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Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Boston Celtics, FEATURED, NBA | 0 comments

  Some random thoughts as the Summer league winds down and the Spurs win the Vegas Summer League championship. The Celtics have built a roster custom built for coach Brad Stevens.  Its a roster packed with guys who love to play basketball, work hard, get better, and win basketball games.  One would think thats how all NBA rosters are built, but thats most definitely not the case.  They have turned over the leadership keys to sophomore Marcus Smart, who plays the game with reckless abandon and an attitude that harkens back to guys like Dave Cowens. Without a superstar they won’t be in the mix for an NBA title, but they will be fun to watch, bring the effort every night, and win a lot of games they shouldn’t because of superior coaching and effort.  It appears that both Rozier and Mickey are keepers, the latter signing the largest salary for a second round pick in the history of the NBA. The Spurs were the clear winners of the offseason, but it remains to be seen if that translates into another championship.  They signed coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, but he has yet to win anything in this league and his game is incredibly advanced metric unfriendly.  Add that to the fact that their...

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Celtics Summer League Game #2 Recap

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Boston Celtics, FEATURED | 0 comments

Coming off a dismantling by the host Jazz summer league entry, last night marked the second straight blowout loss for the Celtics, in which they lost to the 76ers 76-62. Second year guard Marcus Smart was in street clothes for this tilt, leaving the point manned by Terry Rozier and Marcus Thornton, both of whom benefited from extended minutes. Rozier, the #16 pick in the 2015 draft, managed 14 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes. Thornton, the Celtics final pick in the second round of the draft, recorded 7 points with 3 boards and no assists in 22 minutes. Neither point guard appeared to have the necessary passing chops you would expect to see in an NBA PG and Thornton’s passing, even his short bounce passes, were particularly disturbing. Jordan Mickey, one of the only true big men on the Celtics summer roster, had a fairly horrific evening, posting 4 points on 7 shots while corralling 2 rebounds. He also blocked 3 shots in the contest, though he had 3 of his own shots swatted back into his face as well. The supposedly improved James Young had a particularly dreadful night, going 1-7 from the three point stripe and 2-12 overall. Young continued to show no commitment to the defensive aspect...

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#Celtics Summer League Recap

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Boston Celtics, FEATURED, NBA | 0 comments

  The Celtics fell to the Jazz 100-82 in their first summer league game of the 2015 campaign.  Marcus Smart lead the way 26/5/8 for the Celtics, while Rodney Hood went for 23/10/4 for the Jazz.  On to the good, bad, and ugly. The Good: The Celtics played HARD.  Very hard.  Several players hit the deck for loose balls, one pass away was defended well on the perimeter, and in general they battled.  Smart went for 26/5/8 and looked...

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Celtics select R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State at #28

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Draft Nuts, FEATURED | 0 comments

With the 28th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics tabbed R.J. Hunter, a junior shooting guard from Georgia State. Hunter is 6′ 6″ and a slight 190 lbs, good height and length for the pro SG position. He appears to have passable athleticism for the position. I do not watch much basketball from mid-majors, so the only thing I have to go on with Hunter is highlight videos and statistics. If you go by the highlight videos,...

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Celtics pick Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Louisville at #16

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Draft Nuts, FEATURED | 0 comments

  According to our sources, the Boston Celtics tried all night to trade out of the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. They obviously failed to find a trade partner. So, left with the sixteenth pick in the draft, they selected Terry Rozier, a combo guard out of Louisville. Rozier will join what appears to be a crowded Celtics backcourt with Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, James Young and Phil Pressey. Where he fits in the Celtics...

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NBA Finals Game 5 Gambling Plays

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in FEATURED, Gambling, NBA, NBA playoffs | 0 comments

  The faithful enjoyed a winning triple crown weekend that saw the coffers filled with plays that went 6-2 and added 5 units to the coffers.  The NBA finals has been a back and forth affair as the teams split the first four games and games one and two went to overtime.  Vegas has the Warriors, in a series tied at 2, as massive -500 favs.  Anytime the wind blows too hard one way, this gambler always blows the...

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NHL/NBA finals, Triple Crown gambling plays

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in FEATURED, Kentucky Derby, NBA, NBA playoffs, NHL, NHL Playoffs | 0 comments

  Its a big weekend for those who like action in the form of sports gambling, with the Triple Crown and both NHL and NBA finals games to give players a chance to add to their coffers and stick it to the Man.  After a winning football season we’ll try to keep things up….on to the picks:   Belmont Stakes Saturday 6:30 on NBC.   In 1978 “Affirmed” won the triple crown in horse racing, and it hasn’t happened...

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Chicago Bulls, Like the Rest of the League, Leaving No-Bull Coaches Behind

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in FEATURED, NBA | 0 comments

By Sean Flynn special to from The Chicago Bulls courted, for the second time since 1998, a new coach from Iowa State. The Bulls reportedly inked “The Mayor,” Fred Hoiberg, to a five-year, $25 million deal. “Fred Hoiberg can deal with anyone. He knows how to get along with everyone,” says one NBA team source on the new hire. The team source’s comment is exactly why Tom Thibodeau, killed by Jerry Reinsdorf on the way out the...

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Former NBA All-Star Vin Baker Standing Tall Behind Heavyweight Boxer Cassius Chaney

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Boxing, FEATURED | 0 comments

By Sean Flynn special to from Four-time NBA All-Star Vin Baker stands apart and above the other trainers, cut men, and assorted hangers-on that accompany fighters to the ring. The 6′ 11” Olympic gold medalist’s uplifting journey from the bar stool to the ring stool surely beats the story of 1993’s eighth pick in the NBA Draft burning through (and getting burned) nearly $100 million within two decades. “There’s a part of me that I know that...

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2015 NBA Mock Draft – One Month Out

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Draft Nuts, FEATURED | 0 comments

This mock draft will take post-lottery positioning as well as perceived team needs into account. I am using my own rankings of the players available – not DX’s or anybody else’s. On to the picks: 1. Timberwolves: Karl Towns, C, Kentucky 19 yrs, 7’0″, 248 lbs. It would have made sense to have Minnesota select Okafor here, but those three and half weeks Pekovic is healthy lead me suspect they’ll value Towns’ defense more than Okafor’s potent offensive game....

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