the other going back to the days of the New York Titans and the Boston Patriots.

The biggest problem facing the Patriots is the Jets pass defense, which has a defensive passer rating of 59.4. That's very good. In fact, they're on pace to be the best pass defense since the 2003 Patriots. Seems like so long ago, doesn't it?

"This Patriots offense is under pressure big time," Gary Tanguay said, "because the defense cannot win a game for them."

Kelly Olynyk: Couldn’t take Isaiah Thomas serious with missing tooth

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Kelly Olynyk says that he couldn't take Isaiah Thomas serious when he started talking to the team with a missing tooth.

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 123-111 Game 1 win over the Washington Wizards in their best-of-seven series. 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas: To be effective with all that he’s dealing with from an emotional standpoint continues to amaze us all. Thomas, just 24 hours removed from his younger sister’s funeral, delivered yet another gem of a game with 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting with nine assists with just two turnovers.

John Wall: Showing he’s more than just a guard with speed who can score, Wall finished with a double-double of 20 points on 9-for-20 shooting, to go with a game-high 16 assists.

STUDS

Jae Crowder: The Celtics needed a solid complimentary scorer to Isaiah Thomas, and Crowder was that dude during a critical third quarter stretch for Boston. He finished with a playoff career-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting with six rebounds. 

Bradley Beal: Half of one of the NBA’s best backcourts, Beal showed a much-improved postseason perimeter game. Having shot less than 30 percent on 3’s in Washington’s first-round series with Atlanta, Beal was 4-for-7 from long range which was part of his team high 27 -point game. 

Al Horford: Once again Horford flirted with a triple-double, scoring 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting, to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds with a blocked shot.  

Otto Porter Jr.: He was one of the few players for the Wizards whose plus/minus in Game 1 was positive (+3). He had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and two steals. 

Avery Bradley: The numbers don’t always tell the story when it comes to Bradley’s impact. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in Game 1, but he still managed to score 18 points on 7-for-20 shooting, in addition to grabbing five rebounds with four assists and four steals.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: He was a major factor in Washington’s fast start and with Markieff Morris’ knee injury, he may wind up starting Game 2. He finished with 12 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.

DUDS

Gerald Green: The Celtics remain undefeated with Green in the starting lineup, but his impact on Game 1 was nowhere to be found. He played just seven minutes without taking a single shot from the field. The only stat he registered was a turnover while his plus/minus on the floor was -13.