Jaylen Brown

21 Mar 19

The Celtics celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome and old friend back.

21 Mar 19
Boston Herald
Kyrie Irving is often asked to think back to his old team, the Cavs, and how regardless of their lulls during the regular season, they always shifted smoothly into playoff gear. The omnipresent question is whether the Celtics are capable of a similar shift, of flipping the so-called switch. Wednesday’s narrow loss to Philadelphia, without benefit of Gordon Hayward (concussion), Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Marcus Smart (Flagrant 2 ejection), featured some of the Celtics’ best recent performances. But as evidenced by Monday’s loss to the Nuggets, the Celtics still have confounding defensive breakdowns. With 10 games left in the regular season, Irving doesn’t believe his team is all that switchable right now. “I think that the best thing we had going in that aspect is experience,” he said of Cleveland. “So, like, the switch — we know what that switch is. This team doesn’t yet.” Then again, Irving’s current teammates reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals without him or Hayward. That, Irving supposes, is the experience players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier have to fall back on now. “The best thing for us is experience,” said Irving. “So guys have a year of experience and I think we’ve given ourselves too much credit. What that switch is, championship-level basketball, only a few people know what that switch is. “It takes time to develop it, it takes experience with each other,” he said. “And we’ve tried to make up as much ground in the last year and a half as we could. I think a lot of other teams in the league have had a lot more time to develop and be around each other and have a future to build for. And here we’ve kind of tried to make it up for the last year and a half of what we can possibly do for this year. That’s where we are.” There are also misleading numbers, as Brad Stevens will readily admit. Somehow the Celtics remain fifth in the NBA in defensive rating (106.6) and net rating (4.8). As analytics-driven as the next coach, in this case the reverse works for Stevens. The eye test tells him something quite different about his team. “I still can’t believe where we’re ranked, that’s not what my eyes tell me, I still don’t think we’re as good a defense as our ranking, it’s something we really need to do in the last month,” said the Celtics coach. “Ultimately if you can’t get stops when you need to get stops, you won’t live very long in the playoffs. And it’s hard because the offenses are so good. With offenses being what they are you have to be able to manage runs. “When a team is really going it can’t be a 10-0 run or a 14-0 run, it’s got to be 10-4 or 8-6, you have to be able to manage that,” Stevens said of the kinds of runs — especially against the Nuggets — that have recently hurt them. “There will be many times the other offense is tough to stop because of the individual talent, and (Philly) is a great example. But on the other end, if you can’t really dig deep and get stops and have some versatility defensively, you can’t last long. We need to show ourselves better in that regard.” As such, there’s not much time left to find some kind of steady playoff form. “We’re just trying to get to that playoff level right now,” said Terry Rozier. “Obviously we got 10 games left. We don’t want to look past these 10 games but we’re also getting prepared for the playoffs, so some guys may rest. But we got to get in that mindset right now. Once the playoffs here, there’s like no taking no steps back. We gotta be ready to come out the gates, fresh out the gates. “I think we’re right there, we just need to clean up some little things and that’s the encouraging part,” he said. “Like, we’re just going to keep going now. Keep going and don’t want to take a step backwards because we lost to a good team at their spot.” And the eye test will remain Stevens’ most accurate gauge. “I’m not worried about the numbers, I’m worried about what the eyes are saying, and the other day we had some good examples,” he said of the Nuggets loss. “When we’re really locked in and good defensively, we’re physical, we’re long and athletic, we cover a lot of ground, and the most important thing is the most important thing. “(There’s) really a fine line, but you have to do it well and you have to do it on every possession, and I just haven’t seen it on every possession, when we need to be good, to have a chance to advance in the playoffs. Even go back last year in Milwaukee or when we played here, and the moments you let go in the defensive end you are in trouble.”
21 Mar 19
The Scorecrow

North Carolina and Kentucky are the top seeds for the Midwest bracket. Which teams will advance and which teams will fall to a double-digit seed?

21 Mar 19
Rowe Sports Talk Network

There is a lot of talent in this region as the eight top seeds are some really good basketball teams. Lots of great defensive teams and a lot of potent offenses too, but the team every one will be trying to gun for is North Carolina as they are formidable side. That being said, let’s […]

21 Mar 19
The Playa Hater's Blog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes folks, once again March is upon us, and that means it’s time for the NCAA Tournament. Millions of people in the United States are excited to celebrate the annual festival of getting to prove to that the people in the office who spend all day talking […]

21 Mar 19
Parquet Press

Tonight, the Celtics ran out of luck in Philly. Their inconsistent play can only take them so far, and it showed. Regardless of the result, this was still an incredible game. There was plenty of exciting things that happened during the game. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce Boston’s way tonight. Things were looking great early […]

21 Mar 19
Zone Coverage

Quarterfinal No. 1: Park Center 77, Maple Grove 56 Park Center, the top seed, suffered a 57-55 three-overtime scare in the Section 5AAAA championship game against Champlin Park last Friday. The Pirates were determined to not have that happen Wednesday in their opening game of the Class AAAA boys basketball state tournament as they defeated […]

21 Mar 19
Cranky Old Celtics Fan

What else could go wrong for these Celtics? They began the game with Gordon Hayward being sidelined with a sore neck and in the concussion protocol. Aron Baynes was finally rounding into game shape and was playing well in this game when he turned an ankle, limped off the floor, and never returned. To make […]

20 Mar 19
Throwball News

Final Eastern Conference-Standings by division Southeast 1.Birmingham Dragons 31-1* 2.Little Rock Bucks 28-4* 3.Dallas Blues 28-4* 4.New Orleans Tigers 20-12 Atlantic 1.DC Hawks 29-3* 2.Richmond Eagles 24-8 3.Charlotte Avalanche 23-9 4.Tampa Bay Hurricane 23-9 Midwest 1.Chicago Bruins 30-2* 2.Cleveland Warriors 27-5* 3.Detroit Avalanche 26-4 4.Kansas City Panthers 21-11 Northeast 1.New York Wildcats 29-3* 2.Boston Wolves […]

20 Mar 19
TTSM

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) We’re getting to the finals, no question about it.” This quote from the Celtics young star, Jaylen Brown, displays the tremendous amount of confidence Celtics players and fans immediately gained after coming 1 game short of reaching the NBA Finals.  The ensuing offseason did nothing but reassure their confidence with Lebron’s reign […]

20 Mar 19
Celtics Wire

The Boston Celtics will be without Gordon Hayward again on Wednesday night, with the forward still in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

20 Mar 19
DubC2College

If your name is listed below you are permitted to attend the Wells Fargo Field Trip on Thursday March 21, 2019 if space permits! NO LAST MINUTE PERMISSION SLIPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. You need to be in business casual attire. Click for a guide. You need to have photo ID to get through security at […]

20 Mar 19
Parquet Press

Tonight the Celtics will be in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers for the fourth and final time this season. They’ll also be looking for their fourth win over Philly, who seem to not be able to beat them no matter what the circumstances are. The 76ers clinched a playoff spot after beating the Hornets […]

20 Mar 19
MageeNews.com

Magee continued to swing bats Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Raleigh High School and gets a 12-0 win in district play. Magee scored 2 in the 1st inning with hits from Caleb Brown, Timon Kennedy and Brennon McNair. After a quiet 2nd inning, Magee scores 4 in the 3rd with hits from Josh Sanders, Timon […]

20 Mar 19

Photo courtesy of Butler University Athletics By David Cordova It’s the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City on a Wednesday night and the Butler Bulldogs are being routed by the Providence Friars. As a team, they’re shooting a dismal 33.3% from three-point range and struggling to make baskets. But aside […]

20 Mar 19
DukeBlog

Often heralded as the academy of basketball, Duke has produced a number of superb NBA players over the years. The current crop of Blue Devils alumni plying their trade at the highest level include superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, young gun Jayson Tatum and veteran J.J. Redick. But there’s a new name to add to the […]