Boston Celtics

19 Mar 19
DEC-XZ

Who are the Celtics? The NBA team for Boston? Wrong! The European warriors of the Bronze age? Correct. The Celtics were very powerful during the Bronze-Iron age. They conquered nearly all of Europe, their kingdom reaching from Ireland to central Turkey. Wanna find out more? Read on! Beginning of the Celtics: Celts first appeared in […]

19 Mar 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x74i6zf?autoPlay=1″ width=”480″ height=”270″] Don’t expect Danny Ainge to lose faith in the Boston Celtics. Even if the C’s enter the NBA playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s fourth or fifth seed — the most likely scenario given the current standings — and without all of their issues ironed out, the team’s president of basketball […]

19 Mar 19
Dayton Sports Huddle

This evening, THE ROAD STARTS HERE® in Dayton when Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View A&M meet. The UD Arena is such a centerpiece for March Madness and college basketball that , THE ROAD STARTS HERE® is an official trademarked phrase. The NCAA® First Four® started as a single play-in game between the tournament’s 64th and […]

19 Mar 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x740ccd” width=”480″ height=”270″] Gordon Hayward still is a bit too woozy from his collision with John Collins. The Boston Celtics forward suffered a concussion after colliding with Collins during the Celtics’ win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Hayward was forced to miss Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, and also will sit […]

19 Mar 19
CBS Boston

The road back to normalcy has been a long one for Gordon Hayward this season, as he works to regain his All-Star form while recovering from a serious ankle injury. And as the Celtics get closer to the postseason, the road has grown longer.

19 Mar 19
Boston Herald
Danny Ainge insists he’s not disappointed or disturbed or angry, but it’s hard to take him at face value when you see his face. Usually the Celtics’ president of basketball operations is the breakwater of reason as merely choppy seas threaten the shore, but while he’s trying to find the green lining in this odd season, it’s understandable that he’s a few degrees short of ecstatic. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”1587238″] Indeed, everything the Celtics want out of this season is still on the table before them. They have the raw material to win the Eastern Conference and be at the very least competitive with the representative from the West, particularly if, as presumed, it’s Golden State. Kyrie Irving is among the few in the NBA uniquely suited to take over the final moments of a playoff game, and there should be more than enough overall to propel this team deep into the postseason — if people are willing to subdue individual interests and do what’s asked of them. It’s all still here, and the road is open. But after 71 games, the Celtics are a fifth seed. Take a look at the roster and then back to those two figures: 71 and No. 5. The word “incongruous” comes to mind. Ainge has another. Asked his general thoughts on where the Celtics are at this stage, he paused four seconds as he inhaled and then exhaled harder. “Inconsistent,” Ainge said. “We look good in stretches of each game. We look good some games. [Monday] night we just needed to make some shots in some key moments. Like, there’s two or three stretches where Denver made a couple of outside shots and we missed a couple of lay-ins. I don’t think it’s anything disastrous; I just think we need to keep working to get consistent. And we could have used Gordon [Hayward] out there, because there were some open shots to be made.” But Hayward is in the league’s concussion protocol, and while it doesn’t appear to be a longterm issue, he won’t be available in Philadelphia Wednesday night. A healthy and assertive Hayward would appear to be a critical element for the Celtics, but there is still a distance between here and the general cohesiveness the club needs. I asked Ainge if he ever thought he’d still be hoping his team would be trying to get itself together this late in the season, and he sort of dribbled around a direct answer. “Well, I think that if you’re just focused on your own team… but I’ve had the luxury of playing on many teams and being in this league a long time and watching many games,” he said, “and I know that there’s a lot of frustrations that everybody goes through throughout the course of the year — ups and downs and good games and bad games. And [Monday] wasn’t one of our worst games and it wasn’t one of our best games, and we got beat by a good team. I mean, there’s a lot we can learn from a game like this, and I know the guys are frustrated because we had a lot of guys that didn’t play well in this game.” Frustrating, too, is that the Celtics haven’t yet had one of those stretches where they play killer ball for 10 or so games and give themselves a basis for the confidence they’ll need later on. “There’s been a few games here and there when we’ve played really well,” Ainge said. “It’s like you take one step forward and take a step backward, and then you take two steps forward and take another step back. “But I feel like there’s a lot of good things I see on our team. I feel like we need to be healthy. We need to be right. And I feel like our minds are getting in the right place, and that’s a good thing. [Against Denver], we weren’t thinking, but it wasn’t a lack of effort. It was falling asleep on some plays or not paying attention, but it wasn’t some deep-rooted issues that can’t be fixed. We could have played well and still lost against a team like Denver. They’re a very good team.” And as far as that dozing off issue goes, Ainge doesn’t believe the Celts can simply set an alarm for mid-April. “Yeah, I don’t believe you can flip a switch,” he said, “but I see a lot of things I like on our team. I like a lot of our energy. We have lapses, but I feel a lot of it is inexperience and maybe communication that we need to get better at. At this stage of the season, we’re still playing lineups out there that probably haven’t played much together. We saw [Al] Horford and [Aron] Baynes out there more than maybe we’ve seen them all year, and that was the foundation of our defense last year. Again, I’m not making excuses. I’m not panicking. I feel much better about our team today than I did two weeks ago.” Horford and Baynes played together for 11 minutes and were a plus-2 in the nine-point loss to the Nuggets. They are a plus-42 in 70 minutes over 16 games this season. The Celtics, meanwhile, are a plus-15 of sorts at 43-28, which means they need to win seven of their last 11 just to reach 50 wins. This after winning 55 and 53 the last two seasons. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. “I wouldn’t say disappointed, because the season’s not over yet,” Ainge said. “I’m encouraged. I mean, there’s been stretches in the season where I’ve wanted more, sure. But everybody does. Everybody wants more. But I’m encouraged, and I see a lot of good things.” However, the fact he’s still mentioning communication as an issue in the third week of March cannot be comforting. Like you, Ainge couldn’t have seen this coming.  
19 Mar 19
Denver Dan's Sports Page

by Denver Dan I decided it would be a good idea with my audience, (My Instagram fan base) to tell them some good news about the Denver Nuggets clinching a playoff berth. In fact, I had a total of 79 views on that post. Typically, I take “photos” or “screen shots” for my social media […]

19 Mar 19
Sixers Wire

The Celtics guard has spent his week fanning the flames of the Sixers-Celtics rivalry.

19 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

The Golden State Warriors are in the thick of the chase for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. As they face they Minnesota Timberwolves tonight (8 ET, NBA League Pass), they’ll be doing so without their best big man.  DeMarcus Cousins, who has been hobbled by a sore right ankle, has been ruled […]

19 Mar 19
Broncos Wire

After the Nuggets clinched a playoff spot, the Broncos are getting dangerously close to having Denver’s longest active playoff drought.

19 Mar 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x74g9gp?autoPlay=1″ width=”480″ height=”270″] Isaiah Thomas got his well-deserved moment Monday night at TD Garden. It’s become something of a running joke at this point, but the former Boston Celtics star finally was honored in front of the Boston faithful with a touching video tribute and a hard-earned, lengthy standing ovation. It was a […]

19 Mar 19
CBS Boston

Most Celtics fans wish Kyrie Irving loved the Celtics as much as Isaiah Thomas, but WBZ-TV Sports producer Joe Giza doesn’t think that is possible — or fair.

19 Mar 19
Sam Minton

Boston Celtics fans have been waiting for the Gordon Hayward that we were promised when he was signed in 2017. That great player seems to finally be back. Last season was a nightmare for Gordon Hayward. His bright Boston Celtics career came crashing down. Finally, it looks like the Gordon Hayward Celtics fans were hoping […]

19 Mar 19
Sideline Fans

The fellas talk about Isaiah Thomas’ return to Boston and his legacy as a Celtic. Could Isaiah return to the Celtics next season and how will next year’s team look? The boys give their grades on the Patriots off season and discuss what is ahead for the Super Bowl Champs. They also discuss all the […]