It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4. The chatter about an NBA Finals' matchup of two teams with unblemished playoff records is gone, but the challenge from the Celtics has sharpened the focus of the defending champs. Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Celtics team that isn't backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit in the series.
ESPN.com news services The Raptors on Thursday acquired a future second-round draft pick from the Magic in exchange for Jeff Weltman, who was released from his contract with Toronto and hired by Orlando as president of basketball operations. According to multiple reports, the Magic will send one of their two second-round picks in the 2018 draft to the Raptors. Besides its own pick, Orlando also owns the Los Angeles Lakers' second-round pick in 2018 (acquired as part of the Dwight Howard trade in 2012) and will send the lesser of the two to Toronto. Weltman, who was promoted by the Raptors to their general manager position last September, was hired by the Magic this week and formally introduced
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The Summer of 2017 is a big deal for the Milwaukee Bucks. We already discussed (at length) the team’s coaching situation with Jason Kidd at the helm, and we now move on to discuss a different topic: the center position. Despite our endorsement of a new direction, Jason Kidd appears to be firmly planted on the bench, even as the team’s surprise search for a new general manager moves ahead. Knowing that, his strategies and schemes will likely stay put as well, which means it is important to understand what the team needs from certain positions. Considering Milwaukee’s roster situation, no position is more nebulous than the center position. The reason for this dilemma? Each