1. Karl-Anthony Towns Is Transforming into a Superstar Right Before Our Very Eyes

    The expectations were always unreasonable. Regardless of how good Karl-Anthony Towns played as a 20-year-old rookie, nobody—not Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal or ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 days ago 17,857 reads 0 comments

  2. NBA Rookie Report Cards: How the Top 10 Shake Out as Stretch Run Begins

    2016-17's NBA rookie class has been forgettable. Some of that’s due to unfortunate injuries, and some of it’s because of underperformance (Kris Dunn). Others, meanwhile, were known long-term projects coming in (i...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 20 days ago 74,719 reads 0 comments

  3. Friday NBA Roundup: LeBron James Making It Impossible to Ignore MVP Candidacy

    In his first game after being named February’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month, LeBron James showed precisely why he’s a predominant figure in the nightmares of every Atlanta Hawks player, coach and fan...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 23 days ago 96,254 reads 0 comments

  4. Deron Williams Gives Cleveland Cavaliers an Edge They've Never Had

    BOSTON — Right down to his skill set, pedigree and experience, Deron Williams is the exact type of player LeBron James has begged the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire: ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 25 days ago 93,936 reads 0 comments

  5. Current NBA Players Who Peaked Too Early

    The average progression of an NBA career features incremental annual improvement that leads to a peak stretch (right around the mid-to-late 20s), and then inevitable decline before retirement...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 25 days ago 142,771 reads 0 comments

  6. Kyle Lowry's Wrist Injury May Have Devastating Consequences for Toronto Raptors

    According to the Toronto Raptors , Kyle Lowry , their best and most important player, will undergo wrist surgery to " remove loose bodies " on Tuesday morning...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 27 days ago 79,726 reads 0 comments

  7. Whether You Call Him 'Water Boy' or 'Paperboy,' TJ McConnell Is Here to Stay

    Tim McConnell chokes up whenever he thinks about that phone call. The decorated high school basketball coach from western Pennsylvania doesn’t normally carry his cell during practice, but this afternoon was special...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 29,715 reads 0 comments

  8. Ranking Last-Minute NBA Trade Deadline Targets for the L.A. Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers won't make the playoffs this year and are a long shot to qualify next season, too. Their first-round pick in the 2017 draft is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers if it lands outside the top three...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 18,723 reads 0 comments

  9. Predicting the 2018 NBA All-Star Teams

    The 2017 All-Star Game is Sunday, and the rosters for each team have been set for weeks. But what makes the NBA so thrilling is how quickly hierarchies can shift—superstars ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 59,821 reads 0 comments

  10. Despite LeBron James' Concern, the Cavs Are Still the Team to Beat in the East

    January was not a good month for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers . They went 7-8 (including losses against the New Orleans Pelicans , Dallas Mavericks , Sacramento ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 28,362 reads 0 comments

  11. Al Horford's Value to Boston Celtics Is Clear Despite Room for Improvement

    Al Horford is the most significant free-agent signing in Boston Celtics history. It's a lofty yet accurate statement that's nudged along by the NBA 's all-time most successful ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 7,085 reads 0 comments

  12. The Case for IT4: Russell Westbrook Isn't the Only All-Star Snub in MVP Debate

    Isaiah Thomas ' reaction to not starting in the All-Star Game is solid evidence that he, above everyone else, isn't satisfied with all the wildly impressive performances he's had this year...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 2 months ago 31,745 reads 0 comments

  13. Jaylen Brown Remains Vital to Celtics Despite Inconsistent Rookie Season

    Life isn't easy when you're a 20-year-old NBA rookie. Especially one who was drafted by a competitive playoff team with high expectations and little margin for error, like Boston Celtics newbie Jaylen Brown...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 2 months ago 14,368 reads 13 comments

  14. Jae Crowder's Mixed Feelings About Boston Celtics Fans Should Be Mutual

    BOSTON— Every team in today’s NBA wants and needs someone like Jae Crowder . He’s strong and quick enough to defend multiple positions, and ignoring him beyond the arc has become a swift sentence...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 15,615 reads 28 comments

  15. Celtics Can't Join Eastern Elite Without Making a Statement Against Cavs

    The Boston Celtics are starting to look like the pseudo-contender most projected they'd be, and a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night—their seventh in ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 3,723 reads 8 comments

  16. How the Serge Ibaka Trade Set Up Oklahoma City's Future

    BOSTON — Even as Russell Westbrook turns the oceanic NBA into his very own above-ground swimming pool, the Oklahoma City Thunder have no choice but to look ahead...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 51,514 reads 28 comments

  17. How Kemba Walker Fixed His Shot and Became an Elite NBA Point Guard

    The NBA is filled with countless examples: Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose are inarguable liabilities from deep. Russell Westbrook —a career 30...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 14,787 reads 41 comments

  18. Kyle Lowry's Quiet, Dominant Season Comes with 1 Real Concern

    BOSTON — Forget about his dead-eye three-point shot, pick-and-roll wizardry or general relentlessness on every possession. Nothing is more impressive (and potentially worrisome) about Kyle Lowry ’s season than the minutes...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 34,350 reads 50 comments

  19. Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart Is Leading the NBA's Glue Guys

    It’s almost impossible to accurately quantify all the ways Marcus Smart makes the Boston Celtics a better team...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 8,550 reads 6 comments

  20. Don't Call Isaiah Thomas Anything Other Than 'Superstar'

    In today's star-driven NBA , one question has a seemingly endless number of answers: What defines a superstar? It's subjective, to say the least...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 23,838 reads 62 comments

  21. Kevin Durant Has Been Everything the Golden State Warriors Hoped For

    BOSTON — Friday afternoon, hours before the Golden State Warriors squashed the Boston Celtics 104-88, Kevin Durant folded his impossibly long frame into one of TD Garden's ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 73,321 reads 154 comments

  22. Avery Bradley Has Become the Boston Celtics' Latest Success Story

    Avery Bradley knows reputations die hard through the life of an NBA career. A 6’2” off guard who lacked the handle, court vision and outside shot to run an ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 6,681 reads 11 comments

  23. We're About to Find Out How Valuable Al Horford Will Be for the Celtics

    The Boston Celtics signed Al Horford for several obvious reasons that ultimately boil down to these two: (1) he makes them better and (2) he matches up well against the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 1,952 reads 0 comments

  24. Jae Crowder on the Verge of Becoming Boston Celtics' 3rd Star

    The road to an NBA championship is invisible without top-shelf talent. Right now, the Boston Celtics only have two players who’ve played in an All-Star Game...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 18,799 reads 24 comments

  25. Boston Celtics Insider: The Jaylen Brown Train Is About to Leave the Station

    Jaylen Brown’s initial “can someone please pinch me?” NBA moment came last Saturday night in an otherwise no-stakes exhibition between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 68,512 reads 63 comments