11:57 PM EDT, Sun May 28, 2017
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Can Danny Ainge build a championship team this summer?

Can Danny Ainge build a championship team this summer?

With the #1 pick, cap space, and several young assets, the Celtics could go in many directions this summer. Realistically, how do you see the off-season unfolding? Greg Cassoli: I expect the Celtics to keep their pick, draft Markelle Fultz, and make a run at signing a big name free agent. Worst case scenario, they have essentially the same team they did this year (with some new faces towards the backend of the rotation), and hopefully, a long-term franchise cornerstone in Fultz. It's possible a player like Avery Bradley gets traded, though that may be highly contingent upon whether or not...
9 hours ago
Should the Celtics build a superteam or move forward with a youth movement?

Should the Celtics build a superteam or move forward with a youth movement?

Danny Ainge will have plenty of options this summer, but can he have his cake and eat it, too? Do you see the Celtics going with a youth movement or building a superteam? Greg Cassoli: I think Danny Ainge is going to try to have his cake and eat it too, so possibly some sort of hybrid of the these options. If adding Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin makes the Celtics a super team, then that route seems feasible. Really committing to that path probably means trading the first overall pick as well, which seems less likely. Boston has practiced patience at every decision point since fleecing...
12 hours ago
What is your favorite Celtics memory from the 2017 season?

What is your favorite Celtics memory from the 2017 season?

IT’s 53. The Christmas game in MSG. An ECF win in Cleveland. There are just so many to choose from. Favorite memory? Greg Cassoli: It's hard to ignore Isaiah Thomas' playoff performance, particularly his 53 point game, but I'm going to do it because I'm a sucker for Paul Pierce. The Truth's basketball adolescence mirrored my actual developmental years, a time when I was falling in love with basketball. I embraced his arrogance and celebrated his skill, which was immense. I was lucky enough to be at his final game at the Garden, and was proud of the way the fan base sent him off. His...
15 hours ago
What did Year 4 of the rebuild tell us about the Celtics?

What did Year 4 of the rebuild tell us about the Celtics?

After two first round exits, Boston reached the Eastern Conference Finals to only get trounced by Cleveland. Where are we now? What is the biggest thing we learned about this team this season? Greg Cassoli: That they're really good, but not great. The Celtics season was a lot fun, but even if Isaiah Thomas had stayed healthy, there wasn't much hope against LeBron and the Cavs. That's an affirmation for hunting for a superstar, and should be vindication for Danny Ainge's decision not to make a win now move. Boston is in the envious position of being able to build for a championship in...
May 27, 2017
Jaylen Brown thinks Markelle Fultz is “Super Talented” Offensively

Jaylen Brown thinks Markelle Fultz is “Super Talented” Offensively

Intrigued by what Fultz can bring on Defensive end Jaylen Brown knows what it takes to earn his minutes. The rookie was pitted against the likes of Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko for minutes and the rookie admirably adjusted to the NBA while showing enough flashes to play in 78 games and start in 20 of them while averaging 17.2 mpg when he did step on the court. He battled the defensive learning curve, the rookie wall, and a quick hook by Stevens throughout the year and managed to look like a player who could end up being a building block for this team for years...
May 26, 2017
To win the championship, the Celtics need to get through the Cavaliers

To win the championship, the Celtics need to get through the Cavaliers

Every team has to overcome a rival, Cleveland is that rival for Boston "As I told our guys, we made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be." - Brad Stevens That quote best sums up where the Boston Celtics stand as the 2017 season came to a close. The pain of losing is fresh, but all part of the climb. As Ric Flair says “To be the man, you gotta beat the man! Woooooooooo!” and right now the Celtics are trying to beat the man. In the history of the NBA, almost every eventual champion had to climb through another team in their conference...
May 25, 2017
Danny Ainge has a lot of options this offseason

Danny Ainge has a lot of options this offseason

The number 1 pick, lots of cap space, and plenty of options. Say it with me one more time. The Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and have the number one pick in the draft. Every time I think about that it makes me grin. Sure, LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin reminded us how far this team still needs to go, but at least we made the bully bleed his own blood once on our way down. Now it is Danny Ainge’s job to close that gap and he has many options set out before him. Starting with the obvious, he has that number 1 pick. Most experts and fans agree that he’ll be picking Markelle...
May 25, 2017
It was a very good year for the Boston Celtics

It was a very good year for the Boston Celtics

No banner hung, but don’t hang your head. There will be no banner hung for this season but there’s no need to hang our heads either. The Boston Celtics won 53 games, gained the top seed in the East, advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, and lost to the defending champs. That’s a really good season in itself. Add to that the fact that we saw Isaiah Thomas have one of the best offensive seasons by any Celtics player ever. Brad Stevens cemented his status as one of the best coaches in the game. Al Horford quietly proved that he’s worth every penny of the contract he signed. Avery...
May 25, 2017
Good Job, Good Effort: Celtics season comes to an end in 135-102 Game 5 loss to Cavaliers

Good Job, Good Effort: Celtics season comes to an end in 135-102 Game 5 loss to Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics’ overachieving season came to a crushing end in Game 5, as they were blown out the gate by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 135-102 who won the Eastern Conference Finals 4-1. BOSTON — After countless adjustments, numerous injuries and some incredible performances from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Big Three, the Celtics season exhaled its final breath. Just like every game in Boston during the Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5 started with a bang and ended before the dust settled. The Cavs blitzed Boston early in transition as the Celtics spent most of the night...
May 25, 2017
Jaylen Brown, Amir Johnson active for Game 5

Jaylen Brown, Amir Johnson active for Game 5

Brad Stevens confirmed Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson are available to play in Game 5. BOSTON — Jaylen Brown will be available to play for the Celtics in Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, Brad Stevens announced pregame. Amir Johnson will also be available after being inactive for Game 4 with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Johnson was healthy enough to play in Game 4 per Stevens, but was held out as a precaution. Brown will play after suffering a hip pointer in game 4 Tuesday. Stevens said he waa wincing in pain earlier Thursday, but was cleared to play before...
May 25, 2017
Lonzo Ball won’t work out with Celtics prior to NBA Draft

Lonzo Ball won’t work out with Celtics prior to NBA Draft

Top prospect Lonzo Ball has declined an invitation to work out with the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge revealed that Lonzo Ball has officially declined an invitation to work out with the Boston Celtics in advance of the upcoming NBA Draft. He shared the news on WEEI’s Toucher and Rich program this morning. According to Danny Ainge on our show this morning, Lonzo Ball informed the Celtics that he will not be working out for them. #Celtics— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) May 25, 2017 The Celtics own the first overall selection and Ball is considered to be one of the the best...
May 25, 2017
Why I’m a fan of the Boston Celtics

Why I’m a fan of the Boston Celtics

Because Larry Bird. Come Fan With Us At SB Nation Welcome to the refreshed CelticsBlog! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! I became a fan of the Boston Celtics the same way a lot of people growing up around...
May 25, 2017
Jaylen Brown questionable for game 5

Jaylen Brown questionable for game 5

Updates on Brown and other Celtics injuries. The Celtics announced that Jaylen Brown is “questionable” for game 5 with a hip pointer injury. He did not mention the injury to reporters after the game and no further details are available at this time, but we’ll update you when we find out. The team also announced that both Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder are “probable” for the game. ESPN Crowder, who fell awkwardly during the second half, deemed himself "fine" after Tuesday's Game 4 loss while Johnson was active despite being pulled from the starting lineup because of soreness in his...
May 24, 2017
Would Chris Bosh be a good fit in Boston?

Would Chris Bosh be a good fit in Boston?

Take your money and run Chris Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have come to an agreement on a separation that would allow Bosh to get out from the grips of the Heat while also releasing the Heat of the burden of his huge contract (thanks to insurance coverages). With Bosh officially on his way to becoming a free agent, there’s already a discussion on where he may fit considering that he’ll most likely be able to sign a relatively cheap contract. With the Celtics looking for size and a possible boost to the second unit, could Chris Bosh be an option? Assuming for a second that Chris Bosh...
May 24, 2017
Poetry in Motion: Inside Kyrie Irving and Lebron James dismantling the Celtics at their best

Poetry in Motion: Inside Kyrie Irving and Lebron James dismantling the Celtics at their best

Kyrie Irving and Lebron James each had 24 points in the second half as they dismantled the Boston Celtics and pushed them to the brink. CelticsBlog spoke with the stars on both sides to dive into how they made their magic happen. CLEVELAND – There was a daunting déjà vu for Kyrie Irving late in the third quarter of Game 4. He was writhing in the ground in pain after stepping on Terry Rozier’s foot going up for a layup, which he hit of course. Down on the sideline, wondering if this was the end of his night, he thought back to the many times he had been there before. Spraining his...