Jaylen Brown

21 Jan 19
Vikings Spin

By Jason Wisniewski Roster Moves I begin with roughly $10.9 million in cap space (Source: Vikings Cap Calculator) Released S Andrew Sendejo, T/G Mike Remmers Total 2019 Cap Savings = $10 million Restructured Contracts/Extensions WR Adam Thielen (2 yr Extension signed through 2022, 2019 cap hit increased by $1.9 million) TE Kyle Rudolph (1 yr Extension signed through […]

21 Jan 19
BCNN1 WP

For more than two decades, Houston has had competing parades on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with organizers lobbing allegations of favoritism and conspiracy at each other and at city officials as the groups battled over permits and preferred starting times. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, up for re-election in November, hoped to finally put an […]

20 Jan 19
Good Time Basketball

How do you know you’ve had too much of a good thing? Only when the gravy train comes to a screaming halt, when it is too late we realize we’ve overindulged. This season been disappointing, a primary reason for this is the Celtics are just too darn talented for their own good. Marcus Morris calming […]

20 Jan 19
The Sports Daily

There’s a ton of trade speculation surrounding Washington’s Bradley Beal. BR’s Ken Berger spoke with some league executives who offered up some opinions on who might be interested: Multiple team executives and agents tell Bleacher Report the impending Feb. 7 trade deadline is expected to be a busy one and that Beal’s talent, sharpshooting, versatility, […]

20 Jan 19
TDrake's Sports Blog

If you watched last night’s Celtics Hawks game, you probably saw that the Celtics struggled early but were able to leave Atlanta with a win. The story of the night though was the great play from Kyrie Irving. He finished with 32 points and a few big baskets. See for yourself.   And every night […]

20 Jan 19

FINAL: Boston: 113 Atlanta: 105 So over this season we’ve been saying how the Celtics look fragile, they crumble easily, and that they needed some toughness. Marcus Smart I guess heard that and while a few tough rebounds was all we really were asking for, he went a different avenue to light a fire. If […]

20 Jan 19
The Big Lead

Smart erupted on Saturday, and it worked out nicely for the Celtics.

20 Jan 19
Celtics Wire

Just one night after he was teched-up against the Memphis Grizzlies, Kyrie Irving saw Marcus Smart ejected. Irving had his teammate’s back after the game.

20 Jan 19
The Scorecrow

The Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors who are the #1 seed in the East Conference on Wednesday night. The chemistry looked great all around, there was a lot of ball movement and less isolation basketball. Gordon Hayward is slowly becoming more consistent with his play, he dropped 18 points along with five assists and Kyrie Irving ran the show with 27 points and a career-high 18 assists.

20 Jan 19
Vikings Spin

By Jason Wisniewski Roster Moves I begin with roughly $10.9 million in cap space (Source: Vikings Cap Calculator) Released S Andrew Sendejo, T/G Mike Remmers Total 2019 Cap Savings = $10 million Restructured Contracts/Extensions WR Adam Thielen (2 yr Extension signed through 2022, 2019 cap hit increased by $1.9 million) TE Kyle Rudolph (1 yr Extension signed through […]

20 Jan 19
High Velocity Sport

They’re not conference rivals, but the Thunder and Sixers don’t share a passive relationship. That’s especially true of Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook, who collided with more than words during Saturday’s 117-115 Thunder victory. The Sixers center sent Westbrook to the floor in transition, and the Thunder star immediately took exception to what he felt […]

20 Jan 19
Boston Herald
ATLANTA – Marcus Smart, possible discipline from the league looming, left without comment Saturday night following a third-quarter incident that ended in the Celtics guard’s ejection. Already angry from two quick foul calls and a subsequent technical foul for expressing himself to referee Scott Foster, Smart then got into a quarrel with Atlanta’s DeAndre Bembry with 7:34 left in the third quarter as Marcus Morris and Dewayne Dedmon got ready for a jump ball. Despite efforts to separate the two by referees and team officials, Smart lunged at Bembry before being escorted out of the gym with his second technical. “That’s what he does – you’ve seen him do that plenty of times,” Bembry said. “Just tried to keep my cool. Just try to win the game. That was about it for me.” Though the incident sparked some inspired play by the Celtics – they were in the midst of an 8-0 run – it also deprived them of their defensive and emotional leader. “I just think we accept Marcus for who he is in terms of being fiery and bringing that type of energy,” Kyrie Irving said. “(Stuff) happens sometimes where the game goes like that and an altercation happens, and we’ve just got to pick right back up. I think it was a five or six-point game at that point. He knew what the score was. He knew he had one tech. He was responsible for that and then it’s our responsibility to pick him up and finish the game strong.” Or, as it turned out, carry on without him. Irving, who drew half of a double technical foul for his beef with Memphis’ Shelvin Mack a night earlier, understands what can happen. “It’s basketball, so if you really want to get it shaking — when I say get it shaking, like throw hands over basketball, if it gets to that point, obviously someone said something pretty disrespectful and it comes to competitors basketball like that,” he said. “I mean we all get paid pretty handsomely from the NBA and our teams. Go out there and start fighting on the floor, this ain’t the ’80s. It’s just a different brand of basketball. But if it does happen you’ve got to be prepared. I’m pretty sure we were all raised that way. If someone tells you something disrespectul and looks you in the eye, you’ve got to stand up for yourself. So it is what it is.” As such, there wasn’t much doubt that Smart deserved his ejection. “Need to go back and watch it, but from what I saw he deserved to be ejected,” Brad Stevens said. “I haven’t talked to him, but obviously there’s league punishment for that kind of stuff and you can’t react that way.” Overcoming road block Saturday night’s win aside, the Celtics now have an 11-13 road record, worst among the top seven teams in the Eastern Conference, with Philadelphia (11-12) the only other in the group under .500. It’s a far cry from last year’s team, which despite far worse ravages from injuries, finished with a conference-best 28-13 road record. Stevens knows the difference, too. The Celtics coach sees it every time his team has fallen in a road-induced pothole this season. “We’ve got to be able to respond to adverse situations. That’s the bottom line,” Stevens said. “That’s what we were best at last year. We came back and won a lot of games, and this year we’ve had too big of runs against us without a response. “So for us the talking point is when those times come, we need to win the next three possessions,” he said. “We need a score, we need to get a stop, we need to score. We just need to make sure that we’re able to hone in in those moments. The NBA is an impossible game not to get a run against you. It just can’t be 17-0 like it was at Miami, Orlando and Brooklyn.” Those games, of course, constituted the Celtics’ worst road trip of the season. And beyond bad road results, the Celtics also haven’t been their normally stolid selves on the second nights of back-to-back swings, with Saturday night’s game the latest challenge. “Same answer. You’ve got to be able to respond to adverse situations,” Stevens said. “Every team is its own entity, even when you have guys back. Every game is its own entity. And for us to be the best we can be and for us to get to the point where I think that we’re showing great growth, we have to be way better on the road and we have to be able to respond to those situations regardless of what our schedule has been.” As Jaylen Brown admits, something has been lost in this season’s mindset outside the Garden. “We should step it up, our mindset should be even more, we should have even more focus, even more concentration on the road,” he said. “I think our mindset hasn’t been any different, I think it’s been the same but we have to take it up a little bit on the road. We’ve been struggling.” Brown is doing his part in the personal maintenance department. “Just trying to get to sleep as quick as possible, trying to take care of your body whether it’s recovery, ice, even a massage,” he said. “Our physical training staff is really good. Just trying to make sure your body gets enough rest, get up in the morning and be ready to play.” Hayward stays home Gordon Hayward stayed home Saturday to be with his wife, Robin, who is close to delivery of their third daughter. Considering the Celtics altered their travel plans, pushing their flight back to Boston off to noon today because of the slush/snow/ice storm in Boston, everyone concerned thought it wise that Hayward stay home. “Well, nothing to report yet, but with pending weather there was no reason to make this trip,” said Stevens, accustomed enough to making up for the absence of an important member of the rotation. “Someone else has to fill his void, fill his role, and it’s a good opportunity for other guys,” Stevens said. “We have to decide what we’re going to do, big or small off the bench. But we’ve had guys out for these games, and it’s a good opportunity for someone else.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]It’s about time Perhaps the greatest indication that the NBA’s new rule is working regarding offensive rebounds – that the shot clock now gets reset to 14 seconds instead of the full 24 – is that no one seems to sense the change. “I haven’t even noticed,” Stevens said. “I think the time you notice is at the end of the quarter when the team shoots and they’ve shot at the 22 mark on the clock and now you’re still going to get the ball back, or at the end of the game. “You have to be savvy enough not to foul in that situation if you give up an offensive rebound and still have eight seconds difference,” he said. “So those are different things guys have had to adjust to, but as far as a change that the NBA made that makes a ton of sense and I think has really been a no-brainer for the flow of the game, that’s been one.”
20 Jan 19
The Sports Daily

IN A NUTSHELL Y’all heard of the Atlanta flu? In case you haven’t: The Boston Celtics boarded a plane almost immediately after last night’s hard-fought victory against the Memphis Grizzlies to fly south and face the Atlanta Hawks tonight. So they got in fairly late, and Atlanta’s strip clubs stay open ’til, like, 5:00 a.m. […]

20 Jan 19
UltraSports.TV

Minutes after he was known for his very first technical after his fourth foul roughly three minutes into the next quarter Saturday night at Atlanta, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was ejected after an altercation with the Hawks‘ DeAndre’ Bembry. Smart and Bembry needed to be split after an exchange of words as players lined […]

20 Jan 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x70tfkk” width=”480″ height=”270″] The Boston Celtics had plenty working against them heading into Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Despite coming off consecutive wins at home, the Celtics were riding a four-game losing streak on the road and also was 2-5 in the second leg of back-to-backs this season. To pile on, the […]