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Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal is the staff writer for The Game Theory Podcast w/ Sam Vecenie and a Roundtable panelist on the Boston Celtics Newsfeed on CLNS Radio.  Subscribe to Celtics Newsfeed on iTunes and Stitcher.

Follow Matt on Twitter @mattignal

In this Game Theory episode, Sam chats with Jared Dubin about what they've seen thus far in the NBA playoffs. The first half of the podcast is devoted to what's going on with Boston. How are the Bulls doing this? What problems do the Celtics currently have? Can they be fixed? And most importantly, did they make a mistake not pushing in at the trade deadline (Sam argues resoundingly that they did not)?  Then, they chat about Russell Westbrook's performance on Wednesday night, and how to assess such a monstrous yet problematic player. Then they chat briefly about a few other series, as well as discuss the Big Bowl of Chili explanation in a Texas court of law that has taken the country by storm.  You can follow Jared over at @JADubin5 on Twitter, as well as follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show!

In this Roundtable episode, Jonathan Levy, Zaire, Evan Valenti, and Matt Ignal discuss whether the Bulls will come back down to Earth, whether the Celtics quit when the going got rough, and if there is reason for hope. Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:16

Biggest Standouts at Nike Hoop Summit

In this Game Theory episode, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker from over at The Step Back on FanSided about a variety of topics, including some of the standouts over at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland this season. Then, theymove into this year's draft topics, including Grayson Allen's decision to stay at Duke (IS DUKE BACK?), what they think of Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball, and then talk about Miles Bridges and what they thought of where he'd end up in this draft. Finally, they chat about some of the players they think are overrated or underrated by what they see as the consensus opinion right now.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Cole's work over at @colezwicker, and you can follow Sam over at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:08

Big NBA Draft Decisions in Focus

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Reags from over at Barstool about some of the important offseason moves of the last week in college basketball, including Miles Bridges and Allonzo Trier deciding to return to school, and how they hope that it doesn't adversely affect their earning potential in the future. They also chat about Michigan State particularly in-depth, talking about what they think will be their best lineups in the 2017-18 season.  Then they chat about Sean Miller and Arizona setting up for a big year, and where exactly he ranks in comparison to other elite coaches. They also chat about Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, and how we don't know how that entire thing is going to go down. Finally, they chat about who they think the five best players returning to college basketball are right now.  You can follow Sam @Sam_Vecenie, and Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Follow his podcast by searching Fundamentally Sound on iTunes, and follow it at @FundamentallySD on Twitter. Finally, remember to rate, review and subscribe to this podcast!

NBA Insider Keith Smith joins the Roundtable for a deep dive into the Celtics vs. Bulls playoff series. Part two will air tomorrow as we dive deeper into this exciting first-round matchup. Follow Keith on Twitter: @KeithSmithNBA

In this Game Theory epidoe, Sam Vecenie chats with Chris Stone from over at FanSided to chat about Sam's updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. Particularly, they chat about the way we go about looking at each prospect as something of an expected value equation, and how they believe people often minimize the potential low-end outcomes of prospects. Then, they chat about how that affects Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball particularly. Further, they talk about why Sam is higher on Miles Bridges than most people are, and then discuss two prospects who officially entered the NBA Draft for good on Tuesday evening: Zach Collins and Jarrett Allen. Finally, they talk about some of the senior points guards of the class, particularly why Sam is high on Monte Morris and Frank Mason.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it, and please give Chris a follow over at @cstonehoops. He does a great job scouting and rating prospects over at FanSided.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:35

Celtics Season Awards: MVP, DPOY, and ROY

t's the Celtics Roundtable awards show! In part one, we discuss conventional categories: like where Isaiah belongs in the MVP race, the most impactful defenders, plus Jaylen Brown and Ante Zizic.

Monday, 10 April 2017 13:56

The Best Transfers in College Basketball

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Raphielle Johnson of FanRag Sports about the so-called "transfer epidemic," the most infuriating topic in college sports.  First though, they chat about the national title game briefly, and how they struggle to connect at all with this North Carolina championship team. Then, they get into transfers, and how ridiculous it is to call out the idea of student-athlete transfers as a bad thing. Then, they chat about the best transfers on the market, including Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Cam Johnson, Carlton Bragg, Chase Jeter, Marcus Evans, and others. Within that, they talk about some of the more problematic program situations in the country, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, and potentially Connecticut.  Finally, they bring it full circle and chat a bit more about how people are really getting enraged about like 25 significant difference-makers changing teams.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:03

Playoff LeBron Destroys Celtics Yet Again

In the latest Roundtable, Evan Valenti and Zaire along with Matt Ignal discuss whether the terrible loss to the Cavs should have the Celtics concerned about the playoffs. Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable

In this roundtable segment, Evan Valenti along with Matt and Jon Ignal see if they can think of ways to boost the second-unit offense. Should Jaylen start? What to make of Ford and Pelton's rookie rankings? Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable

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