Can the Washington Wizards actually contend in the East?

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The past offseason, the Wizards managed to resign Marcin Gortat, replace Trevor Ariza with Paul Pierce, and sign a couple of quality role players in Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. The question, combined with John Wall and Bradley Beal, is that team ready to contend, or they will be stuck in mediocrity, something like the Hawks during the Joe Johnson/Smith/Horford era. Can Pierce be the piece that pushes the young Wizards over the top? Is Gortat worth that much money?

Is Randy Wittman a championship coach? John Wall proclaimed that he and Bradley Beal are the best backcourt duo in the NBA, but now he has to prove that on the floor.

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Paul Pierce helps youthful Wizards compete in wide open East

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The Washington Wizards have one of the youngest cores in the league. Their starting backcourt consists of a 23-year-old point guard drafted first overall and a 21-year-old shooting guard drafted third overall.

John Wall and Bradley Beal are the future in Washington. They are also the present though. The Wizards entered the 2013-2014 NBA season on a five-year playoff drought. Their young backcourt grew up this past season and role players stepped up on the roster as the Wizards won 44 games and made the playoffs.

They even won their first round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls before losing to the top seed Indiana Pacers in six games in the semifinals. While Wall and Beal are the present and future of the team, they are very young. This past offseason, the Wizards signed veteran small forward Paul Pierce to provide some leadership and hopefully push the Wizards even further up in the now wide-open Eastern Conference. [Read more…]

Brooklyn Nets: can they compete for a championship next season?

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It was almost a year ago when the Brooklyn Nets agreed on the blockbuster deal of 2013 with the Boston Celtics. The Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce while at the same time shipping to Boston a bunch of non–factor players.

Brooklyn’s payroll skyrocketed and in fact, the Nets became the most expensive team in the NBA and the only one above the $100 million mark. All these deeds had one and only purpose – the conquest of the championship. Now, after a total failure to even seriously contend for the Larry O’Brien trophy, the Brooklyn Nets are looking towards their future with uncertainty.

So can this team really compete for the championship next season? Or has the window closed? [Read more…]

Outstanding off-season keeps Boston Celtics NBA title contenders

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The goal in recent years for the Boston Celtics was just get to the postseason healthy in hopes of making a playoff run with their veteran core.  This off-season, the Celtics got younger, deeper, and all-around better meaning they will once again be a serious player in the Eastern Conference.

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The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era

The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We’re only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest basketball league on the planet that has us basketball geeks totally psyched.

Wait, what?

By Peter Christian

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Game 5 shockers in Conference Finals put Spurs, Heat on the brink

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Anybody who saw this coming, please raise your hand now.  Just raise it up.  Raise it up nice and high.  Anybody?  OK…I didn’t think so.

With Oklahoma City winning in San Antonio Monday and Boston winning in Miami Tuesday, the NBA Playoffs have suddenly been flipped upside down.  After trailing 0-2 in their respective series, both the Thunder and the Celtics have done the near-impossible, winning Games 3, 4 and 5 to move within one win of creating an NBA Finals matchup that nobody expected. [Read more…]

NBA Playoffs: Refs giving Miami ‘stars’ all (well most) of the calls

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I don’t like to put anything on anyone or anything in particular, especially if that any one or thing has no business in deciding the outcome of a basketball game, but I think now everyone has the right to speculate on what is really going on between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. [Read more…]

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: everything you need to know

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Well, here is the Miami Heat for the second year in a row: the Eastern Conference Finals. All of us know how last year ended for the Heat: a 4-2 NBA Finals loss to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Last year, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, 4-1. But it’s a new year and, probably, the last time the Boston’s “Big Three + Rondo” will ever be together. So what are we to expect from these two teams with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line? Let’s take a look.

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NBA Playoffs: May the toughest team win

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There has been nothing pretty about the series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. The past few games have been rather rough to watch. Both teams have scored less than 20 points in a quarter in 17 times so far in this series. And we are going to a Game 7, back in Boston on Friday night. This series has been trademarked by great (and I mean great) defense and struggling offenses, due to the great defense.

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Top 25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA: 15-11

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This is the third installment of my five-part series of ‘Top 25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA. Today, players 15-11 are unveiled. Feel free to leave a comment!

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Top 25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA: 20-16

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This is the second installment of “25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA“. Here are players 20-16. Take a look and feel free to leave a comment!

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NBA Playoffs: Garnett Gives A “Throwback” Performance

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For a second I thought I was watching Kevin Garnett, the MVP back when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Last night, Garnett put on of the best playoff performances and did something no Boston Celtic has ever done in their rich history.

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