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    Getty Evan Fournier #94 high fives Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics in the first half against the Miami Heat. When the Boston Celtics acquired Evan Fournier at the NBA trade deadline in March, it was with the understanding that the 28-year-old sharpshooter was a long-term investment — despite being an impending free agent. Measuring in at 6 feet 7 inches tall and owning a career 37.9% 3-point shooting percentage, Fournier was the type of “shooter with size” that Danny Ainge had been clamoring for on the wing. While the nine-year veteran’s arrival in Beantown certainly came with its fair share of bumps early on, from a rough battle with COVID-19 to early shooting woes, he found his footing late in the season. Fournier went on to start each of his final 15 games (regular season and playoffs) on the year, averaging 18.0 ppg over the final 12 contests. However, since Boston’s first-round playoff exit, the organization has been somewhat turned upside down. After nearly two decades on the job, Ainge opted to retire, leading to head...
    Next1 of 2Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Boston Celtics must make franchise-altering decisions after losing in five games to the Brooklyn Nets. So, where should they start? The Celtics offseason brings incredibly tough questions, starting with the head coach. Brad Stevens is an elite mind, and one of the best coaches in basketball. But could a change of scenery be in his near future? Stevens was mentioned as a potential fit at the University of Indiana before he re-stated his commitment to the Celtics. Boston fans are routinely in an uproar over his rotation moves. Whether warranted or not, there’s clearly some unrest here. Yet, Stevens is not where the blame should lie. No, the Celtics players did not perform up to standard in 2020-21, and something’s gotta give. You know Danny Ainge won’t be sitting on his hands.NBA rumors: 3 Boston Celtics who might not be back3. What to do with Kemba WalkerWhere to begin? The Celtics brought in Walker from the Charlotte Hornets with hopes he could replicate the success he had as the...
    As the Brooklyn Nets go on the road to continue their first-round playoff series with the Celtics, Kyrie Irving hopes his return to Boston is free of “racism” from the fans. “It’s not my first time being an opponent in Boston so I’m just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball,” Irving told reporters Tuesday. “There’s no belligerence or any racism going on, subtle racism and people yelling sh*t from the crowd. But even if it is, it’s part of the nature of the game and we’re just gonna focus on what we can control.” Boston has a reputation for targeting Black athletes, with incidents occurring as recently as 2017, when former MLB outfielder Adam Jones claimed he was taunted with racial slurs several times by Red Sox fans. But ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith slammed Irving for blaming his tarnished relationship with Boston on racism. Instead, Smith believes Irving needs to accept some responsibility for the city’s bitterness toward the seven-time NBA All-Star. “Kyrie Irving was wrong to do this. He...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Even if the Celtics find themselves in a furious battle for seeding in the Eastern Conference at the end of the season, the coaching staff will continue to adhere to the strict “Kemba Rules” set in place for the point guard’s health. That means that even if Boston needs a win to secure a higher seed when they host the New York Knicks on the final day of the regular season — and even if a win would get them a “Get Out Of The Play-In Tournament Free” card — Walker will still sit. READ MORE: All A Blur: Red Sox Fan Protects Son From Incoming Foul Ball Using Coat That’s because it will be the second leg of a Boston back-to-back, and Brad Stevens is under strict orders not to play Walker in such scenarios. Boston has continually placed health over seeding this season, and that won’t stop with the playoffs just around the corner. “We have not even broached that topic,” Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesday when asked if Walker...
    Getty Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens talks with Jayson Tatum #0 during the game against the Charlotte Hornets. Jaylen Brown demanded more urgency out of his Boston Celtics after an ugly loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. The team somewhat responded, revenging a previous 21-point beatdown by knocking off the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. However, as has been the case for most of the season, the highs were short-lived. As I write this article, the Cs are currently trailing the San Antonio Spurs by 29 points at halftime. Jayson Tatum has accounted for 24 points. No other Celtic has made more than one shot as the rest of the team has combined for a total of 24 points. Beyond tonight, Boston has eight more games remaining. They should be jockeying for better seeding in a uber-competitive Eastern Conference. Instead, they’re looking more and more like a team whose inconsistencies and lapses will continue to hold them back come playoff time. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter...
    Getty Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams defends Garrett Temple of the Chicago Bulls. During the Boston Celtics‘ second-half resurgence, a number of players have emerged to play key roles in the turnaround. Chief among them are the team’s frontcourt All-Stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. While both players are in the midst of career years, they have been particularly good as of late. In Boston’s April 15 win over the LA Lakers, Brown dropped an incredible 40 points on just 20 shot attempts. And Tatum was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week recently after a string of games that included a 53-point outburst against the Minnesota Timberwolves. As good as the Celtics’ dynamic duo has been, though, the improved play of the team’s support players has undoubtedly played an equal role in Boston’s transformation. In particular, a certain Celtics role player has managed to have a massive impact on games with his defense. He may not have captured headlines with his play as of late, but when second-year forward Grant Williams has been on the court for...
    The 6-foot-10, 269-pound NBA center-turned-analyst held his teeny tiny dog on his lap during the Boston Celtics' postgame show Thursday night. NBC Sports Boston/Twitter A tiny Pomeranian interrupted Kendrick Perkins on live TV Thursday night. The retired NBA big man later brought the yappy, fluffy dog to sit on his lap during the segment. Perkins' fellow Celtics postgame show hosts were in hysterics, noting "that ain't no Rottweiler." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Retired NBA big man Kendrick Perkins is known for his love of big, tough dogs like Rottweilers and Bulldogs. But on Thursday, it was a teeny tiny Pomeranian who stole the show. Kendrick Perkins (right) is a very large man. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine The 6-foot-10, 269-pound former Boston Celtics center was in the midst of a live interview on the team's postgame show when loud yapping noises began to permeate the broadcast. He and his NBC Sports Boston colleagues — Abby Chin and fellow former Celtic Brian Scalabrine — began smirking at the sound. Eventually, Chin broke into a smile and asked, "Is...
    Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade drops a truth bomb on the identity-less Boston Celtics. This past Tuesday, the Boston Celtics suffered a 106-96 loss to the first-place Philadelphia 76ers, ending their two-game winning streak. With the team hanging on for dear life for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, nearly everyone is wondering what happened to them? During Tuesday’s “Inside the NBA” show, analyst and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade said the team is struggling to find an identity. “I don’t think they have an identity,” said Wade, via NBC Sports Boston. “What is the Boston Celtics’ identity? It’s not defensively. They’re not great in transition. They’re not exceptionally great in the half-court when it comes to execution of the game, even though they have an amazing coach and amazing players. When I watch them — you’ve got to have an identity as a team, and what are you going to lean your head on when things get tough, when guys do miss games, when injuries do happen. This team does not have one. They’re talented, but they don’t have...
    Getty Evan Fournier, then of the Orlando Magic, battles with the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart for a loose ball. The Boston Celtics may have acquired multiple players ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, but the clear headliner among the incoming ballers was sharpshooter Evan Fournier. In the wake of his deal, Fournier even alluded to potentially filling the role vacated by former All-Star Gordon Hayward when he joins his new club. Unfortunately, the nine-year NBA veteran will have to wait a while before he does anything on the court for the Celtics. On the team’s Saturday injury report, Fournier was listed as out for Boston’s next game, a Saturday night road bout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to the report, Fournier now finds himself in the league’s health and safety protocols.Fournier Out Due to COVID-19?Although the Celtics and the NBA won’t comment on the specifics of Fournier’s situation, the health and safety protocols tag is used for coronavirus-related issues. So, it would stand to reason that he has come into contact with someone who contracted COVID-19 or...
    Getty Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors drives against Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans. By the sound of it, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball may have played himself off of the trade block — or has he? According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, “intel on what the Pelicans are going to do with Lonzo — is all over the place.” And while trade chatter surrounding the former No. 2 pick has seemingly quieted of late, it was not long ago that he was widely perceived as the “most available good player in the NBA.” Could the Boston Celtics potentially offer up a deal enticing enough to pry Ball away from NOLA? NBC Boston Sports’ Chris Forsberg would certainly hope so. ALL the latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Celtics Urged to be ‘Aggressive’ in Pursuit of Lonzo BallWhile his availability may be in question, Ball’s development is certainly not. The UCLA product is averaging career-highs across the board offensively and growing...
    Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving had an emphatic mic drop against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Irving’s falling out in Boston is well-documented, with former teammates going as far as to (anonymously) rip him for being a bad teammate. Now two seasons removed from that Celtics drama, Irving has pretty clearly won over the public perception — as winning tends to do — with the Brooklyn Nets. In his latest matchup with his friends turned foes, Irving gave Boston yet another reminder of what they lost. Irving dropped a 40 piece, making 15-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. As this point, even Celtics ownership has acknowledged how much losing Irving hurt the team’s championship chances. CEO Wyc Grousbeck stated on the record that Irving’s departure created a “domino effect” that’s still hampering the Celtics now.Dropping 40 wasn’t the most satisfying part of the night for Kyrie IrvingIrving didn’t need to prove anything on the court to NBA fans or the Celtics, but the efforts by his own colleagues to tarnish his name clearly had...
    Getty Boston's Danny Ainge yuks it up with Doc Rivers There is probably no one on Earth more aware of the approaching NBA trade deadline than Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Ever since the Celtics reaped the largest-ever traded player exception last November, $28.5 million, the fervor and speculation surrounding how Boston would employ the bounty has been tremendous. Add to that the fact that this season’s team has thoroughly underperformed, and it’s not hard to imagine that Ainge will be pleased to see the March 25 deadline come and go. Which is not to say Ainge will be hiding away till then. On the contrary, the former Celtics guard and longtime executive seems more than willing to stoke the flames of anxiety and frustration. On Thursday morning’s Toucher & Rich radio show, Ainge once again asserted that, short of an ideal scenario materializing within the next two weeks, he is leaning toward holding off on utilizing the TPE before the deadline. “The biggest factor is, will the deal make a big difference for us...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Boston Celtics have a massive, $28.5 million elephant in the room right now, and if they don’t address it ahead of the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline, the Danny Ainge slander may never stop. Both Vucevic and a small-ball 4 like Barnes fit parts of that description in their own ways, but the $38.6 million remaining on the last two years of Barnes contract is more favorable compared to the $46 million Vucevic will earn over that same span. In short, the Sacramento wing is younger, cheaper, better on defense, more likely to be available and will fetch a much lower asking price. Sporting a 19-17 record, with the NBA’s 10th-best point differential, it’s unlikely there’s any use for that trade exception that will realistically vault the Boston Celtics back into the title conversation. This team just isn’t good enough, and that’s okay. But Harrison Barnes most closely resembles some of the skills Gordon...
    The legend of Michael Jordan's notorious gambling habit grew this week as former Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker revealed a marathon 36-hour card game that nearly resulted in a $900,000 loss for the two All-Stars. Speaking with current and former NFL cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden on their podcast, 'All Things Covered,' Walker discussed Jordan's notorious competitive streak, which famously extended well beyond basketball. 'Mike was competitive,' Walker said. 'I remember one time we played spades for 36 hours. We were playing against two other guys and Mike and I were partners. They had us behind $900,000.' According to Walker, a 44-year-old Chicago native, the two were partners during a mid-1990s game of spades, which cost $20,000 apiece just to enter. The legend of Michael Jordan 's notorious gambling habit grew this week as former Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker revealed a marathon 36-hour card game that nearly resulted in a $900,000 loss for the two All-Stars Speaking with current and former NFL cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden on their podcast, 'All Things Covered,' Walker...
    Rose Leslie and Theo James to Star in ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ for HBO Power Outages Main Cause of Oil, Gas Shut-Ins: Texas Update Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is having a February he would like to forget. © Provided by The Comeback It would be bad enough for Stevens that his Celtics are currently 5-9 and some want Stevens fired, but he hasn’t exactly had a great time off the court. The saying, “When it rains, it pours,” applies here as according to Yahoo! Sports’ Keith Smith, Stevens revealed that within the past week he not only had a root canal but his identity was stolen. More from Stevens: "It was the real stuff. People were trying to open cards and all this stuff. Calling Target to open account. Like I would have an interesting in opening a Target account right now during this stretch." — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 25, 2021 Video: Why the media needs to let Wizards' Beal live (NBC Sports) Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad It’s a wonder how...
    Getty Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talks to Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round. Seemingly any chance he gets, Danny Ainge does his best to publicly back his head coach. However, as the Boston Celtics continue to drastically underperform – now sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference – the Brad Stevens hot seat continues to boil. Going just 3-7 over their last 10 games, even some of Boston’s biggest truthers have begun to question whether Stevens is the guy that can help rejuvenate the team’s once-legitimate title hopes. That includes former Celtics NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins, who put the head coach firmly on the hot seat following the team’s beatdown at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content!Kendrick Perkins Calls Out C’s Head Coach Brad Stevens“Hell yeah, he should be on the hot seat,” Perkins said emphatically on Thursday’s airing of ESPN’s First...
    Getty Images Tristan Thompson of the Celtics uses the Hyperice Hypervolt on the bench during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks It was Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge’s turn to step to the plate, as the team brass continued its Explain Campaign ’21, Thursday morning. After Celtics Governer and CEO Wyc Grousbeck joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Mazz show, Wednesday evening, Ainge followed suit; joining the radio station’s morning crew in an attempt to explain another embarrassing loss and to take on full responsibility. After Boston’s 127-112 beating in Atlanta, Ainge called in.Danny Ainge On 2021 Celtics: ‘We’re Playing Terribly, We Don’t Have A Good Enough Team’Now, Danny is contractually obligated to join 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich every Thursday morning. However, the Celtics president of basketball operations was especially forthcoming in his observations of Brad Stevens’ team. “We’re playing terribly,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub, Thursday morning. “We don’t have a good enough team in my opinion.” This isn’t a new take from Ainge, who told Toucher & Rich one week...
    FAA grounds certain planes after engine failure over Denver Brazil trans twins undergo gender confirmation surgery together © Provided by The Big Lead Luka Doncic after his game-winner. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images Ian Eagle is one of the best play-by-play announcers in all of sports. While he doesn't have a signature "BANG!" like Mike Breen, he can still nail a big moment. At the conclusion of Tuesday night's Dallas Mavericks - Boston Celtics game, he got his seized his opportunity. The Boston Celtics fell behind by 12 with 3:57 remaining, but made a furious comeback to take a 105-104 lead with 37,6 seconds remaining. On the next possession Luka Doncic worked until he finally got Daniel Theis in isolation and created enough space and hit the go-ahead step-back three with 15 seconds remaining. LUKA IS FILTHY. pic.twitter.com/t4fzUYXstq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 24, 2021Jaylen Brown responded with a layup that tied the game at 107-107 with 9.5 seconds remaining. And then Luka did it again. LUKA. FOR. THE. WIN. ? pic.twitter.com/xrKnMGjzTP— NBA (@NBA) February 24, 2021Doncic finished the game...
    Getty Images Zion Williamson of the Pelicans reacts during the second half against the Celtics at the Smoothie King Center The beginning felt like the makings of a signature regular-season win for the Boston Celtics — taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road — but in the end, it turned out to be the utter opposite. The Pelicans erased a 24-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime; where the New Orleans outscored the Celtics 12-7 and captured a 120-115 win over Boston. The historic victory marks the biggest comeback win in Pelicans franchise history.New Orleans Pelicans Erase 24-Point Deficit, Turn In Greatest Comeback Win In Franchise HistoryIt’s the first time New Orleans has ever won a game in which they trailed by as many as 24 points. Turning an 11-2 deficit into a double-digit advantage midway through the second frame; the Celtics were firing on all cylinders. Jayson Tatum (17) and Jaylen Brown (13) combined for 30 first-half points and by halftime Boston’s lead had ballooned to 16 (43-47). By the 6:29 mark in the...
    Shenae Grimes Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2 Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit? Kemba Walker puts Celtics on blast after brutal loss to the Wizards It was just Friday night that Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics fell to 13-12 on the season following a loss to the then conference-worst Detroit Pistons. © Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Kemba Walker lets his teammates have it after the Celtics lose to the Wizards. Some might want to have given Boston a mulligan for that defeat considering that the Celtics were coming off a game the previous night and were facing a rested squad. The same can’t be said Sunday night. Boston followed up that loss with a brutal 104-91 loss to the hapless Washington Wizards. Boston is now 13-13 on the campaign, its worst mark this late in a season in six years. The Celtics have also lost 10 of 15 since an 8-3 start to the campaign. Following Sunday’s loss, Walker was having none of it. “(We) just need to play harder. That’s it. We’re not...
    Getty Images Boston Celtics All-Star Kemba Walker hasn’t been himself, of late, and following his recent dud — where he shot at a 20% clip on 4-of-20 attempts from the floor against the Phoenix Suns — Walker addressed his struggles, along with his overall temperament. Magnified by his worst shooting performance as a Celtic — a 1-of-12 flop against the champion Los Angeles Lakers — Walker, one week removed, followed up on a Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix with another disappointing start. And unfortunately for the Celtics, Kemba’s recent game had something glaringly in common with the former; both resulted in disappointing losses. Boston, capping off its four-game, west coast, road trip against the league-leading Utah Jazz (19-5), is in dire need of a bounce-back performance from its All-Star point guard. Meanwhile, Walker, whose frustration boiled over in the second quarter when he attempted to draw a 3-point shooting foul that came to no avail.Kemba Walker: ‘I Let Myself Get A Little Too Frustrated’Now, he vows to correct his attitude, reminding everyone that his teammates often rely on...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 19 points, Devin Booker had 18 points and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-91 on Sunday. Phoenix improved to 13-9 this season and has won five of its past six games. Cam Johnson added 17 points off the bench while Deandre Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Phoenix built a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Boston rallied to cut the deficit to 76-68 entering the fourth. Backup guard Payton Pritchard gave the Celtics a lift with two 3-pointers during the run. Boston stayed fairly close for most of the game despite a rough shooting performance. Kemba Walker shot just 4 of 20 from the field but hit a 3-pointer with about 2:30 left that pulled the Celtics to within 91-86. Pritchard added a long 3-pointer with about a minute left that brought Boston to within 94-91, but Booker quickly responded with a contested 15-foot jumper and the Suns were able to hang on for the win. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 23...
    New York Knicks (5-8, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (8-3, first in the Eastern Conference) Boston; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into a matchup against New York as winners of five consecutive games. Boston finished 9-6 in Atlantic Division play and 26-10 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Celtics averaged 113.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score 107.3 last season. New York went 2-11 in Atlantic Division action and 10-23 on the road during the 2019-20 season. The Knicks shot 44.7% from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range last season. The teams meet Sunday for the first time this season. INJURIES: Celtics: Romeo Langford: out (right wrist), Robert Williams III: out (health and safety protocols), Kemba Walker: out (left knee), Carsen Edwards: out (health and safety protocols), Jayson Tatum: out (health and safety protocols). Knicks: Alec Burks: out (ankle), Frank Ntilikina: out (right knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — We may actually get some Celtics basketball on Friday night, with the team set to return after a weeklong COVID-19 layoff. Or rather, only half of the team is set to return. If all goes as planned throughout the day Friday, the Celtics should have the necessary eight players available to host the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. That’s a big IF these days, but Boston had nine players on the practice floor at the Auerbach Center on Thursday. One of those players was Kemba Walker, who was back to full speed but will not be making his season debut Friday night. Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams have also been ruled out after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19 last week, with Carsen Edwards (heath and safety protocols) and Romeo Langford (wrist) also sidelined. Making matters a little tougher for Brad Stevens is the fact that Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Semi Ojeleye and Javonte Green are all questionable due to health and safety protocols. If all those players are forced to sit out,...
    Getty Victor Oladipo, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, shoots around Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat. This Wednesday was certainly far from your typical early-season hump day. You could say there was a bit of movement on the trade front. Following a public display of disdain towards his own team the night prior, former league MVP James Harden was ultimately granted his wish, receiving a one-way ticket out of Houston. Harden headlined a blockbuster four-team trade that shipped him to Brooklyn to team up with the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. With Harden jettisoned from Houston and now firmly in the rearview mirror of the previously linked-to Boston Celtics, one may think trade chatter surrounding the Cs would die down a bit. Think again, as one of their very own has floated out a potential target for the Eastern Conference leaders. A target might we add, that likely hasn’t even unpacked his suitcase in his new city. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content!Scalabrine: ‘I Would Keep My...
    Miami Heat (4-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (7-3, second in the Eastern Conference) Boston; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Boston looks to keep its four-game win streak going when the Celtics take on Miami. Boston finished 48-24 overall and 26-10 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Celtics allowed opponents to score 107.3 points per game and shoot 44.1% from the field last season. Miami finished 44-29 overall and 30-13 in Eastern Conference games in the 2019-20 season. The Heat averaged 112 points per game last season, 19.7 from the free throw line and 40.2 from 3-point range. The two teams play for the second time this season. The Celtics defeated the Heat 107-105 in their last meeting on Jan. 6. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 27 points, and Jimmy Butler paced Miami with 26 points. INJURIES: Celtics: Romeo Langford: out (right wrist), Robert Williams III: out (health and safety protocols), Javonte Green: day to day (health and safety protocols), Semi Ojeleye: day to day (health and safety protocols), Tristan Thompson: out (health and safety...
    Getty Rockets' James Harden (L) & Ex-Celtic Ray Allen (R). As ESPN‘s Jalen Rose put it, James Harden is an “acquired taste.” One of the most lethal scorers in NBA history, he also happens to move to the beat of his own drum. On the surface, acquiring a former league MVP and reigning three-time scoring champ such as Harden seems like a no-brainer. However, his ball-centric style could prove to do more harm than good if not placed in the proper situation. One of those potential situations is with the Boston Celtics, whom Harden reportedly added to his list of preferred teams were he to be traded. Yet, even if wing Jaylen Brown were involved in a deal to bring Harden to Massachusetts, it would still leave the ever-rising Jayson Tatum behind for Harden to duke it out with for looks, all while operating within the confinements of Brad Stevens’ pro-ball movement philosophy.  If Harden were to buy in, the outcome could be all-time great. The question is, would he? Ex-Boston Celtic Ray Allen weighed in on the...
    Boston Celtics (1-2, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (3-0, third in the Eastern Conference) Indianapolis; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Indiana will attempt to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Pacers take on Boston. Indiana finished 45-28 overall and 25-11 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Pacers gave up 107.5 points per game while committing 19.8 fouls last season. Boston went 48-24 overall and 30-13 in Eastern Conference play during the 2019-20 season. The Celtics shot 46.1% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range last season. Indiana and Boston play for the second time this season. The Pacers won the last meeting 108-107 on Dec. 27. Malcolm Brogdon led Indiana to the victory with 25 points, five assists and two steals. INJURIES: Pacers: Brian Bowen II: out (groin), Goga Bitadze: out (right ankle), Jeremy Lamb: out (knee), Edmond Sumner: day to day (illness). Celtics: Tacko Fall: out (eye), Romeo Langford: out (right wrist), Kemba Walker: out (left knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and...
    What Kim Ng’s hire means to girls who play baseball Exclusive: As Trump leaves office, 50% of Americans see him as a failed president Did Celtics Jayson Tatum need to call bank on his game-winning shot over the Bucks? Jayson Tatum hit the shot of the young season on Wednesday night. The Celtics were trailing by one with a few seconds left in the fourth quarter, when Tatum got the ball off the inbounds, stepped back from way beyond the 3-point line, and heaved up a prayer. © Provided by For The Win The ball banked high off the glass and rocketed down into the hoop, giving the Celtics a two-point lead. With just 0.4 seconds left, the Bucks were able to get the ball in to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was fouled … but he missed one of his free throws and the Celtics won the game. But the big question after was: Did Tatum need to call glass on his game-winning shot? Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Interviewers asked Tatum’s teammates and the...
    Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Georgia absentee ballot lawsuit: 5 things to know Thursday The Health 202: Or should we say Coronavirus 202? Heres our year-end review Celtics players pen op-ed in The Boston Globe on police use of facial-recognition technology © Keith Sliney/NBAE via Getty Images Jaylen Brown and other Celtics have used their platform around the team and NBA to raise concerns about racial justice. These efforts have drawn significant consideration from sports fans. Now, Celtics players are trying to reach a different audience – readers of The Boston Globe opinion section. There’s something powerful about an op-ed with “By Boston Celtics Players.” They used that attention-grabbing byline to call for greater limits on police use of facial-recognition technology. Excerpts of the op-ed: Studies confirm that face recognition surveillance technology is flawed and biased, with significantly higher error rates when used against people of color and women. The ACLU of Massachusetts tested a widely available face recognition application last year, comparing official headshots of 188 New England athletes with a database of mugshots. Unsurprisingly, 27 professional athletes, including...
    Reports this week continue to state both Boston Celtics stars Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward could end up being traded before the new season begins next month.  Now that the NBA Draft has come and gone, hoops fans everywhere will now be shifting their focus to any trades in the coming days to really shake up the league. Two players to keep an eye on moving forward happen to be from the same team, with reports continuing to swirl that both Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward could end up being traded by the Boston Celtics. Will the two former All-Stars be packing their bags to head to a new city? Per league sources: If Gordon Hayward gets traded, its likely to be via sign & trade. The teams that have expressed interest, and there are several, all want a long-term commitment. — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 17, 2020 Celtics trade rumors are swirling and the Atlanta Hawks have emerged as suitors for Gordon HaywardWhile everything remains up in the air, it should be noted that NBA insider Chris Haynes has...
    Getty Images Will Kemba Walker, Jrue Holiday be switching teams? We are days away from the 2020 NBA Draft and in light of a new report that suggests the Boston Celtics are going all-in on trading for New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, does that mean Kemba Walker could be on the move? In his latest NBA Mock Draft, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor says sources tell him that the Celtics not only have eyes for Holiday in New Orleans but that Boston is attempting to move up in the draft just to take that pick and send it to the Pelicans for Jrue. “The Celtics have offered up their three first-round picks (nos. 14, 26, and 30) in trades to try and move into the lottery but multiple league sources say they intend to reroute that pick to the Pelicans in exchange for Jrue Holiday,” O’Connor wrote. “If Boston is able to acquire the necessary assets, it’d still need to add salaries to make a deal work. Could that mean Gordon Hayward or Kemba Walker could be...
    Getty Images Will Kemba Walker, Jrue Holiday be switching teams? We are days away from the 2020 NBA Draft and in light of a new report that suggests the Boston Celtics are going all-in on trading for New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, does that mean Kemba Walker could be on the move? In his latest NBA Mock Draft, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor says sources tell him that the Celtics not only have eyes for Holiday in New Orleans but that Boston is attempting to move up in the draft just to take that pick and send it to the Pelicans for Jrue. “The Celtics have offered up their three first-round picks (nos. 14, 26, and 30) in trades to try and move into the lottery but multiple league sources say they intend to reroute that pick to the Pelicans in exchange for Jrue Holiday,” O’Connor wrote. “If Boston is able to acquire the necessary assets, it’d still need to add salaries to make a deal work. Could that mean Gordon Hayward or Kemba Walker could be...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics lost an icon on Tuesday with the passing of Tommy Heinsohn, who leaves a lasting impression on the franchise as a player, a coach and as a broadcaster.3 No one bled green like Tommy, who won eight titles with the Celtics as a player and two others as a head coach. He brought Celtics basketball into the homes of millions of viewers for over 40 years as the team’s color commentator, sending out thousands of “Tommy Points” while also finding new and unique ways to disagree with officials. Those Tommy Points will live forever, and plenty more will be given out throughout Celtics history in Heinsohn’s honor. But there may never be another like Tommy Heinsohn, and many took to Twitter after news of his passing to honor the NBA legend. Celtics great Paul Pierce summed it up well with just a sad emoji: ???? — Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) November 10, 2020 Several other former Celtics shared their condolences on Twitter, as did Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Damn RIP Tommy Heinsohn!!! “The...
    Jayson Tatum set goals for himself at the beginning of last season. He wanted to make the All-Star game, average 20 points a game, win an NBA title, and make the All-NBA team. All of these goals were to achieve his larger goal – get a 90 rating in NBA 2K21. And Tatum did most of the above. He made his first All-Star game, averaged close to 24 points-per-game in the regular season (26 in the playoffs), and the All-NBA third team. All of this, in Tatum’s mind, was enough to get him into the elusive ’90’s Club’ in 2K. Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum moves to the basket against Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala forward Bam Adebayo and guard Duncan Robinson during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports And he could do just that. Today, 2K has revealed that the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum will have a 90 overall rating in NBA 2K21. This is an upgrade of his previous year’s overall of 85....
    100 best rock albums of all time, according to critics How to honor RBG by supporting her favorite causes How the unkillable Heat have put the Celtics on the ropes The Boston Celtics came into the Eastern Conference finals as betting favorites against the Miami Heat. They led by 14 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1, and by as many as 17 in the first half of Game 2. They were ahead by five points in the final five minutes of both games - but they trail the series 2-0. © Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBA / Getty Images Heat coach Erik Spoelstra credited his team's disposition more than its schemes after Miami's 106-101 Game 2 win, and it's true the Heat have proven unflappable, resilient, and nearly impossible to put away. But there are also a bunch of tangible reasons they're giving the Celtics so many problems. BAM!Bam Adebayo has established himself as one of the most versatile players in the NBA, and the most important player in this series. For starters, his defense is completely...
    Louisville city council votes no confidence in mayor for handling of Breonna Taylor case 26 Worst Belly Fat Myths The Heat have turned the tables on the frustrated Celtics It didn’t take Marcus Smart’s postgame outburst to confirm the Boston Celtics are performing nothing like we expected from them but perhaps it’s good to know there’s some aggression somewhere on that team. The Miami Heat have turned what was thought to be a poised, mature bunch into a group that second-guesses itself on the floor and apparently, challenges itself off it for the world to hear. Another double-digit lead was blown in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals quicker than you can say “Los Angeles Clippers,” and what’s worse, they looked every bit of tentative for the entire second half as the Heat took a 2-0 lead — with Smart’s frustration boiling over on the way to the locker room. More turnovers than assists, being outhustled on critical possessions — these are usually what the Celtics have done to opponents the last few years. Now, at least temporarily, the tables...
    Miami Heat (44-29, fifth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Boston Celtics (48-24, third in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT LINE: Celtics -1.5; over/under is 209.5 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Heat lead series 1-0 BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Heat won the last matchup 117-114. Goran Dragic scored 29 points to help lead Miami to the win and Jayson Tatum recorded 30 points in the loss for Boston. The Celtics are 30-13 against conference opponents. Boston averages 13.8 turnovers per game and is 31-13 when it wins the turnover battle. The Heat have gone 30-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami averages 14.9 turnovers per game and is 25-12 when turning the ball over more than opponents. TOP PERFORMERS: Marcus Smart leads the Celtics with 4.9 assists, and scores 12.9 points per game. Tatum is averaging 24.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists over the last 10 games for Boston. Jimmy...
    NBA 2020 Playoffs Miami needed overtime to get ahead of the Celtics in the Eastern Final Miami Heat takes the lead in the Eastern Conference Final in a fast-paced match against the Celtics That was decided in overtime (114-117) and with an impressive stopper from Adebayo over Tatum that gave the victory to Spoelstra’s team. The Celtics blew a 14-point lead they had early in the fourth quarter. Miami responded led by Dragic and with the young man Herro showing his talent (12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists). BAM BAM ADEBAYO # TiempoDePlayoffspic.twitter.com / rnqxyImqUW ? NBA Spain (@NBAspain) September 16, 2020 In overtime there were different alternatives and it was the Heat who took the victory with the spectacular action of Adebayo before Tatum. The Celtics player became the top scorer of the game with 30 points. The second game of this exciting final will be played at dawn from Thursday to Friday (01.00 hours).
    Marcus Smart said “I bet on myself 110 per cent of the time” after making a crucial late block in the Boston Celtics’ Game 7 triumph over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. With a little under a minute remaining of the deciding rubber in Orlando, Smart made a critical intervention against Norman Powell that ended the Raptors’ best chance of tying the game. Just a few days ago it was Powell who nailed a one-on-one lay-up against the same opponent to level a thrilling series, which the Celtics finally saw out with their 92-87 victory on Friday. “As soon as Norman caught the ball, instantly I remembered last game,” Smart said. “In my mind I was just telling myself, ‘He has to dunk it. I’m not gonna give a foul. I’m just gonna meet him up top and see who wins that battle.’ “I bet on myself 110 percent of the time. I’m first-team All-Defense for a reason and I believe in that wholeheartedly.” THE KING OF THE NORTH!THE KING OF THE NORTH!THE KING OF THE...
    NBA : Corrected by the Celtics in Game 5 of their conference semi-final (111-89), the Raptors find themselves behind 3-2 and on the verge of elimination. Returning to 2-2 after losing the first two innings of the series, the Raptors could not chain a third victory in a row. Determined to regain control, the Celtics this time left them no chance. A quarter-time was indeed enough for Boston to take an option on victory. The time needed to count 14 lengths ahead after limiting the defending champions to 11 small points (25-11). And if that was not enough, the men of Brad Stevens gave a layer in the second act, turning at the break with a 27-point lead (62-35). The fate of the meeting was sealed and the Celtics already had to deal with the current affairs, which was done and well done, in particular thanks to Jaylen Brown, leading scorer of the meeting with 27 points to 10 of 18 in the counter, Kemba Walker, who followed with 21 points, or Jayson Tatum,...
    The threat of NBA players boycotting playoff games isn’t going away. A day after the Raptors raised the possibility of not playing Thursday’s Game 1 against the Celtics to bring the focus back to racial and social justice, in the aftermath of Jacob Blake being shot by police in Wisconsin, Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday a boycott by both teams remains “on the table.” “Boycotting the game has come up to them to demand a little more attention,” Nurse told reporters after practice. “There are still issues on the table here that they are working through.” The Raptors and Celtics met Tuesday night to discuss a potential boycott, ESPN’s The Undefeated reported, and another meeting was expected to be held Wednesday night. The feeling after Tuesday’s meeting was that most players still wanted to play the Eastern Conference semifinals opener, according to the report. The NBA Players Association executive committee is also in talks with players regarding the logistics of a possible boycott, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday. A group of players held a meeting Tuesday night inside the NBA’s...
    Philadelphia’s star power forward Tobias Harris has struggled to be effective for the 76ers in this playoffs, and he has averaged just 15.8 points while shooting an abysmal 38.3% from the field. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Sixers’ forward as he might have suffered a bad injury at the end of the 3rd quarter. Here is the clip of Harris hitting his head hard against the basketball floor: Tobias Harris just went down hard pic.twitter.com/pBwLj3RXov — Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) August 23, 2020 Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported on this situation, he said: “Great deal of concern on the floor Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, who appeared to hit his head/neck on the court.” Great deal of concern on the floor Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, who appeared to hit his head/neck on the court. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 23, 2020 Woj further reported on the injury, saying: “Harris walked off the court on his own power, after appearing to be bleeding from the side of his head.” Harris walked off the court on his own power, after appearing...
    Brown has been one of the Celtics’ strongest voices speaking out against racism | Maddie Meyer / . Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is not satisfied with the limited list of statements and phrases on social justice that the NBA and the NBPA (players union) agreed on for the jerseys when games resume in July. “I would like to see more options available to put on the back of our shirt,” Brown told reporters Monday. “I think that list is an example of limitations and I am disappointed.” Video: Jaylen Brown & Mike Scott are not happy with the NBA’s social justice list for jerseys | The Jumphttps: //t.co/AEXYV9q77q – genadamedia (@genadamedia) July 7, 2020 Last week, the league and union approved a list of 29 social justice statements, which players will have the option to wear on the back of their shirts. The list does not include references to specific instances of social problems such as police brutality. “‘Break the Cycle, Results, Inequality by Design, things like that I think can have a deeper impact than some of the...
    The entry of Jayson Tatum into the NBA was a bit controversial. The Boston Celtics initially had the #1 pick in the 2017 draft and they selected Markelle Fultz. After agreeing terms with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team traded Fultz and received Tatum instead. So officially, the Celtics got Jayson Tatum as the #3 overall pick in the draft.  Jayson Tatum’s addition to the Celtics team has certainly improved their chances of staying at the top as title contenders. Boston currently stands third in their conference table, and a significant part of it can be credited to the spectacular season Tatum is having.  The 22-year-old was averaging a career-high of 23.6 points before the season came to a halt. Tatum put up incredible performances to establish his supreme talent. Though he is currently thriving with the Celtics, fans might find it surprising when they know that Tatum never wanted to come to Boston in the first place.  When Jayson Tatum revealed his preferred NBA destination Last month, the Celtics forward made joined Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on All the...
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