Boston Celtics News
1-29-15: The Boston Celtics struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to
13-24 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Celtics started this week by staying home in Boston to play
host to Derrick Rose and the rest of the Chicago Bulls. During the contest Boston shot 49% from the field
which made the offense feel good but the defense was a whole other story. The Celtics allowed the Bulls
to shoot 54% from the field while allowing 29 points and 10 rebounds to Derrick Rose in a 119-103 loss
to Chicago. The Bulls won the game despite 20 points from Jared Sullinger and 16 points from Brandon
Bass. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip out west to the Staples Center to take on the
Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers used 48% shooting from the field as a team and a
strong defense to take down the Celtics by the final score of 102-93. The Clippers were led by 22 points
from Blake Griffin while DeAndre Jordan added 19 points in the victory for Los Angeles. Meanwhile the
Celtics attack was led by 17 points from Brandon Bass but it was not nearly enough in the loss for
Boston. The Celtics finished their week off by making the long trip out to Portland’s Moda Center to take
on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Trail Blazers losing ways
continued as Boston came back in the fourth quarter to narrowly edge Portland by the final score of 90-
89. The Trail Blazers came storming back in the third quarter to take a five point lead entering the fourth
behind Damian Lillard’s 21 point effort but it was not enough in the end. Bradley led Boston is scoring
with 18 points and led his team to a fourth quarter comeback and victory to finish out their week. When
the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-26. Get your tickets for
next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off with the Denver Nuggets, the Golden State Warriors, the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
1-12-15: The Boston Celtics came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 11-18. The Celtics started this week by staying home in Boston to play host to Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks. During the game Dallas used 47% shooting and 29 points from the newest member of the Mavericks, Rajon Rondo, in a 119-101 victory over Rondo’s former team. Boston was out of the contest early and never really recovered despite 22 points from Avery Bradley in the loss. The Celtics were back on the court the very next night in Chicago taking on their Eastern Conference foes in the Chicago Bulls. During the game Boston outshot Chicago 45% to 37% but the Bulls still managed to pull out a 109-104 victory over the Celtics in overtime. Chicago’s attack was led by Pau Gasol’s 29 points and 16 rebounds while the Bulls team knocked down 20 more free throws in the contest. Boston only managed 11 free throws as a team making Evan Turner’s 29 point night a moot point. The Celtics looked to get another victory during their next contest when the team stayed home in Boston to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest Charlotte jumped all over the Bucks early and often outscoring Boston in each of the first three quarters of the game. The Celtics tried to stick close behind 22 points from Jared Sullinger but it was not enough to overcome Kemba Walker and the Hornets. Walker led all scorers in the contest with 33 points as he and his Charlotte teammates pushed towards a 104-95 victory over the Celtics. For the Celtics next contest the team traveled to Brooklyn to take on their Atlantic Division foes Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest Boston was able to overcome a slow start and just 40 first half points to take down the Nets by the final score of 89-81. Joe Johnson led the Brooklyn attack with 17 points while Mason Plumlee pulled down 12 rebounds but it was not enough to stop the Celtics. Bradley led all scorers for Boston with 21 points while Turner pulled down 8 rebounds and 7 assists. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors before finishing the week at home in Boston playing host to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks.
1-2-15: The Boston Celtics 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a 10-16 overall record. The Celtics started this week by staying home in Boston to play host to their Eastern Conference foes in Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest the Celtics out-shot the Nets with 52% shooting percentage but Brooklyn went to the free throw line 17 more times which decided the game ultimately. Brooklyn knocked down 12 more shots from the free throw line led by Jarrett Jack who knocked down all 10 of his attempts. Jack led all scorers in the contest with 27 points as Brooklyn went on to narrowly beat the Celtics 109-107. Boston then traveled to Washington to take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards in their next contest. During the contest the Washington Wizards did everything you have to do to win a basketball game. Washington grabbed 12 more rebounds and dished 10 more assists while shooting 50% from the field as a team. Boston kept it close by drawing nine more fouls and getting 14 more attempts on the free throw line while Jeff Green scored 23 points. It was not enough as the Wizards and Kris Humphries 18 point night went on to beat the Celtics by the score of 101-88. For the Celtics final game of the week the team stayed home in Boston to play host to the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Celtics used a new rotation and lineup of starters and the players seemingly responded in a blowout of the Kings. Boston shot 47% from the field while holding Sacramento to just 37% shooting in a 106-84 victory over the Kings. Boston’s attack was led by 20 points from Jared Sullinger in the victory for the Celtics. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-18. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Dallas Mavericks before traveling to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics will then return home to Boston to host the Charlotte Hornets before finishing their week in Brooklyn taking on the Brooklyn Nets.
12-22-14: The Boston Celtics start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 7-13 record. The Celtics started this week by traveling home to Boston to host their Eastern Conference foes in the New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks welcomed Carmelo Anthony back to the court and he responded by leading the team in scoring with 22 points. Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 points for New York as the Knicks went on to snap their losing streak and win the game by the score of 101-95. Jeff Green scored 28 points for the Celtics in the contest but it was not enough in the loss to New York. The Celtics hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Celtics held the 76ers to just 36% shooting from the field and 14% from beyond the arc while enjoying unlikely contributions from Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk led Boston and all scorers with 30 points in an easy 105-87 victory over Philadelphia. In the loss the Sixers were led by 19 points from Nerlens Noel but it was not enough in the contest. The Celtics looked to make it two in a row in their next contest when the team stayed home in Boston to play host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest Boston shot 55% from the field 18 points from Brandon Bass and 16 points each from Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green. Meanwhile Orlando managed just 44% shooting from the field behind 17 points from Tobias Harris. After the game Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks and his Boston teammates got him a 109-92 victory in his final game over Orlando. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-14.
12-15-14: The Boston Celtics have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 5-11 record. The Celtics started this week by traveling back home to Boston to play host to the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Celtics had to feel good about holding Kobe Bryant to just 9-21 shooting and 22 points while holding the Lakers team as a whole to just 41% from the field. The Celtics on the other hand shot better from the field shooting 51% from the field led by 24 points from Tyler Zeller in a 113-96 victory over the Lakers. Boston looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when they played host to the Washington Wizards at home. During the contest Boston held Washington to just 37% shooting from the field behind strong defense from Rajon Rondo and company. The Celtics defense held Washington to just 15 points in the first quarter making for a deficit the team could not make up. Washington would fall to Boston despite 22 points from Rasual Butler as the Celtics beat the Wizards by the score of 101-93. During the next contest for these two teams they would face each other once again but this time with Washington as the host. During the contest these two teams quickly learned that this would be a shootout and a game that would be determined by the team that had the ball last. Washington pulled ahead with a huge second quarter but Boston made up the deficit and then some in the fourth as the Celtics late charged forced overtime. Both teams managed 11 points in the overtime forcing a second overtime as Jeff Green of the Celtics and Paul Piece of the Wizards traded shot for shot. In the end the Wizards came out on top in double overtime as Washington took down Boston by the score of 133-132. Boston finished their week off back on the road in Charlotte facing off with the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest Al Jefferson led the way for the Hornets with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kemba Walker added 18 points in a 96-87 victory for Charlotte. The Celtics had Jeff Green score 16 points in the loss but it obviously wasn’t enough on the night. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-13. Next week, the team travels home to host the New York Knicks in Boston before setting out on the road to face off with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics will then pack their bags and head back home to Boston to finish their week by hosting the Orlando Magic.
12-5-14: The Boston Celtics have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 4-8 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Celtics started this week by traveling back home to Boston to host one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Chicago Bulls. This contest went down to the final seconds of the game which hasn’t boded well for the Celtics this season. Boston has played seven games that were decided by six points or less then season and had a 2-5 record coming into this one. Jared Sullinger led the way for the Celtics leading all scorers with 23 points plus 10 rebounds as the team had the lead with 2:29 left to go. The Celtics would not score again in the contest in the final 2:29 as the Bulls mounted a comeback to win the game by the score of 109-102. The Celtics were back at home in Boston for their next game as the team played host this time to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Celtics had a tough night shooting, particularly from beyond the arc, while also struggling to hold down the Spurs offensive attack. The Celtics shot just 41% from the field and 31% from beyond the arc knocking down just six three pointers in the contest to the Spurs 11 three point shots. The Spurs survived a slow night from Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli to beat the Celtics in convincing fashion by the score of 111-89. Boston looked to turn things around and get back in the win column in their next contest when the team traveled to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks in an Eastern Conference road game. During the contest the Celtics came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as Boston finished the first quarter with a staggering 42 point outburst. Unfortunately for the Celtics their first quarter point total was more than the team managed in the entire second half as Boston allowed Atlanta back into the contest. The Hawks were led by 24 points from Kyle Korver as Atlanta made up a 16 point halftime deficit to come back and win the game by the score of 109-105. The Celtics finished their week off by traveling back home to Boston to play host to the Detroit Pistons. During the contest both teams had a rough night shooting but the lack of defense led to a combined 195 shot attempts from both teams. Boston knocked down just 40% of their shots on the night but knocked down 37 buckets and13 three point attempts en route to 109 points. Detroit on the other hand shot just 36% from the field knocking down 37 shot attempts but just eight from three point land in a 109-102 loss to the Celtics. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-11.
11-28-14:The Boston Celtics have had a less than stellar start to their 2014/2015 season as the team has under achieved, especially Rajon Rondo, while posting a mediocre 4-6 record this season. The Celtics started this week by traveling to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies in what was expected to be a tough matchup for Boston. The Celtics had a slow start in the first half of this contest as Boston only managed 41 points in the half. This slow start was hard to make up, especially against a tough Memphis team, as the team ultimately fell to Memphis by the score of 117-100. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol’s 32 points and Zach Randolph’s 16 points and 16 rebounds double-double in the victory for Memphis. In the Celtics next game the team traveled back home to Boston to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in a home game. In the contest Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger scores 19 points each for the Celtics but the team struggled as a whole from the field on the night. Boston finished the game with just a 39% shooting percentage and a 22% shooting percentage from three point land in a 94-88 loss to the Trail Blazers. Portland was led by 20 points and 14 points from LeMarcus Aldridge as the Trail Blazers completed a second half comeback in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-8.
11-21-14: The Boston Celtics have not gotten much out of guard Rajon Rondo in the first two weeks of the
2014/2015 season and the team’s 3-4 record is proof to start the year. The Celtics started this week by
traveling back home to Boston to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a home contest.
In the game LeBron James absolutely went off offensively leading all scorers with 41 points while also
dishing out seven assists in the contest. Kyrie Irving added 27 points in the contest as the Cavs as a team
shot 51% from the field. Boston was led by seven different players in double digits as the team finished
shooting 55% from the field. The difference in the game came on the free throw line as Cleveland
knocked down 28-37 while Boston only made 19-23 attempts from the charity stripe. With the help of
26 fouls from the Celtics the Cavaliers went on to narrowly edge the Celtics by the score of 122-121. The
Celtics licked their wounds after the loss and traveled back home to take on the Phoenix Suns in their
next contest. In the game the Celtics had five players score in double figures including Jeff Green’s 28
point night while the team shot 52% from the field. The Suns matched the Celtics with five players that
scored in double figures while Markieff Morris led Phoenix with 30 points in the contest. The Morris led
Suns edged the Celtics in the fourth quarter as Phoenix went on to beat Boston by the score of 118-114.
Boston finished their week off by traveling to Philadelphia to take on the struggling and tanking
Philadelphia 76ers on the road. In the contest Philadelphia was led by Tony Wroten and Henry Sims but
once again the defense had no answer for the opposing team. The Celtics were led by 23 points from
Brandon Bass and 22 points from Jared Sullinger as Boston kept Philadelphia winless with a 101-90
victory on the road. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-
11-14-14: The Boston Celtics had a rough go of things last week as the team started their 2014/2015 season with a 1-3 record. The Celtics started this week by traveling to Indiana to take on the Indiana Pacers in a road game. In the game Boston sent 14 different players to the court against Indiana and five Celtics players scored in double digits in the contest. Six members of the Pacers scored in double figures including 22 points from Roy Hibbert but the Boston attack of Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were too much for Indiana as the Celtics went on to win the game by the score of 101-98. Boston followed up their victory against the Pacers by playing a road game with the Chicago Bulls. In the contest the Celtics had seven players that scored in double digits including Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Evan Turner to name a few. Chicago countered Boston with five players that scored in double figures including Aaron Brooks who led all scorers in the game with 26 points. Chicago was down big entering the fourth quarter and made things interesting late but Boston held on to beat the Bulls on the road by the score of 106-101. Boston finished their week off by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on an injury depleted Thunder team on the road. In the game Boston was led by 20 points from Rajon Rondo but the team as a whole shot just 27% from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow each scored 28 points in the contest as the Thunder went on to beat the Celtics by the score of 109-94. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-4.
11-7-14: The Boston Celtics started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting the Brooklyn Nets in their
home opener and defeated the Nets by the score of 121-105 to improve their record to 1-0 on the
season. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Celtics traveled to Houston to take on
the Rockets on the road. James Harden and Terrence Jones were too much for Boston while Rajon
Rondo was held to just 4 points as the Celtics dropped the game by the score of 104-90. In the next
game the Celtics continued their road trip as they traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on the
road. In the contest Jeff Green led all scorers with 35 points while Avery Bradley added 32 points for the
Celtics while Chandler Parsons scored 29 points as five Mavericks scored in double figures in this
contest. The Mavericks went on to win the game by the score of 118-113 in a contest that was decided
on the free throw line. Dallas made four more free throws on the day and shot 80% from the charity
stripe which contributed to the victory for the Mavericks. To finish off the week the Celtics headed back
home just in time to host the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry broke out for the Raptors in a big way in this
contest scoring 35 points while DeMar DeRozan chipped in 23 points in a 110-107 Raptors victory.
Boston was led by Jeff Green’s 20 points but the team committed seven more fouls than Toronto did
which led to the Celtics third loss. When the week was all said and done the team had an overall record
of 1-3 to begin the 2014/2015 season. Next week, the team starts off
by hosting the Indiana Pacers at home before setting out on the road to face off with the Chicago Bulls.
Boston will end the week by coming back home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
10-31-14: The Boston Celtics tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Brooklyn Nets at home after completing the preseason with a 5-3 record including their last three games. Rajon Rondo is back with the team after spending much of the summer with an injury. In order for the Celtics to trim their roster to the league maximum 15 players the team waived point guard Will Bynum who was acquired from the Detroit Pistons. Unless a team claims Bynum the Celtics will be on the hook for his $2.916 million salary for 2014/2015. Boston took their new and hopefully improved roster into their first game against the Brooklyn Nets and defeated the Nets in an impressive fashion by the score of 121-105. Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk led the way for Boston with 19 points and was one of eight Celtics to score in double figures in the contest. The Celtics defense held Brooklyn down all game long as Mirza Teletovic for the Nets led the way with 20 points. Boston finished the first week of the NBA season with a 1-0 record and will look to start a winning streak next week.
10-29-14: Still amidst the process of rebuilding, the Celtics will likely have another difficult year in the Atlantic division this season. The average secondary market price for tickets at TD Garden this season is $127.56, up 115.9% from last year’s average of $59.08. Rajon Rondo will lead a team strapped with youth as first-round draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young look to make a splash in the league. The team’s most expensive home game will be against the Cavaliers on April 12, with an average secondary price listed at $266.54 and a get-in price of $72.
10-24-14: Still in the rebuilding process, the Boston Celtics will hope that the 2014-15 season is one of continued growth. After drafting Marcus Smart and James Young, the Celtics added even more youth to their roster in the offseason. The team won just 25 games last season, missing their first playoff berth since the 2006-07 season.
10-15-14: The Boston Celtics are halfway through their preseason schedule as they have split the first four games, winning their first two with wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks respectively. However, Boston has dropped their last two preseason games to the Toronto Raptors and a 96-80 loss in their last outing against the New York Knicks last Saturday. The Celtics will get ready to play the Toronto Raptors tonight at the Cross Insurance Arena, with just three remaining games on their preseason schedule before opening up the regular season at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Boston Celtics kicked off their preseason schedule this past Monday with a 20 point win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Next on their preseason schedule is a matchup with the New York Knicks tonight, followed by six more preseason games against division rivals such as the Toronto Raptors, and Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics come in to the season with a lot of question marks surrounding their roster and just how much longer will their current best player Rajon Rondo be there as the franchise are in the rebuilding stage with future drafts picks owed to the team.
9-22-14: The biggest question for the Boston Celtics is when will all-star point guard Rajon Rondo be traded. As the only cog left from their 2008 championship team Rondo is determined to prove he has recovered from his torn ACL and play for a contending team. The Celtics have plenty of pieces to work with including first round draft picks and a bunch of new players such as Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller whom they acquired this summer is a trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland respectively. The Celtics recently signed free agent Evan Turner to a deal and in the draft picked up first round picks Marcus Smart and James Young to be their backcourt of the future. It seems all signs point to Rajon Rondo’s days in a Celtic uniform are numbered.
8-13-14: The Boston Celtics seem to be in rebuilding mode with none of the big names in this year’s free agency landing in Boston. The Celitcs did sign Avery Bradely to a four year deal worth $32 million and Evan Turner, the only players signed by Boston through free agency and acquiring Center Tyler Zeller through a trade. This year there are many questions marks surrounding the Boston Celtics as their offseson did little to provide any answers. Will Rondo still be on the roster at the end of the season? Where will Jeff Green and Brandon Bass end up? There is still a lot to figure out in Boston that Ainge and Brad Stevens have to deal with.
Boston Celtics 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 6, Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
Round 1, Pick 17, James Young, SF, Kentucky
4-7-14: The season could not end any sooner for the rebuilding Celtics. The Boston roster could only fight for so long. Brad Stevens’ Celtics lost to the Toronto Raptors on Friday and Chicago Bulls on Sunday, but only by a combined seven points. They then fought for three quarters at the United Center on Monday, but lost by 14 points in Chicago to finish the home-and-home set. Avery Bradley left Monday’s contest with a strained right Achilles’ tendon. He missed Wednesday night’s game in Washington as the Wizards blew out Boston. The Celtics are currently on a lengthy road losing streak, so they look to stop it soon.
4-1-14: The Celtics had a light week, as they are on pace for one of their worst seasons in franchise history. The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors were the Celtics’ only two opponents this past week. On Friday, the Celtics were at the Barclays Center to face the Nets. Avery Bradley scored a game-high 28 points and Rajon Rondo led all players in the contest with 12 assists, but Boston fell short by the score of 114-98. Then on Wednesday, the Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors. Jared Sullinger put up a game-high 26 points and Rondo kept up his hot streak of assists, but Toronto won by nine points.
3-24-14: The Celtics had a frustrating week, but it finished on a good note. They dropped games to the Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, but defeated the LeBron James-less Miami Heat. In each of the three losses, Boston wore its sleeved St. Patrick’s Day jerseys. The Celtics shot poorly in those contests, including Friday’s performance, which was their worst in more than a decade. On the bright side, Avery Bradley, who missed each of the Celtics’ games since the All-Star game, returned on Friday. His game-high 23 points on Wednesday helped the Celtics beat the Heat, 101-96.
3-17-14: The Celtics are dropping like flies. Soon after Gerald Wallace was lost for the season, the Celtics organization announced that Vitor Faverani would require season-ending surgery to repair his torn meniscus. Although the Celtics’ roster is depleted due to Avery Bradley’s injury and Rajon Rondo not playing in back-to-back sets, the team still went 2-2 this past week. The Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets in Paul Pierce’s second homecoming and then Rondo’s season-high 18 assists helped Boston take down the Detroit Pistons. However, the week did not end so well for the Celtics as they encountered double-digit losses to the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.
3-10-14: The Celtics had a relatively light schedule this past week. Unfortunately, their opponents were not so easy. Boston hosted the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Jeff Green put up a game-high 27 points against the Pacers, but the Celtics fell short as Indiana held on to the 102-97 victory. Then, against the Warriors, Kelly Olynyk led all scorers at the TD Garden that evening. However, the Celtics could not defend the paint. Golden State scored 58 points in the key and won, 108-88. There was more unfortunate news for the Celtics this past week: Gerald Wallace had season-ending knee surgery.
3-3-14: The Celtics had a frustrating road trip on the West Coast. After losing to the Suns in Phoenix, Boston traveled to Los Angeles, Sacramento and Utah to complete the four-game stretch. Unfortunately, Brad Stevens’ squad fell to the Lakers, Kings and Jazz. For the first time since 1994, the Celtics franchise went five consecutive games allowing triple-digit points while scoring fewer than 100 points in each contest. However, they stopped the five-game losing streak on Wednesday in their first home game since the All-Star break. Behind a season-high 29 points from Jerryd Bayless, the Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 115-104.
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive remaining Boston Celtics tickets are: March 19th vs the Miami Heat, March 7th vs the Brooklyn Nets, March 1st vs the Indiana Pacers, March 30th vs the Chicago Bulls, and March 12th vs the New York Knicks. The cheapest remaining game comes March 26th vs the Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors.
2-24-14: Although there were no Celtics on the All-Star team for the first time since 2007, they had multiple players in the Rising Stars Challenge. The last time that happened for the men in green was 2005 when Al Jefferson and Tony Allen played on the rookie squad. Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk both started for Team Webber this past weekend and they combined for 22 points. The Celtics then began a four-game road trip after the All-Star break. Unfortunately, they are without Avery Bradley because he did not make the trip due to an ankle injury. The first game back from All-Star weekend was a six-point loss to the Phoenix Suns.
2-18-14: This past week, the Celtics’ representatives in the Rising Stars Challenge, sophomore Jared Sullinger and rookie Kelly Olynyk, were showing the TD Garden crowd how strong this team could be in the future. On Friday, Sullinger, who has been Boston’s best player this season, battled DeMarcus Cousins and scored a career-high 31 points en route to his fourth consecutive double-double in addition to the Celtics’ 99-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Sullinger, who was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, also posted double-doubles in Boston wins on Sunday and Monday. Kelly Olynyk got in on the fun as well. On Monday, he registered his first career double-double and then made it two in a row in Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
2-10-14: After losing 15 games in a month for the first time in franchise history, the Celtics started February on a nice note. On Sunday, Boston continued its tradition of playing on Super Bowl Sunday. They and the Magic participated in the NBA’s only game that day, and Celtics fans were happy to have Avery Bradley return to the lineup. After missing five games, he joined Rajon Rondo in the backcourt, and they led the Celtics to the 96-89 victory. Then on Wednesday in Philadelphia, Jeff Green exploded for 36 points as Boston defeated the 76ers by six points. With that victory, the Celtics won back-to-back games for the first time in 2014.
2-3-14: It is quickly looking like lottery season in Boston, as the Avery Bradley-less Celtics went winless this past week. After dropping Friday’s contest to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the TD Garden crowd honored Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for all of their accomplishments in green on Sunday evening. Although the game was an ugly one, the night was unforgettable for all involved. Rajon Rondo, who was glad to see his old friends, scored a season-high 13 points. The Celtics then fell to the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, but Jared Sullinger capped off a great month by registering his second 20-point, 15-rebound game of his career.
1-27-14: The Celtics had an odd week, as their only victory came without Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless. The men in green entered their game on Wednesday in Washington as losers of their last 10 road games and on the second night of a back-to-back, but still won because of a Gerald Wallace game-winning lay-up in their first overtime game of the season. The Celtics started rookie Phil Pressey at point guard, and he scored a career-high 20 points. In addition, Jeff Green made some huge shots en route to a season-high 39 points of his own. That Wednesday night miracle for the Celtics helped Brad Stevens save a difficult week as Boston has lost its last nine games with Rondo in the lineup, dating back to last season.
1-20-14: It was a hectic week for the Celtics, as they participated in another three-team trade after their star point guard cryptically announced that he would be returning. Rajon Rondo, a man who always played with the media, tweeted the following on Monday evening: “29,233,380 secs.” This code meant that he would be back to play on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. As Boston was getting excited about Rondo in a Celtics uniform, he actually suited up against the Toronto Raptors after the Celtics acquired Joel Anthony and draft picks in exchange for Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks. Although Rondo did not play on Wednesday, Jared Sullinger’s 25 points and 20 rebounds helped the Celtics end their season-worst nine-game losing streak in a 88-83 defeat of the Raptors.
1-3-14: There were 161 different performances of at least 30 points in the NBA before the Celtics gave up one. However, while Boston was the final team to allow a player to score 30 points, it happened to the men in green in consecutive games. They finished their light December schedule by splitting home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics withstood a furious Cleveland comeback to win by three points on Saturday. Then on Tuesday, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 21 points, but Paul Millsap put up a monster double-double and Boston gave up an 18-point lead to lose by one point. The Celtics then began a 17-game January with a 12-point loss at Chicago.
12-30-13: The Celtics had a frustrating week in terms of results, standings and Rajon Rondo’s recovery. On Saturday, the men in green dropped a game to the Washington Wizards after leading by as many as 18 points. After hanging with the Indiana Pacers through the first quarter on Sunday, the Celtics had their largest defeat of the season. While Boston’s record of 12-17 puts them in position for a playoff spot in the horrendous Eastern Conference, it is no longer good enough for top billing in the Atlantic Division. In addition, Rondo announced that a January return is unrealistic, so Celtics fans will have to wait a little longer before they get their star point guard back.
12-22-13: Another solid week for the Celtics means more days spent in the upper half of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Boston is enjoying a light December schedule and took advantage of it with victories over the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics even jumped out to a 21-point lead early in their game with the Detroit Pistons. However, in each of the three contests, the men in green lost second-half leads. They came back against the Knicks and Timberwolves, but failed to on Wednesday. There have been many bright spots for the Celtics this season, including Jared Sullinger, who has scored double-digit points in each of his last six games. .
12-13-13: The Celtics continue to lead the lackluster Atlantic Division even after losing on consecutive nights. Those two contests were very important to the Celtics organization, as they both were “reunion” games. On Tuesday, the men in green ventured to Brooklyn to take on Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who led the Celtics to their 17th championship banner in 2008. Then on Wednesday, the Celtics hosted Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Both of those nights were filled with emotion, but Celtics fans have been able to celebrate more than just past success this season. After a big home victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Boston obliterated the New York Knicks on Sunday. Then, Jordan Crawford, who has filled in admirably for Rajon Rondo, was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
12-6-13: You know that the division is struggling when a team with an 8-12 record is leading it. Well, that is exactly where the Rondo-less Celtics find themselves early in the month of December. They battled through a brutal November, in which they played 18 games in 30 days, including two losses to the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. However, the Celtics sandwiched their most recent loss to the Bucks with two home victories. The first was a dominant win over the Cleveland Cavaliers with Jeff Green scoring 31 points, the most by a Celtic this season. Then, Boston had six different double-figure scorers on Tuesday en route to getting revenge against the Bucks.
11-28-13: After losing six straight games the Boston Celtics have rebounded as of late, winning two of their last three. The C’s won on the road in Atlanta and Charlotte before falling Wednesday night at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kelly Olynyk remains sidelined with a sprained ankle and Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger have been moved into the starting lineup in his absence. With a record of 6-11 on the season, Boston is keeping their games respectable and doing their best until Rajon Rondo can return.
11-22-13: It has been a season of streaks for the new-look Boston Celtics. After starting the season on a 4-game losing streak and then a follow up 4-game winning streak, Boston has now dropped five in a row heading into Friday night’s matchup with the Pacers. With up and down play from their key players (Bradley, Green), the C’s are currently sitting in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division and one game out of the 8th seed in the East.
11-15-13: The Boston Celtics were supposed to be terrible. They traded away all of their aging stars and their best remaining player, Rajon Rondo, still hasn’t returned from a knee injury suffered last season. That hasn’t stepped their young roster from competing or even winning in 2013, though. In the past week, the Celtics have gone 3-1 with wins over the mighty Heat and the Orlando Magic (twice). No one expects the Celtics to compete for a playoff spot, but as long as they can compete like they have in week three of the new season, Celtics fans won’t be disappointed.
11-8-13: The Boston Celtics are mighty no more, as rookie head coach Brad Stevens has struggled to find the right rotations through five games, were the Celtics have gone just 1-4. That’s a surprise to no one, as Rajon Rondo is still out due to knee rehab, and the Celtics traded all of their other star players to the Nets in the off-season. While wins are sure to be hard to come by in 2013, Boston fans can at least hang their hat on some competitive spirit, as the Celtics haven’t lost a game by more than 10 points through their first five contests.
10-30-13: Welcome to the first season of the Brad Stevens era. The Celtics organization has waved goodbye to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and has officially turned the page as they look to pick up the pieces. This season will be one of development for many of the new players, including Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani who were among the best rookies of the preseason. The organization picked up Jared Sullinger’s third-year option, so he and his strong rebounding will be a significant part of this team’s future. As seen in the preseason, the Celtics will have to rely upon Jeff Green and a bunch of youngsters, especially until Rajon Rondo returns.
10-18-13: After trading away the faces of their franchise in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in the offseason the Celtics find themselves in a rebuilding mode this year. Boston is 1-5 this preseason, their lone victory coming in a 30 point win against the New York Knicks when
The Celtics have two games remaining in the preseason:
- October 20 @ Minnesota
- October 23 vs Brooklyn
10-15-13: The departure of longtime head coach Doc Rivers marks what lies ahead for the Boston Celtics. With 10 draft picks in the first round over the next five years the Celtics are poised to rebuild. With all star point guard Ray John Rondo not expected to play until late December the Celtics rely on Avery Bradley to progress as a point guard. New coach Brad Stevens in his first year will have the responsibility of grooming first round draft pick Kelly Olynk. It will also be interesting to see how the Celtics approach the first season where they do not expect to make the playoffs.
8-23-13: After a tumultuous, injury plagued Celtics season, Boston GM Danny Ainge decided that the window for winning a championship with his current roster had come to a close. Subtlety is typically present when tanking takes place, but Ainge went all in. Out are future Hall of Famer’s Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as well as Doc Rivers. Rajon Rondo becomes the new face of the historic franchise who will be hoping for a big leap this season from Jeff Green and incoming rookie Center Kelly Olynyk.
The Brooklyn Nets, sporting Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on their side, will visit TD Garden twice this season – Sunday, January 26th and Friday, March 7th. Doc Rivers, who was “traded” to the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason, will make his first and only return trip to Boston on December 11th. The Celtics home opener will take place on Friday, November 1st against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Milwaukee Bucks
- December 11th – LA Clippers
- December 13th – New York Knicks
- January 17th – LA Lakers
- January 26th – Brooklyn Nets
8-15-13: The Celtics have traded Fab Melo plus cash to the Grizzlies for Donte Greene.
2013 Celtics Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 13: C Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga (from Dallas).
On draft night they also pulled off deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sending Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, in return for three first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18) along with Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans. The trade will not become official until July 12th.
6-12-13: The 2012-2013 Celtics were one of the best teams in recent years that finished near .500. Losing their all-star point guard Rajon Rondo in late January, the team seemed destined for the lottery. However the veteran leadership and Celtic culture carried them into the playoffs where they were once again solid opponents for anyone who faced them. Despite being eliminated in the first round, the Celtics were able to groom a few of their young players who have promising futures, in particular, Jeff Green. After the all-star break, Jeff average 17 points per game and shot 49% from the field. With an aging roster, look for the Celtics to add talent in numbers this offseason.
2-14-13: Despite being buried by almost every living creature on earth, the celtics have compiled an 8-1 record since the season ending injury to Rajon Rondo. The Celtics have beaten the likes of OKC and the New York Knicks this season without Rajon Rondo. During that time they have lost two more rotation players for the year in Leandro Barbosa and rookie Jared Sullinger. The Celtics have become used to being the underdog as last year they shook off underperforming through the regular season only to end up one win away from the NBA finals. Doc Rivers trusts his group and you can look for them to make a push up the Eastern Conference seeds in the second half of the season.
11-20-12: Coming into the season the Celtics were said to have had one of the more underrated off seasons of any team. Becoming more athletic and slightly younger was a key goal for the organization. However through 11 games and an improved Atlantic division, the Celtics appear to still be a bit long in the tooth. With back to back surprisingly close games against winless Washington and an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Pistons, they sit at 6-5 overall. However, one should not worry too hard about this veteran group. Known as notoriously slow starters, the Celtics and their new roster has yet to gel and over the years they have proven to be viable contenders come playoff time, regardless of their poor starts or seeding.