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Blueprint for Brooklyn Nets to Rebuild Via NBA Trade Market posted by Nets Fan

10-21 start, a disappointing 44-win finish and a second-round playoff loss bookended a discouraging season by management's standards. Now it seems as if general manager Billy King is looking to reconstruct his roster.

So, what does a team that pays a bigger luxury tax than any other do when its season starts to implode? It begins to prioritize the money just a little bit more. And there's nothing wrong with that.

You can't blame an owner who wants to spend when he wins but doesn't when he loses. Actually, there are advantages to keeping salary lower on unsuccessful teams, considering that getting below the luxury tax for a season helps you avoid paying a repeater tax in future years.

The Nets are in a unique situation: Most of the time, if an older team is underperforming and wants to deal away some of its bigger contracts, it'll look for young talent around which it can build.

The NBA's current climate promotes a sort of break-it-down-and-start-over environment for expensive teams that can't seem to find success. Except there is one problem which is specific to the Nets: The team doesn't have any valuable draft picks at any point in the near future.

We're talking nothing. Zilch.

Brooklyn could go five straight years—after sending its first-rounder to the Celtics this past summer—without selecting with its own first-round pick. 

Brooklyn may be four under .500 right now, but the schedule is in one of its lighter periods, starting with Sunday's home game against the Detroit Pistons, which the Nets won 110-105. Tuesday, the Nets host the

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Wolves drop game to Boston Celtics late run. posted by Timberwolves Fan

Nothing seems to be going right for the Timberwolves as they lose to the Celtics Friday night. They tried for younger blood by taking out veteran Corey Brewer and bringing in youngster Shabazz Muhammad and still the Timberwolves lose 114-98.

Friday’s trade that sent Brewer to Houston clears playing time and for at least now a starting spot for the hard-working Muhammad, who turned opportunity into a 26-point, five-rebound, five-assist game on a night his team was outdone by Boston’s game-deciding, 8-0 fourth quarter run.

On Friday, Muhammad made shots — 11 of 15 from the field — while teammate Andrew Wiggins went 2-for-10 and Thaddeus Young went 6-for-19, against a Celtics team that had just traded star Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night.

“I really thought we were going to pull that one out, I was really disappointed,” Muhammad said. “I wanted to come in and win the game, most importantly. But I was very comfortable out there. I’m starting to get really comfortable, and that’s one thing that’s really good for me.”

Toughing it out

Veteran guard Mo Williams traveled to Dallas on Thursday to get a second opinion on his back and celebrate early his 32nd birthday with his wife and children. He said he is relieved to learn his back spasms are only muscular and not something that requires surgery. He played 25 minutes Friday even though Saunders only intended to play him 15 minutes at most. Williams said he’ll play through the pain.

“However many minutes, it doesn’t bother me at all, I’ll fight through it,” Williams said. “To be honest with you, I want to stop talking about it and just play. I didn’t get treatment today because I just want mentally to learn how to tolerate the pain.”

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Nelson embracing new role with rebuilding Celtics posted by Celtics Fan

When Jameer Nelson was traded from a title contender in Dallas to a rebuilding situation in Boston last week, his friends apparently took the news harder than he did.

"People calling me, asking me if I'm OK,'" Nelson said after Monday's practice - his first with the Celtics. "I'm like, 'I'm OK.' I'm playing basketball for a living, something I love to do."

Nelson, who along with Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder, came to Boston from Dallas in exchange for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell.

Not only is Nelson playing for a weaker team, but his role on the court is more undefined as well.

When he signed with Dallas, Nelson knew he was coming in to be the starting point guard.

Here in Boston, Nelson will fight for minutes with Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Phil Pressey.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens named Smart the starter on Sunday with Turner and Nelson serving as Smart's backup.

Of course Nelson would love to be playing a prominent role on a title contender right about now. But that's not the hand he was dealt which is why being part of Boston's rebuilding efforts isn't something he's looking to run away from at the first chance he gets.

"My job is to play no matter where it is," Nelson said. "I give everything I have for the team that I'm on. Everything I have for the guys in the locker room."

That was certainly true during his 10 seasons with the Orlando Magic where he was not only a starter, but played an instrumental role in helping mentor the team's younger players through multiple rebuilding processes.

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Boston Celtics Preseason Report 2014 posted by Celtics Fan

Boston Celtics were very hopeful of coming on top with players like Jared Sullinger anchoring the offense, Jeff Green presumed to take up bigger role, and Kelly Olynyk who was supposed to make Rookie of the year. However, nothing played out as expected. Sullinger was shooting from the floor, but showed promise in stretching four and rebounding. Green did not make much of an impact and Olynyk was struggling to succeed.

Beginning of January, the Celtics were impressive at 13-18, but during the month, they dropped to 2-15, and then it was downhill. The return of Rajon Rondo did not have the desired effect on the team. Brad Stevens, the coach, had the challenging task of juggling young players and keeping veterans on their best play. Danny Ainge the team manager, opted to keep Rondo, and managed to snag certain draft picks. In the offseason, the Celtics required wings assistance for effective shooting. Secondly, Bradley's free agency was restricted and found difficulty trading Green.

The selection of Marcus Smart was first quite debatable, but later it proved to be the right move. His strength plays him as a very good defender; however, the challenge would be translating his talents into much more. Selecting James Young was a good move, even though it was later in the first round. With his ability to shoot, Young will be quite effective as Green's reserve, which could also point towards trading of Green.

The Boston Celtics are still in the rebuilding phase, but are keeping their options open for immediate contention as well. The contracts of Keith Bogans, Thornton, and Brandon Bass will be expiring soon, there is enough cap room, and many draft picks. The team could even trade Rajon Rondo if they find the right replacement. The team could look quite different by the end of the season.

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Betting on the Boston Celtics After Ray Allen’s Departure posted by Celtics Fan

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NBA basketball betting just like other sports betting systems, has come a long way. Online betting is now possible and secure thanks to the clear regulations that govern each of these sports betting systems. Not only are people betting from home on their PCs, they are also using mobile apps to place wagers on their favorite teams. Payment has also become easier and more convenient as these online casinos like  http://www.riverbellecasino.com/ allow for payment to be made by using various electronic payment systems. It's not just sports bettingyou can do online. As mentioned earlier you can now play a variety of casino games online. Gambling in general has never been easier, so whether it's sports betting or casino games you like to play, you're options are nearly endless.

NBA basketball betting is the second biggest sports league that people place bets on after NFL. The game also has a good number of exciting matches each season. The Advantage of NBA is like football it is quite easy to understand for anyone trying to wager for the first time. It is however not a good idea to always wager on your favorite team. The best way is to take time to understand the game and the rules of betting. It is also helpfull to choose a sport that you love, so that you can be motivated to keep up with it.

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Charles Bisbee

Celtics Thoughts posted by Charles Bisbee

Here are some thoughts on the Celtics as training camps open:

·      It’ll be interesting to see how much KG has left in the tank. His numbers have regressed across the board from just a couple seasons ago. Nonetheless, the intangibles and the desire remain intact and it’s impossible to discount the role they’ll play on a young Celtics squad. Rondo may be the C’s best player, but KG remains the team's heart and soul.

·      Here’s hoping Garnett can effectively light a fire under rookie Jared Sullinger, the talented but scatter-brained big man from Ohio State. Sullinger impressed during Orlando Summer League action, scoring 20 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action during his first game. Talent, however, has never been the issue. If KG can continually keep Sullinger focused and dedicated, the Celts may have the answer at power forward over the next 10-15 years.

·      I’m interested to see how Avery Bradley handles an increased workload when he returns in January. With Keyon Dooling retired and Ray Allen in Miami, Bradley will get the bulk of the load backing up Rondo and aging (but still effective) combo-guard Jason Terry. Bradley is a shut-down defender, but I'm not sure he can produce enough offensively to warrant the minutes. Relatedly, the Celtics lack of depth at guard scares me. Outside Rondo, Terry, and (possibly?) Courtney Lee, there are a lot of unproven youngsters.

·      Paul Pierce refuses to show his age. As the years go by, he only gets craftier. His array of start-and-stops, head fakes, and up-and-unders would make Kevin McHale proud. I think Pierce should play until he’s 50.

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Charles Bisbee

NBA Anarchy posted by Charles Bisbee

The NBA is completely bonkers right now. With less than two weeks until season’s tip-off, players are being flipped faster than flapjacks at IHOP. Chris Paul has been perfecting his start-and-stop from the comfort of his living room. Dwight Howard can't seem to decipher his own feelings about the Magic. Lamar Odom, as collateral from the Paul fall-out, whined his way to the Mavs, who were spurned earlier in the week by Tyson Chandler (Knicks). Chauncey Billups took his frequent flier miles to the Clips (though he could be dealt again by the time I finish this sentence) and Big Baby was swapped for Brandon Bass.

Wait, there's more! The Celtics thought they had Baby's replacement in David West (Paul’s former right-hand man) but the Pacers swooped in and snagged him for a cool $20 mil. Consequently, the Hornets are trying to fill out a roster with Quincy Pondexter and a collection of ball boys. Vinsanity joined Odom in Dallas, which lost Caron Butler to the Clippers, which matched Golden State’s absurd, $43 million qualifying offer to DeAndre Jordan (he with the career 5.9 ppg). T-Mac, Rip Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Mike Bibby and Dunleavy are on the move as well, though these names seem like afterthoughts compared to the seismic activity higher up. 

And all this happened in slightly over a week. It’s certainly enough to make the casual fan's head spin. The ramifications of this unforseen, pre-season turbulence on the regular season, though, is what really boggles the mind. With little time to mesh, little time to prepare, and a season packed tighter than Delta coach, teams should be in for a wild ride. We're staring down the barrel of the most slapdash, unforseen and chemistry-bungled season since, dare I say, 1998! Should be a wild ride. 

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Randolph Charlotin

Eye on the Draft - Trade Winds posted by Randolph Charlotin

Reports came out that San Antonio is shopping three-time All-Star Tony Parker. It’s rumored that the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to move PF Lamar Odom. Phoenix just shot down rumors that they are trying to trade two-time league MVP Steve Nash.

And where is Trader Dan during all these talks? Surprisingly quiet. Danny Ainge, notorious for making exchanges, says he plans on staying put at picks 25 and 55.

Is this gamesmanship by Ainge or is he speaking the truth? Boston’s roster is very thin with just six players under contract plus restricted free agent Jeff Green. In a draft that lacks franchise players, the motivation to move up is low.

But more than anything else, what do the Celtics have to offer in potential trades?

Four of the five starters are well into their 30’s and are viewed as declining or will be soon. Expiring contracts (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Jermaine O’Neal are in the last year of their respective deals) usually don’t become attractive until just before the trade deadline. The most appealing player on the Celtics is Rajon Rondo, but what could Ainge get in return for Rondo that would make the Celtics better?

Fans have suggested that Ainge pry Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets with Rondo, sign and trade Glen Davis, and the top-10 protected 2012 first round pick. I’d like to see those fans’ prescriptions.

It would take a tremendous sell job to convince Paul to come to Boston and sign a long term deal with a Celtics team perceived to be in decline when Paul wants to join a team with a shot to win the championship. And the Hornets, a franchise that would shift into rebuilding mode after such a trade, would want more draft picks in return.

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Randolph Charlotin

Eye on the Draft 2 - Guarded Concerns posted by Randolph Charlotin

Reggie Jackson. Iman Shumpert. Nolan Smith. Malcom Lee. Marshon Brooks. Just a handful of the names linked to the Boston Celtics’ first round pick. All guards. And each one worries me.

I’m not opposed to selecting a guard in the draft. Just not at 25.

Depth at the position wasn’t as bad as it looked as Delonte West played well behind Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. The trade deadline acquisition of Jeff Green allowed the Celts to put a big backcourt of Green and Paul Pierce on the floor. Von Wafer was available if Doc Rivers cared to use him.

Free agency will leave the backcourt very thin, but there are affordable options starting with West and Wafer.

Then there’s the wild card combo guard Avery Bradley, the 2010 first round pick. If the Celtics really are interested in any of the guards named above, does that mean Bradley has fallen out of favor with Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers already?

And is a combo guard that much of a need? Truth is a combo guard is an undersized two guard playing the point. We saw in the playoffs the value of a true point guard as superstars Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and Derrick Rose of Chicago played one-on-five in their respective Conference Championships, derailing their teams’ playoff runs.

Based on evaluations of the guards listed above, they all have glaring weaknesses, from volume shooter/scorer, to lack of a jump shot, to poor decision-making as a point guard.

A combo guard off the bench for Boston should work. Someone to take a load off Rondo and Allen would only make all three players better by splitting minutes three ways. But is a combo guard good enough to become a full time two guard in the future?

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Randolph Charlotin

Eye on the Draft 1 - Bigs Problem posted by Randolph Charlotin

First off, my knowledge of the NBA Draft is nowhere close to my NFL Draft IQ. Not even close. I don’t follow college basketball until the NCAA Tournament and I have zero familiarity with foreign players, whether they are European or South American.

What I strongly believe in is my knowledge of the Celtics and the team needs. And what should be on the top of their list are big men. I’m not talking Glen “Big Baby” Davis wide big. I’m talking 6’10” neighborhood.

Let’s look at the facts: Centers Kendrick Perkins and Semih Erden were moved at the trade deadline. Shaquille O’Neal retired and Nenad Krstic signed with a Russian team.

Boston is down to Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal, and restricted free agent Jeff Green. None of them are long term fixtures at PF or C. And the options for free agents are either out of the Celtics’ price range or just aren’t very good players when sifting through the bargain bin of free agents.

The NBA Draft is less than a week away and it is the first step towards finding a player or two to groom into an eventual starter.

I’ve had enough of people saying this is a weak draft class. If a team’s scouting department is good, they can find the great players in a weak draft. Danny Ainge and his staff found gems year after year in the second round. If they can find players that late, they can find two drafting late in the first and second round.

Not much is known about Ainge’s research. The Celtics announce some of the players they bring in for workouts (click the links for the workout updates from Celtics.com: Workouts 1 Workouts 2), but that doesn’t cover scouting trips. Beyond that is mock draft watching and taking mental notes of the changes following updates.

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Reaching the playoffs was almost always a foregone conclusion for Doc Rivers when he coached the Boston Celtics, and that has continued since he left for the Los Angeles Clippers. [read full article]

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Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for win

NEW YORK (AP) Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally to hand the New York Knicks their 59th loss, matching a franchise record, 96-92 on Friday night. [read full article]

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The Boston Celtics are still in the thick of the Eastern Conference postseason race despite a recent rough patch. [read full article]

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NBA Playoff Picture Update: The Warriors won the division! (Ball Don't Lie)

With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. The NBA Playoff Picture Update keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds. [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit ] Pacific Power: All hail the Golden State Warriors, your new Pacific Division overlords. The Warriors erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 36-18 fourth quarter to grab an ultimately convincing 122-108 victory at the Portland Trail Blazers. That win brings the Warriors to 58-13, good enough to clinch their first division title in 39 years. They seemed pretty excited about it: SQUAD! pic.twitter.com/U8NkoNOVWu — Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) March 25, 2015 Division titles don't mean a ton in 2015 — division winners cannot finish any lower than fourth in the conference but do not get homecourt advantage against teams with superior records even if they have the higher seed. None of that matters to the Warriors, because they have an eight-game lead on the second-place Memphis Grizzlies with 11 left to play and appear destined for homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. But it's still nice to win something new, especially when the franchise is set for just its fourth playoff appearance in the past 20 seasons. It's fine for a team to be content with their current level of success even when they hold higher aspirations. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:   The best slams from all of basketball] Incidentally, winning the Northwest Division could end up meaning something to the Blazers, who hold the fourth seed at 44-25 despite holding a worse record than the 46-25 Los Angeles Clippers. The good news for Portland is that they maintained their half-game lead over the 44-26 San Antonio Spurs, themselves in a virtual tie with the 45-27 Dallas Mavericks (we'll get to those two teams soon). Depending on how the rest of the regular season shakes out, it's possible that the Blazers will finish with the seventh-best record in the conference but play the team with the fifth-best record simply because they play in a division with only one other playoff contender, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Texas Tie: Monta Ellis's 38-point night led the Dallas Mavericks to a 101-94 win over the in-state rival San Antonio Spurs, creating a virtual tie between the two teams for the sixth spot in the West. The Spurs currently hold the advantage due to having played two fewer games, but Friday's rematch in San Antonio could play a big role in the event of an end-of-season tiebreaker. If the Mavericks win, they will hold the advantage by virtue of taking the season series 3-1. If the Spurs win, then the tiebreaker procedure will move to in-division records. Buzzer-Beater Buffer: Khris Middleton's wild winner at the buzzer lifted the Milwaukee Bucks over the Miami Heat and helped clarify the crowded bottom of the Eastern Conference. The win brought the Bucks to 35-36 and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Heat for sixth place. The difference between sixth and seventh could be a big one in the East — the Cleveland Cavaliers appear headed for the No. 2 seed and loom as a nightmare matchup. On the bright side, a Heat-Cavaliers series would probably make for pretty good ratings. I hear one of the guys on the Cavs used to play in Florida. Whoops Ontario: The Toronto Raptors fell into sole possession of fourth in the East with a disappointing 108-104 loss at the Detroit Pistons. The result might not have been quite so tough to take if not for a questionable final possession in which Lou Williams hoisted this deep contested three down 106-104 with plenty of time left on the shot clock: At 42-29, the Raptors sit one win behind the 43-29 Chicago Bulls. The teams play each other on ESPN Wednesday, so we should get a better sense of that race soon. Listen to the Thunder: The Oklahoma City Thunder continued to pull ahead of the competition for the last playoff spot in the West with a 127-117 win over the lottery-bound Los Angeles Lakers. Russell Westbrook led the way, as usual, with 27 points, 11 assists, and this dunk: The Thunder are now three games up on the Phoenix Suns with only 11 left to play. Unless they suffer another serious injury, they appear to be in very good shape to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Wednesday's Most Important Games A 13-game night is bound to involve a few notable matchups, so let's run down the top three in no particular order. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET: The 32-38 Heat and 31-39 Celtics occupy the last two spots in the East, so this game would seem to play a big part in deciding which plays the Atlanta Hawks and which ends up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, it might be more important in deciding if one ends up on the outside of the playoffs altogether. The Celtics are just a half-game up on the Charlotte Hornets, themselves involved in a big game with the quasi-contending 11th-place Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. If the Hornets win and the Celtics lose, then their places will swap for what seems like the 400th time in the past month. Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7:00 p.m. ET: As noted above, this one matches up the third and fourth seeds in the East. Both have struggled recently, albeit for different reasons, and could use a big win against a solid team. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET: While the 41-30 Thunder have spent most of this season concerned with just making the postseason, a victory in this ESPN-televised game opens up the possibility that they could catch the Spurs, currently 3 1/2 games ahead, for seventh. That seeding change would be a big deal if only for the Warriors, odds-on championship favorites who would nevertheless consider a first-round matchup with the Spurs to be a worst-case scenario. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric [read full article]

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