Who Should the Celtics Trade for Anthony Davis: The Possibility

Anthony Davis

The trade rumors surrounding the Brow seem to be getting louder and louder by the day

The New Orleans Pelicans have risen to 23-21 in the season, tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 7th spot in the Western Conference. That is despite their early struggles which include injury problems for Rajon Rondo among others. Now that Rondo is healthy and is playing like the “point god” he used to be during his stint with the Boston Celtics, he is throwing the ball towards DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at any given opportunity, running Alvin Gentry’s offense to perfection.
However, despite the success of the Pelicans who recently dropped a game against the lowly Atlanta Hawks, the rumors surrounding star center, Anthony Davis who is set to start this year’s All-Star Game for the Western Conference alongside DeMarcus Cousins, have been as noisy as ever. A few weeks ago, Davis was included in the 8-player deal that would have sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers alongside Ian Clark in exchange for 6 players which include Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. Then, the possibility of seeing Davis play alongside Steph Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors came along as the defending champions are said to be willing to give up two stars in exchange for the Brow.
Now? Even his own coach, Alvin Gentry has said that they would be trading Anthony Davis to the Boston Celtics “as long as the Celtics will give New England Patriots along with the two planes that the Patriots just bought.”
Okay. For non-basketball-minded fans, let this pundit on wheels translate that phrase. What is Alvin Gentry is trying to say here is that the Pelicans are willing to trade Davis as long as the Celtics will send the same amount of talent n exchange for the Brow?

Question: Who should Boston send to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis?

Ideally, a 2-for-1 swap should do the trick but since it would require Boston to send one of its starters, a one-on-one swap would d. Why? Sending two players: a starter and a bench player will cost the Pelicans too much luxury taxes on top of the limitation in the cap space.
Fortunately, the Celtics do have Al Horford who saw his career rejuvenated by the Celtics thanks to the arrival of Kyrie Irving. Al Horford has played 42 games this season and has been averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game. Plus, he is shooting 42% from the three-point territory, a rare shooting percentage for someone of his size and position.
Should the Celtics find the willpower to send Al Horford to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, they would have gained additional star power to compliment Kyrie Irving and soon, Gordon Hayward who is expected to return earlier than originally expected. In addition to this, 9 wins will be added to the projected number of wins of the Celtics this season so it’s definitely a win-win deal for Boston all throughout.
Question: Will Boston’s front office pull the trigger on this one? Definitely!
Question: Will New Orleans stumble towards the bottom once Anthony Davis heads East? Possibly.
But who knows? Al Horford still has a few good years ahead of him and if he can stay healthy, then he can help the Pelicans hike for more wins and hopefully, avoid a first-round date with either the Warriors or the Houston Rockets. 

The Struggle is REAL for LeBron and the Cavs

Lebron James and Stephen Curry

LeBron admits this season is the hardest for him

When the Cleveland Cavaliers swapped Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas who, at the time of the trade, was still recovering from the injury he sustained during the last playoffs, many people were worried that this deal would have a rippling effect to the success rate of the Cavs. Despite getting Derrick Rose who was also dealing with his own injury problems among other matters, and Dwayne Wade, the defending Eastern Conference Champions are not as dominant as they used to be during the previous 3 seasons despite LeBron James playing another MVP-worthy season.
The Cavs began the season inconsistently and right now, they are nowhere near the super team that they should be. Why? If they are, then they should be holding the best record in the Eastern Conference, to say the least. Instead, the Cavs are in the 3rd spot in the East with a 26-17 record- 7 games behind the East-leading Boston Celtics.
Recently, LeBron James, who is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 43 games this season has finally admitted one thing that has been observed by many: the 2017-2018 season has been the hardest for LeBron. 

How bad is it? 

Since December 19, 2017, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 3-9 and are riding on a 4-game losing streak. The Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors, twice, and to the Celtics of Kyrie Irving. But one of the ugliest defeats that the Cavs have to endure this season was the one against the Toronto Raptors, 133-99. That, by the way, was the most lopsided defeat that has been absorbed by the Cavs. It was so horrible that LeBron James was seen yelling at his teammates at the bench as if he was the coach. 

Conclusion

If the Cavs can’t figure things out before the playoffs, it will put Tyronn Lue’s coaching job in jeopardy and worse, it will almost secure LeBron James’ ticket out of Cleveland. However, we shouldn’t count the Cavs just yet because whether we like it or not, the Cavs are still seasoned for another Finals trip assuming the Cavs make it past the Celtics. And who knows? These struggles might benefit the Cavs in the long run. 

A Better Kyrie Without LeBron or a Better LeBron Without Kyrie?

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving

Before this season commenced, the phenomenal duo of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James and Kyrie Irving parted ways.

How are they doing separately so far?
Kyrie Irving with the Boston Celtics is already on fire or should I say, already set a fire. They ran a jaw-dropping 16 straight wins and is holding on the eastern top quite tight until the current time. They’re just so strong despite Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder’s departure to the Cavs. What’s even more amazing is they withstood an unfortunate scenario of Gordon Hayward being seriously injured.
It is Kyrie Irving who defines Celtics’ success this season so far.
On the other hand, Lebron and the Cavs have been in a swamp on the opening of their season. They stayed for a little bit of time on the lower part of the standings at the number but slowly found their way up to number 3 currently. They also lost to a Curryless Warriors. A very painful defeat tastes against their rivals.
Nevertheless, the Cavs beat Kyrie and the Celtics on their 1st game.
If we would judge LeBron and Kyrie in terms of their performance with their teams, the favor would obviously be on Irving’s side as the Celtics are sizzling hot on this phase.

But how about their performance in individual terms?

Based on my observations, it is and will be both beneficial for LeBron and Kyrie. Why? They are both offensive monsters and both score by themselves most of the time. Two players like this should not stay on one team as it would lead to lack of team play. Them being separated would lead to the maximization of their skills in isolation plays and clutch times. Anyone could score, but in terms of clutch times, it would take a Kyrie or a LeBron to take and make that winning basket.
But as of now, Kyrie with the Celtics is having a great season as compared to King James with the all-out Cavs. In fact, LeBron was deprived of the separation benefits mentioned above because the Cavs had a lot of players that mostly play and finish individually like Derick Rose and Dwyane Wade.

Individually the betterment is in equilibrium but the holistic improvement slid down to the Celtics land. 

Gordon Hayward Could Be Ready To Play Sooner Than Anyone Expected

Gordon Hayward Could play soon

Danny Ainge Tweets Photo of Gordon Hayward without Brace

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An even brighter star is shining above the already bright sky of Boston as the team manager teases us with as he posts a photo of Gordon Hayward as if telling us that Gordon Hayward could be ready to play anytime soon. 
Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific injury in his very first game wearing the green uniform and since then has been recovering from the injury.  The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, had been doing good without the service of the star player currently at the top of the standing with 33 wins and 10 loss. And while that’s the best record in the east right now it does not entirely say that they are the best team especially when Golden State Warriors shooters, the Cleveland Cavaliers King and the Houston Rockets Beard are lurking around the top of the standing. 
Gordon Hayward at 27 could be the difference maker between winning many games and being a championship team. His road to recovery has been rather steady and the one-time all-star could be ready for some basketball sooner than expected.
Check out the tweet of Danny Ainge:

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Should the Celtics make Gordon Hayward play?

Bogut Released by the Lakers

Expected to be signed by a playoff-bound team

The Los Angeles Lakers have just lost their 9-straight game after beating the Houston Rockets. After sticking around within the top 10 in the Western Conference for most of the current season, the no-longer mighty Lakers have stumbled to the bottom of the West as they currently hold an 11-27 record. While injuries to Lonzo Ball and other players plus the Julius Randle problem have led to this struggle of the Purple and Gold, their inconsistencies on both ends of the court are to be blamed why the Lakers are this bad.
The Lakers have also become known as a team who makes bad signings, something that they have done so consistently during the past few seasons. And it appears that they haven’t learned anything at all.
Andrew Bogut is believed by many as one of the greatest players Australia has ever produced. After all, he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks as the top pick back in 2005. But he hadn’t made a crack this season with the Lakers this season as he only averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 24 games which included 5 starts. Bogut was signed by the Lakers believing that Bogut could bring some veteran presence to a young core. And now, they are finalizing things out to release him.

What’s next for Andrew Bogut?

For a player of Andrew Bogut’s caliber who has been averaging 9 points and 8 rebounds per game throughout his career, it will not be difficult for him to get signed by a potentially-playoff bound team. Teams like the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers could utilize Bogut’s defensive skills on top of being one of league’s best passing big men. 
But of course, Bogut could make a return to the Bucks to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe. After all, the Bucks are in deep need of a big man as they have been losing tons of games ever since they played the “Barney song” against the Toronto Raptors. Who knows? Bogut might be the answer to the Bucks’ losing streak. 

Conclusion

While there’s no doubt that Bogut will choose to sign with a championship-contending team, there’s also a big risk. After all, Bogut’s career has been mired with injuries. While there’s no denying that Bogut remains as one of the league’s defensive-minded big men, signing him is definitely a big gamble for any team. But then, who knows? 

The Boston Revenge: 3 Reasons Behind Cavs Defeat Against Celtics

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Shaking Hands before the Game
After the Boston Celtics’ season opener defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they finally got the chance to strike them back. Celtics redemption thwarted the Cavs 102 – 88.
Kyrie only scored 11 points but still, Celtics destroyed the Cavs completely.

What could be the reasons behind this overwhelming Celtics win over Cavs?

1. A not so dominant LeBron

Surprisingly, in games wherein most expected that he’ll go all out, LeBron scored only 19 points. Though he was the top scorer for the Cavs, still it is unusual for him to play so small. He even missed all his attempts from beyond the arc.

2. Rozier’s big play off the bench

While everyone was expecting and focused on two guys — Irving and James, Terry Rozier came off the bench very efficiently. Rozier rocked the arena with 20 points off the bench within 20 minutes of playing time. While Kyrie Irving struggled from the rainbow country, delivering nothing out of his 5 attempts, Rozier’s just at ease to hit 4 out of 6 long balls.
It was a great trump card that a player off the bench played bigger than the superstars on the floor. Nobody or at least a few anticipated that the biggest point contribution would come from a man who hasn’t played even half of the whole 48 minutes.

3. Disabled I.T.

Isaiah Thomas could’ve been Cavs best card to play against Boston but unfortunately, he is at rest and has just recovered from injury. I.T knows even the bench players of Boston. He could’ve been the key to cease Rozier’s explosion earlier. He could’ve forced to sit out Terry and let the worst shooting Kyrie longer.

Overall, Boston played a not so big game but unfortunately, the Cavs were at their worst form in any aspect.

Kyle Korver delivered well on his task — shooting threes yet he’s alone. As mentioned above, LeBron hit nothing but the steel rim. Same as Kevin Love, a dangerous towering outside shooter was a dormant at the game both inside, perimeter and beyond the arc. Love hit 1 out of his 11 attempts on the field and nothing of 4 outside attempts.
Celtics win over Cavs can be considered as a lucky victory. Nothing turned out to be huge and explosive. It is the other way around instead. Most of their key players were missing in action. It was great for Boston facing the worst Cavs and having a Rozier ready to go to aid the empty-handed Kyrie.

Celtics back on its Feet for Rockets, Beats Hornets 102 -91

Al Horford

Aside from winning another game, Celtics’ win over Hornets is a huge stepping stone before facing the Houston Rockets in a 3 in a row losing streak.

If consecutive losses will be the Rocket’s drive to take on Celtics, it is the other way around for the green guys. They must step in front of Rockets as strong-looking as they could.
Irving scored 21 points to hold off Hornets but only hit 8 of his 19 shots. It is actually Al Horford who carried Celtics to victory with his efficient 20 points, 11 rebounds double-double performance, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the field including 4 out of 6 from beyond the arc.
On the other hand, Kemba Walker outshone Kyrie in the point guard matchup with 24 points but was seemingly alone during the game in terms of hustle.
Celtics beat the Hornets in three-point shooting, hitting 15 treys while letting Hornets only 7.
It was a good thing that the shaded area wasn’t dominated by Hornets but still, Celtics’ center Aron Baynes is missing in action. Baynes was thwarted by Dwight Howard with 17 rebounds, leaving him only with 9.
Celtics sizzled early to take over the 1st bout. Horford awakened the scoreboard with a trey followed by Baynes’ bank shot both made possible by an assisting Kyrie Irving. The green guys opened a 12 point lead at the end of the opening quarter, 28 – 16.
2nd quarter commenced and the Hornets are trying to sprout mini runs to somehow close the gap but was erased by Celtics effective three-point shooting.
Kemba Walker rained down threes in the 3rd and the Hornets came back within one point to enter the final 12 minutes but it was the trio of Jayson Tatum, Horford and Irving to cease their comeback.
Going back to the upcoming Celtics Rockets game. Will Horford be able to suffice the needed inside control which Baynes lacks? Or would the mighty Clint Capela and James Harden finally recover from their losing streak?

Scrutinizing Cavs: The Chances of Snatching the Eastern Top Spot


The Cavs has been doing well at this stage of the season despite losing against rival Golden State Warriors recently. The big question is, are they doing enough to boost up from number 3 all the way to the top spot?
Cavaliers run a 12th straight home win when they beat the Chicago Bulls short handed without point guard Isaiah Thomas.
LeBron James is as dominant as ever, averaging 28.1 PPG plus a 9.1 APG almost let his season performance be a double double.
It is a good thing that LeBron James stayed as threatening as he is given that Cavs are saturated with superstars from different teams before. But is it only LeBron doing well for the Cavs?
We could not deny the fact that the Cavs weren’t as explosive as expected. Almost everybody expect them to stay undefeated for a relatively long period of time but that’s not what happened obviously. Cavs experience terrible losses and downfalls against various teams like the Rockets and Warriors.
One good thing the Cavs has done to give them hope to earn the top spot is they have beaten the Boston Celtics in the season opener. It was a really good start that they’ve beaten the currently reigning team.

What does this mean?

It may make or break the Boston Celtics. It may make them extremely hungry for redemption or may scare them if they face Cavs once again anytime soon. Well, in fact Celtics has done well after opening the season with two straight losses against Cavs and Bucks. It was really breath-taking when they unleashed a 16 – 0 win streak.
On the other hand, the Cavs didn’t do well early, but sizzled in the mid phase of the season climbing from number 8 to number 2 and now in number 3.

Would Cavs have a chance to snatch the top spot?

We could not know for certain but if they would win in a match over the Raptors at some point, Celtics would surely be under ultimate pressure. It’s the Cavs, Raptors and Celtics now trying to snatch the top spot.
On what Cavs is currently doing, they’ll have a great chance of being the number one team. Their superstar chemistry is starting to work and be maximized. Point contribution is spreading and a single lose to Warriors is not the end for LeBron and the Cavs.

Crucial Powerhouse Encounter: Who Will Remain Standing in Rockets Celtics Clash?

Harden vs Irving

Houston Rockets slide down to number 2 spot after three consecutive awful defeats. On the other hand, the Celtics is trying to keep a hold on East’s top spot. What could be even better if these two teams face each other? And much more importantly, who would be victorious after 48 minutes of action?
Okay, folks let us start with the Houston Rockets.
James Harden scored 51 points twice and lost both games. Facing the thunder, he was outshone by Russell Westbrook. He scored relatively high but misses a lot of shots. James Harden is in his worst shooting form.
Rockets losing in the 1st two games were without Clint Capela. It was thought to be the reason until he came back, and lose against OKC.

How about Celtics?

They aren’t on a losing streak currently but still, one thing is their problem. The unproductive Aron Baynes. Kyrie Irving, being the top scorer for Boston against the Washington Wizards didn’t shoot well. With these scenarios, a strong center is needed, which Celtics does not have.
The solution would be its either Irving must shoot efficiently or Baynes’ effective rebounding.

Who would win the game?

Weighing in all the facts, Rockets have a bigger problem than Celtics. We can notice that if Irving is playing well, most of the time Celtics win. On the other hand, Harden playing extremely well isn’t enough to take the Rockets pass the opponent.
Expect a head to head isolation plays between Harden and Irving.
On the other hand, in terms of the shaded area, Rockets has the advantage with Clint Capela.
If Irving won’t deliver from the outside well, Rockets would win.
If, Harden would hold the ball most of the time, Celtics would win due to lack of team play.

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Why Celtics Fall Against Knicks

Another downfall against the reigning team this season. Boston Celtics is slowly collapsing and is losing its grip at the top. It would be interesting at the same time helpful to know what are the possible reasons that triggered a strong team like Celtics to lose.

1. With a strong point guard lies an inefficient center

It is noticeable also to Warriors. Knowing that the Dubs have incredible point guards, they have a weak center which cannot contribute that much even in winning games of the team.
Now same with the Boston Celtics, they have Kyrie Irving which is undeniably a killer scoring machine popping out at any spot on the court. Aron Baynes, Celtics’ center could not contribute much particularly during the Knicks game scoring only 4 points after 22 minutes of play.
In fact he barely touched the ball with only 4 attempts in 22 minutes. All he does is run the floor back and forth.

2. Sufficient but Inefficient

Just like James Harden’s 51 point lost, Kyrie Irving’s 32 point loss against Knicks is a similar story. Kyrie shot 12-27 from the field, less than 50 percent and it is too risky. Why? The subsequent disaster is also near what Rockets have recently experienced.

3. Battle for the boards

The man who shot the most missed the most yet scored the most. Nevertheless, missed shots may cost the game if not rebounded. And that’s exactly what had happened. Knicks hurt Boston in rebounds 60 – 45.

Conclusion

Team’s with great guards must try to relay the offensive focus on the unnoticed big guys inside. It would perhaps bolster the offensive intensity of the team given that everyone regardless of position would have the chance to deliver. 

Balls-Eye: Boston Celtics in a ‘Must Win’ Situation

Kyrie Irving

Are the Boston Celtics running out of steam? Or is the Cavs on a doubled pace to chase them down?
Still hanging on the eastern top spot at 26-7, the Boston Celtics’ reign is currently in a critical condition. Seeded on the number two spot is their biggest rival Cleveland Cavaliers with 23 – 8.
One more loss and they dug their own grave. It would be very difficult to hold on if Celtics and Cavs would have the equal number of defeats for it means, the first team to lose a game equals a guaranteed fall off the peak of the standings.
Another thing is it’s not just the Cavs but also Toronto Raptors on number three waiting for their bitter 8th downfall.


Celtics’ next opponent is a must beat. Why? Aside from the facts mentioned earlier. Their opponent isn’t just any team. It was the squad who ceased their historical winning streak — the Miami Heat.

If you were Celtics, you cannot lose ‘twice’ especially if that defeat means more than just defeat. At first, it cost their streak to be turned down. If they’ll be crushed again, it’s the top spot that would be put at an extreme risk.
If Celtics would loosen up its grip that easily on the season’s early phase. It’s like they already lost their path to finish strong and win the title. They must not show the Cavs even a bit of weakness. They must be in a very threatening form once they cross paths. 
If there’ll be a team to stop them, it must not be anyone but the Cavs and that way their defeat would somehow mean something valuable. But if they lose into a team out of the battle map, it would just seem like a wasted spark they’ve shown this season. Everything they’ve built with the new Celtics would end up in vain.

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Behind Celtics’ Collapse Against Jazz

Aron Baynes

As forecasted, the Celtics lost to another team coming from the bottom of the league. The Utah Jazz put Kyrie Irving’s 33 point performance to waste after defeating them 107 -95.


With Kyrie scoring humongously, what could’ve gone wrong for Boston to draw their 7th loss?



1. 59 – 42 Rebounds

A wide gap of 17 in terms of total rebounds significantly tells us a story of who controlled the game. As cliche as it may sound, he who controls the rebound controls the game. And so the Utah Jazz did.

2. Kyrie’s 33 points were sufficient but inefficient

Yes, Uncle Drew scored undeniably high for the Celtics. But looking closely, he shot 11-25 from the field, delivering less than half of his attempts and we know that the Celtics fail to capitalize on the rebounds as stated in reason number 1. This numerous misses became vital as they could not get second possessions in their misses. In fact, Celtics only got 2 offensive boards while Jazz snatched 9 from them.

3. Celtics fail to take advantage of Jazz having no true center

With Rudy Gorbert being injured very early on his left knee, he only managed to play a total of 2 minutes and yet Celtics could not dominate the shaded area particularly their center Aron Baynes, playing 16 minutes but only scoring 2 points given that he has the size advantage without a true center defender.
Maybe at some point, Kyrie is at fault. Those 16 minutes Baynes is on the floor, it was Kyrie who solely runs and finishes the offensive play.

Conclusion

It may not be stated that Celtics ‘fail’ to take advantage. They may have failed to see their advantage on the inside. Baynes only got 4 attempts and finished only one. Clearly, the offense didn’t focus on the opponents weak side. Celtics played the way they used to — focusing on Irving — instead of playing smarter — taking advantage of opponent’s weakness.

Balls-Eye: Will Celtics Lose Against an Underdog Again?

Kyrie Irving

The Boston Celtics. A team emerging this league lead by their new point guard Kyrie Irving. 

They run win streaks, finish games strong, but loses to teams in the abyss. Facing the Utah Jazz tomorrow, a team on number 9 spot. Is this a sign of another defeat?
Jazz is on a 4 straight losing streak after facing very tough teams like the OKC, Rockets and Greek Freak with Bucks. But now, they are to face another beast — The Boston Celtics.
I won’t keep you waiting so here it is.

Celtics: win or lose?

It will be a sweet victory for the green squad if Jazz would not be able to handle Celtic’s main gun, Kyrie Irving. In their recent match, Uncle Drew scored 33 big points.
Now, why did I based my prediction solely onto Irving?
It is because in their recent loss, which was against Bulls. Irving’s absence drastically pulled the team down. Losing in a huge deficit 108 – 85, One hand of Boston is guaranteed empty handed without Uncle Drew. It is the fastest path to victory over the no. 1 team in the east.

Conclusion

If Kyrie Irving gets it going, it will be a sorrowful 5 straight losses for the Jazz, otherwise, Celtics would be beaten once again by a team coming from the bottom. 

Will Gordon Hayward Affect the Chemistry of Boston?

Gordon Hayward may make a return come the playoffs.

The last time Gordon Hayward was seen on the court, he was being carried off by a stretcher after forcibly twisting his foot with 6 minutes into the Boston Celtics’ opening night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers- a game that the Celtics lost. 
Despite the absence of their newly acquired star, the Celtics managed to surprise the league when it went on a 16-game winning streak that was only snapped recently by the Miami Heat. Along the way, the Celtics had to deal with various injury problems with star, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
After a rather lousy loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the East-leading Celtics bounced back as they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 124-118. This game saw Kyrie Irving exploding for 33 points and 7 assists.

Question: What will happen if Gordon Hayward makes a return soon?

To begin with, Gordon Hayward did play for the Celtics, for 6 minutes before that nasty injury took him out of the game. Initial assessments back then had stated that Hayward won’t  be back to basketball action until next season but now, new images of Hayward are now suggesting otherwise. There’s a possibility that yes, Gordon Hayward will miss a big chunk of the regular season but if you have seen him in the pictures that were released to the public, you will be happy.
Why?
Gordon Hayward can now walk without using a walking boot.
Going back to the question of what will happen when Gordon makes his return to the floor, one thing is certain. Gordon Hayward’s presence will have an immediate effect- at least on the offense of the Celtics. But will affect the chemistry that his teammates have already established during his absence?
Yes. One way or another, assuming that Gordon Hayward returns either during the latter part of the season or even in the playoffs, it will disrupt the chemistry of  Boston. Brad Steven will have another player to worry about. However, we all know what a Gordon Hayward can do when he’s on the floor.So the Celtics will be fine regardless of when Hayward makes his return.

Conclusion

While we are happy to see a significant amount of progress from Gordon Hayward, the Celtics should not rush him. Not when they are winning without him. Not when Kyrie Irving is letting his Mamba Mentality do the talking. The Celtics may need Hayward healthy for the playoffs but for now, he should be resting. And preparing. Why?
There may be a time when Kyrie Irving needs a Gordon Hayward basket. 

Wife Reveals State of Gordon Hayward’s Injury, Celtic Fans Should be Merry

Gordon Hayward Out Of the Walking Boot

Gordon Hayward played one game with the Celtics and got a horrific injury that put him sidelined and scared the Celtic Fans.  After the surgery, Hayward is graciously recovering and was deemed out of the season. However, his wife recently posted a photo on Twitter that may mean that he may be able to recover faster in time for the playoffs or maybe an Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here are the twitter photos.

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Gordon Hayward is from the walking booth as he plays with his daughter.
Hayward was supposedly one of the primary players for Celtics championship run but his absence looks to have been a blessing in disguise especially for young players like Jaylen Brown and Rookie Jayson Tatum who have been playing extremely well at their young age.

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Paul Pierce and Tracy McGrady, both legends of the game discusses scenario of Gordon Hayward’s recovery and timeline for return and it seems like that two have different views on the matter.  Paul Pierce does not want to gamble on Hayward while McGrady would let him play especially in the Eastern Conference finals.  
What do you think is the right move assuming Hayward is ready to play?

Balls-Eye: Will Celtics and Rockets Stick on Top for the Rest of the Regular Season?

James Harden

With an outstanding performance by the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics on both ends of their respective conferences? Will their spot at number 1 be guaranteed until they enter the playoffs?

Okay, both squads had a shockingly improved performance. Here are two electrifying things which personally dropped my jaw. The Rockets managed to score 90 points with only 24 minutes. Outscoring Warriors’ full game score in some of their matches while Boston Celtics unleashed a 16 – 0 run. Quite big right?
Let us talk about the Houston Rockets first. They managed to beat their rival Warriors and the tightest rival of their rival, the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was the biggest of wins. Crushing two of the considered to be best teams the league has ever had.
James Harden is consistent in all of their games even in their losses. He is the main source of Rockets’ offensive power. Impeccable in playmaking as well as finishing. Harden will lead Rockets on their road to glory and will carry them, bonded together on top ’til the end of the regular season.

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On the other hand, the Boston Celtics loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which happens to be the must beat team in the east for the team to be recognized as the best one. Nevertheless, a 16 win streak is far from ordinary. But guaranteeing them to finish at the top spot isn’t for certain. The Cavs are running a late sizzle and they are now trailing behind Boston Celtics in a blink of an eye. 

Marc Gasol to Boston: A Possibility?

After firing their former coach, the Grizzlies are in house cleaning mode

First, they lost Mike Conley due to injury. Then, came an 8-game losing streak. Next, David Fizdale was fired as head coach due to his decision to bench Marc Gasol in the 4th quarter during the Grizzlies’ game against the Brooklyn Nets. Clearly, things aren’t going well in Memphis, right?
When you are on an 8-game losing streak, then there’s clearly something wrong with your team. Even though the Memphis Grizzlies are relatively a playoff-bound team during the past few seasons, the front office is now looking to make moves to make sure that they can still salvage what’s left of their otherwise ugly season. One of these moves that Memphis might be considering right now is involving their statistical leader, Marc Gasol. 
Due to Marc Gasol’s obvious displeasure over David Fizdale’s decision to bench him- even saying that he wasn’t valuable to the former coach, there’s a tension inside the Grizzlies’ locker room and that tension won’t simply go away with Fizdale’s exit. Now, Marc Gasol’s name has been resurfacing in trade rumors anew and this basketball pundit on wheels isn’t surprised if Gasol is to be traded even before the trade deadline next year. But where would Marc Gasol go?
There are many possibilities right now but let’s just talk about one team in the Eastern Conference that may land Gasol via a blockbuster trade, the East-leading Boston Celtics.
Why? Here’s why:
One NBA executive said that the Grizzlies are not yet done cleaning up their own house, believing that Memphis could part ways with Gasol even before the trade deadline.

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Now, the Celtics may be winning many of their games due to their balanced scoring but rebounding-wise, they are lost as we have seen in the Celtics’ defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. The very reason for that weakness is simple: Boston doesn’t have the height. It doesn’t have a 7 footer who can score and get those rebounds. That’s where Marc Gasol can help the Celtics. And right now, Boston is rumored to be the favorites to get Marc Gasol’s services.

Will it work?

Yes. But, there’s a sacrifice that the front office of Boston needs to make. Trade Al Horford or one of the young guys like Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown in exchange for Marc Gasol. Although the three mentioned players are untouchables right now, Memphis won’t settle for role players. They want to win that’s why they are in rebuilding mode already.

Conclusion

One way or another, the Celtics will need a legitimate center who can increase their rebounding numbers. They can get Marc Gasol or some other center. For the Memphis Grizzlies, the ball is currently in their hands. They do have a choice: trade Gasol and undergo a complete overhaul or, stick with the current line-up, wait for Conley to return and see where things will go from there. 

Is LeBron Better Without Kyrie?

Break-up with Kyrie Irving enabled LeBron James to LeBron James

LeBron James isn’t missing Kyrie Irving.
When LeBron James returned to Cleveland after his stint with the Miami Heat, he formed a “Big 3” alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love who came from the Minnesota Timberwolves. That alliance produced three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals for the Cavaliers who won the championship in 2016 after the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead. 
Fast forward to 2017, Kyrie Irving demanded a trade and that demand was granted as Irving was traded to the now, league-leading Boston Celtics in exchange for a still-recovering Isaiah Thomas plus additional role players. While many people thought LeBron James lost in that deal, his numbers are saying otherwise. Why?

Here’s why:

Sure, the Cavs endured a 4-game losing streak during the first few weeks of the new season. They may have lost a ton of bad games including ones against mediocre teams. They lost to the Knicks and the Nets in a span of one week.  
Now?
They’re on an 8-game winning streak, the second-longest streak this season, so far. That is after the Cavs beat the Philadephia 76ers, 113-91. And LeBron James- the monstrous LeBron James that was missing during the last few years, has been the main reason why the Cavs have been so successful as of late. He’s averaging 28 points per game (3rd leading scorer in the league) and is leading the Cavs in 4 of the 5 major categories. 

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Conclusion

This basketball pundit on wheels is not saying that Kyrie Irving was hampering LeBron’s ability to dominate. This pundit is simply saying that the departure of Kyrie Irving enabled us NBA fans to witness the dominance of LeBron James anew. If anything, don’t be surprised if LeBron James goes on to win another MVP award this season. 

What’s and How’s: The Celtics Falls Against Streak Stopping Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics 16 winning streak is finally broken surprisingly by Miami Heat. 

Kyrie Irving

What does this mean for the Boston Celtics?

Well, from the looks of things, this loss is just nothing for Boston, a 16 win streak is a 16 win streak and it is not as easy as picking flowers in order to have a rally as successful as that.
In fact, it is not as though the Heat shut down the Boston completely, they just played a little bit better and the last phase of the time was on their side when Dion Waiters hit two big three pointers to break away against the reigning Celtics. Kyrie still scored well with 23 points as well as Jayson Tatum with 18.

How about for the Miami heat? 

If the game only had a bit of significance for Celtics, it was or is the other way around for the Miami Heat. Imagine taking down a team after that team had bent so many knees on that 16 straight games. It surely boosted the morale of the whole Miami squad especially those who played huge that night – Goran Dragic and Waiters.

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Moment of Truth

It seemed like the hoop decided to end the Celtics’ climb when Waiters shot a long one, missed but got the lucky bounce as the game approached its near end.
A fortunate shot put an end to Boston Celtics 16 game push which explains that Celtics did not run out of steam or was severely outplayed by Miami, it was a matter of luck that favored Waiters and Miami to deliver the lucky bounced killer three.
The whole league is still eyeing for the explosive Boston Celtics. They haven’t avenged their loss on the Cavs yet and it still is yet to come. It shall be one of this season’s biggest match up.

14th Straight Triumph: Celtics Refuses to Bow Down Infront of Defending Champs

Is the Celtics just the future top team of the East? Or the future top team of the league?

Kyrie Irving

Jaylen Brown and the rest of the Boston Celtics vanquishes the unready Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, 92 – 88. All Green starters finished with double figures. Curry just didn’t have it today.

It was a thrilling final minute deadlock at 88, but it was Kyrie’s and Tatum’s free throws that sealed the game.
As the game approaches the final one minute, it was Warriors who have the raging momentum as they drilled the hoop twice in a row from beyond the arc, one from Kevin Durant and the other from Klay Thompson pushing the team up ahead 88-86 but it was the last run they’ve made.
Durant missed the crucial basket that could’ve tied the game at 90 whilst Al Horford secured the defensive board and Curry ended up giving the foul on Tatum who managed to hit both free throws, the deciding moment which favored the Boston to break away.
Steph Curry played after recovery but is not in good shape, playing 31 long minutes with only 9 points. 
Durant was alone in the ultimate fight with 24 points barely backed up by Thompson with only 13 points, and Draymond Green with 11.
It was a close game yet the superstar showdown failed to commence. It seemed like KD was the only one pumped up for the Dubs.

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The Dubs had a huge edge on the early minutes, even sizzled with an 8 to nothing run to stretch an 8 point lead in the 1st quarter, and ending the 1st 12 minutes with a 10-point lead 28-18.
But the Boston crawled behind slowly as the lead was chopped won to just 5 at the half and tied the game at the end of the 3rd at 68.
It was a close game despite Kevin Durant being a one-man team, it’s just that Celtics had the final push and drained the time to dilute comeback possibility of the Dubs.

Scores:
Celtics 92 – Brown 22, Horford 18, Irving 16, Morris 12, Tatum 12, bench – 12

Warriors 88 – Durant 24, Thompson 13, Green 11, Curry 9, Pachulia 6, bench – 25

A Wheeler’s Opinion: GSW will Beat the Celtics

Boston may be on a streak but the Warriors are the champs

GSW’s trio of firepower will definitely cause problems for the Celtics

When the 2017-2018 season started, one of the major storylines that most people are following is the inevitability of another Finals duel between the Golden State Warriors of Stephen Curry and, the Cleveland Cavaliers of LeBron James. 
Even when the Cavs swapped Kyrie Irving for a still-injured Isaiah Thomas from the Boston Celtics, the Cavs are still relatively a talented team- at least on paper, thanks to the signing of former MVP Derrick Rose.
With the regular season almost a month old, after dropping their first two games which were highlighted by a freak injury that hit Gordon Hayward, 6 minutes into the season, the Boston Celtics went on a rampage, winning 13 straight games. Mind you, folks. Various injuries hit various players along the way which included an injury in the face that forced Kyrie Irving to wear a mask. And yet, they’re flawless in 13 games heading into their match-up against the Warriors.
The Warriors, on the other hand, are on their streak on their own- a 7-game winning streak and yes, they’re back on top of the West after stumbling during the early goings of the season.

Question: Will GSW beat the Celtics? 

Yes. They have their Big 3 intact

Let’s begin with the obvious one. Sure, Kyrie Irving may have been playing one of his best seasons despite wearing a mask. Sure, Jayson Tatum is making a case for the Rookie of the Year. But the Warriors have one thing that the Celtics don’t have at the moment: a healthy and playing Big 3. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are averaging over 20 points per game. 

Firepower

Firepower is another thing that will enable the Warriors beat Boston. They are the best offensive team in the league as of the moment, averaging 119 points per game. They are also the top shooting team making 51% of their attempts, including a league-leading 41% from three.  

The Durant Effect

Like it or not, Kevin Durant is one guy that will cause more problems for Boston. Why? The Celtics have no one on their team that can match-up against Durant. He’s the second-leading scorer in the league with small forwards, averaging 24 points per game. He’s also the top rebounder in his position with 7 rebounds per night. Kevin Durant may be the reason why GSW will keep their streak going after playing against Kyrie Irving and company.  

Conclusion

The Celtics may be undermanned against the defending champions but they are not certainly lacking talents. But they may need more than the talents of Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum to beat GSW team. But who knows? Brad Stevens may have prepared something for Steve Kerr and the Warriors. 

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Why Nets Could’ve Won Against Celtics

Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets fell one step short in claiming victory against the Boston Celtics 102-109. But the real fact is they’d really won the battle but ended up losing the war.
Here are 3 reasons why the Brooklyn Nets might have won against the Boston Celtics earlier.

1 – More Effective Team Plays

Nets executed their offense impeccably with a total of 26 assists compared to Boston with only 15. This just implies that their offensive force’s fluidity is way higher than that of Boston. More ball movement equals easier baskets for the team.

2 –Beyond the arc domination

14 triples are very distant when compared to only 9. It will be a total of 15 point difference in terms of production from the rainbow country which could’ve provided the Nets a huge opportunity to break away against Boston.

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3 – Too Much Fouls

Here’s why all of the Nets domination ended up in vain. They give up 24 fouls whilst Boston only with 14, allowing the Celtics to make 22 easy points from the free throw line. Too many points made while the clock isn’t ticking is very vital, especially in a close match. 
Imagine that you earned points in a hard way through careful plays and outside shooting but then due to defensive carelessness resulting to too many fouls, the other team closed the gap you should have established in an easy swish.
Fouling in order to cease a building up momentum is a great defensive stand but if it was converted to free throws, thus the foul did not make a significant difference because after all, it’s not how strong the momentum is, the winning team will always be decided through total points bagged. Nets should have defended more carefully – fewer fouls given up.

What’s and How’s: No Curry, No Problem Beating Celtics

Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry

Okay folks, here are today’s What’s and How’s.
On the Dubs game against the Orlando Magic, the Curry-less Warriors managed to slip pass the Orlando Magic led by Kevin Durant. Can they do it again once they faced Kyrie Irving and the rest of Boston Celtics? 
If they can bag the victory against the green guys, then we’ll start our what’s and how’s so here we go.

What would Dub’s Victory over Celtics mean?

No question about it, the defending champs are a very strong team with or without their core Steph Curry. 
If somebody iss absent, then anyone from the team may suffice the gap and it’s not a piece of cake to fill in the void left by a Superstar. Why? Steph averages 25.2 points a game and that performance is just humongous and not all players can do it, some could not even reach it even once in their whole basketball career. But if the Dubs successfully win huge games like the one coming against Boston, then it will be an achievement even better than best!
It would give the Warriors an even tighter hold of the number one spot in the league and will only have one problem – The Rockets. These three teams are currently sitting in the top three spot and if the Warriors defeat Celtics, then they’ll redeem themselves after their loss against the Houston Rockets.

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How will the Dubs overthrow Celtics without Steph?

Well, Steph and Klay Thompson aren’t called the Splash Brothers for nothing. Once you’re in a duo, that means your performance and capabilities are somewhat close to each other. 
Klay Thompson must suffice the outside shooting needed by the Dubs. It will be Kevin Durant who’ll carry the game but it is Thompson responsible for killer three pointers coming from anywhere. He needs to double-up his dominance beyond the arc to make Curry’s absence seem insignificant with what they do.

What would it mean for the Celtics if they lost against Warriors without Steph?

It would be disastrous. We know that the best match for Kyrie is Steph, and with him losing without his rival, it will be shameful. It would mean that Kyrie could not carry the whole Boston team with his current offensive power. Or if it is not about his point production, then it is a mission fail in terms of play making.
The game would not be a matter of defense, it would be a total shootout, the more you miss the higher chance of losing.

By the Numbers: Irving-Less Celtics beat Toronto for Win #12

Al Horford returns as Boston wins 12 straight

Al Horford returned and helped the Celtics keep their streak going. 

Kyrie Irving is out.
Gordon Hayward is out for the season.
Another win for the hottest team in the league right now.
Just when we all thought that the Toronto Raptors would end the 11-game winning streak of Boston, Jayson Tatum scored on an acrobatic with under 2 minutes to play in the 4th quarter to give the Celtics, a 5-point cushion, en route to a 95-94 victory for the Boston Celtics- their 12th consecutive win and the first win without superstar guard Kyrie Irving who was elbowed in the face in their previous game.
So how did the Celtics come out victorious this time around? 
Below are the numbers:

Defense Won it All

  • DeMar DeRozan: 8 of 22 (including 1 of 4 from the three-point line)
  • Kyle Lowry: 5 of 10
If the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is defended well, you beat Toronto. Simple. Why? DeRozan, for one, is never a great shooter, to begin with, and if you put clamps on him, the more shots he will clank. In fact, he had two chances to beat Boston. Two chances. Two misses. Two clanks! Typical DeMar, isn’t it?

The Horford Effect

With the Celtics missing both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, having Al Horford back after missing 2 games due to a concussion, was a welcome development for Boston and Horford didn’t disappoint either. He top-scored with 21 points, making 8 of 9 field goal attempts including 1 three-pointer. Just the kind of offensive output Boston needed from one of its veterans.  

Another Balanced Effort from the Starters

  • Al Horford: 21 points
  • Jaylen Brown: 18 points
  • Marcus Smart: 14 points 
  • Jayson Tatum: 13 points
  • Aron Baynes: 8 rebounds
One of the reasons why the Celtics have been so successful even without their stars is the mere fact that whoever starts for them, he can produce good numbers one way or another. Sure, DeRozan and Lowry had 24 and 19 respectively but they were the only Toronto starters in double figures. And that’s the reason why they lost.
Boston had 4 starters in double figures to compensate the struggles of their bench. And yes, Tatum was again, efficient- making 6 of 15 attempts and grabbing 7 rebounds- all in 33 minutes of action. 

Conclusion

If anything, this win proved something: the Celtics can compete even without Kyrie Irving on board. If they can keep up this level of competitiveness, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with come the playoffs.  

By the Numbers: Undermanned Celtics Beat Hornets

Bench players to help erase a 12-point deficit in the 4th quarter

Kyrie Irving got hurt early in the game and never returned. 

First, Gordon Hayward is long out after twisting his foot 6 minutes into the Celtics’ opening night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then, Al Horford got hurt and missed the last few games which the Celtics fortunately won. Jayson Tatum also got hurt but was able to play.
Then, this.
Just when everyone thought that from the very moment Kyrie Irving got elbowed in the face during the first quarter, Boston’s winning streak may be over as they fell behind, 26-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Nope!
The Boston Celtics fought their way back into the game and outscored the Charlotte Hornets in the 4th quarter, 26-11, en route to a 90-87 victory over Kemba Walker and the rest of the Hornets. That, folks, is Boston’s 11th STRAIGHT VICTORY. This pundit on wheels emphasized that because the Celtics did it without one of the prized acquisitions during the off-season. 
Just how good the Cs against the Hornets last night? Check out the numbers below:

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Balanced Scoring

Unlike the Hornets who had Kemba Walker leading the way with 20 points but no other starters scored in double figures, one of the many things that enabled the Celtics to keep their winning streak going was their balanced scoring:
  • Jayson Tatum: 16 points 
  • Shane Larkin: 16 points
  • Terry Rozier: 15 points
  • Marcus Morris: 14 points
  • Jaylen Brown: 10 points and 13 rebounds
The best thing about this win for the Celtics: they can win even without anyone scoring above 20 points. Now that’s efficiency at its finest, folks. 

Celtics Took Advantage of their Free Throws

In a game where both teams were having a bad shooting night (Celtics at 35% while Hornets at 38%), another thing that won the game for the Celtics was their free throw shooting. Compared to Charlotte who only made 19 of their 33 attempts from the line, the Celtics hit 21 of their 25 free throw attempts. Given how close the final score was, one could only think: if Dwight Howard could only hit more than just 2 of 9 attempts, the outcome would have been different, right?

Conclusion

If the Boston Celtics can keep up the consistency and the determination that they showed against the Hornets, they can definitely round up more wins especially with the possibility of Kyrie Irving missing the Celtics’ upcoming game against the Toronto Raptors.
And if you were the Raptors,  you wouldn’t want to underestimate a Celtics team that is already without Hayward and Horford to begin with. You have seen what they could do with Irving on board. You have seen what they could do without #11. 
Either way, the Boston Celtics are still the hottest team in the league right now.