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. 

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. 

Watch Anthony Davis and Jaylen Brown Do the New Basketball Challenge #drivebydunkchallenge

Anthony Davis and Jaylen Brown had nothing to do this off season so they drive by houses with basketball rings and dunk on them. The challenge has been all over the internet recently and we can only expect it to go bigger.
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2016 NBA Draft Profile: Jaylen Brown

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

On June 23, Jaylen Brown was selected with the 3rd overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft.

Let’s look back at Brown’s profile before he was drafted in the NBA.

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 225
  • Birthdate: 10/24/1996
  • College: California
Prospect Analysis
Strengths
  • Great size for his position
  • Wingspan
  • NBA-level athleticism
  • Has potential to be versatile defender
  • Rebounds his position well

Weaknesses
  • Not a consistent 3-point shooter
  • Needs to tighten up decision-making
  • Turnover prone

NBA projection: Draft analysts love Brown’s size, wingspan and next-level athleticism and have predicted he’ll be a lottery pick.
2015-16 Season
Brown was a first-team All-Pac 12 pick, was voted the league’s freshman of the year and also earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. He might have traded all those awards for a win in the NCAA tournament. Playing shorthanded without starting point guard Tyrone Wallace and shooting guard Jabari Bird, Cal was upset by Hawaii in the tournament’s first round as Brown finished 1 of 6 from the field and had more turnovers (seven) than points (four) while fouling out in just 17 minutes.
Key statistics: 14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 3.0 tpg, 27.6 mpg, .431 FG, .294 3PT, .654 FT
Cool statistic: Brown scored more than 20 points six times during the season, and every game was on the road, including a season-high tying 27 at Utah and 20 against Oregon and Oregon State in successive games.
— Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Oh Do i need to remind you who Jaylen Brown is? 23 Pts against Washington!



This dunk may look easy based on the picture but watch the replay here. He was like a bigger version of Jimmy Butler. 




The Cal Bears are clicking just in the nick of time before March Madness start Jaylen Brown is starting to grow in our eyes, he is becoming the leader that they want him to be. The fact that Brown has his fellow freshman phenom in Ivan Rabb, he doesn’t take a step behind him and often times he would lead them to win. Jaylen Brown Scored 23 points to steal a win on the road and keep their March Madness hopes alive. 

Cal bears is undefeated at home with a win over #12 seed Arizona and an absolute dominance over USC, its all thanks to Brown who has average 15 ppg and has scored 20 or more on crucial games that gave them a chance to finish as the #4 seed come championship week. 

Here is the highlight of this monstrous game by Jaylen Brown



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Aldrin
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Introducing: Jaylen Brown top 5 pick in 2016 NBA Draft! From CAL Bears! with 27 pts ! and a nasty jam!

Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown just put on a show the other day but still lost against Richmond, he was the only one trying specially on the end game but fall short. He put up 27 points and showed that he is NBA ready. His shooting stroke wasn’t on display during this game but for you guys i would upload 2 more videos of this young stud. Please always say kahwi leonard like or stanley johnson jr, but i see Brown as a much controlled Latrell Sprewell. Brown is 6’7 with a windspan of a 7 footer. 

Brown has been part of Team USA and in his jr year he was touted as the nation’s best player. To me Brown can easily be top 3 this up coming draft. He has a lot to work on but his athleticism and body is already NBA Bound. 

Here is the highlight of his 27 point outburst:



another highlight:



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Aldrin
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