Jan 29, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) celebrates against the Orlando Magic during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 29, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) celebrates against the Orlando Magic during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The depth is real.

Led by their bench, the Boston Celtics dominated the Orlando Magic 112-94 on Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Celtics outplayed the Magic for the majority of the game, but only led by nine points at the end of the third quarter. The Celtics bench unit of Kelly Olynyk, Evan Turner, Jonas Jerebko, and Marcus Smart then used an 26-6 run to blow the game wide open.

Olynyk and Smart led all scorers with 16 points, while five other Celtics were in double figures. Jared Sullinger also finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

The (27-21) Celtics have now won five in a row and eight of their last ten games. With the win, the C’s are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference. The team will look to extend their winning streak to six games, as they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on the second leg of the home-and-home series.

For a complete box score, click here.

STUD OF THE NIGHT The Bench Mob

Since Stevens shortened the bench to nine players, the bench mob has really excelled. Tonight, the foursome absolutely dominated the Magic reserves, outscoring 60 to 35. All four players scored greater than 13 points and combined to shoot 7-of-10 from three.

DUD OF THE NIGHT Mario Hezonja

The Magic rookie was unable to stop anyone on defense. During the second quarter, Evan Turner repeatedly abused the Spainard in the post. Hezonja finished with only 2 points, as the Magic were a -9 when he was on the floor.

VINE OF THE NIGHT
Not a single fan vined this game, so here is LeBron James missing an wide open dunk.
WHINE OF THE NIGHT No complaints whenever Gino shows his beautiful mug. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart from 3

Tonight Marcus Smart shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Since December 1st, Smart had been the worst three-point shooter in the NBA, so this was a nice change of pace for the second-year guard.

@ OF THE NIGHT

Blog Author: 
Sam Packard

Much has been made of the fact that the Celtics are loaded with assets as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. The team has appealing complementary players and multiple draft picks to dangle.

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

Much has been made of the fact that the Celtics are loaded with assets as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. The team has appealing complementary players and multiple draft picks to dangle.

Controversial Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins long has been considered a target for C’s president Danny Ainge, along with Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. However, both teams have made it clear those players are not available.

That doesn’t mean the Celtics are folding. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, “Boston has been quietly aggressive, with its well-chronicled array of assets, in search of the splashy move we all know Danny Ainge would love to make.” With Cousins and Love apparently out of the picture, “there isn’t a starry trade target for Ainge to chase. At least not yet.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

With all due respect to DeMarcus Cousins (left) and Kevin Love (right), the real prize if you're the Celtics is Ben Simmons. (Getty Images)Things you can't rush: open-heart surgery, braised veal shanks, growing an oak tree from an acorn.



Isaiah Thomas is no longer a forgotten star in the NBA.

The 26-year-old Celtics scoring guard entering his prime was selected to his first career All-Star squad Thursday night.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives the ball against the Nuggets in Wednesday's win. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives the ball against the Nuggets in Wednesday’s win. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas is no longer a forgotten star in the NBA.

The 26-year-old Celtics scoring guard entering his prime was selected to his first career All-Star squad Thursday night.

The NBA announced during Thursday’s special on TNT that Thomas will be heading to Toronto Feb. 12-14, joining Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh and John Wall as the seven reserves selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

All-Star reserves were chosen by the league’€™s 30 head coaches.

Thomas entered the Celtics’ starting lineup on a regular basis on Nov. 4 and scored at least 16 points in 40 of his 44 games in that time. Thomas is averaging a career-high 21.6 points per game this season, which leads all Eastern Conference point guards and ranks seventh among all guards in the NBA.

On Oct. 28, in the season opener against the Sixers, Thomas scored a game-high 27 points off the bench to pace the Celtics to a victory. On Dec. 16, 2015, he tied his career-high of 38 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Thomas has averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists in Boston’s current four-game winning streak, a run that has improved them to 26-21 on the season, putting them just a game behind third-place Atlanta in the East.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

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.

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!