David Blatt Pokes Fun At Cavs, Gets Blown Out

Look at David Blatt weaseling his way into the spotlight! The ex-Cavs coach was in charge of Team Europe in the Turkey all-star game against Team Asia and took some shots at the Cavs after they let up 148 on Saturday.

And the result? Well Blatt’s Team Europe lost 151-142. It’s an all-star game so it clearly isn’t meant to be serious but it’s hard to not find humor in the irony of the statement. Even in Europe, Blatt continues to take L’s. I’m sure Ty Lue will be joining him in the ran-out-of-Cleveland by LeBron club shortly.

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12 Years Ago Today, Kobe Bryant Dropped 81 Points

It’s the 12 year anniversary today of Kobe’s famous 81 point game. The Raptors were in town against the Lakers and well, Kobe took over.

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Absolutely crazy statline. Of course, he didn’t break Wilt’s record of 100 but 81 points is still no minuscule feat. The most impressive of it all was that he managed to do so on nearly 61% FG. This was easily one of the top highlights of one of the greatest players to play the game.

Kris Dunn Eats The Floor After Dunk Attempt

The two-year NBA player won’t be smiling like that for a while. Kris Dunn went up for a dunk against the Warriors last night and well..

Didn’t go so great. He fell in exactly the worst way possible. He clearly needed Draymond to save him.

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I’m not sure if details came out yet but he had to lose at least one tooth there — today is not a good day to be Kris Dunn.

Isaiah Thomas Needs To Stop

Here we go again. IT and the Cavs return once again to the Garden on February 11th to face the Celtics. As you remember, IT declined the tribute video the first time he returned because he wanted his family to be there. Fair enough I suppose — the little guy did transform the franchise during a rebuilding period and is a big reason for the success of the Celtics now. Sure — nobody ever really declines a tribute video but we gave IT a pass there. Now he tweets out this today:

Isaiah, come on. Are we going to have to play him a tribute in the playoffs? This is why you don’t push it back. All of Boston loved IT, still does. The man put his heart on the line during the playoffs last night and pushed through when his sister died. All the respect in the world. Boston now lines up with Kyrie Irving who is an upgrade while IT and the Cavs are a disaster at this point.

There were some ramblings that Pierce was upset that they’d be showing the IT video during his night, which he should be. If IT would have just sucked it up and allowed the Celtics to show the video the first night he was back — this wouldn’t even be mentioned. Here we are now though, and at this point there shouldn’t even be a video shown. IT did great for the Celtics and he will always be appreciated but in the grand scheme of things, he spent 2 and a half years there. He’s not going to be mentioned with the Garnetts and Pierces of the Celtics and nobody is even thinking about retiring his jersey. He never actually won anything for the Celtics so it’s time to move on. Thanks for the memories IT but you shouldn’t really be dictating what’s going on in Boston anymore.

 

Hall of Famer JoJo White Passes at 71 After Battle With Cancer

Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics Legend JoJo White passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. A former teammate of White’s told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who shared the news on Twitter.

JoJo was drafted 9th overall in the 1969 NBA draft by the Celtics. He was a standout point guard at Kansas from 1965-1969. His career with the Celtics lasted until 1978/79, where he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. He eventually retired in 1981 as a member of the Kansas City Kings.

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Some of his playing accolades included being a 2x champion, Finals MVP and 7x All-Star. He was a gold medalist representing the United States basketball team in Mexico City in 1968. His number 10 was retired by the Celtics in in 1982 and his number 15 Kansas jersey was retired by the school.

JoJo was a true Celtic, he bled green and he will be missed. RIP Jojo White.

The Cavs Are In Mid-Season Meltdown Form

Somehow Cleveland does this every year and absolutely is garbage in the middle of the regular season. They’ll figure it out but LeBron emasculated his coach again last night like he’s done in the past:

Ty Lue is nowhere to be found while LeBron is taking over as coach. Who enjoyed this rant the most?

Kyrie is fresh off a 22 point comeback in London against the Sixers and is enjoying the 1 seed without their second best scorer in Boston while LeBron is taking over the coaching duties from this guy:

This is where it all makes sense why Kyrie left but let’s be honest — the Cavs will absolutely turn it on for the playoffs and do the same thing they do every year. For now though, it’s fun to see them melt down a little bit. They have one more easy game coming up against the Pacers and then Monday’s opponent?

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Why Danny, WHY?

Danny Ainge tweeted a photo of Gordon Hayward walking by a pool without his ankle brace. Based on that smile, it looks like Hayward is doing well in his recovery from his gruesome ankle injury.

Danny, please don’t tease us like this. Celtics fans have finally gotten past the grieving stage in Gordon’s injury and are fully on board with him missing the season and coming back healthy next year. And now you go and do this. Come on. All this tweet does is stir the pot, get rumors started and play with our emotions.

I still don’t expect Hayward to come back this year, BUT…

If the Celtics did get Hayward back, never mind focusing on Cleveland, the Celtics might have the team to really challenge the Warriors. I know it sounds ridiculous but they’ve already beaten them once and they have the top ranked defense in the NBA. This could be their year! But probably not..