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Boston Celtics 2012 Draft Targets: Fab Melo

Fab Melo: 21 years old; 7’0″; 255 lbs School: Syracuse Position: Center Background: Fab Melo made huge improvements in his game during his sophomore season at Syracuse. Melo was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was the anchor of Syracuse’s zone. He enters the NBA as a well polished rebounder and shot blocker […]

Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Epilogue to a Celtics Era?

How did we get here? The Celtics started the season 15-17, and the Big Three era looked finished by the All-Star Break. Three months later, the Celtics have become just the fourth team in NBA history to make a Conference Finals after having a losing record at the All-Star Break. The Miami Heat are making […]

Celtics Playoff Report Card: Philly “Phew!” Edition

After the Boston Celtics gutted out an 85-75 win to advance over the Philadelphia 76ers, I could only wrap my head around one thought: Phew! Despite clearly outclassing the Sixers in talent and experience, the Celtics made it interesting with close, defensive slugfests (offending most NBA purists) and a bevy of injuries. And so, in […]

Celtics Loss Lowers Expectations

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t show us how tough they are last night, nor how strong their will is, nor how much fortitude they have. Instead, last night, the Boston Celtics showed us how complacent they are, how uninterested they can be, and how little they want to fight. After scoring 36 points in the first […]

Can the Celtics Carry Momentum Into Game 4?

With a stunning 82-81 loss Monday night to the upstart eight-seed, the Boston Celtics found themselves knee-deep in questions. What happened to the Celtics’ advantage in big-game experience and late-game execution? Would Paul Pierce‘s knee injury kill the Celtics’ enough offense? And why was Brandon Bass shooting more than anyone on Boston’s roster, considering Kevin […]

Celtics Playoff Report Card: A Moment of Appreciation

If you had told me two months ago that the Boston Celtics would host the first two games of a second-round playoff series, I would have laughed. Or maybe I would have scoffed and said I’m just looking forward to Red Sox season. Either way, I would have been very, very wrong. Before the Celtics […]

Pierce, Rondo Help Celtics Crush Hawks in Game 4

Atlanta Hawk Joe Johnson drained a jumper 19 seconds into Sunday’s Game 4 against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. The Hawks never led after that. What should have been a basketball game turned out to be a massacre. Between Paul Pierce‘s lethal shooting and Rajon Rondo‘s mesmerizing passing, the Celtics crushed the Hawks, […]

Rondo Gets Everyone Involved, Celtics Beat Bucks in Regular Season Finale

Rajon Rondo missed the only shot he took but finished with 15 assists and four steals, as the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 87-74 on the last night of the NBA’s regular season. Paul Pierce scored 12 points in just seven minutes in what may have been his last NBA regular season game with […]

Celtics Report Card: Resting the Starters (I Guess)

The Boston Celtics have locked up the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. But because NBA playoff rules for some reason give the #5 seed home-court for the first round if they have a better record, the Celtics may have to start on the road. That makes sense, except that it completely obsoletes the […]

Bradley Can’t Carry Shorthanded Cetics Past Hawks

Avery Bradley scored a career-high 28 points, but the Boston Celtics fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 97-92, Friday night. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 30 points while Josh Smith chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Celtics Report Card: Even a Raptors Loss Can’t Faze Me

Normally a loss to the lowly Toronto Raptors (missing Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani, no less) would have me in fits. But this is no normal season, and this wasn’t a normal week. The Boston Celtics took two of three in their one and only back-to-back-to-back of the season, including a win without any members […]

Celtics Report Card: Better than the Red Sox

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: 2-2 looks a whole lot better than 0-3. Maybe it isn’t fair to compare the Boston Celtics’ week, as they round into end-of-season form, to that of the Boston Red Sox, but after witnessing the debacle in Detroit, somehow I find myself forgiving Boston’s basketball darlings […]

Celtics Disappear in Second Half, Fall to Deng-Led Bulls

Luol Deng had 26 points, six rebounds and four steals, as the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics, 93-86, Thursday night in Chicago. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 22 points and eight rebounds, but could only muster five points in the second half. With the loss, Boston now trails Indiana by three […]

Garnett and Celtics Defeat Jazz, Keep Pace with 76ers

Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds, outlasting the 19 points and 12 rebounds from former Celtic Al Jefferson, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Utah Jazz 94-82 Wednesday night at the TD Garden. The victory ensures that the Celtics remain in a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Atlantic […]

Celtics Report Card: The Black Hole in Sacramento

After the Boston Celtics coughed up a win against the Los Angeles Lakers, I had forsaken all expectations for the rest of the road trip. The writing on the wall spelled DOOM. (Quick tangent: why does Hollywood try to turn video games into movies?) Then the Celtics did something I had thought impossible: they gave […]