5:31 AM EST, Thu November 27, 2014

Marcus Smart limited in return to practice

Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart returned to practice Wednesday, but only participated in part of the session, as he works his way back from a left ankle injury. Smart removed himself from Wednesday's closed practice, according to the team. While it does not appear to be an encouraging sign that Smart will return for Friday's matinee with the Chicago Bulls, the Celtics have another session Thursday before finalizing his status. Smart suffered a severe sprain and bone bruising after stepping awkwardly on a defender's foot while driving at the basket against the Indiana Pacers on Nov.
Green Street | WEEI 12 hours ago

Marcus Smart returns to practice, while Avery Bradley tries to focus on being aggresive

The Celtics main focus during their practices on Wednesday and Thursday will be on preparing to battle a tough Bulls team when they come to Boston for a Black Friday matinee. However, a share of the spotlight will be on Marcus Smart’€™s return to practice, with the hope that he can suit up after missing seven games […]

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Boston Herald 5 hours ago
Celtics cautiously excited about Marcus Smart

Celtics cautiously excited about Marcus Smart

WALTHAM — Absence sometimes makes a player’s impact look greater than it actually is.The issue was raised yesterday about rookie guard Marcus Smart, who watched practice after deciding his tender left ankle didn’t feel comfortable enough to participate. He will be re-evaluated today and remains a possibility to play in tomorrow’s game against Chicago at the Garden.Whenever he returns, Smart will command the attention of teammates, media and fans. He quickly has proven his ability to defend NBA guards and even a few small forwards.

Let's talk turkey: C's thankful for progress

No one on the Boston Celtics is particularly pleased with a 4-8 record to this point, especially considering a handful of close games that have slipped away. But when the team takes a minute to reflect on the big picture on Thanksgiving Day, coach Brad Stevens and his charges can be thankful for progress. "I think the biggest thing is, you look at it from the record standpoint and, again, you’re disappointed in a couple of the close losses," Stevens told reporters before Wednesday's practice.
Boston Globe 17 hours ago

Three exercises to get in shape for ski season

Bryan Doo, the Celtics' strength & conditioning coach and an avid skier and snowboarder, demonstrates three exercises to get you ready for the slopes.
Boston Herald Nov 26, 2014
Celtics headed back to Europe

Celtics headed back to Europe

The Celtics, as currently constituted and with a 4-8 record, don’t appear to be ready to go very far this season. But they will be traveling a great distance in the 2015 calendar year.Sources have confirmed the Celts are heading overseas again next fall, playing games in Italy and Spain.Some details are still being worked out, but the plan is for the Celtics to play against local competition, rather than NBA clubs, in both Milan and Madrid.

Celtics hoping to work Smarter

The Boston Celtics are hoping to have rookie guard Marcus Smart back on the practice court on Wednesday afternoon. His return to game action won't be far behind and could come as early as Friday's matinee against the Chicago Bulls. It's unfair to think that (1) Smart will be 100 percent healthy as he recovers from a severe ankle sprain and bone bruising or (2) his presence alone will remedy some of the woes that Boston's defense has endured since he injured his left ankle earlier this month.
Boston Globe Nov 25, 2014

Paul Pierce Signs Autograph for Celtics Fan During Wizards Game

Paul Pierce will always have a soft spot for Celtics fans and he showed that yet again during a Wizards game earlier this month.
Boston Herald Nov 25, 2014
Celtics Notebook: Bass’ focus on here, now

Celtics Notebook: Bass’ focus on here, now

Overlook Brandon Bass’ 0-for-4 start to an eight-point performance in Sunday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and you have a player in prime form.The Celtics forward has been the most reliable mid-range option on the floor, where he is shooting 52.8 percent and averaging 8.3 points in just over 18 minutes per game. His defensive skills also considered, he will once again be the subject of calls when the NBA’s Feb. 19 trade deadline comes into view.

Time for Olynyk to take his shots

BOSTON -- Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the Boston Celtics in desperate need of an offensive spark, second-year big man Kelly Olynyk received the ball beyond the 3-point arc with a fair amount of space between him and his defender. And he hesitated. So long, in fact, that by the time Olynyk finally elected to pump fake, Joel Freeland had parked himself in front of Olynyk with a hand in his face and didn't even consider biting.

Celtics recall Young from Maine

The Boston Celtics recalled rookie James Young from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League on Monday. Young scored 22 points while helping Maine improve to 4-0 with a win over Delaware on Sunday evening. Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said that, with Maine idle until Friday, Young would be recalled to Boston on Monday to resume workouts with the parent club. For more on Young's second trip to the D-League, hop HERE.

Power Rankings: C's slip a spot

The Boston Celtics dipped a spot to No. 23 in this week's ESPN.com NBA Power Rankings. From curator Marc Stein: Marcus Smart is nearing his return from that scary injury, Rajon Rondo has already posted a triple-double along with two near misses and a brutal November schedule that still features home dates with Chicago and San Antonio is almost over. So we'll ignore (for now) where the Celts rank on D. (Read full Power Rankings)

Trail Blazers use a little 'Shake-and-Blake' to beat Boston Celtics, win 7th straight

A pair of jaw-dropping crossover dribbles provided two memorable highlights and helped fuel a late-game Blazers run during a win over the Celtics.
Boston Globe Nov 24, 2014

Jeff Green Shoots Down "B.S." Trade Rumors

Jeff Green spoke out strongly Sunday night against a recent string of trade rumors surrounding his desire to remain in Boston.
Rip City Project Nov 24, 2014

Steve Blake shakes and bakes: Blazers/Celtics video highlights

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Boston Celtics 94-88 in one of the overall hardest to watch games of the season. Neither team played particularly well; especially in the first half, but the Trail Blazers pulled it together just enough to walk away with the first victory of their Eastern Conference road trip. Via the […] Steve Blake shakes and bakes: Blazers/Celtics video highlights - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Defensive effort buoys Celtics despite loss

BOSTON -- The irony, of course, is that on the night the Boston Celtics put together their best defensive effort of the season, the offense that has kept them competitive on most nights endured one of its worst performances. The end result, then, was all too familiar: Another loss, this time a 94-88 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at TD Garden. Boston has dropped five of its last six, its only win coming after a rally against the winless Philadelphia 76ers.

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