Demetrius Jackson

Demetrius Jackson

After a short stint in Maine with the Red Claws, Demetrius Jackson is returning to the Celtics.

The 22-year-old point guard was optioned to Maine on Thursday, playing three games with the C’s D-League affiliate. While there, he averaged 22.3 points in 36.7 minutes per game while shooting a solid 53.5 percent from the field. He also averaged 5.7 boards, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals.

The initial move was to get the rookie some routine playing time, something he was not getting while in the NBA. He’s played 15 minutes in two games with the Celtics so far this season.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

The waiting game continues for Al Horford and the Celtics.

The big man is still dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion and said after practice Tuesday that he’s not sure when he might play again. 

Al Horford

Al Horford

The waiting game continues for Al Horford and the Celtics.

The big man is still dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion and said after practice Tuesday that he’s not sure when he might play again. 

Horford suffered the concussion when he was accidentally struck by a teammate at practice on Oct. 31. There was a glimmer of hope when he traveled with the team on the two-game trip through Indiana and New Orleans. But on Tuesday, following a light workout, he told reporters that he’s just not ready. 

“I’m just not where I want to be right now, but trying to work through it,” Horford said. “This is something very new to me, so it’s just trying to get used to this.”

Horford declined to get into what is holding him back in the NBA concussion protocol.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss a lot of those things yet,” Horford said. “On-the-court-wise, the times that I’ve been on, I felt good with my workouts. It’s just to play, I’m just not there yet.”

While Wednesday against Dallas has been ruled out, there is the hope that he might be back in time for Friday’s matchup against Golden State at TD Garden. For Horford, it’s just a wait-and-see game. 

“I’ve been very motivated to come back. This is just something very different,” Horford said. “Like I’ve said, I haven’t dealt with anything like this before. So we’re really taking it day by day. That’s just all I can do right now.

“I want to be out helping my team, and us growing together. But the last thing I want to do is have a setback, come in when I’m not supposed to, and set myself back for a longer period of time. We’re trying to be as smart as we can about this. I just want to make sure that when I’m ready to go, I’m good to go.”

Horford has missed seven games and the Celtics are just 3-4 in that stretch. 

Meanwhile, Jae Crowder took a step forward Tuesday, taking part in shooting drills after practice Tuesday. He suffered a badly sprained left ankle against the Bulls on Nov. 2 and has missed the last six games. He has also been ruled out against the Mavericks Wednesday. 

 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

When the Celtics were in a funk last week, Isaiah Thomas said that he needed to do more to help the team regain its identity. On Monday night in New Orleans, Thomas did his part, but the Celtics still let one slip away to the lowly Pelicans, 106-105.

Amir Johnson (left) and Marcus Smart battle for a loose ball during Monday's game against the Pelicans. (Matt Bush/USA Today Sports)

Amir Johnson (left) and Marcus Smart battle for a loose ball during Monday’s game against the Pelicans. (Matt Bush/USA Today Sports)

When the Celtics were in a funk last week, Isaiah Thomas said that he needed to do more to help the team regain its identity. On Monday night in New Orleans, Thomas did his part, but the Celtics let one slip away to the lowly Pelicans, 106-105.

Thomas scored 18 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter, displaying a variety of impressive moves on drives to the basket against much bigger defenders. He made 13-of-29 shots and 8-of-10 free throws, while adding seven assists.

Thomas got free for a layup high off the glass with seven seconds remaining — with help from Kelly Olynyk sealing off Pelicans big man Anthony Davis in the paint — tying the game at 105. At the other end, Pelicans guard Tim Frazier — who had a big steal seconds earlier — faked out Olynyk and drew a foul with 2.5 seconds remaining. He made 1-of-2 free throws that gave New Orleans just its second win in 11 outings this season.

Avery Bradley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Smart contributed 15 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The Celtics and Warriors might be looking to celebrate their meeting this Friday night at TD Garden in style. 

According to Celtics CSNNE broadcaster Brian Scalabrine, the Celtics might be willing to give up their most experienced defensive shutdown player if it means bringing in one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. 

April 1, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) passes the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Could Klay Thompson (11) and Isaiah Thomas wind up teammates in Boston? (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics and Warriors might be looking to celebrate their meeting this Friday night at TD Garden in style. 

According to Celtics CSNNE broadcaster Brian Scalabrine, the Celtics might be willing to give up their most experienced defensive shutdown player if it means bringing in one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. 

Speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Scalabrine said he had heard Thompson might be available and that the specific rumor he heard involved the Celtics. According to Scalabrine, the Celtics would send out Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and the right for Golden State to swap first-round picks with Boston’s pick from Brooklyn.

In return, Boston would land Thompson, with the Warriors then using the Brooklyn pick to acquire a shot-blocking center. He added on CSNNE Facebook Live that Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel would be a player the Warriors would acquire with the pick. 

That might seem like a lot for Boston to give up but if Ainge feels Thompson makes the Celtics a serious threat to Cleveland, he would at least consider it. 

“Maybe they’re on what I’m on, and [they feel] it’s impossible to win championships without rim protection against LeBron and Kyrie [Irving],” Scalabrine said. “So who’s your most valuable asset or most unneeded asset at this point?”

The Warriors are in desperate need of shoring up their defense, which has taken a major hit to start this season. With Bradley, Crowder and Noel, the Warriors would be looking to matchup better against the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. It was actually Irving that many believe was the difference in Game 7 in Oakland last June when the Cavaliers shocked the basketball world and beat the Warriors, ending their 73-win season without a crown. 

Scalabrine added that if the Warriors were to alter their roster based on matching up against the Cavaliers, Bradley would be better-suited to defend Irving than Thompson would be. That said, the Celtics would still be acquiring the best player in the deal. 

The 26-year-old Thompson would be a major get for the C’s, as the 2011 11th overall pick is a two-time NBA All-Star. His 18.8 points per game would rank second on the Celtics behind Isaiah Thomas’ 25.8 points per game. 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Earlier this week, following back-to-back blowout losses, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lamented the fact that the C’s had lost their “swag.” He put it on himself to find away to help the team regain its identity.

Mission accomplished.

Earlier this week, following back-to-back blowout losses, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lamented the fact that the C’s had lost their “swag.” He put it on himself to find away to help the team regain its identity.

Mission accomplished.

Thomas overcame an off shooting night by hitting some big baskets in the fourth quarter as the Celtics put together a strong performance for a second straight night, leading to a 105-99 victory over the Pacers in Indiana, Boston’s first road win of the season.

Thomas shot just 4-for-13, but he hit 14-of-15 free throws to finish with 23 points. He joins Sam Jones (1965-66) and Kevin McHale (1986-87) as the only Celtics to score 20 or more points in each of the team’s first nine games of the season.

It was 99-94 with just over a minute left after Thomas hit two free throws. At the other end, Bradley snuck up on center Myles Turner at the 3-point line and stole the ball, then passed it to Smart in the middle of the court as he was falling out of bounds. Smart caught it in the air and, without coming down, fired it ahead to Thomas for a reverse layup under pressure that put the C’s ahead by seven with exactly a minute to play. Indiana never threatened thereafter.

For the second straight game, Brad Stevens elected to start Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart as Boston looked to avoid the disastrous starts that previously were a problem in embarrassing losses to the Nuggets and Wizards. The C’s did give up a lot of points in the opening eight minutes to the Pacers and trailed by seven after one period, but they led by three at halftime (48-45) and maintained that margin after three quarters.

Olynyk finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Amir Johnson contributed 14 points and nine rebounds, and Bradley amassed 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The suddenly relevant James Young provided a spark off the bench with 12 points, hitting 5-of-6 shots (2-of-3 treys) in 16 minutes. Fellow sub Terry Rozier also played well, recording 11 points and six rebounds. Both played well on the defensive end as well.

“I thought the bench really got us going defensively after the — I think it was 27 points in the first eight minutes — after that we guarded at a pretty good level,” Stevens told reporters in his postgame press conference. “And I thought the bench all came in and did a pretty good job. James’ activity and Terry’s activity were obviously noticeable.”

Jeff Teague led Indiana with 20 points. He missed 11 of the 15 shots he took, but he did his damage from the line, making 11-of-12. Turner had 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

The Celtics were still without Al Horford (who traveled with the team and might play Monday against the Pelicans) and Jae Crowder. The Pacers were missing Paul George (sprained ankle).

Stud of the night: James Young

Young looks like a different player from the one we’ve seen his first two seasons. He brought the energy — hustling on defense, diving on the floor for a loose ball, racing over to bat a rebound to teammate Avery Bradley for a 3-pointer, and making a pass to Isaiah Thomas and then flashing open and getting the ball back for an easy basket.

“Just a lot of hard work is paying off,” he told CSNNE’s Abby Chin before leaving the court. “I’m going to keep grinding every day like I have been. I’m not taking any days off. We’ll just see how it goes.”

Stevens said Young’s hard work is paying off with better shooting.

“He’s shot it at such a different level than he shot it two years ago when he got here as far as accuracy in workouts and practice and everything else,” Stevens said. “He’s certainly always a capable shooter with a beautiful stroke, but he’s really, really worked hard on becoming accurate. He either shoots it or moves it, and I thought with that group that was a good thing.”

As for Young’s defensive contributions, Stevens said: “I thought he was just active. We need him to be active, long and physical.”

Dud of the night:

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The Celtics were very hungry for a win. 

After two consecutive lopsided defeats, the Celtics reverted to their old ways and put together their strongest defensive performance of the season in a 115-87 win at TD Garden.