As the Toronto Raptors get set to host the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, fans in Boston might notice something missing.
One of their teams.
Tucker Boynton of Barstool Sports did the math and tweeted that this will be the first championship game in the big four pro sports in nearly a year that didn't involve a Boston team.
The Celtics' second-round exit at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks ended the dream of the #BostonSlam, of course (hey, we're greedy). So, the NBA will settle for its first-ever Finals game in Canada rather than the rest of the country seeing another dreaded Boston team compete in a league championship game.
For the record, the Warriors' completing a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals - Cleveland beat the Celtics in seven games to get there, remember? - on June 8, 2018, 356 days ago, was the last league finals game to not feature a team from the Hub. The Red Sox' World Series title over the Dodgers, the Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Rams and the Bruins' Stanley Cup Final games against the Blues all followed.
Something to ponder as you choose which championship hat or t-shirt to wear tomorrow.
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If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.
Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.
The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).
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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.
As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.
If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.
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