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The group stage is over in the World Cup, and to nobody’s surprise, the United States cruised. Spain also moved through handily, but what nobody saw combing was how well Greece did, winning all five games and helping push group favorite Argentina all the way down to third place. At least one team in each group made it through with a losing record as well, so it was a tough race for many teams.

With similar picks, our Pick ‘Em is neck-and-neck, so far relying on bonus points from picking the correct place finishers to open up leads. The results so far are below, and be sure to come back Saturday for the Round of 16 selections. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage Results »

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Rajon Rondo (Redsarmy.com)

On Friday, Jackie MacMullan said that four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo has told the Celtics that he “wants out” of Boston. While nobody can blame the 28-year-old for wanting to play for a team with a legitimate shot to make the playoffs rather than a rebuilding organization that appears to constantly be trying to trade him, Rondo trade rumors are frequent and often without merit. But when the reputable Jackie MacMullan is behind the allegations, that certainly lends them credence.

Since MacMullan’s report, two things have happened that somewhat muddle our understanding of Danny Ainge’s predicament: ESPN removed the Around the Horn segment in question from YouTube, and Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, has denied that his client has requested a trade. Duffy’s statement is certainly not enough to undermine MacMullan, seeing as the game of NBA free agency and trade requests are never as transparent as we would like to imagine, so let us proceed regardless of the obvious client-agent-GM posturing. Continue reading Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: 5 Teams He Could End Up With »

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With the 2014 FIBA World Cup underway, the USA will look to overcome Paul George's injury to defend their crown. ("Family Guy," 'The Perfect Castaway,' 2005)

The FIBA Basketball World CUp is underway. The USA will attempt to defend their title, but will have to do so without Paul George following his horrific injury. In the meantime, several nations should put up quite a fight, especially late in the knockout stages. But for now, the Americans will have to deal with Turkey, the team they beat in the Finals last time, as well as four others. For the tournament, we’re here to to present predictions for how things will turn out.

Correctly picking a team to advance past the group stage is worth one point. Furthermore, picking the #1 team from each group exactly is worth four points, followed by three points for exactly guessing each group’s #2 team, and so on.

So check below for the Group Stage picks, as well as a list of the teams in each group. The first four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage »

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Team USA (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Starting on Saturday, Spain will host the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where Team USA will look for its second straight championship and fifth overall, which would tie Yugoslavia for the most ever. The United States will be bringing a young and inexperienced team to the tournament, but one that still has to be considered the favorite to bring home a fourth straight major title, including the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics gold medals. What follows is a rundown of the USA’s chances of coming out on top at the end of what will be an intense two-week competition, and who will be standing in the Americans’ way.

Team USA: Still the favorite

Most of the headlines about the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp revolved around the absences, with big men Blake Griffin and Kevin Love both dropping out voluntarily before Paul George‘s gruesome leg injury knocked him out for the upcoming NBA season. Love’s absence leaves Anthony Davis and James Harden as the only returning players from the London Games, while Stephen Curry, Rudy Gay and Derrick Rose will all return four years after their 2010 World Cup win in Turkey. Continue reading 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Preview »

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Danny Ainge

With a GM as secretive and prone to throwing out red herrings as Danny Ainge, it’s nearly impossible to understand his train of thought and  predict who the Celtics will try to acquire in their quest to raise banner number 18. Yet we cannot help ourselves as it compels our experience watching a lackluster team compete.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted that this offseason could include “fireworks” and perhaps rival 2007′s groundbreaking offseason that saw the formation of the Big Three, but it has come and gone without any big-name signings. Whether or not Rajon Rondo will be dealt continues to be a mystery as teams struggle to determine what a poor-shooting point guard’s value is in the modern NBA. Continue reading Five Targets for the Celtics’ Rebuilding Process »

Rajon Rondo (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics will officially lose out on the services of superstar power forward Kevin Love on August 23. Once the calendar turns to that date, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to send the first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, Andrew Wiggins, along with a few other assets to Minnesota in exchange for Love. Before Cleveland signed LeBron James, it appeared the Celtics were one of the few teams that had a chance to acquire Love, but the Cavs had plans of their own to sign the big man once James decided to head back home to Ohio.

The Celts were very vocal about the potential of a big offseason this year, but as of now their biggest moves have been re-signing Avery Bradley and acquiring free agent Evan Turner. The question the C’s now face is what to do moving forward, after co-owner Wyc Grousbeck admitted that his team missed out on the “fireworks” they had been hoping for. Continue reading Celtics Should Continue Patient Approach to Rebuilding Process »

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Al Pacino, Paul Pierce

Say what you want about Al Pacino’s acting skills (OK, I will — his role in “Two For the Money” was trash. Pure garbage), but he picks some good company to hang out with.

Right Paul Pierce?

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