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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8

The season is already two months old, and things still aren’t looking much better for the East. The West is breeding much better competition overall, but both conferences are still pretty tight. And with Indiana and Miami, the West certainly isn’t guaranteed to produce the next NBA Champion. A lot is still going on all […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7

Seven weeks are gone in the NBA season, and three teams are above .500 in the East. Beyond the front few teams, the teams are as clustered as they can be, and especially in the East several teams ranked ninth and lower are in the running. Trading season is off and running, and many teams […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4

A month is gone in the NBA season on Thanksgiving, and there’s plenty of room for movement. Other than Indiana and Miami, no East team is above .500. Meanwhile, three .500 or better teams in the West aren’t even in the playoffs. Seeding is still very clogged up, so anyone could be anywhere in not […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 3

It’s three weeks into the season now, and we’re getting a sense of who will be a contender and who will be playing for ping pong balls. The Pacers, Spurs and Blazers are doing quite well for themselves, while the Bucks and Jazz are having quite a bit of difficulties. The West is still populated […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 2

Two weeks into the season is a great time for surprise teams to make an early impression, and that’s been happening so far. Miami isn’t the one running away with things. Houston and Brooklyn are having trouble establishing themselves. Phoenix, Portland, Charlotte and Philadelphia are all among the teams doing fairly well early. Everyone has […]

First Look at the Celtics 2013-2014 Schedule

The 2013-2014 NBA schedule was released Tuesday evening and, for Celtics fans, there are a few important games to highlight. The Celtics and first year head coach Brad Stevens kick-off the season on October 30th in Toronto against the Raptors who will be looking to capitalize on a weakened Eastern Conference and make a run […]

Pierce Rests, Celtics Lose Laugher to Bobcats, 100-74

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided to rest aging star Paul Pierce for tonight’s contest against the Charlotte Bobcats. Turns out he probably didn’t have to. None of Boston’s starters played more than 30 minutes as the Bobcats ran away with this one in the second half, outscoring the Celtics by 23 points en route […]

Garnett’s Big Night Pushes Celtics Past Raptors

Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes of game play as the Celtics notched their fifth straight win by beating the Raptors in Toronto, 99-95. The Celtics trailed by 10 after three quarters, but Leandro Barbosa would not let his team fold. Barbosa scored 12 of his 14 points […]

Welcome to the Atlantic Division, Rudy Gay

On Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors acquired small forward Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team, six-player deal that also involved the Detroit Pistons. In the trade, the Raptors sent point guard José Calderón to the Pistons, and power forward Ed Davis and a second-round draft pick to Memphis. With the move, general manager Bryan Colangelo hopes […]

Potential “MVP” Rajon Rondo Returns, Dishes Out 20 Assists in Celtics’ Win over Raptors

Rajon Rondo made his return to the Celtics lineup Saturday after sitting out Thursday’s game against the Nets, and he made sure everyone knew he was back. The C’s point guard scored just six points but dished out a season-high 20 assists, making it now 33 straight games with at least 10 assists for him. […]

Celtics Report Card: Even a Raptors Loss Can’t Faze Me

Normally a loss to the lowly Toronto Raptors (missing Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani, no less) would have me in fits. But this is no normal season, and this wasn’t a normal week. The Boston Celtics took two of three in their one and only back-to-back-to-back of the season, including a win without any members […]

The Atlantic, Week 9: Evan Turner and Celtics Roster Continuity Trending Up

We’re in the home stretch of the NBA season, and Sports of Boston is on top of all the recent news and notes in “The Atlantic”. Will continuity help the Celtics? Is Evan Turner a budding star? Who will be on the Nets’ billboards this summer in Brooklyn? The playoffs are just weeks away for […]

The Atlantic, Week 8: The Trade Deadline Approaches

Welcome to a special NBA trade deadline edition of “The Atlantic!” Let’s “trend up” and “trend down” the latest rumors. Will the Big Three be broken up? Can Philly land a superstar to put next to Andre Iguodala? Will the Nets trade Deron Williams? The trade deadline is a week away: what are the teams […]

The Atlantic, Week 7: Knicks’ Ticket Prices and Avery Bradley

In “The Atlantic,” Sports of Boston “trends up” and “trends down” the news and notes from the NBA’s grittiest division. How healthy are the Celtics? Can the Sixers fend off the surging Knicks? Are the Raptors tanking? Can the Nets’ swagger keep Deron Williams from fleeing in free-agency? The mysteries of  the Atlantic will be […]

The Atlantic, Week 6: Rondo, Lin and the Nets’ Trainers

We’re nearly halfway through the season in ‘The Atlantic’, Sports of Boston’s weekly ‘trending up’ and ‘trending down’ of the news from the NBA’s Atlantic division. Can Rajon Rondo‘s hot play get the Celtics offense back on track? Do the 76ers have one of the worst starting backcourts in the NBA? What does Brook Lopez‘s return […]