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    Russell Westbrook proved anyone is capable of shooting their shot and airballing on Valentine’s Day. Russell Westbrook may be an NBA star and former MVP, but he’s really just a man of the people. How else are we supposed to interpret him shooting his shot — and airballing it — on Valentine’s Day, complete with that perfectly relatable reaction? Early in the second quarter of the Washington Wizards‘ Sunday game against the Boston Celtics, Westbrook went to the free-throw line. His shot came up well short — a feeling we’re all familiar with on V-Day: Westbrook just forgot how to play basketball#Celtics Rewind presented by @tmobile pic.twitter.com/UKHvlL6rK9 — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 14, 2021 Russell Westbrook’s reaction was pricelessAs if the airballed free throw and the obvious Valentine’s Day symbolism wasn’t funny enough, Westbrook’s reaction to his horrible misfire was downright hysterical. Seriously, look at it again:...
    It is a matchup that tells a tale of contrasting fortunes as the bottom-feeders Washington Wizards welcome the high-flying Boston Celtics in their home arena. While the Celtics lie at a respectable 4th place in the Eastern Conference Standings with a 13-12 record, the Wizards’ miserable season sees them with the worst record in the NBA currently (6-17). Date & Time: February 14, 2021, 1pm ET Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington DC Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) congratulates guard Jaylen Brown (7) after a dunk during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Preview | Washington Wizards It has gone downhill for the Wizards ever since the Westbrook-Wall trade. Aside from his scintillating performance against the Brooklyn Nets, he has looked past his best. Though, their defense is to blame for much of that...
    Getty Images Jeff Teague and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics celebrate in the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden For Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, inconsistencies on defense — a trait that admittingly keeps Brad up at night — is a big reason why the Celtics fell to the Detroit Pistons, 108-102, Friday night at TD Garden. It also tops the list of reasons why Boston has now surrendered five of its last seven games. Celtics’ Marcus Smart, who delivered an update on the left calf injury he suffered two weeks back, says he’s feeling better, day-by-day. However, Smart says no timetable’s been set for his return. “I’m feeling good. Each day, I’m feeling better,” Smart said prior to Friday’s game against the Pistons. “Obviously, I’m nowhere near to where we want to be to coming back. But, we knew that. We’re really...
    Saddiq Bey scored 30 points, hitting his seventh 3-pointer with 39 seconds to play after Boston cut a 13-point fourth-quarter lead to three, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Celtics 108-102 on Friday night.  Bey also had 12 rebounds and went 7 for 7 from 3-point range, including the shot that gave Detroit a 101-95 cushion in the final minute. The points, rebounds and seven 3s were all career highs for the rookie from Villanova, who was the 19th overall pick in the draft.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Really proud for him," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "He’s just scratching the surface. He needs to stay humble, stay working, and he is. As a matter of fact, he’s getting a workout in right now." The last-place Pistons (7-19) have beaten Boston (13-12) twice and also have wins against the Lakers, Nets, 76ers and...
    The Detroit Pistons’ first-round selection had a ridiculous game on Friday against the Boston Celtics. Back in November, the Detroit Pistons were a part of the massive three-team trade with the LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets that was centered around Landry Shamet. In said massive transaction, the Pistons acquired the draft rights to the 19th overall pick, which was used on Saddiq Bey out of Villanova. He was one of the many pieces that ended up in Detroit, and as it turns out, the Pistons got themselves one hell of a player. During the Pistons’ 108-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, Bey scored a career-high 30 points off the bench and converted on seven straight 3-point attempts! In fact, Bey became the first rookie in NBA history to make at least seven 3-pointers without missing. Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 30 points off the bench in the...
    Despite holding the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics are still not considered as one of the heavy favorites to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the 2020-21 NBA season. In order to have a legitimate chance of taking down Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Philadephia 76ers in a best-of-seven series, most people believe that the Celtics should strongly consider improving their supporting cast around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In a recent article, Andrew Hughes of Fansided’s Hardwood Houdini came up with a blockbuster trade idea that would enable the Celtics to acquire three quality players before the 2021 trade deadline. The hypothetical three-team deal would involve the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. In the proposed trade scenario, the Celtics would get John Collins, Harrison Barnes, Rajon Rondo, and Solomon Hill, the Hawks would receive Buddy Hield,...
    The Celtics didn’t play the way they wanted to on either end of the floor during their recent West Coast trip. Back at home, they got sparks from two unlikely sources to tame one of the league’s hottest teams. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 24 points and six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 120-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Rookie Payton Pritchard added 20 points and had a career-high six 3s to help Boston snap a two-game skid. The Celtics never trailed and led by as many as 19, thanks in part to a season-high 20 3-pointers. Ojeleye said he feels like he’s playing a lot freer offensively this season. "I really try to focus on the process on the shooting and not the result," OJeleye said. Leading scorers Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown deferred to...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics got some franchise history from an unlikely duo in Thursday night’s win over the Raptors. For the first time — ever — a pair of Celtics teammates made six three-pointers in the same game. RELATED: Ojeleye Scores Career-High 24, Celtics Down Raptors 120-106 But it was not Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who put on the show, at least not from beyond the arc. Boston’s dynamic young pairing instead played facilitators in the team’s 120-106 win over Toronto, setting up everyone else for open looks. So who made the history? Be sure to jot this down for when it comes up in bar trivia in 10-20 years. Boston’s best marksmen on Thursday night were none other than Semi Ojeleye and Payton Pritchard, both of whom canned six threes against the Raptors. They both had identical 6-for-8 shooting lines from beyond...
    BOSTON (AP) — Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 24 points and six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 120-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Rookie Payton Pritchard added 20 points and had a career-high six 3s to help Boston snap a two-game skid. RELATED: Report: Tom Brady To Undergo Knee Procedure, Injury Details Will Build His Legend Even Greater The Celtics never trailed and led by as many as 19, thanks in part to a season-high 20 3-pointers. Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and six assists. Pascal Siakam finished with 23 points for Toronto, which was coming off a win at Washington a night earlier. Toronto cut what had been a 15-point deficit to 98-93 with 6:21 remaining. But the Celtics used a 15-5 run to take control down the stretch. The Raptors played without OG Anunoby (left calf strain) for the...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Celtics Just as the Celtics are trying to get themselves back to full health, now comes word that the knee problem that kept Jaylen Brown out for the team’s game against the Clippers last Friday and the game against Phoenix on Sunday,  is likely to be an ongoing issue. Brown is suffering from tendonitis, and Celtics president Danny Ainge said on Thursday that, “We’re concerned.” As well they should be. Brown is having a career year, averaging 26.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, with 52.2% shooting and 42.7% from the arc. On a team that has lost five of its last seven games, you worry about losing out on numbers like that. ????️ Jaylen Brown MICD UP! Averaging a career-best 26.4 PPG, @FCHWPO and the @celtics visit Utah tonight at 10pm/et on TNT. pic.twitter.com/7j9OBRyrI7 — NBA (@NBA) February 10, 2021 Ainge, though, did temper...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — We knew something was up with Jaylen Brown’s knee when the Celtics swingman missed two games during Boston’s five-game road trip. But Celtics president of basketball ops. Danny Ainge dropped a pretty big update Thursday morning, revealing that Brown is dealing with tendinitis. RELATED: Charlie McAvoy Makes Ridiculous Play To Set Up Brad Marchands Game-Winning Goal In Overtime Deep breaths, Celtics fans. Deeeeeeeeep breaths. It’s certainly not good news that one of Boston’s most important players is having knee problems. Brown said after returning to action Monday night in Utah that the knee has been bothering him for a while, though it didn’t look too bad as he poured in 33 points off 12-for-20 shooting in Boston’s loss to the Jazz. Ainge attributed the ailment to Brown’s heavy workload this season, and said it’s something they’ll have to manage for the foreseeable...
    Due to their perceived weakness in the paint, the Boston Celtics have been linked to multiple big men in the lead-up to the March 25 trade deadline, including the likes of Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner. However, a recent scenario suggested that the Celtics could instead target Jonas Valanciunas of the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal involving multiple draft picks as well as one of their young backup guards. According to NBA Analysis Network, the Celtics have long needed some additional help underneath, especially since they were “dominated” by the Miami Heat and their center, Bam Adebayo, in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The club’s top two centers, Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson, have been off to “pedestrian” starts, which is why the urgency is there for Boston to upgrade its frontcourt. In the proposed trade, the Celtics would be acquiring Valanciunas from the Grizzlies for a package featuring a...
    Getty Former Celtic Gordon Hayward, a happy Hornet If you’re a Celtics fan disappointed in the way the three seasons you got with Gordon Hayward turned out, don’t worry, you are not alone. Hayward, it turns out, is disappointed, too—”frustrating and disappointing” is how he described the end result of his Boston career. Still, as Hayward told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on the Woj Pod this week, he considered staying with Boston for at least one more year, by choosing to opt in for the final season of his contract (at $34 million), a real possibility right up until he had to make the decision to turn down his deal for the 2020-21 season. “It was certainly an option and a very good option, I think,” Hayward said. “Talking with Mark (Bartelstein, Hayward’s agent), it was one of those things where he and I felt like there were other...
    Getty Head coach Brad Stevens talks strategy Tuesday afternoon, as his team stared down the barrel of that evening’s matchup with the Utah Jazz—owners of the best record in basketball—Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sang the Jazz’s praises as an efficient, selfless unit and highlighted the outsized impact their center Rudy Gobert often has on on both ends of the floor. As for his team? Well, Stevens was not so glowing. On Tuesday, speaking on the “Zolak & Bertrand” radio show in Boston, Stevens mentioned Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Suns on their Western Conference swing. “There were a lot of things we did that if the balls go in two or three more times it’s a totally different game,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we are a great team by any means, I think we have a lot of work to do. But I do think...
    In a recent article, Sports Illustrated staff shared a list of trades that they want to see happen during the 2020-21 NBA season. These include the hypothetical deal that would send Dallas Mavericks small forward Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Boston Celtics before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed trade scenario by Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Pina, the Celtics would be sending an unprotected 2021 first-round pick to the Mavericks in exchange for Hardaway Jr. As of now, the Mavericks haven’t shown a strong indication that they are planning to move Hardaway Jr. before the 2021 trade deadline. However, if they struggle to consistently win games and wouldn’t find their way back in the playoff race, it might be best for them to trade the veteran wingman instead of taking the risk of losing him in the 2021 free agency without getting anything in return. By sending him to Boston,...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics have issues this season. Many of them. One of the most glaring and obvious is Kemba Walker’s struggles since his return in mid-January. RELATED: You Can Cross Taylor Heinickes Name Off List Of Potential Patriots Quarterbacks After missing the start of the season as his left knee recovered from stem cell injections to help nine years of wear and tear, Walker has not looked like his usual self. He lacks that quickness that allowed him to beat defenders to the rim, and he has no bounce when he does get to the basket. It’s pretty problematic for an undersized guard when he takes on opposing bigs. It’s led to a lot of rejection for Walker. He had four of his 12 shots blocked during Tuesday night’s loss in Utah, including one at the three-point line. Since his return, 14 of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics wrapped up their west coast trip with a loss to the Utah Jazz, another defeat that could have gone in their favor had they exerted a little more on the defensive end. It’s a troubling trend that has plagued the Celtics all season, and now they sit at a frustratingly average 12-11 on the year. Boston got an up-close look at how the best team in basketball operates on Tuesday night. After a hard-fought first half, Boston folded in the third and fourth quarters. The Jazz were held to  just 48 points in the first half, but the Boston defense disappeared in the third quarter and surrendered 42 points in the frame. The Celtics were still able to pull within four points of Utah on a number of occasions in the fourth, but ultimately squandered any opportunity to stun the Jazz by leaving shooters open...
    Getty Head coach Brad Stevens talks strategy Tuesday afternoon, as his team stared down the barrel of that evening’s matchup with the Utah Jazz—owners of the best record in basketball—Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sang the Jazz’s praises as an efficient, selfless unit and highlighted the outsized impact their center Rudy Gobert often has on on both ends of the floor. A few hours later, much to his and Celtic fans’ dismay, Stevens was proven undeniably correct. The Jazz, despite missing starting point guard Mike Conley, used dominant performances by Gobert (18 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) and guard Donovan Mitchell (34 points, nine assists) to dismantle the Celtics 122-108 and claim their 16th win in 17 games. Forward Joe Ingles also contributed 24 points and sank a huge three-pointer late in the fourth to help stave off a run. Boston, on the other hand, ends their...
    NBA : 2021-02-10T08:01:04+00:002021-02-10T08:01:04+00:002021-02-10T08:01:04+00:00. Semih Altinbas 10 / Feb / 21 08:01 Eurohoops.net Semih Altinbas The guest of the Utah Jazz was the eastern team Boston Celtics. By Eurohoops Team / info@eurohoops.net In the NBA, the Utah Jazz met with the Boston Celtics, hosted by the Jazz. The winner of the fight 122-108With the score of ‘Utah became. With this result, the Western Conference leader Jazz won their 20th in their 25th game and won their last 5 games. The Celtics lost for the 11th time in their 23rd game. Joe Ingles played 24 points – 6 assists in the battle where Donovan Mitchell remained on the field for 35 minutes 49 seconds and became the star with 36 points – 4 rebounds – 9 assists. Rudy Gobert scored a double-double with 18 points...
    Getty The Golden State Warriors recently gave an update on their top rookie draft pick James Wiseman stating he may return to the court for them in the next week or so. Wiseman’s presence is certainly missed as the team is currently without any available centers no active player is over 6’7. However, that isn’t the only news that’s made headlines recently with their rookie’s name in it. Former NBA Champion and Minnesota Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett shared that Wiseman is one of the few players today that he would like to mentor. Follow the Heavy on Warriors Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Garnett Wants to Share ‘Gems’ with Wiseman GettyKevin Garnett is looking to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett is known for being one of the more vocal and physical players to have ever played in the NBA. Quite the opposite of...
    Getty Images Kevin Garnett of the Celtics is congratulated by teammate Paul Pierce after coming out of the game The 2020-21 Boston Celtics (12-10) could certainly use some Kevin Garnett in their lives. They’re 4-6 in their last ten outings and are only one pair of losses away from being .500. Given the team’s current state, a good kick in the, you know what — in the context of perhaps, a virtual chat of some sort — is what this team could truly benefit from. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens should enlist Garnett to, at least, set up some sort of chat between KG and his team. Garnett is regarded as one of the league’s fiercest power forwards to ever play the game. The NBA’s 2004 Most Valuable Player, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, and Celtics champion also made 12 NBA All-Defensive teams. On his way to...
    Getty Images Boston Celtics All-Star Kemba Walker hasn’t been himself, of late, and following his recent dud — where he shot at a 20% clip on 4-of-20 attempts from the floor against the Phoenix Suns — Walker addressed his struggles, along with his overall temperament. Magnified by his worst shooting performance as a Celtic — a 1-of-12 flop against the champion Los Angeles Lakers — Walker, one week removed, followed up on a Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix with another disappointing start. And unfortunately for the Celtics, Kemba’s recent game had something glaringly in common with the former; both resulted in disappointing losses. Boston, capping off its four-game, west coast, road trip against the league-leading Utah Jazz (19-5), is in dire need of a bounce-back performance from its All-Star point guard. Meanwhile, Walker, whose frustration boiled over in the second quarter when he attempted to draw a 3-point...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The NBA trade deadline isn’t until March 25, but the trade winds are already starting to blow for the Boston Celtics. As they should be, with the team stuck in the mud at 12-10 on the season. RELATED: Jaylen Brown Questionable To Return Tuesday Night Against Jazz Danny Ainge recently said that the “sweet spot” to make trades is closer to the deadline, and he highlighted what he’ll be looking for with the massive Traded Player Exception that he has in his back pocket. But that doesn’t mean that Ainge won’t pull the trigger on a deal if a worthwhile one presents itself well ahead of the deadline, and it appears that the Boston president of basketball ops. is out there looking to upgrade his squad. In his latest NBA Power Rankings, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner threw out this tidbit: Late Saturday...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics could certainly use Jaylen Brown as they wrap up a five-game road trip out west on Tuesday night. But the swingman is questionable for Boston’s tilt against the Utah Jazz and is in jeopardy of missing his third straight game with knee soreness. RELATED: Another Bruins Home Game Postponed Due To NHLs COVID-19 Protocols That’s not great news for Boston, with the Jazz entering the matchup with the best record in the NBA at 19-5. Utah owns the second-best point differential in the league at plus-8.6, and has won four straight and nine of its last 10. Brown would go a long way in helping limit Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 26.8 points over Utah’s four-game win streak. Boston has been able to go 1-1 without Brown, winning Friday night against the Paul George-less Clippers before falling to the Phoenix...
    Getty Jeff Teague and Jayson Tatum take a breather versus the Sacramento Kings NBA road trips are rarely if ever, described as easy. Even in a season when arenas are essentially void of home-team fans, the daily travel and hotel-hopping of a road trip, let alone being separated from family, are still very real factors that can often impact the outcome of games. And while that’s true for every team in the league, the Boston Celtics, in particular, have been forced to add injuries to the list of challenges on their current West Coast road trip, a five-game span that ends Tuesday in Utah. In addition to the litany of injuries and COVID-19-related setbacks that have defined their young season—including lengthy absences from superstars Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum—the Celtics were hit with two more biggies both before and during their trek out west. Crucial Losses Imperial Road...
    Getty Images P.J. Tucker of the Rockets tries to get a shot off past Mason Plumlee of the Pistons Houston Rockets veteran P.J. Tucker is a player that multiple teams are expressing interest in, according to The Athletic, and if you’re a Celtics fan; you’re hoping Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was on the other end of one of those phone calls. In the midst of rebuilding on the fly, Rockets GM Rafael Stone has positioned his team into decent standing in a rugged and competitive Western Conference. Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Rockets are currently tenth out West; proof that Stone is not just capable of extinguishing the pressure and distractions that come with the dealings of a superstar’s trade demand, but that he’s also sharp enough, as a new GM, to execute the deal in a timely manner, all...
    Getty Tristan Thompson #13 of the Boston Celtics is announced before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Monday, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor released his tri-weekly NBA Power Rankings. And while the Boston Celtics‘ two-spot slide into the No. 8 slot is notable, it was the tidbit that O’Connor accompanied the C’s ranking with that has garnered the most attention.  Word on the street has it, Danny Ainge looks primed to once again fire up the trade machine. Late Saturday evening, I received a flurry of texts from multiple executives around the league who said the Celtics were up to something. What they’re up to is unclear, but league sources have long said Boston is searching for upgrades to bolster its wing and big man position. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content!Tristan Thompson, Jeff Teague, Daniel Theis; Who’s on the...
    Getty Brad Stevens head coach of the Boston Celtics takes questions from reporters during Celtics Media Day. As Kemba Walker’s slump grows increasingly concerning, rookie guard Peyton Pritchard continues to be a bright spot for the Boston Celtics. In his second game back from injury, the former Oregon standout headed a second-half charge against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. While the Cs ultimately failed to capture the “W”, marking their fourth loss over their last six games, Pritchard helped claw his team back into contention as Boston closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run. “He helped us get back in the game in the late third (quarter), hit some big shots,” head coach Brad Stevens said of Pritchard. “He gave us a chance. Payton was a good reason why we got back in. But it was (his) defense that got him jump started. I thought he was...
    Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the superstars who are being closely monitored on the trade market. As the Timberwolves continue to bury themselves deep at the bottom of the Western Conference rankings, there’s a growing belief around the league that Towns would soon follow in the footsteps of other superstars and start finding his way out of Minnesota. Once he becomes officially available on the trading block, several title contenders that are in dire need of a frontcourt boost and an additional star power on their roster are expected to express a strong interest in acquiring KAT, including the Boston Celtics. In a recent article, Eddie Bitar of Fadeaway World came up with a blockbuster trade idea that would enable Towns to form a “superteam” with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in Boston before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed scenario, the Celtics would be sending...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Suns coach Monty Williams isn’t usually demonstrative on the sideline so when he angrily called a timeout in the middle of the fourth quarter and visibly chided forward Deandre Ayton, it was a bit of a surprise. Ayton didn’t look thrilled by the outburst. But there was no doubt the message had been sent. “He didn’t like me getting on him,” Williams said. “But he took it the right way.” Ayton responded with a few buckets and a blocked shot down the stretch, Devin Booker added 18 points and 11 assists and Phoenix stayed on a roll by beating the Boston Celtics 100-91 on Sunday. Mikal Bridges led a balanced Suns offense with 19 points. Cam Johnson added 17 points off the bench while Ayton finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Phoenix improved to 13-9 this season and has won five of its past six games....
    PHOENIX (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 19 points, Devin Booker had 18 points and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-91 on Sunday. Phoenix improved to 13-9 this season and has won five of its past six games. Cam Johnson added 17 points off the bench while Deandre Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Phoenix built a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Boston rallied to cut the deficit to 76-68 entering the fourth. Backup guard Payton Pritchard gave the Celtics a lift with two 3-pointers during the run. Boston stayed fairly close for most of the game despite a rough shooting performance. Kemba Walker shot just 4 of 20 from the field but hit a 3-pointer with about 2:30 left that pulled the Celtics to within 91-86. Pritchard added a long 3-pointer with about a minute left that brought...
    Getty Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during a 2017 Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks. When the Boston Celtics traveled to SacTown earlier this week, they got themselves a first-hand look at a few highly intriguing traded player exception candidates. Kings forward Harrison Barnes, who NBCS Boston’s Chris Forsberg believes “checks a lot of the boxes for what Boston is looking for,” excelled on the night. The former NBA Champion amassed 24 points in 37 minutes of play to go along with six assists and five boards, helping lead his team to a 116-111 victory over Boston. However, where Barnes fell short on the night was his from 3-point range. The 28-year-old forward went just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. That’s where Barnes’ sharp-shooting teammate Buddy Hield comes into the picture. Forsberg’s colleague, Justin Leger, believes that if Barnes isn’t the answer for...
    Getty Jaylen Brown flexes during 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown has been ruled out of tonight’s powerhouse matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers (17-6) due to a sore left knee. Brown, who has yet to miss a game this season, was listed as questionable Thursday following Boston’s 116-111 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday evening. The Celtics’ young superstar logged 34 minutes and scored 21 points against the Kings, but appeared to be in some discomfort during the third quarter following a seemingly benign drive to the basket. Brown is averaging 26.4 points a game and is currently 4th amongst Eastern Conference guards in All-Star voting. #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight vs. LA Clippers (2/5): Jaylen Brown (left knee soreness) – OUTPayton Pritchard – AVAILABLE — Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 5, 2021 The news of Brown’s scratch makes for a bittersweet injury report heading...
    Biden to raise current U.S. refugee cap from historic lows NFL Offers Stadiums; Race an Issue in NYC Vaccines: Virus Update Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers live stream, TV channel, start time, prediction, odds The Los Angeles Clippers will host the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center on Friday night. © Provided by For The Win The Clippers have been cruising along this season and have won 11 of their last 13 games and are looking for their 18th win this year. As for the Celtics, they have struggled over the last few games and will look to get back on track against the Clippers tonight. This should be a fantastic late game to cap of the Friday night. here is everything you need to know to stream the preseason action tonight. Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers When: Friday, February 5 Time: 10:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN,...
    Getty Images Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen of Celtics talk on court It’s no secret that the relationship between 2008 Boston Celtics champions Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo grew sour throughout the course of their five-year run together in Boston. Speculation arose in the latter years, especially 2011-2012, while the Celtics were attempting to squeeze one final championship run. In Michael Holley’s newest book, “The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics,” Michael documents the night the feud between the two members of Boston’s All-Star backcourt got into each other’s faces. Allen, who was so close to heading to the Memphis Grizzlies that the Celtics informed the Hall of Fame shooter he was on the move before a deal involving Grizzlies forward O.J. Mayo was suddenly off the table, the Celtics changed their mind. However, the collapsed deal had lasting...
    After the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks make major upgrades on their roster, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ainge isn’t expected to remain silent while watching their rivals in the Eastern Conference grow stronger. With a plethora of precious trade assets, Ainge’s Celtics are in a strong position to make big acquisitions before the 2021 trade deadline. Aside from having young and promising talents and future draft picks, they could also use the $28.5 million Traded Player Exception (TPE) that they created by sending Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets to acquire a quality player on the trade market. In a recent article, Jack Maloney of CBS Sports named some of the players that the Celtics could target using the $28.5 million TPE. These include veteran small forward Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings. “Barnes has been something of an afterthought since he left...
    BOSTON (CBS) —  There’s some good news and some potentially bad news stemming from the Celtics’ injury report on Thursday. The good news is that Payton Pritchard is listed as questionable, and the rookie could be back in the lineup against the L.A. Clippers on Friday night. The bad news is that Jaylen Brown is also listed as questionable for Friday night’s game. Brown was a surprise addition to Thursday’s injury report with left knee soreness. Brown was limping slightly after a driving layup early in the third quarter in Wednesday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings, but he remained in the game and finished with 21 points in 31 minutes. This could be that his knee is barking a bit given his heavy workload this season, and he just needs a night off. That would be unfortunate for the Celtics as the team looks to bounce back against the...
    After the Brooklyn Nets successfully created their own “Big Three” of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, the Boston Celtics are expected to be more aggressive in upgrading their roster before the 2021 trade deadline. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum may have blossomed into dependable superstars, but most people believe that the Celtics would be needing more star power on their roster in order to have a better chance of beating the Nets and other Eastern Conference powerhouse teams in a best-of-seven series. In a recent article, Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network discussed a hypothetical blockbuster deal that would enable the Celtics to land San Antonio Spurs veteran All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed trade scenario, Boston would be sending a package that includes Kemba Walker, Robert Williams III, and Romeo Langford to San Antonio in exchange for Aldridge and...
    Getty Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics sit at 11-9 on the season, placed fourth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and have gone just 2-3 over their last five games. While the Cs are headed by arguably the league’s most dynamic duo in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the team has also been somewhat derailed with injuries and an inconsistent rotation. With the March 25 trade deadline approaching, Celtics president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, may feel pressed to swing a deal to better help shore up his roster. During his weekly interview with “Toucher & Rich” on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Ainge went into detail discussing what he believes the Celtics’ top need is currently. “I would say maybe shooting with size,” Ainge replied. “There are a lot of different ways...
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks. Safe to say Tristan Thompson’s early-season play did not go the way he, nor the Boston Celtics had hoped for when the organization inked the big-man to a two-year, $19 million contract this offseason. Brought in to serve as a physical defensive presence with championship experience, the 29-year-old Thompson had manned a leadership role for the Cs from the getgo. Yet, his on-court performance has left much to be desired, or at least it had. Thompson’s performance over the last two games has shown signs of a player who may very well be turning a corner. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content!Jayson Tatum: Tristan Thompson is ‘Extremely Valuable’While Boston may have suffered their second loss over their last three games on Wednesday night, Thompson came...
    The Boston Celtics continued their poor form after losing to the Sacramento Kings last night. It was a narrow five-point loss which makes their record 11-9 now. During the game, coach Brad Stevens had a Carmelo Anthony moment from 2019. In the fourth quarter, Jaylen Brown attempted a layup but Kings’ Richaun Holmes swatted it away. The ball directly fell towards Stevens, who was about to take a pull-up jump shot, but then he faked and appealed for a goaltend on the block. It was identical to when Melo got the ball during Dwyane Wade’s final game at the Barclays Center. Melo had been sitting courtside in his classic hoodie look, along with the rest of the Banana Boat crew. He caught the ball, went to the line to take a shot, but just pump-faked and left. Chris Paul and LeBron James cheered him and were upset he didn’t take...
    Getty Images Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shouts to his team during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on February 03, 2021 The short-handed Boston Celtics fell to the Sacramento Kings in a disappointing 116-111 loss in Sacramento Wednesday night. In a game where the Celtics surrendered a double-digit lead in the second half, Brad Stevens’ thin backcourt – in light of Marcus Smart (calf) and Payton Pritchard (knee) sidelined with injuries – forced Jeff Teague into the starting lineup alongside Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson, and Daniel Theis. From the beginning, Teague struggled against the Kings and when his troubles carried over into the second half one ESPN and Celtics analyst had seen enough.Kendrick Perkins During Celtics-Kings Game: ‘Take Jeff Teague Out The Game’Kendrick Perkins, who joined NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics telecast for Wednesday night’s game, tweeted the following during the third...
    BOSTON (CBS) — For a variety or reasons, the Celtics have been a mixed bag to start the 2020-21 season. Boston currently sits at 11-9 on the campaign, which isn’t horrible, but it is far from great. Kemba Walker’s bad knee, Jayson Tatum missing games with COVID, and injuries to Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart certainly haven’t helped Boston’s cause. It also doesn’t help that they are not a very good defensive team at the moment, which has been one of the the Celtics’ best attributes over the last few seasons. The Celtics have, at times, shown that they could be a contender if they put it all together, but they currently don’t feel like a complete team. At least Danny Ainge has an ace up his sleeve in the monster Traded Player Exception that Boston received when Gordon Hayward left town to sign with the Charlotte Hornets over the...
    Getty Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics There is some good news for the Celtics, even as they wobble out West with a depleted point-guard rotation: Rookie Payton Pritchard, who has been a surprisingly useful sixth man off the bench, is close to returning and should be back in the lineup, perhaps as soon as Friday when Boston takes on the Clippers in Los Angeles. In fact, Pritchard, who has been out since January 24 with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee, was close to playing on Wednesday against the Kings, according to team president Danny Ainge. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content! Speaking on the Toucher and Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Ainge gave a Pritchard update: He’s very close. He was close to playing last night. Payton, he is a tough kid. Our...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox had 26 points and 11 assists, Buddy Hield made two free throws with six-tenths of a second remaining and the Sacramento Kings held off the short-handed Boston Celtics 116-111 on Wednesday night. Hield finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Harrison Barnes scored 24 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 21. “We found a way to grind that one out,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “The first half it was kind of survival mode. We couldn’t make any open shots, we were missing layups, we weren’t attacking. Our guys found a way. Not the prettiest of wins, but what a gutsy performance by our guys.” The Kings offense was uneven much of the night. Sacramento was also outrebounded and outscored in the paint, yet came up with several big stops in the second half. The Kings also limited the Celtics to two buckets over the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – De’Aaron Fox had 26 points and 11 assists, Buddy Hield made two free throws with six-tenths of a second remaining and the Sacramento Kings held off the short-handed Boston Celtics 116-111 on Wednesday night. Hield finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Harrison Barnes scored 24 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 21. Jayson Tatum had 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 21. Boston played without three of its top ballhandlers due to injuries. Fox scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a spectacular driving layup that put the Kings up 102-100. Tatum’s three-point play pulled the Celtics within 112-111 with 1:06 remaining before Fox connected on a step-back 17-footer with 58.8 seconds left. Boston’s Javonte Green missed when he tried to dunk past a pair of defenders and Tatum’s 3-point try with 1 second left missed the mark....
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox had 26 points and 11 assists, Buddy Hield made two free throws with six-tenths of a second remaining and the Sacramento Kings held off the short-handed Boston Celtics 116-111 on Wednesday night. Hield finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Harrison Barnes scored 24 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 21. Jayson Tatum had 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 21. Boston played without three of its top ballhandlers due to injuries. Fox scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a spectacular driving layup that put the Kings up 102-100. Tatum’s three-point play pulled the Celtics within 112-111 with 1:06 remaining before Fox connected on a step-back 17-footer with 58.8 seconds left. Boston’s Javonte Green missed when he tried to dunk past a pair of defenders and Tatum’s 3-point try with 1 second left missed...
    Getty The NBA is surging with young talented players. The Boston Celtics are one of those teams thriving with some of these young talented players led by duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Warriors suffered a tough loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. All-Star Steph Curry had nothing but high remarks for the Celtics talented duo Tatum and Brown — where he recognizes that the duo reminds him of himself and teammate Klay Thompson.Splash Bros In Boston Getty Curry and Thompson, who have been notably deemed the “Splash Bros,” are aware that there might be a new duo in town. Curry, who has been known to have success behind the three alongside Thompson, and the All-Star shared some advice for Boston’s star duo. “You have two talented guys who have to learn how to play off each other,” Curry said in an interview with...
    Getty Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings is guarded by Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns. When the Boston Celtics take the floor in Sacramento on Wednesday night, they may very well be getting a close look at a future teammate. That is, if NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg’s ‘ideal‘ Traded Player Exception (TPE) scenario plays out to fruition. The Celtics insider believes that Kings forward Harrison Barnes should be in contention for the No. 1 spot on “Danny Ainge’s traded player exception wish list.” A quick glimpse at the 28-year-old’s play this season, and it’s easy to see why. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors and viral content!Harrison Barnes, the Ideal TPE Option?The former NBA champion is shooting a career-high 50.4% from the field in 2020-21, including 43.5% from beyond the arc. Furthermore, his 16.9 ppg, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists...
    Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr jokingly admitted that he was involved in the recruitment of Boston Celtics phenom Jaylen Brown. Despite not having Klay Thomson in the backcourt this year, the Warriors are currently only one spot out of the playoffs in this still-young NBA season. A little beef has the Warriors playing inspired basketball and Steve Kerr and his squad took on the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, in a tough game that went down to the wire. The Celtics were able to just edge out Steph Curry and company 111-107. Curry finished the game with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in another spectacular performance in which he hit seven three-pointers. The Warriors just couldn’t come up with enough buckets though. Boston on the other hand got 27 points from Jason Tatum in the big Celtics win. Jaylen Brown would finish the game with 18...
    The Boston Celtics were a force during the 80s. They had some of the best players in the league, boasting the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish to name a few. While the current day Celtics aren’t as dominant as them, the young duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are doing their best to emulate them. The 24-year-old Brown is averaging 27 points per game, while 22-year-old Tatum is averaging 26 points per game. This makes them the first Celtics duo since Bird and McHale (1986-87 season) to average 26 points per game in the same season. They have been on a tear since the start of the season. They missed Kemba Walker in the start, so they knew they had to step up. And they have done that brilliantly. Brown has played every single game for them so far and has been their main catalyst...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — It’s going to get pretty interesting for the Celtics on Wednesday night. Kemba Walker will sit out the second leg of Boston’s back-to-back, and with Payton Prichard not ready to return, Brad Stevens is going to have to get really creative with his guard rotation when the Celtics visit the Sacramento Kings. Walker and Pritchard were both ruled out for Wednesday night’s tilt, leaving Stevens with just two point guards active against the Kings: Jeff Teague and Tremont Waters. Carsen Edwards could also step in at point guard, but he’s not really known for his abilities to run the show on offense. To make matters worse, the Celtics will be playing against talented young guard De’Aaron Fox. The fourth-year pro is enjoying a career-year for the Kings, averaging 22 points and 6.4 assists per game. He’s coming off a 38-point game Monday...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Someone on the Celtics roster is going to have to step up to fill the Marcus Smart void over the next few weeks. It’s not that other players have to go out and do everything that Smart does on a nightly basis, but they’re going to have to chip in with the little things. It’s going to be someone different each night, as head coach Brad Stevens said when the C’s touched down in San Francisco on Monday. On Tuesday night, as the Celtics tipped off their five-game road trip against the Golden State Warriors, that player was Grant Williams. Williams logged a DNP against the Lakers on Saturday night and has been in and out of the Boston lineup (and Stevens’ doghouse) for much of the season. But he went from being glued to the bench a few nights ago to...
    By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 27 points in picking up the offensive slack for Boston without injured Marcus Smart, and the Celtics withstood another scoring outburst by Stephen Curry to beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 on Tuesday night. Curry scored 38 points with seven 3-pointers and joined late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain as the only Warriors to score 17,000 points for the franchise. Andrew Wiggins' layup with a minute to go for Golden State made it a three-point game, but Tatum converted a pair of free throws with 49.6 seconds left and Curry missed a contested 3 moments later. Jaylen Brown, back in the Bay Area where he starred as a college player at California in Berkeley, drove through the lane for an emphatic, one-handed slam that put the Celtics up 106-96 with 4 minutes left. Curry's three-point play at...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 27 points in picking up the offensive slack for Boston without injured Marcus Smart, and the Celtics withstood another scoring outburst by Stephen Curry to beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 on Tuesday night. Curry scored 38 points with seven 3-pointers and joined late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain as the only Warriors to score 17,000 points for the franchise. Andrew Wiggins’ layup with a minute to go for Golden State made it a three-point game, but Tatum converted a pair of free throws with 49.6 seconds left and Curry missed a contested 3 moments later. Jaylen Brown, back in the Bay Area where he starred as a college player at California in Berkeley, drove through the lane for an emphatic, one-handed slam that put the Celtics up 106-96 with 4 minutes left. Curry’s three-point play at the 3:17 mark made it a...
    Rhode Island Vaccine Rollout Hindered by People Sharing Appointment Registration Links Biden looks to be in lockstep with allies on China Warriors vs. Celtics: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel © Provided by CBS Sports Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Through 1 QuarterThe Golden State Warriors are giving their home crowd exactly what it was hoping to see. They are in control with a 35-24 lead over the Boston Celtics. Point guard Stephen Curry has taken over for the Warriors, currently boasting 17 points (49% of their total) and three dimes along with four boards. Point guard Kemba Walker has led the way so far for Boston, as he has nine points. Who's PlayingBoston @...
    The Boston Celtics are one of the teams that are expected to be active on the trade market before the 2021 trade deadline. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum may have developed into dependable superstars but after the Brooklyn Nets successfully created their own “Big Three,” most people believe that the Celtics would be needing more star power on their roster in order to have a realistic chance of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA championship title in the 2020-21 NBA season. In a recent article, Lee Tran of Fadeaway World suggested a blockbuster trade idea that would enable the Celtics to acquire Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. In the proposed trade scenario, Boston would be sending a package that includes Kemba Walker, Romeo Langford, Daniel Theis, Grant Williams, a future first-round pick, and a future second-round pick to Orlando in exchange for Vucevic...
    Getty Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after the Warriors made a basket in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better one-two punch in today’s NBA than the Boston Celtics’ dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The former may have missed some time due to COVID-19 protocol, but has still managed to improve his 3-point shooting (43.5% from beyond the arc) and is averaging a career-high 26.8 ppg. As for Brown, all he’s done is catapult himself from All-Star snub a season ago, to legitimate MVP candidate in 2020-21. Joining Brown on many early-season MVP ballots is Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry. A two-time recipient of the award, Curry has reminded people of his elite status this year, averaging 27.7 ppg (fifth-most in NBA). Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors...
    Getty Images Rudy Gay of the Spurs drives against P.J. Tucker of the Rockets Ever since the Boston Celtics acquired the Traded Player Exception (TPE) via its Gordon Hayward trade with the Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets forward/center PJ Tucker is a name that’s been tied to the president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and the Celtics. Tucker, 35, is regarded as one of the league’s better dynamic defenders – a veteran sparkplug, whose versatility on defense would certainly strengthen the Celtics in their time of need. Head coach Brad Stevens is without two of his best backcourt defenders in Marcus Smart and rookie Payton Pritchard. ESPN analyst Brian Windhorst, host of Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast, talked about the likelihood that the Rockets will part ways with Tucker and more importantly, for the Celtics’ concerns, what the speculative asking price would be.Windhorst: One Source Says Rockets’...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Bill Russell, Hall of Fame center who played with the Boston Celtics.PersonalBirth date: February 12, 1934 Birth place: Monroe, LouisianaBirth name: William Felton RussellRead MoreFather: Charles RussellMother: Katie (King) RussellMarriages: Jeannine Fiorito (2016-present); Marilyn Nault (1996-January 2009, her death); Dorothy "Didi" Anstett (1977-1980, divorced); Rose Swisher (1956-1973, divorced)Children: with Rose Swisher: Karen, William Jr. "Buddha" and JacobEducation: University of San Francisco, B.A., 1956Other FactsSix-foot-nine center known for his defense and ability to block shots.Won 11 NBA championships in his 13 years with the Boston Celtics in 1957, 1959-1966 and 1968-1969.Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player in 1958, 1961-1963 and 1965.Twelve-time NBA All-Star from 1958-1969 and All-Star MVP in 1963.Served as a commentator for televised basketball games in between his coaching jobs.Emeritus board member of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.Younger brother of playwright Charlie L. Russell. Timeline1955 and 1956 - Leads the San Francisco Dons...
    Steph Curry is showing this season that he is still one of the best in the NBA. Despite losing Klay Thompson prior to the NBA season, Steph is showing that he can still get going when he wants. Curry is currently one of the front-runners in the MVP race. Curry revealed that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown remind him most of himself and Klay Thompson, the ‘Splash Brothers’. Curry likes the duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum Steph Curry spoke to the press ahead of the Warriors’ game against the Celtics. When asked about the duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Curry had high praise for them. He noted how their experience playing together and building chemistry was very similar to himself, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. He said: “For sure. You have two talented guys that have to figure out how to play off of each other....
    Getty Images Isaiah Thomas drives against Terry Rozier during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 18, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts Boston Celtics fans will forever remember the 2016-17 NBA season as “The Isaiah Thomas year.” It was when Thomas – a league MVP candidate – took a team on his back and, for the most part, carried it to unexpected heights, including a date with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. No one had anticipated such a run from Boston. Standing at 5-foot-9, he averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game – unprecedented numbers for a player of his stature. Still, Thomas, alongside All-Star big man Al Horford, willed his team back from an 0-2 first-round deficit in its best-of-7 series against the Chicago Bulls and then avoided Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semis against John Wall, Bradley Beal,...
    The Boston Celtics received some good news regarding guard Marcus Smart. Saturday wasn’t the greatest of nights for the Boston Celtics. Not only did they end up losing 96-95 to the Los Angeles Lakers, but guard Marcus Smart left in the fourth quarter with a concerning left leg injury. After undergoing an MRI, the Celtics received some good news. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Smart was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left calf strain and will miss approximately 2-3 weeks. But ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there is optimism that Smart could return in 1-2 weeks instead.Celtics avoid worst-case scenario with Marcus SmartDuring the final act of the of the contest, Smart appeared ready to go for a rebound attempt, but he fell to the court before he could leap in the air. Smart screamed in pain before being helped to the locker room by Boston’s training staff....
    BOSTON (CBS) — It was not a pretty sight when Celtics guard Marcus Smart collapsed in pain during the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the L.A. Lakers in Boston. Smart landed awkwardly while going up for a rebound and had to be helped off the court. The Celtics quickly announced that Smart suffered a calf injury and would not return, but replays are painting a much grimmer possibility for the guard’s left leg. Boston will be hoping for the best when Smart gets an MRI on Sunday. It was a no-contact injury for Smart, and those don’t usually end well for players. Visions of Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury during the 2019 NBA Finals began to resurface when ABC played a slow-motion replay of Smart’s injury on Saturday night. ???????????? @smart_MS3 Marcus Smart has a left calf strain, per the team.pic.twitter.com/fR3Wn8KZRk — The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) January 31,...
    The Lakers started off their season-high, seven-game road trip by winning three of four before Anthony Davis was sidelined with an injury.  He returned just in time to help his team avoid a third straight defeat.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup and Los Angeles hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 96-95 on Saturday night when Daniel Theis missed a follow shot at the buzzer. LeBron James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals. Montrezl Harrell added 16 points for the Lakers, who lost in Detroit on Thursday when Davis rested a bruised right quadriceps.  "For me, personally, it's getting back in attack mode," Davis said. "Being aggressive. Crashing the offensive glass. Being in the paint. All those types of things....
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Kemba Walker usually thrives with the ball in his hand and a chance to win the game. But on Saturday night, nothing wanted to fall for the point guard, and it cost the Celtics in the team’s biggest game of the season. Walker had a step-back attempt to win it in the final frantic seconds against the Los Angeles Lakers, a shot that he’s made a career of sinking. While most fans would prefer it if Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were putting up Boston’s game-winning attempt, Walker is a solid third option. At least, the usual version of Kemba Walker is a fine fit for that role. The current version of Walker, however, is not the Cardiac Kemba that basketball fans know. He caused heart palpitations for all the wrong reasons against L.A., finishing with just four points off 1-for-12 shooting...
    After losing two back-to-back games for the first time this season, LeBron James and the LA Lakers quickly snapped out of their losing streak. In a closely fought contest vs the Celtics, the purple and gold came out victorious by a single point. While the Lakers left the TD Garden with a victory, Celtics’ Jayson Tatum put on a show. He scored 30 points, but his performance wasn’t enough against their long-time rivals. Following this defeat, Boston has lost five out of their last seven games. After this close defeat, Tatum spoke about his thoughts on competing against LeBron James. “You can’t take it for granted. It’s something I always look forward to and live for, competing against him.” Along with JT, Jaylen Brown added 28 points to the stat sheet as well. However, because of an unfortunate injury, the Celtics played most of the last quarter without Marcus Smart....
    Kate Uptons pretty pup outing, plus more celebs and their pets in 2021 Charming cabins for sale across America Marcus Smart leaves game with scary injury Celtics are calling calf strain © Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images Let’s hope it is only a calf strain. Boston’s Marcus Smart went to the floor in the fourth quarter, grabbing his left calf with what is a non-contact injury. He was helped back to the locker room without being able to put any weight on it. Here is a video of what happened. A look at the Marcus Smart injury. Grabs at calf/achilles area. pic.twitter.com/9goexv30lj — Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 31, 2021 The Celtics said he would not return to the game due to a strained calf, but the expected was soon reported that Smart will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. #NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart (Left...
    BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 96-95 on Saturday night when Daniel Theis missed a follow shot at the buzzer. LeBron James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals. Montrezl Harrell added 16 points for the Lakers, who lost in Detroit on Thursday when Davis rested a bruised right quadriceps. Jayson Tatum finished with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown added 28 points. Boston has lost five out of its last seven. The Celtics played the final 10:28 of the game without Marcus Smart, who was helped off the court with what the team said was a left calf strain following a collision with Harrell underneath the basket. Harrell tipped...
    BOSTON (CBS) — When it comes to owning a storied history in the game of basketball, no other professional franchises can lay a claim like the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The two rivals are, simply put, royalty of the hardwood. The two franchises have claimed 34 of the 74 titles that have been handed out throughout NBA history, with each hanging 17 championship banners over their respective home courts. The Celtics won 11 straight back in the days of Bill Russell and Red Auerbach, while the Lakers have upped their tally with six championships since the turn of the century. And when things are really right in the world of basketball, the rivals are the last two teams standing in the fight for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. That hasn’t happened in over a decade, but with the Lakers the kings of basketball with LeBron James and Anthony...
    Getty Images Bradley Beal of the Wizards and Jaylen Brown of the Celtics battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on January 08, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts There isn’t a single team in the NBA that wouldn’t love to add a player like Bradley Beal to their squad, including the Boston Celtics – an Eastern Conference contender that’s salivating over the thought of an NBA Finals appearance. It would be their first in over a decade. However, the days of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo feel like they were ages ago. It’s been over seven years since Brad Stevens took over as head coach. Anything short of representing the Eastern Conference in the 2021 NBA Finals will feel like a disappointment. Teased by three trips to the Eastern Conference finals in four years, including being one win...
    Getty Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics drives against Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat. Jaylen Brown spent the latter part of the offseason and the early parts of the 2020-21 regular season engulfed in trade chatter. However, his ascension into, dare I say, full-blown superstardom, has made the 24-year-old damn-near untouchable. Shifting focus into the Boston Celtics‘ backcourt, teammate Marcus Smart has enjoyed a breakout season of sorts as well. Readily lauded for his defensive prowess over his previous six pro campaigns, Smart has showcased a budding offensive arsenal, headed by his playmaking skills. Taking on a larger role as a distributor with All-Star Kemba Walker sidelined to begin the year, Smart has averaged 6.0 assists per game, a 24.8% assist percentage and a 15.0 player efficiency rating, all of which mark new career-highs. Follow the Heavy on Celtics Facebook page for all the latest stories, rumors...
    Getty Images DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson of the Spurs celebrate a 110-106 win in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Basketball is a game of runs – it’s the greatest cliché you’ll ever hear in describing the sport but when the scoring well ran dry on one end for the Boston Celtics, the team’s dire focus turned to the other, and that’s where they couldn’t stop the bleeding. Facing the San Antonio Spurs, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens turned to drastic measures for his team to find a game-defining run of its own Wednesday night. A 27-6 Spurs run has an effective way of doing that to an NBA head coach. The Spurs’ 23-point swing to end the second frame turned a nine-point deficit into a 14-point (61-47) lead at the half. They outscored the Celtics 37-21 throughout the second quarter.Brad Stevens On The Celtics’ Poor...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Payton Pritchard remains sidelined with a right MCL that he suffered last Friday. But on Wednesday, just five days after the injury, the Celtics guard was putting up some shots on the floor. Pritchard did some light shooting ahead of Boston’s loss to the Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday night. As you can see, he doesn’t have much lift at the moment, but it’s a fairly promising sign that he’s out there doing something. Five days after straining his MCL, Payton Pritchard is back on the floor shooting prior to the #Celtics game with the #Spurs. pic.twitter.com/GKNzdbcLK0 — gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) January 28, 2021 The injury did not look good when it occurred, with Jaylen Brown falling into the rookie’s knee during a loss to the 76ers, but it appears Pritchard escaped a serious injury. The Celtics announced the following day that it was an...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Keldon Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio won its second straight home game. “It just shows what we’re capable of as a team,” Johnson said. The Celtics’ projected starting five of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis played together for the first time this season. Tatum had 25 points, Brown added 24, and Smart and Walker had 14 apiece. Their balanced output was not enough as Boston had its two-game winning streak end. “It’s been an interesting season,” Brown said. “We’ve had guys out, guys hurt. We are just trying to put everything together. Tonight wasn’t our best night.” The Spurs have defeated...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Keldon Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio won its second straight home game. The Celtics’ projected starting five of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis played together for the first time this season. Tatum had 25 points, Brown added 24, and Smart and Walker had 14 apiece. Their balanced output was not enough as Boston had its two-game winning streak end. After DeRozan hit a pair of free throws to give the Spurs a 103-101 lead, Theis’ dunk tied the game with 40 seconds remaining. After San Antonio regained the lead on DeRozan’s eight-foot jumper, Murray had a breakaway dunk off a steal...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Keldon Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio won its second straight home game. The Celtics’ projected starting five of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis played together for the first time this season. Tatum had 25 points, Brown added 24, and Smart and Walker had 14 apiece. Their balanced output was not enough as Boston had its two-game winning streak end. After DeRozan hit a pair of free throws to give the Spurs a 103-101 lead, Theis’ dunk tied the game with 40 seconds remaining. After San Antonio regained the lead on DeRozan’s eight-foot jumper, Murray had a breakaway dunk off a steal...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Wednesday night in San Antonio is a big evening for the Boston Celtics. For the first time all season, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker will take the floor together. It has taken 16 games, but we’re finally here. We will finally see the Celtics’ starting lineup at full strength — or at least something close to it — which has been an anomaly for the team since last season. Whether it was Walker’s knee or Gordon Hayward’s ankle in the playoffs (and wrist earlier in the season) or, most recently, Tatum’s bout with COVID-19, the Celtics haven’t been healthy for some time. Now Boston will have its three main stars sharing the floor with each other. It should warm the soul a little bit on an otherwise frigid day in the northeast. The Celtics managed their absences pretty well over...
    US coronavirus: January has been the deadliest month for Covid-19 with nearly 80,000 lives lost so far in the US Review: Hitman 3 is everything you want in a stealth game, despite lack of multiplayer How to watch Spurs vs. Celtics: Live stream, TV channel, start time for Wednesdays NBA game © Provided by CBS Sports Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Who's PlayingBoston @ San Antonio Current Records: Boston 10-6; San Antonio 9-8What to KnowThe Boston Celtics are 2-8 against the San Antonio Spurs since November of 2015, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Wednesday. The Celtics' road trip will continue as they head to AT&T Center at 8:30 p.m. ET to face off...
    Since the 2020 offseason, rumors have been swirling around All-Star point guard Kemba Walker and his future with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are yet to make Walker officially available on the trading block, but there are speculations that they are planning to use him as a trade chip to further improve their roster before the 2021 trade deadline. In a recent article, Brett Siegel of NBA Analysis Network came up with a trade idea that would send Walker to the New York Knicks. In the proposed scenario, Boston would be sending the veteran point guard to New York in exchange for a package that includes Julius Randle, Frank Ntilikina, and a 2024 first-round pick. If the deal would bush through, Siegel believes it would help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster. For the Knicks, the suggested trade would enable them to fulfill their...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers is defended by Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic. Were the Boston Celtics to stay put at the March 25 trade deadline, they’d still be widely considered a favorite to come out of the East. Currently owners of the second-best record in the conference (10-6) and a budding lineup with the returns of all-star duo Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, the team is more than equipped to compete for an NBA title. Yet, what if Boston was to take a page out of Brooklyn’s win-now-at-all-costs book, and potentially jeopardize their long-term future to further their chances of securing title No. 18 this season? Bleacher Report recently floated this exact idea, assembling a list of Desperation Trade Targets to Create New NBA Contenders. In the piece, columnist Grant Hughes zeroed in on a readily linked to big-man, Nikola Vucevic, to...
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    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — After a bout with COVID-19 that had him away from his Celtics team for over two weeks, Jayson Tatum made his return Monday night. The 22-year-old showed very little signs of rust in his 31 minutes of action in Boston’s 119-103 victory. Tatum effortlessly put in 24 points while stuffing the rest of the stat sheet with five rebounds, four assists and a block. He knocked down 10 of his 21 shot attempts, including a 3-of-6 showing from behind the arc. Boston’s superstar said he felt comfortable throughout his time on the court, though he did feel a tad bit winded after his first stint. That was to be expected after missing over two weeks of game action with little practice time ahead of his return. “You can work out and try to emulate and NBA game but it’s tough. I felt...
    Kobe Bryant is the gold standard for measuring one’s talent and ability in the NBA. Anytime a player is compared to him, you know you are on the path of superstardom. In today’s league, Jayson Tatum is one such player who evokes comparisons to the late great Mamba. His game not only mirrors Kobe but he also worships the former Los Angeles Lakers guard. So, when former league MVP Allen Iverson sang his praises in Bryant’s name, it floored him. AI was discussing Tatum along with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their ‘All the Smoke’ podcast. WALTHAM, MA – JUNE 20: The Boston Celtics try out Kobe Bryant as coaches look on. (Photo by Tom Landers/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) “Jayson Tatum, Dawg! Dawg!” said the former Philadelphia 76ers man. “He got a lot of Kobe in him too,” Stephen Jackson remarked. “Yeah, you could tell. You could...
    The Boston Celtics have now played five games without Jayson Tatum. After testing positive for COVID-19, Tatum needed at least two weeks of quarantine before returning to action. He last played against the Wizards on January 8, and he can finally return to action tomorrow. After their game against the Cavaliers tonight, defensive juggernaut Marcus Smart talked about how the Celtics really need Tatum to return soon. Smart said, “Tatum’s one of the best scorers and one of the best young players in the league. Not only that, he’s very important to the team and brings so much we need. Especially in times like this where we’ve kind of been in a slump. The scoring, energy, and effectiveness that he brings in the game is something we’re going to need. Having him back is definitely going to help bring our level up to the standards that we’re supposed to have.”...
    Getty Images Jayson Tatum, Payton Pritchard of the Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics learned that rookie Payton Pritchard suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s expected to miss at least two weeks but they’re hoping to see All-Star Jayson Tatum much sooner. Pritchard, who the Celtics say will return to on-court activities in two weeks, had an MRI confirm what the team’s initial thought was when Payton was helped off the floor Friday night. The severity of his knee sprain is, fortunately, not worse, and, barring any other setbacks, he should be back with the team, in February.Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Filling In Nicely Amidst Hot Scoring StreakFor Boston, it was Jaylen Brown tying his career-high 42 points that led the charge, on Friday. He connected on 16-of-28 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from deep and 5-of-7 from the...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Jaylen Brown continues to put up some eye-popping numbers for the Boston Celtics this season. Sunday night’s performance against the Cavaliers is perhaps his most absurd. Brown put in 33 points in Boston’s 141-103 blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a solid follow-up after he set a new career-high with 43 points against the 76ers on Friday. But on Sunday, it wasn’t how many points that Brown scored, but how quickly he did so. Brown put in his 33 points in only 19 minutes and 14 seconds of playing time, the most an NBA player has ever scored in under 20 minuets of action. Brown’s performance surpassed Kevin Durant previous record of 30 points in 19 minutes, which Durant set back in 2014. Jaylen Brown scores the MOST POINTS in under 20 minutes played during the shot clock era (1954-55)! ☘️ @FCHWPO:...
    Boston Celtics (9-6, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (7-9, 10th in the Eastern Conference) Chicago; Monday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Zach LaVine and Jaylen Brown meet when Chicago hosts Boston. LaVine is eighth in the NBA averaging 26.8 points per game and Brown is sixth in the league averaging 27.3 points per game. The Bulls have gone 3-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago is seventh in the league shooting 38% from deep, led by Patrick Williams shooting 47.1% from 3-point range. The Celtics are 8-6 in Eastern Conference play. Boston ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference with 14.1 fast break points per game led by Brown averaging 5.3. The Bulls and Celtics square off Monday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: LaVine leads the Bulls with 3.2 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 26.8 points while shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc. Thaddeus Young is...
    Since the 2020 offseason, rumors have been swirling that the Los Angeles Clippers are eyeing to add a point guard on the trade market. They may currently have Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley on their roster, but none of those veterans could be considered as a traditional point guard. One of the teams that could help the Clippers solve their backcourt issue is the Boston Celtics. In a recent article, Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network suggested a way on how the Clippers would be able to acquire veteran point guard Jeff Teague from the Celtics before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed scenario, Los Angeles would be sending a package that includes Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson, and a 2022 second-round pick to Boston in exchange for Teague. “Jeff Teague would be the veteran option at point guard going to the Los Angeles Clippers in this deal. He would...
    BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday night by cruising to a 141-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kemba Walker added 21 points, Daniel Theis scored 17, Carsen Edwards had 15 and Marcus Smart had 12 for Boston, which posted a season high in points in a half, taking a 73-51 edge into intermission. Brown played just 19 minutes. Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 13 points, far below his team-leading average of 26.8 per game, as the Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak ended. Coming off impressive back-to-back victories over the Brooklyn Nets in which they scored 147 and 125 points, respectively, the Cavaliers were simply never in this one. Boston pushed the ball out on the fast break, getting several easy looks that it converted while the Cavaliers missed 10 of their initial...
    BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday night by cruising to a 141-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kemba Walker added 21 points, Daniel Theis scored 17, Carsen Edwards had 15 and Marcus Smart had 12 for Boston, which posted a season high in points in a half, taking a 73-51 edge into intermission. Brown played just 19 minutes. Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 13 points, far below his team-leading average of 26.8 per game, as the Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak ended. Coming off impressive back-to-back victories over the Brooklyn Nets in which they scored 147 and 125 points, respectively, the Cavaliers were simply never in this one. Boston pushed the ball out on the fast break, getting several easy looks that it converted while the Cavaliers missed 10 of their initial...
    Getty Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics collides with Furkan Korkmaz #30 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Boston Celtics just wrapped up a mini-series with the Philadelphia 76ers, in which Boston dropped both games by an average of 10 points and extended their losing streak to three games. To make matters worse, rookie sensation Payton Pritchard suffered an MCL sprain on Friday that will sideline him for at least two weeks, while All-Star Jayson Tatum will miss his fifth consecutive game on Sunday amid COVID-19 protocol. Operating within an undermanned roster, guard Jaylen Brown has shouldered an abundance of the workload on the offensive end. After not recording a 40-point game over his first four NBA seasons, Brown notched his second such performance of the year on Friday, dropping 42 points (career-high) in 36 minutes. Yet, while the NBA’s...
    The Boston Celtics will be without rookie Payton Pritchard after spraining his MCL on Friday night vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. The Boston Celtics haven’t had the greatest start to the 2020-21 NBA season, but if there was one bright spot, it was rookie point guard Payton Pritchard. Unfortunately, the rookie went down with a right knee injury on Friday night during Boston’s 122-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. One day later, the team received word on the extent of the point guard’s injury. According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, Pritchard suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and will be out for at least the next two weeks. The Celtics say Payton Pritchard has a grade one MCL sprain, and will return to on-court activities in two weeks. Obviously a blow to lose the rookie, who has been a bright spot so far, but given how it looked last night when...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Celtics depth chart has taken another hit. The Celtics announced on Saturday that rookie point guard Payton Pritchard will be off the court for at least two weeks after suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee during Friday’s loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. #NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Cleveland: Romeo Langford (right wrist surgery rehab) – OUTAaron Nesmith (low back spasms) – DOUBTFULPayton Pritchard (right MCL sprain) – OUTJayson Tatum (Health & Safety protocols) – OUT — Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 23, 2021 Pritchard left the game in the second quarter after Jaylen Brown fell into his leg. He did not play the rest of the game. The 26th pick in last year’s NBA draft had started the season strong for Boston. He is averaging 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range in...
    Getty Images Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart celebrate during the second half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward is off to the best start to a regular season that he’s seen in over three years. For Hayward, his time with the Boston Celtics was the most trying years of his career. One year removed from the season-ending ankle injury in his first game with the franchise that inked him to a four-year, $128 million deal meant the bulk of the following season would be spent rebuilding his ankle, along with his overall strength and conditioning and the graduality that came with it showed in his averages. Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 72 games throughout 2018-19; a significant dip in the All-Star scoring numbers he averaged in his last...