Boston Celtics: Grading Their Season

  Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… Season Summary The Boston Celtics improved immensely over the course of the 2015 season, as they were able to make their way into the playoff picture with a 40-42 season, despite losing Rajon Rondo via trade. They were able to stumble upon a surprisingly effective Jae Crowder, while...
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Report: Mavericks, Ty Lawson show mutual interest

After the trade for Rajon Rondo ended in disaster for the Dallas Mavericks, the front office may have their eyes on another point guard languishing on a mediocre team.Yet unlike Rondo, who will be a free agent this offseason, Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is still on contract with the Nuggets. With the backcourt picture unclear in Dallas, and with Denver possibly exploring...
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The Dallas Mavericks and Ty Lawson should join forces

In times of war, a country needs a general to lead his platoon of soldiers to victory. The Dallas Mavericks did not fight a war in terms of armed conflict, but they did fight an ardent war in the playoffs regarding basketball talent. Point guard Rajon Rondo was not the floor general the Mavericks thought he would be, engaging in borderline desertion. The good news is he will be a...
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The Mavericks have serious point guard issues

The Mavericks thought their point guard problems were solved on December 19, when they traded Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and a future first-round pick for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell.Unfortunately, it only created a bigger problem, and Dallas is still in severe need of filling one of the sport's most important positions this summer. Here's Mavs.com's Earl K. Sneed...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Afternoon Dump..Where C’s Rebuilding Plan Gets High Marks

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “I think they’ve done a terrific job of not only gathering assets but also remaining competitive while they do it,” said McDonough, formerly the assistant GM under Ainge. “It’s not an easy thing to do...
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Garden Report Boston Celtics Season Review: Moving on from Rajon Rondo & the Playoff Push

The Garden Report season review with CLNS Radio's Jared Weiss, WEEI's Julian Edlow and NESN's Zack Cox breaks down the two halves of the Celtics' wild season and reflects on Brad Stevens' incredible turnaround. Relive some of the best memories and interviews from the season and see where it all…
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The Mavericks' 10 best plays from the 2014-15 season

The Dallas Mavericks started the 2014-15 regular season as a fireball, and ended it as a birthday cake candle. Expectations were lofty on opening night, then climbed even higher when Dallas traded for four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. But that move turned out to be the beginning of the end, as the seven-seeded Mavericks were eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs...
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Danny Ainge Wants Celtics To 'Stay In The Game' On Potential Big Move

The Boston Celtics were stuck between the playoffs and the lottery for most of the 14-15 season and became a better team after trading away Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. "When we made the trades, we felt like we needed to move a different direction," said Danny Ainge. "We did anticipate we'd take a little bit of a step backwards. We got better as the season went on." The Celtics will...
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What’s next for the Dallas Mavericks?

We all saw the Mavericks crumble heading into the playoffs against the Rockets. Their guards were not efficeint enough, there were plenty of injuries, and the lack of youth on the team doesn’t help much either. With an early vacation, the Mavs have a lot of thinking to do in order to boost their potential for the coming season. Free agency has some pretty notable targets, and the...
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How will Rondo's market look in free agency?

Rajon Rondo entered the 2014-15 season thinking on July 1 he would have himself a max contract. That obviously won't happen, but for all the trouble he caused the Dallas Mavericks, Rondo is still only 29 years old with quite a bit of quality basketball left in his legs. Here's The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko with more on how Rondo's summer may shake out:"Well, we know the Lakers...
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My Top 3 Lakers 2015 Free Agency Targets

In this piece, blogger Samuel Goldman will list his top 3 free agency targets for the Lakers this summer, while Ross Pickering, Lakerholicz.com’s founder, will chime in with his own thoughts on his each player. 3. LaMarcus Aldridge Age By Start Of Next Season: 30 Current Salary: $16.2 million Why He’s A Good Fit: LaMarcus Aldridge is a good fit because he’s the athletic...
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CelticsLife Awards: Best Performance in Defeat

Honorable Mention: The Celtics fell to the Wizards in Washington on December 8, 133-132 in double overtime.  It was the second game of a back-to-back home-and-home series, with the C's knocking off the Wiz 101-93 in Boston the day before.On this night, Washington led 88-65 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter.  However, the Celtics closed the game on a 45-22...
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Dooling calls Rondo a 'hungry veteran who is still in his prime'

Rajon Rondo is coming off the worst year of his professional life, which isn't great considering he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. Rondo was once expected to command a max contract on the open market, but those days are long past, and there are real concerns about whether he can still play at a high level for a quality team. But one former teammate hasn't jumped from...
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Now we know the real story behind Rajon Rondo's failure in Dallas

You could cut the tension in this picture with a knife.Via The Dallas Morning News, Dirk Nowitzki was asked if he ever played Connect Four with Rajon Rondo:I did not, but I saw him get beat though. Before the game, one of his first games, one of the Mavs' employees brought a Connect Four over and it was just sitting there. I think Charlie V [Villanueva] played him one time real quick...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nowitzki: Rondo lost to Charlie Villanueva in Connect Four

Rajon Rondo’s on-court success wasn’t the only thing that plummeted after his midseason trade to the Dallas Mavericks. According to Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki, Rondo’s dominance in the art of Connect Four also showed some cracks. Nowitzki said Monday in an interview with KTCK-AM 1310 that while he never played a game against the point guard, he did see one teammate do so —...
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Dallas Mavericks: The NBA Playoffs Best Losers

  (Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… The Dallas Mavericks found themselves as a relatively strong 7th seed in the Western Conference, finishing with a respectable 50 wins in the powerful Western Conference. Coming into their series against the 2nd seed Houston Rockets, finishing a mere 6 games behind them in the...
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Dallas Mavericks: Was Rondo worth it?

I’m sure most NBA fans were in awe when they heard about Rondo going to the Mavericks. A former champion point-guard who is young, talented, and motivational sounds wonderful. But did he really give any returns to the Dallas Mavericks this season? I mean after he joined, the Mavericks suffered much more losses, became filled with drama, and declined altogether. In the end, look...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rajon Rondo Didn’t Injure Back, Won’t Get Playoff Share From Mavs

It looks as though the relationship between the Dallas Mavericks and Rajon Rondo was as bad as it could get. The polarizing point guard made headlines during the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets when he was benched during Game 2 after essentially quitting on the team. Rondo was ruled out indefinitely for the rest of the series...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mavericks Team Doesn’t Give Rajon Rondo Playoff Share

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo in December, it was expected that he would become a veteran leader who would take Dallas deep into the NBA Playoffs. Spotted: Rajon Rondo Mavericks Jerseys Already Last night, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics for an absolute Read More → Things spiraled out of control between the team and Rondo...
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Rajon Rondo and Dallas Mavericks Part Ways after Phony Back Injury

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 20: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Dallas Mavericks goes in for the lay up against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 20, 2015 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) Before the clock read 0:00 and the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets...
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Rondo, The Cash Crusher

Item: The Dallas Mavericks have opted not to give Rajon Rondo a playoff share.When I was a child, there was a short-run citrus soda that launched and died, because, well, it was awful. The name? Rondo. I kid you not. Lo and witness.Your reaction to that commercial should be fairly similar to the reaction to this news, because, well... the Mavs just decided that their starting point...
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Report: Rondo did not receive playoff share from Mavericks

There is little question that the Rajon Rondo trade was a failure for the Dallas Mavericks, and the latest report confirms how bad things got between the point guard and the team. Dallas Morning News Mavericks reporter Eddie Sefko says Rondo did not receive a playoff share from the team. Teams that made the playoffs...Read More
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Rajon Rondo Excluded From Mavericks' Playoff Share

Rajon Rondo did not receive a playoff share as the Dallas Mavericks divided up $208,940, their portion as a team that competed in the first round. Rondo left the team after Game 2, ostensibly with a back injury. Rondo did not stay around to support his teammates. Assuming the other 14 Maverick players got full playoff shares, their take per person was $14,924.
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Nowitzki on aquisition of Rondo by Mavs: We had to do it

The Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the postseason on Tuesday night, losing its opening round series to the Houston Rockets in five games. One of the most damning stories that helps explain the Mavericks’ incredibly short run in the postseason is how the mid-season acquisition of Rajon Rondo didn’t turn out as expected. Not even...Read More The post Dirk Nowitzki on acquisition...
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Report: Mavericks, Rajon Rondo Mutually Decided To Part Ways

The Dallas Mavericks and Rajon Rondo made a mutual decision to part ways the day after Game 2. Sources say the two sides framed the reasoning as a back injury as a favor to try to help Rondo save face. Rondo was going to be replaced in the starting lineup for Game 3 regardless of the decision. The Mavericks felt Rondo's behavior was impacting other players, particularly Monta Ellis...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss
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