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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick is all business this Tuesday morning. His thoughts on Patrick Mahomes? "All the superlatives that have been said about him, I'd just be repeating them all," he says.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots safety/linebacker Adrian Phillips on the challenge ahead against the Chiefs: "You can't let them have big plays because they feed off those. They try to make the game as close to college as they can - just get the guys in space, and they're basically saying, 'My guys are better in space in yours.'"

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted RB J.J. Taylor flashed a smile when asked about a couple of nicknames he is called — "Torpedo" by Rex Burkhead and "Small Fry" by Cam Newton. "I'll take what I can get," the mild-mannered Taylor said. "The nicknames are a good sign in my eyes."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Fourth-year Patriots DE Deatrich Wise Jr. kept the football after scoring his first career touchdown (at any level) on Sunday. He was still smiling on Monday. "It's going to have a nice home in a glass case somewhere on a mantle or something next to a picture," said Wise, joking that the last TD scored was "two years ago in Madden."

BBTN: Tim Kurkjian and Buster draft their most intriguing postseason matchups

Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss if the Red Sox will hire Alex Cora after firing Ron Roenicke, if Dave Dombrowski is a lock to be the newest GM of the Angels, what’s next for the Phillies, why there’s no excuse for the Mets missing the playoffs and the most intriguing postseason matchups (6:44). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers game with notes on the baby Blue Jays, Juan Soto’s batting title and the best pitcher on the planet (27:06).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: The running back split has Rex Burkhead (32), Sony Michel (26) and then J.J. Taylor (15).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Deatrich Wise Jr. (39) stands out with a larger role and impact (defensive snaps on left/special teams on right).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL has moved the time of the Broncos-at-Patriots game on Sunday, Oct. 11. The game will now be played at 4:25 p.m. ET. It had originally been scheduled for 1 p.m.

KJZ Hour 4: J-Will Doesn't Want to Talk About the Giants

J-Will joins the show in the 4th hour to react to the Heat beating the Celtics to get to the Finals and look ahead to the Lakers/Heat matchup. Jay DEFINITELY didn't want to talk about the Giants losing to the "39ers" who couldn't even put out a 53-man roster. Plus, the guys react to Doug Pederson doubling down on Carson Wentz.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

"This whole decision is a business trip for me. The fact I don't have none of my children here in Boston with me, and the fact I haven't been able to see them [with] regularity, that's angry in itself for me. I wake up every morning missing the hell out of my children and knowing that if I don't do what I'm supposed to do, this could be ‘good riddance' for me. That's as serious as I'm making it, and that's as serious as it is.” Cam Newton, on sports radio WEEI.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton was hard on himself for his performance Sunday. "Me personally, with lackluster ball security, just the slow start offensively, this is subpar performance. I know I can play better, I know I can do better, I know I will be better," Newton said in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, giving himself a grade in the "mid-C's."

KJZ Hour 1: NBA Finals are set...

Key and Zubin react to the Heat beating the Celtics and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014. Plus, Keyshawn tells us why we shouldn't be surprised that Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now and we preview tonight's monster Monday Night game between the Ravens & Chiefs with Jamison Hensley & Adam Teicher.

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Celtics done in yet again by late-game lapses

The same formula that doomed the Celtics throughout their time in the bubble was at work in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Sunday, as Boston allowed Miami to go on a 26-6 run to pave the Heat's way to the NBA Finals.

The Hoop Collective: NBA Finals Preview

Can the Heat (12-3 in the playoffs) take down the Lakers in the NBA Finals? Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry weigh the factors. Plus, the Eastern Conference Finals regrets the Celtics will have and the rocky history between LeBron James and Pat Riley.