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    BOSTON (CBS) —  Buzzer beaters are fun. Furious comebacks are just as entertaining. The Celtics have done both in the last four nights, and now own a 2-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round playoff series. Through two postseason games, the Celtics have shown an incredible amount of resilience in their two victories. The resilience to win a close game they almost coughed up, and the resilience to shake off a terrible start and dig themselves out of a giant hole. READ MORE: Celtics Come Back From 17 Down, Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Nets With Game 2 WinIn Game 1, Boston overcame a late run by the Nets and some absurd Kyrie Irving shot-making to win a close game at the buzzer. Winning close contests was one of their biggest issues during the regular season, but the Celtics were up to the task on Sunday thanks to a near perfect final minute of basketball. That perfection was stretched out much longer in Game 2 on Wednesday night. After Seth Curry started the fourth quarter with a three...
    Steve Pagliuca and Larry Tanenbaum have committed to 'lifetime ownership' of Chelsea if their joint bid to buy the club is successful. Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team, and Tanenbaum, who backs the Toronto Maple Leafs, also promised to add to the stream of trophies won under Roman Abramovich.  The other groups in the running are one led by Sir Martin Broughton, the former Liverpool chairman, and another by LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly. Steve Pagliuca (left) and NBA chairman Larry Tanenbaum (right) have committed to a lifetime ownership of Chelsea if they win the right to buy the club All four bidders looking to buy Chelsea say their offers will be entirely funded by cash Pagliuca, who also owns a stake in Serie A side Atalanta, said: 'Larry and I have known each other for over 20 years and we are committed to this being a lifetime ownership. It is a long-term commitment that both families want to make.' He continued: 'Incorporating a broad spectrum of fan perspectives will be a fundamental part of our stewardship if...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown took an elbow to the nose during the Boston Celtics opening playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets. No, it wasn’t intentional, but as Kyrie Irving swung the ball towards his hip, Brown’s face caught a square elbow. The result was a bloody nose that required stuffing by the medical staff on two separate occasions. Luckily, the blood was not an indication of a break, and Brown is not on Celtics’ injury report heading into game two. However, in a recent press conference, Brown revealed that he struggled to breathe once his nose had been stuffed in an attempt to stop the bleeding. “You’re running up and down the court, and at one point I had both of my noses plugged in, I couldn’t breathe. But that’s playoff basketball, that’s what you sign up for. And If I had to do that again for that same ending, I’d do it all again. Finding ways to win, playing through toughness, adversities, injury, whatever it takes, find a way to win, and that’s what...
    It looks like Marcus Smart and Boston Celtics fans have plenty to celebrate after Smart was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. While there is often a discussion surrounding the fact that defense is rarely celebrated as much as it should be in basketball, great defenders are generally recognized fairly frequently. Of course, each and every year, the NBA recognizes an elite defender who deserves to be celebrated. This year, that player is Marcus Smart, according to the folks behind the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. That’s right. Smart has been named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts and accomplishments throughout the regular season. The 2021-22 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year is Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart! pic.twitter.com/kfwG9NcUae — NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 18, 2022 Unsurprisingly, Boston Celtics fans are thrilled, as they should be. This is something Smart, his Celtics teammates, and their fans should absolutely be excited about. Gary Payton himself delivered the news to Marcus Smart that he won DPOY. ???? (????: @celtics) pic.twitter.com/VeuUegqTER —...
    Kyrie Irving returned to Boston for the first day of the playoffs on Sunday, and he was not given a warm welcome. The Brooklyn Nets point guard and shooting guard Kyrie Irving returned to the TD Garden in Boston for the Playoffs on Sunday. He’s a former Boston Celtics player, and his return to the Garden was far from welcoming. Celtics fans were yelling obscenities to Irving, and he claims to have been “returning the energy.” After the game Irving talked about exactly how he received and returned that energy, per NetsDaily: “Look, where I’m from, I’m used to all these antics and people being close nearby. It’s nothing new when I come into this building what it’s going to be like — but it’s the same energy they have for me, I’m going to have the same energy for them. And it’s not every fan, I don’t want to attack every fan, every Boston fan. When people start yelling ‘p—y’ or ‘b—-‘ and ‘f— you’ and all this stuff, there’s only but so much you take as a competitor....
    BOSTON (CBS) — Celtics fans, and Boston opponents, are well aware of Marcus Smart’s abilities on the defensive end of the floor. The Celtics guard has finally received the ultimate recognition for his play on that side of the ball. Smart was named the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, becoming the first guard to win the award since Gary Payton took home the honor in 1996. Payton was in Boston on Monday to break the news to Smart and his Celtics teammates. (You can see that moment in the video above.) READ MORE: Marcus Smart Named A Finalist For NBA Defensive Player Of The YearThat joyous moment came after the Celtics held a film session of Sunday’s 115-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Smart locked down Kyrie Irving on Brooklyn’s final possession of the game, and then assisted on Jayson Tatum’s game-winning layup at the buzzer. As for the 2021-22 season, Smart was sixth in the NBA with 1.7 steals per game and ranked fifth in defensive win...
    BOSTON — Kyrie Irving made it clear: He’s going to “embrace the dark side.” He’s going to give Celtics fans the same energy they give him. On yet another night at the TD Garden laden with boos and expletives directed at Irving, the former Celtic who left the green and white for Brooklyn’s black and gray three offseasons ago, the Nets’ All-Star guard gave Boston fans the middle finger on multiple occasions — including a behind-the-head double-finger — and cursed out a fan during halftime of the Nets’ Game 1 loss to the Celtics on Sunday. “It’s nothing new when I come into this building what it’s gonna be like, but it’s the same energy they had for me, and imma have the same energy for them,” Irving said after hanging 39 points in the losing effort. “And it’s not every fan. I don’t want to attack every Boston fan, but when people start yelling ‘p—-,’ and ‘b—-,’ and ‘f— you,’ and all this other stuff, there’s only but so much you can take as a competitor, and we’re the...
    BOSTON (CBS) — We knew the first-round series between the Celtics and the Nets would be pretty epic. Game 1 on Sunday afternoon lived up to all the hype and then some, as Jayson Tatum and the Celtics stole a victory at the buzzer. Tatum gets all the glory for making a beautiful spinning layup at the buzzer to lift Boston to a 115-114 win. But the credit goes to everyone on the floor for the winner, and the defensive stance that the Celtics made on the other end of the court preceding it. READ MORE: Jayson Tatum's Layup At Buzzer Lifts Celtics To Game 1 Victory Over NetsThe Celtics had blown a 15-point lead that they held in the third quarter and were facing an uphill battling in the closing minutes. Kyrie Irving was cooking in the final frame, and had just hit a contested three to give Brooklyn a 114-111 lead with 45.9 seconds left. It was not looking great for Boston, and no one seemed happy with anyone in the ensuing timeout. It brought back memories to...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics were one of the best teams in the NBA since early January and jumped at the chance to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference on the final day of the regular season. Their reward: A first-round meeting with the seven-seeded Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are not your usual seven-seed. They definitely played like one throughout the regular season, though there are a number of factors that led to their 44-38 records and spot in the play-in tournament. Kevin Durant was limited to 55 games because of a sprained MCL that he suffered in January. Kyrie Irving had to sit out the majority of Brooklyn’s home games because he was unvaccinated. James Harden eventually pouted his way out of town, so Brooklyn’s “Big Three” was never much of a “Big Three” and now they’re down to just a dynamic duo. READ MORE: Celtics-Nets Matchups -- A View From Both SidesBut even after a mediocre regular season, they still possess two superstars in Durant and Irving. The big fear is that the Nets could...
    This time last year, the roles were reversed. The Nets finished the 2020-21 regular season with the No. 2 seed, while the Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in the first game of the play-in tournament to secure the East’s No. 7 spot. The Nets, with a roster headlined by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, made quick work of an outmatched Celtics team. Brooklyn won the series, 4-1, only surrendering the first game on Boston’s home court. But things have changed since that fateful series. Boston’s mastermind Brad Stevens moved into a front office role and poached Nets’ lead assistant coach Ime Udoka. Udoka helped transform the Celtics into the league’s top defensive team. He unlocked Marcus Smart as a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate and developed Jayson Tatum’s playmaking and on-court leadership skills. Udoka has taken a fringe playoff contender and legitimized them. And, for the Nets, now the shoe is on the other foot. “They’ve got six or seven new players [since last year’s playoff series],” Durant said in the days leading up to...
    Brad Stevens did not hesitate to shoot down the idea of him taking over the head coaching position with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the hunt for a new head coach after firing Frank Vogel this past Monday, and if Boston Celtics GM Brad Stevens is on their list, they can cross his name off. Stevens made an appearance on Toucher and Rich radio show, and he was asked if he would entertain the idea of him becoming the Lakers coach if approached, Stevens replied: not entertaining it. “No. Not entertaining,” Stevens said bluntly about the possibility. “First of all, I have no idea what my future holds. I’m in one of those positions where someone decides to move on from me and this is the world we live in. I’m definitely not leaving to go to the Lakers. I know that for a fact.” Brad Stevens has had a successful career with the CelticsDuring his appearance, Stevens also talked about being a part of the Celtics organization. “How about the fact that I lived...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics. The Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving. That’s just a collection of proper nouns. It doesn’t really tell a story. Yet … it kind of does. And with the Celtics and Nets prepping to square off in the NBA’s most interesting first-round playoff series, the history of Kyrie and the Celtics is sure to come up a time or two in the coming days and weeks. Over time, some of that history has been clouded, because frankly, there’s a lot of it. So help sort it all out — or, most of it, hopefully — here’s a recap. AUGUST 2017: THE TRADE Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) Isaiah Thomas basically sacrificed his career by playing through a serious hip injury in the 2017 playoffs. He was also playing amid a personal tragedy that postseason, after his sister died in a car crash. He had already been a fan favorite to that point, and he was even more beloved by Boston after all of that. And yet … Danny Ainge went...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Celtics. There was a fair measure of debate among Greenhearts as the Celtic plinko chip banked through the last few rungs of the NBA regular season on the way to its final playoff seeding. Would it be nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of second place in the East and take arms against the sea of troubles in an almost certain first-round matchup with Brooklyn? Or should the Celtics try to game the system and finagle their way to third place and a series against the fading Bulls? By nightfall last Sunday, the No. 3 seed wasn’t really on the table. The Bucks threw the end of their roster onto the floor in an afternoon loss at Cleveland, and with the Sixers all but certain to hand Detroit its 59th loss (they did), the Celts would be second with a win in Memphis and fourth with a loss. The latter would mean a series against Toronto, a sneaky good opponent in a place that does not allow unvaccinated players to participate — and there...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics are the two-seed in the Eastern Conference, patiently waiting to learn who their first-round foe will be when things tip off for them Sunday afternoon. They’ll find out Tuesday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA’s first play-in game of 2022. The Celtics sent a message on Sunday night, playing to win against a depleted Memphis team when they could have treated the game as an exhibition. A loss would have dropped Boston to fourth in the East, and the Celtics would have avoided a potential first-round matchup with the Nets — a super team that may turn it on now that the playoffs have arrived, but was anything but super throughout the regular season. READ MORE: Matthew Judon Simply Cannot Stop Trying To Recruit Players To Join PatriotsBut the Celtics scoffed at the notion of manipulating their playoff seeding. A first-round matchup with the Nets may not be ideal, but the Celtics were not going to back away from that possible challenge. Not when homecourt in Round 2 was...
    Getty Payton Pritchard, Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics managed to turn their season around and finish second in the Eastern Conference despite a slow start to the year. Now, the Celtics patiently wait to see the outcome of the play-in game, so they can learn who their opponents will be in the first round of the playoffs. Boston’s potential opponents are either the Brooklyn Nets or Cleveland Cavaliers who face off on April 12 in a winner-takes-all elimination game. The Nets defeated the Celtics 4-1 in the first round of the 2020-21 playoffs, which will likely serve as motivation to a Celtics team that finished the regular season with the league’s best defense. President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens, has done an exceptional job at revamping the Celtics roster and putting them in a position to be contenders moving forward. And according to sophomore guard Payton Pritchard, this Celtics team is going to be a thorn in their opponent’s side for the foreseeable future. Play Payton Pritchard: 'We’re Not Trying to Dodge ANYBODY' | Celtics...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Wednesday night’s win over the Chicago Bulls gave the Celtics the inside track to secure the two-seed in the Eastern Conference. A win over the Bucks on Thursday night would  essentially seal the deal for Boston. That is, if the Celtics even want the No. 2 seed. READ MORE: Celtics Rout Bulls For 50th Win, Close In On No. 2 Spot In EastIn earning their 50th win of the season Wednesday, the Celtics took a half-game lead over the Bucks for second place in the East. The 76ers currently sit in fourth with an identical 49-30 record as the Bucks, who own the tiebreaker over Philly. Boston has two games remaining — Thursday in Milwaukee and Sunday in Memphis — while the Bucks (vs. Celtics, at Detroit, at Cleveland) and 76ers (at Toronto, vs. Indiana, vs. Detroit) each have three. Falling to the Bucks on Thursday would drop Boston down in the standings, and give the Bucks the tiebreaker over the Celtics. A Boston loss and a Philly win in Toronto would drop the Celtics to fourth,...
    Getty Images Grant Williams of the Celtics competes for a loose ball against Draymond Green #23 of the Warriors Before Grant Williams’ career-best 20-point performance helped seal a 132-123 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder last month, which capped off a perfect 4-0 west-coast road trip, Williams and the Celtics assisted 13 local Black-owned businesses. Williams teamed up with the NAACP, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, and Vistaprint to reward $25,000 donations to small businesses in the community as a part of the Power Forward Small Business program. Applicants who made less than $100,000 of revenue in the past two years qualified for the program. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Grant, his teammate Aaron Nesmith, and the Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens surprised the 13 lucky recipients with an in-person or virtual visit.Kashawna Harling’s ‘Paws & Puurfection’Kashawna Harling of Malden, MA, dreamed of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The final week of the NBA regular season is upon us, with the Boston Celtics currently sitting as the two-seed in the Eastern Conference. That is where they will likely finish when the regular season concludes, according to the odds on Pro Basketball Reference. That is Boston’s highest seeding probability on Monday morning, with the Celtics given a 52.1 percent chance to finish as the East’s two-seed. The C’s have a 27.7 percent chance of finishing third in the conference, a 14.5 percent chance of finishing fourth, and a 1.1 percent chances of falling to the five-seed. Boston has just a 4.6 percent chance of claiming the top spot in the East, with the Miami Heat (94.5 percent chance for the one-seed) owning a two-game lead over Boston at the moment. READ MORE: Jaylen Brown Won't Says If He's Vaccinated, But Says He's 'Ready To Play Against Anybody'The Celtics are just a half-game up on the Bucks in the race for the two-seed, and will visit Milwaukee on Thursday night following a road game against the Chicago...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics released some promising news on Wednesday when the team revealed that center Robert Williams could be back within four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his meniscus. That could put the Boston big man back in action as early as the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That’s a great timeline for the Time Lord, who has been a massive part of Boston’s top-flight defense and was enjoying a career year before he was injured on Sunday. Celtics president of basketball ops. Brad Stevens explained the optimistic timeline Friday morning during his weekly chat with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, saying that Williams only needed the less-invasive surgery (a trim vs. a full repair) because it wasn’t a full meniscus tear. READ MORE: Incredible Clip Of John Madden Comparing Tom Brady To Joe Montana Resurfaces After Nearly 20 Years“When they went in and did the MRI we felt a little better, because it was just a tiny, small, almost like flap. They had a couple different people look at it and they all...
    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 23: Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics talks with Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter of the game against the Utah Jazz at TD Garden on March 23, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) The Celtics are locked in a battle for a high seed in the Eastern Conference, but Boston has the talent required to win it all no matter where they finish.  The high-scoring duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have managed to push the Celtics into the hunt for a high seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Betting against Boston to make a deep run in the postseason is something NBA fans should do at their own peril. That’s not to say that Ime Udoka’s team deserves to enter the postseason as the favorite to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Beantown,...
    Boston Celtics center Robert Williams will be out for several weeks with a meniscus tear, making it more difficult for Boston to hold the No. 1 spot. A 134-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves cemented two things for the Boston Celtics: that this was the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, and that the Celtics had the best-ranked defense in the NBA. With one injury, all of that could be at risk as the Celtics advance to the playoffs. During their March 27 win, Celtics center Robert Williams appeared to suffer a knee sprain, although Williams still went on to score 8 of 13 shots, which led fans to believe that the sprain was nothing major. Heres what Robert Williams III was able to do AFTER he sprained his knee last night. Got 8 of his 13 points and looked pretty good overall. Hopefully that injury is nothing major, and he wont miss much time (if any). pic.twitter.com/prQxTnPRgd — Tomek Kordylewski (@Timi_093) March 28, 2022 According to Adrian Wojnarowski, MRI scans on March 28 confirm that Williams suffered...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics Nobody is surprised that Jayson Tatum has been the key driving force behind the Boston Celtics‘ mid-season resurgence. It’s long been postulated that Tatum holds the keys to any future success the Celtics will have, at least in the short-to-mid term. That’s the type of expectations placed on your shoulders when you’re a borderline top-10 talent in the NBA, with multiple years of development left before you reach your peak. Of course, one star on their own doesn’t equate to a contending team, but without said star, you don’t stand a chance. Luckily for Boston, they have two elite players in Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and if the fanbase had anything to say about it, the Celtics would look to add a third star during the off-season. "You are the face of this league, bro" Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness —@RealDealBeal23 to @Money23Green about @jaytatum0 pic.twitter.com/7Au8Y96qux — The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) March 24, 2022 Bradley Beal has long been a pipe-dream for...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics are a broken record. The beat the team keeps repeating is one that has the Celtics absolutely decimating any team that stands in their way. It’s a lovely beat, actually, and on Wednesday night at TD Garden, they played it for the Utah Jazz. Boston hit all of its usual beautiful notes from the last three months, playing smothering defense while mixing in some exquisite ball movement on offense. It threw the Jazz — the NBA’s leading offense — completely out of tune, and led to yet another blowout victory for the Celtics. READ MORE: Tatum, Brown Sizzle, Celtics Roll To 125-97 Win Over JazzThe 125-97 win was another statement by the Celtics, another warning to the rest of the NBA. While doubters see Boston as a one-hit wonder that won’t go anywhere in the playoffs, the Celtics’ recent country-wide tour of beatdowns says otherwise. The Celtics have now won five straight, with four of those coming on the road, by a combined total of 108 points. But it goes far beyond that small...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jayson Tatum is really racking up the awards this season. The Celtics forward was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the second time this month that Tatum has won the award. It’s the third time this season that Tatum has received the award, which matches the franchise record held by Larry Bird. Tatum’s seven Player of the Week awards for his career are the third-most in Celtics franchise history. READ MORE: Bruins Sign Jake DeBrusk To Two-Year Extension, Forward Not Dealt Ahead Of Monday's Trade DeadlineTatum averaged 29.3 points off 59.2 percent shooting (including 57.1 percent from three-point range), 7.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in Boston’s three contests last week. All three games were on the road, and the Celtics won all three. Tatum got his epic week started with a 26-point, 12-rebound showing in Boston’s 110-88 win over the Golden State Warriors. He followed it up by hitting 12 of his 16 shots and scoring 32 points in a 126-97 win over the Kings in Sacramento. He capped his week...
    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 are one of the hottest teams in the NBA, 12-3 over their last 15 games and outscoring opponents by an average of 12.7 points per 100 possessions. To break down their chances of actually breaking through in a loaded Eastern Conference, I tapped in some of the best minds from The Step Back and FanSided’s NBA network.1. Which Eastern Conference contender should be most afraid of seeing the Boston Celtics in the playoffs? Least afraid?Jack Simone, Hoops Habit: The Philadelphia 76ers should be the most afraid of the Boston Celtics. In recent years, the Celtics have absolutely dominated the Sixers in the playoffs. It got to the point where Joel Embiid admitted himself that it wasn’t really a rivalry because of how much the Celtics win. Boston is more equipped than any team in the league to deal with Embiid and James Harden. They have Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and a defensive...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics started their West Coast swing with another defensive triumph, this time holding the always dangerous Golden State Warriors to just 88 points. It was the 11th time this season that Boston has held an opponent to 90 points or fewer. The Warriors had just 32 points at halftime, with the Celtics holding them to an abysmal 29.4 percent shooting. Golden State lost Steph Curry in the second quarter, which obviously hurt their offensive cause, but the team scored just 15 points in the frame. READ MORE: Matthew Slater Wasn't Playing For Any Team Other Than PatriotsHad it not been for a third-quarter heater from Jordan Poole, who poured in 19 points in the frame to help cut Boston’s 24-point lead to just 10, the Celtics would have cruised to an easier win. It was still pretty easy after Boston put the clamps back on the Warriors in the fourth, holding them to 19 points to waltz to the 110-88 victory. Not bad against a team that leads the NBA with a plus-10.6 margin of victory...
    SAN FRANCISCO — All those good vibes from Draymond Green’s return on Monday and the Warriors’ four-game winning streak? Yeah, those are gone, bludgeoned to an unrecognizable pulp over 48 minutes the Boston Celtics Wednesday. Yes, the Warriors were taught a lesson by the NBA’s best defense. It came through loud and clear: You’re not ready for the playoffs. Disagree with Boston’s tactics all you want — blast Marcus Smart for his reckless play for the next three days, three weeks, or three months — but the Celtics’ physicality, energy, and connectivity on defense carried the first half, and subsequently the day, at Chase Center Wednesday. They are a truly elite defense playing at a level you only see after 82 regular-season games, and the Warriors only found out that they showed up to a knife fight after they had been stabbed a few times. Every possession for the Warriors took an eternity. The vast majority of those possessions ended with bad shots. Outside of Jordan Poole drives to the basket — avoiding three Celtics every time — nothing worked...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Kevin Garnett was only with the Celtics for six years, but his impact was enormous and long-lasting. His larger-than-life personality and unrelenting intensity changed everything with the franchise, lifting the Celtics from the basement of the NBA to the rafters of the TD Garden. And on Sunday, his No. 5 will take its place in those very rafters, within screaming distance of that the 2008 NBA Championship banner that he helped raise. Without Garnett, the wait for Banner 17 in Boston would likely still be going on. READ MORE: 'Stop The (Expletive) Game': Revs Captain Carles Gil Livid Match Was Played At Snowy Gillette StadiumGarnett’s arrival in Boston was one of those moments where you’ll always remember where you were. It was nearly impossible to contain one’s jubilation when the Celtics, after months of rumors and false hope, finally acquired Garnett in a blockbuster trade with the Timberwolves. That moment inspired one of the best NBA commercials of the last few decades, and many more followed as Boston embarked on a historic title run. Bringing Garnett to...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics are enjoying an incredible second-half turnaround to their season, thanks mostly to the team’s top-ranked defense. Though Jayson Tatum’s metamorphosis from Boston’s star to a full-fledged NBA superstar has certainly helped, it’s the Celtics’ nightly stifling of opponents that has led to the Celtics’ climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Simply put, the Celtics are not a fun team to play against for anyone at the moment. Great, good, and bad teams alike have been stymied by Boston’s defense since head coach Ime Udoka called out the team’s mental mettle after an embarrassing loss to the Knicks in early January, and the Celtics have won 21 of their 29 games over that stretch. READ MORE: David Ortiz Comes Out Against MLB's Proposal For International DraftConsidering the Celtics own the NBA’s best defense, one would assume that the anchors of that defense would be getting some love when it comes to the Defensive Player of the Year award. Grant Williams got the ball rolling for Marcus Smart and Robert Williams on Tuesday night, urging voters to...
    BOSTON (CBS) — You have likely heard by now that the Boston Celtics are once again a good basketball team. A really good basketball team. The same squad that was blowing leads and no-showing against the worst teams in the league over the opening months of the season have gone on an absolute tear since 2022 arrived. Most Boston fans were convinced weeks ago that this flip-flop was pretty legit. The rest of the country is starting to follow suit after Thursday night’s convincing win over Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, arguably the third-best team in the NBA. The Celtics won despite being down Jaylen Brown, their second-best player behind Jayson Tatum. It was Boston’s ninth straight win over a playoff team, and the team’s 13th in the last 15 contests. Beating Memphis, rather handily at that, gives the Celtics the signature win that most pundits said they lacked during their recent run. They’ll get a chance to add another Sunday afternoon when Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets come to town. What has fueled this 2022...
    BOSTON (CBS) — You have likely heard by now that the Boston Celtics are once again a good basketball team. A really good basketball team. The same squad that was blowing leads and no-showing against the worst teams in the league over the opening months of the season have gone on an absolute tear since 2022 arrived. Most Boston fans were convinced weeks ago that this flip-flop was pretty legit. The rest of the country is starting to follow suit after Thursday night’s convincing win over Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, arguably the third-best team in the NBA. The Celtics won despite being down Jaylen Brown, their second-best player behind Jayson Tatum. It was Boston’s ninth straight win over a playoff team, and the team’s 13th in the last 15 contests. Beating Memphis, rather handily at that, gives the Celtics the signature win that most pundits said they lacked during their recent run. They’ll get a chance to add another Sunday afternoon when Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets come to town. What has fueled this 2022...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — March has arrived, and just six weeks remain in the NBA regular season. It’s about to get really interesting for the Boston Celtics and the rest of the Eastern Conference hopefuls. READ MORE: MLB Extends Deadline To End Lockout Hoping To Start Season On TimeSunday evening’s disappointing road loss to the lowly Pacers aside, the Celtics have been the hottest team in the NBA since the new year. Their defense has been ridiculously dominant, and has many thrusting Boston back into contender status. Some projections even have the Celtics as the favorite out of the Eastern Conference, with The Ringer examining the validity of those projections in length on Tuesday. The conclusion? Maybe. The defense is stout and one of the more formidable units in the NBA, but the Celtics are far from perfect. They need to become a much better and more efficient offensive team to have a real shot against the likes of the Heat, Bucks, Bulls, 76ers and (eventually, we think) the rejuvenated Nets. Basically, Boston’s contender status remains...
    Getty Images Kristaps Porzingis of the Mavericks In light of his recent moves, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens is on the cusp of positioning his team to blossom into championship contenders and could be one move away from seeing it come to fruition between now and the near future. The February 10 NBA trade deadline is in the rearview. Stevens reshaped the roster not only to fit the Celtics under the league’s tax apron but acquired Derrick White and Daniel Theis, two players tailored to fit the fabric of head coach Ime Udoka’s culture of a defensive-minded approach. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! It also cost Stevens two future first-round picks to get it done, meaning the first-year GM is all-in on building toward the immediate future. Meanwhile, Boston, winning ten of its last 11 games, is only two games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have ascended to the hottest team...
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket past Andre Drummond #0 of the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics returned from the All-Star break much like they entered it, in dominant fashion. The C’s easily handled a flailing Brooklyn Nets squad on Thursday night to the tune of 129-106. The victory marked Boston’s 10th win over their last 11 games with a point differential of +224 points over that span — the second-largest point differential over an 11-game, single-season span in NBA history, per Basketball Reference’s Justin Kubatko.  With the team cruising to yet another win, Celtics players and fans were able to find the humor in some of the more subtle nuances from the victory over Brooklyn, namely Jayson Tatum’s refusal to throw an alley-oop to teammate Grant Williams on a fastbreak during the final quarter of regulation. Grant wanted Tatum to throw the lob @jaytatum0 @Grant2Will ???? pic.twitter.com/tYqucUesBi — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 25, 2022 After Tatum shunned Willams’ call for the alley-oop in favor of taking matters into...
    After their much talked about awkward interaction at the NBA 75 ceremony, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen posed for a photo, posted by Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce. The NBA 75 ceremony during halftime of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game had many people talking on social media, as it recognized the top player’s in the league’s history. During said ceremony, however, many viewers spotted the awkward interaction between former Boston Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Their teammate, Paul Pierce, posted eight photos and videos from the event on his Instagram account on Monday. One of the photos was Pierce, Garnett and Allen smiling and posing for the camera. Paul Pierce x Kevin Garnett x Ray Allen. ✊ pic.twitter.com/86ziEVqprN — Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 21, 2022 Garnett then shared the image on his Instagram story, where he tagged both Pierce and Allen with the caption “the guy’s 100-percent.” Kevin Garnett’s IG Story pic.twitter.com/ZNteuMGS5C — Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 22, 2022 Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen pose for photo at NBA All-Star weekend Back in 2007, Garnett and Allen joined the...
    The Dallas Mavericks have turned their season around with one of the NBA’s best defenses, while Derrick White has given the Celtics exactly what they need. It wasn’t long ago that the Dallas Mavericks’ season, and a year of Luka Dončić’s prime, was on the brink of falling by the wayside. On December 30, Dallas was 16-18, Dončić was out with a sprained ankle and the team was struggling to find a rhythm under first-year head coach Jason Kidd. Since then, the Mavericks have won 18 of 24 games, posted the third-best net rating in the NBA and pulled within two wins of the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the West. Given Dončić’s prowess as a pick-and-roll orchestrator, it would be logical to assume that Dallas has set the rest of the league on fire with its offense while defending just well enough to outscore opponents. But the NBA often defies logic, and indeed the Mavericks have salvaged their season, somehow, with one of the league’s best defenses over the last six weeks. What is driving the Mavs surging...
    Getty Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics still have a trio of open roster spots following their trade activity around the February 10 trade deadline. The Celtics have already moved to fill out some of their roster, but that was primarily to satisfy NBA rules. Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet have both seen their two-way deals converted into full-time contracts for the rest of the season, per ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski.  But, due to some technicalities involved, adding those two players only fills one of the team’s open roster spots, leaving the Celtics with three more spaces to fill. According to Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpett, the first player the Celtics should be reaching out to is former All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Play NBA Buyout Market TalkHeavy.com's Sean Deveney and Steve Bulpett examine the buyout market for the Celtics and the rest of the NBA.2022-02-13T15:36:15Z “I would have at least made the offer a long time ago. But the question with Isaiah is, will there be opportunity there? Look, I think the Celtics owe Isaiah more than they can give...
    Getty JJ Redick, Boston Celtics When it comes to this year’s version of the Boston Celtics, it’s clear their biggest area of need is in the shooting department. After all, this is the same Celtics team that currently resides in 24th place for three-point percentage. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, shooting has been an area of contention for the Celtics for quite some time now, far beyond this season – especially off the bench. Yet, according to a revelation released on his podcast today, former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick was almost the man to solve those shooting issues. In fact, the Celtics missed out on the three-point assassin three times throughout his career, with the veteran bucket-getter being ‘convinced’ a deal had been struck on more than one occasion. “In 2010, I was convinced, I had a really good conference finals against Boston, and I got word, I was convinced, that they were going to give me a five-year contract at the full mid-level. But then Perk got hurt in game 6 of the finals, and...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Stevens’ first trade deadline day is in the books. It was an active one for the Celtics and their president of basketball ops, albeit slightly underwhelming and a little bit confusing. A blockbuster deal was not expected. But after weeks of hearing that the Celtics didn’t want to add any money to the books, and that they certainly didn’t want to add players with too many years left on their contract, Stevens traded for a pair of players with a lot of money and a lot of years left on their deals. Somehow, they managed to get under the luxury tax with the moves, so at least the owners have that going for them. READ MORE: Celtics Trade Dennis Schroder, Enes Freedom To Rockets For Daniel TheisBut the Celtics did pick up Derrick White from San Antonio, who is a really good two-way combo guard that will fit nicely into the Boston rotation. And he’ll have to, since the Celtics traded Josh Richardson for him, who was playing really well in the Boston rotation. Stevens also...
    Getty Dennis Schroder, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics are still one trade away from getting under the luxury tax, which has long been their rumored plan leading up to the trade deadline. One player whose name has consistently been linked with a possible trade away from the team is Dennis Schroder. The speedy point guard’s short-term contract and team-friendly salary make him the perfect candidate for the Celtics to move on from and save themselves a luxury tax bill in the process. Schroder’s departure would also free up developmental minutes for sophomore guard Payton Pritchard, who has found his chances limited this season and is currently considered the team’s third-string guard. According to ESPN’S Bobby Marks, the Celtics are limited in their ability to retain the Braunschweig native due to not holding his bird rights, and that’s a similar issue any team that acquires Schroder will also face at the end of the season. I am 95% trade Dennis Schroder. We cannot resign him in the offseason, he could get you a solid return, I don’t like...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Marcus Smart experience has been in full effect this season. The Celtics point guard is amazingly fascinating one night as he does all the dirty work in a win, and wildly inconsistent and frustrating the next. It’s a roller coaster we’ve been on for eight years, a ride that most accept a seat on a few nights every week. But given Smart’s ability to swing one’s mood like a pass around the top of the key, it’s an act that can grow thin at times. And with Marcus tasked with being Boston’s starting point guard this season, he’s become an even easier scapegoat when things don’t go right for the Green. READ MORE: Josh McDaniels Introduced By Raiders, Eyes Success In Second Stint As Head CoachAnd for much of the season things have not gone right for the Celtics. A slow start to the season saw them play down to inferior opponents and either lose their winnable games, or have to go down to the wire against the bottom dwellers of the NBA. Boston had very...
    Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33): Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports The Boston Celtics are going in circles and a trade could be just what they need to help them recover their mojo. Here are five possibilities. Over halfway into the season, the Boston Celtics continue to hover around .500, miring in mediocrity, and furthering the impending notion that the current roster may need several significant changes. While this roster may not call for the same extensive overhauls of the past, it’s become evident this season that the Celtics still have yet to find the ideal pieces to complement their All-Star wing tandem of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Boston is currently ranked 24th in offensive rating, signifying glaring offensive woes even with Tatum and Brown averaging over 24 points a game. Here are five trades the Celtics can make to alleviate the burdens of their two forwards and take legitimate steps to re-establishing themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference.5. Boston Celtics trade for Myles TurnerCeltics get:  Myles Turner Pacers get: Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, a future first-round...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jayson Tatum bust out of his shooting slump with a monster game on Sunday. While it was great to see Tatum drop 51 on an extremely efficient shooting night, hitting more shots than he misses on a consistent basis has been Tatum’s biggest issue this season. But on Tuesday night, he made it two straight games with stellar shooting, as Tatum led Boston with 36 points in a dominating 128-75 blowout win over the Sacramento Kings. He was 14-for-23 from the floor and 7-for-14 from three-point range, and for the second straight game, Tatum got to watch the majority of the fourth quarter from the Boston bench. READ MORE: Tom Brady Thinks Shawn Hochuli's Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty Was 'Comical,' Possibly 'Predetermined'It wasn’t long ago that Tatum had missed 20 straight threes. He’s now 16-for-28 from downtown over his last two games, which is just the second time all season that Tatum has hit at least 50 percent of his threes in back-to-back games. Tatum — and the rest of the Celtics, for that matter — did whatever...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 51 points — 48 of them in the first three quarters — and the Boston Celtics breezed to a 116-87 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Tatum made nine 3-pointers and shot 18 of 28 from the field. He had 31 points by halftime and reached 50 on a drive to the basket with about 4:30 remaining in the game. He added a technical-foul free throw with 3:55 to play and then checked out of the game while the crowd in Washington, which included plenty of green-clad Boston fans, gave him a standing ovation. READ MORE: Two People Injured In Hampden Shooting On SundayBradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who never led in coach Wes Unseld Jr.’s return from being on the COVID-19 health and safety protocol list. Washington, which has one game remaining on an eight-game homestand, has dropped three in a row. Boston led 46-45 in the second quarter, but then Tatum’s 17-footer started a 14-0 run to close the half. Tatum added a couple free throws and two...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics let another game slip away during their January 21 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Early in the fourth quarter, everything was looking rosy for the Celtics, holding an 11-point lead and looking like good value for the win. Then, with seven minutes remaining on the clock, the Celtics choked. For those final seven minutes, Boston failed to hit any of their field goal attempts, going 0-for-10 from the field and 0-for-6 from deep. The only points the Celtics added to their tally came courtesy of some reliable free-throw shooting, but as you would expect, those points weren’t enough to help Boston see the game through. Celtics were up 100-89 with 7:19 to play. They went almost seven minutes without scoring. Lost 109-105. Back under .500 on the season. — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 22, 2022 Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Celtics have failed to maintain a lead heading into the final quarter. In fact, Boston’s late-game meltdowns are becoming a subplot to a disappointing season.Celtics Twitter Hits...
    The family of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford made waves on Twitter by bad-mouthing the Philadelphia 76ers during Friday night’s game. Al Horford’s time in Philadelphia didn’t exactly go to plan so his return to the city with the Celtics wasn’t likely to be particularly friendly. Fans booed Horford when he took the court on Friday night but that wasn’t the end of the story. Horford’s family took offense to the treatment of the forward and clapped back on Twitter.Al Horford’s brother called the 76ers a poverty franchise during Celtics gameHorford’s brother, Josh, jumped on Twitter to call the 76ers a “poverty franchise.” Poverty franchise https://t.co/pHdOIQCbk0 — Big Bad (@JoshHorford) January 15, 2022 Meanwhile, Horford’s sister, Anna, was actively commenting on the game and the city of Philadelphia. The power I hold over the city of Philadelphia is insane ???????? — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) January 15, 2022 How many people in that city have uttered my name tonight?? **chef’s kiss** — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) January 15, 2022 She also voiced frustration over the referees treatment of...
    After a 941-day absence, Klay Thompson returned to the NBA in a way only he could. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are struggling to find an offensive rhythm. Klay Thompson made his NBA return in a way only Klay Thompson could: with a quick trigger and absolutely no conscience. Given his fiery competitiveness and stone-cold confidence, why should we have expected anything else? Seconds into his first NBA game since June 2019, Thompson drove the lane and converted a tough floater, despite the play being designed for Steph Curry to shoot. He proceeded to throw down a thunderous driving dunk, drain a series of off-the-dribble jumpers, splash a timeout-inducing transition 3, and play with the same unreserved confidence that, prior to two traumatic leg injuries, made him one of the most lethal shooters in NBA history. But it was a subtler, more collaborative sequence that best encapsulated what Thompson’s return means for the Warriors — and for the rest of the NBA. After inbounding the ball to Otto Porter in the second quarter, Thompson cut back to the middle of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — If the Celtics deserve credit for anything this season, it’s that they’re finding new and innovative ways to lose games. Wednesday night’s 99-97 loss to the Spurs in Boston may not have been the team’s worst defeat of the season, but it was easily the most frustrating. Despite having just about everyone back in uniform and on the floor Wednesday night, Boston’s fatal flaws were littered throughout the contest. They moved the ball well at times which led to some offensive outbursts, but then they reverted back into a stagnant, motionless team when they had the ball for much of the second half. They played some solid defense throughout that generated some extra looks, but then they did nothing on the other end. That was most prominent at the end of the game, when the C’s had multiple chances to force overtime or win the game. READ MORE: Antonio Brown Shares His Side, Says Buccaneers Forced Him To Play InjuredThe first instance came with 41.3 seconds left in the game. The Spurs were hanging on to a...