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Third year’s the charm: Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis look to solidify roles in rotation

Third year’s the charm: Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis look to solidify roles in rotation

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via After riding the bench for much of last year, two Celtics are primed to be contributors this season. Which third year player is a Celtic after the trade deadline: Semi Ojeleye or Daniel Theis? Jeremy Stevens: This is tough because both are towards the end of the rotation, but not completely out of it. They also both play log-jammed positions without a clear hierarchy. I think Ojeleye stays since he’s on a cheaper deal and he’s one of our own draft picks. Theis is good trade bait on a 2-year, $10 million deal with a team option for the second...
Sep 18, 2019
Boston Celtics Training Camp Roster Re-set

Boston Celtics Training Camp Roster Re-set

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Up to six players are competing for the 15th spot on the Celtics roster After a long, eventful offseason, we’re almost there! In less than two weeks, the Boston Celtics will have Media Day and then will kick off training camp for the 2019-20 season. Boston recently completed filling out their 20-man roster for training camp/preseason with the addition of Yante Maten. Here is where the Celtics currently stand roster-wise: · Fully Guaranteed Contracts (14): Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Romeo Langford, Semi Ojeleye,...
Sep 18, 2019
Return of the Sixth: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and coming off the bench

Return of the Sixth: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and coming off the bench

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Both players have served as sixth men and one will have to do it again next season. Who makes the better sixth man: Marcus Smart or Gordon Hayward? Jeff Clark: The good news is there is no bad choice here. Both guys are versatile winners with the right mindset and attitude. Each has proven that they can swallow their pride and both have the ability to come in and make a difference with the second unit - in particular running the offense. So for me it boils down to preference and fit. In an ideal world I like to have Gordon Hayward starting and Marcus...
Sep 17, 2019
The Boston Celtics’ defense without Al Horford and with Enes Kanter

The Boston Celtics’ defense without Al Horford and with Enes Kanter

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Without Horford, Boston has to change their tactics to a simplified scheme. One of the most popular questions about the 2019-20 Boston Celtics heading into the season is some version of “how will the defense look by swapping out Al Horford for Enes Kanter?” Sometimes, a less nice version of the question is asked more as a statement by saying, “the Celtics defense is going to be terrible with Kanter/without Horford.” Let’s dive into some numbers! Under Brad Stevens, Boston has consistently posted anywhere from solid to very good Defensive...
Sep 16, 2019
Debate: The future of the Celtics on Team USA

Debate: The future of the Celtics on Team USA

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Do Jerry Colangelo’s comments give the Celtics who played leeway, or were they a wakeup call to the American elite? SI released its top-100 NBA rankings, featuring Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. We debated the criteria, before a forthcoming interview with Coach Nick to assess the four players who represented Boston with Team USA, coming up later this week on Havlicek. The Celtics Blog Podcast — Havlicek Stole the Pod — is back featuring myself, Alex Kungu and occasional roundtable appearances by...
Sep 16, 2019
The last last rebuild

The last last rebuild

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Every off-season over the last six years has had the potential of massive change. Heading into Brad Stevens’ seventh season, this could finally be the start of some consistency. Last season was supposed to be the start of something special. Championship or not, Kyrie Irving had intended on re-signing in Boston, the hope was that Al Horford would take a hometown discount, and a big trade for Anthony Davis for a package of picks and prospects would leave the young core largely intact. That was supposed to be the start of an extended championship...
Sep 13, 2019
Overreacting to the SI top 100 NBA rankings

Overreacting to the SI top 100 NBA rankings

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via I for one am SHOCKED at where they placed the Celtics players. SI.com published their annual Top 100 ranking of NBA players. Five Celtics were ranked in that top 100. First of all, you should ask yourself: What is the criteria of this list? Awesome author Rob Mahoney lays it out there pretty clearly. Given the wide variety of candidates involved and the deep analytical resources available, no single, definitive criterion was used to form this list. Instead, rankings were assigned based on a fluid combination of subjective assessment and objective data. So...
Sep 12, 2019
Summer’s over, Celtics heading back to school soon

Summer’s over, Celtics heading back to school soon

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Scatterd thoughts as the Celtics pack up for the first day of class. Training camp starts at the end of this month. For the guys on Team USA, their summer abroad is coming to a close. Gordon Hayward and the rookies have already been hanging around the Celtics new training facility. In the next few weeks the rest of the team (and camp invitees) will make their way to Boston Landing. Everything kicks off with Media Day which is great for quotes and photo shoots, but the on floor action doesn’t begin in earnest until the team’s first preseason game on...
Sep 11, 2019
Report: Marcus Smart sidelined for remaining Team USA games

Report: Marcus Smart sidelined for remaining Team USA games

Photo by Zhizhao Wu/ Nagging minor injuries for the Celtics guard will cause him to miss the remainder of the FIBA World Cup. It looks as though Marcus Smart won’t suit up for Team USA again in the FIBA World Cup. While the Americans lost to France, 89-79, in the quarterfinal round of the tournament Wednesday, there are still consolation games to be played, but Smart will be relegated to the sideline for those contests due to minor injuries according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania. Charania reported that Smart was shut down due to soreness in his calf and quad — the Celtics...
Sep 11, 2019
Jayson Tatum and range at the Celtics’ wing spot

Jayson Tatum and range at the Celtics’ wing spot

Photo by Lintao Zhang/ Jayson Tatum needs to become a more significant playmaker and power forward with Al Horford and Marcus Morris gone. He flexed both skills last week with Team USA before an ankle sprain eliminated him from the tournament. David Epstein’s “Range” is making the rounds as the book of September. I haven’t read it yet, however its premise of “the great generalist” made me think of Jayson Tatum and Team USA. Tatum, dubbed a Hall-of-Famer off a great playoff run of scoring as a rookie, exited college as so much more. Tatum rode the same scoring wave as the...
Sep 11, 2019
FIBA World Cup: Tough French outlast Team USA in Dongguan, 79-89

FIBA World Cup: Tough French outlast Team USA in Dongguan, 79-89

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Walker struggled badly in this one with his worst game of the tournament. Team USA faced a FIBA World Cup Quarter final matchup against a very tough France national team who narrowly lost to Australia on Monday and would provide USA it’s biggest test in the tournament to date. Jayson Tatum who was rumoured to be good to go for this clash, was in fact questionable at best: Jayson Tatum will not play tonight for the Americans, I’m told. Still nursing a sprained left ankle.— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 11, 2019 Kemba Walker didn’t...
Sep 9, 2019
Walker, Brown and Smart lead USA against spirited Brazil, win 89-73

Walker, Brown and Smart lead USA against spirited Brazil, win 89-73

Photo by David Dow/NBAE via USA win and now face a tough French matchup in the next phase of the World Cup. Team USA needed a confidence boosting win Monday in it’s clash against Brazil in the FIBA World Cup. With a final 8 matchup against the Group L loser of either Australia or France clash on the line, Jayson Tatum was yet again unavailable. Former Celtic and Brazilian legend Leandro Barbosa was a welcome sight however as his Coach Aleksandar Petrović got ejected 13 minutes into the game, as things went askew early for the South Americans. Kemba Walker was the only Celtic starter...
Sep 7, 2019
FIBA World Cup: Giannis sits late as USA beat Greece 69-53

FIBA World Cup: Giannis sits late as USA beat Greece 69-53

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Greece pulled within 11 in the final four minutes and Giannis oddly did not enter the game. One man can’t topple the the world’s basketball power. Greece had the chance to test that hypothesis in the FIBA World Cup, entering the tournament with the best player in NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Team USA held him to 15 points on 7-for-11 to defeat Greece, 69-53, but the best defense on Giannis came from bench — courtesy of coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos. Skourtopoulos instead imitated the adage that only Dean Smith could stop Michael Jordan. He...
Sep 6, 2019
World Cup debate: could Team USA issues happen on Celtics?

World Cup debate: could Team USA issues happen on Celtics?

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via What’s similar, what’s different between Boston and Team USA with so many Celtics suiting up for Greg Popovich? The Celtics Blog Podcast — Havlicek Stole the Pod — is back featuring myself, Alex Kungu and occasional roundtable appearances by the CelticsBlog staff. I heard your suggestions, and while Kemba Walker may not be hopping on the mic in short order, improvements are on the way. As always, hate the show, love the show? We’re working, and listening, so shoot feedback, mailbag questions and all your content desires to...
Sep 5, 2019
Report: Celtics to sign Kaiser Gates to training camp contract

Report: Celtics to sign Kaiser Gates to training camp contract

Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via There will certainly be competition for the Celtics’ 15th and final roster spot. Don’t pencil in Tacko Fall for one of the final roster spots on the Boston Celtics just quite yet. According to the Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Celtics are making a move to sign former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates to a training camp contract. Charania reported that Gates, who went undrafted and played last season with the Chicago Bulls G-League affiliate the Windy City Bulls, is expected to compete amongst Fall and others for the final roster spot. The Boston...