10:02 AM EDT, Sun August 28, 2016

Tiago Splitter: Hawks improve defensively with Dwight Howard (over Al Horford), Dennis Schroder (over Jeff Teague)

The Hawks shook up their starting lineup this summer. They traded point guard Jeff Teague, elevating backup Dennis Schroder. They also signed center Dwight Howard, clearing the way for Al Horford to leave for the Celtics. How will those moves affect Atlanta? Hawks backup center Tiago Splitter doesnt beat around the bush. Splitter, via Chris []
Bullets Forever Aug 16, 2016

The Wizards have the pieces in place to have a great bench next season

After missing out on Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and every other big-time free agent out there, the franchise had to pivot on their strategy in free agency. Since they couldn’t bolster their starting lineup, they spent most of their money on revamping their bench unit, which was one of the worst in the league last season. The Wall, Beal, Porter, Morris, Gortat lineup outscored opponents by 5.6 points per 100 possessions. But when they were off the floor, it got ugly. Washington’s Net Rating was -2.6 when Gortat was off the floor. It was -4.0 with Wall on the bench. On an individual...
CelticsBlog Aug 15, 2016

Celtics Roundtable: Should the Celtics start a small-ball lineup?

The CelticsBlog staff debates whether the Cs should go small With a deep blend of versatile players and the addition of another scorer, the Celtics could be the chameleons of the NBA. For the past two seasons, though, it has been clear that the team has been a lot better when it opted for smaller lineups as opposed to traditional, bigger lineups. So the question is: Should Boston start the season with a small-ball lineup? Bill Sy: In ESPN's roundtable, I picked Kelly Olynyk to start with Al Horford, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics start with a small-ball lineup like they did...
CelticsBlog Aug 9, 2016

Will Isaiah Thomas be a back-to-back All Star?

CelticsBloggers participated in ESPN’s Celtics Summer Forecast and selected IT4 for a return trip to All Star Weekend. In ESPN’s Celtics Summer Forecast, writers and bloggers were asked “which Celtics will be All Stars this season?” Last season, Isaiah Thomas made his first trip to the mid-season classic and then Hawk Al Horford became a four-time All Star. Most of us pegged either both or at least one of them to represent the Celtics next February. Here’s Jake’s take on Thomas and Horford both making the team: Horford will dominate the Celtics’ frontcourt, Thomas will...
CelticsBlog Aug 7, 2016

CelticsBlog’s Jeff Clark talks Celtics on Eye On Basketball Podcast

Jeff Clark on Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and the rebuilding process. The summer doldrums are in full effect. August and September tend to be quiet months for NBA news, but that doesn’t prevent Russell Westbrook from signing his extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder and our fearless leader, Jeff Clark, from appearing on the Eye On Basketball podcast with Zach Harper. They cover: Do people realize just how good Horford is and how good he'll be for the Celtics? How has Ainge done in rebuilding? Is he a good drafter? How do you paint this picture? Was Jaylen Brown the best option for them...
CelticsBlog Aug 5, 2016

Is Greg Monroe Still An Option for the Celtics?

Can Greg Monroe still be a piece worth exploring for Boston? CBS Sport’s columnist Matt Moore, put together an interesting piece on Greg Monroe and where he could be dealt. One of the team’s he listed was the Celtics. Here’s the reasoning: The Celtics always want that big-name player without having to actually give up anyone of consequence, and if the Bucks just want to move on, this isn't a bad option. Brad Stevens was able to make Kelly Olynyk into a plus defender last season, and Monroe is at least as talented as Olynyk. He can play next to Al Horford, who covers up many of his...
CelticsBlog Aug 4, 2016

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/4/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  AP source: Thunder, Westbrook agree on 3-year deal Globe  NBA union chief optimistic sides will avoid lockoutKelly Olynyk looks forward to coming back, playing with Al HorfordESPN  Kelly Olynyk Q&A: Heroes, Horford, healthNBA: 2016 Summer Forecast, East championsCeltics Summer Forecast: Who starts next to Al Horford? -Lex Nihil Novi  Gerald Green: "It's Not about the Money"Red's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where our Westbrook daydream is over Locked On Celtics: Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison Who on Chad Ford’s big...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 2, 2016

How does the Atlanta Hawks’ starting lineup stack up?

Where does the Atlanta Hawks’ starting unit rank among NBA teams? The Atlanta Hawks will have a new center and a new point guard when the 2016-17 season gets underway. How will their new starting lineup stack up against the rest of the NBA? CBSSports took a stab at ranking all of the starting units 1-30 and the Hawks came in at No. 10: PROJECTED LINEUP: Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard Remember when Jeff Teague, Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Millsap and Al Horford shared a Player of the Month award, and when four of the five made the All-Star team? It's...
CelticsBlog Aug 1, 2016

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/1/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Carmelo Anthony to continue record Olympic basketball career in RioCelticsBlog  Answering the deep Celtics offseason mailbag questions -Predicting the Celtics Record in 2016-17Al Horford, unsung superstarESPN Boston Celtics Summer Forecast: Everybody winsNBA: 2016 Summer Forecast, Timberwolves Team TurnaroundLex Nihil Novi  Rivers Hoping for Piston-Like Continuity Celtics Aiming for RelevanceRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where conference predictions are coming CLNS Radio  Celtics Beat w/ A. Sherrod Blakely...
Peachtree Hoops Aug 1, 2016

Paul Millsap publicly downplays inclusion in trade rumors

Pour some water on the “Paul Millsap is upset” narrative. Paul Millsap has been a prime topic of conversation since the beginning of July, and that is somewhat unusual for a player that was not a pending free agent. However, the Atlanta Hawks elected to move in a vastly different organizational direction by signing Dwight Howard and failing to secure the services of Al Horford, and that entire exchange threw Millsap into turmoil. In the final hours before Horford selected the Boston Celtics as his next employer, rumors swirled that the Hawks were looking to trade Millsap for assets in...
CelticsBlog Jul 31, 2016

Al Horford, unsung superstar

He doesn’t get the attention that other stars do, but he’s going to make the Celtics a lot better. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again. Not enough attention is being given to the fact that the Celtics landed Al Horford. This guy is one of the best players in the NBA and we get to watch him play in Boston now. The Al Horford signing was sandwiched between the disappointment of not making a big trade on draft night and the disappointment of not landing Kevin Durant. So he got about one day of our much deserved attention and then faded into the background. Oddly...