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It appears we have entered the peak of this year’s NBA trade season. Following the Rajon Rondo trade, contenders around the league have been scouring lottery-bound teams for unwanted talent. The GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James (we all know David Griffin is just a pawn), has been especially active this year, having successfully acquired three players in two different transactions just this week. While this is  an almost unprecedented display of roster overhauling in such a short period of time, it appear they may not be done, seeing as just today ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Cavaliers were once again looking to add another player to their arsenal in a three team trade that almost transpired today between Memphis and the Boston.

The Celtics would have traded Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, who in turn would have sent Greek center Kosta Koufos to Cleveland, who would have, along with Memphis, sent picks to the Celtics.  While it is unclear whether or not these talks are officially done, seeing as the question remains whether these talks happened before or after the Mozgov signing, it has officially become clear that Jeff Green is on the trading block.  Memphis, who have been extremely well with their three-guard starting lineup, appear to be in the market for a traditional small forward despite their unexpected success.  Cleveland, meanwhile, may be just one poor road trip away from firing their coach, and doing everything in their power to fix their team chemistry. Continue reading Breaking Down the Potential Jeff Green-to-Memphis Trade »

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Is Kelly Olynyk the Real Deal?

January 1, 2015 at 10:40am in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
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On a CSNNE pre-game show last year, Tommy Heinsohn stated that Kelly Olynyk entered the league with more skill than Dirk Nowitzki. Tommy’s commentary over the years has brought us some undeniably hilarious gems ranging from baseless comparisons between Leon Powe and Moses Malone to an equally embarrassing comment on how Greg Stiemsma’s blocking ability was reminiscent of Bill Russell’s.

Compared to these examples of homerism, Tommy stating that the then-22-year-old Olynyk had more experience than a then-20-year-old Nowitzki seems surprisingly well thought-out. Yet, pundits on the radio and internet alike have pointed to this statement as a method of both downplaying Olynyk’s ability and highlighting Heinsohn’s insanity. While I plead the fifth regarding Heinsohn’s craziness, Olynyk seems to be in increasingly good form with perpetually growing confidence. Who knows where he could end up? Nowitzki level? Unlikely, but let’s compare the two anyway. Continue reading Is Kelly Olynyk the Real Deal? »

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KELSEY KRUZICH

While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP, continuing his career week with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Olynyk, the 13th pick in last year’s draft out of Gonzaga, has exhibited sky-high confidence this week, including a 30-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, his fellow Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two number-one picks, showed little for the lottery-bound team. Wiggins, who shot just 2-for-10 last night and scored a mere five points, was the alleged prize in last year’s draft, and a supposedly valid reason to tank. While it is still far too early to criticize Wiggins, who will undoubtedly still become a solid NBA player, Smart, with his inevitable rise in minutes, may become a dark horse candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Continue reading Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves »

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Wave goodbye, Celtics fans: Rondo is on his way to the Dallas Mavericks in a sudden and shocking trade. (CBS Sports)

Just this morning I wrote about the Rajon Rondo rumor mill starting up again, and Boston Celtics being able to look forward to spending the next month or so reading rumor after rumor, story after story about whether, where, and when Rondo would be traded.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have preempted the rumor mill and spared us from reports quoting anonymous NBA sources by already trading their All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks.

Continue reading Celtics Send Rondo to Mavs in Exchange for Pupu Platter »

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It's the most wonderful time of the year: nope, not the holidays, but Rajon Rondo trade rumors! (CBS Boston)

Death, taxes, and Rondo trade rumors.

Yes, the rumor mill is underway when it comes to Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, and their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. December 15th marked the first day free agents that were signed this past offseason are eligible to be traded, ergo: Rondo trade rumors.

This time around, it seems the Celtics have an “increased willingness” to trade Rondo, particularly to the Western Conference.

Continue reading Here We Go Again: Rondo Trade Rumors Have Begun »

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The Celtics completed a home-and-home matchup last night against the Wizards in a double-overtime thriller that unfortunately resulted in a Boston loss. Splitting the series with a 14-6 Washington team is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but it was still painful to watch this team lose to the Wizards in perhaps the most exciting game so far this season.

It wasn’t the usual suspects who mounted the fourth-quarter comeback and sent the game into overtime, but the bench unit, which scored a franchise-high 82 points. Brad Stevens’s decision to abstain from subbing in his starters late in the fourth quarter was validated when the Celtics, at one point down 23 points, went on a 15-0 run against the Wizards’ starters. Continue reading Celtics’ Comeback Bid Falls Short in Double OT Loss at Washington »

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

 

Celtics beat Lakers. My favorite sentence ever. To me, it’s synonymous with good defeats evil. I can never get tired of watching Boston beat L.A., regardless of how meaningless the game is. However, the game itself was not the primary storyline entering last evening. Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant sharing breakfast together somehow became breaking news, despite the fact that it has been well documented that the two are friendly.

Is Rondo going to join the Lakers? Is #9 betraying the Celtics? My only question is why would Rondo want to join the Lakers? After last night’s beatdown, the only allure this Lakers team has is Bryant’s presence. And with Rondo suggesting that their bond is built over their “a**hole” ways, wouldn’t their two strong personalities clash? Continue reading Celtics Defeat Lakers 113-96, All Is Right with the World »

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