The NBA’s 'One-and-Done’ rule was never the NCAA’s decision. It was the NBA that implemented the rule in 2006 that ended up drastically changing the college basketball landscape and turned it into nothing more than a stepping stone on the way to the NBA rather than its own individual entity. Now, the NCAA is asking that the NBA put an end to the 'One-and-Done’ rule once and for all.
Wow. What a game. Marcus Smart came back, (I know that's the 9 millionth time in the past 5 hours you've heard that), Semi Ojeleye held Giannis to his worst game of the series, (yes, you read the right), Al played like the All-Star that he is, and the Bucks shooting came crashing back down to Earth. But you didn't come here for a 7 sentence recap so without further ado, let's get to it!
In this installment of Morning Cup of Green, I am going to dive into the Kawhi Leonard drama, and the topic of whether or not the Boston Celtics should trade either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown to secure the NBA superstar.
The Celtics offense wasn't exactly a strength during the regular season. The backbone of their team all season was their 1st ranked defensive rating, but their offense was never a strong suit. The Celtics ranked 20th in points per game, 21st in field goal percentage, 20th in assists per game, and 14th in fewest turnovers per game. With an offense that wasn't lighting the league up to begin with, the question was clear going into the playoffs: take away the best scorer from a mediocre offensive team and what are you left with?
Watching the Philadelphia 76ers over the last month or so, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the idea of tanking. In case you’ve spent the last decade or so living under a rock, the term “tanking” refers to a team that plays its games with no intention of winning in order to secure high draft picks, or in the case of the NBA better odds in the draft lottery. The idea is clear. When a team realizes that it is not going to be able to contend for a championship, it has two options.
In this Celtics-Bucks series, there are two major storylines: The overperfomance of the injury-afflicted Boston Celtics and the underachievement that will inevitably be the Milwaukee Bucks short-lived playoff run, after Game 4. That would be a sweep, for those of you who aren't great with math.
By now, you have probably seen the clip of Eric Bledsoe claiming he does not know whoTerry Rozier is. After watching that, I am almost positive that there is not a single Celtics fan that actually likes Eric Bledsoe (as if there ever was..).
I would love to sit here and tell you I just watched a close, competitive game. However, I can't do that. The Celtics truly just took hold of the Bucks and ran away with Game 2 of this series in a never-in-question 120-106 victory.
During his All-Star press conference, Adam Silver dropped the news that the NBA is considering a change in the seeding format for the postseason, in which teams are seeded 1-16 based on record, regardless of conference. There would still be 8 teams from each conference, but it would allow for the two best teams to meet in the Finals, rather than the Western Conference Finals. Now that we're in the playoffs, we can glance at what this hypothetical would have meant if it were implemented this year.
The Boston Celtics have taken game one of their first-round NBA Playoff series vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. It was an entertaining game, to say the least. But when it was all said and done, the Celtics topped the Bucks 113-107 in OT.