Who to Watch (November 9 – November 15)

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Week 2 of everyone’s new favorite series: Who to Watch.  This week, our focus is over the upcoming week of November 9 through November 15.  Week 10 of the NFL season, and over 10% into the NBA season, basketball and football is the focus going forward (maybe we’ll do a Winter Classic piece, let us know).

With that, lets see who Nick, Fredy, Andy, and Kerm are keeping an eye out for this upcoming week.

Doing Good

Nick – Kyrie Irving

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You know, some may ask, “didn’t you just put him here last week?”  You know what, I did, and guess what? He did even BETTER.

Lets update the hair-scoreboard, shall we

With the afro (6 games) = 14 PPG

Without the afro (5 games) = 29.4 PPG

He’s shooting out of his mind, and he saved the Celtics last night with a season-high 39 points.  I love his efficiency, I love his effort, and I love his leadership.  Why stop watching now?  Kyrie will be attending services for his grandfather tonight, but he will be back starting Sunday.

When to Watch:

Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers (11/11, 9:00 PM)

Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (11/14, 7:30 PM)

Fredy – Michael Thomas

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
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Last week against the previously undefeated Rams, Saints WR Michael Thomas kicked absolute ass. The Rams defense didn’t know what to do against this man. 12 receptions for 211 yards and 1 TD. Rams CB Marcus Peters got destroyed in the matchup and Saints coach Sean Payton said Thomas vs Peters was a favorable matchup, causing Peters to tell Payton to keep talking shit. The numbers back it up though. In an article by Lindsey Thiry of ESPN, she uses next gen stats to backup Payton. “According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Peters was the nearest defender on eight targets against the Saints, all of which were to Thomas. Thomas caught six of the eight targets for 127 yards and a touchdown.”

When to Watch:

New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati Bengals (11/11, 1:00 PM)

Andy – Ryan Fitzpatrick

Pittsburgh Steelers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Fitzmagic is back at it again! In his return in week 8 he threw for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns in a quarter and a half! In week 9, he threw for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns. I don’t think the magic is gonna run out in his next game against a Redskins defense that allowed 300+ passing yards to the falcons last week.

When to Watch:

Washington vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11/11, 1:00 PM)

Kerm – Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam has proved himself to be one of the most important players on the Toronto Raptors roster. His combination of energy and athleticism can’t go unnoticed when watching the game. While he won’t wow you with post up skills or crazy handles, he always makes an impact, whether that be making deflections on the defensive end or his perfectly timed cuts. Always a fun player to watch.

When to Watch: 

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors (11/10, 3:00 PM)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (11/12, 7:30 PM)

Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors (11/14, 7:30 PM)

Doing Bad

Nick – Malcolm Butler

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See what I did?  You’ll be watching anyway, and I just wanted to confirm: Malcolm Butler is bad this season.  Butler has allowed the 4th most receiving yards among his fellow cornerbacks this season, and has seen a decreased amount of snaps since the first quarter of the season.  Does this make Bill Belichick right for benching Butler in the Super Bowl? No, I don’t think Butler got THIS bad one week in February, and those put ahead of him in that game have since been cut by New England. But it does make the classic “Bill was right to let this player go before he regressed” look better.

When to Watch:

New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans (11/11, 1:00 PM)

Fredy – Terry Rozier

Boston Celtics Media Day
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Terry Rozier is stinking it up lately. In his past 4 games, he’s shooting 30.3% averaging 7.5 points in 22 minutes of play. Celtics fanboy Bill Simmons tweeted Rozier isn’t happy about his playing time so far this season. The Athletic followed it up with teams keeping their ears open for Rozier, knowing he might leave at the end of the season, making it harder for the Celtics to get anything of value for him. Whatever fucking slump he’s in, hopefully he gets out of it by playing smart, not just chucking up shots and shooting his way out of Boston.

When to Watch:

Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz (11/9, 9:30 PM)

Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers (11/11, 9:00 PM)

Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (11/14, 7:30 PM)

Andy – Mark Ingram

Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints
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What are we going to do with Mark Ingram. He returned in week 5 from a 4 game suspension and showed us that he can still be the stud he was last year. After the bye week, another man came out. In the last 3 games he has rushed for a total of 128 yards and no touchdowns. He’s getting some work through the air but not enough to be impressed. He faces the Bengals defense this week who have been known to allow 100+ rushers this year. You can bet on this being a comeback week for Mark Ingram.

When to Watch:

New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati Bengals (11/11, 1:00 PM)

Kerm – Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
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Karl Anthony Towns looks like the saddest superstar talent in the league. Every time he gets bodied in the post, his facial expression makes it look like he hates basketball just a little more. I don’t blame the man for not wanting to come to work, especially when you have a coworker that publicly shits on you in Jimmy Butler, but at least try to prove Butler wrong when you’re on the court. Instead he settles for stats comparable to JaVale McGee while displaying little to no passion for the game. I would blame his lackluster play on his name (Let’s be honest, Karl does not sound like the name of an all-star NBA player), but Karl Malone made it to second all time in scoring with that same hindrance.

When to Watch:

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings (11/9, 10:00 PM)

Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11/12, 8:00 PM)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11/14, 8:00 PM)

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Author: Nick Collins

Boston sports fan sharing his love for sports and perspectives as a fan

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