4:47 AM EST, Mon January 21, 2019
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Boston’s defense locks in late and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/Hawks

Boston’s defense locks in late and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/Hawks

The Celtics shut down the Hawks in the fourth quarter to win their third straight game 1. The Celtics defense was awful early. The Hawks have been improving and scoring the ball well, but Boston did little to impede them to start this game. In particular, it looked like the Celtics have never defended a pick and roll before. Atlanta chewed up the Boston defense for easy baskets like this one, on their way to 36 first quarter points: Your browser does not support HTML5 video. 2. When the Celtics weren’t getting beat by pick and rolls, they were struggling to contain shooters or...
20 hours ago
Celtics backcourt steals the show in Atlanta

Celtics backcourt steals the show in Atlanta

Kyrie Irving’s big quarter and Rozier getting back to his Louisville roots fueled the Celtics in Atlanta for a big win on a back-to-back. There’s very few times beating a 14-31 team can be deemed impressive, but for a Celtics team that was on a three-game losing streak on the road, 2-5 on the second game of a back-to-back, and down Gordon Hayward and a little later Marcus Smart, last night’s win was a triumph of adversity that the team rarely has shown this season. With the Celtics starting the game slow and at one point being down sixteen, Irving re-entered after his first quarter...
Jan 19, 2019
Al Horford closes out 113-105 victory for Celtics over Hawks

Al Horford closes out 113-105 victory for Celtics over Hawks

Kyrie Irving scores 30 again, an ejection, an ugly finish, but a win nonetheless. Celtics score their third straight. Nothing worked exactly how the Celtics wanted it to between a key ejection, Al Horford hitting key free throws after a missed layup and Jayson Tatum cleaning up a Marcus Morris airball late. Boston trailed nearly all game playing for the second straight night going south to Atlanta, but another explosive, 32-point game by Kyrie Irving and a late 14-5 run got the team out of the building with their third straight win. For a group fixated on consistency, it worked for a...
Jan 19, 2019
Marcus Smart ejected vs. Hawks

Marcus Smart ejected vs. Hawks

After mixing it up with Deandre’ Bembry, Smart earned a second technical and was ejected from the game. This is not good: Marcus Smart and DeAndre' Bembry get chippy in the game. Smart gets ejected (@AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast pic.twitter.com/lqUSReOldI— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 20, 2019 After an earlier scuffle with Trae Young just a minute earlier, Marcus Smart and Deandre Bembry got into it during a jump ball. The two were separated, given a double technical, and then Smart charged Bembry after the situation had somewhat cooled. Smart will most...
Jan 19, 2019
Preview: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Game #46

Preview: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Game #46

The Celtics travel to Atlanta for the 3rd of 4 games against the Hawks. The Celtics are on the road again to take on the Atlanta Hawks for the 3rd of 4 games this season. The Celtics won 114-96 on November 23 at Atlanta. They also won the second meeting 129-108 in Boston on December 14. They will meet one more time in Boston on March 16. The Celtics are playing on the second night of back to back games. They are coming off a win at home over the Memphis Grizzlies. They haven’t done well in this situation, going only 2-5 on the second night of back to back games. They are just 1-2...
Jan 19, 2019
Boston Celtics daily links 1/19/19

Boston Celtics daily links 1/19/19

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Celtics claw out tough win against Grizzlies Bulpett: Kyrie Irving’s teammates appreciate his apology, desire to lead better Celtics notebook: Marcus Smart’s hot shot no longer a surprise NBA notebook: Magic coach high on Kyrie Globe Game against Grizzlies carries extra significance Kyrie Irving scores 38, leads Celtics past Grizzlies It was just the Grizzlies, but win an encouraging sign for Celtics Blake Griffin still harbors hard feelings toward Doc Rivers, Clippers Celtics Green Comments from the Other Side -...
Jan 19, 2019
Gordon Hayward out vs Atlanta due to personal reasons

Gordon Hayward out vs Atlanta due to personal reasons

The Hayward family is expecting their third child soon. The Boston Celtics announced on Saturday afternoon that Gordon Hayward will miss tonight’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks due to personal reasons. Gordon Hayward is out for personal reasons tonight.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 19, 2019 The Hayward family is expecting their third child right around this time, so there is plenty of speculation that this is the reason for his absence on the team’s quick one-game trip. Hayward is averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 41 games this season. He finished...
Jan 19, 2019
Inside the Celtics Locker Room: Celtics showing signs of life (videos)

Inside the Celtics Locker Room: Celtics showing signs of life (videos)

CLNS Media gives you a “virtual tour” of everthing going on in the Celtics locker room following Celtics win over Grizzlies BRAD STEVENS: Re: Aron Baynes’ impact tonight “I thought he was really good. I thought again the bench came in that first quarter and did a great job of getting us a lead, and then – and then we didn’t play very well in the last eight minutes or so of the second quarter – and then, you know, early on in the third it was kind of going back and forth and we just kind of decided that it’s better to be big against these guys as much as we could. And, you...
Jan 19, 2019
Have the Celtics turned the corner (again)? - The Garden Report

Have the Celtics turned the corner (again)? - The Garden Report

Are the Celtics turning the corner? Toscano, Murray and Pavon discuss... Boston – The Boston Celtics defeat the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden 122-116. Kyrie Irving impresses again, scoring 38 points to go along with 11 assists. And Marcus Smart knocks down six 3’s. SUPPORT CLNS MEDIA’S PROGRAMMING: Visit the home of CLNS Media by going to https://www.clnsmedia.com Follow CLNS Media on Twitter – http://twitter.com/CLNSMedia Follow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmedia Follow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmedia Download the FREE CLNS Media...
Jan 19, 2019
CobraKy kind of night and 8 other takeaways from Celtics/Grizzlies

CobraKy kind of night and 8 other takeaways from Celtics/Grizzlies

Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving carried the day for Boston 1. Once again, the Celtics seemed to use a formula that works to win: The starters get it going with good ball movement, the bench provides a spark with solid play, and Kyrie Irving closes out the game down the stretch. But, like the Raptors game, it was a little clunky at times. To start with something good, Irving was delivering some spot-on passes, as he finished with 11 assists. Basketball purists might say he hot-dogged it on this behind-the-back pass to Marcus Smart for a three-pointer, but it was the right pass at the right...
Jan 19, 2019
Points of emphasis: Smart’s 3’s, Rozier’s hustle, and other trend lines highlight win vs. Memphis

Points of emphasis: Smart’s 3’s, Rozier’s hustle, and other trend lines highlight win vs. Memphis

In a win against the Grizzlies, the Celtics continued to show improvement in all facets of the game. Aron Baynes’ defensive rebounding Before Aron Baynes broke his hand on December 19th, the Celtics were a top-10 defensive rebounding team with a 73.7% defensive rebounding rate. By comparison, Utah cleans the glass at a NBA-leading rate of 76.2% for the season. On Wednesday night, Boston beat the Raptors on the boards 52-39 and against Memphis’ big front court of Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr, the Celtics out rebounded the Grizzlies 49-42. Baynes alone had 7 offensive...
Jan 18, 2019
Kyrie Irving leads Celtics over Grizzlies 122-116

Kyrie Irving leads Celtics over Grizzlies 122-116

Kyrie Irving led Boston to their second consecutive win on Friday night. The Boston Celtics defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at TD Garden by a score of 122-116. Kyrie Irving led the way once again with 38 points (14/21 FG), 11 assists, and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Boston got off to a quick 6/10 start from the floor, thanks to some phenomenal ball movement in the early going. The Celtics then missed their next seven shots, which spurred an 11-0 Memphis to bring this game even, but Boston’s bench would immediately respond with a 19-2 run of their own to take a 35-24 lead...
Jan 18, 2019
Hayward doesn’t need his peak athleticism to be effective

Hayward doesn’t need his peak athleticism to be effective

As he continues to find his footing, Gordon Hayward has adjusted his game. In 2017, his last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward became the league’s most unlikely high-flier. He finished 68 dunks in 72 games played, cramming alley oops, dunks in traffic, and flushes in transitioning, almost exclusively jumping off two feet and finishing with both hands. The scrawny kid with a bowl cut from Brownsburg, Indiana couldn’t stop dunking on everyone. Only ten non-centers dunked more than Hayward that season. But after his dislocated ankle and fractured tibia, Hayward has become largely a...
Jan 18, 2019
Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies

After a headline filled last couple of days, the Celtics host the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden. Coming off an impressive home win on Wednesday night to the Raptors, the Celtics get back into action tonight against a free-falling Memphis Grizzlies team. The Grizzlies are now 19-25 and have only won one game in their last ten. The last time these two teams played was down in Memphis, and the Grizzlies were 18-17 on the edge of the playoffs. The problem for these Grizzlies is really just a lack of depth from the fourth man down to the tenth man on the roster. In the beginning of the season,...
Jan 18, 2019
Boston Celtics daily links 1/18/19

Boston Celtics daily links 1/18/19

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald Danny Ainge: Celtics leadership is a team pursuit Globe Kyrie Irving admitting he was wrong a good first step In a season marred by upheaval and some infighting, can Celtics turn it around after beating Raptors? Celtics Green Preview: Grizzlies (19-25) at Celtics (26-18) Game #45 1/18/19 CelticsBlog Links & Quotes: Terry Rozier’s not so great year for the Boston Celtics Open Mailbag: Give us your best NBA trade ideas Taking stock of the Celtics’ draft picks and the potential of an Anthony Davis trade ESPN ...