Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!
I hope you all got a chance to watch the Final Four last night – UCONN ending Florida’s 30-game winning streak! Kentucky winning yet another nail-biter with perhaps the most impressive freshman class in the history of NCAA basketball. All of which means we will get to watch a few solid NBA prospects in Julius Randle and Shabazz Napier Monday night. (Yes: I’m aware that most of UK’s team could declare themselves eligible for the draft, but the there are only three players on the team I feel are ready, and only one will be a top-ten pick.)
Ok – enough about college hoops. What is going on in the NBA this morning?
Only six games were played last night; get your scores, recaps, and video highlights here. [NBA.com]
Even though it’s Sunday, I’m still requiring you to take place in the Morning Shootaround. [NBA] You’ll thank me for it later.
Time for your Sunday Daily Dime, too. [ESPN]
We all know that the majority of fans watch the NBA because they want to see offense – deep threes! Ridiculous shots! Slam dunks! But you know what they say: defense wins championships, and here are five players deserving of the defensive player of the year award. [Dime]
What a weird season for the NBA, with two of its most successful franchises (Boston and Los Angeles) lottery-bound. Changes are coming for both franchises, including the possible exit of Pau Gasol from LA. [Sports Illustrated]
And speaking of changes, Jared Sullinger vows to come back a different Jared Sullinger after playing in the summer league during the upcoming offseason. [Masslive.com] Don’t come back too different, Sully! But maybe lay off the three-ball.