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How the Celtics went from future rulers of the NBA to rebuilding in 2 years
The 15 steps Boston basketball took to rise and fall before reachIng greatness. The Boston Celtics spent three years building a well-advertised future juggernaut that never really contended, and now that foundation is all but gone. With the news that the Celtics are preparing to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford this summer, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Boston basketball is in shambles. With its two best players gone and cap space only available to recoup one star over the summer, the Celtics may have their cards played out for them. After holding tight to young forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum while running for a title, they may become the star pieces of a rebuild instead. This isn’t what GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics wanted. The fever-pitch dream that the collection of assets gained from the 2013 trade with the Nets would coalesce into a perennial title contender is over. Back-to-back years of signing premier free agents and drafting prospects with star-potential will amount to zero NBA Finals appearances, much less titles. Here’s how the Celtics failed to go from good to great. June, 2017: The Celtics miss on Paul George In pursuit of adding another superstar, GM Danny Ainge reportedly offered the Brooklyn Nets’ pick which eventually turned into the No. 1 selection for George before the 2017 trade deadline. The Pacers passed. Then, on draft night, the team offered three first-round picks and two starters (one being Jae Crowder) to get George, per Jeff Goodman. Why didn’t Boston offer more of its war chest for George? Several factors contributed, including the fear of George being a one-year rental and the forthcoming addition of Gordon Hayward in free agency. But the unexpected news that the salary cap number would come in lower than initially projected also made it difficult for the Celtics to script a scenario where they got both George and Hayward. In a sense, they had to choose one or the other. In the end, the Celtics’ initial offer was strong, but Indiana ultimately accepted a deal with the Thunder before free agency officially began. Aug. 22, 2017: The Celtics trade Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving But later that summer, Boston got its star. Ainge executed a controversial deal when he shipped fan-favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package for a younger and more proven superstar in Irving. The Cavaliers guard had requested a trade in the month prior, and Ainge took a gamble by dealing the leading scorer from a 53-win team, along with solid role player Jae Crowder and the final Brooklyn unprotected first-round pick. Thomas’s health was in question, though, after suffering a hip injury that kept him out of the last three-and-a-half games of the Eastern Conference Finals. In the end, he didn’t return for the Cavaliers until midway through the 2017-18 season. Thomas was a fraction of himself at that point, and was subsequently traded to the Lakers after 15 games. From a purely basketball perspective, this deal turned into a robbery for Boston. Oct. 18, 2017: Gordon Hayward fractures his tibia In the opening quarter of the Celtics’ first season with its championship-ready roster, Hayward suffered an infamously gruesome injury. A fractured tibia and dislocated ankle ended his season before it really began and robbed Boston of its prized free-agent acquisition. He missed the rest of the season and hasn’t been the same player since. March 24, 2018: Kyrie Irving’s knee trouble The Celtics stayed near the top of the East despite losing Hayward, but their luck changed when Irving had a “minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee.” The procedure was related to the torn patella he suffered in the 2015 Finals, and though he was only supposed to miss six weeks at most, he was eventually ruled out for the season. May 2018: The Celtics go on a postseason run anyway Despite losing two stars, Horford, along with the kids — Brown, Tatum, and Terry Rozier — went on a postseason run that shocked most. They knocked off the Bucks in seven games in the first round, the Sixers in five in the second, and fell just short to LeBron’s Cavaliers in seven. Tatum averaged 19 points per game, Brown 18, Rozier 17 and Horford 16. Surely a healthy Celtics team could win it all. June/July 2018: The Celtics refuse to offer the pieces to land Kawhi Leonard Leonard’s trade request was complicated and messy, and his long-term desires and health status were murky at best. In Ainge’s mind, trading for a player who’d seen the floor just nine games in the season prior was a risk, and that risk only multiplied with Leonard set to become an unrestricted free agent. So, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Boston refused to add either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown into an offer for the inevitable Finals MVP. That looks like a bad decision now. Oct. 4, 2018: Irving pledges his commitment to the Celtics Unprompted, Irving told a TD Garden audience before the season begun that he’d re-sign with the team when his contract expired in 2019. “I’ve shared it with some of my teammates as well as the organization as well as everyone else in Boston. If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here next year,” he said. “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.” - @KyrieIrving— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 4, 2018 (Oops!) Nov. 12, 2018: Irving sounds off, Part 1 After a loss in Portland dropped Boston to a 7-6 record, Irving threw shade at his teammates. “We’re not as good as we think we are,” Irving said. “That’s what it comes down to.” Then he stated the need for an older presence. “Right now I think it would be nice if we had someone that was a 15-year vet” Irving said. “A 14-year vet that could kind of help us race along the regular season and understand it’s a long marathon rather than just a full-on sprint.” Nov. 20, 2018: Hayward offers to come off the bench Hayward’s recovery from injury was slow and trying. He offered to play a role off the bench, and Boston obliged. But according to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Hayward’s play, and the way coach Brad Stevens handled his return from injury, was at the root of the Celtics locker room problems. “You hate to pick on Gordon Hayward because he was coming back from injury and he was doing the best he could in a tough situation,” MacMullan said in an NBC Sports Boston video. “But I really think that’s where it started. They were force-feeding him on his teammates. Brad [Stevens] knew Gordon well. He wanted to get him his confidence back. “He gave the benefit of the doubt over and over and over to a player that wasn’t ready, to a guy who had history with him, and it rankled that locker room, and it bothered that locker room,” MacMullan said. Jan. 12, 2019: Irving sounds off, Part 2 In the closing seconds of a road game against Orlando, Irving wasn’t given the last-second shot. The ball landed in Jayson Tatum’s hands instead, and he missed a baseline fadeaway. After the game, Irving went off. “The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team,” Irving said, per Yahoo’s Keith Smith. “What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?” “There were no expectations last year. Everyone played free and easy. Everyone surpassed whatever they expected for themselves. This year? We all have high expectations. The players, the coaches, everyone. And that’s good, but we aren’t doing it yet.” Jan. 17, 2019: Irving apologizes to LeBron James Just days after his meltdown after Tatum’s missed shot, Irving stole the spotlight from his Boston teammates, who’d just beaten the inevitable champion Raptors by nine points. Unprompted, Irving told the media he made up with James after the trade request from Cleveland. “I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything at my threshold. I wanted to be all that and the responsibility of being the best in the world, and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people. Bron was one of those guys who came to Cleveland and tried to show us how to win a championship.” Feb. 1, 2019: Irving goes back on his verbal promise Four months after he said he’d re-sign in Boston, Kyrie, while in New York for a game against a Knicks team linked heavily with him in free agency, changed his mind. “I don’t owe anybody shit.” Feb. 10, 2019: Marcus Morris said the team isn’t fun Here's the full exchange Kyrie Irving had with reporters about that video with Kevin Durant:— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 21, 2019 Morale sunk another notch when Morris spoke out after a loss to the Clippers, in which Boston forfeited a 28-point lead to lose by 11, “We don’t have no attitude. We don’t have no toughness. We ain’t having fun. It’s going to be a long season.” ▶️ Marcus Morris Sr. keeps it real about the Celtics loss and how he feels the team has been playing lately— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 10, 2019 “I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they’re jumping on the court, they’re doing all other stuff that looks like they’re enjoying their teammates’ success,” Morris said. “They’re enjoying everything and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals. “It hasn’t been fun for a long time.” Feb. 20, 2019: Kyrie doesn’t like questioning about conversation with Kevin Durant Later, Irving sounded off on a reporter who asked about a conversation that went viral between Kevin Durant and the Celtics star during the All-Star break. Fans presumed it was an impromptu free agency discussion. In the discourse (which can be seen here) Irving questions the legitimacy of the internet, the question, why he needs to explain himself, and more. “Is the internet real for you in your life? It’s my life, right? It’s two people talking, having a conversation. If this was the real world would it be anybody else’s business? But it’s a video of somebody assuming what we’re talking about, right? So why would I care about it? Why does that have an impact on my life?” The full transcript is here: Here's the full exchange Kyrie Irving had with reporters about that video with Kevin Durant:— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 21, 2019 May 2019: The Celtics lost to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games After routing Milwaukee in Game 1, Boston fell meekly the next four games to end its disappointing season. Irving shot a dismal 35 percent from the field in the five games, scoring 20 points on 21 shots per game. Boston may have been as close to fully healthy as it had been in years, but its spirit was broken and they were exposed against a much better team. That was the beginning of the end. Rumors soon followed that Irving was likely to sign with the Nets this summer, the Celtics lost out on Anthony Davis, and now Horford’s departure seems like a foregone conclusion. The Celtics as we knew them are over. Nothing about this team ever felt right. Now, Irving and Horford are likely packing their bags and leaving the Celtics to ponder what might have been.
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Max Landis Told Everyone He Was Awful. That Made His Alleged Abuse Harder to Spot.
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Brawl erupts between parents, coaches at youth baseball game
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Mike Conley Jr. "excited" for new start with Utah Jazz
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Boyz in the Wood review – macabre rural teen horror-comedy
A group of youngsters stuck in the Scottish countryside become the hunted in Ninian Doff’s wacky mashup Music video director Ninian Doff makes his feature debut with this cheerfully macabre folk horror-comedy set in the rural wilderness. Very often, comedy-horror is a tricky style with each of the two notional genres being alibis for the other’s absence: ie, neither funny nor scary. Not here, though. Boyz in the Wood isn’t perfect (there isn’t really a wood in it as such and the title is a bit strained), but there’s likable wackiness and weirdness, one or two sizable laughs and a very bizarre deus ex machina moment. Doff has mashed up bits of Trainspotting with The League of Gentlemen and some grisly imaginings of his own.After burning down their school toilet block during an ill-advised attempt to investigate whether human faeces is flammable, three teenagers are faced with a stark choice: exclusion or a mandatory Duke of Edinburgh’s award-scheme expedition: learning wholesome values by hiking and camping in the Scottish Highlands. Our three amigos – Dean (Rian Gordon), Duncan (Lewis Gribben) and DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja) – reluctantly opt for the camping but to their horror find themselves joined by a fourth person on the minibus out there: Ian (Samuel Bottomley), a nerdy do-gooder and insufferable DofE enthusiast who has come on this trip of own free will, because he thinks it will look great on his application for uni.And so the four of them trudge off into great outdoors, with would-be hip-hop star DJ Beatroot nervous that his mates will discover that his given name is William DeBeauvoir and that he is quite as middle-class as Ian. But they have greater problems than that: a sinister figure in upper-class “laird” clothes and a mask appears with a hunting rifle, keen to cull delinquent post-millennials the way he culls deer. The terrified boys get it into their addled heads that he is the Duke of Edinburgh himself, and his masked and similarly murderous wife figure … well, who on earth can she be? It is an entertaining idea. The four guys in Deliverance faced vicious hillbillies; the four kids here face vicious posh people. And Ian has some nice lines. At one particularly horrible moment, he stammers: “I’ve never seen a murder before – I’m homeschooled.” There is also an entertaining misunderstanding when Ian says how keen he is on “orienteering” and DJ Beatroot takes some serious umbrage at his racism because he thought Ian said “orientalism”.I was a bit less keen on the subplot about the farcically incompetent police played by Kate Dickie, Alice Lowe and Kevin Guthrie, who are on the trail of what they imagine to be a terrorist gang, having previously investigated a local bread thief. As so often in indie British films, the comedy here comes a bit close to kids’ TV circa 1971, but the performances are game enough. It’s also nice to see James Cosmo in the role of a farmer with unexpected musical tastes – Cosmo is virtually a talismanic figure – and Eddie Izzard, who has a very honourable track record of supporting independent Brit cinema with his presence. A high-energy start to the Edinburgh film festival. Continue reading...
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Rory Stewart's exit means the Tories have now given up on reality
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Why each AFC East team will go over and under their Vegas win total in 2019
Vegas win totals are set for the 2019 season. With teams through their offseason workout program, it’s time to consider where each team will land. The true NFL offseason is officially upon us. Mandatory minicamp has come to a close and players from all 32 teams have gone their separate ways. Most players will get some vacation time in while continuing to work out in preparation for the return to training camp in late July. Once training camp arrives, the road to Super Bowl 54 begins in earnest. Each year, sports bettors are able to wager on where they think each team will finish up in the win column. Sportsbooks release a number for a team’s win total and you can bet over or under that number. If you land on the number, it’s a push, or tie. Below are win totals for the four teams in the NFC West. The number in parenthesis is the juice on the over and the under. For example, if you bet the over on 11 wins for the Patriots, the payout is -140 (you bet $140 to win $100). If you bet the under, the payout is +120 (you bet $100 to win $120). That means the over is the favorite. Sportsbooks are not predicting each team will win the number of games on the win total. Rather, they are setting a number so that they can get a similar amount of money on both sides of the wager. They do not want an extensive liability on one side or the other since then they would be relying on a specific outcome. With even money on both sides of a wager, the house will profit more often than not. Now that roster overhauls are mostly complete and teams have finished up spring workouts, we took a few minutes to chat with site managers from each SB Nation team blog. They offered reasons why their team could end up over the win total and why their team could end up under the win total. The sites pay close attention to their teams and have more insight than your average national reporter. New England Patriots: 11 (-140, +120) — Pats Pulpit Why over: Fun (at least when you’re from the northeastern regions of the country) fact: over the ten-year span since Tom Brady returned from an ACL tear that cost him all of 2008, the Patriots averaged 11.3 wins per regular season. The only times they failed to win more than 11 came in 2009, Brady’s first season back, and last year when they went 11-5. So just going by probabilities, you should take the over. The Patriots have also shown in 2018 that the dynasty is still alive and well. And while the team has suffered considerable losses since winning the Super Bowl, Brady, Belichick, and company should never be betted against – especially considering that they will go against three divisions this year that are projected to be rather inconsistent: the AFC and NFC East as well as the AFC North. Why under: Before lifting the Lombardi Trophy to cap the 2018 season, the Patriots won 11 regular season games. Problem is – at least as things stand today – that the team has gotten worse since then: gone are Rob Gronkowski, Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, and seven assistant coaches. Drafting N’Keal Harry in round one should help a bit, yes, but Bill Belichick and company still need to do a mighty fine job of getting him and the rest of the offseason acquisitions up to speed quickly to help replace Gronkowski, Flowers and company. If they fail to do that to a sufficient degree, or if the injury bug bites key players such as Tom Brady, New England could very well fall below 11 victories for the first time since 2009. New York Jets: 7.5 (-110, -110) — Gang Green Nation Why over: They’ve invested heavily on both sides of the ball, but those offensive investments are what could get this team up to .500 or better. Adding Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, and Kelechi Osemele are key talent infusions, and Sam Darnold is coming off a solid rookie year that was overshadowed by Baker Mayfield. The on-field additions are big, but the move to new head coach Adam Gase could be the key in 2019. We saw all sorts of drama between him and Mike Maccagnan before the latter was abruptly fired in May. This roster is not yet built for sustained long-term success, or even clear-cut playoff contender success, but there’s enough talent on the table to get this team to .500. Why under: The Jets have made some solid additions via the draft, but the bulk of their impact additions have been free agent signings. The talent is intriguing, but focusing roster-building on overpaying in free agency is something that often does not pay significant dividends. Add in the drama surrounding Gase-Maccagnan and Gase’s track record as a head coach, and things could go south in a hurry. Buffalo Bills: 6.5 (-130, +110) — Buffalo Rumblings Why over: The Bills will not be playoff contenders in 2019, but their offseason additions point to a team that could easily get the one more win necessary over 2018 to hit the over. They surrounded Josh Allen with upgrades at virtually every single position, and while the ceilings for some of those players are relatively low long-term, they are solid additions for 2019. Veteran tackle Ty Nsekhe, guard Spencer Long, and center Mitch Morse will help, and rookie guard Cody Ford is a solid core addition. The Bills added defensive tackle Ed Oliver through the draft. They are coming off a -5 turnover differential, and if that number can move back toward the mean, this is a team that could flirt with .500. Why under: The biggest question mark could be the ground game. The team added notable veteran Frank Gore to the backfield and drafted Devin Singletary in the third round. Those two plus LeSean McCoy don’t exactly wow for the time being. If the ground game is ineffective and the offense is laid on Josh Allen’s shoulders, things could get ugly. Miami Dolphins: 5 (Even, -120) — The Phinsider Why over: The Dolphins have more talent than people realize, especially as everyone lost to injury last year begins returning this year. Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and Brice Butler are a solid wide receiver group that can have periods of domination when they start using their speed. Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage should be a powerful 1-2 at running back. Mike Gesicki should grow into his role as the starting tight end in his second season. Xavien Howard, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Reshad Jones, and Bobby McCain make up four of the five defensive backs positions - then add in TJ. McDonald who can play up the box as a thumping safety/linebacker mix. Raekwon McMillan, Jerome Baker, and Kiko Alonso are solid linebackers when they are put in the right role - and McMillan and Baker are just growing into the NFL. There is a lot of talent that just needs to be put together - plus the addition of Josh Rosen. Why under: The offensive line is still a giant question mark, the pass rush has to be discovered still, and the Dolphins are getting really young, really fast. If position groups and the entire offense/defense are not able to come together, or any of the young players are unable to live up to expectations, it could be a long year. At quarterback, the Dolphins will either be relying on Ryan Fitzpatrick and hoping for Fitzmagic more than Fitztragic, or on Rosen and hoping he learned as a rookie in Arizona and will now play like the franchise quarterback he may be. If neither quarterback can do those things, Miami will struggle to find their way to five wins.
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