Dec 31, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs cheerleaders perform during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: May 22, 2014

Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!

Hope your Thursday morning is off to a good start – I know mine is, because today is my last day of work for the week, meaning Thursday is the new Friday!  Being a teacher does have its perks.

You know who I bet is NOT having a good Thursday morning so far?  That would be the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Without Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant and company are having a tough time scoring points.  Check out the game recap and video highlights of game two of the Western Conference Finals to see what I am talking about – the Thunder need help, and fast.

We all know the San Antonio Spurs are cruising toward the NBA Finals right now.  Here’s a Tweet that best sums up how dominant this team has been at home in these playoffs:


When you think of the Spurs, I’m sure we all think of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli.  Those in the know probably envision Kawhi Leonard, too – but it’s about time we all started giving Danny Green some loving, too.  Did you know he posted an outrageous +/- of +30 in game one of this series?  +30!  And last night he nailed 7 treys, which accounted for all 21 of his points.  Check out today’s Daily Dime to read more about the guy who might be defining the Spurs more than anyone thinks. For some reason, people still seem to believe that the Boston Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo, especially now that rumors have started to swirl that the Celtics have become a possible trading partner for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  I’m not really a fan of trading Rondo, and apparently neither is the author of the piece Why trading Rajon Rondo is still just a last resort option.   Here’s a little sample of why trading Rondo should be Boston’s plan Z:

Once again, look at the Final Four teams. Look at all the Championship winners.  They always have star players and usually they have multiple stars.  Star players are really, really hard to come by.  We’ve got one already in Rajon Rondo.  Trading him for more assets puts us back a step.

I don’t do a lot of long-distance flying, but Jared Sullinger does, and apparently this Tweet hit home with him!

#professionalathleteproblems, I guess.

Finally, now that we know which picks the Celtics have in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, it is time for the REAL mock drafts to take place.  I know I’ll be doing another one here at Hardwood Houdini soon, but until then, browse this piece to see why Julius Randle and Marcus Smart are too names you might want to familiarize yourselves with over the next month.

Hope you enjoy the reads!

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