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Video: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum thriving

Video: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum thriving

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports But nobody’s above clowning each other on a far more enjoyable Celtics team that’s winning and having fun. BOSTON, MA — The Celtics rode Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to an explosive run of pacing and spacing to close a third quarter that thwarted the second best team in the west, the Nuggets, from hanging around in the third. A blowout victory didn’t require Gordon Hayward or Kemba Walker’s best, showcasing how deep this Boston’s team has been. Marcus Smart returned with a 4-for-5 performance on his mother’s birthday and Stevens continues...
Dec 7, 2019
Syracuse pummels Georgia Tech 97-63

Syracuse pummels Georgia Tech 97-63

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Elijah Hughes hit four threes in three minutes to give Syracuse a commanding lead Georgia Tech never chipped into. Hughes scored a career-high 33. Buddy Boeheim adds 26 points with a flurry of second-half threes. A much-needed victory. The only chance Georgia Tech and Syracuse — two of the worst spot-up shooting teams in college basketball — would engage in a shootout would’ve been if Michael Devoe and Elijah Hughes got going. Hughes provided his share, with an earth-shattering three minutes for an offense starving for made shots...
Dec 6, 2019
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum lead run in late third to top Nuggets 108-95

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum lead run in late third to top Nuggets 108-95

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Brown and Tatum combine for 47 points to continue their recent scoring surge and a barrage of Celtics blocks nullified Denver’s size advantage in a 32-19 3Q victory. The Nuggets had to know the game slipped from their hands when Nikola Jokic needed to awkwardly flip a pass over the defense to the perimeter while trying to isolate Enes Kanter. Brad Stevens has trusted Kanter in since his return for offensive bursts, like the trio of assists he dished against Denver. Within two minutes, Brown hit a pair of free throws and flew through a crowd in...
Dec 5, 2019
VIDEO: Kelly Olynyk considers Jaylen Brown an elite NBA player

VIDEO: Kelly Olynyk considers Jaylen Brown an elite NBA player

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Kelly Olynyk returns and sees a different Jaylen Brown from the young rookie he played with at the end of his Celtics tenure. The Celtics shook off another rough start with Marcus Smart’s intensity missing due to an illness and oblique injury. Brad Stevens shook up lineups into the second, when he found a wing-heavy group with Semi Ojeleye he rolled with for over 20 minutes as Kemba Walker scored 29 and flipped the game upside down with his playmaking in the second quarter. Boston won 112-93 and leapt over the Heat to second place in the east. Video...
Dec 4, 2019
Video: Is this already a lost season for Syracuse men’s basketball?

Video: Is this already a lost season for Syracuse men’s basketball?

Bobby Manning and the DO’s Josh Schafer discuss on a video edition of the Syracuse Basketball Podcast. The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team lost its third straight game, a streak that pushed the Orange into the bottom of the ACC not only in wins, but in defensive rebounding percentage. Only Boston College and Miami rebound fewer opponent misses. Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard III combined to shoot 5-for-34 from three over the losing streak, which could continue on the road against Georgia Tech and Georgetown this next week. Far from Syracuse’s only issues, it feels like the only...
Dec 3, 2019
Must Cs: Celtics receive update on Gordon Hayward

Must Cs: Celtics receive update on Gordon Hayward

Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports Updates on the Hospital Celtics. Brad Stevens: “(Marcus Smart) doubtful).” Stevens’ presser became a long medical report on the “hospital Celtics.” Marcus Smart arrived sick, with a cold, after injuring his oblique against the Knicks. The medical staff stepped in and held him out due to the extra strain of the illness and he’s doubtful Wednesday against the Heat. Gordon Hayward was cleared for more after his meeting with his doctor on Monday, but still did not practice with live action — only serving as a ref. Romeo Langford returned to...
Dec 2, 2019
Syracuse Basketball Podcast: Penn State, NIT Tourney wrap from Brooklyn

Syracuse Basketball Podcast: Penn State, NIT Tourney wrap from Brooklyn

Bobby and James discuss Bourama Sidibe’s absence, Quincy Guerrier’s slow rise and an Orange team facing new issues every game. Is this going to be a long year? The Syracuse Basketball Pod went live from Brooklyn, where the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team again squandered a New York City trip. Last year, the Orange suffered a similar setback but regrouped into conference play to reach the NCAAs. Now Kevin and others are already talking NIT. A 4-3 start marks Syracuse’s worst since 1996, a similar season of rebuilding after a successful veteran core departed, but there are some...
Dec 2, 2019
Must Cs: Celtics puzzled about first quarter woes

Must Cs: Celtics puzzled about first quarter woes

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports No NBA team has scored fewer first-quarter points since mid-November. NEW YORK — The Celtics struggle to understand how they’re not jumping into games with more energy and enthusiasm. They stood gridlocked with the Knicks at the end of the first quarter, allowing one of the more hapless teams in the NBA minus Marcus Morris to hang around and pace the game through its midway point. In the late sequences, Brown and Tatum bolstered Boston’s offense to victory, along with a 2-for-4 closing sequence from Kemba. But concerns remain as the team prepares...
Nov 30, 2019
Marcus Smart, Celtics ready to move on from Kyrie Irving

Marcus Smart, Celtics ready to move on from Kyrie Irving

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports Potential shake-up at center coming and Kyrie exhaustion as Celtics hope to move beyond talk of last year. BROOKLYN, NY — Several Celtics embraced Kyrie Irving after they lost to his Nets in Brooklyn on Friday. Across the locker room they expressed exhaustion from all the talk about him, and are ready to move on to this season. Irving didn’t play, but the game revealed some rotation adjustments potentially coming through Stevens into December. Brad Stevens: “They really punched us in the mouth. They scored 22 points in the first six minutes. Any day...
Nov 30, 2019
VIDEO: Wanamaker, Kanter on Celtics bench rise, jeans

VIDEO: Wanamaker, Kanter on Celtics bench rise, jeans

Brad Wanamaker on his second-unit success, Enes Kanter hit on the jeans and Grant Williams turns 21 while trying to break an 0-for-21 slump from three. NEW YORK — The Celtics practiced by the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday ahead of a midday matchup with the Knicks the next day. Gordon Hayward continued to shoot, progressing back from his broken left hand, which he’ll receive an update about on Monday from his doctor. Elsewhere, Tacko Fall remained with the team to receive more rehab and ice on his bruised knee, while Romeo Langford practiced before the team optioned him to Maine. The...
Nov 28, 2019
Inside Celtics Locker Room: Kemba Walker returns and Kyrie Irving missing

Inside Celtics Locker Room: Kemba Walker returns and Kyrie Irving missing

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Walker drops 39 on Brooklyn and Marcus Smart pokes another ball loose from the top of the basket. Kyrie Irving did not travel to Boston for his potential return but a Nets team that entered undefeated without him received an overwhelming performance from Irving’s replacement in Boston. Walker torched the Nets’ defense alongside another 20-point night for Jaylen Brown as the Celtics remain undefeated (7-0) at home in 2019-20. They’re off to Brooklyn, where they may get their chance to face an old teammate. Brown is excited for the potential...
Nov 27, 2019
Takeaways: Oklahoma State ravages Syracuse in transition

Takeaways: Oklahoma State ravages Syracuse in transition

Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Isaac Likekele strolled to an open basket repeatedly in a blowout win over Syracuse. No team had tested the Orange in transition yet. Syracuse tried the press. They played the free throw game. Elijah Hughes launched the best scoring game of his career, hitting a three from near the logo to get the Orange as close as nine in the second half. Nonetheless, SU’s 23-16 lead slipped away through transition defense debacles in the first. Foul trouble struck Marek Dolezaj, Bourama Sidibe and Hughes. SU’s bench, which fell on our radar today, could...
Nov 27, 2019
Boeheim “most concerned” about getting Guerrier, Goodine going

Boeheim “most concerned” about getting Guerrier, Goodine going

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Syracuse found its starters early in the non-conference slate, but even a 51-point win did not reveal any consistent bench contributors. Quincy Guerrier awaits the next one. The entire Syracuse Orange do. When he hits another three-pointer, he may finally reveal his celebration. A critical triple against Cornell — part of his 8-0 burst that separated Syracuse when they only led 44-41 — stands as his only outside make in nine attempts over five games. 8 straight points by @quincyguerrier 52 445:50 2nd pic.twitter.com/F5m3yzITPN— Syracuse...
Nov 26, 2019
Inside Celtics Locker Room: Smart downs Kings late

Inside Celtics Locker Room: Smart downs Kings late

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Celtics get excited about Tremont Waters, receive good news on Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart avenges last week’s loss late to the Kings. Marcus Smart watched a perfect attempt for his first career buzzer-beater touch every part of the rim that normally guides a shot down before it rolled out against the Kings last week. In the rematch, he dealt with Buddy Hield’s career night, but got into the lane twice to hit a pair of runners to avenge his prior misfortune in the lane. Smart became only the fourth Celtic to post seven assists, five steals, zero...
Nov 24, 2019
Jim Boeheim: Don’t undervalue Frank Howard

Jim Boeheim: Don’t undervalue Frank Howard

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports A reporter asked if Joe Girard III brings more offensive punch to point guard than recent ones. Jim Boeheim reminded everyone that Frank Howard was a good college player. Former Syracuse Orange men’s basketball player Frank Howard finished his career at SU unceremoniously. One of the more divisive players in recent program history among observers and fans alike, he received an indefinite suspension before the 2019 NCAA Tournament. When SU lost to Baylor, Howard’s college career ended without him in the building. The non-finale fueled the flames for...

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