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Three late Malcolm Brogden shots lead Bucks by Celtics 103-100

Three late Malcolm Brogden shots lead Bucks by Celtics 103-100

The rookie hits a final possession prayer through perfect defense by Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart’s potential game-tying three flies way off. Celtics overcame deficits of 14, 10 and eight falling short of establishing a lead each time. Three, block, three. With three swift swings at the gut of the Celtics, Giannis Antetokounmpo reminded the Celtics that they aren’t an enviable first-round opponent. The shockwaves of Milwaukee’s start lingered in Boston’s early shooting. Before Avery Bradley worked his way to the rim on an out-of-bounds play they trailed 11-2, on 1-of-7 shooting....
Mar 28, 2017
Celtics potential 1st-round matchups: Miami Heat

Celtics potential 1st-round matchups: Miami Heat

Eric Spoelstra is a Coach of the Year candidate because Dion Waiters (now injured) has somehow become an effective scorer. They are deep. Their defense is stingy. Hassan Whiteside is a double-double-every-night threat (but we already knew that). What you need to know about the Heat before they prepare to possibly play a series for the fourth time since 2010. April showers lead to May flowers. And Heat-Celtics. It is not spring without talking about the possibility of Miami and Boston facing each other in the NBA Playoffs. The fire of Rajon Rondo’s hatred for the Heat, Dwyane Wade...
Mar 28, 2017
The Celtics are number 1, and still underdogs

The Celtics are number 1, and still underdogs

The champs reign until they don’t. The Boston Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference with less than a month left in the season. That is a fine accomplishment that should be recognized and admired for what it is. However, the Garden doesn’t hang banners for being first place in March. There are still 8 games left on the schedule (including one against the Cavs) and the playoffs loom on the horizon. The Celtics will have home court advantage in the first round, but (as any pundit will remind you) they have yet to make it beyond that first round under Brad Stevens’...
Mar 27, 2017
Early Celtics NBA Mock Draft 2017

Early Celtics NBA Mock Draft 2017

Who do they pick at each potential drafting position? Every time I open up an NBA Mock Draft for the 2017 NBA Draft, I get bored pretty quickly. I see the same guys at the top and stop reading after the first pick or two. That’s not a knock on those mock drafts, but as a rule just about any pre-lottery mock has to make the assumption that the worst teams will get the top picks. As a veteran of dozens of lotteries (including 1997 and 2007) I can assure you that outcome isn’t set in stone. The Brooklyn Nets have a 5.5 game “lead” on the Lakers for the worst record in the league...
Mar 27, 2017
The Read & React: hello, #1 seed

The Read & React: hello, #1 seed

It’s March 26th and the Celtics are the favorite for the top seed in the East. Is this real life? Amir Johnson fresh when it matters (Keith P. Smith): Last year, when he was the team's "big" signing, many bemoaned Amir Johnson's' inability to play big minutes. Over and over, everyone wondered "Where's Amir?" if the Celtics were getting hammered inside. By the time the season was wound down and the playoffs started, Brad Stevens plan for Johnson was clear. He managed his minutes to have him fresh and ready for when it mattered most. This year has been more of the same, but to an even...
Mar 26, 2017
Boston Celtics Grind Their Way to Top of the Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics Grind Their Way to Top of the Eastern Conference

What once seemed a distant possibility is now a reality, as the Boston Celtics are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. BOSTON -- This moment has been a distant possibility for so long. Coming into the season, second place was a solid and achievable goal. As the season dragged on, rumblings of contrasting closing schedules and 538 projections painted an increasingly clearer path to first place and the top seed in the East. That day has finally arrived, as the Boston Celtics tied the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern...
Mar 26, 2017
Celtics ‘tied’ for top spot after winning 112-108 against Miami

Celtics ‘tied’ for top spot after winning 112-108 against Miami

The Celtics are officially the winningest team in the Eastern Conference after beating the Miami Heat in a close contest. If you thought this was going to be a nice, easy win to allow the Celtics to catch-up to Clevelend and create a virtual tie for the best record in the East then you were sorely mistaken. With Boston gunning for that number 1 spot and the Heat jostling for a playoff position both teams had every reason to win and no excuse to lose. The Heat came into this game hot, going on the offensive early they took control and stayed in front throughout the first. Despite some...
Mar 24, 2017
Celtics block out Suns 130-120 despite Booker’s 70

Celtics block out Suns 130-120 despite Booker’s 70

Boston avenges a buzzer beater loss in Phoenix. The headline (in Phoenix at least) will be Devin Booker’s 70 points in the Garden, but Boston will take the wire-to-wire win 130-120. Isaiah Thomas continued his 35-game streak of leading the Celtics in scoring tonight with 34 points and chipping in 7 assists. With Avery Bradley out sick, Jaylen Brown replaced him in the starting lineup and finished with solid line of 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Al Horford continued his near triple-double pace in March with 15-10-6. Isaiah looks 'em off! pic.twitter.com/Dsm4k8rcTI— Boston...
Mar 24, 2017
Celtics potential 1st round matchups: Indiana Pacers

Celtics potential 1st round matchups: Indiana Pacers

This matchup seems favorable. The Boston Celtics have clinched a playoff spot and are working on securing home court advantage for the first round and beyond. They are even gunning for the top seed, but let’s take one thing at a time. I thought it would be a good idea to look at some potential first round matchups, starting with the Indiana Pacers (since they are fresh in our minds). The Celtics swept the regular season series against the Pacers going 3-0. So on the surface it is safe to say that this could be a favorable matchup. But the playoffs can be a different ballgame and Indy...
Mar 23, 2017
The Read & React: playoff poise

The Read & React: playoff poise

The Celtics are now 23-7 with their starting lineup intact and 23-19 hurt. Playoff rotation coming in to focus? (Keith P. Smith): For most of the year, due to injuries, experimentation or both, the Celtics have played 10 to 11 players a night. Come the postseason, teams generally cut their rotation down to eight or nine core players and one or two who see spot minutes. It seems like Boston, much like the last two season, is closing in on determining their playoff rotation as the season winds down. What do we know for sure? The starters, barring something unexpected will be Al Horford, Amir...
Mar 22, 2017
Celtics complete season sweep of Pacers with 109-100 win

Celtics complete season sweep of Pacers with 109-100 win

A balanced offensive effort by Boston gave them the edge over Indiana The Celtics took the court against the Pacers tonight in a potential playoff preview. Al Horford opened the scoring for the Celtics and notched some quick assists as well. However, after a quick start, the offense struggled. Their six turnovers killed them in the first quarter. However, their defense was stout, even after allowing quite a few offensive boards. One of the strengths of this Celtics team is taking advantage of mismatches on offense. With the offense lagging, they used this tactic to generate some points....
Mar 21, 2017
The Read & React: Celtics rebound against Wiz

The Read & React: Celtics rebound against Wiz

Rebounding has been a weakness for the Celtics all year, but against the Wizards, they made it a strength. Attack of the glass eaters (Bill Sy): One of the Wizards’ strengths is getting out in transition with their speedster point guard John Wall. They’re fifth in the league in fast break points at 15.8, but like the Celtics, they’re one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the NBA. Washington is 25th in rebounding percentage at 75.4% with Boston trailing just behind at 75.3%. The Celtics aren’t great on the offensive glass either; they rank 25th in OFFREB% at 21.2%. Last...
Mar 21, 2017
Trust the record

Trust the record

The Celtics have been the second best team in the Eastern Conference longer than any other team this season. Despite splitting the season series with the Wizards, Monday night’s win was a loud reminder that when it comes to Cavaliers challengers the Celts are top dogs. The Wizards and Celtics walked onto a court. Four buzzers sounded, each one coinciding with a Celts lead on the scoreboard. When the teams walked off the court; Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier had technicals under their belt for a backcourt spat, the two tension-filled squads matched wins this season, and it was the...
Mar 20, 2017
Celtics stay on top of Wizards defeating conference rivals 110-102

Celtics stay on top of Wizards defeating conference rivals 110-102

The luck of the Irish overcame the dark magic of the Wizards in this must-win matchup between two of the best teams in the East. In a must-win matchup that was both a possible playoff preview and a battle for the second-seed in the East the home crowd was rippling with anticipation as the rivalrous showdown began. Both teams started with intense energy on both ends of the floor, challenging each other on every possession. The result was a closely contested quarter where each side struggled to gain advantage. The energy in the building turned to outright anger as the returning Isaiah Thomas...
Mar 19, 2017
Sixers stun sloppy Celtics 105-99

Sixers stun sloppy Celtics 105-99

Boston misses a golden chance to gain playoff standing in loss The Celtics played down to the level another opponent and dropped a winnable game in Philadelphia. With a chance to close within one game of Cleveland for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and extend their lead over Washington to 2.5 games, Boston blew a 13 point third quarter lead to the 76ers. Philadelphia’s cavalcade of young players came up with big play after big play down the stretch, as T.J. McConnell, Dario Saric and Nik Stauskas all buried big shots to help hold off the Celtics. Saric finished with 23 points and...