The Boston Celtics’ season ended Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated them from the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 5 win at TD Garden. Up next for the C’s is the 2017 NBA Draft. The Celtics, if they keep the No. 1 pick, likely will take Washington guard Markelle Fultz. The Los Angeles Lakers probably would then select UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2. The draft really begins at No. 3, where the Philadelphia 76ers could go in several different directions. They could trade down a bit and acquire additional assets, take the best player available (likely Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum) or address a huge need at point guard by selecting De’Aaron Fox. The most unlikely scenario
The shakeups aren’t stopping on Alvin Gentry’s coaching staff. Just a week after the New Orleans Pelicans replaced assistant coach Robert Pack by luring in Denver Nuggets’ assistant Chris Finch, it appears another move is imminent. Phil Weber is no longer in his position as one of the three bench assistants, multiple league sources told The Advocate. Sam Mitchell has reportedly emerged a candidate for that vacant spot, according The Vertical. It means the only holdover next to Gentry on the bench is associate head coach Darren Erman, who is maintaining his role as the team’s defensive coordinator. Sources also confirmed player development coaches Kevin Hanson and Jamelle McMillan, who are holdovers
History has not always worked out for the best teams in the NBA. When teams come out of nowhere to topple the favorites, we’re reminded just how talented NBA players truly are. If you play in this league, then you’ve got skills. The Memphis Grizzlies entered their 2011 first-round contest against the San Antonio Spurs as the lowly No. 8 seed, but this proved to be irrelevant.