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Derrick, Kevin, Rajon, and Dirk welcome back

There was an eerily unfamiliar scene frequented across NBA hardwoods last season. While Lebron James and Kevin Durant dazzled the hoops landscape in their respective cities in their usually exciting fashion, other NBA cities’ fans, namely those in Chicago and Minneapolis, peered down to courts noticeably vacant of their team’s stars. Last season fans saw a league seemingly terrorized by a rash of major injuries that absolutely altered the overall feel and mood of the campaign. No Derrick Rose dashing past defenders at the rim.  No Dirk Nowitzki, for an extended portion of 2012-13, fading away off one-leg from the top of the circle.  No Kevin Love picking, popping and swallowing up every carrom that came his way. No.  Those NBA standbys were absent from the court, and because of that, absent from our … Read entire article »

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Inside the Numbers: How the Heat took out the Celtics

Inside the Numbers: How the Heat took out the Celtics

So the Miami Heat have taken out the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics in dominating fashion. I mean we all knew the Heat would be great at some point, but this soon? Regardless of when we actually thought the Heat would rise above those mighty Celtics in the Eastern Conference hierarchy, one thing is for certain, they are now a legitimate force to be reckoned with and whichever team, whether that be the Bulls or the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2011 NBA Playoffs, Feature Stories

Inside the Numbers: How the Celtics swept the Knicks

Inside the Numbers: How the Celtics swept the Knicks

The Boston Celtics completed there impressive four-game sweep of the New York Knicks with a 101-89 victory from Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon, so as they sit back and patiently wait for their next opponent in these 2011 NBA Playoffs we thought it’d be nice to take a deeper look inside the numbers to break down just how in fact this veteran group was able to sweep right by New York in just four games. The … Read entire article »

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Bulls defense stifle Celtics backcourt in Eastern Conference playoff preview

Believe it or not there’s much more to the Chicago Bulls story this season than Derrick Rose’s MVP chances. Thursday night in a prime-time matchup with the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics, the Bulls showed the TNT viewing audience that as a unit they can play defense with the best of them; putting  in an impressive defensively-charged 97-81 victory in front of 23,067 Chicago faithful. Challenging entry passes and shadowing the Celtics perimeter players relentlessly those surprising Bulls sent a clear message to the rest of the league that defense predicates everything they do. That aforementioned Bulls’ defense stifled the Celtics All-Star backcourt of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo into a horribly cold 12-of-34 shooting night, ultimately holding the Celtics as a team to just 38.4% shooting from the field. Allen, … Read entire article »

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You dare go under the screen against….Rondo?

Rajon Rondo is not necessarily known for his jumpshot making prowess at this stage in his early NBA career, however in the Celtics impressive 107-97 road victory over the league-leading Spurs Thursday night the reluctant outside shooting Celtics’ point guard successfully converted an impressive six out of nine attempts from mid-range. Big deal you say? For a player who almost habitually gets the “once he gets a jumper he’ll be unstoppable” mantra  attached to his name every time mentioned, yes Rondo consistently knocking down jumpers and looking confident doing it is a very big deal. Especially to the fans in Boston. Thursday night Spurs’ Head Coach Gregg Popovich did what any self-respecting NBA coach would have done when faced with the mighty Boston Celtics – he chose to go under screens when attempting to … Read entire article »

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