10:29 PM EDT, Fri March 22, 2019
59 mins ago
Open mailbag as we wrap up the Celtics’ season

Open mailbag as we wrap up the Celtics’ season

Let’s wind down the Celtics season with an open mailbag. There are 10 games left in the Celtics season so it seems a good enough time to take inventory and gear up for the playoffs. Ask me your questions in the comments below and I’ll do what I can to get to as many of the questions as I feel like. For the moment I’d encourage you to leave the offseason questions till the offseason (when we’ll have many months to cover that ground). The team’s focus right now is on the postseason so let’s focus on that for now. Want to know my thoughts on matchups, seeds, rotations, and which...
1 hour ago
Report: Greg Monroe signing 10-day contract with Celtics

Report: Greg Monroe signing 10-day contract with Celtics

According to Shams Charania, the Boston Celtics are signing Greg Monroe to a 10-day contract. Free agent center Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 23, 2019 The former Celtic was signed by the Toronto Raptors in the offseason but was traded to the Nets and released during the year. He played 38 games, averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game for the Raps. Monroe showed flashes of his talent for a shorthanded Celtics team last season. With Baynes...
6 hours ago
Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes eyeing weekend return

Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes eyeing weekend return

The Celtics could be back to full strength sometime during the weekend’s back-to-back. The word coming out of Charlotte is good news on the Celtics’ injury front: #NEBHInjuryReport Aron Baynes had an MRI on his ankle yesterday that came back encouraging, according to Brad Stevens. He’s back in Boston now and could play as soon as Sunday.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 22, 2019 #NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says that Gordon Hayward is continuing to progress through concussion protocol and is unlikely to play tomorrow, though he has not yet been ruled out.— Boston Celtics...
7 hours ago
Cashing in for a star: the curious parallels of the Celtics trade for KG and a potential deal for AD

Cashing in for a star: the curious parallels of the Celtics trade for KG and a potential deal for AD

Boston is positioned to once again trade young talent for a superstar, but should they? “I mean…I want KG, but giving up Al Jefferson, Gerald Green and picks is too much. I’d rather win with our guys.” That’s an exact post on a well-known basketball message board from 2007 when rumors broke that the Boston Celtics were considering trading for Kevin Garnett. The author of that comment wasn’t alone. Multiple posters agreed with that line of thinking. It’s an age-old dilemma, one that general managers and fans alike wrestle with: when do you push your chips forward and go all-in...
9 hours ago
Thomas Robinson is a candidate for Celtics’ 15th roster spot

Thomas Robinson is a candidate for Celtics’ 15th roster spot

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. In Thomas Robinson’s case, it might be “try, try, try, try, try, try again.” After being claimed off waivers last weekend by the Maine Red Claws, Robinson hopes that his stint in the G-League clears a path for an NBA return with the Celtics. The Sacramento Kings made Robinson the 5th overall pick back in 2012, but the former Kansas Jayhawk struggled to find a home. In five seasons in the NBA, he also made stops in Houston, Portland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. After spending a year in the Russian United League, he...
10 hours ago
Discussion: Can the Celtics still get the 3rd seed?

Discussion: Can the Celtics still get the 3rd seed?

Or will the Celtics be stuck in the 4th or 5th seed series? The Celtics won 3 out of the 4 games against the Sixers this season, but the loss on Wednesday significantly hurt the Celtics chances of getting the 3 seed in the playoffs. With 10 games left in the regular season, the Celtics are running out of time to make up the 4 games that they trail the Sixers in the standings. In fact, they are still looking up at the Pacers a well. Boston does have two games remaining against Indiana, so they have every chance of pulling ahead and securing home court advantage in the 4-5 series. In...
Mar 21, 2019
Marcus Smart fined $50,000 for shoving Joel Embiid

Marcus Smart fined $50,000 for shoving Joel Embiid

Smart avoids suspension despite being a repeat offender. The Boston Celtics were undermanned against the Philadephia 76ers in the second half of the loss last night following Marcus Smart’s ejection. Today, his judgement was passed down from the league: NBA announces $50K fine on Marcus Smart for "forcefully" shoving Philly’s Joel Embiid Wednesday. League says Smart’s fine was also based on "repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during NBA games," including two prior incidents this season which have resulted in fines.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) March 21, 2019 As...
Mar 21, 2019
Ainge optimistic with Hayward and Baynes injuries

Ainge optimistic with Hayward and Baynes injuries

The Celtics could be getting two key members of the second unit back very soon. On his weekly visit with 98.5’s The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge provided an optimistic update on the injured Gordon Hayward and Aron Baynes: Danny Ainge on @Toucherandrich said he expects Gordon Hayward to play this weekend, either Saturday vs. Charlotte or Sunday vs. San Antonio.Ainge also believes Aron Baynes’ ankle injury is more of a day-to-day thing than multiple weeks but said team will tread carefully.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 21,...
Mar 21, 2019
An emotional, but relatively meaningless loss and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/76ers

An emotional, but relatively meaningless loss and 9 other takeaways from Celtics/76ers

Boston lost their cool and the game, but it didn’t really change much 1. Normally we go through the takeaways in chronological order as they happened, but this game has one major takeaway we have to get to first: The Celtics, Marcus Smart in particular, lost their composure and lost the game. It’s really as simple as that. After rolling for most of the first half, as they usually do against the 76ers, Smart and Joel Embiid got tangled up a couple of times early in the third quarter. That led to Embiid sticking an elbow out when screening Smart and Smart losing his mind and shoving...
Mar 21, 2019
Who To Watch in the NCAA Tournment: Celtics’ Prospects Edition

Who To Watch in the NCAA Tournment: Celtics’ Prospects Edition

Which games should Celtics fans keep an eye on to get a sneak peek of next year’s potential rookies? It’s tournament time again! A time for busted brackets and figuring out how to watch games on your work’s network without tripping the firewall. For a lot of Celtics fans out there who don’t particularly care about college basketball, they might need a guide of which prospects to keep an eye on. That’s exactly what I’m here for and I’ve mapped out some of the top games for Celtics fans to check out over the next two days. Maryland vs. Belmont: Thursday @ 3pm on TruTV ...
Mar 21, 2019
Al Horford remains unstoppable against the 76ers

Al Horford remains unstoppable against the 76ers

Even in a tough loss, Al Horford once again exploited his match up against Joel Embiid and the Sixers’ defense. The Celtics fell just short of the season sweep Wednesday night after giving up a fourth quarter comeback to the Philadelphia 76ers. Everything was going right for the Celtics until the game slowed down a bit, and shots started to fall for Philly. It was the game where the Celtics’ game plan was set up to perfection in the first half, but the Sixers started chipping away at the lead and momentum started to shift. However, no matter the situation against the Sixers, the Celtics...
Mar 20, 2019
Aron Baynes has grade 2 ankle sprain

Aron Baynes has grade 2 ankle sprain

Baynes could be out for quite some time. The Celtics have announced that Aron Baynes has been diagnosed with a grade 2 ankle sprain. #NEBHInjuryReport Aron Baynes has been diagnosed with a grade 2 ankle sprain, per Brad Stevens.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 21, 2019 I’m no doctor, but a quick google search tells me that this could be 6 to 8 weeks. In regard to return to sport, Grade l sprains typically take 2-4 weeks or more to regain full mobility and for swelling to fully resolve, whereas Grade II sprains, being a little more severe, make take more like 6-8 weeks. A grade III...
Mar 20, 2019
Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons lead 76ers by Celtics 108-105 with late buckets

Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons lead 76ers by Celtics 108-105 with late buckets

Joel Embiid — 37 points, 22 rebounds and four assists — broke through his Boston struggles with some help from his friends. Aron Baynes injured, Marcus Smart ejected in the loss. Jimmy Butler stumbled, regained form free from the pressure on the baseline and drilled his fourth shot in the clutch. Joel Embiid had beat the Celtics up and down the third quarter and into the fourth, helping the 76ers produce 43 free throws of which they hit 39. Butler’s shot fell, stealing a chance for the Celtics to match and securing long-awaited victory for Philly over the C’s 108-105. The Celtics...
Mar 20, 2019
Marcus Smart ejected after shoving Joel Embiid

Marcus Smart ejected after shoving Joel Embiid

It’s getting heated. After losing Aron Baynes to a left ankle injury, the Celtics will have to finish this game without another defensive stalwart. After getting elbowed by Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart shoved the Philly big man and was immediately ejected after the altercation. Marcus Smart was ejected and Joel Embiid got a technical after this altercation in Philly. pic.twitter.com/qzisA0gvxO— ESPN (@espn) March 21, 2019 Smart finishes the game with 3 points and 4 assists.
Mar 20, 2019
Aron Baynes leaves game vs. Sixers with left ankle injury

Aron Baynes leaves game vs. Sixers with left ankle injury

After holding his own against Joel Embiid, Baynes left the game and headed straight to the locker room after coming down awkwardly. Aron Baynes had been playing really good defense against Joel Embiid and Boston’s big lineup with him and Al Horford were giving the Sixers fits on both ends of the floor. Unfortunately, this happened: Here's a look at the Aron Baynes injury. He landed on Smart's foot pic.twitter.com/bNorWLOc9S— John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) March 21, 2019 After about a minute of laying on the floor, Baynes gathered himself and limped straight back to the locker...