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Eric Bledsoe
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John Tomase
April 21, 2018 - 12:39 am
The Bucks beat the Celtics on Friday night and we officially have a series. But more importantly, we also have a villain. Guard Eric Bledsoe made headlines this week when he responded, "Who?" to questions about being owned by Celtics guard Terry Rozier. Perhaps Bledsoe was miffed that Rozier had...
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Josue Pavon
April 18, 2018 - 1:19 pm
Marcus Morris is making quite a name for himself around these parts. He's carved out a unique role for the Celtics and has turned into Brad Stevens' most reliable player off the bench. Morris turned in another exceptional performance Tuesday -- 18 points, 5 rebounds, and tied Rozier for a game-high...
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 11:12 am
Marcus Smart's mother has cancer and wants him to return to the court this postseason, because seeing him play puts "a smile on her face." Smart told reporters before Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Bucks that his mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. The 63-year-old...
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Scott McLaughlin
April 18, 2018 - 9:05 am
Terry Rozier is one of the key reasons the Celtics lead the Bucks two games to none. He has stepped into the starting point guard role in place of the injured Kyrie Irving and been an efficient scorer (23 points per game while shooting 50 percent on threes) while not turning the ball over (which he...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 12:06 am
Jaylen Brown stood at his locker in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last May in a moment of big-picture disbelief. "Two years ago, I was in high school," he marveled. "Now I'm playing in the Eastern Conference Finals." There was a happy-to-be-here quality that made perfect sense. Just 20 years old...
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Al Horford
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John Tomase
April 17, 2018 - 10:31 pm
Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't the only freak on the court Tuesday. Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is an athletic marvel in his own right, a 6-foot-7 leaper who is becoming a matchup nightmare at all three levels. Put a small defender on him, he'll shoot over the top. Sag off him and he'll drill a 3-...
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John Tomase
April 17, 2018 - 12:22 pm
Celtics fans wouldn't trade Brad Stevens for anyone. But according to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, the view in NBA coaching circles is less fawning. Appearing on Zach Lowe's podcast , Arnovitz relayed a conversation he had with a member of a coaching staff wondering what all the fuss is about. Arnovitz...
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Terry Rozier
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Josue Pavon
April 16, 2018 - 3:31 pm
Before making his first career playoff start against the Bucks on Sunday, Terry Rozier spent some time with All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. The two hung out at Irving's home, where they relaxed, laughed and enjoyed each other's company. Rozier left with Irving's sneakers, since the veteran won't need...
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Al Horford
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John Tomase
April 16, 2018 - 11:42 am
Al Horford has a rep in these parts, but it's incomplete. The "Average Al" part of the equation is well known and not without merit. Horford isn't a take-charge offensive player over the course of 82 games because it's not his style. He facilitates, he plays defense, he makes open shots, he scores...
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Marcus Morris
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John Tomase
April 15, 2018 - 5:57 pm
Picture a random NBA game with star teammates fouled out in overtime. The final frantic moments become a scramble for survival. If the remaining mismatched parts somehow produce a win, thank a higher power you only had to navigate the last 150 seconds. Now imagine that scenario playing out for 48...
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