Tuesday's Mashup: Grant Williams had a Sixers-related nickname

By WEEI 93.7

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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:NBA: Nuggets at 76ers, 8 p.m. (TNT)NCAA Men’s Basketball: Albany at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ACC Network, 850 AM)(Yeah, there aren’t any local games on cable.)


--Last night was a monumental night in Boston basketball history. For the first time in a regular season game, Grant Williams made a 3-pointer as a member of the Celtics.

Grant Williams for three!!! pic.twitter.com/i5HES4y4fa

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 10, 2019

Needless to say, his teammates were very excited.

The bench and that smile says it all ---- https://t.co/6awZ4ebJGu pic.twitter.com/Qog87wxwWa

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 10, 2019

the shot heard around the world pic.twitter.com/mf753lgjFU

— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) December 10, 2019

Now, we know Williams has caught some heat from his teammates over his inability to knock down a shot from the perimeter. Apparently, they’ve been called the rookie names.

Jayson Tatum wasn’t looking to reveal any of those nicknames. Jaylen Brown, on the other hand, had no problem sharing.

“Yeah, we were calling him ‘Ben Simmons’ for the longest (time),” Brown said.

Jaylen Brown shares that before Grant hit his first three they used to call him Ben Simmons ---- pic.twitter.com/HeDRMzM4Oa

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 10, 2019

If you didn’t notice it the first time, go back and watch when Brown mentions Simmons knocked down a three. Looked like he was visibly stunned by his own statement.

--Eli Manning started for the Giants on Monday after a bit of a layoff in favor of Daniel Jones. Of course, all the real Giants fans made sure to defend Manning before a single play was made.

Before you slander Eli Manning, just remember that if given the chance to take a QB in 2004 that’d start every single game for 14 years and win two Super Bowls, every single franchise in the NFL except the Patriots would do it.And he beat them twice.So maybe be quiet.#ELIte

— Charlie (@CharlieFreyre) December 10, 2019

Naturally, since Manning almost pulled off a win, all of Twitter had to overreact.

ELIMANNINGISBACK! pic.twitter.com/CWAS6cfNfY

— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 10, 2019

ELI. MANNING. pic.twitter.com/NI6Nu2dVsa

— Giants Nation (@NYG_Nation10) December 10, 2019

But fear not. All is right in the world. The Eagles came back late and won in overtime.

Eli Manning pic.twitter.com/3aH6KacBgp

— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) December 10, 2019

--Stephen Strasburg got paid on Monday. Seven years, $245 million. Highest paid pitcher ever. Not a big deal.

For those not following MLB free agency closely, this likely means Gerrit Cole will make more money. Which he’ll probably get from the Yankees — while the Red Sox worry more about being fiscally responsible, because that’s more fun.

There was one tweet from Strasburg’s signing that needed to be highlighted:

From a statistical standpoint, Gerrit Cole has been nearly 18% better than Stephen Strasburg the past two seasons. From a financial standpoint, this means Cole’s total value should come in near $290M, while a bidding war could push it to $300M.

— Spotrac (@spotrac) December 9, 2019

Spotrac is a great site for contracts. I use it all the time. And, as is the case with anyone else, it’s totally fine the site's founder has an opinion — he’s not exactly in the minority when it comes to Cole vs. Strasburg.

But what’s this “18% better” nonsense? Did he really need one definitive stat to explain Cole is better than Strasburg?

--Lastly, the Rockets’ protest of the loss against the Spurs was denied by the NBA. The one that had to do with the egregious call:

Worth noting (again) that this game would have been over in regulation if the officials had counted James Harden, um, putting the ball in the basket here. pic.twitter.com/tSOTqn0FKd

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 4, 2019

The NBA has denied the #Rockets’ protest of their loss against the #Spurs: pic.twitter.com/YJXmIHhfsI

— 5 Out (@5OutPOD) December 9, 2019

Houston had to get over the loss before their game against the Kings. The Rockets almost won it, if not for Nemanja Bjelica:

BIG SHOT BJELICA FTW pic.twitter.com/LSSMCgyxxd

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 10, 2019

But here’s the best part:

Protest that. #KingsFTW

— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 10, 2019

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yeah, I heard about this and evidently this is our production people on the TV show that were there and I have absolutely nothing to do, we have absolutely nothing to do with anything that they produce or direct or shoot," he said. "I have never even seen any of their tapes or anything else. This is something that we 100 percent have zero involvement with. This is something you’d have to talk to the production people about and what they were doing, or whatever it was. We have never seen anything that they’ve shot, other than what has come down on TV.”--Bill Belichick on OMF discussing the video shot at the Bengals game.