The 82-game marathon is over and now the real basketball begins.
Sixteen teams will advance into the playoffs and we will try to predict how every series will go in the first round. In a seven-game series, the best teams always win so don't expect a lot of upsets here.
Golden State Warriors (1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8)
The Warriors delivered a message to their Round 1 counterparts earlier in the week and expect nothing to be different once that ball goes up in the air. Read More
1. Jayson Tatum!
Tatum becomes the first rookie since Jack Sikma (in 1978) to score 300+ points in a postseason. He now has nine 20+ point games in the playoffs, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time rookie list. The crazy thing is if the Celtics go on to the NBA Finals, he will likely be the runaway leader in that category even before that series ends.
If this kid ain't the real deal, I don't know who is!
2. More Celtics...
The Boston Celtics is the first team with 10 consecutive Read More
1. The Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 marks the first time in the playoffs that LeBron James did not lead the Cavaliers in BOTH points and assists.
Kevin Love led the team with 17 points.
2. Home Sweet Home
The Celtics have won eight straight playoff games at the TD Garden after the 108-83 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals Game 1.
3. One streak continues, while another ends.
Jayson Tatum's streak of 20+ points games ends at 7 tonight. The blowout does not help but I'm Read More
NBA Playoffs Stats Of The Day-- April 19, 2017
1. Rajon Rondo with a very Rajon Rondo game.
Rajon Rondo is the first player to have a line of 11 PTS, 14 AST, 9 REB & 5 STL in the #NBAPlayoffs since...Rajon Rondo in 2009. pic.twitter.com/6mmlvDXiAg
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 19, 2017
And the 14 dimes ties Kirk Hinrich and Michael Jordan for the Bulls playoffs record-- in only his second playoff game in a Chicago uniform.
2. Despite the presence of ghastly FT shooters like DeAndre Read More
The NBA playoffs are here so it's time to sound like an idiot again and predict the winners of the first round. You know what they have said about this year's playoffs-- that it's only going to be a collision course between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. While that conclusion makes sense, we cannot be absolutely sure because anything can happen-- whether it's injuries (hope not) or just simply one team outplaying either one of the favorites.
So before we get carried away Read More
5 Awesome NBA Stats Of The Day-- Nov. 11, 2016
1. Joe Ingles is currently on the radar.
#NBA 3pt percentage:
1. Joe Ingles: 48.4%
13. J.J. Redick: 44.4%
26. Kevin Durant: 41.2%
37. Stephen Curry: 39.5%https://t.co/gdPEjzZapy pic.twitter.com/GoLsUpLdZG
— FOX Basketball (@FoxBasketball) December 12, 2016
2. Speaking of three-point shooting...
Stephen Curry (1,686 career threes) just passed Steve Nash (1,685) for 17th on the NBA's all-time threes list
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) Read More
The Boston Celtics teams of decades past (maybe except the mid-90's) always revolved around superstars. From Larry Bird and Kevin McHale to Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen, it's the franchise's way of securing winning campaigns and championships.
However, the past few years hasn't been that way. You can't fault GM Danny Ainge for not trying, but superstars are hard to come by. That turned out to be a positive in fantasy basketball since Brad Stevens was forced Read More
Probably one of the biggest surprises last season was the Boston Celtics making it all the way to the post-season after a sputter-y start. The Celts were a miserable 16-29 through January but made it up with a 24-13 finish, good for a 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.
The midseason trade that involved Isaiah Thomas was the undeniable catalyst, creating a menacing backcourt that coach Brad Stevens like to unleash on the opposition. However, interior play was sorely lacking which Read More
Unless you lived in a pineapple under the sea, your social media News Feed may have flooded because of the latest major trade in the NBA. Rajon Rondo (along with Dwight Powell) was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and two future first round picks.
Talking about the rich getting richer.
From a realistic perspective, it tells us two things: The Boston Celtics is in full rebuild mode while Mark Cuban's crew is serious about contending. After Read More