Good morning, Boston Celtics fans!
I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day – it was beautiful where I was, and we made the most of our day. My oldest son is finally old enough to understand Memorial Day, so we got to have a nice conversation about why we have this holiday. That was a nice moment – gotta enjoy those while you can! Enough sentimentality for one day – here are the daily links!
I don’t know about you, but I’m done with the Eastern Conference Finals – done, I say! Check out the recap and the video highlights of last night’s game four to see why I’m convinced the Pacers are cooked. [NBA.com] Thank you, Lance Stephenson, for providing LeBron James with a little extra bit of motivation!
Not helping Indiana’s cause is the wildly inconsistent play of Roy Hibbert. Blame his teammates for not getting him the ball; blame him for not being aggressive enough; blame the basketball gods for, well, everything – but check out this Tweet, which says it all:
Roy Hibbert had 0 pts last night. That’s his 4th game this postseason without a single point.
— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) May 27, 2014
Your Morning Shootaround opens up with a look at the Sacramento Kings’ interest in a trade for Kevin Love. [NBA] Hell, the folks at NBA.com could spend the next 29 days featuring a piece on why EVERY team in the NBA would like to be involved in a trade for Kevin Love.
Ever wonder how sports writers who spend the overwhelming majority of their lives covering the NBA and its teams see themselves and their jobs? I know I once considered going into journalism full-time – heck, the thought still crosses my mind from time to time – but it’s not all glory and glamour. Check out how Michael Lee over at the Washington Post describes his job, and then click here to read more of this piece over at Sports Illustrated:
On a basic level, my job is chronicling the day-to-day dealings of the Washington Wizards. I have to break news and write game stories, interesting features and trend pieces related to the team for the newspaper. I also have to provide analysis, commentary and expanded breakdowns in blog posts. When I’m not doing that, I have to keep readers engaged and involved by linking to the content and carrying on discussions with readers through social media. Trying to define this job was much easier in the days before we were in the age of 24-hour real-time media — when you could wake up in the morning with the thrill of breaking a story and knowing that people would be chasing you the rest of the day. Now, you might get 15 seconds of glory before someone has repackaged your work on a blog somewhere, while everyone is offering an opinion until it’s lost in the news cycle.
My last link of the day is not exactly Boston Celtics-centric, but it is useful for all fans of the boys in green in white, as it explains how one analytics guru is scouting each of the prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft. [Bleacher Report]