Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) celebrates on the bench in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AT&T Center. The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: One For The Thumb Edition

All right, Boston Celtics fans!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I would go insane if the Miami Heat managed to three-peat.

Thank you, San Antonio!

After yet another blowout win, the Spurs hoisted their fifth Larry O’Brien Trophy in fifteen years, with this year’s squad earning the moniker “Best Spurs Team Ever” according to this article:

Comparing championships is like comparing children, the saying goes, but perhaps this is the right time to make an exception. You see, the Spurs called their fifth title the sweetest, and it might have been their best, too. . . 

“This is the best Spurs championship team that [coach Gregg Popovich] has coached,” said Brent Barry, who won titles with San Antonio in 2005 and 2007. “It’s not a question. This is as complete a team as there is and has been. They can stack up against champions from any era.”

 The Spurs’ domination of the Heat was breath-taking, entirely surprising, and as it turns out, record-breaking:

The stat

70 - Total point differential of The Finals.

The context

That’s the largest point differential in Finals history, surpassing the Boston Celtics’ plus-63 in the 1965 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat won Game 2 by two points, while the Spurs won Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 by an average of 18.0.

Even the people here at FanSided who picked the Spurs to win the series could not have seen such utter destruction.  It may not have been good for the TV ratings, but I have to admit: it sure made me feel pretty good!

For all of you NBA-hopefuls out there, this is what it looks like to want to win an NBA championship:


Now that the bid for a three-peat is six feet under, there will be a lot of speculation over what becomes of Miami’s Big Three this offseason.  Check out the following video from SI.com for some possible scenarios.

Shifting gears toward the world of the Boston Celtics, we all know Danny Ainge is a wheeler and dealer; he didn’t get the nickname Trader Danny for nothing, you know!  Word on the street today is that the Celtics are set to acquire a second round pick for the 2014 NBA Draft:

“With the players they are inviting for workouts and from what agents are hearing, fully expect the Celtics to trade to get back into the second round,” Washburn wrote in his Sunday notes column.

Despite not having a second-round selection, the Celtics have worked out many prospects expected to go in that range, doing their due diligence just in case the opportunity to net a good player late in the draft presents itself.

It’s just speculation right now, but it makes perfect sense for the Celtics to do this.  We’ll follow that, along with many other stories, here at Hardwood Houdini, so thanks for the reads, and keep checking in with me!

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