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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand after falling at his home on Thursday night. He underwent surgery at New England Baptist Hospital on Friday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Boston opens its regular season on October 29 against Brooklyn, so Rondo could miss anywhere between five and 10 games.

All things considered, the news isn’t as bad as it could have been — perhaps the worst part is that he’ll miss training camp for the second straight season after his ACL tear last year. But Rondo’s injury will also have the effect of reshuffling the backcourt depth chart for the first few weeks of the regular season, thrusting some young players into the spotlight perhaps before they’re ready. Continue reading Rondo Breaks Hand, Will Miss First 2-4 Weeks of Season »

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It was a relief to Boston fans and members of the Celtics organization alike when Keith Bogans was traded last night.  The disgruntled veteran became such a stick-in-the-mud last season that he was excused for “personal reasons”.  Those “reasons” may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he has very little talent and is too old to play for a rebuilding team that is trying to develop its young players.  So by default, the trade was a victory, if not solely for morale’s sake.  The C’s netted a $5.3 million trade exception, along with several non-guaranteed contracts which, for the most part, will be waived.

Danny Ainge knew that the Bogans contract was tradeable and that it actually had value, due to its CBA-friendly structure.  Boston got second round picks out of a player that probably wasn’t going to play a single minute this season and was inevitably going to complain the entire time.  The Cavaliers will now have cap flexibility if they can flip the contracts of Bogans, Brendan Haywood and Anderson Varejão, which could potentially clear space for an improved center, which they sorely need. Continue reading Rumors, Rondo and the Keith Bogans Trade: A look into Danny Ainge’s Plans »

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John Lucas III (USATSI)

Danny Ainge proved once again on Thursday that he is the master of the salary-dumping trade by sending shooting guard Keith Bogans and two future conditional second-round picks to Cleveland. In exchange, the Celtics received point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas along with two second rounders.

Bogans, an 11-year veteran, came to Boston from Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce blockbuster last offseason. He played in just six games for the Celtics before being excused indefinitely in January, reportedly following an argument on the team bus stemming from his lack of playing time. Continue reading Celtics Get Something for Nothing with Bogans Trade »

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Behind Kyrie Irving's 6 three pointers, Team USA won the FIBA tournament.

While there was really never any doubt that Team USA would ultimately win the tournament, there were in fact doubters (or devil’s advocates) who swore the Spanish squad could potentially defeat them, due to what they perceived as better big men on a more disciplined squad.  There was also the rhetoric coming out of these naysayers who claimed that Team USA would be misaligned by FIBA’s rules, due to its style of play that favors competition in the international game.

Team Spain, made up of the truly formidable trio of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, lost to France, headlined by Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum, who, in turn, lost to Serbia, a team with no household names.  While its one-game elimination style of play can certainly create underdogs, illustrated by Serbia’s exciting run to the finals, lightning could not strike a third time for them against the US. Continue reading Team USA Wins FIBA World Championship, Kyrie Irving Tournament MVP »

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With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.

Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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Mexico just made it into the knockout stage, but has the unenviable task of taking on the Americans in the Round of 16. (wwe.com)

The knockout stage is here. Things kick off with Mexico looking to down the United States, a most unenviable task. Fellow unbeatens Spain and Greece face Senegal and Serbia respectively, with some great action in between.

For the knockout stage, picking a winner successfully is worth two points. Not that it matters at all now, because all eight games featured unanimous winners. But with eight competitors remaining after the Round of 16, there’s still plenty of time left.

Check below for who we all picked to win each game, and come back when the first knockout round is over for updated point totals. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 »

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Anthony Davis (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

The group stage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup came to a close on Thursday in Spain, with three teams going a perfect 5-0: Greece, Spain and the United States. Team USA was as dominant as expected given the weakness if its Group C rivals, winning all five games by an average of 33.2 points. But the home team certainly appears serious about not letting the Cup get away, with an average winning margin of 25.2 points over some very tough opponents, while Greece staked its claim as more than just a dark horse.

The three favorites

United States

The inexperienced American team looked very good in its five wins, beginning with a 114-55 throttling of Finland. Their stiffest challenge came from Turkey in the second game, but the U.S.A. put the clamps down in the second half on the way to a 21-point victory. Probably the best news was the balanced contribution of all the rotation players to the offensive game, with no Americans among the tournament’s top 10 scorers. Continue reading Spain, U.S.A. Appear Headed for Final Clash at FIBA World Cup »

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