If The Celtics WIn A Road Trip, Does It Make A Sound? Looking At The All Star Weekend Events Part 1

If The Celtics WIn A Road Trip, Does It Make A Sound? Looking At The All Star Weekend Events Part 1

I am finally back from my travels and survived the Blizzard Juno. I was recently in Atlanta watching the first place Hawks break some franchise records and continue their dominating play against the Thunder and the Timberwolves. Now it’s time to take a look around the league with my weekly column. Boston Celtics Successful Road Trip The Celtics will finish their 5 game road trip with a game against the Timberwolves tonight. So far on this West Coast trip, the lucky charms have worked. Boston won 3 of the 4 games including one against the 3rd place Portland Trailblazers. What is more impressive is they almost walked out of Golden State with a victory, they fell 114-111 for their only loss on this trip so far. The revolving door of the Celtics roster is such a different challenfe for Brad Stevens, as he has to work with whoever is available for him with the amount of injuries and trades this roster experienced. The one thing that hasn’t changed for this club is their effort. We are seeing a nice bounce back season from castaway, Evan Turner. He was once the second pick overall. Turner has struggled to find a role on the 76ers (team that drafted him) or the Pacers (the team that traded for him then let him walk). Stevens has always discussed that he tries to find what players are good at and utilize those skills instead of to dwelling on what a player can’t do and try to improve that. We have seen the Celtics give Turner the ball and run point, especially lately with Rondo...
Life As A Media Member: Thunder vs Hawks January 23rd, 2015

Life As A Media Member: Thunder vs Hawks January 23rd, 2015

I went down to Atlanta to visit family and take in the Eastern Conference leaders, the Atlanta Hawks. The PR staff for Atlanta were kind enough to roll out the red carpet for Hoopscritic. First note, traffic is terrible in Atlanta. Actually, it’s terrible in every major city. Thankfully I left 30 minutes early to get to the arena by 5:30pm. Finding the Media Parking lot was no easy task in Atlanta. It’s actually under the highway. I found my way there after a few laps around the neighborhood and spend the better half of the decade finding a parking spot. But I made it. I head into the media entrance and see the media room is packed. Tons of national guys and Sekou Smith walks in behind me. I make my way to the room to pick up the game’s information. NBA teams have many more stats than the internet has such as: The Atlanta Hawks played host to the streaking Thunder, winner of 4 in a row and 7 of their last ten. Atlanta, the Eastern Conference’s best team looks to end that streak and continue their dominance against the Western Conference. Atlanta puts their 10-2 record against no conference teams to the test against Westbrook and Durant. With a win tonight against the Thunder, this Hawks team will set the franchise record for most consecutive wins. The Hawks have won 14 straight games coming into tonight’s match up. They have held double digit leads in each of those 14 games. Atlanta is 30-1 when holding a lead of at least 10 points during a game. To...