There will be additional security at the Cavaliers-Celtics game Tuesday. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

There will be additional security at the Cavaliers-Celtics game Tuesday. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Cleveland police will increase its presence at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, according to TMZ Sports

Earlier Tuesday, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league is already beginning to prepare for the Finals, which begin June 1. With the Cavaliers holding a 2-1 lead over the Celtics, the series is guaranteed to return to Boston for Game 5 Thursday night. The Boston Police announced it will add security to concert venues in the city as well. Bags, backpacks and purses larger than a wristlet won’t be allowed inside the T.D. Garden. 

The U.K. raised its terrorism threat to the highest level Tuesday for the third time in history, signaling the country is still on watch after an attack at an Ariana Grande concert Monday killed 22 people and left 59 injured. Officials are still looking into whether the perpetrator, Salman Abedi, was part of a larger terror cell.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Celtics big man Amir Johnson was injured after a tie-up with Tristan Thompson on a rebound attempt that bothered his right shoulder in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

He remains a question mark for Tuesday’s Game 4.

Amir Johnson will be a gametime decision for Game 4. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Amir Johnson will be a gametime decision for Game 4. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Celtics big man Amir Johnson was injured after a tie-up with Tristan Thompson on a rebound attempt that bothered his right shoulder in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. He remains a question mark for Tuesday’s Game 4.

According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, Johnson will have a MRI on his right shoulder and has a sprained AC joint. On Tuesday morning, Stevens told reporters Johnson will see how he feels after shootaround and then make a decision from there.

In the Cleveland series thus far, Johnson’s productivity hasn’t shown up in the stat sheets.

In Game 1, he played just four minutes and brought down one rebound. Johnson was taken out of the starting lineup for Game 2 and had two points, three rebounds and two steals in 11 minutes. He was put back into the lineup for Game 3 where he played nine minutes and had two points and two rebounds.

However, his physicality cannot be tallied in the box score.

The 6-foot-9-inch 240-pound Johnson has 11 years experience in the NBA and is one of the few Celtics players who can go up against opponents’ big men as the last line of defense.

Despite the loss of Isaiah Thomas after Game 2 and limited time with Johnson, the Celtics were able to pull out a 111-108 win on Avery Bradley’s game-winning three pointer with 1/10 of a second left on the clock. Marcus Smart, who got the start in place of Thomas had 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds followed by Bradley who ended with 20 points and four assists. 

Jonas Jerebko checked in for Al Horford in the third quarter and went 4-for-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range in 12 minutes. Jerebko could fill the starting spot for Johnson if he doesn’t return. In the postseason, Jerebko has averaged 9.9 minutes and 3.1 points per game. 

Whether or not Johnson returns Tuesday, LeBron James is bound to have his way after his subpar performance of 11 points, six rebounds and six assists in Game 3. However, without the inside presence of Johnson, it might be more easy for James to get the rim. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who scored 29 and 28 points respectively in Game 3, on the perimeter it puts the Celtics in constant scramble situations on the effective trio. 

Blog Author: 
Olivia Healy

Celtics Marcus Smart (36) and Al Horford celebrate Avery Bradley's game-winner in Game 3 against the Cavaliers.</p>
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CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas may be gone, but he’s not forgotten.

In the moments after the Celtics completed a remarkable comeback victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, forward Kelly Olynyk decided to get Thomas on a FaceTime connection to celebrate.

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas may be gone, but he’s not forgotten.

In the moments after the Celtics completed a remarkable comeback victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, forward Kelly Olynyk decided to get Thomas on a FaceTime connection to celebrate.

Thomas is out for the playoffs with a hip injury and did not accompany the team to Cleveland, but he was with them in spirit, and then with them via video connection in the victorious locker room, as his teammates relayed after Monday’s practice.

“He was just happy. He was happy. He was excited,” said Avery Bradley, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the C’s the 111-108 win. “He sent everybody a text, and then Kelly just called him, or he might have been calling Kelly right after the game, so it was nice to see a smile on his face. I just wish he was here.”

The heart and soul of the Celtics, Thomas endured the death of his sister, the loss of a tooth followed by extensive dental surgery, and then finally the hip condition that had bothered him since March before shutting it down.

The Celtics found a way without him.

“It’s very different,” Thomas said. “But all we can do is play hard for him. Like I said, he was excited with the way that we played. We’re a family, and other guys got opportunities to step up for us, and Marcus [Smart] had a big game for us and it could be somebody else next game.”

Smart was happy to play his part, and even happier to share it with Thomas, even if only on a screen.

“He’s ecstatic,” Smart said. “I told him I channeled my inner IT, and he kind of laughed a little bit. It felt good. It felt good to see him smile. He’s been down with everything he’s been going through, and then for him not to be here, I know that hurts him even more. So to see him happy and smiling, it was a good feeling for us.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas may be gone, but he’s not forgotten.

In the moments after the Celtics completed a remarkable comeback victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, forward Kelly Olynyk decided to get Thomas on a FaceTime connection to celebrate.

Thomas is out for the playoffs with a hip injury and did not accompany the team to Cleveland, but he was with them in spirit, and then with them via video connection in the victorious locker room, as his teammates relayed after Monday’s practice.

“He was just happy. He was happy. He was excited,” said Avery Bradley, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the C’s the 111-108 win. “He sent everybody a text, and then Kelly just called him, or he might have been calling Kelly right after the game, so it was nice to see a smile on his face. I just wish he was here.”

The heart and soul of the Celtics, Thomas endured the death of his sister, the loss of a tooth followed by extensive dental surgery, and then finally the hip condition that had bothered him since March before shutting it down.

The Celtics found a way without him.

“It’s very different,” Thomas said. “But all we can do is play hard for him. Like I said, he was excited with the way that we played. We’re a family, and other guys got opportunities to step up for us, and Marcus [Smart] had a big game for us and it could be somebody else next game.”

Smart was happy to play his part, and even happier to share it with Thomas, even if only on a screen.

“He’s ecstatic,” Smart said. “I told him I channeled my inner IT, and he kind of laughed a little bit. It felt good. It felt good to see him smile. He’s been down with everything he’s been going through, and then for him not to be here, I know that hurts him even more. So to see him happy and smiling, it was a good feeling for us.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Paul Pierce splits Kenyon Martin (left) and Keith Van Horn (right) during the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals.</p>
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Forward Guerschon Yabusele, who the Celtics selected No. 16 overall in the 2016 draft, will not play summer league ball this offseason following foot surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both his feet, according to ES

Forward Guerschon Yabusele, who the Celtics selected No. 16 overall in the 2016 draft, will not play summer league ball this offseason following foot surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both his feet, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

Following last year’s draft, the 6-foot-8, 265-pound power forward spent his first professional season stashed away in China, playing for the Shanghai Dongfang. While abroad he averaged an impressive 20.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

The frenchman went on to finish his season back in the States, with the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. In five games coming off the bench, he averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and two assists, while shooting 49 percent from the field. 

As it stands, he should be fully recovered before the end of the summer and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. 

Blog Author: 
Sam Alberti