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Celtics Offer Rondo Extension, Declines

Danny Ainge revealed some interesting information today, saying that the Celtics have had discussions with Rajon Rondo about a contract extension. Rondo declined the offer, which isn't surprising due to the amount of money he'd be leaving on the table, but the important element of this story is that the Celtics are interested in retaining Rondo. Ainge said:"We did talk...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Jeff Green Puzzle

The Boston Celtics were without Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, and Avery Bradley last night, but still managed to grind out an overtime victory against the Washington Wizards, 113-111. With such a depleted backcourt, the Celtics had to resort to two 10-day contract players, Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, who even shared some court time together. Coming off a close loss to the Miami...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the T-Wolves Turn it Around?

Nearing the midway point of the NBA season, the Portland Trailblazers have been the most surprising team thus far.  Once forecastedby a panel of ESPN experts to finish 10th in the Western Conference, the Blazers are currently a game and a half out from the lead in the West and will likely exceed their entire win total from last year (33) before the All-Star break.  Without a doubt...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson Cherishes Opportunity

Fresh out of the D-League on a 10-day contract from the Boston Celtics, the 23-year old forward Chris Johnson was a pleasant suprise in last night's Celtics-Heat matchup. With Jerryd Bayless out and Avery Bradley leaving the game due to injury, the Celtics were desperately searching for production, and Johnson answered the call. In about 25 minutes, Johnson scored 11 points ...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rondo, Celtics Face Heat

The Boston Celtics square off against the Miami Heat tonight on NBA TV, and while the match up is hardly as compelling as games in recent seasons, there still seems to be a level of chippiness between the two teams. Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Doc may all be gone, but Rajon Rondo still remains, which generates some added buzz around the match up. Rondo said yesterday, "It'...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

PBTV S02E02: How To Tie Your Shoes

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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bayless Strong in Loss

The Celtics endured yet another loss last night, falling to the Rockets 104-92. The Celtics have now lost nine in a row.In a rebuilding year losses are expected, leaving fans looking for silver linings in just about every game. Those mainly include the progress and growth of their young players, with the potential of a bright future.In this loss, the silver lining was the production...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Knicks Clinch Off To A Playoffs Position

After a bad performance from the Knicks since the season started, the Knicks finally clinch off to a playoffs position after five straight wins. They are know in the 8th seed in the Eastern NBA conference. However, they achieved their 5th win on their home court after snapping the win from the Suns by a difference of two points in over time ' 98-96 '. Anthony scored 29 points...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rondo Tweets Return?

Late last night Rajon Rondo perhaps gave the NBA world his much anticipated return date when he tweeted the following: 29,233,380 secs— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014 Shortly after, Baxter Holmes, from the Boston Globe, did some research and predicted that his return will be this Friday, when the Los Angeles Lakers visit TD Garden. Holmes tweeted: 338 days...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

EP127: NBA Unplugged - How To Cheat In Basketball

With the massive fine for JR Smith's shoelace gate, James and Jacob will take a look at all the ways players cheat in basketball.  There are many ways to gain an advantage whether it's untying your opponents shoe, throwing his loose shoe into the stands, stepping on toes, pushing in the back, pants-ing your opponent, giving a wet willy, etc.  We will look at all the famous...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Night Picks, The Nickname Game

Well the nickname game is finally here.  It will be fun for a few minutes than it's back to the game of basketball.  Below are our picks.  Ben went perfect last Friday as he inches closer to taking the lead.
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Clippers, Heat Most Interested in Bynum

Andrew Bynum was traded yesterday to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng and was immediately waived. Now, with the ability to sign with another team, it will be interesting to see where the former elite big man decides to go.Espn's Chris Broussard tweeted:"I'm told 8 teams are interested in signing A Bynum, most notably Heat & Clips. Playing time, contender...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Examining the Most Improved Player Award

Determining end of the year superlatives in the NBA is a fun, if often frustrating, process.  Some awards, like Rookie of the Year, are perennially a straightforward affair.  Others, like Sixth Man of the Year, are usually less obvious.  Of course, the criteria for these awards are largely arbitrary, and everyone usually has a different idea of what constitutes a “Most Valuable...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Warriors Interested in Hinrich

Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reported today that the Golden State Warriors have serious interest in acquiring Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich.Amick said: "According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Golden State Warriors are among teams that had been showing serious interest in Hinrich long before the Deng trade. The person spoke to USA Today Sports on the condition...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cavs Trade Andrew Bynum for Luol Deng

Late last night while the majority of the nation was enjoying an incredible BCS Championship game between FSU and Auburn, the Cleavland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls were deep in negotiations over Andrew Bynum and Luol Deng.Brian Windhorst reported that the Cavs had indeed traded Andrew Bynum and three draft picks to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for All-star forward Luol Deng. The...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Suns Sign Barbosa to 10-Day Contract

AZcentral.com's Paul Coro reported yesterday that the Suns have signed former Sixth Man of the Year Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract. Nicknamed "The Blur," Barbosa spent his best years in Phoenix, where he played the first 7 seasons of his career. He was one of the focal points of the high scoring Suns offense that featured Steve Nash and Amare Stoudamire (wow,...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

EP127: NBA Unplugged - Looking At Top 5 Scorers Who Miss Playoffs

We have a very special treat for everyone today. We will look back at the top 5 scorers over the past 15 years and a look at whether they made the playoffs with their team. This idea came about during discussing why Kevin Love misses the playoffs every year and how many great players suffer by missing the playoffs because of their supporting cast.  We will look at all angles and...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Actively Shopping Andre Miller

It seems as though Andre Miller's suspension from the Nuggets was part of a bigger plan as it's been reported that Miller is currently on the trade block. Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post wrote:"Andre Miller, who was excused from all team activities for four days, won't be part fo the Nuggets for long after he returns. The Nuggets are actuvely trying to trade Miller...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics, Memphis Swap Lee for Bayless

ESPN's Marc Stein reported last night moments before the Celtics-Thunder game that Courtney Lee had been traded to Memphis for Jarryd Bayless. Despite some of the success Boston has had playing in a bad Eastern Conference, they are still a rebuilding team, looking to acquire young talent and free up cap space.Courtney Lee was thought to be a steal for the Celtics in the off season...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Rumor: Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin

Chris Broussard reported that the New York Knicks have discussed a possible trade proposal to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin. Broussard was adamant that the teams have not discussed the deal with one another, but separately within their respective organizations. The Knicks appear to be the more desperate team in this one because not only are they having a downright embarrassing...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Waive Turkoglu, Lakers and Hawks Interested

The Orlando Magic have elected to waive veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu, and according to NTV SPOR Sportscaster, Ismail Senol, the Lakers and Hawks have expressed interest.Turkoglu's game has not aged well, and at 34 his skills have vastly diminished. With career averages of 11.9 ppg, 4.2 rbg, and 3.1 apg, he was a valuable contributor at times during his career - especially...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Night Picks

We forgot to post last week's Friday Night Picks so you will have to take our word for it. Here is this week's predictions. Enjoy!
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rondo Entertaining D-League

Rajon Rondo told reporters a few weeks ago that he expected to return to game action late January or early February, but it's starting to seem as though he might come back to the court sooner than that, as he's entertaining the idea of using the D-League to get back into game shape.It's not a bad idea for Rondo to do so, as he would be able to ease himself back into...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Horford's Injury Impact on 2014 Draft

It was reported a couple days ago that Atlanta Hawks center, Al Horford will be out for the rest of the season following surgery on a torn pectoral. This comes as a major blow for the Hawks, as they were one of the biggest surprises in this young season. The Eastern Conference has been embarrassingly bad thus far, but the Hawks sit in 3rd place at 17-14. It's also important to...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

MarShon Brooks to D-League

The Boston Celtics kicked off 2014 by announcing that they've moved MarShon Brooks to their NBA D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Brooks was traded to Boston via the Pierce-KG blockbuster and was thought by most to be one of the only players Boston would look to keep long term. However, thus far in the 2013-2014 Brooks has failed to impress head coach Brad Stevens, leaving...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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