1:06 PM EST, Sat February 25, 2017
4 hours ago
The Read & React: Celtics crumble (again) vs. Raptors

The Read & React: Celtics crumble (again) vs. Raptors

P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka could have been Celtics. Instead, they’re Raptors and they keyed a comeback to give Toronto a 3-1 in the regular season series. Celtics paid the price for doing nothing (Bobby Manning): When I learned that Indiana wanted the whole boat for Paul George and the Bulls weren't interested in moving Butler all that much, I excused Danny Ainge for not unboxing the fireworks now. My fury didn't falter for the C's not making some move to improve. Especially as chief rival in the Atlanta, the Raptors, made two crucial moves to patch up their defensive issues in Serge...
14 hours ago
Celtics blow 17-point lead and lose to revamped Raptors

Celtics blow 17-point lead and lose to revamped Raptors

New Raptors Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker energize a relentless effort by Demar DeRozan that propelled Toronto to 50 points in 11 minutes out of halftime. Toronto erases a massive Celtics lead and brings themselves back into the race for the top of the east. A swarming defensive effort holds Thomas to 20 points. The entire Celtics team took off for Toronto as the trade deadline sun set to calls for and against the team’s stagnancy. The common ground both could agree on, with 23 games remaining, that this one would be massive for Boston with leads of two and four games over Washington and...
Feb 24, 2017
How the Celtics created the best pick-and-roll offense in the NBA

How the Celtics created the best pick-and-roll offense in the NBA

The Celtics are more than just their superstar point guard. The supporting cast has come together to make an elite offense. The biggest improvement of this year’s Celtics team is their half-court offense. Last season they ranked 22nd in the NBA, per Synergy. This season they’re risen all the way up to 3rd. The addition of Al Horford and ascendance of Isaiah Thomas have been huge. Today we’ll look at one of the best aspects of their half-court offense: the pick-and-roll. The Celtics are fantastic at executing it, but it’s more than just IT and Horford. The Celtics have utilized the...
Feb 23, 2017
What’s next for the Celtics?

What’s next for the Celtics?

The deadline has passed. Now what? The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the Celtics made no moves whatsoever. I think that I’ve made it clear that I’m perfectly content with that outcome. Sure, it would have been fun to add a Paul George or a Jimmy Butler to this roster right away. But despite the angst and anger that you are sure to hear on sports talk radio, the Celtics are still in a great position going forward. I don’t think you can call this deadline a “win” or a “loss” because the situation is more fluid and nuanced than that. I would elaborate, but smarter...
Feb 23, 2017
Celtics standing pat - make no deadline deals

Celtics standing pat - make no deadline deals

No deal. Despite breathless reports about Jimmy Butler and Paul George, the Boston Celtics made no trades at the NBA trade deadline. Boston Celtics: No deals. "Standing pat," source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 Official all-clear: No moves by the Celtics at the deadline.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) February 23, 2017 Woj reports that talks fizzled out with the Bulls and Pacers earlier in the day. Now we will see if the Celtics re-engage in talks this offseason. Stay tuned for the Draft Lottery when we find out exactly where that 2017 Nets pick...
Feb 23, 2017
Report: Celtics discussing deal for Paul George including Nets pick

Report: Celtics discussing deal for Paul George including Nets pick

Could this happen? Latest reports from Woj indicate that the Celtics and Pacers are at least discussing a Paul George trade. Update on Boston, Indy: Boston hasn't met Indiana's asking price on Paul George, but Nets pick has entered conversation now, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 2017 Nets pick has always been more in play for George than Butler. Biggest Celtic concern has to be PG's opt-out after 2017-18.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) February 23, 2017 More news as it becomes available.
Feb 23, 2017
Boston Celtics trade deadline updates and open thread

Boston Celtics trade deadline updates and open thread

Will Danny make a move? Consider this your one stop shop for any minor rumblings, rumors, and updates. If we see something big drop, we’ll try to get a post up as soon as possible to keep you informed. Steve Bulpett continues to report that the Celtics are hoping for bigger deals but happy to revert to smaller ones if they can’t find the right price. Beyond getting a primary talent that would fit more with the sustainable plan, the Celtics could also work the edges for a short-term gain. There was talk that Dallas center Andrew Bogut would be a good addition for the remainder of the...
Feb 22, 2017
Rumor updates on Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Andre Drummond

Rumor updates on Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Andre Drummond

Some interesting news to track. Big name trades are rare but the DeMarcus Cousins situation taught us to expect unexpected things to happen from time to time. So while a move for any of the following names might not be very realistic, they are at least worth keeping tabs on. So here are a few links and quotes to consider. Andre Drummond ESPN The Detroit Pistons are welcoming offers on two players previously thought off-limits -- former All-Star center Andre Drummond and swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope -- as Thursday's trade deadline nears, according to league sources. Sources told...
Feb 22, 2017
Celtics looking for big deal, but content to stand pat

Celtics looking for big deal, but content to stand pat

Business as usual. Clockwork. The deadline is a little over a day away and the Celtics haven’t made a move yet. As someone who has been covering this team for over a decade, I can tell you that all parties are playing their roles as expected. The national writers have thrown the Celtics into any and every major trade rumor or speculation because they have the most assets. Rival GMs are speculating over what moves the Celtics may or may not make (since it could impact the moves that they can make). You hear rumblings from around the league that the Celtics really need to do something...
Feb 21, 2017
Celtics could protect Nets pick in major trade

Celtics could protect Nets pick in major trade

This seems like a good compromise. As we’ve discussed in this space before, the Celtics’ ability to pull off a major trade (namely for Jimmy Butler or for Paul George) could very well come down to their willingness to include the 2017 Nets pick. Personally I’d be very hesitant to pull that trigger if not against it altogether. However, a couple of insiders (Zach Lowe and Chris Mannix) have pointed out a strategy that could make sense for both sides. Protecting the pick. From Lowe’s article yesterday: New rules allow Boston to place protection on the Nets pick. But even if they...
Feb 21, 2017
All eyes on Twitter as Isaiah Thomas creates a stir with an emoji tweet

All eyes on Twitter as Isaiah Thomas creates a stir with an emoji tweet

What a fury a single set of eyes can cause. With all apologies to other social media platforms (and blogs for that matter) the fastest way to get information (and misinformation) is twitter. So around this time of year, Celtics fans and media alike are on it pretty much constantly, looking for the next trade rumor. All that attention can sometime create amusing consequences. It started last night with a confusingly brief Isaiah Thomas tweet. — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 21, 2017 That woke up Celtics fans everywhere and set off a series of response tweets. Here was...
Feb 20, 2017
Shall we dance: should Boston have traded for Boogie Cousins?

Shall we dance: should Boston have traded for Boogie Cousins?

Brad Stevens coached his first All Star Game, Isaiah Thomas almost alley-ooped to himself, but the biggest news coming out of New Orleans last night is that the Boogie-to-Boston dream is dead. Brad Stevens got to “coach” in his first All Star Game, Isaiah Thomas tried to dunk, but it was the news that DeMarcus Cousins would be joining All Star MVP Anthony Davis in New Orleans that stole all the headlines. Was this opportunity lost for Danny Ainge to cash in his chips or a careful show of restraint in order to maintain team chemistry and the long term plans of the team? Bobby Manning:...
Feb 20, 2017
Isaiah Thomas scores 20 in Brad Stevens’ NBA All-Star Game coaching debut

Isaiah Thomas scores 20 in Brad Stevens’ NBA All-Star Game coaching debut

It was all about offense as Brad Stevens coached the best of the East against the best of the West. In another All-Star Game that was overtly offensive to fans of defense the Western Conference All-Stars came away with the win after an insanely high-scoring affair ended 192-182. In Brad Stevens first appearance at All-Star Weekend and Isaiah Thomas’ second season as an All-Star, both Celtics received a big intro courtesy of the Roots. Watch Brad Stevens and Isaiah Thomas as they're announced to the crowd at #NBAAllStar in New Orleans! pic.twitter.com/FC4PSkyqxW— Boston Celtics...
Feb 19, 2017
Rumor: Celtics interested in Danilo Gallinari

Rumor: Celtics interested in Danilo Gallinari

Because who couldn’t use more shooting? Steve Bulpett mentioned that the Celtics are still interested in Danilo Gallinari. You can expect the Celts to keep an eye on Danilo Gallinari, a shooter they’ve tried to get in the past. Ainge has an NBA man-crush on Gallinari, who hasn’t been on the rumor radar, but that also was the case when Ainge went after Isaiah Thomas two years ago. As well as the Celtics have shot, they could always use more floor spacing.
Feb 19, 2017
Rumor: Celtics interested in PJ Tucker

Rumor: Celtics interested in PJ Tucker

Add him to the list of minor potential moves. Buried in an article about Jimmy Butler is a blurb about the Celtics interest in PJ Tucker. via Sean Deveney They can do that without Butler, instead trying to make a minor move for a contributor like Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Boston has expressed deep interest in Tucker ahead of the deadline, a source said. Get Tucker, and the Celtics can add depth without giving up on a potential No. 1 pick. And there is cap space available this summer to sign a player in free agency. Without trading for Butler, Boston could keep the pick and get a name...