In a night that will be remembered for the return of Isaiah Thomas to the TD Garden, and a loss for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving reached a career benchmark. Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets marked Kyrie’s 500th regular season game as an NBA player.
Kyrie has been in the NBA since the 2011-2012 season, and has 6 All-Star appearances, an All-NBA selection (third team), an NBA Rookie of the Year trophy, and an NBA championship to his name. At 26 years old (his 27th birthday is Saturday), he’s had a great career thus far.
Anyway, I’m going to break down Kyrie Irving’s first 500 regular season games in a peculiar way (because that’s how my mind works): by the coaches he has played for. Kyrie has played for 5 coaches during his career, and it may surprise you just how close the amount of regular season games he has played for each is.
You’ll see that shortly, as well as his stats during his time with these coaches, and the record of his teams over the years, all presented in chronological order.
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”
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!
Welcome back to Who to Watch! Football fans, there is a BIG weekend coming up with the Rams and Saints, as well as Pats and Chiefs vying for a birth in the Super Bowl! The top two seeds in each conference, and the best offenses in football, it’s set to be two great games. In the NBA, James Harden is STILL dominating in a manner we have not seen in a LONG time (he’s now averaging 35.37 PPG, which would make him the 9th player all-time to average at least 35 PPG in a season). Kyrie had a statement game against the Raptors, but the Celtics are still not consistent enough to be considered a viable playoff threat at this time. The Warriors scored 51(!) points in the first quarter against the Nuggets, and with DeMarcs Cousins’ debut set for this evening, they might be ready to make their run.
Sit back and enjoy our players to watch over the next week!
By: Michael Walker (Follow on Twitter @Mike_WalkerIC)
The NBA is approximately one third through its 2018-2019 season – and since this comes up every year – I figured I would get out ahead of the noise and check up on which conference has the right to claim supremacy so far.
Listen, 1/4 of the season is where all the hot takes come to thrive! Whether it’s the Warriors are nothing right now and the NBA is more wide open than ever, or the fact that the Celtics are a glorified 4th seed. Whether the hot takes are lukewarm or scorching hot, I want them in my veins.
I love overreactions from the local networks like when NBC Sports Boston called Boston “Loserville,” completely forgetting the recent success all Boston teams have had. But fuck it, let’s get national (sorta) on these bitches and explore the different surprises around the league! Continue reading “Biggest Surprises 1/4 into the NBA Season”