Well, how about that for an NBA news week! Kevin Durant almost dropped a 50-point triple-double. Doc Rivers added, not one, but two more to the list of largest blown leads of the last two postseasons (he’s now coached four of the largest five blown leads: two each with the Clippers and Sixers).
That’s because this deal does two things: 1) Believe it or not, it makes the Celtics better in the here and now, and 2) It might make them into a player for Kyle Lowry this off-season. Let’s start with the first thing before we careen towards the “Darkest Timeline” — in which Kyle Lowry beats the Raptors while wearing Celtics f’ing Green. Absolutely horrifying to think about.
The Toronto Raptors and head coach Nick Nurse are going to get a sneak peek at some very intriguing future NBA prospects over the next few weeks. With a dearth of big men on this year's Canadian Senior Men's National team, Canada has opted to go with a pair of younger prospects in Purdue's Zach Edey and soon-to-be Alabama center Charles Bediako. Bediako is a 6-foot-11, 19-year-old from St. Catherines, Ontario who is heading into his freshman season with the Crimson Tide next season.