1. The Case for IT2: 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 4 days ago 31,152 reads 0 comments

  2. 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 12 days ago 14,132 reads 13 comments

  3. 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 20 days ago 15,580 reads 28 comments

  4. 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 27 days ago 3,710 reads 8 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 51,271 reads 28 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 14,663 reads 41 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 34,252 reads 50 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 8,476 reads 6 comments

  9. 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 2 months ago 23,742 reads 62 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 73,193 reads 154 comments

  11. 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 3 months ago 6,631 reads 11 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 1,938 reads 0 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 18,775 reads 24 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 68,368 reads 63 comments

  15. Celtics Insider: Boston Now Has Its Own 'Lineup of Death'

    Small ball is officially more norm than gimmick. In a league that's constantly evolving—10 years from now, new skills and player-types we haven't even imagined will be ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 91,039 reads 87 comments

  16. Boston Celtics Insider: Celts Are Among 2016-17's NBA Title Contenders

    Heading into any NBA season, no more than a handful of teams (typically four or five, at the most) boast the talent, depth and chemistry required to win a championship...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 6,453 reads 26 comments

  17. Boston Celtics Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    Nobody knows how close Kevin Durant was to signing with the Boston Celtics other than Kevin Durant. But right before the four-time scoring champion shoved the NBA ’s hope ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 5,706 reads 15 comments

  18. Kevin Durant, Warriors Set to Face Unprecedented Pressure After Joining Forces

    The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors may go down as the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Kevin Durant 's decision to join the same juggernaut that eliminated his Oklahoma ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 150,120 reads 558 comments

  19. Luol Deng's Huge Contract Is a Smart Gamble for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Luol Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday morning. It’s a smart gamble that gives the Lakers legitimate talent in a position of need...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 109,802 reads 188 comments

  20. Los Angeles Lakers Had No Choice with Timofey Mozgov's Massive Contract

    The Los Angeles Lakers cannon-balled into free agency late Thursday night by inking one of the most disconcerting contracts in recent NBA history...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 189,075 reads 335 comments

  21. Brandon Ingram on His NBA Future: 'I Don't Think I Have a Ceiling'

    Before Brandon Ingram makes his NBA debut, a rabid Los Angeles Lakers fanbase has already stacked an unreasonable amount of pressure on his willowy frame...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 10,510 reads 20 comments

  22. The Los Angeles Lakers Should Stay Away from Hassan Whiteside at All Costs

    Heading into free agency with more cap space than any other NBA team —and a clear desire to distance themselves from last year’s Kobe-centric sideshow—the Los ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 93,462 reads 187 comments

  23. Brandon Ingram Would Be Perfect Weapon for LA Lakers in Modern NBA

    Toward the conclusion of Brandon Ingram’s initial media scrum in Los Angeles, the lanky, prodigiously gifted prospect—who in all likelihood will be selected by the Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 26,788 reads 70 comments

  24. What If Ben Simmons Falls to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2?

    With the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely select whichever franchise-altering prospect the Philadelphia 76ers don’t: Louisiana State University’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 114,801 reads 181 comments

  25. Jordan Clarkson Is Ready for the Biggest Offseason of His Life

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — It’s a sleepy afternoon as Jordan Clarkson—dressed in spotless white vans, modishly torn jeans and a self-graffitied white hoodie—plops down for lunch...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 141,241 reads 196 comments