The season is already almost a quarter of the way over, and it’s still a hot-bed of competition. In the West, all but Utah and Sacramento are within two games of a playoff spot. In the East, four teams, including a division winner, are sub-.500 but in the playoffs. Another two, including the third seed, are at .500. The West is clearly the superior conference, but that could work against them in the Finals with the first two round for Miami and Indiana seemingly amounting to a few weeks of rest. Both conferences thus have plenty of close adversaries for playoff seeding for two very different reasons, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 5, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 5 »
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The Boston Celtics faced the Milwaukee Bucks for the third time this season on Tuesday night, faced with the ignominious task of avoiding three losses to the team with the worst record (3-14) and point differential (-9.5) in the NBA. Which is really saying something, with the haggard state of the Eastern Conference and the 2013-14 Tankapalooza for the upcoming draft.
Thanks to a couple of SportsCenter Top Ten-worthy plays from Avery Bradley and Gerald Wallace, though, the Celtics managed to stave off further embarrassment at the hands of the Bucks, which had already piled up two of its three wins at the expense of the Celtics. Sure, Jordan Crawford scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Yes, Jared Sullinger hit a key 18-footer with less than a minute remaining to give the Celtics a five-point cushion en route to a 108-100 win. But the real highlights came from Bradley and Wallace. Continue reading Video: Bradley’s Best Larry Bird Impression, Wallace’s Dunk Power Celtics Over Bucks »
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A month is gone in the NBA season on Thanksgiving, and there’s plenty of room for movement. Other than Indiana and Miami, no East team is above .500. Meanwhile, three .500 or better teams in the West aren’t even in the playoffs. Seeding is still very clogged up, so anyone could be anywhere in not too much time, for the most part. While all 30 teams are resting on Thanksgiving, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 28: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4 »
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With a 2-2 record last week, the Celtics have gained some ground in the Atlantic Division with the 6-10 record through 16 games. Riding a two-game win streak into tonight’s contests against the Memphis Grizzlies, the green team looks to keep it going with a full team effort that starts from the hot shooting Jordan Crawford and the aggressive, winning mentality of Gerald Wallace.
Phil Pressey making case for minutes
Pressey will be seeing little to no tome when Rajon Rondo returns from his ACL surgery sometime this season, but for now the young point guard has made some great strides in his play. With only 13 games and 13 minutes per game, the first-year player may only be putting in 2.7 points per game, but he also hands out 2.5 assists and steals the ball almost once per contest. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Phil Pressey, Jared Sullinger Making Great Strides »
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It’s three weeks into the season now, and we’re getting a sense of who will be a contender and who will be playing for ping pong balls. The Pacers, Spurs and Blazers are doing quite well for themselves, while the Bucks and Jazz are having quite a bit of difficulties. The West is still populated by winners, while the East features three playoff teams with losing records, one of which leads a division. With teams jostling each other all over the place, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Friday, November 22, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 3 »
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Reportedly, the Knicks would like to trade Amar’e Stoudemire. The Celtics, in return, would send Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace to New York. Humphries has not played much this season, while Stoudemire shows there is little difference between how he stands on and off the court. This trade is a spade for a spade. Spades that are worthless.
Continue reading Celtics, Knicks Talking Amar’e Stoudemire Trade? »
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