The Celtics have struggled to find a go-to scorer all season. The Warriors, on the other hand, have been cruising behind an MVP-type season from Stephen Curry. So when the C’s visited the Warriors on Sunday evening — coming off a game in which Klay Thompson poured in an NBA record 37 points in the third quarter alone — things were expected to get ugly.

The Celtics managed to keep it competitive throughout the game despite eventually falling to the Warriors, 114-111. Jared Sullinger led the way for Boston with 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The loss drops the C’s to 15-27 on the season and snaps a two game win streak.

Evan Turner (19 points, seven boards, seven helpers) also had a strong game for the Celtics, as did Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller who each finished with 15 points. Both Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Marcus Smart (death in family) did not attend the game. The Celtics managed to keep Thompson from scoring 37 points in any quarters, but he did finish with 31 points to lead the now 37-6 Warriors.

For a complete box score, click here.

DEEP ROTATION DESPITE DEPLETED ROSTER

Even with two key rotation players in Olynyk and Smart missing, Brad Stevens still managed to play 11 players by the start of the second quarter on Sunday. Surprisingly Gerald Wallace got the call off the bench early in the game and Tayshaun Prince racked up 12 first half minutes. In the end, all 11 players played double digit minutes with Marcus Thornton playing the fewest at 14. Shavlik Randolph, the only other player in uniform, did not register any playing time.

HANGING AROUND WITH THE BEST

The Celtics stayed hot coming off of two of their biggest wins of the season. The C’s should have been down only four points at halftime, but thanks to a bailout call by the refs, Curry pushed the lead to seven after making three free throws for a shooting foul at half court (keep in mind that this wound up being a three point game). Considering the opponent, the Celtics have had much worse outings this season. The lead grew to 12 points by the end of the third quarter, but the Celtics responded with a strong fourth quarter. There are no good losses in the NBA, however, the Celtics player one of their better games of the year.

JAE CROWDER IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS

I’m not trying to bash Crowder here, I like him and he’s a good player. He was a nice surprise to get back in the Rajon Rondo trade. He worked his way into the starting lineup on pure hustle by the time Jeff Green was on the move, and has stayed there ever since. Much was made of Crowder’s 22 point outburst against the Pelicans earlier this month, but since then the role player has come back to reality scoring in single digits in each game (six points on Sunday). Crowder is worth keeping around as a role player, but don’t get your hopes up if you were expecting more.

THE CELTICS NEED TO FIND THEIR DRAYMOND GREEN

Green is a lot like Crowder — a hustle player with a lot of versatility — but Green has taken his game to the next level (to the point where he will get All-Star consideration). Much like Jimmy Butler, Green just keeps improving every season and seems to have finally found his way. The Michigan State product not only makes his teammates better, but can defend all five positions and has become a consistent inside-out player on offense. Green had 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists to go along with three steals in the win over the Celtics, but his impact goes beyond the box score.

CHICKEN CURRY WILL BE SERVED FOR LUNCH TOMORROW

By now you’ve probably seen the SportsCenter commercial, but after averaging only 15 points against the Celtics in his career, Stephen Curry went off for 22 points and 11 dimes. We know what’s for lunch tomorrow.

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Julian Edlow

After failing to defeat a Western Conference opponent on the road in their previous 24 attempts, the Celtics won out West for the second straight night.

After failing to defeat a Western Conference opponent on the road in their previous 24 attempts, the Celtics won out West for the second straight night.

Evan Turner drilled the buzzer-beater the night before, and Avery Bradley provided the heroics on Friday, sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining and making a last-minute jumper to hold off Denver and secure a 100-99 victory. Completing the stoners’ sweep — earning wins over the Blazers and Nuggets on successive nights — the C’s improved to 15-26, moving within two games of the Nets for the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.

Bradley’s five points in the final 84 seconds gave him a team-high 18 points on the evening. Starting for the second straight night, Brandon Bass collected 18 points and nine points while Jared Sullinger added 14 points and eight rebounds, making up for the absence of Kelly Olynyk (ankle). Evan Turner (10 points, 6 assists) and Tyler Zeller (11 points, 6 rebounds) also reached double figures. Short-lived teammate Jameer Nelson led the way for the Ty Lawson-less Nuggets (18-25) with 23 points and seven assists.

For a complete box score, click here.

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Ben Rohrbach

In a wild finish, the ball ended up in Evan Turner‘s hands in the right corner, and with a single stroke of fortune he ended the Celtic

In a wild finish, the ball ended up in Evan Turner‘s hands in the right corner, and with a single stroke of fortune he ended the Celtics‘ road woes against the Western Conference.

After Jared Sullinger nearly lost the ball in the lane on the final play, he found his fellow Ohio State product beyond the arc, and Turner’s 3-pointer with one second remaining gave the Celtics a 90-89 lead in Portland. On the other end, the Blazers failed to get off a shot, and just like that the C’s 24-game road losing streak against teams out West ended.

The Celtics improved to 14-26 on the season, jumping from the league’s fifth-worst record to the NBA’s eighth-worst winning percentage approaching the midway point.

In his first start of the season, Brandon Bass recorded his only double-double of the year (13 points, 10 rebounds). Sullinger added 17 points and nine boards, and Avery Bradley scored a team-high 18 points. Damian Lillard led the LaMarcus Aldridge-less Blazers (31-13) with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

For a complete box score, click here.

HOT START

Taking advantage of Portland’s tired legs on the second night of the Blazers’ back-to-back, the Celtics grabbed a 23-19 lead by the end of the first quarter. In an attempt to match Portland’s athleticism, C’s coach Brad Stevens inserted Bass into the starting lineup to replace Tyler Zeller. While Bass responded with a couple early buckets, it was Zeller who led the charge off the bench, scoring five points and grabbing a pair of rebounds in the opening frame.

DEFENDING THEIR HONOR

The Celtics entered Thursday’s game with the league’s third-worst defensive rating in January, allowing 108.8 points per game in their previous 10 games. Benefiting somewhat from those same tired legs, the Celtics held Portland to 42 percent shooting in the first half (18-43 FG). The Blazers, who rank among the NBA’s best from 3-point range, shot just 1-of-10 from distance in the first 24 minutes. As a result, the C’s took a 44-42 lead into the break.

TURNER-ING POINT

While the Evan Turner signing over the summer earned little praise, the former No. 2 overall pick has proven well worth his $3.3 million salary. Playing three different positions for the Celtics, he came in averaging 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists over 29.1 minutes in 14 starts this season, and his breadth of production against Portland was similarly impactful (10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds). He’s signed for another $3.4 million next season and would be a nice complementary piece if the C’s could ever surround him with enough talent to contend for a playoff spot.

TURD QUARTER

After holding Portland to 10 percent shooting from beyond the arc in the first half, the Blazers connect on 7-of-9 3-point attempts in the third quarter, including 4-of-4 shooting from Wesley Matthews. Portland scored 21 of its 30 points from distance in the frame, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 72-67 lead entering the fourth quarter. Showing impressive resolve for a team that had lost three straight, the Celtics again turned up the defense late, holding the Blazers to 4-of-23 shooting from the field (1-9 3P) in the final frame.

INJURY TO INSULT

A pair of Celtics went down hard in separate incidents during the fourth quarter, and while Bass remained in the game after a hard fall on his backside, Olynyk wasn’t so fortunate when he landed on Thomas Robinson’s foot. He suffered a sprained right ankle and did not return to the game. His status for Friday’s game in Denver is in serious doubt.

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Ben Rohrbach
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions

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What's Danny Ainge's batting average as Celtics president? (Getty Images)



Former Duke guard Andre Dawkins will sign a 10-day contract with the Celtics on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. RealGM.com’s Shams Charania first reported the deal.

The Celtics and former Duke guard Andre Dawkins have agreed to a 10-day contract, according to RealGM.com’s Shams Charania. Dawkins has been playing in the Miami Heat system since going undrafted this past June.

In four seasons for the Blue Devils from 2009-14, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Dawkins averaged 7.1 points with an impressive 60.8 true shooting percentage (40.7 3P%) in 17.4 minutes over 142 games. Once a top-10 high school recruit at Chesapeake (Va.) Atlantic Shores Christian School, his journey to the NBA is a remarkable one, having redshirted Duke’s 2012-13 season to cope with the depression resulting from the death of his sister during his freshman year.

Since leaving Durham, N.C., Dawkins played summer league games for Miami in Orlando and the Houston Rockets in Las Vegas, averaging 9.8 points (53.9 TS%) in 18.1 minutes over 12 games for the two teams. He signed with the Heat’s D-League affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D., averaging 22.9 points (66.0 TS%), 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 36.6 minutes over 11 games for the Skyforce. And he played two games during a call-up to Miami, totaling 22 points (7-12 FG) in 38 minutes over two games.

The Celtics currently rank 22nd in points per 100 possessions (105.0), so they could use all they help they can get.

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Ben Rohrbach

Every two weeks I rank the Celtics based on their recent performance and my personal feelings on the player.

14. Shavlik Randolph

During his last stint with the team in 2012, Yung Lik, as his friends call him, averaged 4.2 points a game. Fans can only hope for the same level of contribution this time around.

13. Gerald Wallace

Team leader and fun party trick.

12. Tayshaun Prince

He may not get much playing time, but this play made a large impression on Brad Stevens, so that’s cool.

11. James Young

With the departure of Jeff Green, I expected Young to get more playing time, yet he remains on the bench. Let’s take this time to remember his greatest moment while he wastes away on the bench of the fourth-worst team in the league.

10. Phil Pressey

Pressey actually made some shots against the Bulls the other night, including some POINTS IN THE PAINT. I still think he is too short to really make a consistent impact, but I love his energy and court vision.

9. Marcus Thornton

“Lil Buckets” continues to shoot the ball well, averaging 11.5 points over his last four games. I will be very dissapointed when Danny Ainge turns him into a second-round pick in 2020.

8. Kelly Olynyk

Jelly Man Kelly has been OK off the bench but continues to struggle defensively. I don’t trust him on the floor against any decent big. And to think we could have drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo. I found this tweet about Kelly O quite interesting.


As GIF king Jay O also noted, Win shares are a bogus stat, the 2013 draft class is pretty bad, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player ever to put on a jersey. He may not have said that last part, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

7. Brandon Bass

Since the Jeff Green trade, Bass, playing around 20 minutes a game, has done an excellent job showcasing himself for Western Conference contenders. If I were the Trail Blazers or Clippers I would have traded for him yesterday.

6. Avery Bradley

Good Avery Bradley made an appearance for about four games. Then the Celtics played the Bulls and Clippers and AB went 4-for-14 from the field. His defense is still great, but with Marcus Smart on the roster, I don’t see what role he fills moving forward.

5. Marcus Smart

Since returning from injury, Smart has shot 40 percent from 3, which is exactly what Smart needs to be doing. If he continues to improve his shooting while playing great physical defense, he may actually emerge into a building block. In addition to his shooting, I would like to see Smart attack the basket more regularly. Currently, Smart is the only untouchable piece on the roster.

4. Bae Crowder

I really goofed on my last rankings when I listed Bae Crowder at No. 12. I was quickly rebuked by my fellow Celtics bloggers and I have seen the error of my ways. Quite simply, Bae is the best thing to happen to the Celtics this season. He hustles, plays great defense, and has an oh-so-sweet sneaky mid-range game.  Crowder does a great job of moving without the basketball, and when the Celtics are playing well he has no problem getting easy baskets at the rim.  I hope Ainge does everything to sign him next summer. You can never go wrong with a Marquette grad.

3. Tyler Zeller

I apologize #GodZeller for cursing you. I never should have ranked you the best player on the team, you weren’t ready for that kind of responsibility. Zeller and his tremendously soft hands still have their moments, but they haven’t been as dominant as they were earlier in the season. Zeller has yet to be completely exposed defensively, but this trip out west may do exactly that. If Zeller even had an ounce more personality, this  incredibly frustrating team would be a thousand time more fun to watch. Tito, I need cellies after every made basket!

2. Evan Turner

I like Evan Turner. There, I said it and I am not ashamed. Since taking over as the starting point guard, he has averaged six assists and six rebounds a game. He still needs to limit his turnovers, but his presence on the court is generally productive. He has positional versatility and would be a perfectly cromulent bench piece on a halfway decent team.

1. Jared Sullinger

The fact that Sullinger has been the best player on the Celtics is indicative of the low level of talent on the roster. He is a solid NBA player who can rebound and score the ball a little bit, but by no means is he a top-15 power forward. This is a gratuitous sentence about his gratuitous hind parts. I always forget that he is only 22 years old and thus still has tremendous upside, but I would not be the least bit upset if Ainge shipped him out of town.

Early ’90s rap song that illustrates my current feelings about the Celtics:

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