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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 […]

The Atlantic, Week 9: Evan Turner and Celtics Roster Continuity Trending Up

We’re in the home stretch of the NBA season, and Sports of Boston is on top of all the recent news and notes in “The Atlantic”. Will continuity help the Celtics? Is Evan Turner a budding star? Who will be on the Nets’ billboards this summer in Brooklyn? The playoffs are just weeks away for […]

Irving, Cavs Score Final 12 Points, Steal Win From Celtics

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and hit the game-winner as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics in Boston Sunday evening, 88-87.  Ray Allen had 22 points for the Celtics in his first game back since missing 4 games with an ankle sprain. Paul Pierce added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Celtics […]

Gortat Shines, Suns Burn Celtics

Marcin Gortat scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Rajon Rondo-less Celtics, 79-71 Friday night. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 14 points and Paul Pierce chipped in 12 points and six assists. Rondo looked on from the sidelines with a sprained wrist as the Celtics scored a season-low […]