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Celtics Notes: Marcus Thornton Stays Hot; Tayshaun Prince Adjusts To Green

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The second half of Friday night’s game at TD Garden featured some of the best defense the Celtics have played all season. Unfortunately for them, the first half featured some of the worst. After allowing 60 first-half points to the Houston Rockets (and trailing by 18 at half as a result), the Celtics switched into full...
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Julius Erving vs Larry Bird ‘American Primitive’ Illustration

Artist John Henry Gloyne perfectly captures the famous fight between Julius Erving and Larry Bird in 1984, during the heated Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics days. This moment turned into a brawl and cost both legends $7,500 in fines. Of the event, Erving later said in his autobiography. “I don’t hate Larry. I never hated Larry. I hated Boston. I hated the Celtics. Another...
Via Hooped Up
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Smart continues hot streak from deep

Through Dec. 31, Marcus Smart's 3-point shooting was making the draft evaluators that questioned his stroke look pretty smart. The rookie shot just 29.5 percent from deep in his two years at Oklahoma State, and while he was expected to improve, seeing his percentage shoot up so quickly has been a pleasant surprise. Since Dec. 1, Marcus Smart is 35 for 83 from downtown (42.2%). Since...
Via Celtics Life
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Now, this is a story all about how our five gets flipped, turned upside down

Maybe you're like me and your relationship with Tayshaun Prince has evolved through the following stages. 1. Oh! So he's included in the Green trade? I remember him from the Pistons. 2. I didn't know he played for Memphis. 3. I wasn't sure he was still in the league! 4. Wonder who we'll trade him for in a few days. 5. Oh, cute. He's wearing a Celtics uniform. 6. Whoa! He's in the...
Via Celtics Life
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Cup of Joe. Olynyk in, Smart out for Rising Star Challenges

Good morning! Welcome to CelticsLife's morning column, Cup of Joe. Each morning we feature a few quick-hitters from the previous night; the important stuff, the not so important stuff. The weird, the wild, the in between. A nice, mindless morning column to start your day off with. So pull up a chair, grab your Morning Joe, and find out what happened last night while you were sleeping...
Via Celtics Life
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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics (well, most of ‘em) are trying to win

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “Listen, the guys prepare to win and they know they’re not one of the elite teams in the league, and yet our guys believe that they can win any night,” Ainge said before the game. “Our coaches prepare...
Via Red's Army
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Why Starting Brandon Bass over Tyler Zeller Has Worked Out

When Brad Stevens announced that Brandon Bass would be starting over Tyler Zeller before the Blazers game, I was surprised. Sure, the starting five of Turner, Bradley, Crowder, Sullinger and Zeller had struggled, but would replacing Zeller with Bass fix that? Does it make sense to bench a 25-year-old center who has been steadily improving for a 29-year-old power forward who may not...
Via Red's Army
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: The Big Boston Rotation Problem

  (Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. The Boston Celtics have made 28 trades this season and are re-building. They have one of the best sets of young players in the NBA, a pile of cap space and about 10 1st round picks in the next 3 drafts, so they are the richest team in the NBA when it comes to assets. They can sign...
Via HoopStuff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Tayshaun Prince’s impact is ridiculous

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Prince spearheaded Boston’s monster second quarter in which the Celtics outscored the Jazz by 24. Prince scored 10 points in the frame on 4-of-6 shooting and added a trio of assists. The Celtics were plus-18...
Via Red's Army
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Larry Bird scouting report compiled by the Knicks hits the Internet—and it is awesome

It’s been over two decades since Larry Bird retired from the NBA, and basketball fans and analysts now know just how elite he was. He was one of the last people on earth any opposing team would want to leave open, and was one of the most clutch players in NBA history. Midway through Bird’s career, he had already won a championship (1981). But opposing teams still weren’t aware...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Olynyk Out For At Least A Month With Ankle Injury

According to coach Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will likely miss the next month and possibly more with a sprained ankle. 
Via CLNS Radio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics looking to trade Tayshaun Prince

The Boston Celtics acquired veteran forward Tayshaun Prince in the deal that sent Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies, and now it appears that they would like to trade him prior to the February 19th trading deadline. Prince is still a perfect veteran presence for a contender to pick up at a cheap price, and there will likely be plenty of teams that show some level of interest...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics’ Pressey has unique way to get through screens

Sometimes you got to think out of the box and that’s just what Boston’s Phil Pressey did against the Nuggets. Seeing a screen coming his way, instead of running around it, maybe slicing between the defender, Pressey goes all out and fights through the screen. Like literally through the screen. As in underneath the defender’s legs. No joke! Brilliant Phil! I guess being short...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Week in Review

The Boston Celtics went 2-1 over the course of the week, which included strong wins at Portland and Denver.
Via CLNS Radio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Avery Bradley Lifts Celtics Past Nuggets 100-99 For Second Straight Win

Thursday night belonged to Evan Turner. On Friday night, Avery Bradley decided to take the spotlight. The Boston Celtics guard scored eight of his team’s final 10 points, including a clutch jumper with 25 seconds remaining, to lift the C’s to a 100-99 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. After losing 24 consecutive games on the road to...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sporting News: Brad Stevens Leaving Celtics For Indiana Was Media ‘Delusion’

Brad Stevens is not walking out that door. As the Boston Celtics limp through Stevens’ second season as head coach — Thursday’s last-second win over the Portland Trail Blazers notwithstanding — rumors have swirled about the former Butler coach eyeing a return to the college basketball ranks. These rumors refuse to die despite Stevens refuting them...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game #40 Recap: Evan Turner nails game-winning three to lift Celtics over Portland

The Celtics jumped out to an early lead, then lost it, then came back and won it late. A great heads-up play from Jared Sullinger in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter led to an Evan Turner game-winning three to help Boston snap their three game losing streak.
Via CLNS Radio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boston Celtics Will Not Make The Playoffs In 2015

Since the beginning of the NBA season back in 2014 the Boston Celtics organization has been under a lot of pressure from local media and fans. Which is why the past few weeks have been busy for the Boston Celtics, and why it’s been a busy season overall, as well. The Celtics went from being a slightly below-average team with a chance to make the playoffs to a team that now seems...
Via The Awesome Boston
9 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Players Most Likely to Be Part of the Boston Celtics’ Future

Could Jared Sullinger (7) and Kelly Olynyk (41) be a part of the Boston Celtics’ future plans? (Mandatory Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) With the way the Boston Celtics’ front office has been wheeling and dealing this year, it’s hard to tell if anyone on the current roster is part of the team’s future plans. However, as hard as it is to believe, this current team...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Rebuild Continues

The Boston Celtics accelerated their rebuilding phase this week  with several trades. Leading scorer and forward Jeff Green was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that netted the Celtics  guards Austin Rivers and Tayshaun Prince and a protected first round pick (Memphis). The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Quincy Pondexter and the Grizzlies second round...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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