Forcing a total of 20 turnovers, the Celtics led the Nuggets throughout the final three quarters en route to a 111-103 victory at TD Garden.

After three quarters, the Celtics scored 15 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds and took a 86-71 lead into the fourth quarter. Celtics topped an 18-2 run the final frame to open up a 22-point advantage — their biggest lead of the night. Celtics bench totaled 40 points and took care of the lead while the starters rested.

Avery Bradley scored a game-high 27 points and Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and five assists. Danilio Gallinari and Will Barton each scored 23 points to lead the Nuggets.

Celtics (26-21) have now won four games in-a-row and are half a game behind the Bulls for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley

After Bradley scored 13 first quarter points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep, you knew it was going to be one of those shooting nights for him. The Celtics shooting guard shot 55 percent on 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-13 from distance. Defensively, Bradley was a pest in the back court and finished the night with four steals.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: None

Every Celtic played a role in the Celtics’ win in one way or another. Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson combined for 24 rebounds, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas led in scoring and the bench picked up the slack in the second half. Kelly Olynyk’s 17 points (2-for-3 from deep) led the bench and Marcus Smart’s stifling defense earned himself three steals as he finished the night with a plus-11 rating.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner tops off the 18-2 run

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Missed layups 

Although the Celtics held a comfortable lead throughout most of the night, they missed a flurry of points in the paint. The Celtics shot 42.7 percent from the floor but could have finished the night with a higher percentage if they were able to convert the majority of their layups.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 20 turnovers. 

The Celtics defense set the tone in the first quarter when they forced seven Nuggets turnovers and carried that same intensity for four quarters. Celtics finished the night with 15 steals and scored 24 fast-break points against Denver. 

 

@ OF THE NIGHT: Wouldn’t it be great to see Olynyk compete in this year’s 3-point competition in his hometown of Toronto? 

Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon
Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley reportedly has grown frustrated with his current contract situation. While he was previously highly touted mostly for his lock-down perimeter defense, Bradley has elevated his offensive game this year and has proven to be a major asset on both sides of the ball for the Celtics. Now he and his new agent apparently feel he should be paid like it.

The Celtics inked Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal in 2014. Many actually thought Celtics boss Danny Ainge had overpaid to keep him in Boston, due to the fact that he was seen by most as a one-sided player. It seems the tables have turned, and in the coming seasons Bradley and his agent may be pushing for more money.

Wrote Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: Avery Bradley has changed agents from Mitchell Butler of the Rival Sports Group to Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant. Butler was able to procure the oft-injured Bradley a four-year, $32 million contract extension last summer, considered an above-market deal. Now Bradley is apparently unhappy with his contract, especially after seeing players such as Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton (five years, $70 million), Utah’s Gordon Hayward (four years, $61 million), and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (five years, $82 million) cash in with lucrative extensions, making Bradley’s deal appear to be a bargain with the new television money increasing the salary cap this summer.

Bradley has averaged 14.8 points per game and is shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. His offensive success clearly has not caused his defense to suffer, as he’s also on pace for a career-high 1.6 steals per game.

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Blog Author: 
Travis Upham
Jan 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the second half at Verizon Center. Boston Celtics won 116 - 91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the second half at Verizon Center. Boston Celtics won 116 – 91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth time this season, the Celtics defeated the Wizards — sweeping the season series and did it in a blowout fashion in a 116-91 win on Monday.

After a back and forth first half, the Celtics built the first double-digit lead of the night in the third quarter and took a 84-70 lead into the final frame. Celtics defense converted 21 points off of 14 Wizards turnovers before they grabbed their biggest lead of the night in the fourth quarter. After Wizards forward Nene was whistled for a Flagrant 1 foul, the Celtics opened up a 27-point lead behind a 23-7 run.

Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points and led six Celtics in double-figures, including Evan Turner who finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds. Otto Porter and Jared Dudley each scored 15 points to lead the Wizards.

Monday night’s game marks the ninth straight game in which the Celtics have scored 100 or more points. Celtics also improve to 25-21, one game ahead of the Pacers  for fifth place in the eastern conference.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Isaiah Thomas

In three days the NBA All-Star reserves will be announced and Isaiah continued to make his case for a spot on the Eastern All-Star team. The potential all-star finished the night 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting, had nine assists and grabbed four rebounds. He was a plus-19 on the night. Monday night’s game marked the 31st time Thomas has scored 20-plus points this season.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: John Wall

Fortunately for the Celtics, John Wall wasn’t the best Wizard on the floor. Wall had a bad shooting night. He shot 27.3 percent on 3-of-11 shooting and couldn’t stop the bleeding when the Celtics offense erupted in the fourth quarter. Not having Bradley Beal in the game also didn’t help the Wizards offense. Beal exited the game with a bloody nose in the second quarter and never returned.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: No vine but scroll down to the @ of the night to see the dunk of the game

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart takes a beating

Wizards power forward Nene was very physical against the Celtics, especially towards guard Marcus Smart. In the first quarter, Nene was posting up against Smart and knocked him but no offensive foul was called. He also got away with sneaky pushing and sketchy screens. Nene was finally penalized in the fourth quarter when Smart was driving to the hoop and Nene’s arm came down on Marcus, and knocked Smart down. He was issued a Flagrant 1 foul.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 44-of-90

The Celtics shot 48.9 percent from the floor on 44-of-90 shooting. They finished with 42 points in the paint and shot 40.9 percent from distance on 9-of-22 attempts. Celtics offense has been hot lately and it starts on the defensive end of the floor. The C’s coerced 20 Wizards turnovers and sealed the win in the second half behind 63 second-half points.

@ OF THE NIGHT: Winter Storm Jonas

Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon
Jan 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts to his three pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts to his three pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

If the Celtics dominate the 76ers and no one is there to see it, does it still count as a win?

Yes. Obviously.

After Winter Storm Jonas dropped close to two feet of snow on the Philadelphia, less than 2,000 people were in the stands to see the Celtics defeat the 76ers 112-92.

The Celtics dominated the entire game, scoring 94 points in the first three quarters. The C’s are averaging 112 points over their past eight games.

The 76ers played terrible defense and allowed the Celtics to take numerous open threes. The Celtics shot 44% (11-for-25) from beyond the arc.

Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas each scored 20 points, while Avery Bradley added 19. Marcus Smart and Evan Turner added 16 and 11 points off the bench respectively.

With the win, the (24-21) Celtics are now in sole possession of the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The team will travel south to the next closest covered city, to play the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

For a complete box score, click here.

 

Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

The Boston Celtics ended their two-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

The Boston Celtics ended their two-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

In a dominant first half, the Celtics built up a 15-point lead while shooting 50% from the field. The Celtics defense did an excellent job getting their hands on the basketball, scoring 17 points off of 13 Bulls turnovers.

In the second half, Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls claw back in the game.  The duo picked apart the Celtics poor pick-and-roll defense in the third quarter, combining for 36 of their 55 points in the final 24 minutes.

Two Jimmy Butler foul shots cut the Celtics lead to 97-96 with 4:58 left to play in the game. The C’s, who have led a number of fourth-quarter leads slip away this season, did not relinquish their lead, only allowing five points during the rest of the game.

With the game on the line, the team turned to their potential All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who scored 6 of his team-high 22 points down the stretch.  Avery Bradley added 21 on 8-of-14 shooting.

Jared Sullinger registered his 13th double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. This was Sullingers third double-double against the Bulls this season.

With the win, the Celtics improve to 23-21 on the season. Due to Winter Storm Jonas, their schedule game against the 76ers was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday.

For a complete box score, click here.

 

 

Blog Author: 
Sam Packard
DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

After the Raptors opened up a 13-point lead in the first half, Celtics coach Brad Stevens turned to his bench, but it wasn’t enough to counter DeMar DeRozan who scored 22 second-half points en route to a 115-109 Rapors victory.

The Celtics closed the first half on a 10-2 run and took a 62-56 lead into halftime. Led by Kelly Olynyk’s 18 points, the Celtics bench combined for 47 points. Yet, DeRozan erupted for 18 third-quarter points and set the tone offensively for the Raptors as they outscored the Celtics 40-28 before heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final frame, the Raptors led by four points when Isaiah Thomas committed a costly turnover on an inbound play out of a timeout with 41 seconds left. The Celtics were able to regain possession but Avery Bradley‘s missed 3-pointer with 14.8 seconds left, sealing the Raptors win. It was the fifth missed 3-pointer of the quarter and further prevented the Celtics from having a chance to regain the lead that they saw slip away after halftime.

The Raptors did an excellent job of getting to the hoop while knocking down good looks from the perimeter — they outscored the Celtics 54-38 in the paint and shot 55.4 percent on 46-of-83 shooting. Although the Celtics shot 50.6 percent from the floor, it wasn’t enough to impede DeRozan’s second-half scoring outburst. Although the Raptors never led by more than six points in the fourth quarter, they were able to pull away in the final minutes.

Isaiah Thomas‘ (21 points, 10 assists) double-double led the Celtics and Avery Bradley finished the night with 19 points. DeMar DeRozan (34 points) shot 52 percent on 13-25 shooting to lead the Raptors and Jonas Valanciunas (19 points, 12 rebounds) notched a double-double.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

STUD OF THE NIGHT: DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan gave the Celtics one of the best individual performances they’ve seen from an opponent this season and did it a number of ways. He took the ball to the hoop, stroked it from the mid-range, got to the free-throw line (8-of-9) and lit up the C’s — scoring 30 points in three quarters. Who does that? Not a lot of players in the NBA do. DeMar was ridiculous. He finished the night with 34 points and six assists.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Jared Sullinger.

Sullinger had an ugly outing up in Toronto. He couldn’t find his offense and was bullied by Jonas Valanciuas and Luis Scola in the paint. Sullinger went scoreless on 1-for-7 shooting, committed two turnovers and was a team-low minus-19 on the night.

VINE OF THE NIGHT: #Stud

WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Three-point shooting

The Raptors entered the game as one of the league’s worst teams in defending 3-pointers and it showed. Celtics shot 46.2 percent from deep on 12-of-26 shooting but needed a few more when they counted most. The Celtics utilized their 3-point shooting throughout the game to keep themselves within striking distance but couldn’t hit the big ones at the end of the fourth. As the saying goes: “You live and die by the 3,” well the C’s lived by it for 36 minutes as the 3-ball certainly kept them close up until the last quarter where they went 1-for-6 and ultimately suffered their second straight loss.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 54 points in the paint

The Celtics have to do a better job at defending the post. In a game where Jared Sullinger only played 12 minutes, the Celtics had no other big men to count on for interior defense. Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller struggled to keep up with Jonas Valanciunas (19) and Luis Scola (18 points) nor could they get stops against Toronto’s perimeter players as they were able to get to the hoop with little resistance. 

@ OF THE NIGHT:

Blog Author: 
Josue Pavon