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Regarding Paul Pierce’s (Potentially) Impending Free Agency

While Paul Pierce can always pick up his $5.5 million player-option with the Washington Wizards, the growing consensus among league insiders suggests he’ll opt out this off season and sign elsewhere.  Whether or not this next season is Pierce’s last is anyone’s guess, and despite his still-impactful presence on the court, the 10x All-Star is now 37 years old and […]

Glenn “Doc” Rivers: The Father, The Coach and the GM

Earlier this week, we checked up on Paul Pierce’s post-Celtics career. Since then, Pierce’s Wizards team’s season ended after a game 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Until today, the last two pieces of that 2008 Championship Celtics team remaining in the playoffs were Doc Rivers and Glen Davis.  While Glen Davis has undeniably struggled since joining the Los […]

The Truth is (Still) Out There: An Update on Paul Pierce

On Monday night, in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Pierce was already 5-of-6 from three when Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman decided it was time for Paul Pierce to, once again, unleash his late-game heroics.  With 9.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, down 104-101 to the Atlanta Hawks, everybody in the Verizon Center […]

Will Jae Crowder be on Celtics Next Season?

Upon hearing that the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for an assortment of spare parts, I was sufficiently underwhelmed, and thus disappointed in Danny Ainge, who has, to this point, masterfully navigated the post-Big Three landscape.  While Rondo’s value had already significantly depreciated since his ACL tear, we – as Celtics fans […]

Can Danny Ainge Set Off Fireworks this Offseason?

On Thursday, the Celtics Twitter account quoted Danny Ainge saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had cap space in the history of the Celtics, at least since I’ve been here. We need to spend it wisely.”  While Ainge is undoubtedly excited to test how attractive of a free agent destination Boston really is, and thus contradict the […]

Another Hard-Fought Loss: Celtics Lose 103-95, Go Down 3-0 in Series

We wanted the playoffs, and well, we got ’em.  The Celtics once again lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that – at times – felt like they could have won.  But now, it is time to accept that the Celtics are severely out-sized and inevitably outmatched in a series we should never have convinced ourselves […]

Celtics Lose Battle to Cavaliers, 113-100, but Not the War

The Celtics failed to contain the Cleveland Cavaliers’ big three in Sunday’s playoff matinee at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. While it was the first career playoff game for much of this Celtics team’s young core, it happened to be Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love’s introduction to the postseason as well. For Irving, who led […]

The Magic Number is One for the Celtics

The possibility of the Celtics making the playoffs as a potential seventh-seed was a mere pipe dream at the start of the season.  Celtics fans were looking at draft boards and comparing college prospects as the Celtics were seemingly destined to fall to the lottery for the second year in a row.  As it stands, if the […]

Celtics Release Shavlik Randolph, Sign Chris Babb, Ignite Trade Rumors

Danny Ainge just couldn’t forgive Shavlik Randolph for elbowing Kelly Olynyk in the face.  In reality, with Jared Sullinger back, there was simply no need for the bench-warming Randolph to take up a roster spot better served for developing players. Chris Babb, who played briefly with the Celtics last season (including two summer league stints with […]

Does Brad Stevens Deserve Consideration for Coach of the Year?

For over 50 years, the Red Auerbach Trophy has been awarded each season to the NBA coach whom  sportswriters have deemed the most exceptional. The award is presented prior to the postseason, thus, its recipient’s postseason performance is not a factor. Last year was the first time in 11 seasons that its recipient, Gregg Popovich, was awarded the honor and then […]

NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Illustrate Flawed Selection Process

Last Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for this year’s NBA All-Star game, as per the popular vote of the fans.  While the majority of this year’s selections seem fair, two of the most polarizing of choices, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, are members of big-market yet borderline-abysmal teams. Social media and members of the NBA […]

Breaking Down the Potential Jeff Green-to-Memphis Trade

It appears we have entered the peak of this year’s NBA trade season. Following the Rajon Rondo trade, contenders around the league have been scouring lottery-bound teams for unwanted talent. The GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James (we all know David Griffin is just a pawn), has been especially active this year, having successfully […]

Is Kelly Olynyk the Real Deal?

On a CSNNE pre-game show last year, Tommy Heinsohn stated that Kelly Olynyk entered the league with more skill than Dirk Nowitzki. Tommy’s commentary over the years has brought us some undeniably hilarious gems ranging from baseless comparisons between Leon Powe and Moses Malone to an equally embarrassing comment on how Greg Stiemsma’s blocking ability was reminiscent of […]

Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves

While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk […]

Celtics’ Comeback Bid Falls Short in Double OT Loss at Washington

The Celtics completed a home-and-home matchup last night against the Wizards in a double-overtime thriller that unfortunately resulted in a Boston loss. Splitting the series with a 14-6 Washington team is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but it was still painful to watch this team lose to the Wizards in perhaps the most exciting game so far this […]