The Celtics defeated the Wizards at TD Garden on Wednesday night 140-133. It was Boston’s ninth win in a row after losing on opening night.
Both the Bruins and Celtics are off today, but have games tomorrow night. The Bruins are in Toronto against the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m., while the Celtics are in San Francisco to face the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Tom Brady spoke about N’Keal Harry: A recent subplot with the Patriots has been increased interest in rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry. The talented 21-year-old, who was New England’s first-round pick in 2019, was activated from injured reserve in early November after missing the first eight games of the season.
However, Harry wasn’t on the team’s 53-man roster for the Sunday night game against the Ravens. What role Harry can play for the rest of the season has become a talking point for Patriots fans, given his potential (and the team’s need for playmakers on offense).
“I think with our team, what I think we’ve done over the years is we’ve not projected expectations for people that put them in an unfair position that people are expecting things that, you know, are not in my control,” said Brady. “If you want to ask someone like N’Keal how he feels he’s doing, you should ask him.”
“To ask me, and then put unfair expectations on a younger player, I don’t think that is helpful at all,” Brady continued. “It is really up to each individual player. It is not just N’Keal because I like N’Keal a lot. Everybody’s role is earned and I think that is the mark of the Patriots and that is part of the culture. You have to come out here and you have to earn a spot and earn a role. You do that through practice, earning the trust of your teammates and your coaches that you can be talented when the moments are their biggest.”
Brady noted that Harry has shown positive signs since his return to the field.
“He’s working hard,” said Brady. “He’s extremely hard-working. He wants to do it. He’s got a great edge about him. I really love that. I really love his tenacity and he’s learning every day, and he’s working hard to get better. I think that is all you can ask of a younger player.”
Trivia: Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards came off the bench to score 18 points in last night’s win. Since 2000, what Celtics player has scored the most points in a single game off the bench?
(Answer at the bottom).
Hint: Before joining the Celtics, he once tried to earn a triple-double in the worst of ways.
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- Bill Belichick said N’Keal Harry is ‘better’ than he was two weeks ago
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- Before Celtics-Wizards, Isaiah Thomas catches up with former teammates
- Jon Wallach is taking a leave of absence from The Sports Hub
- Bill Belichick isn’t sure if Patriots will attend Colin Kaepernick workout
- ‘Jeopardy!’ poked fun at the Seahawks with a Super Bowl 49-themed question
- The NFL announced the date and start time for the Week 16 Patriots-Bills game
The Patriots will be represented at the Colin Kaepernick tryout:
According to a league source, the #Patriots will have a representative at QB Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday in Atlanta.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) November 13, 2019
Playing the Steelers hasn’t been good for Browns coaches, including a few former Patriots assistants:
History says tonight may be problematic for Freddie Kitchens. Cleveland hosts Pittsburgh tonight. The last 6 Browns coaches have all been fired after a Steelers game:
— trey wingo (@wingoz) November 14, 2019
A closer look at the passion Patriots safety Terrence Brooks has for photography:
A passion for photography has helped shape @_Showtime29 into the person he is outside of football.
Take a look through his lens. pic.twitter.com/5CBjew7ZXp
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 14, 2019
On this day: In 1993, Dolphins coach Don Shula passed George Halas on the all-time NFL head coach wins list. The 325th win for Shula came in a 19-14 victory over the Eagles.
Coincidentally (given the opponent), Shula’s quarterback that day wasn’t Dan Marino —who was out injured — but Doug Pederson, future Philadelphia coach and Super Bowl LII winner. Pederson came in when Scott Mitchell, already filling in for Steve DeBerg (who was himself filling in for Marino), separated his shoulder.
Shula would go on to total 347 career wins before retiring. Currently, Bill Belichick is on 300 career wins.
Daily highlight: Austin Rivers, playing for the Rockets, signaled for his father, Doc Rivers (head coach of the Clippers), to get a technical foul:
Austin Rivers was really laughing and calling for his dad to get a tech 😆 pic.twitter.com/WPtypgVN4p
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2019
The younger Rivers noted that the coming holiday might be “weird”:
Welp…. thanksgiving is going to be weird….
— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) November 14, 2019