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Looking Back: Grading the Celtics at the Trade Deadline

By on March 3, 2015 at 7:30pm
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The Boston Celtics have made an NBA high of 11 trades this season, which included two trades on the day of the NBA trade deadline. The trades involved sending Marcus Thornton and a future first round pick (2016 from the Cleveland Cavilers) to the Phoenix Suns, and in return the Celts received Isaiah Thomas. The other deal involved the C’s trading away Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons for Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. The trade deadline was 12 days ago, but it appeared that Danny Ainge and the Celtics hit a home run.

WHAT DEADLINE GRADE SHOULD THE C’S RECEIVE?

Thomas was the big acquisition on February 19th, and he is a player that Ainge has coveted for over a year. It was reported after last season that Ainge was working on a deal with the Sacramento Kings, to acquire Thomas and other assets for Rajon Rondo. That proposed deal never gained any traction, as Rondo made it apparent that he would not sign a long-term deal with the Kings. Ainge found a way to get the player he so coveted for a very reasonable haul. Continue reading Looking Back: Grading the Celtics at the Trade Deadline »

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Jared Sullinger has been ruled our for the rest of the season, and it leaves the Celtics wondering what could have been this year. (Bleacher Report)

It seemed the Boston Celtics of the future were finally taking shape. Isaiah Thomas arrived at the trade deadline to take over as the starting point guard of the next few years, Kelly Olynyk was getting ready to return from his ankle injury, and the Celtics were just a game and a half out of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. All signs were pointed towards a playoff push, whether Celtics fans liked it or not.

But before Thomas could even put on his new uniform, Olynyk could take the floor after missing 12 straight games, or a playoff push could gain any momentum coming out of the All-Star break, Jared Sullinger, the Celtics’ best big man, was in a walking boot and ruled out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his foot.

Continue reading Celtics Rule Sullinger Out for Rest of Season »

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Tayshaun Prince

When Danny Ainge landed Isaiah Thomas in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, you would think that would be enough for a deadline day’s work. Transforming an expiring contract that you don’t plan on bringing back and a first round pick that will fall in the mid to late 20s into a point scoring, pick and roll machine at the point? That’s some pretty impressive work.

But this is Danny Ainge we’re talking about, so of course he wasn’t done making trades, and his second one of the day, while not as noteworthy, was arguably more impressive. Continue reading The Other Trade: Prince Shipped Back to Detroit to Make Room for Young »

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Danny Ainge managed to beat the NBA trade deadline to acquire Suns PG Isaiah Thomas, who has already become well acquainted with his new teammates. (

What in the hell just happened? The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and it seems like half of the league’s point guards have suddenly changed teams.

After rumors pegged the Boston Celtics as “contenders” for Goran Dragic and in on the Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson, Danny Ainge didn’t land either, as Dragic ended up with the Miami Heat and Lawson stayed put. But even after the Phoenix Suns offloaded their malcontent point guard, somehow, some way, Ainge managed to convince his former assistant and current Suns GM Ryan McDonough to part with a second of his three-headed point guard monster, Isaiah Thomas, just before the clock turned 3pm EST.

In exchange, the Celtics surrendered Marcus Thornton and the 2016 first round pick acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not bad, Danny. Not bad.

Continue reading NBA Trade Deadline Madness: Celtics Somehow Land Isaiah Thomas in Suns’ PG Firesale »

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Lucky or Blades? Who's Having More Fun at the Garden? (Photo Courtesy of ESPN Boston)

I’m not talking about the price of the ticket because both teams, along with every team in our great snowy city, charge too much for their tickets, but which of these teams is the more exciting one right now? At the beginning of the season it was easy to say the more exciting team throughout the whole year would be the Bruins. They had just come off of a season where they won the President’s Trophy and made another run in the playoffs despite a disappointing finish in the second round against their hated rivals north of the border, the Montreal Canadiens. Sure, they did not replace the scoring hole left by the departure of Jarome Iginla and then they traded away Johnny Boychuk just before the season started, but they were still going to be contenders in the East if not Stanley Cup contenders. There was no way you could even try to make the comparison between the Celtics and the Bruins as to who was going to have the better season or at least be more exciting, right?

Well, here we are midway through February with both teams facing their upcoming trade deadlines and both teams essentially battling for the eighth spot in their respective playoff brackets. So the question on the table is: which team is more exciting right now? Who would you rather go see? Continue reading The Celtics or the Bruins? Who’s the Bigger Ticket at the Garden? »

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Is Jared Sullinger's tardiness enough to make me bite my lip and stop rooting for the Celtics to tank? (Boston Herald)

The NBA trade deadline is less than 48 hours away, and the question that now looms over the Boston Celtics is what should they do at the deadline?
The Celts roster as it stands now has good depth. The C’s bench is one of the best in the entire NBA, as they are ranked No.7 in the league in points per game (39.5). So with that said, the Celtics should look to trade away some more of their veteran talent, and acquire more assets to better their future.

The Celtics have been very busy making deals this season, with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green being their two big moves. Two more players that make the most sense for the C’s to trade are Marcus Thornton and Brandon Bass. Both of these players have expiring contracts, which every team in the NBA likes to acquire. Both Thornton and Bass can also help bolster a contender’s bench. Continue reading What the Celtics Should Do at the Trade Deadline »

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Is Jared Sullinger's tardiness enough to make me bite my lip and stop rooting for the Celtics to tank? (Boston Herald)

Since the Big Three era officially ended with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, I’ve been pretty squarely on Team Tanking when it comes to the Boston Celtics.

But lately I’ve started to waver in my tanktastic beliefs. With every minute that Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has twice been late to team walk-throughs, I’ve wondered more and more whether all the losses are worth the few extra percentage points towards a top-three draft pick, particularly at the expense of one of the young franchise cornerstones caring enough to show up on time.

But is that reason enough to defect from Team Tanking and join Team Eight Seed?

Continue reading Is Celtics Sullinger Being Late Reason Enough to Join Team Eight Seed? »

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