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5 ways to end the NBA lockout

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5 ways to end the NBA lockout

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

The big news yesterday came from the NBA which canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. For those wondering what the NBA and the NBAPA have been doing all summer and early-fall, heres a sneak peek behind the scenes:

Great. Well, they have to be getting closer to a deal, right?

"The gap is so significant that we just can't bridge it at this time," said Stern. Both sides are very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us."

Well, aint that just peaches.

So, is there any hope for the NBA season? Probably about as much as us scoring a date with Scarlett Johansson, somewhere between slim and yougottabekiddingright.

If there is going to be a season this year both sides need to work fast. Time to settle this Wicked Good Sports style.

Choose the BPI via Histriker contest
For those who dont know, BPI stands for Basketball Related Income, which pretty much determines how much players and owners get and split in regards to money. The players currently have 57; the owner want 50. Only one way to settle this with a histriker contest.

The higher each side hits the bell, the higher that sides BPI is. And to make it fun, only the suits can take part no players.

Thumb-wrestling
One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war!

No way either side is manly enough for a full, all-out arm-wrestle.

Baby steps.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Perhaps thumb wrestling is a little bit too much work for the NBA and NBAPA. Maybe a classic schoolhouse game of Rock, Paper, Scissors would do the trick. Best out of seven.

Were sure this would go fine until Billy Hunter started playing by "Big Bang Theory" rules.

A calming, fun game of Parcheesi
Who doesnt love this game?

Or, better yet:

RoShamBo
And if all else fails, nothing says I win like kicking the other guy where it really counts.

Lets be honest, this might be the best way for them to end the lockout. Who wouldnt want to see this?

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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