NBA Progressing Storylines

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We’re well over a month into the NBA season and it’s been interesting to say the very least. We have seen some insane performances, some absolute duds, a monster blockbuster trade, and of course, some Bachelor-esque drama. The NBA moves at a quick pace and if you aren’t paying attention […]

Fantasy Expert: 4 Basketball Pickups

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Listen, let’s skip the routine and jump right into it. If you need the top fantasy basketball advice, you have come to the right spot. Below, I’m giving you my picks for the top guys to monitor moving forward. And no, Lebron James, Luka Doncic, and Jayson Tatum aren’t going […]

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers

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The NBA season is here and that also means that it is time for fantasy basketball to reign supreme as the football season ends and the basketball one begins, we will be switching our focus to helping you beat all those work colleagues who think they know everything about the […]

New Look Sixers Open vs New Look Wizards

Josh Philo

Less than three months after LeBron, AD and the Lakers won the NBA championship in the wildest season ever—the 2020-2021 NBA season is upon us and the landscape looks nothing like last year. With teams shuffling marquee names left and right, the NBA will look very different this year—especially in […]

Most Exciting NBA Players to Watch

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The NBA season is just a week away after the old NBA Season ended just two months ago, what can be better than? We saw breakout performances last season from some of the up and coming stars of the NBA and that should continue into this new season. There are […]

Harden to Philly? Please, no!!

Josh Philo

Is Daryl Morey really going to trade Ben Simmons for James Harden? Trade Simmons?!? After all the tank ball and “Trusting the process” Daryl Morey is just going to up and trade one of the few unicorns in the league for a guy who WILL NOT pass the ball. Ever.  […]

The Sixers—a squad that is a-changin’!

Josh Philo

It seems too early to be saying this but: The Philadelphia 76ers are re-tooling their organization from the top on down. After years and years of tanking turmoil and “trusting the process” which yielded marginal results and a HUGE draft miss #JasonTatum. Scapegoats have been made and firings have happened. […]

Don’t you, forget about the Warriors

Josh Philo

The Golden State Warriors are still really good, y’all. Sorry to rain on the Lakers’ parade and all of that but…the Warriors are going to be a force in 2021.  Despite Kevin Durant heading east to Brooklyn to team up with Kyrie Irving *I’m cautiously optimistic about that pairing…frankly any […]

LaMelo Ball: Puma spokesman… seriously.

Josh Philo

LaMelo Ball and Puma have signed a deal worth “$100,000,000” and I can’t accept that number as truth. Not when Zion Williamson is out here signing $75,000,000 deals. Zion is a far better player and a bigger draw. Puma’s brass has declined reports that say 100 million. Though he did […]

NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

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I’m starting to think I may be better off just choosing the opposite of what I believe will happen in these NBA Finals. In Game 1, I thought the Heat were going to come out strong, go on a run and overpower a Lakers team that had struggled in the […]

NBA Finals Game 2 Preview

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Well….my game one prediction got abducted, taken to a warehouse and blown up. I was overly confident that the Miami Heat would burst out of the gate during game one of the NBA Finals and upset the Los Angeles Lakers. Turns out, the only one upset that night was me.  […]

Can Donovan Mitchell Be Stopped?

Cruel Fan

The answer is no. At least no one on the Nuggets is stopping him. This dude is on fire. In case you didn’t realize Donovan Mitchell has been putting on an absolute show in the postseason bubble. On Monday he put up 57 points which is the most points by […]

Celtics Quest For 18th Championship

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The re-start of the 2020 NBA season will be anything but normal. No fans. No high fives. Minimal contact. That doesn’t sound like basketball. That sounds like a pickup game where you call your own fouls as your one fan (usually someone’s girlfriend or little brother) sits on the bench. […]

Philly Special: Tanking

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Tanking has become a new art form in professional sports in recent years. At its most basic level, the idea around the controversial philosophy is to lose on purpose to obtain high draft picks. However, because it’s rightfully considered an unethical practice, tanking successfully, no pun intended, is a complex […]

Providence College Friars vs DePaul

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The Friars will close out the regular season Saturday night at the Dunk when they welcome the DePaul Blue Demons to the states capital. The Friars are red hot and will look to win their 6th game in a row while the Blue Demons will look to grab their 4th […]

(Shouldn’t have) Trusted the Process

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The Sixers are in trouble. Like—the same trouble they were in before Simmons or Embiid were drafted…even Markel Fultz didn’t hurt Philly like this! As we enter March, Philly finds itself smack-dab in the middle of the East; 38-25, best for fifth in the conference. This was supposed to be […]

PC vs Xavier Preview

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If Providence wants any chance of making an NCAA tournament run, it starts tonight at the Dunk. The Friars have put themselves in a position where two home wins to close out the season vs Xavier tonight, and DePaul on Saturday, will likely lock them in to the NCAA tournament […]

New York Guardians Week 4 Recap

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The New York Guardians squeaked out a 17-14 victory and delivered a bit of hope to their fans, who were questioning whether this team was for real. The game came down to who made the big plays and scored when they were given the opportunity to and the Guardians also […]

PC vs Marquette preview

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Opportunity is knocking on the door for Providence. After back to back wins vs #10 Seton Hall and a quadrant 1 road win down in DC vs Georgetown, the Friars will host #19 Marquette in a sold out Dunkin Donuts Center Saturday at noon. Another win over a ranked opponent […]

PC vs Seton Hall Preview

Cruel Fan

Saturday night is a huge game for the home team. It’ll be another sold out crowd at the Dunk with anxious fans hoping to get the St Johns lost out of their head while watching the Friars pick up a huge home win vs #10 Seton Hall. That’s a lot […]

PC vs Xavier Preview

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The Providence College Friars (6-4) will travel to Cincinnati for a Saturday night road tilt with Xavier Musketeers (4-6). The Friars will look to make it three in a row and add another road win to the resume, but Xavier is also looking for their third win in a row […]

Ja Morant is My Guy

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Ja Morant will be the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season. Not RJ Barrett, not Zion..hey, remember Zion? Sheesh—what a difference eight weeks make. Back then, Zion was getting ready to take over the NBA and show everyone why he was the #1 overall pick of the […]

Players … Play, Kawhi!

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Damn, Kawhi! Why you gotta mess up the league like that? Pulling this “Load management” Mumbai-jumbo! Back in my day, players played! Players played hurt, hungover, strung out or Coked-out. The circumstances didn’t seem to matter—if there was a game, the stars were playing. That’s not what today’s NBA looks […]

The LA Rivalry Heats Up

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were officially introduced as the newest members of the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday and Steve Baumer did not disappoint. I do not have the words to describe to you the sounds and movements that came out of his mouth yesterday. If I had to pick […]

Zion Signs blowout deal with Jordan Brand

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Zion Williamson just signed a 5 year/ $75 million dollar shoe deal with…Jordan Brand? Sure. I mean, maybe because the deal was the richest rookie shoe deal EVER. And only four other athletes have bigger guaranteed deals than Zion; Michael Jordan (heard of him,) LeBron James (heard of him, too) […]

Hall of What’s-His-Name: Tyrese Rice

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Welcome back to Hall of What’s-His-Name! If you’re new, this is the column where we jump back in time and follow the careers of mostly-forgotten Boston athletes of years gone by, the ones that make you say, “oh yeah, him!” Today’s featured athlete is Tyrese Rice, the energetic point guard […]

Kemba Walker is coming to Boston…maybe?

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Kemba Walker is coming to Boston?!? For real? Thats the new NBA gossip that is hot in the streets. Yes, Kemba “25 foot stepback” Walker is rumored to be favoring Boston over Charlotte. Kemba would be leaving time and money on the table to walk away from Michael Jordan’s Hornets […]

Anthony Davis is a Laker! Now what?

Cruel Fan

Anthony Davis is a Laker! The dream has come true for LeBron and the rest of Laker nation! The Staples Center will be rocking next season!!..wait…L.A. traded away 75% of their current roster and four draft picks–as it stands right now, there are only a handful of bodies on the […]

King James’ Castle Crumbles

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Things could not have worked out better for LeBron James this year. What appears to be an abysmal failure to many, it appears that everything has gone according to [the master] plan. LeBron has been to eight straight Finals, he is 34 years old and he missed significant time (for […]

Game Recap – Celtics lose 3rd Straight

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Photo by TJ Dragotta on Unsplash The Celtics have lost their 3rd straight road game falling to the Nets 102-109. Jason Tatum scored an impressive team high 34 points who has averaged 15.2 points in his last 10 games. The team high scorer for the Brooklyn Nets was D’Angelo Russell […]