Boston Celtics on the verge

One of the leading sub-plots during the summer of Kevin Durant’s OKC departure was the Boston Celtics continuing their rise up the ladder of contenders. Lost in the chaos is the answer to this question: Where do Brad Stevens’ C’s go from here? The 2015-16 Boston Celtics won 48 games in their third season of the Brad Stevens-era rebuild. Celtics fans

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The College Tailgate Basketball Podcast Episode 1

The College Tailgate launches its podcast network with this NBA podcast hosted by Grant Becker featuring Ryan Patterson. They talk about the NBA all-star selections, Blake Griffin’s “incident,” the playoff races, under the radar rookies, who they would take second overall and they dissect a few trade rumors.

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My All-NBA Picks

It’s safe to say that after 79  or 80 games, the best players in the league have separated themselves from the pack. Here are my picks for the top-15 players (roughly) in the league, adhering to the NBA’s ballot, with two guards, two forwards and one center per team.   First Team Guard: Stephen Curry, Golden State– Steph is having the

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Why the Clippers won’t win the NBA Championship

Chris Paul is without a doubt one of the best point guards in the NBA, Blake Griffin is one of the most athletically rounded players in the league, and DeAndre Jordan has emerged as a premier rim protector and superior big man.  So will this be the year the Los Angeles Clippers win the NBA championship? No it will not.

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The 2015 NBA All-Athletic Team

Seeing Thunder guard Russell Westbrook hit his head on the backboard at the All-Star game on Sunday got me thinking: Who are some other players in the league who might accidentally hurt themselves from jumping too high near the rim? Obviously, the list would be quite lengthy, since the NBA generally has the most athletic players in the world, in

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My NBA All-Star Ballot

Believe it or not, the NBA regular season is at its halfway point. And while the All-Star game in New York isn’t for another three-and-a-half weeks, fan voting is closed, so the rosters are basically already decided. Whether it’s a good idea to name someone an All-Star after a mere 40-game sample is a discussion for another time, so I

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7 Thoughts About the NBA’s First 7 Weeks

By Ryan Patterson Basketball is fun. The NBA is basketball played by grown men who are paid seven and eight figures annually. So, it stands to reason that the NBA is, on a nightly basis, the most fun basketball in the world. While some people may disagree with this, it is nearly impossible to argue that this season has been

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