The Boston Celtics Are Here to Stay

The Boston Celtics are in the enviable position of having both near-term and long-term championship prospects.  Their near-term prospects rely on the health of their two biggest name players, Kemba Walker and Gordon Heyward.  Big Contracts, Nagging Injuries Last season fell apart in the Eastern Conference Semifinals when a talented Milwaukee team met a Celtics team with …

The Nuggets are Good but Not Quite Great

The Nuggets went from 9th in the Western Conference in 2018 to 2nd last season and currently sit third in the conference this season.  The biggest reason has been the emergence of Nikola Jokic as the best center in basketball combining scoring from everywhere on the floor with an ability to distribute the basketball and rebound.  But …

The Second-Round is the Best Outcome for the Jazz

As good as the Jazz have been this season, the biggest news they made was being the team that had the first positive test for COVID-19.  When Rudy Gobert tested positive in early March, it not only canceled the Jazz game that night, but also led to the league suspending play just hours later.  Donovan …

The Heat is on the Right Track

The Miami Heat finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last season in Dwyane Wade’s final year in the NBA.  It was also the final year of his former teammate, Chris Bosh’s contract.  That was a big $27M that came off their books.  But the biggest move they made would come be a four-team trade that sent …

The Thunder Rebuilding on the Fly

We talked on Friday about the surprising season the Pacers have had while missing Victor Oladipo for most of the year. But maybe even more surprising has been the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder.   A History of Star Power  Less than a decade ago, the Thunder had Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, they drafted all three.  They …

The Surprising Pacers Await Their Leader’s Return

The Indiana Pacers have been a surprise success story this year after losing all-star guard Victor Oladipo the previous January with a torn quad tendon.  That led to an early exit in last season’s playoff and most assumed the Pacers would struggle at the beginning of this year in his absence.  But instead the Pacers …

Is it Championship or Bust for the Rockets?

The Houston Rockets come to Orlando as the team with probably the most at stake.  They swung the huge off-season deal for Russell Westbrook and currently sit just 6th in the Western Conference, ironically tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  They also traded away center Clint Capela earlier this season and now have no true center.    The Rockets …

Can the Sixers Figure it All Out?

For a team that lost by just a point in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last year, there are more questions than answers surrounding this group.  Jimmy Butler seemingly couldn’t wait to move on.  They gave huge contracts to Tobias Harris and Al Horford.  And their two best players can’t seem to stay on the court …

Porzingis is the key to the Mavericks’ run

Now we get into the crowded Western Conference race.  The top seven teams are pretty much in the playoffs.  The 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks are 7 games clear of 8th place Memphis so a single win would clinch that spot.  The Mavericks sit a game and a half behind the Rockets and Thunder and 2.5 games behind …

The Grizzlies are Way Ahead of Schedule

The Memphis Grizzlies traded away their two most recognizable players in 2019, dealing Marc Gasol to the eventual world champion Toronto Raptors and then sending Mike Conley Jr to the Utah Jazz in the off season.  They hired a 35-year old, first –time head coach in Taylor Jenkins and then selected Ja Morant second overall …