Tagged Boston Celtics

Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 2: The Boston Celtics Mini-Dynasty

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. The reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 campaign when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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Why NBA Playcalling Matters: A Defensive Masterclass in Foiling ATO’s

Earlier this week, we published a piece on the surprising analytic findings surrounding after timeout (ATO) situations. The data points show a slight shift favoring the defenses in these situations, despite the offense having the opportunity to reset in a specific and patterned manner under the coach’s direction. Thus, it’s more difficult to score after…

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PODCAST: Ranking the NBA’s Top-10 Duos

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) rank the top 10 duos in the NBA today. Where do Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank after joining forces this summer? How high are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the wake of the former’s Achilles injury? Which L.A. duo…

Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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How Jayson Tatum Can Reach His Star Potential

As soon as Twitter knew Jayson Tatum was training with Kobe Bryant, alarm bells went off. It was the 2018 offseason, months after the youngster had helped the Boston Celtics to within one game of the NBA Finals during his rookie season. Celtics fans already didn’t like Kobe. But the idea of the Black Mamba…

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PODCAST: Breaking Down NBA’s New Eastern Conference

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) power rank the new-look Eastern Conference in the wake of free agency. Which team should be the favorite in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers? Which teams look like playoff locks? Which teams could sneak in as a No.…

2nd-Round Picks Who Showed Out in NBA Summer League

What do Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas all have in common? They were drafted in the second round. Common conception paints second-round selections as roster filler on cheap contracts, role players at their apex or high-risk, high-reward prospects that are simply too worrisome to spend a first-round selection on. But All-Stars and primary…

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NBA Youngsters With Big Opportunities in 2019-20

The who’s who of NBA circles are all out on the strip with Las Vegas Summer League underway, but given the change that’s happened in the last few weeks, the entire league is still adjusting to the roster turnover. Summer League not only provides a first look at new faces entering the NBA, but it…

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