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    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics. Antoine Walker gave some strong opinions on his former team and the finals run they just made. Walker, who played for the Boston Celtics from 1996 to 2003, then returned briefly in 2005, had some harsh words for the Celtics. In an interview with Locked On Heat, Walker claimed that the Celtics gave the title away to the Golden State Warriors. “I hate to take away from Golden State, but if you go back and watch the film, Boston gave Golden State that championship.” Walker used Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals as a point of reference for how Boston fumbled the series away. “They were up four or five with four minutes to go. They probably took seven straight three-point shots, and it wasn’t from Jayson Tatum. It wasn’t from their best player on the floor. Then the last two games, you turn it over combined 42, 43 times in two games against a team like Golden State. It’s no way you can win, so you’re really beating...
    Getty Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics. Following the passing of Bill Russell, many NBA players paid tribute to the Boston Celtics legend, including former Celtic Ray Allen. On his Instagram page, Allen wrote a long detailed post praising Russell for all he did as a basketball player and as a person. Allen also revealed that Russell’s influence was the reason why he wanted to become a Celtic. “A lot of people talk about changing the world- Bill actually did. Thank you Bill. You were the reason I wanted to be a Celtic. Forever grateful, Legend.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ray Allen (@trayfour) Allen was traded to the Celtics in 2007 and played an instrumental role in helping them win their 17th title the following year. In the five years he played for the Celtics, Allen averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 358 games total. On top of that, Allen made the all-star game three times and helped the Celtics reach playoffs every year he played for the...
    Getty Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics have a ton of talent on their roster. After losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Brad Stevens wasted no time retooling the roster and adding more depth to the roster in Danilo Gallinari and Malcolm Brogdon. However, there is such a thing as having too much talent. The 2018-19 Celtics squad suffered from this, as there were just too many mouths to feed, and it ended up causing issues behind the scenes. After the season ended, Kyrie Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets, Al Horford left for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Terry Rozier left for the Charlotte Hornets, just to name a few. So, with a somewhat similar situation on hand for this upcoming season, Jay King of The Athletic was asked about whether or not the current Celtics could run into the same issues during a mailbag article. In response, he offered up a quote from Marcus Smart, whom he spoke with on July 14, asking a similar question to the one posed....
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jayson Tatum received a lot of flak for his performance in the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Tatum’s performance in the decisive Game 6, in which he scored 13 points while shooting 6-for-18 from the floor while turning the ball over five times, has particularly The ongoing harsh criticism of Tatum’s performance has not sat right with LeBron James. On the most recent episode of his show Uninterrupted, LeBron came to the defense of the Boston Celtics star, praising his skills as a basketball player while saying the best is yet to come from him. “Jayson Tatum is a beast. He didn’t play to his standards, but to the regular s*** standards that everybody, only people that’s comfortable. Like, man, he had a hell of a season, and that guy’s not even 25 yet. He’ll be back. He got nothing to hang his hat on.” LeBron later compared Tatum’s performance in the NBA Finals to his first experience...
    NBA free agents, with the signing period under way: Agreed to terms: Kyle Anderson (Timberwolves), Marvin Bagley III (Pistons), Mo Bamba (Magic), Nicolas Batum (Clippers), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Nemanja Bjelica (Turkey), Bismack Biyombo (Suns), Bol Bol (Magic), Bruce Brown (Nuggets), Moses Brown (Clippers), Troy Brown Jr. (Lakers), Jalen Brunson (Knicks), Thomas Bryant (Lakers), Chris Boucher (Raptors), Javon Carter (Bucks), Justin Champagnie (Raptors), Nicolas Claxton (Nets), Amir Coffey (Clippers), Dewayne Dedmon (Heat), Gorgui Dieng (Spurs), Donte DiVencenzo (Warriors), Lu Dort (Thunder), Goran Dragic (Bulls), Aaron Holiday (Hawks), Andre Drummond (Bulls), Drew Eubanks (Trail Blazers), Malik Fitts (Celtics), Bryn Forbes (Timberwolves), Danilo Gallinari (Celtics), Taj Gibson (Wizards), Anthony Gill (Wizards), Gary Harris (Magic), Isaiah Hartenstein (Knicks), Sam Hauser (Celtics), Danuel House (76ers), Sergei Ibaka (Bucks), Joe Ingles (Bucks), Damian Jones (Lakers), Derrick Jones Jr. (Bulls), Tyus Jones (Grizzlies), DeAndre Jordan (Nuggets), Frank Kaminsky (Hawks), Luke Kornet (Celtics), Kevin Knox II (Pistons), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Damion Lee (Suns), Robin Lopez (Cavaliers), Kevon Looney (Warriors), Caleb Martin (Heat), Cody Martin (Hornets), Wesley Matthews (Bucks), JaVale McGee (Mavericks), Patty Mills (Nets), Malik Monk (Kings), Mike...
    Getty Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum high-fives big man Luke Kornet while exiting the court during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. July 1, 2022 will undoubtedly go down as a banner day for the Boston Celtics in the proverbial sense — time will tell whether it yields any actual banners. The morning began with rumblings that Danilo Gallinari could be headed to Beantown. Those were followed by a report from MassLive‘s Brian Robb that the career 16-point scorer would be joining the Celtics on a two-year pact upon his release from San Antonio. That was followed, in short order, by what could be a trade for the ages. As reported by Woj, the C’s turned Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a first-round pick into standout combo guard Malcolm Brogdon. Put another way, that’s zero core players and a pick likely to be in the 20s for a guy who logged a 19-6-5 line for the Indiana Pacers last season. However, that wasn’t the only action...
    Argue all you want about what is the cause and effect, but with the Celtics, all season, it’s either been one step forward and another back, or the other way around. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, but the fact remains that even if momentum was once again snatched away in their Game 4 loss to Golden State Friday night, they remain two wins away from an NBA-record 18th title. But now, once again, they have to go on the road to save themselves in a Game 5 at the Chase Center on Monday night. “Just be who we are. That’s all we can do,” said Marcus Smart. “Control what we can control. Tonight’s over. We got to turn around and get right back to it Monday. That’s how we’ve been all year. We take a loss and we bounce back. It’s who we are. It’s who we’re going to continue to be. It’s a very important game on Monday.” But first the Celtics have to settle, once and for all, their turnover issue. Jayson Tatum had another rough night offensively,...
    Kyrie Irving's days in Brooklyn may be numbered despite the All-Star guard's previous statements assuring Nets fans he doesn't 'plan on going anywhere.' Multiple sources have told The Athletic's Shams Charania that contract talks between Irving and the Nets brass have 'grown stagnant,' and as a result, he is considering opting out of the final year and $37 million on his current deal to become a free agent. Irving has several options available to him: He could opt into the final year of his contract with the Nets and delay free agency until the summer of 2023, he could sign an extension to stay in Brooklyn on a longer deal, or he can opt out to test the free agent market next month ahead of the 2022-23 season. And if he does test his value in free agency, The Athletic reports the crosstown rival New York Knicks as well as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers would be interested in signing Irving. The Lakers are the most intriguing option given Irving's history with LA star LeBron James, his...
    BOSTON — Before the NBA Finals began, much was made of how the Warriors would overcome the Celtics’ top-ranked defense. But now it’s the Celtics who must come up with an answer for the Warriors’ impressive defensive scheme. Golden State’s strategy is simple, even if the execution is complex: Force Boston to turn the ball over. A lot. That’s a common thread through all three of the Warriors’ wins so far — and could be a focus in a potential clincher in Game 6 at TD Garden on Thursday. When the Warriors win, Boston commits an eye-opening number of turnovers. The Celtics had 18 in Game 2, 15 in Game 4 and 18 in Game 5. Golden State held Boston under 100 points in all three of those games. Boston managed to keep its turnovers under control in its two wins, recording 12 each in Game 1 and Game 3. But the Warriors would say the low turnover count was a sign they failed at their job defensively. After their Game 3 loss, in which Draymond Green said he played...
    Getty Boston Celtics forward Jabari Parker looks to pass during a playoff bout with the Brooklyn Nets. One of Danny Ainge’s final moves as the top decision-maker of the Boston Celtics was to sign Jabari Parker as a free agent for the final stretch of the 2020-21 campaign. And while Parker’s career had descended to the point that he was riding the pine in Sacto, there was a level of excitement about the signing initially. After all, Parker was a former No. 2 overall pick who was still in his mid-20s. He did enough during that first run for Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka to give him another shot in ’21-22, too. In the end, though, it didn’t work out for Parker in Beantown. After averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds over just 12 appearances with the club, he was waived in January. Flash forward to now and Ainge looks to be giving Parker yet another opportunity to prove he still has something to offer at the NBA level.Jabari Working Out for the Jazz Play Overcoming Injuries and...
    BOSTON — Draymond Green has the Celtics right where he wants them. And that means the Warriors do, too. Yes, the NBA Finals are tied at one game a side — Boston stole home-court advantage with a Game 1 win — but the Warriors rebuttal in Game 2 has longer legs than just one win should have. That’s because it wasn’t merely the Warriors’ on-court adjustments for Game 2 that has Boston spinning going into Game 3. No, Draymond Green was the fullest version of himself in Game 2 at Chase Center. He was the aggressor on defense, setting a tone of physicality that Boston simply had no interest in matching. Of course, it didn’t stop there for Green — was happy to tell the Celtics what he was doing to them the whole game. The Celtics did not respond well to such agitation. In the immediate aftermath of the game, the Celtics were whining and complaining that Green was not ejected from the game. They had lost all their cool the first time they were pressed on the NBA’s biggest...
    Getty Boston Celtics big men Al Horford and Robert Williams III react following their Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors may have entered the NBA Finals as the popular pick to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but it was clear from the outset that they would have their hands full with the Boston Celtics. Particularly with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the charge offensively. And while Brown, especially, came through for them down the stretch of Game 1, it was 36-year-old Al Horford who paced the Beantowners to a 120-108 win. In 33 minutes of play, the wily vet scored a team-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting while adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal. He also knocked down six three-point bombs in the contest, the most he has ever made in a game — playoffs or regular season. Something definitely has to change if the Dubs don’t want Horford keying another fourth-quarter comeback or series-swinging win. To that end, Warriors big men Draymond...
    The Boston Celtics made it to the 2022 NBA Finals, and they did so by completing their revenge tour. For the first time in 12 years, the Boston Celtics have returned to the NBA Finals. After losing the opportunity to close out the Miami Heat at home in Game 6, the Celtics held onto to defeat their foes 100-96 on the road in Game 6. Now, they have the face off against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. Boston managed to make it to the Finals by completing their revenge tour. The Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat, all of whom eliminated them in their last three playoff runs. ✅ Brooklyn✅ Milwaukee✅ Miami Revenge Tour complete. See you in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/YTIWcVzHX8 — Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 30, 2022 Celtics complete revenge tour to reach NBA Finals Back in 2019, Boston lost in five games to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In 2020, they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals but fell to Miami in six games. Then, last year,...
    Getty Celtics coach Ime Udoka (left) and point guard Marcus Smart Over the course of the last five NBA seasons, Celtics coach Ime Udoka has gotten pretty good at job interviews. As well he should—he has probably had more than any coaching candidate in the league, and was repeatedly denied a head-coaching job. Fortunately for the Celtics, none of those other potential situations worked out, and for years, Udoka remained one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA without getting the promotion to a head-coaching role. That changed, of course, last summer and Udoka has proven to be the right fit for a Celtics team that has responded to his tough-love approach. “So many teams blew it with him,” said one Eastern Conference executive. “His experience, his demeanor, his intelligence—he was a great candidate for a lot of years but no one took the plunge on him. And this team, it is perfect for him. He is perfect for them. They have the right weapons but they needed a guy like him, they needed an a**-kicker....
    Getty Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo and Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics battle for possession of the ball. A quick look at the box score might lead one to believe that Bam Adebayo had an ineffectual night for the Miami Heat during Game 1 of their conference finals series against the Boston Celtics. In 37 minutes of play, he scored just 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting while adding four rebounds. Of course, games aren’t won and lost in the box score — results come on the hardwood. And according to Heat star Jimmy Butler, what Adebayo did there on Tuesday night allowed his teammates to hit the spots they needed to in order to capture the 118-107 win. “It allows me to be me, and so many other people to be themselves, too,” Butler said of Adebayo’s defense. “I’ve said it all year long — and I mean it — Bam’s really the engine behind us, and I don’t think stats really say all the numbers and how well of a game that he played.” Added...
    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. At first glance, it would be hard to place blame on Giannis Antetokounmpo for any of the Bucks’ offensive struggles in their 2-2 split with the Boston Celtics. He’s averaging 32.0 points and 8.0 assists per game in the series, hitting the offensive glass, and getting to the free-throw line nearly seven times per game. His shooting percentages haven’t been great but he’s been incredibly productive against one of the toughest defenses in the league. What the Celtics have been able to do is change the ways in which he’s had to operate to generate those scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates and the ripples of that change have really hampered the entire team. Giannis averaged a career-high 29.9 points per game this season, but he managed that as part of a slow evolution away from his primary creation responsibilities. During the regular season, his average time of possession (4.5 minutes per game)...
    Getty Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks stares at Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics had their most thrilling victory of the postseason when they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 on May 9 to tie their series 2-2. Their surge in the fourth quarter powered a 15-point swing, as they outscored the Bucks 43-28 in the last 12 minutes of the game. The Celtics would not have pulled this off without the brilliant play of Al Horford. In 42 minutes, Horford scored 30 points – a playoff career-high for him – to go with eight rebounds and 5-for-7 shooting from three-point land. He also made the signature play that sparked Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter – dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo for an and-1. AL HORFORD MY GOODNESS ???? pic.twitter.com/rWoi69x7NI — Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 10, 2022 However, his sister Anna Horford believes there was a play earlier in the game that marked the moment where the Bucks messed up. After Giannis posterized Horford to put the Bucks up 54-48 in the third...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Shortly after he put the finishing touches on a 109-86 Game 2 win for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum took the podium inside TD Garden sporting a massive wrap on his left wrist. Considering Tatum is Boston’s superstar, it caused some concern among reporters in the room. Tatum, however, said there was nothing to worry about. READ MORE: Celtics Even Up Series With Bucks With 109-86 Win In Game 2“This is just a great tape job,” he said with a big smile. “My great trainer, Nick, is a little aggressive. “I’m alright,” Tatum added. “I fell and am just trying to keep the swelling down.” ???? Jayson Tatum with his left wrist/hand taped after #Celtics win Game 2 #WBZ pic.twitter.com/ZWnlo9qjHm — Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) May 4, 2022 READ MORE: Jaylen Brown Had Himself A Night In Celtics' Game 2 Win Over BucksPhew. That was a close one. To say that the first two games between the Celtics and the Bucks have been physical would be an understatement. The Bucks have been all over Tatum, hitting him with...
    Getty Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics. As the Boston Celtics get set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, injuries have lit up the series before it even started. Bucks star Khris Middleton is reportedly going to miss the entirety of the series, and a couple of Celtics starters have some lingering injury concerns as well. Jaylen Brown is dealing with a tight hamstring. While head coach Ime Udoka has consistently played it off as nothing more than a minor issue, Celtics GM Brad Stevens mentioned that there could be some concern there. He said that Brown’s hamstring is definitely tight, but that he’s already in the process of treating it. In addition to that, there’s the ongoing injury concern with Robert Williams, who just recently returned from a torn meniscus, which he suffered back on March 27. Williams returned to the Celtics lineup in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, coming off the bench and playing limited minutes. On the April 28 edition of Toucher...
    NEW YORK -- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are struggling against Boston, and Ben Simmons won't be available to help them Monday night with the Brooklyn Nets' season on the brink.His former teammate plans to play on, though. Joel Embiid is determined to stay in Philadelphia's lineup, no matter how much pain he has in his right thumb.Now 2 1/2 months after their blockbuster trade, the Nets and 76ers are in decidedly different places. The 76ers can move into the second round with a victory in Game 5 against Toronto, while the Nets will be trying to avoid a sweep when they host the Celtics.The idea of four straight losses in the first round seemed unimaginable before the season, when the Nets were an NBA Finals favorite with Durant, Irving and James Harden. But Irving didn't play at all to begin the season and then only on the road for most of it because he is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, making him ineligible in New York City. Then Harden was dealt to Philadelphia in a swap for Simmons at...
    Getty Nik Stauskas, now of the Boston Celtics. This season has been a weird one for the Boston Celtics. After their rough start to the season, which saw them hover around .500 until January 28, they picked things up in a big way. Boston finished the year as the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 51-31. Boston’s success didn’t come without a plethora of change, however. In the 2020-21 season, the Celtics ended the year with a 36-36 record, and from there, the organization underwent some major transformations. Danny Ainge retired, Brad Stevens moved into the front office, Ime Udoka was hired as the new team’s new head coach, and the roster got completely revamped. Those changes continued into the season, too, with Stevens making a multitude of trades and signings all throughout the year. This included adding Derrick White and Daniel Theis at the deadline, converting Sam Hauser’s contract to a standard deal, and signing a few free agents to the roster. One of the players Stevens added was sharpshooter Nik Stauskas. The...
    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 Celtics are kicking butt and taking names, currently riding a nine-game winning streak that has them firmly entrenched in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They can thank their unrelenting defense for sparking this midseason turnaround. The Celtics defense is downright terrifying at the moment. For the season, the Celtics own a 104.8 defensive rating, which is just percentage points below the Golden State Warriors (104.4) for the best in the NBA. Their net rating of 5.5 is the best in the East and fourth overall in the NBA, behind only the Phoenix Suns (8.2), Utah Jazz (7.1) and the Warriors (7.0). READ MORE: The Latest Update On MLB Negotiations Doesn't Seem EncouragingThe Celtics defense is great. Really, really great. And according to Jaylen Brown, they’re one of the best defensive groups he’s ever been a part of. “This is probably one of the better defensive teams in my career,” Brown said after Tuesday’s 135-87 drubbing of the 76ers. “We’ve had some really good defensive units, but it feels hard to score on us....
    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 Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls are reportedly interested in trading for Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schröder. In fact, one NBA insider believes Chicago has an offer on the table. According to Action Network’s Matt Moore wrote: The Boston Celtics’ priority, according to multiple sources, is to clear salary to save on the luxury tax. There are two offers on the table for Dennis Schröder according to multiple sources, one from the Milwaukee Bucks and another from the Chicago Bulls. Schröder has already played for Bulls head coach Billy Donovan while both were with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Schröder had arguably the best year of his career with the Thunder in 2019-20 under Donovan when he averaged 18.9 points, dished 4 assists per contest while connecting on a career-best 38% of his three-point attempts. The year before that, he averaged 15.5 points per game for Donovan and the Thunder. In his time with the Thunder, Schröder backed up Chris Paul starting just 16 of the 144 games he played. This season, Schröder is averaging 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds,...
    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...
    Getty Josh Richardson, left, and Marcus Smart of the Celtics. It’s becoming increasingly evident that teams, including the Celtics, are walking a fine financial line as they head into the final days before the NBA‘s February 10 trade deadline. “What’s complicating trades is that people want to get off those $30 and $35 million contracts,” said one personnel man who’s been working the phones. “There’s a lot of teams that really want that $13 million check for the non-taxpayers,” he added, citing the expected payout endowed by the league’s big spenders. One agent pointed toward Greg Monroe’s brief stay in Minnesota, saying, “He’s not my guy, but he was perfect for them, both for how he could help on the court and just the toughness he could bring to a young team. They should have signed him to a second 10-day contract and then signed him for rest of the year. But they wanted to stay flexible in case they make a move before the deadline. They definitely had their eyes on the luxury tax threshold.” Josh Richardson...
    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...
    Getty Boston Celtics guard Max Strus poses for a photo during the team's 2019 media day. Losing out on a quality player in the NBA draft can be a gut punch. The same can be said for having to shed a potential difference-maker for strictly financial reasons. However, having a hot prospect in-house and then making the choice to waive them in favor of players who end up busting may sting the most. That’s exactly what the Boston Celtics did with Max Strus. Just over two years ago, the Beantowners had the 6-foot-5 sharpshooter on the team. Instead of keeping him, though, they populated the back end of their roster with the likes of Tacko Fall and Javonte Green. Fast-forward to now and Strus is putting up monster numbers for the Miami Heat. Over his last five games, he’s averaged a team-high 22.6 points, as well as 5.2 rebounds per contest. During that span, he connected on 52% of his field-goal attempts and 44.4% of his threes (which he attempted at a rate of 10.8 per game). As...
    Getty Former Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. Danny Ainge retired from his role as the Boston Celtics‘ President of Basketball Operations at the end of the 2020-21 NBA Season. Brad Stevens made the step up from his role as head coach into Ainge’s now-vacated role, and thus, a summer of change within the Celtics franchise was born. Of course, Ainge may no longer be part of the NBA’s day-to-day operations, but that doesn’t stop the occasional rumor surfacing about a potential return to an NBA teams’ front office. In mid-November, Ainge was linked with being a potential candidate for the Portland Trail Blazers GM role, should Neil Olshey depart from the franchise. As fate would have it, Olshey left the Trail Blazers at the start of December, and that role remains open to applicants. It makes sense then that Ainge would face questions about his intentions – does he plan to stay in retirement? Or is he missing the excitement of leading a franchise towards the promised land? Speaking to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg...
    Getty Images Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams LOS ANGELES — After beating the Portland Trail Blazers 145-117 on the road and the second night of a back-to-back, Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart believes the Celtics are on the verge of making a run towards the top of the Eastern Conference. Winners of three of their last four games, the Celtics’ offensive explosion — which outscored its opponent 81-59 in the second half of their win over the Trail Blazers — couldn’t have come at a better time. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Celtics’ Marcus Smart: ‘We’re Going to go On a run’The Celtics (13-11) are currently under four wins behind first place in the Eastern Conference. After middling around a .500 record, the Celtics hope to improve their 1-1 start to their road trip. However, does the Celtics’ current standing give Smart and the Celtics extra motivation to compete against the Los Angeles Lakers? “Of course,” Smart replied Monday after...
    Getty Paul Pierce at the TD Garden It’s no secret that Paul Pierce and LeBron James have no love lost between them on the basketball court, as the pair faced off for numerous battles when the Boston Celtics faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in both the regular season and in the playoffs. However, regardless of the pair having numerous heated battles, Pierce believes their off-court rivalry has been blown out of proportion. Speaking to Michelle Beadle on the What Did I Miss? podcast, Pierce explained how his negative comments are the only comments people remember. “People just hear the some of the negative things I have said about LeBron, but they don’t hear the positive things I say about LeBron because, you know, negativity sticks. Negativity always going to stick. I already said he’s second behind Jordan, but people don’t hear that.” Despite Pierce’s previous comments on the self-proclaimed king, the Celtics legend maintains that he’s always respected James off the court, “They look at the battles we had, so what? Am I supposed to like a guy—no, I...
    20 excellent movies starring musicians 50 Banks Enabling the Single-Use Plastic Crisis © Provided by Sports Illustrated Boston held a players-only meeting just one day after guard Marcus Smart complained of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown being unwilling to pass the ball. View the original article to see embedded media.Not even 10 games into the season, and the bumpy start for the Celtics continues. One day after guard Marcus Smart called out stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for not passing the ball enough, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics held a players-only meeting in which the three players discussed Monday's 128-114 loss to the Bulls and Smart's comments about the two All-Stars. Wojnarowski described the meeting as "emotional at times," though said it was, in the end, "perhaps not a terribly productive meeting—maybe not even beneficial." On Wednesday, veteran Al Horford, who played for Boston from 2016-19 and returned this offseason, described the meeting as "kind of a gathering," per SI's Chris Mannix, and insisted the team would be fine. The Celtics blew a 19-point second-half lead...
    See Kristin Chenoweths Unique 3-Stone Halo Engagement Ring from Fiancé Josh Bryant Hedge funds seen facing heavy losses amid wrong-way Treasury bets ahead of Fed tapering, traders say © Provided by Sports Illustrated "I’ve got to get over the hump and get my body to where I can feel like Jaylen," Brown said. View the original article to see embedded media.Celtics guard and forward Jaylen Brown is still feeling the side effects from his battle with COVID-19. Brown tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8. Per league rules, Brown was placed into the league's Health and Safety Protocols for 10 days.  However, the 25-year-old said it sometimes feels like he has played "three games in one," according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps.  "I've noticed in the last couple of days, my body hasn't recovered the same in a sense" Brown told ESPN on Friday after practice. "Like, I feel great and then it feels like instead of playing one game, it kind of feels like I played three. "I'm used to used to my body responding and recovering a lot...
    Getty Celtics forward Juancho Hernangomez. When the Boston Celtics acquired Juancho Hernangomez from the Memphis Grizzlies towards the tail end of the offseason, it was viewed as a low-risk move to add some shooting to their frontcourt. The team dealt away Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards — two guards they had very little use for — in exchange for a 6-foot-9-inch big man who at his peak has shot as good as 42.0% from 3-point range.  The hype surrounding Hernangomez began to slightly build during exhibition play, as the Celtics opted to start the 26-year-old Spaniard over veteran Al Horford in their preseason opener. While the decision turned some heads, head coach Ime Udoka warned against reading too much into the move. Udoka’s cautionary words have since proved to carry weight, as Horford has manned the second-most minutes per game (26.7) amongst Celtics big men, while Hernangomez has been delegated to bench warmer. An afterthought in Udoka’s rotation, the Celtics appear to have little use for Hernangomez at the moment, a sentiment that a handful of NBA executives...
    Getty Nia Long and Ime Udoka attend BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors in 2017. Perhaps more than any other team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics have reshaped their organization. Of all the changes that have occurred over the last several months, though, the Beantowners’ coaching switcheroo was arguably the biggest. While Brad Stevens is navigating shark-infested waters as a first-time team president, its up to his replacement on the sidelines, Ime Udoka, to actually put all the pieces together on the court. Despite the enormity of it all — not to mention the fact that the Celtics post is Udoka’s first NBA head-coaching gig — the former player and longtime assistant was apparently all chill when he got hired. At the least, that’s what his partner, actress Nia Long, observed. In an October 25 interview with PopCulture, Long spoke out on Udoka getting the call and how she feels about the job change.Udoka’s Understated Reaction Play Nia Long — I Love My NBA Fiance So Much … I Want Him To Lose |...
    25 drum solos, fills, breaks and intros that everyone should know 11 Social Security Mistakes That Can Cost You a Fortune © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Boston Celtics entered last season with high expectations: A top-four finish in the East and a trip to the Conference Finals was a realistic prediction. Reality was much uglier. Kemba Walker was never quite healthy, missing 29 games and only looking like his vintage self for stretches. The team defense — once a point of pride for Brad Stevens teams — was pedestrian. COVID hit the team hard, with star Jayson Tatum missing time and then needing an inhaler the rest of the season to breathe right during games. The results were a .500 team that ended up in the play-in, made the playoffs but were summarily bounced by the Nets in the first round. All of that has some looking past the 2021-22 Celtics. But are those people sleeping on a team ready for a bounce-back season? Is this version of...
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics talks with Jaylen Brown #7. The 2020-21 season was a special one for Jaylen Brown. The Boston Celtics wing enjoyed a career campaign, catapulting himself from a really, really good NBA player to an NBA All-Star. However, despite his brilliance, the 24-year-old readily found himself engulfed in trade chatter — typically surrounding Jayson Tatum’s BFF Bradley Beal. Helping fuel those talks was the commonly questioned relationship that Brown and Tatum shared. These perceived cracks in their friendship were further brought into doubt by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman this offseason, who told WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” that the Celtics teammates are “not buddies.” However, while the two Jays openly admit that they can function on different wavelengths, that doesn’t mean there is disdain from either party. Brown, in particular, has detailed the respect he has for Tatum this offseason, and in a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg, he firmly put an end to the chitter-chatter surrounding his relationship with Tatum. “If y’all want to hear it from me, that’s...
    Getty Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka directs his club during a preseason bout with the Orlando Magic. When Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens hired Ime Udoka to replace him on the sidelines, he wasn’t just looking for someone who could squeeze out a few more wins than the team managed last season. He wanted a coach who could re-shape the club in their own, no-nonsense image. For his part, Udoka looks intent on doing just that. And part of that mindset apparently includes not mixing it up with the officials unnecessarily. “Only when needed,” he said of arguing with referees during his October 6 media availability. “I’ve stressed that to our team and we got a little chippy out here in practice, just guys getting after it. I said, ‘Let me b**** at the refs. You guys play through plays and move on to the next thing and let me be the guy who complains to the ref.” In Udoka’s mind, executing on both sides of the ball and persevering through adversity will be the expectation. Theatrics involving...
    Getty Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers is guarded by Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics. You can question Ben Simmons’ status as an NBA star, but there is no denying his name power. And, as is the case whenever any big-named player is potentially up for grabs, chances are your favorite team is at least going to be floated in trade talks — the Boston Celtics are no different. Shortly after the Sixers’ disappointing playoff exit this past season, talks of a Simmons-Jaylen Brown swap began to surface. This was mainly due to Boston’s perceived hole at point guard with Kemba Walker’s impending exit. Thankfully, clearer minds prevailed and chatter of unloading Brown has essentially died, as have talks of Simmons heading to Boston — or at least they had. The belief that Simmons would be dealt come draft day was clearly a farce, as essentially every potential suitor, sans maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves, have fled in the opposite direction. With the three-time All-Star’s market extremely dry, and Simmons reportedly strong-arming Philly on his trade...
    Getty Images Carsen Edwards of the Celtics practices three point shots In preparation for the upcoming regular season, Boston Celtics guard Carsen Edwards plans on maximizing opportunities best as he sees fit, including next week’s NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Edwards, who’s entering his third season with the Celtics, seemingly found his niche at the pro-level during an exhibition matchup at the start of his rookie season. He drained eight 3-pointers against the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 26-point third quarter. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! It was historic and it dominated headlines, in 2019. However, Carsen has struggled in finding consistency ever since. Still, the slow start to his career hasn’t discouraged the third-string guard. He’s still determined to carve out a role with the Celtics and is open to incorporating new elements into his game.Carsen Edwards: ‘I’m Just Trying to be Consistent’However, honing his 3-point shot remains a priority. “I’m just trying to be consistent — just with shooting,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Jayson Tatum is still acclimating to life in Tokyo, as he and the US Men’s National Team gets ready for the Olympic games to tip off on Sunday. Going from Boston to Las Vegas to Tokyo over the last month has wreaked havoc on his sleep schedule, but the honor of playing in the Olympics isn’t lost on the Celtics star. Given all that Tatum — and everyone else for that matter — has gone through over the last two years, he’s learned a very important life lesson. READ MORE: No Funny Business: MLB Concludes Investigation Into Mysterious Light During Sundays Red Sox-Yankees Game “I’ve learned to not take things for granted. The climate of the last year and a half, realizing that everything isn’t promised and you never know what could or couldn’t happen,” Tatum told reporters Thursday morning from Tokyo. “So I’m staying in the moment and enjoying this journey and this process. Being 23 and being in the Olympics, it’s an honor and a dream come true.” Tatum and Team USA’s quest for gold...
    Getty Boston Celtics wing Evan Fournier handles the ball during a playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets. Entering the NBA offseason, the Boston Celtics find themselves facing some incredibly disparate circumstances simultaneously. On one hand, the club is in the enviable position of having two young All-Stars locked into long-term deals. Most teams would probably kill to have Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on their rosters. On the other hand, the Celtics aren’t good enough as constructed to make any kind of noise in the playoffs. And their cap situation will likely be prohibitive in adding substantial pieces to the mix. As such, the team has a major conundrum on its hands with regard to the future of sharpshooter Evan Fournier, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Fournier’s Celtics Tenure Has Been FunkyFournier was Boston’s top prize at the March trade deadline, logging a 13-3-3 line while shooting 46.3% from distance as a Celtic. And...
    Getty Images Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal In the midst of a pivotal stage in his NBA career, Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum’s status remains wedged somewhere between an All-NBA-caliber talent and a future MVP. Either way, the secret’s out. Tatum’s a star. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! This much we know to be true, especially following Jayson’s extraordinary 2020-21 campaign. He averaged 26.4 points per game while compiling illustrious milestones that included a 60-point masterpiece performance in a come-from-behind overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs during the regular season and reaching a playoff-best 50 points in Game 3’s win over superstars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and the Brooklyn Nets. Tatum undoubtedly put the league on notice and did it with excellent timing, in light of what’s next for the Celtics’ two-time All-Star. Now, he shifts his focus to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.Gregg Popovich Says Jayson Tatum ‘Knows He Can Dominate People’Team USA’s head coach Gregg Popovich, who,...
    Getty Despite his status as a role-playing big man on what was a .500 team last season, Boston Celtics F/C Tristan Thompson has a peculiar knack for trending on social media. Such was the case once again on Tuesday. And, as per usual, the 10-year NBA veteran was trending for something wholly unrelated to his exploits on the court. Instead, it was his on-again, off-again relationship with reality TV star, socialite and model Khloe Kardashian that thrust his name to the forefront of the Twittersphere. A Page Six report updating the power couple’s current status was filed on Monday evening. According to the celebrity gossip outlet, Thompson and Kardashian have elected to pursue other options on the proverbial free agent market. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics!Thompson & Kardashian Reportedly Split Play Inside Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s SPLIT (Source)Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson ended their relationship ‘a few weeks ago,’ a source tells ET. The couple are parents to 3-year-old daughter True....
    BOSTON (CBS) — Danny Ainge is moving on from the Celtics — and he’s apparently moving on from Massachusetts as well. The former Celtics president of basketball ops. has listed his home in Wellesley. You can own the home of a two-time NBA champion player and one-time champion executive for the cool price of $4.5 million. (Barring a bidding war, of course.) The 8,300 square foot house is down the street from Babson College, and has some pretty cool features for hoop heads. READ MORE: Red Sox-Rays Will Battle For First Place In AL East During Three-Game Set In St. Pete There is a theater and gym inside, along with a golf simulator. Outside, there is a basketball hoop (of course), with an in-ground trampoline next to it to help even the most vertically challenged buyers with their dunking. READ MORE: Tom Bradys Return To Foxboro Could Be Historic For Yet Another Reason In the pictures from the listing, you can see that Ainge has framed jerseys of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, plus a 2008 championship banner. Interestingly enough,...
    More On: jayson tatum Star brings Celtics back to life with 50-point masterpiece Nets can’t give Celtics any more reason to believe Kyrie Irving hopes there’s no ‘subtle racism’ in Boston return A miserable night for Celtics star That’s a boatload of money lost. Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum could’ve been $33 million richer if he made one of three 2020-21 All-NBA teams, which were announced Tuesday. An All-NBA selection is part of some player’s contractual bonus. Tatum, who made All-NBA Third Team last season, was left off this year’s list because he was eligible at both guard and forward in voting. As a result, he was considered a forward in All-NBA voting after he received more votes at the position (69). Clippers forward Paul George received more votes than Tatum at forward (89), and therefore took the last forward slot — rather than the guard spot that went to Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, whom Tatum had more votes than (61). Jayson Tatum handles the ball against the Nets.Getty Images The 23-year-old Tatum is coming off a career season,...
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