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Boston Celtics daily links 11/19/19

Boston Celtics daily links 11/19/19

Grant Williams vs Suns 11/19/19 | Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Aron Baynes happy with Suns, but misses his Celtics mates — even the crazy ones Celtics staffer’s diet back to “normal” with Aron Baynes gone Brad Stevens sad to see Aron Baynes go; Suns’ coach pleased to have him Celtics squelch Suns; Marcus Smart injured Celtics preparing to jump into the fire against Clippers, Nuggets Globe Against Suns, Marcus Smart suffers right ankle injury Kemba Walker scores 19, Celtics beat Suns 99-85 Ja’Whaun...
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The CelticsBlog Celtics FanShop

The CelticsBlog Celtics FanShop

What does it mean to be a “true Celtic?” There’s the long-storied history of Championships that one must live up to. There’s the hardworking, lunch pail mentality. There’s a sense of community and focus on the team’s goals. Then there’s an us-against-the world chip on the shoulder with a bit of swagger mixed in. So many players have embodied that spirit over the years. From Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Paul Pierce to Marcus Smart. They connect with history, they connect with the city of Boston, and they connect with the fans of the Celtics around the globe. Celtics fans...
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Boston blows out Phoenix to get back on track: 10 Takeaways from Celtics/Suns

Boston blows out Phoenix to get back on track: 10 Takeaways from Celtics/Suns

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The Celtics defense set the tone from the tip 1. The Celtics defense got after the Suns right from the jump. As expected, Devin Booker was the focal point for the defense, but not how you might have expected. Boston opened with Jayson Tatum guarding Booker, not Marcus Smart. In part, this was because Brad Stevens decided to trap Booker whenever possible to force the ball out of his hands. This allowed Smart to roam and switch off the ball. The strategy worked, as Booker only attempted 13 field goal attempts and was held below his average with “only” 20...
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Kemba Walker: ‘Defensively we stepped up’ against Phoenix Suns

Kemba Walker: ‘Defensively we stepped up’ against Phoenix Suns

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports In another win, the Boston Celtics held one of the best offenses in the NBA in check. After having their 10-game winning streak snapped by the Sacramento Kings Sunday, the Boston Celtics had the right formula to get back into the win column just a little over 24 hours later. And for the C’s, it all started on the defensive end. The Celtics held the high-powered Phoenix Suns, which came into the matchup boasting the fourth best scoring offense in the NBA by averaging 117.6 points per game, to a season-low scoring output as the C’s stellar defensive...
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Marcus Smart sprains right ankle vs. Suns

Marcus Smart sprains right ankle vs. Suns

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Celtics couldn’t get through Phoenix without suffering another injury. It’s been a reoccurring theme for the Boston Celtics this season and it happened again in the 99-85 win over the Phoenix Suns Monday night when another prominent member of the team got injured. With 9:12 to go in the fourth quarter, Marcus Smart suffered a right ankle while defending a baseline drive by Devin Booker. Smart clearly rolls his ankle while trying to stay with Booker and immediately falls to the floor. Smart hobbled off the court, but did not return. Celtics say it's...
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Celtics brighten up their East-best record with a 99-85 win over the Suns

Celtics brighten up their East-best record with a 99-85 win over the Suns

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Boston recovered from their loss against Sacramento with a strong bounce-back effort. The Boston Celtics traveled to Phoenix for the 3rd game of their West-coast road trip, and they’ll be flying out with a 99-85 win under their belt. They were led by Jayson Tatum’s 26 and 11. Devin Booker had 20 points for Phoenix. After a lackluster performance against the Kings last night, Jayson Tatum battled early foul trouble to emerge with a double-double. Notably, Tatum finished with 9 free-throw attempts. Kemba Walker joined the party with a moderate explosion in...
Nov 18, 2019
Preview: Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns Game #13

Preview: Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns Game #13

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via The Celtics look to get back on track as they take on the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics continue their West Coast road trip with a stop in Phoenix to take on the Suns. If there is one thing the Celtics have learned so far on this trip, it is that every team, even the teams at the bottom of the standings are going to play their very best to try to knock off the team at the top. The Celtics will need to play their best to get a win and they certainly didn’t play their best against the Warriors and the Kings so far. The Celtics are 3-1 vs Western...
Nov 18, 2019
Boston Celtics daily links 11/18/19

Boston Celtics daily links 11/18/19

Jayson Tatum vs Kings 11/17/19 | Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Marcus Smart advises Celtics to avoid believing the hype as road gets tougher Celtics get just deserts as Kings end win streak at 10 Luke Walton lauds Celtics for doing well in chemistry class Globe Romeo Langford exits Red Claws game with ankle injury Kings snap Celtics’ 10-game win streak with 100-99 Victory Celtics showing an effort they didn’t last season — and it’s paying off How Steve Kerr helped Brad Stevens keep an eye on his Celtics...
Nov 18, 2019
Even in a loss the Celtics are still showing signs of growth

Even in a loss the Celtics are still showing signs of growth

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports While the Celtics NBA best 10-game winning streak came to an end, the strides they showed during the exciting run are here to stay. It can be hard, particularly in sports, to shed old labels. Barring a loud transformation, fans tend to immortalize you as you were when they first met you. It’s the reason Blake Griffin’s steady growth took so long to become a national topic. Once we saw him leap over a KIA, it was all we could see. The asphyxiation of diminutive labels isn’t a right exclusive to individual players. However, in a down season, teams’...
Nov 18, 2019
Buddy Hield’s offense outshines Marcus Smart’s defense in crunch time

Buddy Hield’s offense outshines Marcus Smart’s defense in crunch time

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Marcus Smart had the tough assignment of matching up against Buddy Hield in crunch time and Hield put on a show even against Smart’s tenacious defense. The Celtics’ win streak came to an end Sunday afternoon in Sacramento. It was a back and forth game the whole way through, and the Kings kept rising up to the occasion when they needed a bucket the most. In the final seconds of the game, Marcus Smart put up a buzzer beating floater with perfect touch that somehow did not fall for him. Sacramento was led by a season-high 35-point game from Buddy Hield....
Nov 18, 2019
Celtics win streak snapped at 10: 10 Takeaways from Boston/Sacramento

Celtics win streak snapped at 10: 10 Takeaways from Boston/Sacramento

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports It went right to the death, but Boston lost for the first time since opening night 1. The streak is over. After 10 straight wins, the Celtics took it right to the death before falling to the Kings. It’s not the end of the world. Sacramento is playing like a desperate team trying to climb out of an early-season hole. Buddy Hield was out of his mind. And, unlike several games throughout the streak, Boston couldn’t turn around a slow shooting start. As Brad Stevens has said multiple times: the Celtics aren’t as good as they looked during parts of the...
Nov 18, 2019
Brad Stevens: Celtics made “right play” on final possession of loss to Kings

Brad Stevens: Celtics made “right play” on final possession of loss to Kings

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Boston’s head coach was pleased with his team’s process, even if the final result was sub-optimal. The Boston Celtics were just inches away from victory in their 100-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. A Marcus Smart floater that would have beaten the buzzer for a win bounced tantalizingly on the rim for what seemed like an eternity. It ultimately popped out as the final seconds of regulation ticked by. “The ball just sat on the rim forever,” Smart told reporters after the game. “I thought it was going in. I think everybody thought it was...
Nov 17, 2019
Boston Celtics lose thriller to Sacramento Kings at the buzzer, 100-99

Boston Celtics lose thriller to Sacramento Kings at the buzzer, 100-99

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Marcus Smart’s floater just rimmed out as time expired, and the Celtics’ win streak ended at 10 games. Marcus Smart lofted up a floater as the clock ticked down, but after a couple bounces, the ball narrowly rimmed out as time expired, and the Celtics lost a thrilling showdown with the Sacramento Kings, 100-99. Six Celtics scored in double figures, led by 18 points from Jaylen Brown and 14 apiece from Kemba Walker and Daniel Theis, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome a monstrous 35-point performance from Buddy Hield, and the Celtics suffered just...
Nov 17, 2019
Preview: Boston Celtics at Sacramento Kings Game #12

Preview: Boston Celtics at Sacramento Kings Game #12

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via The Celtics visit the Sacramento Kings as they seek their 11th straight win. The Celtics continue their 5 game road trip as they take on the Sacramento Kings. The Kings will play the Celtics again in Boston on November 25. The Celtics are 3-0 vs the west and 5-1 on the road. The Kings are 2-2 vs Eastern teams and 2-3 at home. The Celtics are looking for their 11th straight win while the Kings are looking to get back on track after losing their last game. The Celtics have won 7 of the last 8 games against the Kings and have won their last 4 in...
Nov 17, 2019
We were all wrong about the 2019-20 Boston Celtics

We were all wrong about the 2019-20 Boston Celtics

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via The Wounded Coyote Celtics rival the Hospital Celtics in fun and unpredictability. Find one person who genuinely and wholeheartedly believed that the Boston Celtics would rattle off ten wins in a row at the beginning of the season to take the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the entire NBA. I didn’t see it coming, and I’m sure you didn’t either. I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Last year, everything went wrong for Boston. When the rest of the league hit hard, the Celtics folded. This year, so far, everything has gone right. When the...