James Toscano

Sports Reporter

Bucks - Celtics Game 4 preview: Jayson Tatum Marcus Smart will be key

Maybe you've only caught glimpses of the Celtics - Bucks series. Or maybe you've been glued to it all. Depending on what you’ve seen would greatly sway your opinion on just how impressive the C’s have been. In a Game 1 blowout win, they all of a sudden looked like the favorite out of the East...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 11:55 AM

Celtics need Garden version of Terry Rozier in Game 5

In many ways, Terry Rozier is this year’s Boston Celtics team personified.  He’s taken the opportunity presented to him due to injuries to his teammates and really run with it, proving a good amount of people wrong along the way. Rozier went from a relatively unknown...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 8:30 AM

Underdog Celtics ready to take on LeBron, Cavs in Game 2

To say that the last two playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers have been ugly for the Celtics would be an understatement.   They were swept in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, and lost in five games last year, though all four of their losses were by double-digits including a 44...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:09 PM

Al Horford has become the Kevin Garnett for this Celtics team

Gordon Hayward went down – and without one of their superstars, the Celtics kept winning. Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart went down – and without a big part of their depth, the Celtics kept winning.   And then Kyrie Irving went down, and just when you (very justifiably so)...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:27 PM

Injury to Celtics Kyrie Irving gets real but young players step up

BOSTON - Kyrie Irving was smiling ear to ear as Russell Westbrook's long three-pointer missed the mark at the final buzzer. The Boston Celtics came from behind to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night, 100-99.   But Irving was smiling from the C's bench, as he missed his...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:29 PM

Celtics Jayson Tatum has built up a ton of trust in Year 1

When the Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers and proceeded to draft Jayson Tatum at No. 3, the move was met with some skepticism. Armchair scouts wondered if the Celtics would regret passing up on point guard Markelle Fultz, a player many most likely didn't see...

Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:17 AM

Jaguars Patriots: Jags named Sacksonville for a reason

That the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship is not much of a surprise.   That the Jacksonville Jaguars are as well? OK, that's a surprise.   But as the NFL season comes down to four remaining teams, the Jaguars are by far the least likely of the bunch to make it this...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 5:16 PM

Titans playmakers could cause problems for Patriots

Psst… there’s an AFC Divisional Round game this weekend, and the Patriots are playing in it.   You may have forgotten, as basically all the talk around New England has been surrounding the either very real or much exaggerated drama between Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Patriots...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 4:10 PM

Patriots bending but not breaking as NFL playoffs loom

Was it a catch?   Well, that depends on who you talk to.   The guy at Dunkins in Charlestown will tell you why it was a catch and then stumble through the rule explanation.   (Still want that $0.87 coffee?...)   Outside of New England, though, they're singing a...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:50 PM

Steelers licking chops with Tom Brady Patriots in funk

It's safe to say that Monday's game in Miami did not go anywhere near according to plan for the New England Patriots.   And while Bill Belichick (true to form immediately after a loss) did not have much to say, there really wasn't much he had to say.   The team's play...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:59 PM

Patriots thriving in NFL because of the play of non-stars

Another AFC East matchup, another win for the New England Patriots.   Last weekend it was the Bills up in Buffalo. Next Monday it should be the Dolphins down in Miami, though if any AFC East matchup has given the Patriots trouble over the years, it’s been the Dolphins in Miami....

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:28 PM

Patriots dominance in AFC East has been astonishing

It was more of the same in the AFC East when the Patriots and Dolphins met Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.    A mostly one-sided game went the Patriots’ way as New England improved to 9-2 on the season, meaning they now have 17 straight winning seasons to their name. That...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:42 PM

For Patriots November is winning time

When it comes to football, Patriots fans have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.   With Week 11 in the books, the Patriots yet again proved to the NFL world that they are a cut above, manhandling the Raiders south of the border in Mexico City, 33-8.   With high altitude on...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:09 PM

Patriots have look of a special group all of a sudden

Bill Belichick and the Patriots have always prided themselves on having one of the strongest special teams units in the NFL.   Year after year you’ll hear Belichick stress the importance of “being strong in all three phases of the game – offense, defense, and special teams...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:53 PM

Red zone production must increase for Patriots

If it seems like the bye week always comes at a perfect time for a respective football team, it’s because it does.   With the physical toll these players take on a weekly basis, the bumps and bruises add up quickly. That’s certainly the case with the Patriots as they’ve...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:19 PM

Patriots defense suddenly looking as stout as ever

It was the rematch everyone had been waiting for between last year’s two Super Bowl teams, the Patriots and the Falcons.   While the outcome was still the same – a Patriots win – the way in which the Pats and Falcons got to that point was much different than it was in Super...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:20 PM

What gives with the Patriots secondary?

We’re now a quarter of the way through the season, which means we can at least begin to get an understanding of a team’s strengths and weaknesses.   For the Patriots, those strengths and weaknesses have been fairly consistent.   Tom Brady: strength   Patriots...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 5:48 PM

Patriots QB Tom Brady is throwing football deeper and better than ever

Tom F***ing Brady.   If you caught the Patriots' 36-33 win over the Texans Sunday afternoon, there's a good chance you dropped an F-bomb or two towards the Pats defense.   But as he's done time after time throughout his Hall-of-Fame career, Brady took over with one final...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:30 PM

Patriots defense can be dominant moving forward, against Texans

After Week 1’s performance against the Chiefs, many were left wondering which part of the ball to be more concerned about — the offense or defense?   The Pats scored 30 points by halftime in New Orleans in Week 2, just the 11th time in team history they’ve done that....

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:25 PM

All hands on deck for Patriots offense

The New England Patriots 2017 season started off with a thud on Thursday night. The highlights occurred before kickoff, when the team unveiled its fifth Super Bowl banner and brought out all five Lombardi Trophies. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman brought out the fifth one… but...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 3:19 PM