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John Tomase joins WEEI.com after nine years at the Boston Herald, including five as Red Sox columnist. A Mansfield native and Tufts grad, he has also written for the Sporting News, Baseball America, Pro Football Weekly, and Men's Fitness. He grew up on Steve Grogan, Ray Bourque, and Larry Bird, and will always believe Hagler beat Sugar Ray.

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05/26/17 12:43 EST
For months, we've spilled many words explaining why the Celtics need Gordon Hayward. We haven't devoted nearly as many to the more relevant issue -- why Gordon Hayward needs the Celtics. The Utah swingman played for Brad Stevens at Butler and enters free agency as the most compelling budding superstar on the market. He hits the sweet spot for the C's -- a player on the rise who just made his first All-Star team, is only 27 years old, and provides the scoring complement to Isaiah Thomas the team desperately needs. He has come into his own as an all-around stud, a solid defender who can score at all three levels, and he's only going to get better. There isn't really a plan B. His appeal to the Celtics is obvious. But there are plenty of reasons for Hayward to join Boston, so let's lay them out. 1. Brad Stevens They only spent two years together at Butler before Hayward declared for the draft, coming within inches of beating Duke from halfcourt at the buzzer in the 2010 NCAA title game. Their
05/24/17 12:31 EST
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CLEVELAND -- The Celtics weren't going to beat the Cavaliers even with Isaiah Thomas. No one expected them to be competitive without him. And yet there they were at halftime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday leading by 10, and deep down we let ourselves wonder . . . Could the Celtics actually be better without Isaiah? By the end of the game we had our answer -- nope, not this team, anyway -- but if you're Danny Ainge, it's a question that absolutely must be asked as we ponder a future that doesn't include the All-Star and fan favorite. I've argued that Thomas deserves a max contract, and someone's going to give him one when he hits free agency next summer. I'd still like it to be the Celtics. Twenty-nine-point-a-game scorers, even ones with physical and defensive flaws, can be counted on one hand. In a perfect world, he'd stay in Boston, where his style makes the Celtics wildly entertaining. But with Ainge trying to find the right mix of three stars to a build a
05/23/17 12:28 EST
CLEVELAND -- Let's just get this out of the way: the answer is no. No, the Celtics will not duplicate their performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when they shocked the Cavaliers by rallying from a 21-point deficit to win at the buzzer on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer. That game, played without All-Star Isaiah Thomas, looks like the outlier. Hopefully it gives the Celtics some measure of satisfaction when their offseason begins, presumably on Thursday at the Garden. There's certainly no shame in that. It's tempting to wonder if the Celtics somehow cracked the code of the Cavs, but the reality is they got red-hot, Cleveland went ice-cold, and the C's stole a game they had no business winning. For that luck to continue during Tuesday's Game 4, some combination of the following needs to happen again. You can judge the likelihood for yourself: * LeBron James must go Arctic cold, but this one's not as unlikely as you think. Sunday marked the eighth time he has failed to make five
05/22/17 05:51 EST
CLEVELAND -- The Celtics own two of the biggest comebacks in NBA playoff history, and Walter McCarty was there for both of them. On Sunday night, the assistant coach watched the C's claw back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Cavaliers on Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Fifteen years earlier, McCarty had been on the bench when the Celtics pulled off the biggest fourth quarter comeback in playoff history by rallying from 21 down to beat the Nets in Game 3 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. (The Celtics were involved in a third great comeback, against the Lakers in the 2008 Finals, but McCarty was coaching at Louisville.) That game had everything, from Paul Pierce bursting onto the stage as a clutch superstar, to Antoine Walker laying into the team in the huddle, to point guard Kenny Anderson slithering his way to free throw line before a raucous FleetCenter crowd. But when McCarty recalls that afternoon, particularly in light of Sunday's Game 3 comeback,



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