Kelly Olynyk Dropped 19 points in a 100-87 win over the Pacers, despite a black eye. Photo credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Shavlik Randolph hasn’t had much of an impact on the Celtics at all this year. He only gets in during blow outs or extreme foul trouble. He is essentially a paid practice player, not a bad gig. However, tonight maybe Randolph was a little mad at Kelly Olynyk and took it out on the young center’s left eye. Randolph’s elbow connected with Olynyk’s eye tonight during pre game warm ups and gave Kelly a nice shiner for the rest of the game.

Obviously, the incident was accidental and Randolph would probably take it back if he could, or maybe he wouldn’t. In true Rocky Balboa fashion Olynyk had Mickey, or trainer Ed Lacerte in this case, cut his eye and release some pressure to the tune of 19 points, and a 100-87 Celtics win over the Pacers. Okay, he didn’t actually have his eye cut, but rather stitched up. Continue reading One Eyed Kelly Olynyk KO’s Pacers »

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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 proceeded to win the NBA Championship (Gregg Popovich was the previous coach to enjoy this distinction).

The vast majority of the coaches who have received this award have been been very successful in the regular season, posting an average 66% winning percentage, comparable to a 53-27 record. However, the award is not simply given to the coach with the best regular season record; it is awarded to honor the sheer coaching ability of the coach with respect to the talent level of the team. Continue reading Does Brad Stevens Deserve Consideration for Coach of the Year? »

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Celtics point guard Marcus Smart was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Spurs after he gave Matt Bonner a low-blow uppercut:

Interesting.

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Avery Bradley may have been making that face for hitting the shot to put the Celtics up three with seven seconds left, but he may as well have been wondering why one Celtic fan would stab another in a big win Wednesday night. (Boston Globe)

During the Boston Celtics’ dramatic 95-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, there were some dramatics in the stands as well.

According to multiple reports, a fan was stabbed with a box cutter in the balcony area of the TD Garden as the fourth quarter was coming to a close. The injuries were not life-threatening, and the fan was taken to Mass. General Hospital to recover. A Braintree man was arrested a couple days later.

Deadspin claims to have a fan video of the altercation, in which two Celtics fans go after one another with the usual assortment of yelling, middle fingers, thrown drinks, and “hold me back!” before one of them seems to break out a box cutter in a sudden “Anchorman” style escalation.

Continue reading Video: Fan Stabbed at TD Garden During Celtics Win, Man Arrested »

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Praise whatever higher power helped Marcus Smart convert an "and one" to help the Celtics to a win over the Grizzlies and get the Boston faithful riled up for a potential playoff push. (Jessica Rinaldi, Boston Globe)

Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be following the classic Boston Celtics script this season: an early lead and solid play that evaporated and left the Celtics in a tight back and forth contest late in the fourth quarter. And with Isaiah Thomas out after falling hard on his back and right arm, Boston didn’t even have its newly anointed closer on the floor to provide some much needed scoring punch.

But then a brilliant Brad Stevens inbounds play happened. Marcus Smart alley-oop-and-one happened. Avery Bradley “Onions!” happened. And somehow, someway, the Celtics walked off the parquet floor with a 95-92 win over the #2 seed in the Western (Bestern) Conference, and inched closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Revis who?

Continue reading Revis Who? Smart, Celtics Tame Grizzlies to Edge Closer to Playoffs »

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Isaiah Thomas

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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