Lebron James submitted another epic Game 6 stat line, but came up short  as Steph Curry and the Warriors clinched their first NBA title in 40 years. (CBS Sports)

Counting down to the tipoff of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, guest analyst Dwyane Wade brought up Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, in which Lebron James nearly singlehandedly fended off the Boston Celtics and elimination (and his 2008 demons) at the TD Garden, effectively closing the Big Three title window for good.

As painful as it was to be forced to recall that deeply suppressed memory, it made me somewhat giddy. Was I about to see Lebron go full supernova to save the Cleveland Cavaliers season and force a Game 7? Without having it come at the expense of my own team? Was anything even out of the realm of possibility?

When the final horn sounded, Lebron’s stat line didn’t disappoint: 36 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, just shy of his third triple double of the Finals. But somehow his performance still was disappointing, as the Golden State Warriors withheld a furious JR Smith heat check 3-point barrage in the final minutes to end the franchise’s 40 year title drought. Continue reading Lebron Falls Short as Warriors End 40 Year NBA Title Drought »

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DeMarre Carroll (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

I have been resistant to buy into DeMarre Carroll as much as some. But there is quite a bit of buzz about the Atlanta Hawks wing (no pun intended) coming to Boston and also a lot of buzz about him receiving the most overpriced contract of this offseason. It’s true that paying $12 million per year for a 27-year-old guy with only two years of consistency might not have a great track record. But maybe Carroll is worth it.

I was always on the side of using the extra money to try and trade for or sign a top level star but surprisingly, the Cavs success (who did use their money to get a couple pretty good stars last offseason) have convinced me otherwise. It’s strange but the idea is that any team that just makes the NBA Finals at least has a punchers shot at winning four out or seven games. I thought Golden State would fin in five but due to a herculean performance by Lebron James, the disappearance of Golden States key players and the emergence of an Australian phenom, the Larry O’Brien Trophy is as close as it’s ever been to Cleveland (even though I still don’t think it’s going there). Continue reading Talking Myself Into DeMarre Carroll as a Celtics Target »

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Boston sports frustration

Dear Beloved Boston Sports Fans,

In case you haven’t noticed, the Boston sports teams are all in a state of disarray. The Red Sox are quickly becoming the laughing stock of Major League Baseball with one of the highest payrolls in the league and a collection of underperforming players.

The only bright spot on the team thus far has to be the emergence of left handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Since being called up on May 29th against the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez has posted impressive numbers by going 2-0 with a microscopic 0.44 era and 21 strikeouts.

In probably the most disappointing team of the year, the Boston Bruins have to make some much needed changes this offseason. It started with Peter Chiarelli departing for Edmonton and hiring Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager. The team also decided to part ways with Carl Soderberg. Recent trade speculation has been swirling around that defenseman Dougie Hamilton is seeking a deal worth up to $8 million per season, which may be too rich for the Bruins’ taste and a possible trading partner could be no other than Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, as stated by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Even though the Celtics made the playoffs this year, they may have been better off going into the lottery as they are trying to reposition themselves in the draft to get a higher selection. They have four draft choices this year. They are unlikely to keep all of those picks, as they will be looking for trading partners or use a few on European players and stash them overseas for a few years. Even though a man appearing to be LaMarcus Aldridge was spotted at Logan Airport last week, it is likely that he will sign with a team from Texas, according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve this summer, but if they keep to this model, it will be a few years until they can seriously go themselves serious contenders and out of the purgatory which is being mediocre in the NBA.

The Patriots have made a lot more noise off the field than they would have preferred. Star quarterback Tom Brady could potentially miss up to four games and they have released their first three starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington respectively. Longtime staple in the defensive line, Vince Wilfork, has moved on to play for the Texans. The Patriots will also have to forfeit a 2016 first round pick and 2017 fourth round pick. The Patriots have to turn to second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to fill the void of Brady’s absence.

In order of fan base confidence, it has to be the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and last and certainly least, the Red Sox. One might feel as though the Bruins and Celtics can be interchangeable based on the number of draft assets that Danny Ainge has to work with and the high volume of question marks surrounding this Bruins team. The two that are not debatable, however, are the Patriots and Red Sox. The Patriots are coming off of a Super Bowl win. Albeit difficult to repeat in the NFL, it anyone can do it, it is Bill Belichick and the Patriots, especially in a weak AFC Conference. As John Breech of CBSSports.com noted, the Patriots have the 11th easiest schedule in the league.

It is tough to look someone in the eye these days and say that you have confidence in these Red Sox. They blew a 7-run lead to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, which is nothing short of an embarrassment. Take into account the clubhouse, especially Wade Miley’s meltdown with John Farrell in Baltimore Thursday night. As a fan, you always want your team to succeed. However, this team doesn’t deserve to win the way they have been playing.

It is an interesting time to be a fan in Boston with a lot more question marks than answers. Hopefully they will be in our favor sooner rather than later.

John O’Callaghan, an objective Boston Sports Fan

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Promising 19 year old with All-Star potential

With the draft less than three weeks away, the rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of the Celtics potentially trading up in the draft for a lottery pick. Outside of the top three picks, which are almost certainly Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and D’Angelo Russell, the rest of the draft remains fairly uncertain and offers an abundance of talent with a variety of skill sets. These names include Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow, and the trio of prospects from overseas: Emmanuel Mundiay, Mario Hezonja, and Kristap Porzingis.

The Celtics front office should should act with skepticism when considering a trade up for any of these options, with one exception: Justise Winslow, who has the potential to be a bonafide star on both sides of the basketball at the next level. Still only 19 years of age, Winslow already has an NBA-ready body; he stands 6’5, weighs 220 lbs, and has a 6’10 wingspan. This past season at Duke Winslow showed flashes of greatness and his upside is through the roof.  If Ainge wants to make a move for a better pick in the draft, this is guy to do it for. Continue reading If Celtics Are Willing to Trade Up in Draft, Must Target Justise »

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It is blasphemous and nonsensical, but even as a Celtics fan I can't help myself from rooting for Lebron James in this year's NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hello, my name is Nick, and I am a Celtics fan rooting for Lebron James in the 2015 NBA Finals.

If there were an AA meeting for fans of other non-Warriors teams who find themselves uncontrollably pulling for the Lebrons, I would be the first person introducing myself.

As a Celtics fan – one who watched his team get unceremoniously swept out of the first round by an earlier iteration of this Cleveland Cavaliers team – I can’t explain why I find myself cheering for Lebron. It is blasphemy. It is heresy. It is wrong.

But I am addicted, and I simply cannot help myself. Continue reading Hello, My Name is Nick, and I am a Celtics Fan Rooting for Lebron James »

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DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

I have already stated that I am not sure is DeMarcus Cousins would fit in Boston but I would still take the risk depending on the package Sacramento is looking for. There are a number of things general manager Danny Ainge could do to get Cousins or some other star, given the cap situation and the number of tradable pieces on the books. Quite possibly the best, and least talked about of these assets is the two large trade exceptions Boston has from Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo. These could be huge in a scenario where Ainge goes all in for next season. If he decides to simply use all cap room, trade exceptions, trades and draft picks between now and next year’s trade deadline, there are endless possibilities — one of which is figuring out a way to bring the Kings big man to Boston.

Cousins is on a great contract, through 2017-18, plays well on both ends of the court (when he wants to) and is possibly the most frightening low post threat in the league. That all sounds great but that last part is what worries me. In an increasingly perimeter oriented league, maybe a guy who plays almost exclusively inside isn’t worth as much as one that can stretch the floor. So there are two questions that need to be answered: Is DeMarcus Cousins worth trading for? And if so, how do you do it? Continue reading Using Trade Exceptions and Bringing Boogie to Boston »

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What can Danny Ainge do to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy back to Boston? (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In the 21st century, Boston is a city that has become accustom to winning. Since 2000, its major sports teams (Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins) have combined to win nine championships. The Celtics though, despite being the one of the two most accomplished and winningest NBA teams in history, have only contributed one. On top of this, after losing three future Hall of Famers over the course of two years, it seemed like the team was going to be closer to the lottery than the Finals for the foreseeable future.

It seems to me though, that a Championship contender is not that far off. With a great coach in Brad Stevens, a top general manager in Danny Ainge, a young, cheap backcourt locked up for the next three years and loads of cap space coming, this is a team that could be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy sooner than most would think. I am going to take a look at the current roster, free agents and the upcoming draft to determine the likelihood that this team could contend in a weak Eastern Conference next season. Continue reading How to Build the Next Celtics Dynasty »

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