Rajon Rondo has returned to the court for the Celtics. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

After a tough two-week stretch, the Boston Celtics find themselves tied for the fourth worst record in the NBA and have lost 11 of their last 12 contests, including the last three by a combined 12 points to the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat. Rajon Rondo is finally back on the floor, yet this team still looks destined to be one of the top lottery teams after starting the season winning more than they were losing.

Rondo returns

Rajon Rondo may be playing a limited role with about 20 minutes per contest, but he is starting to look like the point guard the Celtics can build a future around. He was named captain prior to Fridays game against the Lakers and put up eight points and four assists in his first game back since his ACL injury last January. He shot 4-of-9 from the field and missed the game-tying triple that rimmed out. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Rondo Returns, Big Trade Opens Up Space on Court »

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Pacers vs Spurs: Week 11's prediction for the NBA Finals

Teams are coming up on the halfway mark on the season, and the West continues to have many of the league’s best teams, though race for #8 in the East is at least entertaining as well, albeit for a different reason. Indiana and Miami are well-entrenched in their respective seeds, while San Antonio is trying to pull away in the West, which won’t be easy with the top teams in that conference on the loose. Teams have plenty to think about with the All-Star Game and trade deadline about a month away, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11 »

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The trade looks like a win-win for the Celtics and Crawford, the biggest name dealt in the three-team trade. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Celtics completed their second trade in less than ten days, sending shooting guards MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State. While the Warriors traded point guard Toney Douglas to the Heat, Boston received former Miami center Joel Anthony, a conditional first-round draft pick, a 2016 second-rounder and cash considerations.

The move essentially confirms the Celtics’, or at least Danny Ainge’s, intention to tank on the 2013-14 season, which may or may not have been motivated by the recent nine-game losing streak that knocked Boston out of playoff position. This doesn’t mean it was a bad trade, however. Both Brooks and Crawford will be free agents after this season, while Anthony will have a player option to remain in Boston through 2014-15, but that would only cost the Celtics $3.8 million.

Continue reading Celtics Acquire Joel Anthony, Picks in Three-Team Trade »

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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has already resumed full training, but hasn't played in a game in almost a year. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

On Monday night, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sent out the following message via Twitter:

Of course it didn’t take long for someone to decipher that number: it amounts to approximately 338 days, the time that will have elapsed on Friday since last February 13, the day Rondo underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL. Rondo hasn’t played an NBA game since January 25 in Atlanta, but it now appears that he could be returning against none other than the Los Angeles Lakers.

Continue reading Rajon Rondo Aiming for Friday Return to Action »

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MarShon Brooks (Photo by Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images

The Celtics called up shooting guard MarShon Brooks on Thursday following a weeklong stint with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League. Brooks was assigned to Maine after appearing in just nine games through December, and now returns to a revamped backcourt rotation after the trade that sent Courtney Lee to Memphis in exchange for Jerryd Bayless on Tuesday.

Brooks was nothing short of spectacular in his five games with the Red Claws, averaging 27.4 points, 6 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 47.8% from the floor. He posted a high of 36 points on 14-of-28 shooting in a loss to Tulsa on Sunday, just one day after recording a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards against Springfield. The Red Claws went 2-3 in those games and are in third place in the East Division, three games behind first-place Canton.

Continue reading MarShon Brooks Returns to Celtics After Successful D-League Stint »

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Pacers vs Spurs: Week 10's prediction for the NBA Finals

10 weeks are gone from the season, and it’s already almost half over. There’s still plenty of room to make it in in the East, what with how most of the conference is faring. The West is more settled for its half of the bracket, but seeding is still anyone’s guess. A lot is changing in the league every night, especially with Andrew Bynum now available, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 9 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10 »

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Jerryd Bayless, Courtney Lee (Allen Einstein & Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Confirming earlier reports, the Celtics finalized a three-team trade on Tuesday with the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder by which they acquired point guard Jerryd Bayless from the Grizzlies in exchange for shooting guard Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Boston also received small forward Ryan Gomes from the Thunder, but he has already been released. The Grizz sent two conditional draft selections to OKC.

The 25-year-old Bayless, a sixth-year player out of Arizona, was the 11th pick in the 2008 Draft, by Indiana, after being named to the All-Pac-10 second team in his lone college season. He was traded to Portland on draft day and spent his first two seasons with the Blazers. He also played for the Hornets and Raptors before arriving in Memphis as a free agent prior to the 2012-13 season. He’s been an important part of the Grizzlies’ rotation in his time there, backing up Mike Conley. This year, Bayless has played in 31 of the Grizzlies’ 33 games and started five of them, averaging 8.1 points in 21 minutes. He will join the team for Tuesday’s game at Denver, although it is unclear if he will play.

Continue reading Trade Complete: Celtics Acquire Jerryd Bayless in Three-Team Deal »

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