Another Boston team collapses at TD Garden, plus the Devils are fully back

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Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…

JAMES HARDEN AND THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

No Joel Embiid? No issue for James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers. They took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Boston Celtics, 119-115, in a stunner last night.

With Embiid out of the lineup, Harden got the slack and powered the 76ers to a success in TD Garden with a game-high 45 points, which connected his profession high for points in a single championship game. Harden shot a blistering 50% from beyond the arc and plunged a three-point dagger into the Celtics with simply 8.4 seconds staying in the 4th quarter.

Harden and his beard took the program for Philadelphia, however he had lots of assistance.

  • Paul Reed tape-recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
  • De’Anthony Melton came off the bench and drained pipes 5 three-pointers while scoring 17 points.
  • As a group, the 76ers required 16 turnovers while just devoting 6 of their own

The greatest of those turnovers included the simply over 30 seconds left on the clock and Boston leading Philadelphia, 113-112. As the shot clock was ending, Malcolm Brodgon tossed the ball away to Tyrese Maxey, who offered the 76ers the lead with a dunk at the other end.

It’s been a rough 2 days for Boston sports fans, as our social networks group mentioned on Instagram:

But listen, there’s still a long method to go. Still, the 76ers are off to a strong start as they search for their very first playoff series success over the Celtics considering that 1982.

… AND LIKEWISE A GREAT EARLY MORNING TO THE BRAND-NEW JERSEY DEVILS

There were no “Fire Lindy” chants to be heard in Prudential Center on Tuesday night. There were just buying from chants of “Igor” as the New Jersey Devils rolled to a 4-0 success over the New York Rangers in Game 7.

The Devils discovered themselves in charge difficulty early. They put the Rangers’ power play (which at one point might’ve been referred to as “lethal”) on the ice 3 times in the very first duration, however the charge kill did its task, and they settled in from there. From the start of the 2nd duration on, New Jersey rolled over its Metro Division competitor.

  • Michael McLeod scored his very first objective considering that Jan. 4 to put the Devils up 1-0.
  • Ondrej Palat contributed to his sterling playoff track record with a set of helps.
  • Akira Schmid, who is simply 22, made 31 conserves for a nothing in his very first Game 7 in between the pipelines.

Coming into this series, the Rangers had a clear benefit in postseason experience, however that was not on display screen Monday night. The younger Devils just beat a Rangers lineup that consisted of season veterans like Patrick Kane, Chris Kreider, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Artemi Panarin.

The Devils will now proceed to play the Carolina Hurricanes in a fight of the Metro Division’s leading 2 groups in the routine season.

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Nuggets take 2-0 series lead, Suns lose Chris Paul to injury 🏀


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Entering the 4th quarter of Game 1 versus the Phoenix Suns, the Denver Nuggets tracked, 73-70. The Nuggets then held the Suns to simply 14 points in the 4th quarter to win easily, 97-87, and take a 2-0 series lead.

Nikola Jokic looked every bit like the MVP prospect he is with 39 points and 16 rebounds, which led all gamers in both of those classifications. As excellent as Jokic was on offense, it was Denver’s defense that actually moved the group to a Game 1 success.

  • Kevin Durant shot 37.0% from the field and strike simply 16.7% of his three-point efforts.
  • Suns sank just 7 of their 25 field-goal efforts in the 4th quarter.
  • Six gamers came off the bench for Phoenix, and they integrated for 4 points.

With 4:56 left in the 4th quarter, the Suns tracked the Nuggets by simply 3 points and were within reach of a success. Over the next 3:03, Denver didn’t provide Phoenix any daytime and went on a 7-0 to put the video game away.

To make matters worse for the Suns, Chris Paul left the video game with a groin injury in the 3rd quarter and did not return. Paul will go through more examination on Tuesday, and losing him for any quantity of time would be ravaging for Phoenix as it attempts to remove of a 2-0 hole.

MLB front workplace unionization on the horizon? ⚾


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With an uptick in unionization efforts in markets throughout the nation, could MLB front workplaces be next? That’s the sense our own R.J. Anderson got after speaking with “roughly a dozen” individuals with front workplace experience.

MLB gamers, umpires, and concession employees all have unions that assist secure and defend their labor rights. That’s not the case for scouts, experts, HR specialists and other front workplace workers. Employees in those functions typically work long hours for out of proportion pay and have rare task security.

If those staff members do wish to search for much better tasks for more pay in other places in the league, groups have a variety of techniques to keep them in location.

  • Anderson: “The ‘promotion in title only’ trick is just one of the ways that baseball’s inconsistent, one-sided, and oft-shrouded practices have put front-office employees — scouts, analysts, database programmers, business directors, HR administrators and others — at a disadvantage in workplace affairs.”

While there are lots of barriers to unionization within MLB front barriers, one source informed Anderson that the procedure might start within 7 years. That source likewise kept in mind that the minors gamers’ unionization effort, which the MLB acknowledged in 2022, supplies a beacon of hope.

MLB front workplace staff members’ defend much better work conditions and more reasonable pay, in addition to the league’s action, will be something to keep track of over the next years.

Bruins’ Stanley Cup window might be closed 🏒


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Once the Boston Bruins and their fans lastly process their Game 7 loss to the Florida Panthers, they will need to come to grips with an unpredictable future. The Bruins were the Stanley Cup favorites heading into this postseason, and it was most likely their finest opportunity to hang another banner in the future.

This offseason might bring some significant modifications to an aging lineup in Boston:

  • Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, both 37, might have played their last NHL video game.
  • Brad Marchand will be 35 when the 2023-24 season starts.
  • Trade due date acquisitions Dmitry Orlov and Tyler Bertuzzi will be UFAs.
  • In overall, the Bruins have 8 pending UFAs and 3 pending RFAs ,with $72.9 million currently on the books for next season.

When Carter Verhaeghe’s overtime shot cruised over the shoulder of Jeremy Swayman on Sunday, the Bruins’ historical routine season was lowered to being another chapter in the tradition of the Presidents’ Trophy curse. The concern marks surrounding this offseason just included another layer of dissatisfaction, our Chris Bengel mentions.

  • Bengel: “But being realistic about the situation, when the dust settles in the offseason, it’s possible that the Bruins could be losing all of Bergeron, Bertuzzi, Krejci and Orlov to either free agency or retirement. It’s what makes the context of their first-round exit that much harder to process and so much more monumental.”

If the Bruins are looking for silver linings, one is that the last group to win the Presidents’ Trophy and lose in the preliminary recovered rather perfectly. After getting swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2019 NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.

What we’re enjoying Tuesday 📺

🏒 Panthers at Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Heat at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
🏒 Kraken at Stars, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Lakers at Warriors, 10:00 p.m. on TNT



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