Julius Randle (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

The NBA Draft lottery wasn’t kind to the Celtics, who entered it with the fifth-best odds of getting the top pick but wound up with the sixth selection. Boston will also have the 17th overall pick as a result of the blockbuster that sent the remaining members of the Big Three to Brooklyn, and which will continue to pay dividends for the C’s until the 2018 Draft. The Celtics will not, however, have a second-round selection, as they traded theirs to Dallas when they moved up to take Kelly Olynyk last year.

So, while Indiana, Miami, Oklahoma City and San Antonio continue to compete for the 2013-14 Championship, in Boston it’s time to start looking at some of the prospects the Celtics could target on June 26, starting today with the sixth pick (and leaving aside, for now, the Kevin Love trade rumors). Considering, as it currently seems, that the top three will feature some combination of Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’s Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, the first prospect on our radar is Julius Randle of Kentucky: Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Julius Randle »

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Celtics ping pong ball

The ping pong balls have failed the Celtics once again. Heading into Tuesday night’s lottery, the Celtics held the fifth-best shot at the the No. 1 pick (better than 10%), and had a realistic shot at landing in the top three (33%), where franchise-altering players Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker can be had.

Instead of landing a top-three pick for the first time since 1997, the Celtics drew the 6th selection. Continue reading Celtics Land 6th Pick at NBA Draft Lottery »

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Kevin Love

The Celtics may be in “love” with another Kevin from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they could have the pieces to get it done.

The report states that the Celtics lottery draft pick could be enough to jump-start a Love trade package, which would likely include Jared Sullinger, Kieth Bogans and other expiring contracts.

Before the lottery, the Celtics have the No. 5 pick in a deep NBA Draft, and could move as high as No. 1 or as low as No. 8 in Tuesday’s lottery. Continue reading Kevin Love to the Celtics? It Could Happen… »

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Now that they don't have to worry about Serge Ibaka, the Spurs have an easier road to get back to the NBA Finals. (zowienews)

Now that the Conference Championships are underway, it’s time to get to it. Both the Pacers and Heat had their struggles late in the season, but the Heat have had a much easier time in the playoffs so far. The Spurs and Thunder both have many dangerous weapons at their disposal, but the Thunder have lost Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the playoffs due to a calf injury and have no way to replicate his success in the paint.

Still, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook remaining, the Thunder are getting some looks from our experts, either to win or make things interesting. On the other side, Indiana’s prolonged troubles don’t give them much hope against LeBron and co, even starting with home-court advantage.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points and picking how many games it will last is worth one point.

So check below for everyone’s third round picks, and check back once the Finals are set for the updated results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoff Expert Picks: Third Round »

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A highly controversial call has Doc Rivers fuming and OKC moving on to the Conference Finals. (NBA/TNT video)

The NBA is down to its final four, a pair of top two seeds. Miami and San Antonio cruised, while Indiana and OKC had to work a little harder. The Thunder also got a huge amount of help, at least in Doc Rivers’ opinion.

With many of our experts in agreement, it was hard to gain points. Even series lengths didn’t provide too much opportunity. But still, one point could easily make all the difference in the end.

So check out the results below so far, and come back Sunday for the Third Round picks. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks – Second Round Results »

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Ray Allen

In a constantly changing world, it is good to see that some things in life never change. Boston.com reports that Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have not spoken since Allen left the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat before the 2012-13 season. Allen told the Sun-Sentinel that he hasn’t reached out to Garnett in the last two years.

We all remember the awkward shoulder tap from the first game the Celtics played the Heat in 2012. Garnett admitted to not having Allen’s number in his phone. Maybe Garnett did not delete him, who knows? Allen could have got a new phone after moving to Miami. There is no reason to play the blame game, right? Continue reading Surprise, Surprise! Allen and Garnett Still Do Not Get Along »

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After a tough first round, potent OKC gets an equally tough Clippers squad. (http://indervilla.com/)

The NBA is down to its last eight teams after an exhausting Round of 16. The Heat and Wizards are the most well-rested of the teams; can they take advantage? The Pacers were great at home over the season, but have struggled lately. The Nets swept the Heat in the regular season, but all their experience can only be hosted in older bodies. OKC and LAC are on a massive collision course, while the veteran Spurs face a Blazers’ squad fresh off a rare playoff series victory.

A case could be made for any of the eight teams, but in our Pick ‘Em, no team was unanimously selected to advance. But in a rare show of coincidental solidarity, one series was unanimously selected to go six games. Either way, most think it will be a drawn-out round for everyone.

So check below for the complete second round picks, and check back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks – Second Round »

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