Tweet of the Day: Bill Simmons Weighs in on 3-Team Trade

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NBA on ESPN analyst and Grantland editor in chief Bill Simmons maintains many titles:  writer, fan, Los Angeles Clippers season ticket holder, husband, dad, among a few others.

Among the many hats that he wears, he is an avid Boston Celtics fan.

If you’ve followed his blogs or read his book, you know that he has been a big Celtics fan since he was a child—when his father would take him to the old Boston Garden. While still maintaining his Boston NBA roots, since he’s moved to LA he has become a Clippers supporter.

His father, however, still maintains both his residence in the northeast and his status as a Celtics season ticket holder. This led to an interesting dialogue that Simmons shared via Twitter—along with his own analysis—regarding Wednesday afternoon’s three-team trade in the NBA.

Tweet of the Night: Bill Simmons takes jab at Chris Paul and Stephen Jackson

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Jeff Hornacek SunsHow good are the Phoenix Suns?

Coming into the season, most wondered if they could win 19 games this year. After their 107-88 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, they are an impressive 19-11 – just one game behind the Clippers for the Pacific division lead. In comparison, they didn’t get to 19 wins until February 26 last season. 

Tweet of the Day: The Wheel of the Draft goes round and round…

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The National Basketball Association is entertaining new ideas for the draft to combat the problem of teams tanking (purposefully failing to compete for wins) to gain a greater chance at a high lottery pick.

If you haven’t heard this already, you may be late to the party… However, considering that nothing will likely happen with this information, tardiness is a relative concept.

The idea being entertained, as was first reported by Zach Lowe of Grantland and summarized here by our own Brett Poirier, centers around a wheel [pictured above] consisting of the 30 picks (representative of the 30 teams in the NBA). The numbers on the wheel are arranged according to complicated mathematical algorithms that allow for each team to have a fair shot at draft picks over a 30-year span.

[Brett Poirier: NBA Reportedly Pondering New Method for Draft “Lottery”]

With the holidays in full swing, the wheel story seems to have gone under the radar among NBA players on Twitter. However, the Christmas season has not kept the media from chiming in.

Tweet of the Day: Bill Simmons Excited About the Celtics

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It’s challenging to be a fan of a struggling team, but the real fans are able to do it.

Bill Simmons has been a lifelong Celtics fan. He’s criticized his team many times over the years and has even butted heads with some of the top people in the organization.

Though, after many losing seasons in the 2000s, the Celtics did have its championship run in 2008.

This season, things weren’t looking very promising for the Celtics. After losing Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to a trade in the summer, Boston was left searching for answers. To make things worse, star point guard Rajon Rondo wasn’t fully recovered from injury by the time the 2013-2014 season began.

However, today there was a sign of hope.

 

Simmons might not be far off saying the Celtics could land third seed in the weak Eastern Conference.

Boston is sitting on top of the Atlantic Division with a 11-14 record. The Toronto Raptors, who come second in the division, are nearly three games behind the Celtics.

Is the third seed possible? I think it is.

The Celtics don’t have many options right now. They cleaned house this offseason, many believed it was to tank, but instead the playoffs are looking more like a reality. With the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets struggling immensely, Boston could very well end up with home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Rondo will make a big difference for this team. He’s been cleared for full contact but it’s speculated he won’t return until January. In the meantime, if the Celtics are able to survive a little longer without him, it’s fair to assume the division will belong to them.

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Tweet of the Night: Bill Simmons says Bradley Beal could miss extended time after re-aggravating leg injury from rookie year

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WSH_Beal_BradleyBad news has been mounting over the past few days in the NBA with significant injuries to various important players around the league – some more serious than others.

Of course, nothing was more devastating than when Derrick Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee over the weekend. He had successful surgery, but will miss the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, the bad news appears to be rolling right along. Bill Simmons of Grantland reported on Monday night that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal suffered an injury and could miss an extended period of time:

Of course, this news isn’t anywhere near as bad as Rose’s, but a surprising one nonetheless. Beal originally suffered the stress injury in his right fibula back in April and missed the final eight games of his rookie season. It’s unclear how much time he may miss, and the fact that the problem has resurfaced nearly eight months after the initial injury is concerning.

Beal has had a breakout season thus far, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists to form a dynamic backcourt with John Wall.

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. Find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.