11:08 AM EST, Sat January 31, 2015
Boston Globe 10 hours ago

Celtics Show Defensive Grit, But Comeback Falls Short vs. Rockets

The Celtics played some of their best defense of the season in the second half against the Rockets, but fell short in their comeback quest.
Boston Celtics Blog | ESPN Boston 12 hours ago

C's give glimpse of defensive potential

BOSTON -- The progress that Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens so desperately craves from his team requires 48 minutes of quality basketball, so getting half of that amount is supremely insufficient. After Boston made some noticeable strides on its recent road trips, Stevens, now more than ever, desires...
CelticsBlog 12 hours ago

Celtics comeback comes up short against the Houston Rockets

A strong defensive effort in the second half helped the Celtics climb back into the game, but the Houston Rockets managed to hang on to win 93-87. The first game back at home following a long road trip out west is always tough and the effects of that journey were clear early on, as the weary Celtics...
Boston Celtics Blog | ESPN Boston 14 hours ago

Rockets 93, Celtics 87: Houston, we have a (first-half) problem

BOSTON -- The frustration that the Boston Celtics experienced in the first half of Friday's visit from the Houston Rockets could be summed up in one sequence in which Evan Turner missed a layup on a hard drive to the basket, then missed two quality putback opportunities...
Boston Herald 10 hours ago
Same old script for Celtics

Same old script for Celtics

Though he clearly didn’t intend to sum up the last season-and-a-half of Celtics basketball, Marcus Thornton coined the plight of his team last night.“It’s easier to play when you’re down 20,” the Celtics guard said after his team proved, yet again, that it’s very good at almost climbing out of deep first-half holes.

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Boston Herald 10 hours ago
Kevin McHale always at home in Boston

Kevin McHale always at home in Boston

About an hour before last night’s game, Kevin McHale walked/labored out onto the new parquet floor in the new Garden and took a seat on the visitors bench.Twenty-one years ago to the day, his No. 32 was lifted to the rafters next door.“Wow,” he said. “That’s how long ago it was? I’m getting old. It feels like 121 years ago.”

Notebook: Stevens and security

BOSTON -- Even as the Boston Celtics have endured their rebuilding lumps, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has pledged unconditional support for head coach Brad Stevens, joking at times that he'd like to give him another six-year contract for his tireless efforts in trying to steer Boston back to contender status. The 38-year-old Stevens knows the NBA is a bottom-line business and, given Boston's struggles the past two seasons, appreciates that support, particularly knowing how fast a coach -- like Orlando's Jacque Vaughn -- can find himself on the hot seat during the...

W2W4: C's vs. Rockets (Game 45 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (16-28, 9-13 home) host the Houston Rockets (32-14, 16-7 away) on Friday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for: GAME PREVIEW (via STATS LLC) The Houston Rockets are showing the ability to morph into a team with a functional bench to complement James Harden and Dwight Howard. Lately, reserves have had to fill in entirely for Howard, who will miss a third straight game Friday night when the Rockets visit the Boston Celtics.
Boston Herald Jan 30, 2015
Rick Pitino likes patience of Brad Stevens

Rick Pitino likes patience of Brad Stevens

WALTHAM — So Rick Pitino, as it turns out, can laugh about himself.Asked Wednesday night about Brad Stevens, who has taken over the Celtics at a very comparable stage to the one Pitino inherited in 1997, the Louisville coach named patience as one big difference.“It’s tough. When I took over they had won 14, 15 games and he’s taken over in the same situation,” Pitino said. “The difference is that he has a lot of patience, and I have very little.”
Houston Chronicle Jan 29, 2015

Scouting report: Rockets at Boston Celtics

Rockets at Boston Celtics When/where: 6:30 p.m., Friday; TD Garden. TV/radio: Root Sports; 790 AM, 850 AM (Spanish). Celtics (16-28) 1. The Celtics, 10th in the league in scoring, are third in the NBA in pace of play and rank sixth in fast break points. The Rockets allow the third-most fast break points per game. […]

Impatience masked by Even Stevens

WALTHAM, Mass. -- One day after former Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino praised Brad Stevens and cited his patience with the team's current rebuilding process, Stevens volleyed the admiration but playfully questioned the suggestion that he's forbearing. "I don’t think patient would be the first word that anybody that knows me would describe me as," quipped Stevens, who acknowledged Thursday that his true emotions are often shielded by a stoic outward appearance.

Practice: Thumbs up from Turner

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics starting point guard Evan Turner was one of five players that coach Brad Stevens held out of the team's offday workout on Thursday, but Turner reaffirmed that a lingering right thumb injury shouldn't force him to miss any game action. Turner originally sprained the thumb in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 14. Despite having it wrapped during recent games, the injury has been aggravated with Turner in apparent discomfort at times during Boston's recent road trip.
Green Street | WEEI Jan 29, 2015

Positive road trip gives hope to Celtics’ playoff odds

Last season the Celtics‘ record against the Western Conference on the road was 0-15. If there’s a positive way to spin that, it’s that Brad Stevens certainly left his team with room for improvements on the road for this season. “It could go a bunch of different ways,” Brandon Bass said as the C’s prepared […]

Olynyk (ankle) uncertain on return timeline

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk wore a protective boot over his sprained right ankle while meeting with reporters after Thursday's practice and said he's uncertain when he'll resume basketball activities while waiting for pain and swelling to subside. Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonKelly Olynyk sporting a boot at Thursday's practice.Olynyk injured the ankle when he landed awkwardly on the foot of Portland's Thomas Robinson chasing a rebound in last Thursday's win over the Trail Blazers.
Boston Globe Jan 29, 2015

Paul Pierce on Patriots in Super Bowl: 'I'm Pulling For Them Hard'

Paul Pierce may no longer be a Celtic, but he's going to be rooting hard for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Timberwolves get ready to welcome you-know-who on Saturday night

The Timberwolves showed this scoreboard video during Wednesday night's victory over the Boston Celtics.

Pitino thinks Stevens is 'tremendous'

If this whole NBA head coach thing doesn’t work out for Brad Stevens, the Celtics coach can take solace in knowing he still has advocates in the college ranks. Rick Pitino is one. Pitino, who piled up a 102-146 record in three-plus seasons with the Celtics, received a smattering of boos Wednesday night when introduced pregame for his first game coaching back in Boston since 2000-01. And after he led his No. 10 Louisville Cardinals past Boston College 81-72, he was asked about the job Stevens is doing on Causeway Street so far.

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