7:16 PM EST, Wed January 18, 2017
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Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/18/17

Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/18/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Knicks may be struggling, but Brad Stevens and Co. still wary of their old rivals Globe  Warriors rout Cavaliers in NBA Finals rematchHere’s Isaiah Thomas’s NBA All-Star ballotIsaiah Thomas doesn’t really like his jersey number. But he’s torn on a possible changeGlobe straw poll: Isaiah Thomas leading media All-Star votingCelticsBlog  Should the Celtics trade for Carmelo Anthony?CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to be tradedCelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to succeedESPN  Lots of positives...
5 hours ago
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to be traded

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to be traded

These Celtics could be in another zip code by the February 23rd trade deadline. Bill Sy: I don't think Boston will pull off a superstar trade before the deadline, but something smaller could happen. Terry Rozier is the ideal candidate for another promising young player (like Nerlens Noel) in return or the price of a one year rental (like Andrew Bogut). He's done just enough to attract suitors interested in an up-and-coming point guard but not enough to be untouchable. I'm a big Rozier, but with the point guard depth on the roster and the glut of PG's at the top of the 2017 draft where the...
10 hours ago
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to succeed

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: most likely to succeed

In three years, what under-25 Celtic could be the face of the franchise? Jeff Nooney: Marcus Smart. Everyone focuses on the poor shooting, but Smart has been improving his game every year. He’s a really skilled passer, and his assist numbers are the best of his career. He’s also devolved a post-up game that kills smaller opponents. His defense is already excellent. He adds that element of intensity and physicality that can set the tone for an entire team. Even if the shooting doesn’t come around, he'll continue to add to his game and become a great all-around player. Jared Weiss: When...
21 hours ago
Should the Celtics trade for Carmelo Anthony?

Should the Celtics trade for Carmelo Anthony?

NOPE. But please read anyway. Hey, the Knicks are in the news again. Carmelo Anthony is frustrated and people are starting to wonder if he will waive his no-trade clause and accept being traded out of New York. He says he won’t but that won’t stop people from talking. Logically folks are going to wonder if the Celtics would be interested. The short answer is NOPE! But that’s a short and boring post, so let’s humor this discussion for at least a little while. Reasons why this might make some sense (on the surface at least): 1. Boston is looking for a star and Melo is a star-level*...
Jan 17, 2017
Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/17/17

Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/17/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Avery Bradley feeling good after returning to Celtics lineupBulpett: Kelly Olynyk’s assertive side helpful to Celtics Celtics notebook: Avery Bradley patient with injury As Knicks tumble again, Carmelo's future may be all to watch Isaiah Thomas, Celtics finish off Hornets Thomas' big 4th quarter carries Celtics past Hornets, 108-98 Globe  Celtics player power rankings: Kelly Olynyk finally finds a rhythmThomas' big 4th quarter carries Celtics past Hornets, 108-98Celtics’ Tyler Zeller starting to feel good after...
Jan 17, 2017
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: biggest disappointment

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: biggest disappointment

Terry Rozier has had spurts, but after being the star-in-waiting this summer, he hasn’t lived up to expectations. Jeff Nooney: Terry Rozier. He hasn’t been the force off the bench like I was expecting after watching summer league. He’s only producing 0.896 points per possession in transition this season, per Synergy. That put his in the 21st percentile, which is significantly below average. His finishing at the rim has been poor as well. He’s an explosive athlete, so you’d expect his production to be better than it has been. Keith Smith: Terry Rozier. I thought he would step up...
Jan 17, 2017
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: biggest surprise/most improved

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: biggest surprise/most improved

Leave it to Avery Bradley, the longest tenured Celtic, to be the majority favorite for biggest surprise/most improved. Bill Sy: Avery Bradley's progress under Brad Stevens has been steady, but I really didn't expect for him to find this other gear this season. He showed an uncharacteristic bravado early in training camp--campaigning for Defensive Player of the Year--and it's translated in his offensive game. He's seeing the floor better and that's made him a more effective playmaker. He's shooting a career-high from behind the arc and has added rebounding to his repertoire. We shouldn't...
Jan 17, 2017
The Read & React: Thomas time

The Read & React: Thomas time

Another killer quarter for IT4th closes out Charlotte and betters the Celtics’ 13-3 run, but it could be Kelly Olynyk quickly taking on a bigger role that could push the Celtics even further. More minutes Klynyk (Bill Sy): Just like some of Kelly Olynyk’s post moves, his slowly but surely returned to form. He’s put together a five-game stretch averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Brad Stevens said after KO’s 15-9-4 performance of the bench, “the threat of Kelly Olynyk is there every time he’s on the court.” To wit, it’s the variety and versatility of where...
Jan 16, 2017
Isaiah shows the Hornets what time it is, Celtics win 108-98

Isaiah shows the Hornets what time it is, Celtics win 108-98

Isaiah had another amazing outing as the Celtics got a good team win with strong contributions from Horford, Crowder, Olynyk and Jaylen Brown The Celtics came back to the Garden hot after a hard-fought road win in Atlanta that got the league talking. With Avery Bradley back in the starting lineup, the Celtics were at full strength once more and seemed eager to get the win against the slumping Hornets. The Hornets, however, proved to be a tougher opponent than their recent record would suggest. The Celtics started strong, opening the game with a barrage of effective scoring plays....
Jan 16, 2017
Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/16/17

Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/16/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Bulpett: Water woes in Flint, Mich., breaking James Young’s heart and hometown Celtics notebook: Isaiah Thomas denies Dennis Schroder’s ‘mother’ claimIsaiah Thomas, Brad Stevens see Patriots’ success first-hand Globe  Celtics player power rankings: Kelly Olynyk finally finds a rhythmGary Washburn: The state of the 76ers and their ‘Trust The Process’ rebuildCeltics get cooking with a healthy Kelly Olynyk back in the mixIsaiah Thomas says he didn’t talk trash about Dennis Schroder’s momCelticsBlog ...
Jan 16, 2017
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Award: least valuable player

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Award: least valuable player

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Bill Sy: Outside of his one outburst in Indiana, James Young has been a no show. After edging out R.J. Hunter for the 15th roster spot, Young has not been able to edge out Gerald Green for those 11th and 12th man minutes and recently, hasn't even been available due to a nagging ankle injury. The Celtics opted to not pick up his fourth-year option so he's not even a viable cheap look-and-see option as a trade asset. FLCeltsFan: James Young. This is his 3rd season with the Celtics and he still hasn't shown very much improvement other than one or two...
Jan 16, 2017
CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: MVP

CelticsBlog’s Midseason Awards: MVP

We’re halfway through the season and one thing is obvious: Isaiah Thomas is not just the team’s MVP, but a contender for the league’s award. Keith Smith: Isaiah Thomas. Who else could it be? Not only has he carried the scoring load and lifted single-handedly won several games, but he's provided us with a season's worth of memories in just one half of a season. Bill Sy: The numbers are the numbers. There's no disputing how effective Isaiah Thomas has been (particularly in the clutch in the 4th quarter), but what's made Thomas so special this season is that he's working within the...
Jan 16, 2017
Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an All Star starter, you should vote for him

Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an All Star starter, you should vote for him

Today is the last chance for fans to vote. Today is your last chance to vote for Isaiah Thomas to be an All Star starter. Do it now! Seriously, go vote then come back and read why later. Ok, if you really must read why, here’s some reasons. Wait, really? Do I really need to do this to convince you to vote? Have you watched any games this year? Ok, fine, here goes. Thomas isn’t just playing at an All Star level. He’s putting himself into the MVP consideration discussion. Granted, even if Isaiah Thomas doesn’t get the fan votes to start in the game, some combination of the...
Jan 14, 2017
Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/14/17

Boston Celtics Daily Links 1/14/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Raptors hand Nets ninth straight loss, 132-113 Isaiah Thomas’ last-second hoop lifts Celtics to victory in AtlantaCeltics notebook: Crowder considers resting his ankle Celtic Al Horford hears a tribute of boos in return to Atlanta Isaiah Thomas, Celtics put aside script to knock off Hawks for Al Horford Globe  Isaiah Thomas hits game-winner in Horford's return to AtlantaSixers win third straight gameCeltics didn’t like Hawks fans booing Al Horford, so Isaiah Thomas silenced themCelticsBlog  Horford’s happy homecoming...
Jan 14, 2017
The Read & React: what time is it?

The Read & React: what time is it?

52-point game. Check. 15-assist game. Check. Game winner in a quality win. Check. IT is laughing in the face of physics (Jared Weiss): Follow @jaredweissnba There are all sorts of terms I remember learning in ninth grade physics class in between naps and writing 80085 in my TI-83. Momentum, inertia, escape velocity. Isaiah Thomas seems to have disproved all these theories. His movement on the court mimics a plastic bag in a tornado. He changes direction on drives like there is an invisible trampoline sitting on the free throw line. He pulls up for game-winners like he is hanging...