Pacers vs Thunder: Week 14's prediction for the NBA Finals

The All-star break is only a week away, and other than the top teams, the contenders are stepping all over each other in an effort to get a better seed and home-court advantage. The standings are clogged up, too, so there’s lots of wiggle room. Much is still to be decided, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, February 6, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 14 »

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Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger

The participants in the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge were announced on Wednesday, and big men Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger will represent the Celtics at the game, which will take place on February 14 at the Pelicans’ New Orleans Arena.

The 2014 edition will be the third since the game’s format was changed. It used to pit the rookies against the second-year players, but the last two years the participants were drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal into their respective teams. The particulars of this year’s game haven’t been announced yet, but it is expected to continue in the same vein. Nine rookies and nine sophomores were chosen.

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Pacers vs Thunder: Week 13's prediction for the NBA Finals

The season is now more than half over, and many teams remain bunched up. The bottom of the Western bracket is also up for grabs again, making the bracket even more interesting. And the bottom of the East is still wide open thanks to the general lackluster performance of its teams. It’s an exciting time for the NBA, and not just because David Stern is retiring after 30 years as commissioner, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 30, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 13 »

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Chris Johnson  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have lost three straight contests after the win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Overall, the Celtics went 1-4 over the past nine days and it does not look like they will be in the playoff picture anytime soon. The 15-32 record has them tied for last in the Atlantic Division and tied for the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett honored in return

The Brooklyn Nets may have won 85-79 against the Celtics in Kevin Garnett’s and Paul Pierce’s return to TD Garden on Sunday night, but the real winner was their legacies as both future Hall-of-Famers were shown on the jumbotron in tribute videos. Both were emotional all night long and each scored six points and were really non factors; most likely because of all the emotions playing for the Celtics and returning to their home floor for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce Return; Chris Johnson Earns Second Deal »

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Kevin Garnett waves to the crowd after being honored by the Celtics in his return to Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“Anything is possiblllllllllleeeeee!!!!!”

These, of course, are the immortal words of Kevin Garnett after the former Celtic won his first NBA championship in his first season in Boston. At the time, Garnett was referring to, well, I don’t know what. Coming from a man who has talked about tortillas and microwaves as a metaphor for chemistry, asked Craig Sager if he’s been in a bar fight, referenced a green squirrel (???),  and spouted a plethora of other quotables, I’m not inclined to speculate.

On Sunday night, though, KG’s three most famous — and jubilant — words as a Celtic were patently false. Between his video tribute and Paul Pierce’s (even more so for the Truth, with 15 years of history in Boston), it was impossible to avoid the onslaught of goosebumps, shivers, sadness, nostalgia, laughter, and sappiness to top all sappiness. And yes, it has taken me this long to process my emotions. Continue reading Video: Celtics Honor Pierce, Garnett in Return to Boston »

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Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce return to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Nets, but instead of watching Geno, they'll be watching their own video tributes. (Photo courtesy of Celtics Hub)

For the first time since the megadeal with the Brooklyn Nets that hit the reset button on the Boston Celtics franchise, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will return to their old stomping grounds at the TD Garden.

For the current Celtics players, this means nothing. A majority of the roster (10) never played alongside the two Boston stars. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers is in L.A., and current coach Brad Stevens was making sure his players at Butler were going to study hall. Of those who did play alongside the Truth and the Big Ticket, Jared Sullinger was away recovering from back surgery most of his rookie season, Jeff Green doesn’t experience emotions, and Rajon Rondo is an a–hole (Kobe’s words, not mine, though I tend to agree) who responded to questions about the return of KG and Pierce by saying, “Have you seen me tear before?”

Unlike the players, who reunited when the two teams played each other in Brooklyn earlier this season, Celtics fans will have their first reunion with two players who delivered the 17th banner to the TD Garden rafters. So while Rondo is a heartless bastard, I will be glued to my television set to see two franchise greats get honored on the parquet floor.

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Pacers vs Thunder: Week 12's prediction for the NBA Finals

12 weeks are gone in the NBA season, marking the halfway point. The West has pretty much settled on its teams, though seeding is up for grabs. The East is still clogged up, though the #8 seed there is still in imminent danger. With so many teams trying to push each other around in an attempt to gain ground, anything can happen, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 23, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 12 »

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