Boston Celtics News
1-9-17: Although Avery Bradley sat out Saturday's contest against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans due a strained Achilles, Marcus Smart started and scored a season-high 22 points. Isaiah Thomas put up a game-high 38 points in the Celtics' 117-108 victory. Boston was once again firing on all cylinders from 3-point land, as the team made 18 of its 36 attempts. The victory is the Celtics' fourth straight win, and they will look for their fifth in a row on Tuesday at Toronto.
12-26-16: Marcus Smart was one of six Celtics who scored in double figures on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden, as Boston won, 119-114. Smart’s tie-breaking 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining in the contest was the key basket in the Celtics’ victory. Eastern Conference Player of the Week Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 27 points and Smart dished out a game-high seven assists in the contest.
12-12-16: The Celtics started December with two wins, but they have fallen in three of their last four contests. Kyle Lowry and Russell Westbrook were too much for the them in their last two losses. On Friday, the Toronto Raptors won, 101-94, at TD Garden, and on Sunday, Boston lost, 99-96, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the bright side, the Isaiah Thomas-less Celtics won, 117-87, on Wednesday at Orlando.
11-28-16: Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics in scoring on Monday and Wednesday, as they extended their winning streak to a season-long three games. However, on Friday afternoon, Kawhi Leonard was too much for the Celtics, as Boston was unable to play a strong second half in its 109-103 loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs.
11-21-16: After missing nine games due to a concussion, Al Horford returned to the lineup on Saturday. He filled the box score with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks in addition to scoring the game-winning basket and having the game-saving block in Detroit. Jae Crowder also returned from an eight-game absence with nine points in 27 minutes in the 94-92 win.
11-7-16: Although the Celtics were without Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk on Sunday, Brad Stevens was not happy with his team's performance in its 123-107 loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets. Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 30 points, and Avery Bradley scored 14 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds.
4-25-16: The Celtics gave the TD Garden crowd a lot to cheer about on Friday and Sunday. After losing Games 1 and 2 in Atlanta, Boston got out to a great start to Game 3 and although the green gave up the large lead, a career-high 42 points by Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics to a 111-103 victory. Then, Boston came back from a 16-point deficit to win Game 4 in overtime.
4-12-16: The Celtics began April with a 4-0 record, including a 109-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland to stop the Warriors’ 54-game home winning streak. However, Boston dropped each of its next two games. The losses at Atlanta and against the visiting Charlotte Hornets make Wednesday’s game against the visiting Miami Heat very important for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
3-29-16: Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 28 points en route to the Celtics’ 102-99 victory at Phoenix on Saturday night. He made 10 of his 11 free throw attempts in the win. The Celtics then headed to Staples Center, but they could not keep their winning streak going. Although Thomas made it four straight games as the game-high scorer, Boston fell to the Clippers, 114-90, on Monday.
3-14-16: Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 30 points, but he turned the ball over six times in Friday’s 102-98 loss to the Houston Rockets. Thomas had just four turnovers in his previous five contests. With the loss, the Celtics’ 14-game home winning streak ended. In other unfortunate news, Jae Crowder left the game with a sprained right ankle and did not return.
2-29-16: On Monday, the Celtics look to round out February on a three-game winning streak, as they host the Utah Jazz. On Saturday, Marcus Smart led a team effort with a team-high 15 points en route to the Celtics’ 101-89 win over the visiting Miami Heat. With a victory on Monday, Boston would extend its home winning streak to 11 games and move to 9-1 all-time on leap day, February 29.
2-23-16: After having a great start to February, the Celtics have alternated wins and losses. Boston finished its three-game road trip with 1-2 record after sandwiching Sunday’s blowout victory against the Denver Nuggets with losses to the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. On Monday, Jae Crowder scored a career-high 27 points in the 124-122 loss to the Timberwolves.
2-16-16: The Celtics bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to beat Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers, 139-134, at TD Garden on Wednesday. Isaiah Thomas, who played in his first All-Star Game on Sunday, scored a game-high 36 points in the victory. Boston starts a three-game road trip after the lengthy All-Star break.
2-10-16: Although it was Avery Bradley who made the game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, it was Isaiah Thomas who the NBA named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the last week. After Sunday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Celtics headed to Milwaukee. Unfortunately, a huge Celtics comeback was cut short after Bradley fouled Khris Middleton with 0.6 seconds remaining in a tie game.
2-3-16: The Celtics’ record fell back to .500 on January 12 when they lost, 120-114, at Madison Square Garden, but Boston beat the Knicks in New York on Tuesday in a low-scoring contest. Isaiah Thomas posted game highs in points and assists in the game. The victory was the Celtics’ fifth in their last six games.
1-12-16: Perhaps the preseason predictions were too favorable for the Boston Celtics, who sit one game above .500 as they approach the 40-game mark. Currently on a three-game losing streak, the Celtics have four games this week against the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.
1-4-16: The Boston Celtics aren’t playing inspiring basketball as of late, going 5-5 in their last 10 games and losing consecutive contests against two of the worst teams in basketball, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. With another game against the Nets on deck, the Celtics finish the week against the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies.
12-28-15: The winning streak has reached four games for the Boston Celtics, who most recently protected their home floor against the New York Knicks. The Celtics have a light week with only two home games this week against the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.
12-21-15: Now losers of three straight, the Boston Celtics have fallen to 10th place in the Eastern Conference after a tough six-game stretch of playing teams with records above .500. A home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves comes before back-to-back road games against the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.
12-11-15: The next team trying to knock the Golden State Warriors off their undefeated warpath is the Boston Celtics, who have their toughest task of the season. Sitting four games above .500, the Celtics are currently riding a two-game winning streak.
11-19-15: Their three-game win streak was snapped with a collapse to the Dallas Mavericks last night. The Celtics have two games this weekend against the Brooklyn Nets, as they complete a home-and-home on Friday and Sunday.
11-13-15: It’s hard to gauge the Boston Celtics when they’ve had at least one key member of the roster out for the majority of their games. Off to a 3-4 start through seven games things certainly can be doing better, but with the return of Marcus Smart perhaps the team’s strength—their depth—starts to show off.
11-5-15: Brad Stevens has yet to maximize the effectiveness of some of his new pieces, as the Boston Celtics have lost three straight games and bring their record to 1-3. An injury to Marcus Smart has left them shorthanded heading into the NBA’s second weekend.
4-27-15: The Boston Celtics were unable to clinch home court advantage through the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs despite posting a 40-42 record in the regular season. The Celtics clinched the #7 seed this season after finishing second in their division and will travel to Cleveland to take on the #2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers who went 53-29 this season. These two teams played four times during the regular season and these two teams split the four games this season with two wins each for each team. Game One was played on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland as each team took their first steps towards an NBA Championship. The Celtics seemingly caught the home team Cavaliers off guard in the first quarter when Boston dropped 31 points and took a four point lead. Luckily for Cleveland and their fans though the Cavaliers bounced back and were able to recover in the second and third quarters erasing the early deficit and turning it into a 15 point lead entering the fourth quarter. Despite 22 points and 10 assists from Isaiah Thomas the Celtics could not overcome a big shooting night from Kyrie Irving in a loss for the Celtics. Irving had 30 points to lead all scorers in the 113-100 victory for the Cavaliers. Cleveland leads the best of seven series. Tuesday night the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers played the second game of their best of seven series with Cleveland acting as the home team. On Tuesday night the Cavaliers continued to protect their home court in Cleveland when the team shot 45% from the field in an eventual 99-91 victory over the Celtics. LeBron James took over for the home team leading all scorers in the contest with 30 points and seven rebounds in an ugly victory for the Cavaliers. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics attack with 22 points and seven assists but it was not enough in a game that neither team shot very well in. Boston finished shooting just 39% from the court as a team and now find themselves down 2-0 in the best of seven series heading home. On Thursday night the Cavaliers traveled to Boston as the Celtics played host to Cleveland in Game Three of their potential seven game series. On Wednesday night the Cavaliers took a commanding 3-0 lead by doing what they have done all series long, jumping out in front early and grinding out the game in the second half. The Cavaliers took an eight point lead with them into halftime behind 31 points and 11 rebounds from LeBron James and simply matched Boston bucket for bucket for the remainder of the game to capture the victory. The Celtics suffered from an off night of shooting from Isaiah Thomas although Evan Turner flirted with a triple-double when he posted 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists but it’s hard to win a game when you can’t outscore your opponent in any of the four quarters. With the 103-95 victory the Cavaliers lead the best of seven series 3-0. Get your tickets for next week as the team returns home to Boston looking to even the series and enter the second round of the NBA playoffs.
4-17-15: The Boston Celtics enter the final week of the regular season sporting a very impressive 36-42 record in 2015. If the season were to end today the team would finish with the #7 overall seed in the Eastern Conference and would face off with the #2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. The Celtics started this week by traveling to Cleveland to face off with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game the Celtics kept pace with the Brooklyn Nets and took the next step in securing one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90. The Cavaliers rested Kyrie Irving in the contest while LeBron James only played in 26 minutes as Cleveland had their eyes on the playoffs in the loss for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile the Celtics scoring attack was led by Marcus Smart who had 19 points while Isaiah Thomas added 17 points in the victory for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team traveled back home to Boston looking to clinch a Eastern Conference playoff spot by beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game the Celtics went on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by their largest margin of victory in their franchise’s history when Boston beat Cleveland by the final score of 117-78. The Celtics beat the Cavaliers without LeBron James, JR Smith, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the mound while Iman Shumpert led the team in scoring with 15 points and rebounding with 10 rebounds in the rout of Cleveland. The Celtics have all but clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with this victory aided by 17 points and six assists from Isaiah Thomas. For the Celtics next contest the team looked to officially clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at home while playing host to DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. During the game the Celtics clinched the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs when the team beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93. Kyle Lowry led all scorers in the contest for Toronto with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas added eight rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Raptors. Meanwhile Evan Turner led the playoff clinching charge for the Celtics with 14 points and nine rebounds in a victory that means Boston will face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first rounds of the playoffs. For the final game of the NBA regular season the Boston Celtics made the trip down to Milwaukee to face off with the Milwaukee Bucks. During the game Boston was able to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves by the final score of 105-100 despite having many of their regulars sitting on the bench. The leading scorer in the contest was Datome who had 22 points for the Celtics while Jerebko added six assists in the victory for Boston. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Bucks was led by 21 points from Ilyasova but it was not enough as Milwaukee also rested many of their regulars in the loss. When the regular season was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 40-42. Get your tickets for the first round of the playoffs when the team faces off with the #2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers after securing the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
4-7-15: The Boston Celtics are one step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 31-40 record that left them with the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #1 seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The Celtics started this week by making the trip to historic Madison Square Garden to face off with Langston Galloway and the New York Knicks. During the game the Celtics took advantage of a struggling Knicks offense in their quest to hold off their competition for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by beating New York by the final score of 96-92. The leading scorer in the contest was Andrea Bargnani whi had 25 points for the Knicks while Shane Larkin added 14 points in the loss for New York. Meanwhile the Celtics scoring attack was led by 18 points from Isaiah Thomas while Jae Crowder added 17 points in the victory for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip back home to play host to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Celtics fell out of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs when they let the Clippers beat up on them on their home court 119-106. The leading scorer in the contest was JJ Redick who had 27 points while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds in the victory for the Clippers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by Isaiah Thomas who had 19 points while Evan Turner added 10 assists but it was not enough in the loss for Boston. The Celtics were back out on the court the very next night in Charlotte when the team faced off with Mo Williams and the Charlotte Hornets. During the game the Celtics pushed back into the Eastern Conference playoff race with a convincing 116-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The leading scorer in the contest was Avery Bradley who had 30 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics while Isaiah Thomas dished out seven assists in the victory for Boston. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Hornets was led by Kemba Walker who had 28 points and 12 assists but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. For the Celtics next contest the team continued their push for the playoffs at home against George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the game the Celtics continued their push towards the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a decisive 100-87 victory over Indiana. The leading scorer in the contest was George Hill who had 21 points and six assists for the Pacers while David West added eight rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by Tyler Zeller who had 19 points while Evan Turner added 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the victory for Boston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 34-41. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Milwaukee Bucks before finishing their week out on the road facing off against the Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons.
3-31-15: The Boston Celtics are narrowly holding onto the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference as the new week starts after posting a 30-37 record this season. If the season ended today the Celtics would make the playoffs and would face off with the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The Celtics started this week by making the trip to San Antonio to face off against the San Antonio Spurs. During the game the Celtics were held to just 40% shooting by a tough Spurs defense in an eventual 101-89 loss to San Antonio. The leading scorer in the contest was Kawhi Leonard who had 22 points for the Spurs while Tiago Splitter added 18 points in the victory for San Antonio. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by 17 points from Evan Turner while Avery Bradley added 16 points in the loss for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip back home to Boston to play host to Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Pistons and the Celtics and the two teams went into overtime. The game was a back and forth for much of the contest as every time Detroit would take a lead the Celtics would take it right back in a game that looked like it would go to the team who had the basketball last in the contest. The Pistons erased a six point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the overtime and rode that momentum to a huge overtime that saw the team score 17 points in the five minute frame as Detroit went on to beat Boston by the final score of 105-97. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip out to Brooklyn looking to hold onto the 8th seed in the East against the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Celtics were able to hang in the fourth quarter and hang on to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 110-91 victory over Brooklyn. The leading scorer in the contest was Brook Lopez who had 31 points for the Nets while Deron Williams dished out 10 assists but it was not enough in the loss for Brooklyn. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by Avery Bradley who had 20 points while Evan Turner added 10 rebounds and 12 assists in the victory for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team looked to hang on to the last playoff spot in the East when the team played host to the Miami Heat. During the game the Heat poured it on early and often and handed the Celtics a crushing 93-86 defeat as Boston looks to hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The leading scorer in the contest was Goran Dragic who had 22 points for Miami while Haslem added 12 rebounds in the victory for the Heat. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by 16 points from Crowder but it was not enough in the tough loss for Boston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 31-40. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New York to face off with the New York Knicks before returning home to Boston to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers. The team will then travel to Charlotte to face off with the Charlotte Hornets before finishing their week off back at home playing host to the Indiana Pacers.
3-24-15: The Boston Celtics have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 27-36 record. The Celtics started this week by staying at home in Boston to play host to Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic. During the game the Celtics erased a fourth quarter deficit by outscoring Orlando by 13 points in an eventual 95-88 loss for the Magic. The leading scorer in the contest was Evan Turner who scored 30 points for the Celtics while Kelly Olynyk added 13 points in the victory for Boston. Meanwhile the scoring attack for Orlando was led by 20 points from Eric Payton and 16 points from Tobias Harris but it was not enough in the loss for the Magic. The Celtics were back out on the court the very next night in Indiana when the team faced off with the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Pacers managed just 37 points in the first half and were unable to make up the difference in a 93-89 loss to the Celtics. The leading scorer in the contest was George Hill who had 30 points for the Pacers while CJ Miles added 13 points in the loss for Indiana. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by 18 points from Tyler Zeller and 16 points each from Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley in the victory for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip back home to Boston to play host to Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the Celtics outscored the 76ers by 20 points in the first quarter while posting 38 points which led to an easy 108-89 victory for Boston. The leading scorer in the contest was Tyler Zeller who had 26 points for the Celtics while Avery Bradley added 10 rebounds and six assists in the victory for the Celtics. Meanwhile Nerlens Noel led the 76ers scoring attack was 18 points and seven rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Philadelphia. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip out to Oklahoma City to face off with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the game Boston and Oklahoma City played in what quickly became a shootout that would be decided by why had the ball last in the contest. The Thunder had the ball last when the final buzzer sounded and was able to survive and win the game by the final score of 122-118 behind 36 points and 10 assists from Russell Westbrook. Meanwhile Smart attempted to lead the comeback for the Celtics with 25 points and nine rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Boston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 30-37. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to San Antonio to face off with the Spurs before returning home to play host to the Detroit Pistons. The team will then travel to Brooklyn to face off with the Brooklyn Nets before finishing their week off back at home playing host to the Miami Heat.
3-3-15: The Boston Celtics come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 20-31 record. The Celtics started this week by making the trip out to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings shot 48% from the field as a team while holding Boston to just 40% shooting in a 109-101 victory for Sacramento. The Kings scoring attack was led by DeMarcus Cousins who led all scorers in the contest with 31 points and 15 rebounds while Rudy Gay added 28 points in the victory for Sacramento. Meanwhile the Celtics offense was run through Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller for much of the night as the Boston duo combined for 50 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Kings. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip out to the Staples Center to face off with the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Lakers and the Celtics and an extra overtime period was needed. The Lakers offense was very hot and cold on the night with bigger second and fourth quarters mixed in with lackluster first and third quarters. Meanwhile the Celtics seemed to shoot themselves tired and out of this game the later the game went on. In the overtime period Boston managed just five points in the extra five minute period while the Lakers put up 12 points on the scoreboard to win the game by the final score of 118-111. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip out to Phoenix to face off with all the new faces playing for the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Celtics used an explosive 41 point second quarter to coast in the second half to a 115-110 victory over the Suns. Avery Bradley led all scorers in the contest for the Celtics with 23 points while Isaiah Thomas added 21 points in his debut in a victory for Boston. Meanwhile Eric Bledsoe led the Suns scoring attack with 21 points while his new teammate Brandon Knight added 20 points but it was not enough in the loss for Phoenix. For the Celtics next contest the team made the trip back home to Boston to play host to Langston Galloway and the New York Knicks. During the game the Celtics shot 51% from the field as a team while holding the Knicks to just 42% shooting in a 115-94 victory for Boston. The Celtics scoring attack was led by 20 points from Jonas Jerebko while Isaiah Thomas added 19 points in the victory for Boston. Meanwhile the Knicks had five players that scored in double figures including 17 points from Andrea Bargnani but it was not enough in the loss for New York. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-33. Get your tickets for next week as the team hosts a pair of home games in Boston against the Charlotte Hornets and the Golden State Warriors before traveling to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics will then return home to Boston to finish their week off by playing host to the Utah Jazz.
2-20-15: The Boston Celtics enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has
posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 20-31 record. The Celtics started this
week by resting up as the team took the entire week off from basketball. No members of the Celtics
were invited to the All Star Game or the All Star Weekend festivities. The next night NBA All Star
Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the
best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense
was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the
offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison
Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points
winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the
hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the
way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference
once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All
Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 20-31. Get
your tickets for next week as the team plays a trio of road games against the Sacramento Kings, the Los
Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns before returning home to Boston to finish the week off against the
New York Knicks.
2-9-15: The Boston Celtics came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Eastern Conference
this season posting a 16-28 record. The Celtics started this week by staying at home in Boston to play
host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the contest Boston shot just 36% as a team
which led to a 93-87 victory for the Houston Rockets. Boston’s offensive attack was led by 17 points
each from Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton while Tayshaun Prince added 13 points in the loss for the
Celtics. Meanwhile Houston was able to take down Boston on the back of Dontatas Motiejunas and his
26 points and 12 rebounds while James Harden had an off night shooting. For the Celtics next contest
the team stayed at home in Boston to play host to Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. During the contest
Boston was held to just 75 points as the Heat easily took down the struggling Celtics by the final score of
83-75. Hassan Whiteside led the way for Miami in scoring with 20 points while Chris Bosh added 18
points in the victory for the Heat. The Celtics attack was led by 17 points each from Tyler Zeller and
Avery Bradley but it was not enough in the loss for Boston. For the Celtics next contest the team made
the trip to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. During the game the Knicks
struggled to put up points consistently which led the team to a 108-97 defeat at the hands of the Boston
Celtics. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 21 points while Smith added seven rebounds and
five assists but it was not enough in the loss for the Knicks. Meanwhile Avery Bradley led all scorers in
the contest with 26 points while Jared Sullinger added nine rebounds and six assists in the win for
Boston. The Celtics were back out on the court the very next night at home in Boston playing host to the
Denver Nuggets. During the contest Boston had a big first half lead only to allow Denver back in the
second half to make things interesting. Ty Lawson led that Nuggets comeback in the second half scoring
23 points and dishing out eight assists while Kevin Faried pulled down 11 rebounds but it was not
enough in the 104-100 loss to Boston. The Celtics attack was led by 17 points from Avery Bradley as
Boston survived the second half attack to narrowly win the game. When the week was all said and done
the team finished with an overall record of 18-30. Get your tickets for next week as the team stayed
home to host the Philadelphia 76ers before setting out on the road in Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics will then finish their week off back at home in Boston when the team plays host to the red hot Atlanta Hawks.
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.