The Bruins beat the Penguins at TD Garden on Thursday, 4-1. Patrice Bergeron led the way, scoring his 20th goal of the season.
And the Celtics lost a thrilling game against the Bucks in Milwaukee, 128-123. Kemba Walker topped all scorers on the night with 40 points.
Mike Vrabel cited Tom Brady’s Instagram video: Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is no stranger to having a little fun with former teammate Tom Brady. During training camp, Vrabel — during a joint practice with the Patriots — presented Brady with a tiny trophy in which he had the score of a 2018 Titans-Patriots matchup inscribed (Tennessee defeated New England 34-10).
As Vrabel prepares the Titans for the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs on Sunday (3:05 p.m. kickoff), he had a little more fun at Brady’s expense in his explanation for why he calls his team “hyenas.”
“We were street rats. I used to call them street rats,” Vrabel explained. “And then I woke up before the playoff game against the Patriots and Tom, my good friend Tom Brady, put out a really cool — Instagram, Facebook, whatever he’s on — post of him being this lion or something and then these hyenas. And I’m like, ‘You know what? That’s a great compliment.’ Because that’s what we want to be. We want to be hyenas. We want to be street rats that live in the jungle that hunt in packs, as a team.”
The Titans have been incredible on the road the last 3 games, rushing for 663 and giving up just 39 points. Mike Vrabel and his Titans aren’t paying attention to any of it but heading into Arrowhead the mindset is don’t change now! #Titans pic.twitter.com/dT2cTvIhVa
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) January 16, 2020
Vrabel’s Titans have pulled off consecutive upsets in the playoffs so far in 2020. Tennessee defeated Brady and the Patriots in the wild card round before stunning the top-seeded Ravens in the divisional round. Asked if they can do it again against the heavily favored Chiefs, Vrabel had a simple reply.
“That’s why we come to work every day.”
Trivia: Tacko Fall and Vincent Poirier are officially listed as players who are at least 7-feet-tall (7-foot-5 in Fall’s case). Before them, who was the last 7-foot-tall Celtics player?
(Answer at the bottom).
Hint: He played college basketball for UNC.
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Jayson Tatum dropped his defender with a timely hesitation:
Jayson Tatum MISDIRECTION! ?
— NBA (@NBA) January 17, 2020
Stephen A. Smith had some characteristically strong thoughts on Kyrie Irving:
Browns receiver Jarvis Landry is in the top percentile of Dave & Buster’s achievers:
On this day: In 2001, Antoine Walker dropped 47 points on the Sacramento Kings in a 111-106 loss. Just days after the departure of Rick Pitino as coach, Boston showed its potential despite the loss to one of the league’s best teams at that the time.
Daily highlight: Tommy Thompson of the San Jose Earthquakes hit one of the best trick shots in a while:
.@TOMTHOM11 HOW?!?! ?
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) January 16, 2020
And one more:
This is awesome.
Laurent Hurtubise, who was born with one arm, started playing golf at age 11. Thursday, he hit a hole-in-one ❤️⛳️
— ESPN (@espn) January 17, 2020
Trivia answer: Tyler Zeller.