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|The Boston Celtics (and 3 other teams) are having a bad start to free agency
"Thereís been plenty of good and bad so far in NBA free agency, but the Boston Celtics and three other teams are off to terrible starts.
Itís the happiest time of the year in the NBA, and that fact is compounded with the combination of the draft and free agency in the same week. Of course, if itís not a happy time, itís the absolute worst time, and for a handful of teams (led by the Boston Celtics), itís been downright awful.
Letís take a look at just why the Celtics have had a terrible time so far, and then weíll go on to a few other teams having just as bad of a time.
Why the Boston Celtics are having a miserable free agency
The Boston Celtics always seem to be on the verge of making a big deal for a star, only to decide theyíre fine without a blockbuster trade and come up just short in the end. Over the last couple of seasons, itís even worse than that. Not only have the Celtics been unable to swing a big deal for a star or two, theyíve been losing their own.
Last season they lost Kyrie Irving in free agency, receiving nothing in return. While considering how poorly the relationship was by the end of Irvingís time in Boston, itís fair to say that getting him out of the locker room was a win by itself, but itís still a poor result for a max-level player.
This time around, they lost Gordon Hayward also for nothing. He opted out of his $34 million 2020-21 salary, and while he and the team were apparently working to find a sign-and-trade in order to maximize him as an asset, he ended up departing to the Charlotte Hornets and signing a gigantic four-year, $120 million deal.
That contract is certainly an overpay and not something the Celtics should have tried to match, but losing top-end players and replacing them with nothing so far isnít the best way to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Maybe the Celtics will turn it around, but so far theyíre one of our headlining teams for Bad Times During Free Agency." Houston Rockets Face Masks
"Monday night saw the No.1 seed Milwaukee Bucks open their Eastern Conference semi-final matchup in the NBA playoffs with the Miami Heat. For anybody who has watched the Heat play this season, especially in Orlando, youíll know that we were going to be in for an exhilarating series here. And Game 1 was just that.
There was plenty going on in this one, and if this game was a benchmark for the rest of this series then itís going to be a special one. The Bucks havenít looked themselves through their time in Orlando and thatís pretty worrying. But, when you have Giannis Antetokounmpo on your team, surrounded by the depth that he is, then all form goes out the window. The Heat, however, had different ideas, and the area of the game that effectively gave them the basis to go on and clinch this opening game was a surprising one.
The Milwaukee Bucks have the best interior defense in the entire NBA this season, allowing just 38.7 points in the paint per game, while the Heat rank 28th in scoring in the paint, with 43.9 points per game coming in that area. So youíve got the best defense inside against one of the worst offenses inside. That doesnít seem like a great thing considering the task that the Heat was coming up against in Giannis and the Bucks. But, that narrative didnít seem to matter to head coach Erik Spoelstra and his team." Washington Wizards Face Masks
"Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler went off for 40 points in 36 minutes of play on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks, securing his team a Game 1 victory in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
He became only the third-ever member of the Heat to drop 40 in a playoff game, putting him in excellent company amidst former Heatles LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and made headlines after disclosing he didnít invite any family to the NBA bubble, calling it strictly a ďbusiness trip.Ē
(Virgos will Virgo.)
But despite Butlerís dominating offense and strong work ethic both being a thing of beauty, they arenít the sole reason that Miami came out on top.
New best friend Goran Dragic scored 27 flashy points of his own, shooting a whopping 60 percent from the field (including 40 percent from downtown) and knocking down all seven of his free throws. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists, hitting everyone with a friendly reminder of what it truly means to be a well-rounded point guard.
Bam Adebayo also carried his weight (all 250-plus lbs of it and then some), collecting an impressive 17 rebounds, alongside 12 points, six assists and two steals. And perhaps even more importantly, he held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 18 points and 10 rebounds Ė a modest statline for the former MVP."
"The Miami Heat swept the Indiana Pacers 4-0 in the first round of the NBA playoffs, leaving the Pacers searching for answers.
Before the playoffs began, all the NBA playoffs matchups were laid out and the Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat series seemed to be on the top of the list as the evenest matchup along with the Jazz-Nuggets series. It turns out that Pacers vs Heat wasnít anything like the series between Denver and Utah who went to a crunching Game 7 and ultimately Denver came out on top. In four games, the Miami Heat had swept their competition and it was a shock.
The shock wasnít so much at Miamiís success as it was at Indianaís failure. The Heat looked to be serious contenders in the East when they almost beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA bubble seeding games until Milwaukee climbed back from their 20-point deficit. Likewise, we watched the Pacers all season and were impressed with how they played.
They even finished ahead of the Heat in the regular season in the fourth and the Heat being the fifth. The Pacers finished the season at 45-28 and the Heat 44-29. So, they were pretty even Ė very even Ė at least during the regular season, but this wasnít the case in the playoffs.
The entire series was cringe-worthy. As we take a look at each game one-by-one, the Heat managed to come out the winner and the Pacers sat dazed and confused on how to approach their competition. It is not easy to see how this happened, but it is worth taking an analytical look at the series now that it is over. The expectations for the Pacers, to say the least, had dropped drastically by the end of it all." Los Angeles Clippers Face Masks
Grading all four Charlotte Hornets picks in the 2020 NBA draft
"The Charlotte Hornets took a leap forward with the picks in the 2020 NBA draft. Letís grade their four picks.
Since the Charlotte Hornets traded Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics they have been lacking star power. They have not had a player who can take over the game and drag the team to a win the way Walker could since he left.
It is not as though general manager Mike Kupchak made any significant deals on draft night. All he did was select players in the order that was allotted to him, with the exception of trading for the 42nd pick by giving up a 2024 second-round draft pick.
The Hornets ended up with four picks in the 2020 draft. Their first was pick No. 3. They then had two second-round picks before trading for the third. They have several holes in their roster, some of which were addressed with this draft.
Some of the areas the Charlotte Hornets needed to address with the draft.
While the Hornets guard play last season was dynamic with Terry Rozier and DeVonteí Graham, they are undersized with both players standing only 6í1″. The Toronto Raptors have a similar-sized backcourt but both their players play above their size, the Hornets pair do not.
The next area the Hornets needed to address was their issues at center. While Cody Zeller is a solid worker, they need a rim protector as they gave up the highest field goal percentage in the NBA last season.
They also needed to address the fact that they were the lowest-scoring team in the league, averaging just 102.9 points per game. Despite all of these weaknesses the Hornets still managed to finish ninth in the East last season. Letís now grade these picks."