Fill in the Blank: Championship Weekend

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Fill in the Blank: Championship Weekend

Patriots Football Weekly editor Paul Perillo and WEEI's Kirk Minihane join Michael Felger on Uno Sports Tonight to play a little Conference Championship Weekend edition of Fill in the Blank.

Among the questions...

- X factors for each team will be __________ & ____________.

- I'll push the panic button early if _______________.

- ___________ will be my lasting impression of Ray Lewis.

- The Super Bowl match-up I don't want to see is ____________ vs __________.

LEAVE US YOUR ANSWERS FOR ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS BELOW.

Brandon Marshall sick of Bill Belichick getting all the credit, praises Matt Patricia

Brandon Marshall sick of Bill Belichick getting all the credit, praises Matt Patricia

"In Bill we trust" may be the motto New England Patriots fans live by, but New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is tired of Belichick getting all the credit.

On this week's edition of “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, Marshall explains why defensive coordinator Matt Patricia deserves more credit for the Patriots’ success.

“I’m so sick and tired of everyone talking about Coach Belichick. Yes, he is great,” Marshall said. “The reason why I’m so sick and tired of everyone talking about Coach Belichick is because they think he does everything and he’s the only one in the building that’s working. They have a defensive coordinator by the name of Matt Patricia in New England, who’s awesome. He has the best third-down defense, and it’s not because of statistics. It’s because of the creativity.”

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.

 

STARS

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.

 

STUDS

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.

 

DUDS

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!