12:45 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014
Net Income / NetsDaily 1 hour ago

Brooklyn Nets' weird preseason ends in Boston

The Nets close out their preseason at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Boston, their sixth and final game in a thoroughly weird month of games. For the record, it included an exhibition game vs. the Euroleague's defending champs, then a 14-hour trip to Shanghai, a game there, then a quick trip to Beijing, a game there, another 14 hour trip home then  three games in four nights ... before a week off. Whew. The Nets assured themselves a winning record vs. the 76ers on Monday. A win over the Celtics would give them a 5-1 record slightly better than last year's 5-2 record.  But the Nets will be down...
Posting and Toasting 4 hours ago

Open Thread: When The Garden Was Eden

Movie night! Hi! Michael Rapaport's documentary on late '60s/early '70s Knicks Who Parents Will Not Shut Up About finally hits TV tonight at 9 PM on ESPN. The snippets I've seen of the documentary look fun, and both beloved TV genius Alan Sepinwall and beloved sports genius Mark Simon have given it favorable reviews. Let's watch together! Feel free to comment along here while you do so.
Liberty Ballers 7 hours ago

8 Days Till Sixers: How Long Will It Be Until The Sixers Win Five Games?

Continuing LB's Countdown Till Sixers, let's explore the Sixers schedule and the many losses that will ensue Last year on the Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast, Mike Levin and Spike Eskin dived deep into the 2013-14 schedule and tried to come up with the moment in time when the 2013-14 Sixers would win five games and the consensus date was March 20, 2017. Or so it seemed. Seeing as the Sixers figure to be similarly bad this season, especially now considering MCW won't return until around December, I figure let's do it again. I may not be as funny or witty as Levin or Spike, but that doesn't...
Net Income / NetsDaily 8 hours ago
Mirza Teletovic talks about a championship, his new coach, Bojan Bogdanovic and his next contract

Mirza Teletovic talks about a championship, his new coach, Bojan Bogdanovic and his next contract

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mirza Teletovic, like a number (if not all) of his teammates, thinks the Nets can win it all. It's how players are supposed to think (unless they are on the 76ers roster). But in an interview with Avaz, one of Bosnia's leading papers, this week, Teletovic was quite firm in his belief the Nets could win, adding that the Nets' high payroll have made them a target of other contenders. "We are aware that we have top players and we want to go far as possible, to the finals and win a championship ring. Because we are in Brooklyn, and that's what the owner of...
Net Income / NetsDaily 8 hours ago

AP asks: Are the Brooklyn Nets championship contenders? The answer is yes, says Billy King

You already know the mantra of the Nets this preseason: low expectations but high hopes.  The off-season was, as Andy Vasquez put it, "a purposeful quiet" which the Nets hope will lead to what Greg Hryina described as a "sneaky good" good team. Brian Mahoney of AP is out with his season preview of the Nets and while he doesn't predict the number of wins, he does quote Billy King, as matching those writers sentiments this way: "Maybe last year we got too much respect, the year before maybe we didn't" and "Our goal is still to try to win a championship, We're not taking steps back or...
Posting and Toasting 9 hours ago

Triangulatin': How the Knicks build a strong-side pick-and-roll

Last week, we looked at how the weak side of the Triangle offense can create easy baskets off backdoor "blind pig" cuts to the rim. Let's look at something else the Knicks tried (with limited success) Monday night against the Bucks. If you go back and look at the post linked above, I think it's easy to see where pick-and-rolls could take place on the weak side of the floor. If, in this instance, Tim Hardaway Jr. was under less pressure and received the ball up top instead of while cutting, he'd be in perfect position to receive a ball screen from Amar'e Stoudemire. Though the pick-and-roll...
Celtics Today 9 hours ago

Scal Defends Rondo

It was nice to see Scal step up for Rondo against Tanguay today ...On Rajon Rondo:“I think he’s a fantastic player. I think he’s very bright. He is the smartest player I’ve ever played with. He understands the game on a higher level. Does he have his moments that are difficult, like if you had to coach him? I would say yes. His relationship with Doc Rivers was fine. Don’t think it wasn’t. Rajon Rondo is a great player.”Tanguay brought up the usual arguments against Rondo - that he's not consistent, that you don't max a non-scorer, that he's a liability late in games, etc..  ...
Raptors HQ 9 hours ago

Respect Earned: The Raptors' ESPN NBA Rank Finale

Our final look at ESPN's NBA Rank and some comments on the placement of the Raptors' two best players: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. To be clear, the ongoing ESPN NBA Rank is not over. The countdown currently stands at no. 26 with Al Horford. But now all of the Raptors have been accounted for and, surprisingly, in places we didn't expect. 35 - DeMar DeRozan - Last Year: 104 First, let's try to wrap our head around this one. DeRozan was projected by Sports Illustrated as the 61st best player in the league. ESPN had him ranked at number 104 last year! Second, let's reflect on how far...
CelticsBlog 9 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 10/21/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  ‘A possibility’ of Rajon Rondo in openerReimer: Shorter games a must to court younger fansCeltics Notebook: Bass now a deep thinker NBA to increase China cooperation, considering morning matchesAnother down year expected for CelticsCeltics, Will Bynum work to find a tradeGlobe  Celtics Will Waive Four Players in First Round of Cuts Time Out: Shorter NBA Quarters Is the Wrong Way To Speed Up the GameRajon Rondo May Return For Celtics Regular Season Opener The Celtics Won't Wind Up Surprising Us, Will They?Celts guard...
What could big minutes mean for Amar'e Stoudemire?

What could big minutes mean for Amar'e Stoudemire?

When it comes to STAT, is bigger better? We do not yet know for sure whether Amar'e Stoudemire will start or come off the bench this season, but one thing seems certain: He won't be held back because of any minutes limit. Head coach Derek Fisher made that very clear on Sunday: "Right now there aren't any minute restrictions, or he can only play the front of a back to back, or any of that." While STAT will have to sit out certain "rest days," Fisher certainly seems optimistic about his ability to shoulder a heavy load: "If we can find ways to be consistent in [scheduling the rest days] then...
Raptors HQ 11 hours ago

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Atlanta Hawks

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Atlanta Hawks. "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Kris Willis of Peachtree Hoops. 1. With Mike Budenholzer taking over Danny...
CelticsBlog 12 hours ago
Celtics to waive non-guaranteed contracts

Celtics to waive non-guaranteed contracts

At today's media availability, Brad Stevens announced that the team will waive Tim Frazier, Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, and Erik Murphy. Brad Stevens says Celtics will keep Tim Frazier through tomorrow night but will waive Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy today. — Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 21, 2014 That still leaves the roster at 16 with a Will Bynum trade or waiving before the regular season starts.  The Celtics have seen enough of Dwight Powell to keep him and he'll get extended minutes against the Nets tomorrow night with James Young, who practiced...
Raptors HQ 14 hours ago

Your Fantasy Basketball Guide: Toronto Raptors Edition

Do you play fantasy hoops and have a draft coming up this week? Wondering when it's safe to select your favourite Raptors without looking like a total "homer"? We've got you covered. The NBA season is only a week away, which means that we're deep in the heart of the fantasy basketball preparation period. These next few days are when the vast majority of drafts take place or when managers put the finishing touches on their rosters through trades and waiver wire pickups. If you're a fantasy hoopster and a Toronto Raptors fan, you should be aware of the risks associated with mixing fandom...
Net Income / NetsDaily 15 hours ago
Brooklyn Nets would still like to play games in Russia, but...

Brooklyn Nets would still like to play games in Russia, but...

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia may be at their highest since the end of the Cold War, but the Nets ownership still wants to bring their NBA team to Russia, presumably to Moscow, hometown of Mikhail Prokhorov as well as others in the ownership structure. "We very much want, not only preseason games, but official season games in Moscow," Irina Pavlova, Prokhorov's U.S. representative, recently told Jared Feldschreiber of Russia Behind the Headlines. "We firmly believe that the NBA’s future is a global one." She did not set a timetable. The Nets have made only one foray into Russia,...
NetsDaily 15 hours ago

Rajon Rondo may play Opening Night vs Nets

Rajon Rondo suffered a broken hand on September 25 and underwent surgery to repair a metacarpal fracture the following day which is supposed to keep him out six to eight weeks. That timetable meant that Rondo would miss the Celtics season opener against the Nets on October 29. However, head coach Brad Stevens thinks that the star guard may be available come opening night in Boston. #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: a chance Rajon Rondo could be cleared for contact by end of week, opening night still possible. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) October 20, 2014 Rondo wasn't as optimistic as his...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago
On This Date in Celtic History: Oct. 21, 1976

On This Date in Celtic History: Oct. 21, 1976

The defending champion Celtics visited former ABA power Indiana in their NBA debut, an OT thriller INDIANAPOLIS - The defending champion Boston Celtics opened the much-anticipated 1976-77 merger season at the Indiana Pacers, who were making their NBA debut after winning three ABA titles over the previous nine seasons. Four ABA teams - Indiana, San Antonio, Denver and the New York Nets - were absorbed into the established older league in 1976 while the rest of the rival loop's franchises folded. Pacer coach Bob "Slick" Leonard and Red Auerbach had a bit of a running feud going back to...
CelticsBlog 18 hours ago

Gerald Wallace accepts his fate, seems content not playing

Crash, boom. Gerald Wallace has been a step slow the last couple of years simply due to age and probably wear and tear due to the all-out way he played the game throughout his career.  Now he's a step or two slower coming off of injuries to his ankle and knee. The rotation is becoming set and the way things are shaking out right now leaves Gerald Wallace on the outside looking in.  Jeff Green is the starter at small forward and (especially when Rondo returns) Evan Turner is going to spend a lot of time there too.  The Celtics may use a number of smaller lineups that feature a lot of...
Kevin O'connor / CelticsBlog 18 hours ago

Avery Bradley's contract will look like a bargain when it's all said and done

Search on Google for "Avery Bradley overpay" and you'll be pummeled by articles claiming that the Boston Celtics overpaid to re-sign their 23-year-old guard to a four-year, $32 million contract extension. They're all dead wrong. With the rising salary cap and Bradley's ascending skills, the contract could actually turn out to be a bargain for the Celtics. That's because Boston isn't paying for Bradley's past production, but for his expected future performance. Bradley wasn't worth $8 million per the past four seasons, but he might be over the next four. Bradley is coming off of a season...
Posting and Toasting 21 hours ago

Preseason- Bucks 120, Knicks 107: "We just look tired."

It's funny-- after all the talk of improved conditioning heading into Monday night's exhibition versus the Bucks, the Knicks just looked exhausted, like Jackaroe and others said. The guys seemed over-conditioned, as if they'd left their legs back in the Greenburgh gym after five days of practice. Carmelo Anthony in particular lacked the lift to get rolls at the rim at the rim and engage his second jump. Stable first-half offense deteriorated as a result, and a defense that's been streaky at best never showed up at all. New York's Triangle started looking sharp enough, then seemed to fall...
NetsDaily 23 hours ago

Will Mason Plumlee help solve the Nets' rebounding woes?

Mason Plumlee pulled down 17 rebounds in just under 30 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers, in a game in which the Nets were missing both Brook Lopez (ankle) and Kevin Garnett (illness). With Brooklyn looking for an answer to their early season rebounding woes, it was a much needed effort. After the game, Lionel Hollins said of Plumlee, "This is a league of up and downs, he had ten rebounds at halftime, he was doing a nice job in the second half, he was getting to the basket, and finishing without them fouling. That was the best thing he could do and he wound up just having a big game. And...

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