10:02 PM EDT, Wed September 23, 2020
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Gordon Hayward and wife, Robyn, welcome fourth child prior to Game 4

Gordon Hayward and wife, Robyn, welcome fourth child prior to Game 4

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Gordon Hayward received good news prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Just a couple hours prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Gordon Hayward’s wife, Robyn, announced via Instagram the birth of the couple’s fourth child and first son. Robyn revealed that their newborn son — Gordon Theodore Hayward — is named after his father, but the family is calling him Theo. Hayward already has a nickname for his son and is calling him GT. View this post on Instagram Our little man is finally here!...
1 hour ago
Romeo Langford’s recovery from wrist surgery will ‘probably bleed into next season’

Romeo Langford’s recovery from wrist surgery will ‘probably bleed into next season’

Photo by Abbie Parr/ More bad news for the oft-injured rookie. Just yesterday the Boston Celtics announced that Romeo Langford would miss the remainder of the playoffs after having successful surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. Twenty-four hours later, there’s a clearer picture on exactly how long it will take for Langford to recover from the injury and it isn’t good news for the oft-injured rookie. “It’s going to be a long recovery from the wrist surgery,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. “It’ll probably...
3 hours ago
The competitive silence between Brad Stevens and Erik Spoelstra

The competitive silence between Brad Stevens and Erik Spoelstra

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Stevens and Spoelstra have gone quiet as the two sides rapidly rotate their approach, chasing each other away from what momentarily works for both teams. Erik Spoelstra only discussed catching up with family over the four-day layoff between Game 3 and 4. He waved off his presser shortly after Game 3 and if you based this football-induced gap between games off the two minutes he spoke yesterday, you’d think he spent the last few days on FaceTime rather than game planning for Game 4. Miami Heat reporters preempt their questions with “without giving too...
4 hours ago
Preview: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat ECF Game #4 9/23/20

Preview: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat ECF Game #4 9/23/20

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via After their 3 day break, the Celtics look to even the series and build on their Game 3 win over the Heat. Game 3 was a wire to wire Celtics 11 win after they lost the first two games by 3 and 5 points respectively. The Celtics led by as many as 20 points before allowing the Heat to come back to within 5 in the 4th quarter. But unlike games 1 and 2 when they collapsed when the Heat made their run to come back from a big deficit, the Celtics regrouped and finished the game strong to pull out the win. The Celtics got a boost from the return of...
7 hours ago
Boston Celtics daily links 9/23/20

Boston Celtics daily links 9/23/20

Brad Wanamaker vs Heat 9/19/20 | Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Hayward rebounds well from his 30-minute return Game 4 looms at the end of four-day break Globe Heat say they’ve got to be better at the start vs Celtics Udonis Haslem credits Jae Crowder’s dad for NBA career Gary Washburn and Marc Spears talked Celtics and life inside the NBA bubble Celtics may start relying a lot more on their ‘best five’ unit Celtics have enjoyed their mini-break, but there’s plenty of work to do against the Heat...
8 hours ago
Gary Washburn Describes Celtics Locker Room Fight after Game 2 loss to Heat

Gary Washburn Describes Celtics Locker Room Fight after Game 2 loss to Heat

Washburn joined the Cedric Maxwell Podcast to discuss the locker room fight he broke after Game 2 on Twitter between Smart and Brown. Gary Washburn joined the Cedric Maxwell Podcast with Josue Pavon to discuss an eventful past two rounds in the NBA Playoffs. He discussed what he saw and heard from outside the Celtics’ locker room as he broke news about the fight between Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown that led to chaos after Game 2 between the Celtics and Heat. Washburn considered it the most chaotic post-game he’d ever seen, with yelling and items throw, eventually spilling out of the...
20 hours ago
Solving Boston’s backup center conundrum

Solving Boston’s backup center conundrum

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Spoiler alert: the answer is Grant Williams. Backup center minutes for the Celtics have been a Magic 8-Ball in the playoffs. Not only is it a mystery as to who will check in behind Daniel Theis, but it’s relatively unknown how effective that Player X will be. The entire playoffs to this point have been tactical warfare. Against the bigger 76ers, Boston matched brotherly bulk with Enes Kanter. The Raptors stretched the floor more at the five which led to minutes for the bouncy Robert Williams. Miami is a different monster. Unlike the Celtics’...
Sep 22, 2020
Jaylen Brown’s penetration game tormented Miami

Jaylen Brown’s penetration game tormented Miami

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ After boxing with his grandfather in quarantine, Brown has brought his “stick and move” game to the hardwood. There are two primary forms of offense in boxing: you either operate on the outside to beat your opponent with long-range jabs and counter punches or get in close and attack with hard-hitting blows to the body and head. Basketball is similar. There are times when you can “win on points” by consistently landing your jabs, but rarely getting in close, and others where the fight is gritty, forcing you to work your inside game. The best boxers, just...
Sep 22, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 9/22/20

Boston Celtics daily links 9/22/20

Enes Kanter vs Heat 9/19/20 | Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Ira Winderman: NBA can’t tackle football, so Celtics-Heat wind up in a waiting game Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4 Globe Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk compared Erik Spoelstra to Brad Stevens Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard are helping the Lakers’ playoff run Marcus Smart: Celtics responded after ‘electrifying’ locker room argument That argument after the Celtics’ Game 2 loss? It simply taught Marcus Smart ‘that...
Sep 22, 2020
Romeo Langford undergoes right wrist surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season

Romeo Langford undergoes right wrist surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Langford was rarely healthy in his rookie season and appeared in just 39 total games The Boston Celtics announced that rookie wing Romeo Langford underwent successful surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist: #NEBHInjuryReport Romeo Langford this morning underwent successful surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist. He will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 22, 2020 Langford was initially injured during...
Sep 22, 2020
Is Boston’s “Best Five” lineup really their best lineup?

Is Boston’s “Best Five” lineup really their best lineup?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Brad Stevens was able to unleash to Best Five group for great results in Game 3 of the East Finals With the return of Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens unleashed the Boston Celtics so-called “Best Five” lineup. This group features Boston’s best five players of Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. While this lineup was terrific during the Celtics Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat, the question remains: Is this Boston’s best lineup? Following Game 3, Stevens said it was a lineup he rarely got to deploy during the regular...
Sep 21, 2020
Marcus Smart describes electricity during Celtics Game 2 locker room feud

Marcus Smart describes electricity during Celtics Game 2 locker room feud

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Smart agreed with teammates that the blowup in the locker room reportedly centered around his frustrations showed that the Celtics care. Marcus Smart did not shy away from the once-scary reports out of Orlando of a Celtics locker room in turmoil. He centered in the accounts that his teammates refuted, that he and Jaylen Brown needed to be separated before he stormed out of the locker room yelling all the way. Smart called the event electrifying on Monday. Smart discussed the locker room incident for the first time after Monday’s practice. With the Celtics...
Sep 21, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 9/21/20

Boston Celtics daily links 9/21/20

Jayson Tatum vs Heat 9/19/20 | Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. CelticsBlog Celtics, Heat react to Game 3 Gordon Hayward return Putting Smart on Dragic makes big difference in Game 3 win Boston Celtics’ “family” dynamic creates environment for progress Celtics find balance in Game 3 victory Lex Nihil Novi Bird Ready to Talk $$$ ESPN NBA playoffs - The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown is a player for this moment Push and Pull Learning In A Pandemic; Hot NBA Playoffs Howard Back on Conference Finals Action and TV Essay CLNS Media ...
Sep 21, 2020
Celtics find balance in Game 3 victory

Celtics find balance in Game 3 victory

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Beat the Heat, they did. Stay united, they must. Throughout the Celtics Game 3 victory, one thing became apparent: balance had been restored to the Force. During the first two games of the conference finals, multiple Boston players had flirted with the dark side, culminating in the well-documented post-game blow-up on Thursday night after another meltdown in Game 2. But on Saturday night in a must win game with finally a healthy roster, the Celtics displayed their best brand of basketball. Buoyed by the return of Gordon Hayward, Boston’s motion offense was...
Sep 21, 2020
Celtics’ “family” dynamic creates environment for progress and growth

Celtics’ “family” dynamic creates environment for progress and growth

Photo by Ethan Miller/ The foundation set 13 months ago allowed the Celtics to face the fire and thrive. Thirteen months ago, Kemba Walker joined Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart on Team USA and the foundation of this team was established. For the entire year (plus), there have been nothing but rave reviews about the team’s chemistry. Part of that is surely a natural contrast to the dysfunction of the previous season where anything would look good in comparison. But there’s a legit sense of bonding and togetherness within this team. As a result, the team was able to...