April is here, it’s one of the greatest sports months of the year. You have the NBA and NHL playoff races (and post season), you have baseball starting, the NFL draft and The Masters.
Last night in particular was set up to be a great night in Boston sports. You had the Celtics vs. Cavs in a battle for the #1 seed, and you had newcomer Chris Sale making his Red Sox debut.
Let’s start with the Celtics. Last night, they flat out stunk. The Cavs came into Boston, downplayed the game, and mopped the floor up with you before chewing you up and spitting you out.
The Cavs were on the second night of a back to back and the Celtics had a few days off before this game. Sadly, it looked like the Celtics were the tired ones. This team flat out played like garbage. They couldn’t score, they couldn’t rebound, and they literally just stared in awe as LeBron and Co. walked all over the C’s. Not to mention the Cavs were without one of their top rebounders in Tristan Thompson. Sad.
The only thing last night taught us about the Celtics is they are in big trouble. Cleveland is literally laughing at us right now, when this team wants to turn it on, they can. Forget getting to the conference finals, this Celtics team is going to hard time getting past Toronto or Washington. The gap between the Celtics and Cavs is much greater than we thought. Hopefully last nights game is something they can learn something from real quick before the playoffs start.
The Celtics are heading to Atlanta tonight to play the Hawks on a back-to-back. I would love for them to show me something and that they can move on from a brutal loss like they had last night. A win is a statement.
As bad as the Celtics were last night, Chris Sale was equally as good. The guy pitched out of his mind in his Red Sox debut going 7 innings while giving up 3 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. We saw just how filthy his slider actually.
Chris Sale’s First K as a member of the Red Sox. Filthy🔥 pic.twitter.com/CeIvf6W8kO
— Binge Sports (@BingeSports) April 6, 2017
While he earned a no decision, the Sox picked up the win with a 12th inning 3 run home run by Sandy Leon, who is of course, the only active member of the baseball hall of fame.
Sandy Leon wins it in the 12th! 💪🏻🔥 pic.twitter.com/H1trfVH2ZU
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) April 6, 2017
Chris Sale stepped up to the mound and showed us that we have a solid ace (in addition to Porcello) that can go out and give you a very good chance to win a game. Sale’s debut was very much in line with aces prior to him:The only question now is, who had the better night in Boston last night? LeBron James or Chris Sale. On a night that was down right bitter outside, I gotta go with Sale. My dog didn’t even have the desire to go outside last night.