The Celtics‘ interior defense and second half scoring outlasted the Hawks in a 106-93 victory at TD Garden.

Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson

The Celtics‘ interior defense and second half scoring outlasted the Hawks in a 106-93 victory at TD Garden.

The Celtics closed the half on a 7-2 run, and tied the game at 47. They limited the Hawks from getting into the paint — where they did most of their damage in the first half and opened up their biggest lead of the night in the third quarter, a 12-point advantage.

The Celtics forced 16 Hawks turnovers and sparked their offense in the fourth quarter.  Boston scored 61 second half points and ran away with the win in the fourth quarter.

Paul Millsap’s 14 points and eight rebounds led six Hawks in double figures. Al Horford (13), Kyle Korver (11), Kent Bazemore (12), Thabo Sefolosha and Dennis Schroder (10) all chipped in but it wasn’t enough to counter the Celtics’ second half scoring outburst.

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Amir Johnson got things going on the Hawks’ first possession when he blocked Al Horford’s shot and sparked the Celtics offense. Johnson amassed eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals to go with his 19 points. He also played phenomenal interior defense against Atlanta, limiting them from entering the paint.


Teague had a tough time finding his offensive rhythm against the Celtics. He finished with six points on 2-of-6 shooting, the Celtics did a good job limiting his drives to the hoop.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: Three passes. No dribble.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart’s health

Smart had another sub-par night at TD Garden. Marcus looks like he’s far from 100 percent (right foot). He struggled defensively on his assignments (Kyle Korver & Kent Bazemore), and offensively he wasn’t moving the ball like he usually does. Coach Stevens may have jumped the gun by inserting Marcus into the starting lineup, he played over 30 minutes tonight.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Team rebounding.

The Celtics out-rebounded the Hawks by a significant margin (50-35). Jared Sullinger’s grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder both finished with eight and Evan Turner grabbed five from off the bench.


Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon
A recap of the Celtics 102-91 loss to Paul George and the Indiana Pacers

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The Celtics and Pacers traded runs in the third quarter, but Paul George ensured Indiana came out on top in the fourth.

Paul George

Paul George

The Celtics and Pacers traded runs in the third quarter, but Paul George ensured Indiana came out on top in the fourth.

George scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds in a 102-91 victory that dropped the Celtics to 3-4 on the season.

Evan Turner led the Celtics with 20 points. Isaiah Thomas (14 points), David Lee (13 points) and Jared Sullinger (11 points, 11 rebounds) also reached double figures in a 41.6 percent shooting effort.

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It sure helps to have a superstar. Every time the Celtics made a run, George put an end to it. When the C’s answer to George was a whole lot of Turner, that should raise some questions.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart.

After missing three straight games with a sprained left big toe, Smart returned to the lineup, albeit on a minutes restriction off the bench. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts — badly — and had the worst plus/minus rating of anybody on the team. But without Avery Bradley (lower left leg bruise), Brad Stevens was forced to rely on Smart despite the rust.


WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Whistling straits.

Through three quarters, the refs had whistled both teams for a combined 46 fouls. In the third quarter alone, there were 30 free throws (19 by the Celtics). Of course, that didn’t stop the players from begging for more whistles. Paul George leveled Isaiah Thomas, and then vehemently wondered why Thomas wasn’t called for traveling, earning himself a well-deserved technical foul. On the other hand, Thomas got a reaching in call from one ref, and then turned to another to bark about not getting the call earlier. Good times all around, fellas. Good times.


That’s right. The Celtics made 16.7 percent of their 3-point attempts. They entered the game attempting the sixth-most 3’s per game (27.7) and ranked fifth from the bottom in 3-point percentage (30.1 percent). So, they’re not only missing triples; they’re missing a lot of them.


Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio to break down the Celtics 99-83 win over the Bucks

It was a “great defense will lead to great offense” type of night, as the Celtics kept the Bucks on their heels throughout the second half, and the bench provided enough scoring for the

It was a “great defense will lead to great offense” type of night, as the Celtics kept the Bucks on their heels throughout the second half, and the bench provided enough scoring for the win.

The Celtics got a game-high 20 points from Isaiah Thomas and forced 17 turnovers to beat Milwaukee, 99-83, and improve to 3-3 with a second straight win. The C’s buckled down defensively in the third quarter, stealing and blocking their way to an 18-2 run to finish the quarter with a 76-59 lead. David Lee (13 points), Evan Turner (13 points), Jae Crowder (12 points), Jared Sullinger (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Kelly Olynyk (11 points) also reached double figures.

Greg Monroe collected a team-high 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but Milwaukee’s offense was no match for the Celtics’ defense and bench production.

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Turner amassed six assists, five rebounds and four steals to go along with his 13 points, finishing with a team-best plus-32 rating. He anchored a 50-point effort from the bench.


The Celtics got contributions up and down the roster, including seven points and seven rebounds from rookie R.J. Hunter and nine rebounds from Amir Johnson.


Another incredible shot that didn’t count for the Celtics. Last week it was Jae Crowder’s amazing full-court inbound pass into the opposite basket that resulted in a turnover, and Tuesday night it was Turner’s one-handed half court heave.

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Another injury in the backcourt. With Marcus Smart already nursing an injured left toe that kept him out another night, Avery Bradley went down with a lower left leg bruise. Turner started the second half in his place. Both Smart and Bradley’s status for Wednesday’s game against Indiana remains in doubt.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 11 steals. Jae Crowder, the league’s leader in steals, joined Turner with four steals against the Bucks, while Thomas, Sullinger and R.J. Hunter each added one. But it wasn’t just the steals that made the difference; it was the way the Celtics went about getting them — trapping the Bucks with double teams and forcing the Bucks to make silly turnovers throughout the second half.


Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon

It’s the law of averages. Eventually, the shots would start falling. But no mathematician would have predicted this.

BOSTON – It’s the law of averages, eventually the shots were going to go in. But no mathematician would have predicted this.

Shooting 45% from the field, the Celtics (2-3) defeated the the Washington Wizards 118-98 Friday night at the TD Garden. Led by Jared Sullinger’s 21 points, five Celtics  finished in double figures, The C’s dominated in the first half, outscoring the Wizards 72-49. It was the first time the Celtics had scored 70 in a half since the modern-day Big Three did it in 2010. The Celtics also excelled from beyond the arc, knocking down 12 threes, a season high for the team.

Bradley Beal scored a game high 24 points, as the Wizards, a team known for their fast pace, struggled to keep up with the high flying Celtics. The C’s hands were extremely active on defense, forcing 24 turnovers.

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Stud of the Night: Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynk

Making his second start of the season, Sullinger opened the game shooting 5 for 5 from the field. His accuracy extended beyond the arc, as Sullinger pulled off the incredible, knocking down two three point attempts in row, something he has been unable to do all season. The large power-forward also did an excellent job on the boards, pulling down 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Kelly Olynk decided to let down his locks and abandon the man-bun that made him semi-famous on Twitter. The extra freedom and bounce appeared to fix his ailing jump shot, as Olynyk finished with 19 points, including shooting for 3 of 5 from three. The Canadian Adonis finished with an astonishing +29 to lead the team.

Dud of the Night: The Wizards Bench

Jared Dudley (-23) , Ramon Sessions (-24), Nene (-20), and Gary Neal(-24) finished with only 21 points and were no match for Brad Stevens super depth.

Vine of the Night: Sully’s Pass from his Bum

Whine of the Night: Crowder Hurt in Garbage Time

Jae Crowder banged his knee on a drive late in the 4th quarter and fell to the parquet before being be helped off the court and into the locker room by trainer Ed Lacerte.  The Celtics announced that Crowder suffered a bone bruise, as he did not return to the bench. Jae finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Stat of the Night: 18 Steals

Led by Jae Crowder (5) and Kelly Olynyk (4), the Celtics forced 18 steals. Their season high last year was 20,  in a game against the Cleveland Cavs. 

@ of the Night.


Blog Author: 
Sam Packard