Happy Friday to everyone! It’s the weekend, which means, the work week is slowly coming to a close, wahoo! Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy!
* The Cleveland Cavaliers used their first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to select Duke’s Kyrie Irving, who apparently has a large following overseas.
* Well, the NFL talks have now switched to Boston, Massachusetts, so hopefully, Bob Kraft and the Patriots front office can help the negotiations, right?
* Despite the fact that the NBA could head into a lockout, players have admitted they’re not worried, but want a quality deal for the future.
* Well, the Los Angles Dodgers and Frank McCourt drama continues, as FOX is not interested in forcing a deal.
Games to Watch:
* Colorado at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern
* Boston at Pittsburgh (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern
* Cleveland at San Francisco (MLB) – 10:15pm eastern
Video of the Day:
This wasn’t much of a surprise, right?
By Matt Noonan
How it Happened: With the 25th pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected E’Twaun Moore, shooting guard from Purdue University.
What it Means: Right away, it seems that the Celtics have caught “Boilermaker fever.” Moore and JaJuan Johnson were teammates this past year at Purdue University, which certainly should help both rookies adjust to the NBA once the season begins in September.Moore is a talented shooting guard, which is certainly something the Green and White needed to acquire this off-season. However, is he the answer the for the future? Time will tell, but all in all, he’s definitely a solid pick for the organization.
How will Moore Impact the Celtics: Having Moore come off the bench will be an enormous asset for the Celtics in years to come. This past season, he averaged 33.9 minutes, 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals. Similarly to Johnson, Moore’s numbers increased over the past four seasons. He’ll be a sharp-shooter for the Celtics, especially since he ended this past season with a field goal percentage of .447%. Also, he’ll be an important facet from the free-throw line, especially since he knocks down roughly 70% of his shots.
Overall Grade: I’d give Moore a “B+.” His shooting ability will indeed help the Celtics, but similarly to Johnson, he needs to build more muscle, as well as somewhat shape his body for the NBA. Being behind Rondo or Delonte West, Moore’s game will improve drastically.
By Matt Noonan
How it Happened: With the 27th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets selected JaJuan Johnson, forward/center from Purdue University. Although, due to a previous trade, the Boston Celtics retained the rights of Johnson in exchange for their 25th pick, which was Marshon Brooks, guard from Providence College.
What it Means: The Celtics needed to draft a “big man.” Shaquille O’Neal retired this past spring and who knows how much gas remains in Jermaine O’Neal‘s tank, but Johnson will help the Green and Whit with his size. Johnson, who is six-feet-ten-inches and 221 pounds will certainly play a factor down low, as well as on defense.
How will Johnson Impact the Celtics: In his final year with Purdue, Johnson averaged 35.4 minutes, 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Johnson improved dramatically from his freshman to senior year, so hopefully that’s a sign for things to come. Also, he won, as well as received numerous awards over his four years with the Boilermakers.
“[He] led Purdue in scoring 20 times, rebounds 24 times, blocks 31 times, steals 10 times and assists once during the season” (according to Purdue Athletics website).
Overall Grade: I’d say he is a sold “B/B+.” The All-American has plenty of room to grow, but expect his game to improve under the guidance of head coach Doc Rivers.
It’s officially Wednesday, “hump day,” so hang in there everyone because another weekend is right around the corner! Yet, in the meantime, here is today’s headlines and news, so enjoy!
* Tuesday was an amazing day for Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin, who recorded two goals and assists against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
* The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder played Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday and yes, Dirk Nowitzki dropped 48-points.
* Some good news occurred for the New York Yankees, as they finally ended their six-game losing streak and beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
* While the NFL remains locked out, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking believes things will get sorted out and no games will be missed.
* The Boston Red Sox didn’t play Tuesday due to rain, but they did do something, which was sent Dice-K to the DL.
* Good news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans, they’ll be picking first in the 2011 NBA Draft in June. Heck, I bet this makes up for LeBron James leaving, right?
Games to Watch:
* Colorado at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern
* New York Yankees at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern
* Texas at Kansas City (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern
* Miami at Chicago (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern
* San Jose at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern
Video of the Day:
Nothing like the “hidden ball” trick, especially in a NCAA playoff game against University of North Carolina.