Celtics: Running Thread

Any pro talk from around the leagues

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:06 am

Ailing Avery Bradley not with Celtics in Sacramento

The Boston Celtics have held "preliminary" trade discussions about several big men, according to the Vertical's Shams Charania.

Charania did not expand on his report, so it's not clear which players the Celtics have looked into. Don't be surprised if they would like a big, physical guy to contest shots and box out. Despite a recent surge in rebounding, they still rank dead last on the defensive glass. Their defense has improved substantially over a seven-game winning streak, too, but still ranks 19th in the NBA.

When pondering who might interest the Celtics -- Andrew Bogut? Jusuf Nurkic? Serge Ibaka? Somebody else? -- keep in mind they have prioritized flexibility and maximum cap space for this summer. They won't take on future money that would hurt their chances of chasing, say, Gordon Hayward or somebody like that. A short-term rental could work, but the front office would also need to weigh whether the cost makes sense if they don't have a real chance to win a title this season (and hey, who knows, maybe they now consider the Cleveland Cavaliers vulnerable). The Celtics could also take a look at the waiver wire or make room for somebody like free agent Larry Sanders, who they worked out last month.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celt ... story.html

Boston Celtics Forgotten Overseas Assets
http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/02/07/b ... as-assets/

Celtics trade rumors 2017: Team has explored market for several big men
http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.s ... 0_221.html
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:01 am

Celtics sleepwalk in Sacramento and fall 108-92

The Kings no longer play at Sleep Train Arena, but that didn’t keep the Celtics from sleepwalking in Sacramento. Boston’s seven game winning streak came to an end against an inferior opponent, in a game that featured sloppy play and a subpar effort on both ends of the court. And this was against a Kings team that didn’t have DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended for the game after accumulating his 16th technical foul of the season, which triggers and automatic suspension.

The Celtics finished the night with 18 turnovers and shot just 39.7% from the field. On the other end, the Kings shot 50% and the Sacramento bench outscored Boston 50-32. The Kings scrambled on defense to create the turnovers and moved the ball well on offense to get good looks.

Things started off poorly for the Celtics, as the Kings used a dual point guard lineup of Darren Collison, who led Sacramento with 26 points, and Ty Lawson. The two speedy guards broke down the Boston defense repeatedly and created looks for themselves or their teammates. Lawson was forced to leave the game at halftime with a hamstring injury, but Sacramento didn’t miss a beat. Matt Barnes stepped in and proceeded to play big with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/2/9/145 ... sacramento
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:03 am

Big second half effort keys Boston comeback in Portland

The Celtics played Portland down two starters, with Avery Bradley still out and Jae Crowder missing the game due to personal reasons. And it looked like the shorthanded Celtics were going to stumble to a second straight loss. Portland got up by 17 early on and, in a repeat of last night in Sacramento, Boston couldn’t hit a shot or stop the opposing guards.

Then in the second quarter things flipped. Isaiah Thomas used some of his regular fourth quarter magic in the second period to turn the game around for Boston. Thomas scored 14 to close the half and to draw the Celtics within six at the break.

In the third quarter the Celtics continued their push by scrambling all over on defense and forcing turnovers. Boston also took care of the boards and got several good looks. By making a concerted effort to push pace, the Celtics were able to get layups and open looks. At one point, Boston went on a 23-4 run spanning halftime.

http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/2/10/14 ... t-portland
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:17 am

CELTICS CRUISE PAST JAZZ WITH BALANCED SCORING, HOT SHOOTING

Through 54 games this season, the Utah Jazz allowed a league-low 95.7 points per game. In Game 55, the Celtics had no trouble dealing with that. Boston shot a season-best 59.2%, never trailed during the 48 minutes, and chalked up a 112-104 win. Six Celts were in double figures, led by Isaiah Thomas with 29 points. Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 31.

The Cs were on fire in the first quarter, making 14 of their 18 field goal attempts (77.8%). That included 20 points in the paint and 3-5 from three. They closed the quarter with Marcus Smart stripping the ball and pushing it up quickly for a Kelly Olynyk off-the-wrong-foot layup to beat the buzzer. IT had 11 points in the period as Boston led, 33-23.

Unlike most nights, the Cs avoided struggling in the second quarter, shooting 10-18. Gerald Green got hot with a dozen points in the frame, including a very deep three late in the shot clock. When Al Horford drained a triple from straightaway, the lead soared to 53-34. Utah made a late push, but going to halftime the Cs led comfortably, 58-44.

http://thesportsdaily.com/reds-army/rec ... -shooting/
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:11 am

Celtics run away from Mavericks, 111-98

Their road trip did not start in a joyful manner, but the Boston Celtics can smile now after closing out a Western Conference swing with a fourth-quarter thumping of the Dallas Mavericks.

After a rough third quarter filled with fouls, missed jumpers and turnovers, the Celtics ran away from the Dallas Mavericks, 111-98, by regaining their rhythm in the fourth. Kelly Olynyk (15 points, seven rebounds) scored buckets inside and out. Isaiah Thomas (29 points, eight assists) did his usual late-game takeover trick and even whipped an assist that inadvertently found its way to Olynyk in the corner. Jae Crowder shrugged off a tough shooting night to drill a dagger from the right wing. James Young helped a bit off the bench. The Celtics aren't usually bigger than their opponents at nearly ever position, but seemed to enjoy their size advantage against the miniature Mavericks.

Things didn't always run so smoothly. Yogi Ferrell killed the Celtics during a couple of stretches, three of his teammates scored at least 18 points, and the Mavericks erased most of a double-digit deficit. None of that mattered in the end. After punting the first game of their road trip in Sacramento, losing Crowder (personal issue) for two games and dealing with multiple impactful injuries, the Celtics will go home with a 3-1 swing. They remain one of the NBA's hottest teams.

http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.s ... ick_5.html

Don’t look now, but Celtics are only 2 games behind Cavs
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celt ... story.html
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:56 am

Thomas scores 33, Celtics hold off late push by 76ers

BOSTON (AP) — The fourth quarter has been good to Isaiah Thomas all season.

The same was true in another close game with the 76ers.

Thomas scored 13 of his 33 points in the final period and the surging Boston Celtics held on to beat Philadelphia 116-108 on Wednesday night.

https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-ce ... h-by-76ers

Smart's great stretch noticed by rival teams
https://www.masslive.com/celtics/index. ... 0_223.html
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:17 am

Thomas says ref 'made a horrible call,' robbed Celtics of win

Down by one point against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, the Chicago Bulls put the ball in star swingman Jimmy Butler’s hands. Butler sized up defender Marcus Smart from well behind the 3-point line until there were less than three seconds on the clock, then put the ball on the floor, took two hard dribbles right, spun left and went up for a jumper. The ball hit the rim, the final buzzer went off and some of the players on the floor didn’t hear that the referee had blown the whistle. A foul was called on Smart, sending Butler to the line for two free throws. He hit both, giving the Bulls a 104-103 victory.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch ... cs-of-win/
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:09 am

Celtics’ trade rumors continue to heat up

NEW ORLEANS — It will be an interesting week for the Celtics as the Thursday trade deadline approaches. Boston will be mentioned in many potential deals because of its assets.

While the Jimmy Butler-to-Boston talk continues to simmer, one star who was known to be on the trading block was taken off the table late Sunday night when the Sacramento Kings agreed to ship All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans following the NBA All-Star Game.

The Kings reportedly will receive Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, and first- and second-round draft picks this summer in exchange for Cousins and Omri Casspi.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celt ... story.html
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:46 am

Trade deadline is a letdown for Celtics fans

The Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament begins March 8, with at least three games airing on ESPN. Then the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off six days later, on March 14, all over the Turner Sports brand. It’s that time of year where we’d better figure out where to find truTV again.

I do not bring this up in order to suggest you start thinking about your March Madness brackets in advance or to lure you into a squares pool or two. I bring it up so that you’ll remember to get your scouting cap on, because this is where you are going to find — hopefully, anyway — the next great Boston Celtics.

https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-ce ... ch-madness
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

Re: Celtics .. 2016-2017

Postby MattyB » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:04 am

Celtics rebound against Pistons

After another trade deadline passed with nothing but tumbleweeds passing through Boston followed by a tough loss against division rivals the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics were eager to prove they are still among the East’s elite.

Before the game began the team had already spoken about the need to move the ball more and rebound more aggressively. So when play started it became clear that the Celtics were going to practice what they preached as the team’s bigs, particularly Amir Johnson came in with a mindset to box out opponents and grab every available rebound. What’s more the ball flew around the court as the team worked together to make the extra pass and find the open man.

With a strong start by the Celtics it was no surprise when Stan Van Gundy called an early timeout after Jaylen Brown sauntered into the lane for an all-too-easy layup. After the timeout the Pistons responded with improved offensive execution and went on a short 5-0 run.

http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/2/26/14 ... nba-104-98

One impact move not enough for Celtics: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celt ... or_celtics
Twitter.com/MattyinMaine
SportsTime780.com
User avatar
MattyB
 
Posts: 1957
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: As far away from you as possible

PreviousNext

Return to Basketball

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests