celtics http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/2/I%E2%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BDve%20been%20playing%20against%20Old%20Shaq%2C%20so%20I%20don%E2%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BDt%20know%20what%20it%20was%20like%20when%20he%20was%20younger.%20He%E2%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BDs%20kinda%20like%20Dwight%2C%20but%20not%20as%20athletic.%20He%20can%E2%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BDt%20really%20finish%20over%20the%20top%20no%20more%2C%20so%20you%20just%20keep%20a%20body%20between%20him%20and%20the%20rim en Rajon Rondo and the point of no return http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2015/02/26/rajon-rondo-and-point-no-return <!--paging_filter--><p><img height="285" width="400" align="right" alt="An increasingly uncommon sight: Rajon Rondo draws contact. 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The 27-year-old Swede scored 20 points for the first time in almost a year, draining four of the C&#8217;s 14 3-pointers on the night while adding five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.</p> <p>Additionally, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/evan-turner.htm">Evan Turner</a> recorded the first triple-double of his career (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists). <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> added 19 points and seven assists during his first Boston appearance in a <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> uniform. Jae Crowder (18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Marcus Smart (16 points, 4 assists) and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm">Avery Bradley</a> (12 points) also reached double figures.</p> <p>The <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> improved to 22-33 with their second straight win, keeping pace with a crowded Eastern Conference field vying for the eighth seed. For a complete box score, <a href="http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2015022502&amp;home=2&amp;vis=18&amp;final=true">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">ISAIAH THOMAS</a> IS THE CELTICS&#8217; BEST PLAYER</strong></p> <p>We&#8217;re three games into the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> era in Boston, and it&#8217;s already apparent he&#8217;s the best player on this <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> roster. Two minutes into his Garden debut, he buried his first shot attempt as a member of the C&#8217;s in their home building. It was a 3-pointer that gave the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> a 21-19 lead. A minute later, he connected on his second attempt &#8212; a driving layup. And that&#8217;s Thomas. No <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> guard attempts as many shots at the rim (3.2 per game), and no <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> player attempts as many free throws (4.7 per game). Likewise, he leads the C&#8217;s in both 3-point attempts (4.6 per game) and 3-point percentage (39.2). He is no <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm">Paul Pierce</a>, but Thomas is the C&#8217;s most dynamic scorer since their former captain.</p> <p><span id="more-71018"></span></p> <p><strong><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">CELTICS</a> STILL CAN&#8217;T PLAY DEFENSE</strong></p> <p>The C&#8217;s defense isn&#8217;t so much mean as it is the median. They rank 15th in defensive rating this season, allowing 103.3 points per 100 possessions. And they&#8217;ve been worse this calendar year, ranking 22nd (104.4 points per 100 possessions) since New Year&#8217;s Day. The Knicks took advantage early, shooting 52.4 percent and grabbing a 25-23 first-quarter lead. Six Knicks attempted shots in the frame, and six Knicks shot 50 percent or better &#8212; led by Tim Hardaway Jr.&#8217;s eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. It could&#8217;ve been worse, too, had New York not missed all six of their 3-point attempts and two of their three free throws in the opening 12 minutes. The C&#8217;s cracked down on defense in the second half, putting together a 20-0 run that spanned 5:40 from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth and put a close game out of reach. Still, they were facing the NBA&#8217;s worst team.</p> <p><strong>CENTERS OF INATTENTION</strong></p> <p>Since <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm">Kevin Garnett</a>&#8216;s departure, the Celtics have long made centers with any semblance of skill look like <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/wilt-chamberlain.htm">Wilt Chamberlain</a>, but sans Jared Sullinger their paper-thin frontcourt is even turning ordinary bigs into extraordinary talents. Knicks center <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/jason-smith.htm">Jason Smith</a> had his double-double early in the third quarter and even went on triple-double watch for a bit. Entering Wednesday, Smith had made 386 appearances over seven NBA seasons and collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a game exactly once. He had those numbers with a quarter still to play agains the C&#8217;s.</p> <p><strong>HIS NAME IS JONAS</strong></p> <p>With Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk nursing injuries, suddenly the newly acquired Jerebko has been thrust into the C&#8217;s rotation, and he seized the moment. In a span of 57 seconds, Jerebko scored seven points to help the C&#8217;s keep pace with the Knicks midway through the second quarter, and it was his buzzer-beating 3-pointer that put the Celtics up 80-72 entering the final frame. As a second-round pick in 2009, the 6-foot-10 Swede started 73 games for the Pistons, averaging 9.3 points and six rebounds during a promising rookie season. Since then, though, injuries have played a role in him not living up to that promise, but perhaps <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">Brad Stevens</a> can help him recapture it.</p> <p><strong>E.T. PHONE HOME</strong></p> <p>It took 202 games, but Turner finally dialed in his first career triple-double. Signed through next season at an average annual value of less than $4 million, Turner continues to pay dividends as a late-summer signing. As Stevens admitted, &#8220;I couldn&#8217;t take him off the floor,&#8221; playing his versatile wing 18 straight minutes during their second-half run.</p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:09:50 +0000 990536 at http://www.weei.com Jared Sullinger: Celtics are ‘going to find ways to get me in the best shape as possible’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/jared-sullinger-celtics-are-%E2%80%98going-find-ways-get-me-best-shape-possible%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4ejgrWUk68c" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /> It was announced following the All-Star break that Jared Sullinger would miss the remainder of this season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Injuries happen in sports, but these type of injuries alway seem to happen to Sullinger.</p> <p>This will be the second season in Sullinger&#8217;s three-year NBA career that he will have to shut it down early. The cause for even more concern is that both injuries (back surgery in 2013 and now his foot injury) can be attributed to Sullinger&#8217;s poor conditioning. This is something the power forward (listed at 265 lbs) is aware of, and plans to address.</p> <p>&#8220;A little bit of everything,&#8221; Sullinger said of his goals during his recovery process. &#8220;[I want to] change [my] physique, change the way I look &#8212; that&#8217;s the biggest thing is just change the way I look. I&#8217;m tired of looking on camera and just seeing how I look, seeing how I play during extended minutes. Conditioning&#8217;s going to be a big factor, but it&#8217;s just going to be hard because all I can do is ride the bike. So we&#8217;re going to find ways to get me in the best shape as possible.</p> <p>&#8220;Getting in shape is going to be the biggest thing just because stuff like this can reoccur. You don&#8217;t want it to reoccur, [I&#8217;ve] just got to get in better shape.&#8221;</p> <p>So does Sullinger regret not taking his conditioning seriously enough in the past?</p> <p>&#8220;I got in better shape,&#8221; he said about his last offseason. &#8220;It&#8217;s just there&#8217;s another level to it. There&#8217;s always another level [of getting in shape] for everybody. I&#8217;ve just got to take it to another level now. This year I came back in better shape, but obviously it wasn&#8217;t good enough. And now I&#8217;ve just got to get back to the grit and grind, the usual, to kind of break my body down just to build it back up.&#8221;</p> <p>Sullinger will remain in Boston for the remainder of the season and continue working with team trainers and studying film with an eye on next season.</p> <p><em>Follow Julian Edlow on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/julianedlow">@julianedlow</a></em></p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:26:41 +0000 990426 at http://www.weei.com Isaiah Thomas speaks to media for first time in Boston on being a Celtic http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/isaiah-thomas-speaks-media-first-time-boston-being-celtic <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yl2c6z2rYsE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> was only traded to the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> last Thursday, but he has made a huge impact since arriving. He helped keep the C&#8217;s in a close battle with the Lakers before being ejected on a questionable call, and then was the difference maker down the stretch in a big win over the Suns &#8212; the team that traded Thomas away.</p> <p>Wednesday, before the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> squared off against the Knicks, Thomas spoke to the media at the TD Garden for the first time since the trade. So what was the first thing on his mind while arriving at the Garden after playing in Phoenix?</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s cold in here. It&#8217;s cold everywhere in Boston, I came to realize,&#8221; Thomas said with a grin.</p> <p>As for some advice from his teammates on playing in Boston, the 5-foot-9 guard had a bit more to offer.</p> <p>&#8220;Shavlik [Randolph] was saying it&#8217;s going to be different from everywhere you&#8217;ve played in your NBA career,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I&#8217;m excited about it. I&#8217;ve played here as a visitor so I know a little bit about the crowd and how energetic they are and how supportive they are. So I&#8217;m excited for it.&#8221;</p> <p>Excited was the best word to describe the demeanor of the new Celtic.</p> <p>&#8220;Oh, I don&#8217;t know &#8230; I&#8217;m just excited,&#8221; he said again when asked what he thought his reception would be upon getting in the game. &#8220;I don&#8217;t know. They might cheer for me &#8230; hopefully. I&#8217;m excited to get my home debut and hopefully we can get a win.&#8221;</p> <p>As for Thomas&#8217; role with the C&#8217;s, coach <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">Brad Stevens</a> says he expects to continue to bring Thomas off the bench for the foreseeable future. But Thomas sees himself as a player that can adapt.</p> <p>&#8220;I can fit in with anybody,&#8221; Thomas said. &#8220;You give me a ball and a basketball hoop, that&#8217;s where I&#8217;m comfortable at &#8212; and you can probably say the same thing about all these guys in this locker room. They&#8217;ve made the transition easy, the coaches have made the transition easy, everybody has. So it&#8217;s easy to fit in when guys accept you.&#8221;</p> <p>As for coming off the bench specifically? Thomas kept it short and sweet.</p> <p>&#8220;Whatever [Stevens] needs me to do.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Follow Julian Edlow on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/julianedlow">@julianedlow</a></em></p> Blog celtics Other Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:28:12 +0000 990176 at http://www.weei.com Lakers coach Byron Scott ‘disappointed’ with players’ behavior after win over Celtics http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/lakers-coach-byron-scott-%E2%80%98disappointed%E2%80%99-players%E2%80%99-behavior-after-win-over- <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eX3wAZ0yr7w" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday the Lakers were able to edge the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> in overtime, earning just their 14th win of the season. After scoring 25 points in the victory, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeremy-lin.htm">Jeremy Lin</a> was being interviewed before teammates <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/nick-young.htm">Nick Young</a>, <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/jordan-hill.htm">Jordan Hill</a> and Carlos Boozer€”€” <a href="http://youtu.be/By5t5VQ7zOQ" target="_blank">crashed in and began celebrating excitedly</a>.</p> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm">Kobe Bryant</a>, who has been out with injury, didn&#8217;t see the footage until Jimmy Kimmel showed it to him on &#8220;Jimmy Kimmel Live!&#8221; (skip to 1:30 mark in video above). When he saw it, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/02/24/kobe-bryant-is-not-amused-by-the-lakers-victory-joy/" target="_blank">Bryant sat in his chair glaring, but without saying a word</a>.</p> <p>And Bryant wasn&#8217;t the only one to react this way. <a href="http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/12376800/byron-scott-angry-los-angeles-lakers-celebration-vs-boston-celtics" target="_blank">Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was &#8220;angry&#8221; and &#8220;very disappointed&#8221; in his players&#8217; behavior</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Kobe&#8217;s reaction was pretty much my reaction when I was watching it,&#8221; Scott said to ESPN&#8217;s Baxter Holmes after Tuesday&#8217;s practice. &#8220;I was just shaking my head like, &#8216;I can&#8217;t believe this.&#8217; &#8221;</p> <p>He also addressed the incident with his players and told them he was disappointed, but he didn&#8217;t discipline any of them as he believes &#8220;the matter is resolved&#8221; after just talking to them.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s not us as Lakers,&#8221; Scott said. &#8220;That&#8217;s not how we act. It showed a lack of professionalism.&#8221;</p> Blog celtics Other Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:46:52 +0000 989031 at http://www.weei.com Led by Bradley, Celtics hang on late, top Suns http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21986181/celtics-hang-late-top-suns <!--paging_filter--> <p>After dropping a tough game to the Lakers in overtime on Sunday, the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> were able to let some of that frustration out against the team that traded them <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> just four days ago.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21986181/celtics-hang-late-top-suns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:48:08 +0000 WEEI 986181 at http://www.weei.com 5 things we learned in dramatic Celtics’ victory over Suns http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/5-things-we-learned-dramatic-celtics%E2%80%99-victory-over-suns <!--paging_filter--><p>After dropping a tough game to the Lakers in overtime on Sunday, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> were able to let some of that frustration out against the team that traded them <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm" class="r_lapi">Isaiah Thomas</a> just four days ago.</p> <p>In a blowout turned thriller, it was Thomas who had the most frustration to vent after being traded by the Suns and then being ejected from his first game as a Celtic. He did just that, leading the C&#8217;s (21-33) over the Suns (29-28) 115-110. Thomas had a late 4-point play followed by an acrobatic finish at the rim that essentially sealed a Boston win after Phoenix had cut the deficit to just a single point.</p> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm" class="r_lapi">Avery Bradley</a> led the way for the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> with 22 points (14 in the first quarter) while Thomas had his second 21 point game off the bench in as many games for the Celtics. Eric Bledsoe and <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-knight.htm" class="r_lapi">Brandon Knight</a> were at the head of the charge for the Suns, scoring 21 and 20 points respectively.</p> <p>For a complete box score, <a href="http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2015022321">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong>ISAIAH FACTOR</strong></p> <p>In a pick-and-roll league, having a pick-and-roll player like Thomas is crucial. The Celtics now have an offensive threat; a player that draws double teams because he can come off of a pick and make a quick decision to pass, shoot or drive to the rim. At 5-foot-9 he&#8217;s small in stature, but his value to the Celtics going forward is enormous. Not to overreact to someone who figures to be just a piece of Boston&#8217;s future success, but if Thomas&#8217; skill set is so obvious in just a couple of games with a depleted squad, just wait until he&#8217;s not the focal point of the opposing defense. You can see why Danny Ainge has been chasing Thomas these past couple years. He was an absolute game changer down the stretch of the only game we&#8217;ve had the pleasure of watching him finish in green. Aside from his 21 points and seven assists, Thomas led his team by a wide margin in plus/minus, finishing as a +21 in his 27 minutes of play.</p> <p><strong>CREDIT <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm" class="r_lapi">AVERY BRADLEY</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2015/02/20/celtics-roundtable-previewing-remainder-of-season/">In WEEI.com&#8217;s recent Celtics roundtable</a> I wrote that Bradley was the one guy that needed to improve his play. Maybe he&#8217;s been reading Green Street during his down time on the road trip? AB has been fantastic of late. He came out and set the tone early and then had a huge steal and 3-pointer late to help seal the victory. And he did it all while hounding the athletic backcourt of Bledsoe and Knight &#8212; finishing with six steals to go with his 23 points.</p> <p><strong>WHERE&#8217;S THE BIGS?</strong></p> <p>With Kelly Olynyk still recovering from an ankle injury and Jared Sullinger now out for the rest of the season, size is tough to come by on the Celtics&#8217; active roster. <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-bass.htm" class="r_lapi">Brandon Bass</a> and Tyler Zeller both started in the front court, playing 30 and 36 minutes respectively, but those were the only two big men that played. Shavlik Randolph and Jonas Jerebko both were DNP&#8217;s, which meant a lot of small ball. Jae Crowder (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists) played a lot of power forward during his 29 minutes on the floor, as did <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm" class="r_lapi">Gerald Wallace</a> who logged 15 minutes.</p> <p><strong>HOT FIRST HALF</strong></p> <p>Remember when the Celtics had eclipsed 100 points by the end of the third quarter in an opening night win over <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/new-jersey-nets.htm" class="r_lapi">the Nets</a>? Well, that&#8217;s the only other time this season the C&#8217;s had scored 67 points in the first half &#8212; until they matched that number on Monday. They did so by shooting the lights out from downtown. The Green shot 10-for-17 from beyond the arc in the first half in Phoenix (and that number includes two deep heaves from Thomas at the end of each quarter &#8212; both misses). Bass also dominated the interior leading all first half scorers with 15.</p> <p><strong>CLASSIC COLLAPSE (UNTIL THE ISAIAH FACTOR)</strong></p> <p>If you&#8217;ve been following the Celtics this season then you saw this one coming. After building a lead of as many as 20 points in the early third quarter, the C&#8217;s found themselves leading by just one late in the fourth. This time, however, their newcomer was able to bail them out and closeout the win.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blog celtics Other Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:47:09 +0000 985456 at http://www.weei.com Celtics lose Overtime heartbreaker to Lakers http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/celtics-lose-overtime-heartbreaker-lakers <!--paging_filter--><p><!--RCL failure-->On Hollywood’s biggest night, both the Celtics and Lakers turned in an Oscar-worthy performance. The performance of the Referees on the other hand deserved a Razzie.</p> <p>The Boston Celtics (20-33) lost to the Los Angeles Lakers (14-41) 118-111 in overtime tonight at the Staples Center (<a href="http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2015022213">Box Score </a>here).  In a game that featured 58 called fouls, the Celtics were unable to stop Jeremy Lin, who led all scorers with 25 points including 4 in overtime.</p> <p>The entire game appeared to unravel midway through the fourth quarter, when Isaiah Thomas was surprisingly ejected. After being called for a dubious offensive foul, Thomas slammed the ball to the floor, earning his first technical, then rolled the ball to the refs, earning him a second tech and an ejection.</p> <p>The Celtics only scored 4 points in the final frame, although they likely should not have even been in that position. Avery Bradley hit a game tying three to send the game to overtime after a series of dubious calls seemed to hand the game to the Lakers, completing an improbable 9-point comeback in the final 1:17 of regulation.</p> <p>Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 22 points, while Thomas and Bradley had 21 and 20 points respectively. With the loss, the Celtics fell two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Best Dressed – Isaiah Thomas</span></p> <p>Making his Celtics’ debut, Isaiah Thomas dazzled in a green adidas jersey and matching headband. Despite his dearth of height, the 5’9 guard displayed great athleticism, playing very aggressive defense while consistently attacking the rim. Before his early departure, Thomas scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists in just over 25 minutes.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Lakers Bench</span></p> <p>Led by Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, and Jeremy Lin, the Lakers Bench scored 88 of the Lakers 118 points. Given the performance of their performance, it makes you wonder why they began the game on the bench. But who am I to question the methods of a 14-41 coach.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Best Director/Actor – Brad Stevens</span></p> <p>Without Jared Sullinger for the rest of the season, Coach Stevens is going to have to get mighty creative with his rotations. Tonight he did not shy away from playing the very entertaining three-guard line-up of Thomas, Bradley, and Smart. Although the may not be sustainable, the short Also, for a brief stretch in the second quarter, OG Gerald Wallace played the Center position. Robot Stevens also displayed some excellent human emotion after this terrible foul call on Jae Crowder.<br /> <iframe src="https://vine.co/v/OQwuLv1jEbn/embed/simple" width="600" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><script src="https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js"></script>After Thomas’ ejection, even more emotion from Stevens <iframe src="https://vine.co/v/OQwbMMDinz6/embed/simple" width="600" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><script src="https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js"></script><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Best Original Score – Marcus Smart and Gerald Wallace</span><br /> <iframe src="https://vine.co/v/OQHHdwjY2hi/embed/simple" width="600" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><script>// <![CDATA[ &nbsp; &nbsp; With the loss, the Celtics fell two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. &nbsp; &nbsp; // ]]&gt;</script></![cdata[></script></p> Blog celtics Other Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:42:52 +0000 983081 at http://www.weei.com C's Sullinger to miss rest of regular season http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21981636/cs-sullinger-miss-rest-regular-season <!--paging_filter--> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> forward Jared Sullinger will miss the remainder of the regular season with a left metatarsal stress fracture, according to a press release from the team on Sunday.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21981636/cs-sullinger-miss-rest-regular-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:51:04 +0000 Ben Rohrbach 981636 at http://www.weei.com Celtics forward Jared Sullinger out for regular season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/celtics-forward-jared-sullinger-out-regular-season <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> forward Jared Sullinger will miss the remainder of the regular season with a left metatarsal stress fracture, according to a press release from the team on Sunday.</p> <p>The release did not rule out Sullinger &#8212; the C&#8217;s top rebounder and second-leading scorer &#8212; for the playoffs, but his absence is obviously a major blow to their chances of earning the Eastern Conference&#8217;s eighth seed.</p> Blog celtics Other Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:47:37 +0000 981641 at http://www.weei.com Celtics fall to Kings despite forcing 24 turnovers http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21978346/celtics-fall-kings-despite-forcing-24-turnovers <!--paging_filter--> <p>Playing shorthanded without Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> gave a strong effort, but ultimately fell to the Kings, 109-101 on the road Friday night in the C&#8217;s first game following the All-Star break (<a href="http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2015022023">click here for the compl</a></p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21978346/celtics-fall-kings-despite-forcing-24-turnovers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> celtics Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:39:27 +0000 Ryan Hannable 978346 at http://www.weei.com Celtics fall to Kings in back-and-forth affair http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/celtics-fall-kings-back-and-forth-affair <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_68391" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-68391" src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bradley_Avery-Celtics-head-13.jpg" alt="Avery Bradley" width="150" height="211" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm" class="r_lapi">Avery Bradley</a></p></div> <p>Playing shorthanded without Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> gave a strong effort, but ultimately fell to the Kings, 109-101 on the road Friday night in the C&#8217;s first game following the All-Star break (<a href="http://weei.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2015022023">click here for the complete box score</a>).</p> <p>The Celtics were in the game the entire way, even leading 16-2 to start the game, but then ended up by trailing by five at the half. The Kings couldn&#8217;t pull away in the second half, but a lot of that had to do with the Kings turning the ball over 24 times, which kept the Celtics in it all game long.</p> <p>Avery Bradley led the C&#8217;s with 28 points. Also having a solid game despite the loss was Tyler Zeller, who finished with 22 points filling in for the Celtics&#8217; lack of size.</p> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/demarcus-cousins.htm" class="r_lapi">DeMarcus Cousins</a> led the way for the Kings with a game-high 31 points.</p> <p>Newcomer <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm" class="r_lapi">Isaiah Thomas</a> was not with the team, but will be Sunday night. It&#8217;s unclear whether or not he will play. It was <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/george-karl.htm" class="r_lapi">George Karl</a>&#8216;s first game as coach of the Kings.</p> <p>The Celtics will continue their West Coast swing by taking on the Lakers Sunday night.</p> Blog celtics Other Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:36:01 +0000 978351 at http://www.weei.com Celtics roundtable: Previewing remainder of season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/celtics-roundtable-previewing-remainder-season <!--paging_filter--><p><em>With the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">Celtics</a> starting the second half of their season Friday night in Sacramento, the Green Street bloggers, Julian Edlow<a href="https://twitter.com/julianedlow"> @julianedlow</a>, Ben Rohrbach <a href="https://twitter.com/brohrbach">@brohrbach</a> and Sam Packard <a href="https://twitter.com/SPacShakur">@SPacShakur</a> answer some key questions to preview the rest of the season.</em></p> <p><strong>SHOULD THE <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm">CELTICS</a> TRY TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS &#8212; AND CAN THEY?</strong></p> <div id="attachment_70950" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1.jpg"><img class="wp-image-70950" src="http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1-655x462.jpg" alt="The Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas on Thursday. (Getty Images)" width="400" height="282" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The acquisition of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> on Thursday could be a sign that the <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> are gearing up for a run at the playoffs. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)</p></div> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;As of Thursday morning the short answer was yes, in the lowly Eastern Conference the Celtics have a chance. Then mayhem broke loose at the trade deadline. <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> is a nice add for the C&#8217;s with his skill set and contract for the long term. But factoring in Miami adding Goran Dragic, Detriot adding <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/reggie-jackson-boston-college.htm">Reggie Jackson</a>, and news that Jared Sullinger is going to be sidelined with a stress reaction in his left foot, things have changed. It&#8217;s going to be another lottery season.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;I&#8217;ve been bouncing back and forth on this one, just as the Celtics front office likely has in recent weeks, but I&#8217;m coming around on the idea of making a playoff push. Danny Ainge was more of a buyer than a seller at the deadline, and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">Brad Stevens</a> will continue working with whatever pieces are at his disposal to win enough games that their odds of receiving a top-three pick in the lottery would be miniscule. The confidence that Stevens &#8212; and whichever players remain next season and beyond &#8212; would gain in knowing how his system works is just as valuable as the difference between the No. 12 and 17 picks.</p> <p>&#8220;As for whether the C&#8217;s can make the playoffs, after <a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2015/02/05/will-celtics-make-playoffs-better-yet-shoul">writing them off</a> two weeks ago, I&#8217;m on board, so long as Jared Sullinger&#8217;s toe injury doesn&#8217;t keep him out too long. Their recent string of four wins in five games &#8212; including a stunning upset of the first-place <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/atlanta-hawks.htm">Hawks</a> &#8212; combined with the mess that has become of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/new-jersey-nets.htm">the Nets</a> and the injury to Hornets point guard Kemba Walker leaves the C&#8217;s and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/detroit-pistons.htm">Pistons</a> with the best chance of finishing eighth behind the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm">Heat</a>. The Celtics have a lighter schedule and two fewer losses than the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/indiana-pacers.htm">Pacers</a> and somewhat control their own destiny with the most head-to-head meetings against the five aforementioned teams.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;There are already 10 teams with worse records than the Celtics, and with the addition of <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> the roster is too talented to lose the requisite number of games for a top-five pick. Tanking is not a realistic option, so why not try something new and fun like winning as many games as possible?</p> <p>&#8220;The Heat locked up the seventh seed by adding Dragic, but I do think the Celtics have a puncher&#8217;s chance at the eight. Their fate rests entirely on the health of Sullinger, who has been the team&#8217;s best player in the first half of the season. If he is out for an extended period of time, the Celtics will not have enough muscle on the front line to beat good teams late in games. Also, their biggest competition for the final playoff spot in the east, the Pistons, just got better by adding <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/reggie-jackson-boston-college.htm">Reggie Jackson</a> to replace the injured <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-jennings.htm">Brandon Jennings</a>.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>WHICH PLAYER NEEDS TO PLAY BETTER?</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></p> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;<a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm">Avery Bradley</a> is the easy answer. He is in the first year of a contract that is due to pay him $32 million over four seasons and Boston isn&#8217;t seeing near the production it should be for the price it paid. For comparison, the newly acquired Thomas just signed a cheaper contract (four years for $28 million), however, Thomas&#8217; 19.7 player efficiency rating nearly doubles Bradley&#8217;s (10.8).&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;When motivated, Jared Sullinger is undoubtedly the best player on the Celtics, but he&#8217;s not always motivated, as evidenced by his two recent benchings and the fact he&#8217;s never really gotten himself into proper shape. Yet he outplayed Paul Millsap in the C&#8217;s recent victory against the Hawks. While his conditioning may not make great strides over the final two months, particularly with the toe injury keeping him sidelined for the foreseeable future, he can begin his improvement by stepping inside the 3-point line, where he owns one of the league&#8217;s worst percentages among players who attempt three per game, and planting his considerable backside in the post, where he&#8217;s shooting close to 60 percent and grabbing 10 percent of available offensive rebounds.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;Kelly Olynyk. This is probably an unfair answer, because Olynyk has done a very good job coming off the bench; but with Sullinger on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, Olynyk is going to get meaningful minutes. He needs to improve drastically on defense, where he has been a liability. On offense, Olynyk should continue to be aggressive by attacking the basket and taking the open 3 when its available.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-70960"></span></p> <p><strong>WHICH PLAYER SHOULD <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm">BRAD STEVENS</a> PLAY MORE?</strong></p> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;No doubt the answer is James Young. At just 19 years old, Young is one of the Celtics&#8217; most intriguing prospects, but he has spent the season out of the spotlight while alternating between riding the bench in Boston and playing big minutes in the D-League. With the All-Star break behind us, now is the time to give the silky smooth lefty some consistent minutes. If he can improve his defense, he has the potential to be a big-time offensive weapon.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;If the Celtics aren&#8217;t developing their first-round picks, then what are they really doing? James Young has played fewer minutes all season than Marcus Smart has in each of the past three months. In Young&#8217;s limited sample size, the C&#8217;s have been 7.1 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor than without him while their defense has remained consistent, according to <a href="http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/y/youngja01/on-off/2015/">Basketball Reference&#8217;s on/off statistics</a>. In the four games he has played more than 15 minutes, Young has averaged roughly 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and a trio of 3-pointers per 36 minutes. That&#8217;s encouraging.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;If you want to develop talent, the obvious answer is 19-year old James Young. If you want to win as many games as possible, I think Jae Crowder should get serious minutes. Crowder is a high-energy player who consistently creates turnovers on defense. While he struggled as a starter, I think he will be an important rotation player moving forward.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>WHAT IS THE MOST INTRIGUING STORYLINE?</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></p> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;Marcus Smart is the most intriguing storyline this season, which speaks to the rebuild still being far from a finished product. Smart has lived up to his reputation as a defensive stopper, but he has learned to improve his jump shot (considered his biggest weakness) in an incredibly short amount of time. The rookie still has a lot to learn &#8212; whether he plays point guard or off the ball &#8212; but so far has shown the ability to rise to the challenge and learn quickly. His fast learning and willingness to step into any role the team needs him to should make Smart a big piece of Boston&#8217;s future, so get used to watching him play.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;Smart&#8217;s ankle issues disrupted his development, but his recent defensive performances against All-Star playmakers <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-teague.htm">Jeff Teague</a> (4-12 FG) and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/james-harden.htm">James Harden</a> (4-21 FG) coupled with a steadily improving jumper (40.7 3P% in January) are signs of a budding force &#8212; even if his traditional statistics (6.8 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds per game) don&#8217;t support that assessment. There aren&#8217;t too many reasons to be excited about the current state of the Celtics roster, but Smart&#8217;s potential as an All-Defensive talent is one of them, and his chemistry with newly acquired shoot-first point guard <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isaiah-thomas.htm" class="r_lapi">Isaiah Thomas</a> is another.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;How will <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/isiah-thomas.htm">Isaiah Thomas</a> fit in with the young core? With Thomas under contract for the next three seasons, he will presumably play a considerable amount of time next to Marcus Smart and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm">Avery Bradley</a>. Will this three-guard combination work or will Bradley be moved in the offseason?&#8221;</p> <p><strong>DOES <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/coach-brad-stevens.htm" class="r_lapi">BRAD STEVENS</a> HAVE A PERSONALITY?</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></p> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;Yes &#8230; he&#8217;s a human &#8212; and a very smart one at that.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;He&#8217;s no <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm">Doc Rivers</a>, that&#8217;s for sure, but Ainge found precisely what he was looking for in Stevens &#8212; a young coach with the patience to see a rebuild through while committing himself 24/7 to developing young talent and studying basketball from every angle. If that means boring pre- and postgame interviews, then so be it. Either that, or Stevens is really a robot that Mike Zarren will unveil at the next MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;There is no evidence of one. I cannot imagine Stevens going to the movies, listening to music or laughing at a non-basketball-related joke. Even his light-hearted interviews with Abby Chin are all about basketball. Maybe I don&#8217;t understand people from the Midwest, but there is little doubt in my mind that Stevens is a robot.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE CASUAL BOSTON FAN TO START WATCHING THE TEAM?</strong></p> <p><strong>Edlow:</strong> &#8220;Diehard Celtics fans are some of the best fans in the NBA. You guys reading this know you are going to follow along through thick and thin as long as the rebuild takes. But this is Boston, so casual fans are a bit different.</p> <p>&#8220;The Patriots just won the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/super-bowl.htm">Super Bowl</a>. The <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> won the 2013 <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/world-series.htm">World Series</a>. The Bruins won the 2011 <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm">Stanley Cup</a> &#8230; the Celtics are last in line. It speaks to how truly amazing Boston&#8217;s success has been that the 2008 Celtics are the last team in the four major sports to win a title for the city. But getting back to the question, this team is going to have to grow into a contender if it wants the casual fan to begin watching consistently.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Rohrbach:</strong> &#8220;Barring the right ping-pong ball popping up or a first-round upset &#8212; one outcome more unlikely than the next &#8212; the Celtics should <a href="http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2014/04/16/Franchises/Celtics-Bruins.aspx">continue to experience</a> a drop in television ratings and ticket sales until they can add a big-name free agent or complete a blockbuster trade or both &#8212; whether it&#8217;s this summer, the next or years down the road. Casual fans don&#8217;t tune in for developing talent and a well-schemed brand of basketball.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Packard:</strong> &#8220;I have no idea, because winning or the hope of winning doesn&#8217;t seem to impact fan interest. The Celtics are closer to a championship than the Bruins, yet the Celtics haven&#8217;t been mentioned on the airways in months and instead we are stuck talking about Julien, Chara, Chiarelli and cap hell. The NBA is by far the second-most entertaining professional sport after football. There are probably 12 teams that have a legitimate chance at winning the title right now. There is an exciting, young, developing team that plays hard every night, but no one is paying attention, and it&#8217;s mind-boggling.&#8221;</p> Blog celtics Other Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:58:21 +0000 976786 at http://www.weei.com SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/sb-nations-paul-flannery-joins-mike-mutnansky-2-19-15 <!--paging_filter-->Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline<br/><br/><b>[0:00:26]</b> ... trade today Paul Flannery tell you why should love the Celtics acquired <b>Isiah</b> <b>Thomas</b> after. The Piccadilly ticket deal would mean when you really break it down it's kind of fashion Damian and I we geek ... <br/><b>[0:00:59]</b> ... they give up a second round pick to get Tyler Zeller and <b>Isiah</b> <b>Thomas</b> not that. Not bad at all. What that is aid that's some good sleuthing to go back and tracked that down and yell out and that I think Alec go for a couple reasons Paul and I want your take on this. I like it short term because it makes them aides that they count the player to that guard rotation that they need to add. Is a great post that was it Kevin O'Connor. As Celtics blog talking on a bad beat beat pick and roll offense has been how <b>Isiah</b> <b>Thomas</b> should help happen in the long term. If he's not a long term Celtic I feel like he's a player any contract ... <br/><b>[0:04:54]</b> ... as for that the Celtics side of it you big lot get <b>Isiah</b> <b>Thomas</b> which certainly helps them this year Paul but. The other teams that you and I talked about last week they're all fighting ... <br/><b>[0:07:14]</b> ... may. You know and they'll it's sickness but. Yeah and I think <b>Tayshaun</b> <b>Prince</b> was obviously not local long term solution here to get a couple of guys to take a free shot that. I like Jerebko. It is a few years ago given a piece of wood tree sort of follow that a favor. You know they got <b>Josh</b> <b>Smith</b> and a democratic front court basic and he's active he can shoot. And they three point shot. It's free it's a free ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio celtics Other Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:37:00 +0000 975906 at http://www.weei.com