8:20 PM EDT, Tue September 19, 2017
4 hours ago
Boston Celtics daily links 9/19/17

Boston Celtics daily links 9/19/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Irving: Trade request was about his potential, not James Irving: No cares about LeBron's feelings when leaving Cavs NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut Globe  Boston teams to join forces against a common foe: racismCeltic Marcus Morris, brother go on trial in Phoenix assault caseCelticsBlog  Marcus Smart & Terry Rozier: Pineapple on pizza Report: Andrew Bogut to sign with Lakers, out as possible Celtics 15th man CelticsBlog roundtable: who joins Kyrie Irving...
4 hours ago
Who are the remaining options for the Celtics’ final open roster spot?

Who are the remaining options for the Celtics’ final open roster spot?

With Andrew Bogut gone, Danny Ainge is still looking for the last veteran puzzle piece. The options are dwindling. The Celtics have one more roster spot available, and we have to assume Danny Ainge has been quietly exploring the market for his final puzzle piece. But we’re only six days away from media day and the free agency talent pool is becoming quickly desolate. The Celtics were reportedly in on Andrew Bogut, but the 32-year-old veteran signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Lakers yesterday. Assuming that Boston offered Bogut a contract, this will be the second time in...
9 hours ago
CelticsBlog roundtable: who joins Kyrie Irving in the back court?

CelticsBlog roundtable: who joins Kyrie Irving in the back court?

With Avery Bradley in Detroit, Brad Stevens needs a new shooting guard. Jeff Clark: I'm in favor of starting Marcus Smart, at least early in the season. His talent on the defensive side of the ball is needed next to Kyrie Irving and his limitations (mostly shooting) are compensated by having 2 elite scorers next to him. He also brings a lot of intangibles and hustle plays to the table which will only enhance the stars around him. I like Brown long-term, and I can see some value in Smart coming off the bench, but until Jaylen develops more, I think Smart is the better starter for now. Greg...
11 hours ago
Report: Andrew Bogut to sign with Lakers, out as possible Celtics 15th man

Report: Andrew Bogut to sign with Lakers, out as possible Celtics 15th man

The Celtics have one less option to fill out their bench. According to a report from the Vertical’s Shams Charania, Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. For Bogut, several factors led to a commitment to the Lakers: reuniting with Lakers head coach Luke Walton; team upgrades in the offseason with rookies such as Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma and free-agent signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope; positional need as the franchise searched for an additional big man; and adding championship experience to a developing roster under president of...
12 hours ago
Consistency will be key for Terry Rozier this year

Consistency will be key for Terry Rozier this year

The Celtics don’t need Terry Rozier to be an All-Star, but they do need him to be reliable. Terry Rozier played his best basketball when the Celtics needed it most last year. With his team down six and on the verge of losing momentum in Game 2 against the Washington Wizards, Boston's third string point guard showed up. He buried a three-point shot, followed up his team's stop on the following possession with an 11-foot jumper, rebounded the Wizards' next miss, and dished out an assist to Marcus Smart. In just a hair over one minute of game time, Washington's lead was cut to two, momentum...
Sep 18, 2017
Marcus Smart & Terry Rozier: Pineapple on pizza

Marcus Smart & Terry Rozier: Pineapple on pizza

Does Boston’s dynamic guard duo work well in tandem, or are they as divisive as an odd food combination? Pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza. It’s an odd combination of sweet tanginess and salty cheesiness, and it’s genuinely gross. Separately, there’s nothing wrong with either pineapple or pizza. Together, though? Terrible. It’s an abomination, honestly. If you love Hawaiian pizza or just plain pineapple on pizza, this probably isn’t the article for you. Marcus Smart is pizza and Terry Rozier is pineapple. Personally, I’m a fan of both the players and their food counterparts....
Sep 18, 2017
Boston Celtics daily links 9/18/17

Boston Celtics daily links 9/18/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe  Openings to begin in trial of Morris twins accused of assaultKyrie Irving went on ESPN's 'First Take' and It got a little awkward.Celtics to return to Salve Regina for training campFor the Celtics, nothing at this point is certain, and Danny Ainge is OK with thatKyrie Irving insists that leaving Cavs was nothing personal toward LeBron JamesCelticsBlog  CelticsBlog roundtable: who starts in the front court with Al Horford? Converting Marcus Morris into a point forwardMarcus Smart’s role with the Boston Celtics in...
Sep 18, 2017
Recapping Kyrie Irving’s appearance on First Take

Recapping Kyrie Irving’s appearance on First Take

The Celtics’ new star point guard went on ESPN’s First Take, and mostly faced questions about LeBron James. On Monday morning, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving joined Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on ESPN’s hit show First Take to talk about his decision to request a trade from the Cavaliers. Things started off pretty civil. The First Take crew gave Irving time to explain what he was thinking. Irving was very appreciative of the opportunities he was given in Cleveland, saying that, “I was able to develop and evolve as a man, and I just felt it was best for my intentions to...
Sep 18, 2017
Marcus Smart’s role with the Boston Celtics in 2017-18

Marcus Smart’s role with the Boston Celtics in 2017-18

Suddenly the team’s longest-tenured player — as well as 20 pounds lighter from the end of last season — Brad Stevens is expected to lean on the fourth-year pro quite heavily this season. Jon Duke and Justin Poulin examine the impact Marcus Smart will have on the 2017-18 Boston Celtics in the latest deep dive by the charismatic hosts of Celtics Stuff Live. Unless an agreement is met between the Celtics and Smart on a rookie-scale extension before Oct. 16, the fiery guard will become a restricted free agent in the summer of ‘18. With Avery Bradley in Detroit, Smart will be counted...
Sep 18, 2017
CelticsBlog roundtable: who starts in the front court with Al Horford?

CelticsBlog roundtable: who starts in the front court with Al Horford?

Brad Stevens prefers to play Horford at the 4, but do the Celtics have a center with Amir Johnson in Philadelphia? Jeff Clark: I think you have to go with Marcus Morris at the 4 next to Horford on most nights. Yes, that means that Horford will have to play the "5" but there aren't that many bruising bigs in the league anymore. Besides, Horford can space and pace them to death on the other end. If they are really beating up on him, Stevens can quickly sub in Baynes to provide more beef in the middle. Morris provides versatility and skills that (in theory) should mesh well with the rest of...
Sep 18, 2017
The Truth about Jayson Tatum

The Truth about Jayson Tatum

Are we sleeping on the Rookie of the Year? “Tobias Harris 2.0” “Skinner version of Paul Millsap” “Why didn't we just take Monk or Issac?!” These were my mentions on draft night. For the second consecutive year Celtics fans built up their hopes in anticipation for a star and ended up getting a young prospect they knew little about. Somewhere along the road, not very many considered Jayson Tatum a real target. Many considered Markelle Fultz to be the runaway best prospect in the draft, so much so that even thinking about anyone else seemed like an afterthought. But three...
Sep 17, 2017
Converting Marcus Morris into a point forward

Converting Marcus Morris into a point forward

Can the former Piston be a playmaker on offense like Kelly Olynyk and defend wings like Jae Crowder? When the season starts in October, we’re all going to miss Avery Bradley. Avery was “our guy.” There will be games when DeMar DeRozan or Steph Curry or Bradley Beal go off for 50 in the Garden and we’ll all mutter under our breath, “if Avery was still here...” Those emotions might even turn ugly and all that ire and frustration will be misguidedly directed at Marcus Morris, the man Bradley was traded for just to get under the cap this summer. But by December, I’ll bet Morris...
Sep 16, 2017
Boston Celtics daily links 9/16/17

Boston Celtics daily links 9/16/17

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe  For the Celtics, nothing at this point is certain, and Danny Ainge is OK with thatCelticsBlog  The understudy and the rock: Could Jaylen Brown replace Avery Bradley? Marcus Smart is never boring - a look at his role on the new Celtics Lex Nihil Novi  The acquisition of Kevin Garnett changes everythingCSNNE  Paul Pierce: Kyrie Irving 'can impact this team in a major way'NESN  Iman Shumpert Provides Inside Look At Kyrie Irving’s Departure From Cavs Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Takes Center Stage In ‘NBA 2K18’ Launch...
Sep 16, 2017
Marcus Smart is working relentlessly in preparation for a monumental season

Marcus Smart is working relentlessly in preparation for a monumental season

This season will be the biggest of Marcus Smart’s career to date, and he has put in the work to prepare for it. I feel like it’s said every year, but Marcus Smart is due for a breakout season. If it weren’t for the Celtics acquiring Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in the same summer, Smart would have been one of the most interesting storylines of Boston’s offseason. The 2017-18 season is a crucial year in Smart’s career. The 23-year-old Swiss Army knife is going into his fourth professional season and will be a restricted free agent come July 1st. Throughout his first three...
Sep 16, 2017
The understudy and the rock: Could Jaylen Brown replace Avery Bradley? Is Aron Baynes the next Amir Johnson?

The understudy and the rock: Could Jaylen Brown replace Avery Bradley? Is Aron Baynes the next Amir Johnson?

Boston’s new Big Three of Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford are shoe-ins for the starting five, but who plays with them at tip-off? Juggling his starting lineup is nothing new to Brad Stevens. Due to injury, matchups, or just plain ol’ tinkering, the Celtics had 14 different starting fives last season. Stevens’ most used combination—Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford, and Amir Johnson—only started 36 games together. With Bradley and Johnson in Detroit and Philadelphia respectively and Thomas and Crowder in Cleveland, Brad Stevens will have to start...