May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 126-121 to win the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: May 4, 2014

Welcome to Sunday, Boston Celtics fans!

A few weeks ago, I was on a website (and for the life of me I can’t remember which one), reading a piece about why the NBA Playoffs are more exciting than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  At first, it seemed like one of those pieces that was either going to wind up being labelled satire or blasphemy.  The more I read, the more the argument made sense, though, and even if I didn’t find myself agreeing 100%, I didn’t find the piece laughable, either.

Fast forward to this weekend.  We’ve already had three game 7s, with two more on tap for tonight . . . PLUS, we had Damian Lillard delivering a throat-punch, knock-out blow to the Houston Rockets, eliminating Dwight Howard and company with a three-pointer at the buzzer.

WOW!  Suddenly, the “NBA playoffs > NCAA tourney” argument is impossible to ignore!

See for yourself: get your scores, recaps, and video highlights from all three of last night’s game 7s here.  []

Your Morning Shootaround opens with a preview of the Toronto Raptors – Brooklyn Nets game seven.  []  Could the Nets be the first road team to win a game 7 this weekend?

It’s not official yet, but word has leaked the name of the NBA’s MVP for 2013-20214, and it’s . . . . [Sports Illustrated]

No offense, Golden State, but as today’s Daily Dime points out, the Los Angeles Clippers really NEEDED to win that first-round series.  [ESPN]

Legendary member of Boston Celtics lore Larry Bird can breathe a sigh of relief . . . for now, as the Indiana Pacers may have only experienced a temporary respite from the chemistry issues that have plagued this team.  [Bleacher Report]

I wrote about the need for the Boston Celtics to make sure they have an elite backcourt pairing in order to compete in the Eastern Conference, so these final two pieces are worth considering: one involves the uncertain future of Avery Bradley [Boston Herald], while the other has to do with rumors that the Houston Rockets may be reaching out to the Celtics to inquire about Rajon Rondo [Bleacher Report].

Stunners!  Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!


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