The Boston Celtics are supposed to one of the contenders in the Eastern Conference, if not THE contender. After making a charge to the Conference Finals last season without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, many just assumed they would be crowned kings of the East now that LeBron has taken his talents out West. But as things stand, that’s just not the case. The Celtics are in major trouble, and they were handed yet another loss, a home one, on Sunday night by the Houston Rockets. James Harden did James Harden things by putting up 42 points in the 115-104 win and even fouled out late in the fourth quarter as his team won their fifth in a row. Eric Gordon also had a very big day with 32 points of his own, with 24 of them coming via eight made three-pointers. Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have won just once, and matters aren’t about to get any easier as they head to Golden State next. There is a very real possibility that they could end up fifth in the East, forcing them through a gauntlet without even having home court advantage. Yikes.
According to reports last week, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided not to slap a franchise tag on quarterback Nick Foles, making him a free agent. Next week, Foles will be eligible to sign with a new team, and by all indications that looks like it will be the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are going to, by the looks of it, be getting rid of QB Blake Bortles in favor of the Super Bowl winner. It’s a definite upgrade, too, especially considering the way their 2018/19 season fell apart. They went from potential favorite in the AFC to being an afterthought again in no time flat. Foles brings a lot to the table in Jacksonville, and if they can get back to playing sound defensive football along with getting the best out of him, they could go a long, long way in the playoffs.