Aside from Aron Baynes’ little knee injury and the absence of Marcus Morris, the Celtics preseason has been just about flawless. The starters gelled faster than anyone imagined, skinny Marcus Smart is shooting lights out and the bench looks formidable. The tune in Cleveland is a bit different. For starters, JR Smith is “absolutely” frustrated about his demotion to the bench to make room for Dwyane Wade: Smith said he “kind of knew it” was coming with Wade. LeBron James told cleveland.com he had talked to Smith “way before” Lue made the decision, which was perhaps an indicator for...Read More
Author: Chuck M.
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. One does need to run what we see now through the official NBA preseason filter. What we see now in terms of results isn’t always the complete reality, because the competition, particularly later in these games, could be less than stellar. But it is fair to judge a player’s physical capabilities and how quickly he reacts. So when you see Theis playing inside and out with good instincts, Yabusele finding...Read More
ESPN put a new spin on the traditional power rankings by releasing the Warriors vs Everybody – a competition ranking on every team’s chances to take them down. Brace yourself. You’re not going to like where the Celtics fall. 16th. Behind powerhouses like the Heat, Nuggets, Pelicans and Hornets. Why? Real Plus Minus. RPM is the only place where Zaza Pachulia gets the nod over Al Horford and the Celtics lose ground to Golden State because of the departure of Amir Johnson. I enjoy reading the guys at ESPN Insider. Pelton, Haberstroh and everyone else. But this is flat out...Read More