2:51 PM EST, Wed November 14, 2018
1 hour ago
Early season NBA panic meter

Early season NBA panic meter

A 1-4 west coast swing, Brad Stevens criticizing his own coaching, Kyrie Irving calling for a veteran and a bottom-10 offense. Things haven’t started well in Boston, but where do the Celtics’ concerns rank compared to those around the league? The Celtics are 7-6, sixth in the East, lost handily at the hands of the 12-2 East-leading Raptors and finished a road swoon at 1-4. Brad Stevens said they’re not a well-coached team, Irving called for a veteran like the PSNY Jordan hoodie and recently the team addressed rumors that Terry Rozier is unhappy with his role. Boston isn’t...
5 hours ago
Keep shooting, Gordon Hayward

Keep shooting, Gordon Hayward

With the Celtics at a disappointing 7-6, the boo birds and back seat coaches have started coming after Gordon Hayward. For the first time on Sunday night, Gordon Hayward played over 27 minutes and punched out at 31:04 against Portland. He’s been under a minutes restriction so that small milestone qualifies as improvement in Hayward’s comeback. Unfortunately, his growing confidence and strength in his ankle haven’t exactly translated on the floor. Defensively, opposing teams have targeted his limited mobility on switches and pick-and-rolls. On offense, he’s nowhere near his...
7 hours ago
The unfortunate reality of Terry Rozier’s reserve role

The unfortunate reality of Terry Rozier’s reserve role

What made Terry Rozier so scary as a starter last season hasn’t translated off the bench. Terry Rozier blossomed as a professional basketball player last year. The brash point guard took over starting duties for the Boston Celtics in the wake of a season-ending injury to All-Star teammate Kyrie Irving. And he did so adeptly. Rozier averaged 15.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists as a starter last year, and played an integral role in Boston’s somewhat surprising deep postseason run, brick laying in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals notwithstanding. All in all, 2017-18...
23 hours ago
Gordon Hayward says he feels for Caris LeVert

Gordon Hayward says he feels for Caris LeVert

The Celtics guard can unfortunately relate LeVert’s recent injury. BRIGHTON - Prior to the Boston Celtics’ practice at the Auerbach Center on Tuesday afternoon, Gordon Hayward was asked about Caris LeVert’s right foot injury that he suffered on Monday night. LeVert landed on his right foot in a similarly gruesome fashion to Hayward’s season ending injury last October, causing many people to draw comparisons between the two players. The Celtics forward said that people sent him the clip on Tuesday night and he immediately felt for LeVert. “(I) heard the timeline is a little bit...
Nov 13, 2018
Jaylen Brown confident that the Celtics will continue to get better

Jaylen Brown confident that the Celtics will continue to get better

The Celtics’ wing says it’ll get better from here. BRIGHTON - After an ugly 1-4 road trip, the Boston Celtics regrouped at the Auerbach Center for an afternoon practice before they welcome the Chicago Bulls to town on Wednesday. Celtics wing Jaylen Brown didn’t sound worried about the team’s struggles, saying that it’ll only get better following this past stretch. “What we’ve just seen on the road, I think that’s the worst it will get,” said Brown. “I think what’s on the other end of this will be good, so we just have to continue to stay with it, keep fighting, and...
Nov 13, 2018
Vecenie: Why Trading Terry Rozier Would Benefit Celtics (video)

Vecenie: Why Trading Terry Rozier Would Benefit Celtics (video)

Sam Vecenie on why the Celtics should consider trading Terry Rozier to help fix what’s ailing them. The Game Theory with Sam Vecenie returns with this week’s video segment on the Celtics poor play and how trading Terry Rozier may be Danny Ainge’s best move. For the Full Game Theory Podcast Listen & Subscribe HERE. For Celtics Videos SUBSCRIBE to our CLNS Media YOUTUBE Channel. Get the inside scoop on the Celtics every week on CLNS Media’s Celtics Beat Podcast with host Adam Kaufman. Listen and subscribe here . For all your Celtics content needs throughout the 2018-2019 season...
Nov 13, 2018
Celtics’ slow starts could lead to Smart decision

Celtics’ slow starts could lead to Smart decision

After sluggish play plagued a 1-4 road trip, could it be time to start Marcus Smart? Only one player remains from those early years of the rebuild and it’s no surprise that it’s Marcus Smart. The Celtics don’t officially have a captain. It’s Brad Stevens’ diplomatic way of having all his players take ownership of the team, but if there’s a voice that gets heard louder in that locker room and on the floor, it’s Smart’s. Between Kyrie Irving’s grumblings about needing a veteran presence on the roster to remind this young team that the season is a marathon and not a sprint...
Nov 12, 2018
Celtics sputter to the end of West Coast swing and 9 other takeaways from both Utah and Portland

Celtics sputter to the end of West Coast swing and 9 other takeaways from both Utah and Portland

It was a disappointing finish to the trip, but there were some bright spots for Boston Due to some technical difficulties, you are getting one big batch of takeaways from the last two games of the Celtics road-trip at Utah and at Portland. 1. Both games played out with an all-too-familiar story: Celtics have a sluggish start, fall way behind, rally back and fall short. Against a team like the Suns, Boston’s talent overcomes and they can win. Against good teams like the Jazz and Trail Blazers, especially on the road, they can’t muster the energy to get it all the way back and to then...
Nov 12, 2018
Desperate times: Celtics gain sense of urgency after loss in Portland

Desperate times: Celtics gain sense of urgency after loss in Portland

After a 1-4 road trip, the Celtics return home on Wednesday. Two of the next seventeen games are against opponents over .500. The darkest hour is just before the dawn. After a 1-4 west coast trip ended with a familiar refrain in Portland--dig a deep first half hole, play desperately to catch up, and lose in the final two minutes--this seems to be rock bottom for a Celtics team that was aspiring to raise a championship trophy in July. Gone are the familiar excuses of “it’s early” and “guys are coming back from injury.” With a 7-6 record, Toronto and Milwaukee boat racing out to...
Nov 11, 2018
Boston Celtics can’t complete comeback, lose to Portland Trail Blazers, 100-94

Boston Celtics can’t complete comeback, lose to Portland Trail Blazers, 100-94

Once again, the Celtics fell behind by double-digits, and once again, they couldn’t secure the victory. One thing is for certain: the Celtics are going to be glad to get back home. Despite an outstanding night from Jayson Tatum (27 points, eight rebounds) and the return of Kyrie Irving (21 points, six assists, five steals), Boston’s five-game road trip concluded tonight with yet another loss, as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-94. Damian Lillard scored 19 points and dished 12 assists, while Jusuf Nurkic dominated the Celtics’ frontcourt for 18 points and 17 rebounds and...
Nov 11, 2018
Daniel Theis upgraded to probable vs Portland

Daniel Theis upgraded to probable vs Portland

Theis is ahead of schedule after being ruled out indefinitely two weeks ago. Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis has been upgraded to probable for Sunday night’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to the team. #NEBHINjuryReport Daniel Theis (right plantar fascia tear) has been upgraded to probable.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 11, 2018 Two weeks ago, Theis was ruled out indefinitely due to a slight tear in his right plantar fascia. The initial plan was for the German big man to be in a walking boot for two weeks, but it became clear that he was ahead of...
Nov 11, 2018
Game Thread: Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Game Thread: Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Tonight will feature a star guard duel in Oregon Playing their third road game in four nights, the Boston Celtics travel to Portland (no the other one) to take on the Blazers. After the Celtics furious comeback against the Jazz fell short on Friday, the Celtics find themselves hovering just two games above .500. With Toronto slowly wrapping one Kawhi Leonard-sized hand around the Eastern Conference lead and with the Sixers adding Jimmy Butler over the weekend, the Celtics find themselves under renewed pressure to come up with wins or risk falling to 3rd in their division. Any discussion of...
Nov 11, 2018
Same tune, different city: an uneven performance against Utah and a chance turn the tide in Portland

Same tune, different city: an uneven performance against Utah and a chance turn the tide in Portland

Putting the Celtics’ early season middle of the road-ness into perspective It seemed almost fated that Kyrie’s planned absence would coincide with Hayward’s delayed return to Utah. Yes, it was a bummer that we would be deprived the next chapter in Kyrie’s Scorched Earth Tour, but absence makes the heart grow fonder. (Stevens later confirmed that the serial that’s captivated the league will be back on air tonight when the Celtics face off against the Trailblazers.) But it almost seemed like a respectful bow given the solemnity of the night’s proceedings, in which Hayward was to...
Nov 11, 2018
A weekend with the Celtics fans of Spain

A weekend with the Celtics fans of Spain

For Celtics España, the seeds of fandom were planted in the days of Larry Bird. They’ve hosted their annual CelticsCon weekend in Spain every year since 2012. In 2020, they hope to come to Boston. VALENCIA, SPAIN — The bocadillos flew off the plates and into the mouths of over thirty hungry Celtics fans awaiting a midnight tip-off. It’s rare to find a Spanish sports bar in the American sense with an abundance of TV’s, so ours doubled as our dinner location and later, a night club. Imagine Buffalo Wild Wings with a dance floor. Our group, donning Celtics shirts, draping banners,...
Nov 10, 2018
Does Jimmy Butler in Philadelphia change the Celtics’ domination over the 76ers?

Does Jimmy Butler in Philadelphia change the Celtics’ domination over the 76ers?

After Boston’s Opening Day massacre of Philadelphia, Joel Embiid said, “this is not a rivalry. I don’t know our record against them, but it’s pretty bad. They always kick our ass.” Over the last two seasons, the Celtics are 11-3 against the 76ers, including a 4-1 Eastern Conference semi-finals series win last May. But after today’s acquisition of Jimmy Butler, Philly might have tipped the scales. The Celtics are very familiar with Jimmy Butler. When he became available before the draft in 2016, there was a reported flirtation with Butler coming to Boston, but Danny Ainge...