Celtics: Running Thread

Posted by: mbrradio on Thu Aug 4th, 2016 6:48 am
[u:2j8dppyb]Where our 5 can beat your 5, mostly[/u:2j8dppyb]Even lacking the big trade many fans desire, it’s fair to say there’s plenty of optimism among Celtics faithful for the upcoming season. The reasons are spelled out nicely in the No. 7 ranking above. In just two years, Boston has elevated from a lottery team to (at least according to this one panel of writers) the edge of elite status.The only bad news in this article is that Toronto is ranked No. 6. The Raptors figure to be the Celtics’ prime competition for the second spot in the East, behind Cleveland, obviously.On the good news side, the Lakers and Nets are ranked No. 28 and 29, respectively. (Insert laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji.)http://redsarmy.com/2016/08/03/your-mor ... -5-mostly/
Posted by: mbrradio on Thu Aug 4th, 2016 6:51 am
[u:2aypczhx]WESTBROOK EXTENDS WITH OKC, HOW DOES IT IMPACT THE CELTICS?[/u:2aypczhx]There were rumblings this past month that the Celtics were pursuing Russell Westbrook in what could’ve been a seismic trade, but Westbrook is now off the market. The superstar point guard has agreed with Oklahoma City on a three-year, $85 million contract extension, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski (first reported by Sonics Rising’s Kevin Nesgoda).This impacts the Celtics in a number of ways.Most immediately, it removes one of the best options in any potential deal this summer. Westbrook is a Hall of Fame talent that would’ve made the Celtics an instant contender this season. Danny Ainge will have to back to the drawing board to design a new scheme to acquire a star.Perhaps the greatest implication will be felt next offseason.http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/if- ... -it-impact
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 7:48 am
[size=120:21bwtszb]Summer Forecast: [/size:21bwtszb]Will Durant or Horford be best newcomer?Our ESPN Forecast panel believes fans in the Bay Area and Boston will have reason to cheer their big offseason additions.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1715 ... nt-horfordBetter days ahead for Wolves in 2016-17With Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the future is bright. Will Minnesota make the most dramatic leap in 2016-17? Our panel unveils its early projections.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1718 ... turnaroundEverybody winsThe Celtics' wins total jumped from 25 in coach Brad Stevens' first year to 48 last season in Year 3. How many games will the Celtics win in 2016-17?http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... ybody-winsFinals destinationThe Celtics have been bounced from the playoffs in the first round the past two seasons, but seem poised to do better in 2016-17. How much better?http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... estinationBattle for final roster spotsBen Bentil, John Holland, R.J. Hunter, Demetrius Jackson, James Young: Which two players will earn the final spots on Boston's 2016-17 roster?http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... ster-spotsWill the Cavs rule the East?Will King James and the Cavs reign supreme in the East once again, or will a new contender challenge the throne? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its projections for an Eastern Conference champ.http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1721 ... -championsWho starts next to Al Horford?The top options to start opposite Al Horford are Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, who bring different strengths to the Celtics' frontcourt.http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... al-horfordWhich young player will have a leap year?Day 5 of our Celtics summer roundtable asks: Which young player on Boston's roster will have the biggest impact on the team this season?http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... eap-year-2
Posted by: mbrradio on Mon Aug 8th, 2016 6:27 am
[u:lb6ryudg]Locked On Celtics: Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison[/u:lb6ryudg]Maine Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison joins the show from Los Angeles, where he took a break from working out Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart to talk to us about a wide variety of topics. Among them: His journey from the Canadian college ranks to the D-League, How guys like Terry Rozier, Jordan Mickey, and James Young handled their time in Maine, the insane amount of research that goes into a game plan, and the potential future of the D-League as a true minor league system.http://redsarmy.com/2016/08/04/locked-o ... -morrison/
Posted by: mbrradio on Tue Aug 9th, 2016 6:31 am
[u:3jatv1u1]Amir Johnson and Al Horford among “teammate of the year” winners[/u:3jatv1u1]The NBPA relieved some of the summer news tension with the Player’s Vote Awards. Selected for the athletes by the athletes, these awards mix various official media-voted awards, such as “most valuable player” with more unique distinctions like “global impact.” Steph Curry won MVP again, Lebron James took home the best social media follow, Tim Duncan won “most influential veteran”, which sounded tailor-made for him, and “global impact” was bestowed upon Kobe Bryant. That one may or may not have made the trophy case.All those were well and good but the award many were eyeing was the “teammate of the year,” given to one player on every team from a season ago voted on by their respective teammates. Unlike the league-wide awards, likely chosen on perception and popularity, these team-specific distinctions actually provide a valuable peek into the locker-room dynamic of the league’s rosters. In addition, it was intriguing that, as Jared Weiss pointed out, seven of the fifteen players chosen out West are no longer with their teams. That list includes good old former Celtic Brandon Bass, who departed the Lakers.http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/8/6/123 ... ow-players
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Wed Aug 10th, 2016 4:16 am
[size=120:8u4dzf7j]Celtics Summer Forecast: Who should Boston chase next?[/size:8u4dzf7j]...From draft-night chatter about pursuing Jimmy Butler to July's trip to the Hamptons to pitch Kevin Durant to persistent rumors that the team was interested in the likes of Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook, the Celtics have been linked to plenty of superstars this offseason. Who's next?This writer has maintained that Boston's best path to sustained success might simply be to remain patient and maintain the sort of assets that will keep the team on the draft-and-develop path until the right deal comes along. Most season projections peg the Celtics as one of the top teams in the East and -- maybe more encouraging -- the Brooklyn Nets, whose draft position the Celtics will own for the next two years, are pegged to finish in the basement.With that in mind, our suggestion has been for the Celtics to wait for next year's free agency, when they can make sales pitches to players like Griffin without having to sacrifice assets to bring them to Boston. There are plenty of others with player options in their contracts -- guys like Gordon Hayward and Danilo Gallinari -- who the Celtics would be in position to make a strong pitch to with a good 2016-17 playoff run.http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... chase-next
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Thu Aug 11th, 2016 6:20 am
[size=120:6adg5vdv]Celtics Summer Forecast: Biggest overachiever[/size:6adg5vdv]Who's going to overachieve most in Boston? It's not easy to identify on a team projected to win 50-plus games, but our panel gave it a shot.http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... erachiever
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Fri Aug 12th, 2016 6:14 am
[size=120:189oxxai]Noel 'very open' to trade, and Celtics reportedly are interested[/size:189oxxai]BOSTON -- NBA players tell you all the time about how the league is a business and that you can never get too comfortable. Based on Nerlens Noel’s social media posts recently, it appears he’s taking such sentiments to heart. And if he is indeed on the move, he’s more than open to the idea of playing for his hometown team -- the Boston Celtics. On his Twitter page, Noel’s bio reads, “#BostonStrong – Former Kentucky Wildcat – Current Philadelphia 76er!!” The Everett, Mass., native has a similar message on the bio page of his Facebook account as well.http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/ner ... interested
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Sat Aug 13th, 2016 7:57 am
[size=120]Celtics Summer Forecast: Reasons to be excited[/size]After two straight early postseason exits, an offseason with several exciting additions has hiked the expetations for the Boston Celtics.http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics ... be-excited
Posted by: mbrradio on Tue Aug 16th, 2016 8:58 am
Sherrod Blakely makes the case for Isaiah Thomas as a top 5 candidate for MVP. It’s possible. If IT steps up his assist numbers and the Celtics meet expectations (55 wins, ECF), then Thomas could slide into the discussion.
http://redsarmy.com/2016/08/16/your-mor ... e-for-mvp/While a fan post on Celtics Blog states that Isaiah Thomas is not the answer:http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/8/5/122 ... the-answer