Brad Marchand was in no mood to talk after advancing past the Blue Jackets.
Marshawn Lynch would be proud
The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets in Game 6 to advance to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final last night in Columbus, but Boston’s Brad Marchand was in no mood to talk after the win.
Marchand has never been the league’s most beloved player and certainly won’t be winning any popularity contests after how he handled his postgame interviews. He had an incredibly terse conversation with Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas on the ice after the handshakes. Three questions, 10 words.
Marchand wasn’t any more talkative in the dressing room later when meeting with the rest of the media. He was asked a total of 19 questions, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, and used just 39 words to answer them. A sampling of the transcript:
Reporter: Where did you get that outfit?
Reporter: What was the difference from being 2-1 down in the series to winning the last three?
Marchand: We won.
Marchand’s teammate David Pastrnak even stepped in during the press scrum to ask if Marchand was feeling “crispy.” Marchand’s response: “Oh yeah.”
Marchand’s tight lips left fans and media wondering what the hell was up with him and many people think they found the answer. All the way back in Game 1, Marchand stepped on Cam Atkinson’s stick during a faceoff and broke it. Bukauskas cracked a joke about it during a pregame interview with Marchand before Game 2 and the winger really did not appreciate it.
Just my opinion, but I’m fairly certain that this is why @Bmarch63 wasn’t having it in the post game.— Kris Abbott (@KrisAbbott21) May 7, 2019
Tip to young broadcasters: Even if you can joke with players/coaches off camera, that in no way should make its way on camera in a pre-game setting. pic.twitter.com/x72KvCU8n7
That was way back on April 27. Is Marchand really still holding a grudge over it, and not just against Bukauskas? It’s so incredibly petty to take it out the entire media.
Kyrie stunk and now the Celtics are on the verge of elimination
Here’s what Kyrie Irving had to say after a poor shooting performance in a close Game 3 loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Kyrie: "From this point on, I don't think you'll see another 8 for 22."— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 4, 2019
And we didn’t see 8-for-22 again. We saw 7-for-22.
Kyrie scored 23 points and had 10 assists but he went 1-for-7 from three, turned the ball over four times and committed five fouls. He didn’t think it was that bad of a game, though.
Kyrie on his shooting woes (19-62 the past three games): “Who cares? I’m a basketball player. Prepare the right way. ... The expectations on me are going to by sky high ... for me, the 22 shots? I should’ve shot 30.“— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 7, 2019
It definitely wasn’t all Kyrie, to be fair. His teammates shot 39.7% from the field against a tough Milwaukee defense. But either way, the next game could be Kyrie’s last in a Celtics uniform.
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Bees taking over a baseball game and causing a lengthy delay is nothing new, but it usually happens out west and later in the season. Yesterday’s Reds-Giants game in Cincinnati was disrupted by a swarm of bees that was as enormous as it was difficult to contain.
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