Thunder vs Pacers: Week 15's prediction for the NBA Finals

The All-Star game is just days away, yet it’s rather difficult for any team to find a niche, especially in the middle of the conferences. Indiana and OKC are even fighting with each other over home-court advantage. Teams are still pushing each other this way and that with every passing day. It’s a tough time to be a bubble team, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, February 14, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 15 »

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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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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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Pacers vs Spurs: Week 11's prediction for the NBA Finals

Teams are coming up on the halfway mark on the season, and the West continues to have many of the league’s best teams, though race for #8 in the East is at least entertaining as well, albeit for a different reason. Indiana and Miami are well-entrenched in their respective seeds, while San Antonio is trying to pull away in the West, which won’t be easy with the top teams in that conference on the loose. Teams have plenty to think about with the All-Star Game and trade deadline about a month away, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11 »

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The trade looks like a win-win for the Celtics and Crawford, the biggest name dealt in the three-team trade. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Celtics completed their second trade in less than ten days, sending shooting guards MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State. While the Warriors traded point guard Toney Douglas to the Heat, Boston received former Miami center Joel Anthony, a conditional first-round draft pick, a 2016 second-rounder and cash considerations.

The move essentially confirms the Celtics’, or at least Danny Ainge’s, intention to tank on the 2013-14 season, which may or may not have been motivated by the recent nine-game losing streak that knocked Boston out of playoff position. This doesn’t mean it was a bad trade, however. Both Brooks and Crawford will be free agents after this season, while Anthony will have a player option to remain in Boston through 2014-15, but that would only cost the Celtics $3.8 million.

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