The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
The first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals have been embarrassing, for both the Boston Celtics and the NBA. Boston has lost both games on its home court to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 57 points. Kameron Duncan of King James Gospel explores how the Cavs have beaten the Celtics in each game, from getting to the free throw line in Game 1 to the suffocating defense of Game 2.
After the Chicago Bulls lost their first-round series to the Boston Celtics, they were left with a mismatched roster, little in the way of long-term talent beyond Jimmy Butler, and the 16th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Aaron Pearlstein of Chicago Bulls Confidential takes a look at several possible picks the Bulls have been connected with, including North Carolina forward Justin Jackson — possibly the best three-point shooter in the entire draft.
Making the All-NBA Third Team this season puts Washington Wizards point guard John Wall in an interesting position for next year. Should he make an All-NBA Team yet again, he’ll be eligible for a super-max extension in 2018, but is Wall worthy of such money? Tom Ziller of SBNation thinks it over and looks at the odds that Wall will make an All-NBA Team in 2018.
With the playoffs whittled down to the final four teams and the draft lottery now over, it’s time for the majority of the NBA to start thinking about draft picks next month. Joel Brigham, Michael Scotto, Moke Hamilton, and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders did their third 2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft, looking at every team in the first round and where they believe the players will fall.
Despite other leagues, such as the NHL, having success with the relative parity of their playoffs, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sees no problem with the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are a combined 20-0 so far this year. While other sports can boast that anybody can win if it gets into the postseason, it seems that Cavs-Warriors has become a yearly foregone conclusion. Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie takes a look at the impact of this dynamic.