Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Feb 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The Boston Celtics celebrate after guard Avery Bradley (0) reacts after hitting a three-point shot to end the game and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers  at Quicken Loans Arena. The Celtics won 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Avery Bradley (0) celebrates his game-winner against the Cavs on Friday. (USA TODAY Sports)

It’s time to start believing in the Celtics.

Avery Bradley sank a corner three at the buzzer to give the Celtics a 104-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for their eighth win in nine games.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 22 points, while Evan Turner filled up the score sheet, finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. Bradley, Tyler Zeller, and Jared Sullinger also finished in double figures as the C’s (30-22) maintained their hold on the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

The C’s actually trailed by four with six seconds left, but Turner made a layup while being fouled. He missed the free throw, but the ball went out of bounds off the Cavs, giving the Celtics one last chance to win with 3.7 seconds left. The Celtics inbounded to Thomas, who avoided a double team and fed the ball back to Bradley in the corner. The defensive specialist let it fly as the buzzer sounded, coolly walking along the Celtics bench in complete confidence before the ball even swished to give the Celtics one of their most uplifting victories of the season.

It didn’t appear they’d have a chance after the Cavs jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, but despite struggling early in the first half, the Celtics kept the game close. LeBron James scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth, but the Celtics outscored the Cavs, 39-30 in that final frame.

The Celtics will welcome old friend Rajon Rondo to the Garden on Sunday when they host the Sacramento Kings.

For a complete box score, click here.

STUD OF THE NIGHT  Bradley deserves credit for hitting the clutch shot, but the Celtics stayed in the game due to the play of Turner. In the fourth quarter, Turner made a number of plays on both offense and defense, including a block of James. He finished with a game-high +11 in 32 minutes.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: The Cleveland fans, still upset by the Kevin Love incident during last year’s playoffs, are still quite upset with Kelly Olynyk, booing him every time he touched the basketball. Olynyk did not respond well to the extra attention, finishing with two points in 12 minutes.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: The Game Winner

WHINE OF THE NIGHT:  It’s probably pointless to complain about foul calls or officiating when the best player in the world is at home, but LeBron went to the line nine times in the fourth quarter. Even accepting that a superstar is going to get calls, it’s still frustrating to watch. The Celtics got some make-up calls, but it would be nice if the refs just kept their whistles to themselves.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Celtics needed all the points they could get and they did themselves a favor by converting 21-of-25 from the free throw line. Thomas was a perfect 11-for-11, including seven in the fourth quarter.

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Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

Appearing on the Dale & Holley Show with Jerry Thornton, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered some clarity as to his approach toward the upcoming NBA trade deadline.

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

Appearing on Thursday’s Dale & Holley with Thornton, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered some clarity as to his approach toward the upcoming NBA trade deadline.

The most pressing question: Will Ainge be willing to include the Brooklyn Nets’ 2016 first-round pick — which the Celts own — in a potential deal?

“Sure. The Brooklyn pick could be had for the right person,” Ainge noted. “It’€™s going to be a costly price, as it would be for some of our best players. Look, we’€™re not looking to trade the Brooklyn pick, but at the same time, I could certainly see some things that we would do for the Brooklyn pick. And they wouldn’t be taking risks.

“We value [the Brooklyn pick]. Even the chance, even a small chance to get a very talented player is worth [keeping the pick] because you have some chance. And you can’€™t just give up a chance to get a really good player unless [it’s] for another really good player.”

Ainge added, “It would have to be, certainly, a very good player. And also it probably wouldn’t be someone in their 30s. That would have to be a good young player, because again, even if we had a 5 percent or a 10 percent or a 15 percent chance at one of the top picks in the draft, that’€™s worth keeping.”

Brooklyn has the third-worst record in the NBA at 12-38, with the Sixers (7-42) and Lakers (11-41) the only two teams with fewer wins. The Suns (14-37) and Timberwolves (15-38) are next on the list after the Nets.

Danny Ainge with Dale, Holley and Thornton

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Like Will Ferrell in Old School, the Celtics are officially streaking.

The C’s won for the seventh time in eight games on Wednesday night, leading from wire-to-wire in a 102-95 victory over the Pistons.

Feb 3, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) defends against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Zeller cuts off Reggie Jackson‘s path to the basket. (USA TODAY Sports)

Like Will Ferrell in “Old School,” the Celtics are officially streaking. The C’s won for the seventh time in eight games on Wednesday night, leading from wire-to-wire in a 102-95 victory over the Pistons.

Isaiah Thomas (17 points) led five Celtics in double figures as the Celtics opened a 24-point lead before holding on down the stretch. Guard Marcus Smart sealed it with a corner 3-pointer in the final 90 seconds with the lead down to seven.

The Celtics won with interior defense and efficient offense. They did a stellar job of defending the pick and roll between Pistons All-Star Andre Drummond and Boston College alumnus Reggie Jackson. And they picked the Pistons apart inside, scoring on drives and backdoor cuts, finishing with 54 points in the paint and 18 points on fast breaks.

Avery Bradley scored 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and the Celtics bench combined for 42 points. Jackson’s 17 points and Drummond’s double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) led the Pistons.

With the win, the Celtics have won six straight at home and remain tied with the Hawks for third place in the Eastern Conference.

For a complete box score, click here. STUD(S) OF THE NIGHT: The bench crew.

Led by Evan Turner (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), the reserves combined for 42 points and protected the Celtics lead while the starters rested. Turner did a little bit of everything, Marcus Smart provided the outside scoring, going 4-for-7 from deep and Tyler Zeller’s interior defense was phenomenal. Zeller played great help defense and finished with three blocks to go with his four points and five rebounds.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: No one.

For 48 minutes, the Celtics hustled on both ends of the floor and put together one of their better wins of the season. In a game in which the Pistons never led, the Celtics kept their composure on offense and on defense they forced the Pistons to take contested jump shots. Every player did their part — Celtics exemplified a well-rounded team that’s beginning to truly find their identity.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: Zeller slams over Anthony Tolliver


WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Putting the lead in jeopardy.

The Pistons were one run away from grabbing a fourth-quarter lead when they sliced their deficit down to seven in the last two minutes of the game. The Celtics were able to fend off the Pistons late in the fourth, thanks to a huge 3-pointer from Smart following a timeout.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 54 points in the paint.

The Celtics scored more than half of their total points in the paint and did it in a number of different ways. They executed the pick and roll, finished at the hoop on fast breaks and made the extra passes when they needed to for easy layups.

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Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon

In a report that will surprise no one, the Celtics are interested in trading David Lee before the February 18th trade deadline. After reports on Monday that Danny Ainge spoke to Lee about his future, today Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck tweeted :

Lee will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and has not played in a game since January 10th. Despite the lack of playing time, Lee has not been a distraction in the locker room,  drawning praise from both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge for his handling of the situation.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reports that the Celtics and Lee’s agents are working together to find an amicable solution.

Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

Marcus Smart (right) wraps a pass around Kristaps Porzingis in a win over the Knicks on Tuesday. (USA TODAY Sports)Early in the fourth quarter against the Knicks on Tuesday night, Marcus Smart made the kind of play that raises eyebrows.



After Paul Pierce led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, and before he led them to the 2008 title, he wanted out of Boston, and he nearly got his wish.