Who To Watch (May 10 – May 16)

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Last time we met, Boston-Milwaukee was tied at 1. The Bucks proceeded to put Boston season’s to bed, in large part due to the likely league MVP (Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Happy Friday folks, welcome back.

What a difference a week can make. Imagine telling someone last week just how bad the Celtics would fail to finish their series against the Bucks? Truly embarrassing. The rest of the NBA has provided great playoff action. Last Friday Portland and Denver player the first quadruple overtime playoff game since the 1950s, the Rockets dug themselves out of a hole to compete in their series against Golden State, although the Warriors have a 3-2 lead. The Raptors and Sixers have swung back and forth, making you love what makes each good, while questioning their faults all at the same time, and we get a Game 7 because of it.  In the NHL, we have reached the Conference Finals. The Bruins are facing the Carolina Hurricanes (and beat them 5-2 last night) out East, while the St. Louis Blues are facing the San Jose Sharks out West. We had a crazy end to the Kentucky Derby where the horse that crossed the finish line first apparently broke a rule, and after instant replay, was DQ’d, the first time this had ever happen in the history of the race. We also had a no-hitter in baseball this week, courtesy of Michael Fiers of the Oakland Athletics.

Oh, and Kerm is getting ready to protest with Lakers fans at Staples Center soon.

Anyway…

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How to say ‘Coward’ in 5 Different Languages

Spanish: Cobarde

Portuguese: Covarde

Somali: Fulayo

German: Feigling

Japanese: 臆病者

With the Celtics now down 3-1 to the Bucks, the ride is almost over for these heartless cowards. From being ranked 2nd best in the preseason behind the Warriors to now being the laughing stock of the NBA.

All season long the Celtics have told us to expect great things in the postseason. Jaylen Brown expects five championships by the time he’s 28, and it looks like thats not happening this year, or any time soon. But I don’t blame his hubris too much, even though the team has done nothing to prove they can get to the promise land, let alone win there. I put some of the blame on the supposed leader of the team. Mr. Kyrie Irving. Continue reading “How to say ‘Coward’ in 5 Different Languages”

R.I.P. John Havlicek (1940 – 2019)

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The Ohio native was one of the best players in Celtics history (Credit: Manny Rubio/USA Today Sports)

Some sad news to report: Celtics legend John Havlicek has passed away at the age of 79

Havlicek joined the Boston Celtics during the midst of their dynasty in 1962, selected 7th overall in that year’s NBA Draft (the last pick of the first round folks).

He was actually drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1962 too, but after some practices there, he decided basketball was where his future was going to be. Continue reading “R.I.P. John Havlicek (1940 – 2019)”

“They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NBA Edition

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One of the best talent bases in NBA history, Serege Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kevin Durnat only played three seasons together, reaching the NBA Finals once in 2012 (Credit: Yahoo Sports)

In this edition of “They Should’ve Been a Dynasty,” we explore recent NBA teams that should have won more than they ultimately did.

Remember the rules, I see a dynasty as the following: a team that has won at least three championships in a 10-year window. It can be a smaller window (i.e. a three-peat), but I think the simplest barometer is winning three championships within a certain window of time, showing that you were the best of your sport, and you showed it repeatedly.

Ranges of time are flexible depending on the eye of the reader, but this is how I view them. Continue reading ““They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NBA Edition”

Celtics Post All-Star Break History

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The Celtics have been under the microscope in the East ever since they emerged as potential contenders again under Brad Stevens. They were obviously in a rebuilding stage when the Celtics parted ways with long time coach Doc Rivers, who saw only one championship with them in 2008. It did not come as a surprise when Brad Stevens, the former Butler head coach that brought the team to their first Final Four in school history, went 25-57 in his first year. The actual surprise was the Celtics never missing the playoffs every season after that. Brad Stevens is remarkable at utilizing the players he has and setting them up to succeed through well-crafted play calling. As his roster grew each year with more and more talent, he was able to improve their playoff success. With the All-Star break over and the playoff push in full effect, I wanted to see how the Celtics have fared in the past five years during this time; the pattern is surprising. Continue reading “Celtics Post All-Star Break History”

These are not the Boston Celtics I know

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A lot has been made about the constant media attention surrounding Kyrie Irving this season.  Is is his own fault, or are others creating a narrative for him? (Credit: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Consider these two teams: one started this season 10-10, while the other started 12-8.  Both teams were top 3 seeds in their respective conferences last season, so needless to say, they started off this year slower than expected.

After some bumps in the road those two teams have very similar records.  One team is 37-24, while the other is 37-23.  Both teams look set to make the playoffs, and after the first 20 games of their season, look to have righted the ship.  Yet after last night, it’s only safe to make that argument for one of those teams. Continue reading “These are not the Boston Celtics I know”

The Anthony Davis Saga

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Anthony Davis’ request of a trade from New Orleans caused a lot of drama the past two weeks in the NBA; is this just the beginning? (Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. After asking for a trade January 28, ten days of drama ensued as Davis was immediately connected to the Los Angeles Lakers.  We heard endless amounts of information (as well as misinformation) from the main parties involved, and the hurricane of madness even hit the shores of Boston, instilling doubts about the future of Kyrie Irving.  My favorite part? LaVar Ball came out of the cave Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka (must have) paid him to stay in, and told the world LeBron James is nothing without his son Lonzo!

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