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NBA Draft Lottery Consolation Prizes: Part One

If the Boston Celtics don't end up with a top four pick and can't make a trade, which prospects could they look to draft? Kevin O'Connor looks at four possibilities in part one, including Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Creighton's Doug McDermott.

KO's 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

CelticsBlog's Kevin O'Connor reveals his first 2014 NBA Mock Draft. With the fifth pick, he has the Boston Celtics selecting Arizona forward Aaron Gordon. With the 17th pick, they select Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis.

Boston has the fifth-best NBA Draft Lottery Odds

The Boston Celtics officially have the fifth-best odds at the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft after losing a random draw to break a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz. Both Boston and Utah finished the...

A Season Finale Guide for Progressive Celtics Fans

The pain and misery of this exhausting Boston Celtics season is almost over. It's the last day of the regular season and game 82 is finally here. In a way, it's been a lot of fun, but losing this...

Numbers never lie, but they can be misleading

A response to "Pieces, Pieces Everywhere"

Tommy Heinsohn accurately criticizes Rajon Rondo

It's time to be critical of a bad Boston Celtics team that keeps getting worse. Rajon Rondo has been throwing up stinkers late in the fourth quarter, and Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn was not kind to him after they blew it versus Atlanta. But why?

KO's 2014 NBA Draft Big Board 3.0

Don't be fooled by the latest national media narrative that suggests the 2014 NBA draft will be "ordinary." CelticsBlog's Kevin O'Connor says the draft is stacked and deep, as he outlines his top 30 prospects in his post-March Madness big board.

The Julius Randle Problem

CelticsBlog's Kevin O'Connor analyzes Julius Randle's weaknesses on the defensive end of the floor. The Kentucky freshman could win the national title this season, but his film, stats, and body, could prevent him from ever becoming a great defender.

This Is The End-The Celts have lost their identity

At this point, it's pretty obvious that the Boston Celtics aren't a good basketball team, but they're not acting like one either. This matters a lot because, until recently, they were at least...

Analyzing Rajon Rondo's free throw struggles

Rajon Rondo is one of the best players in the league because he does it all -- scoring, passing, rebounding, defending, and leading -- but one riddle he has never been able to crack is his free throw shooting. Can he improve? Kevin O'Connor explains.

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Brad Stevens should experiment to close the season

Are you experienced? The Boston Celtics aren't, so they should make good use of their time and experiment, which could help player and chemistry development. Kevin O'Connor offers five ideas for the team to try as they finish the season.

April Fools: Gauging Boston's Lottery Chances

Last night the Boston Celtics were officially eliminated from playoff contention after finishing March with a 3-11 record. The tank kept a rollin' all month long, but the Celtics have a smooth road ahead, which may thwart their chances at a top pick.

Danny Ainge scouted UConn & Michigan St. on Sunday

Danny Ainge was at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and saw Connecticut upset Michigan State. But Ainge wasn't there for pleasure, he was scouting players for this June's NBA draft. With two top 20 first round picks, the Celtics will have flexibility.

Scouting the Sweet 16: Unheralded players to watch

Watching March Madness is just as much about scouting the draft as it is having fun watching the games. The 2014 NBA draft has loads of lottery talent, but there are plenty of skilled prospects that deserve much more attention.

Keep chuckin' it, Sullinger

If the Boston Celtics want Jared Sullinger to maximize his potential, they'll force him to keep taking shots from three-point range.

Brad Stevens wants Jeff Green to be more efficient

Fans get called whiners for wanting some consistency out of Jeff Green, but Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens would like to see him improve on that this offseason as well. Green might not listen to the fans, but he should listen to his coach.

There's nothing new on the March Madness losers

Andrew Wiggins can be a no-show and Jabari Parker can't play defense! Wait...didn't we know this already? Kevin O'Connor takes a look at five top prospects who are being unfairly criticized after their team's failures in the NCAA tournament.

How Kelly Olynyk found the flow with his jump shot

Rookie center Kelly Olynyk struggled from three-point range to start the season, but he has since become a consistent threat. How has he done it?

The Three Laws of Rajon Rondo

How has the addition of Rajon Rondo changed the Boston Celtics? CelticsBlog's Kevin O'Connor says that Brad Stevens has tinkered with his motion offense to cater to Rondo's strengths. This has led to a more productive offense with a bright future.

Viewing Guide: Thursday's NCAA Championship Games

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KO's 2014 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0

Don't be fooled by the latest national media narrative that suggests the 2014 NBA draft will be "ordinary." Kevin O'Connor says the draft is stacked, as he outlines his top 30 prospects for CelticsBlog.com.

Beating the Screen: C's Pick & Roll Defense Part 6

How well did the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll during the month of February? CelticsBlog.com's Kevin O'Connor uses a combination of advanced analytics and film study to find out the answer.

Grading the Big Men: C's Pick & Roll Series Part 5

How well did the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll during the month of February? CelticsBlog.com's Kevin O'Connor uses a combination of advanced analytics and film study to find out the answer.

Surprise, Surprise: C's Pick & Roll Series Part 4

How well did the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll during the month of February? CelticsBlog.com's Kevin O'Connor uses a combination of advanced analytics and film study to find out the answer.

Hedge & Switch: Celtics Pick & Roll Series Part 3

How do the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll? Here, the Celtics' production defending the pick and roll using "hedging" and "switching" is analyzed.

The Thin Ice: Celtics Pick And Roll Series Part 2

How do the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll? Here, a new way of assessing defense with statistics is introduced, and the Celtics' production defending the pick and roll in February is briefly analyzed.

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