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!

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