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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.