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

By on April 24, 2015 at 4:36am
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls up his sleeve while facing the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) AP Photo/Charles Krupa

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 was remotely possible of winning. However, it is in our nature as Boston sports fans to believe in the impossible and to never give up until it is truly over.  But this time, it looks like the Celtics incredible run is over.  In hindsight, what the Celtics accomplished this year deserves nothing short of praise.

It’s still a tough pill to swallow. Continue reading Another Hard-Fought Loss: Celtics Lose 103-95, Go Down 3-0 in Series »

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The Boston Celtics kicked off their first round matchup in the NBA Playoffs with a 113-100 road loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon. Despite the C’s being a part of the playoffs, this is a good time to take a look at how Celtics rookie Marcus Smart progressed this season.

If you take a look at Smart’s numbers, they are not very gaudy looking on paper, as he averaged 7.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.48 steals per game. Despite Smart’s numbers not being overly impressive, The No.6 pick in the 2014 draft is off to a good start to his NBA career. Smart’s worth to this current C’s team and for the future is something you have to take a look at further than paper. Continue reading Marcus Smart’s Progression Through his Rookie Season Impressive »

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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 Cavaliers with 30 points on 11-21 shooting, his lack of experience proved inconsequential. For the Celtics, however, they’ll have their work cut out for them if they wish to extend this series beyond four games.

After a hot shooting first quarter, the Celtics managed to escape the first with a 31-27 lead. However, the Cavaliers responded swiftly with a 35-23 point second quarter, appropriately ending the half with a Kyrie Irving buzzer beating three pointer. After several questionable refereeing calls in the third quarter, the Celtics’ expressions transitioned from determined to defeated, all but sealing the fate of this game prior to the fourth quarter. Continue reading Celtics Lose Battle to Cavaliers, 113-100, but Not the War »

Lebron. Celtics. Destiny. We're back in the NBA playoffs! (Boston.com)

Some Celtics fans were probably hoping for the team to lose its last two games and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers and their league best record 34-9 over the last three months in Round One. A first round matchup against the struggling and banged up Atlanta Hawks certainly seemed preferable, right?

Well, destiny took the decision out of our hands, as the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on a long Jae Crowder jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the second to last game of the season, sealing the seventh seed and setting up a nostalgic date with Lebron James and the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. The series tips off today at 3pm on ABC.

Bring it on!

Continue reading Date with Destiny: Celtics Set to Face Lebron, Cavs in Return to Playoffs »

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Boston made it back to the postseason despite being in a rebuilding season; can they keep it going again old foe LeBron James and the Cavs? (wrestlezone.com)

With the playoffs underway, get ready for some great games. The Celtics barged their way in despite not being finished rebuilding. The Spurs dropped several seeds with a final day loss. Some very potent teams are getting ready to face off, so we’re here to give you our annual predictions on how things will turn out.

Our panel is largely in agreement as to who will advance, with one non-unanimous series winner per conference. It was a little trickier to decide which series would be struggles and which would be breezes, with only one unanimous choice there.

As usual, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, while guessing how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So there you have it. Complete picks are below; come back after the first round is complete to see the results. Continue reading 2015 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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The NBA season is over, and it was a heck of a season. Much was decided on the final day, including both #8 seeds. Seeding itself was a big ado on that day, as San Antonio’s loss pushed them back all the way to #6 instead of being #2. As usual, the East was far weaker than the West, though there was still seed jockeying to be done there as well.

Stellar and unexpected seasons from the Hawks and Warriors helped shake up our standings, minimizing the points to be won from picking division winners. For the most part, it made it harder to get the ever valuable points from guessing seeds exactly right.

But in the midst off all the chaos, a winner has emerged from our panel. Since everyone is wondering who it is, the winner of the 2014-2015 NBA Pick ‘Em is.. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks Results »

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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 Nets lose tonight, they’re in.  Yet the season did not transpire as expected, and the catalyst for this unforeseen success was addition by subtraction.  At the start of the year, the two best players on the 2014-2015 Celtics were undeniably Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo.  Yet, it wasn’t until after they were traded that this Celtics team really hit their stride.  The offense became less stagnant, the defense became more formidable, and perhaps most of all, the players look like they’re having more fun.  They have all completely bought into Brad Stevens system.  The acquisition of Isaiah Thomas was a turning point, yet, the burden of the credit deserves to go to Brad Stevens.

Brad Stevens has established himself as the future of Celtics basketball.  While his 6-year mega deal brought him here, it wasn’t until these past couple months that Celtics Nation, in addition to Boston sports media, really bought into the 38-year old coach. While he is has gained his favor with the city of Boston, another Bruins coach has not. Continue reading The Magic Number is One for the Celtics »

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