Game Three Focus: How Brad Stevens’ Exploited A Miami Weakness

By Matt Esposito After the Boston Celtics Game Two implosion, you did not have to search far to find shamrock fans sharpening their pitchforks. The mob was out for coach Brad Stevens, mostly for his failure to call a third quarter timeout and some personnel decisions. My own analysis found the players guilty of notContinue reading “Game Three Focus: How Brad Stevens’ Exploited A Miami Weakness”

Film Review: Why Jaylen Brown Was Upset After Game Two

by Matt Esposito When I was 19, my podiatrist botched an attempt to remove an in-grown toenail. Pain ensued. Games One and Two of the Eastern Conference Finals have felt a little something like that. Apparently, fans were not the only ones who were frustrated. Once more, Boston found themselves surrendering a sizable lead duringContinue reading “Film Review: Why Jaylen Brown Was Upset After Game Two”

Quick Defensive Fixes For Boston To Win Game Two

By Matt Esposito One time, just to stay abreast of GOP dogma, I hate-read conservative author George Will’s 600+ page tome on the state of American government. It cost me 9 days, some fine bourbon and part of my hairline. I’d rather do that again than watch Boston stumble their way into blowing 4th quarterContinue reading “Quick Defensive Fixes For Boston To Win Game Two”

The Celtics Must Prepare For These Specific Miami Sets

By Matt Esposito Despite being a renowned, beachfront metropolis brimming with beautiful shades of life, there are Miami-related topics still being under discussed. Will Floridian opportunity zones increase income inequality under the guise of gainful employment for impoverished citizens? Did Will Smith really “party in the city til the break of dawn?” How is CoachContinue reading “The Celtics Must Prepare For These Specific Miami Sets”

Film Review: How Los Angeles Drastically Lowered James Harden’s Shot Attempts

By Matt Esposito Coming into the series, James Harden was known for being a high volume shooter. Not only did he routinely throw up north of a dozen triples per game, but he found efficiency by getting to the line. Yet, the former MVP is criticized (and rightly so) for being largely ineffective once theContinue reading “Film Review: How Los Angeles Drastically Lowered James Harden’s Shot Attempts”

Film Review: How LeBron James Is Defending The Rim Against Houston

By Matt Esposito It would be easy to cite LeBron James average of 2.7 blocks per game during the Houston series as evidence of his shot blocking prowess. Too easy. I could also state that he had as many blocks last night (4) as Anthony Davis has had the entire series. But to suggest thatContinue reading “Film Review: How LeBron James Is Defending The Rim Against Houston”

Game Five Focus: The Celtics Attacked Marc Gasol & Can Punish Him More

By Matt Esposito Toronto has a Marc Gasol problem. Yes, it is a journalistic faux pas to begin an article by stealing the title from an old blog. Yes, I had to google how to spell faux pas and it took me longer than I’d like to admit. Nevertheless, none of this takes away fromContinue reading “Game Five Focus: The Celtics Attacked Marc Gasol & Can Punish Him More”

Game Two Focus: Is There A Quick Fix For Los Angeles?

by Matt Esposito I think so? Traditionally, blogs that start with such uncertainty don’t bode well for the writer, but here I stand. Friday night’s series opener revealed the Laker’s game plan for defending James Harden. Although it didn’t quite work, there were elements that could potentially lead to success. Harden’s propensity to attempt hisContinue reading “Game Two Focus: Is There A Quick Fix For Los Angeles?”

Rookie Review Update: The Two Extremes Of Michael Porter Jr

By Matt Esposito In a prior review of Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie season, Nick Faggio wrote that he is a sweet shooter who need to shore up his passing vision, off-ball footwork, and defense. His play in this postseason, however, has only further accentuated these skill sets (or lack thereof.) In turn, NBA Twitter hasContinue reading “Rookie Review Update: The Two Extremes Of Michael Porter Jr”

Game Four Preview: How Will Brad Stevens Use Robert Williams?

by Matt Esposito Everyone has a friend they never get mad at. But then one day he or she reveals they are meeting your crush at the local Dairy Queen, and you have your first fight. I caught Brad Stevens ordering a a cookie dough Blizzard last night, and it had two spoons in it.Continue reading “Game Four Preview: How Will Brad Stevens Use Robert Williams?”