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May 1, 2020
Can Brad Stevens handle a superstar?

Can Brad Stevens handle a superstar?

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Jayson Tatum is on the doorstep of stardom. Brad Stevens has had mixed results with superstars. How will their relationship shape the future of the Celtics? Brad Stevens has developed a reputation for being one of the brightest young coaches in the NBA, continually coaching his team to overachievement. The only blemish on the reputation Brad Stevens has developed is his perceived inability to handle the egos of his star-studded Boston Celtics roster of 2018-19, a roster that included superstar Kyrie Irving, returning All-Star Gordon Hayward, and aging stalwart Al...
Apr 30, 2020
Brad Stevens part of committee on how NBA will restart season

Brad Stevens part of committee on how NBA will restart season

Photo by Kathryn Riley/ The Celtics head coach will have some input on how the NBA will return. Celtics coach Brad Stevens is drawing up plays of a different kind these days as part of the competition committee. The committee, which consists of owners, general managers and coaches, has become part of an “advisory panel on return-to-play planning” for NBA commissioner Adam Silver, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wojnarowski detailed how Stevens could assist Silver in the gargantuan effort that will be needed to restart this NBA season. “For instance, when member Brad Stevens...
Apr 30, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 4/30/20

Boston Celtics daily links 4/30/20

Tacko Fall vs Mavericks 12/18/19 | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe A Boston sportswriter’s death, and a lasting impact on Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle Reopening training facilities is just the beginning of the NBA’s risky road back Are sports on the comeback? All signs point to ‘yes’ after a bleak month CelticsBlog Gorman on Last Dance: Why Pistons, Celtics walk offs differ Celtics rookies summer study: Tremont Waters Lex Nihil Novi Jesus, Celtics (15-2) Throttle Sixers CLNS Media Podcast with Darrell...
Apr 30, 2020
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Lakers 1985 NBA Finals win “made my career”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Lakers 1985 NBA Finals win “made my career”

The Lakers legend reveled in “whooping” the Celtics in ‘85 for LA’s first title over Boston. “They got to live with that,” he told Michael Cooper on Showtime. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds two pieces of satisfaction from his basketball career into his new life as a writer and activist. While he can’t touch the rim anymore, people still approach him with pure glee about feats he performed decades ago. He also beat the Boston Celtics that time. “1985,” Kareem said with a flashing-white smile. “That was our year. We finally beat the Celtics.” Abdul-Jabbar reminisced on all...
Apr 30, 2020
Gorman on Last Dance: Why Pistons, Celtics walk offs differ

Gorman on Last Dance: Why Pistons, Celtics walk offs differ

Gorman joined Bobby & Gelso with a surprising take on LeBron vs. MJ, context on the Celtics-Pistons walk-off in 1988 and — of course — Tommy stories. The footage seems clear. Fans storm the court, objects start flying and the Celtics make their way to the locker room early with the game in hand. No such situation occurred when the Pistons left the court early, passing by the Bulls on their way to the locker room in 1991. Mike Gorman didn’t call the Pistons and Celtics’ playoff meeting in 1988, but saw enough to know the two situations weren’t equal. In Sunday’s episode of The...
Apr 30, 2020
Celtics rookies summer study: Tremont Waters

Celtics rookies summer study: Tremont Waters

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports For any undersized point guard, JJ Barea offers a good blueprint. Somehow, the Boston Celtics made it through this year with six rookies seeing time. The foundation is in place for a longstanding core in Beantown. If lessons from past NBA homegrown stars (i.e. Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors) teaches us anything, it’s that paying a balanced, talented core max money puts an onus on cheap, young role players to excel in their lane. Money can’t buy everything, so if it buys stars, the depth has to be manufactured somewhere. That’s where player...
Apr 29, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 4/29/20

Boston Celtics daily links 4/29/20

Enes Kanter vs Thunder 2/9/20 | Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald NBA draft now the land of decreased opportunity Rick Carlisle and friends pay tribute to Mike Carey, the late Herald sportswriter Globe NBA cautiously eyes May 8 for opening of practice facilities CelticsBlog High Five with Paul Flannery The Case for a Roster Spot Series The Case for a Roster Spot: Tacko Fall Lex Nihil Novi Garnettless C’s Polish Off Knicks, Move to 10-2 CLNS Media 613: Are we open yet? Celtics .com Opening Night 2007 Jayson...
Apr 29, 2020
The Case for a Roster Spot: Tacko Fall

The Case for a Roster Spot: Tacko Fall

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Tacko Fall has shown great improvement during his rookie year, but should he be back in Boston next season? The Boston Celtics most popular player, arguably the most popular player in the entire NBA, has played a grand total of 24 minutes over the course of six NBA games. That lack of playing time hasn’t kept Tacko Fall from being a breakout star during the course of his rookie season. The 24-year-old, 7-foot-5 center from Senegal has been a fan favorite from the moment he stepped on the floor for his first NBA Summer League game. As chants of “We...
Apr 29, 2020
The Case for a Roster Spot Series

The Case for a Roster Spot Series

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Boston is facing a serious roster crunch for next season The Boston Celtics are going to be facing a roster crunch for the 2020-21 season. The Celtics have nine players on guaranteed contracts. They have two players on non-guaranteed contracts and six pending free agents. Boston also has as many as four picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. Here’s how things currently break down for the Celtics: · Guaranteed Contracts – Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford, Vincent Poirier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Grant Williams, Robert Williams ·...
Apr 29, 2020
High Five with Paul Flannery

High Five with Paul Flannery

Photo by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Paul Flannery - National Sports Writer During downtimes (usually the offseason but also during global pandemics) I like to pass the time by reaching out to media folks and asking them about themselves. I ask them five questions and sit back and learn. If you have been around this blog long enough, you know about Paul Flannery. He’s currently a writer for SBNation but is about to go on furlough for 3 months which probably gives him enough time to run the length of the continental United States in a Cannonball Run race without cars (all while writing...
Apr 28, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 4/28/20

Boston Celtics daily links 4/28/20

Jaylen Brown vs Thunder 2/9/20 | Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Dave Cowens recalls “hitting” the road with Dennis Rodman NBA revises its workout restrictions Globe Ex-Celtics staffer disputes Isiah Thomas’s claim in ‘Last Dance’ about the 1988 team walking off in playoffs CelticsBlog Favorite games: Gordon Hayward at Miami Heat Lex Nihil Novi C’s Lose? CLNS Media Cedric Maxwell to Call Kevin Garnett to Moderate Ray Allen Reunion NBC Sports Boston Why Kendrick Perkins doesn’t think Kevin Garnett’s...
Apr 28, 2020
Favorite games: Gordon Hayward at Miami Heat

Favorite games: Gordon Hayward at Miami Heat

Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via With Jayson Tatum sidelined, Gordon Hayward was brilliant as the 4th seeded Celtics took down the 3rd seeded Heat in Miami. In this favorite performance of the season we look back on Gordon Hayward’s complete game in at Miami Heat on January 29th. The shorthanded C’s would be without Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter and would face the white hot Miami Heat. For some context, at the end of January, the Heat would start the game tied with Milwaukee for the top home record in the league at a blistering 21-2 pace. Gordon started out strong attacking the more...
Apr 27, 2020
Boston Celtics daily links 4/27/20

Boston Celtics daily links 4/27/20

Grant Williams vs Thunder 2/9/20 | Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe Isaiah Thomas joked about fans confusing him with Isiah Thomas No, not that Isaiah Thomas: Fans complain to ex-Celtic after Isiah Thomas appears in ‘The Last Dance’ CelticsBlog The last chance: revisiting Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons Lex Nihil Novi Pistons No Match for 11-2 Celtics CLNS Media Sean Grande: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s Celtics Fought All The Time Tony Allen Joins Max Mission to Reunite Kevin Garnett,...
Apr 27, 2020
Fights not unusual on Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s Boston Celtics

Fights not unusual on Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s Boston Celtics

Sean Grande landed in the middle of one. Broadcaster Sean Grande will write a book once his career ends covering a fight between two players on the championship-winning Boston Celtics. Grande, as talk continues about Ray Allen’s exclusion from his former teammates, remembers a Celtics group that fought all the time. Grande joined Adam Kaufman on CLNS Media’s CelticsBeat Podcast this week to give his take on the hurdles preventing a Kevin Garnett and Allen reunion. Chemistry issues weren’t new toward the end of the Big Three era, before Allen departed to the Heat. The seeds of that...
Apr 27, 2020
The last chance: revisiting Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons

The last chance: revisiting Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons

Thirty-three years later, Isiah Thomas is still in denial. With the pandemic cancelling all pro sports, NBA TV broadcasted a mid-April show called “Film Room” featuring replays of several classic 1980’s games. The Celtics, Lakers, and Pistons are the main teams featured in this throwback series, with live commentary by former foes in the game as they look back in time. Two of the games depicted were Boston losing in Game 6 of both The 1985 NBA Finals and 1988 Eastern Conference Finals. The one I have seen shows the Celtics actually winning was Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference...