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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:04 am
by MattyB
How Kyrie Irving will evolve in Boston

“When he was at Duke.”

-Danny Ainge, CSNNE interview

That’s how long Danny Ainge has believed Kyrie Irving was a special. For the past six years he’s watched Irving take the league by storm with a streetball handle balanced with a silky smooth jumper, an impeccable ability to finish at the rim, and a bottomless pit of potential. For his first three years, Irving accumulated stats and highlights on a lottery team, developing into what many hoped would be the face of the franchise. But then LeBron James made his triumphant return to the Cavaliers, and Irving went from beginning the next phase of his development to becoming James’s little brother. Three years, three trips to Finals, one legendary shot, a couple broken relationships, and a few burned bridges later, and we’re here. Kyrie Irving is a Celtic.

Finally, Irving has a chance to become the face of the franchise like he was promised in Cleveland. But is that who he is? His past suggests not. But at 25 and just entering his prime in a new system, the Celtics are banking on that next leap putting Irving amongst the top superstars in the league. But understanding how Irving can make that leap requires an understanding of where he came from. ... eview-2017

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:36 am
by MattyB
Morris will have to make plays like Olynyk and defend like Crowder

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:09 am
by MattyB
Recapping Kyrie Irving’s appearance on First Take

On Monday morning, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving joined Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on ESPN’s First Take to talk about his decision to request a trade from the Cavaliers.

Things started off pretty civil. The First Take crew gave Irving time to explain what he was thinking. Irving was very appreciative of the opportunities he was given in Cleveland, saying that, “I was able to develop and evolve as a man, and I just felt it was best for my intentions to leave.”

Stephen A. then didn’t waste any time in asking Irving what happened between him and LeBron James for him to want out of a perennial contender in the Cavaliers. Irving didn’t point to anything specific, saying that he wanted to, “Come in and perfect my craft every single day, and be in an environment where I can be taught every single day, so I can exceed my potential and see how far I can go.” ... on-celtics

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:53 am
by MattyB
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward like shortened preseason

By Jay King

NEWPORT -- Kyrie Irving acknowledges the Boston Celtics will need time to figure each other out. He believes they need training camp "more than others" because of all their new parts. And he is still fully on board with a shortened NBA preseason.

"Hell yeah," Irving said Tuesday after his first day of Celtics practices.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the NBA shortened the preseason and moved up the start of the regular season. The changes were made to reduce back-to-back games and stretches of four games in five nights. ... _irvi.html

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:08 am
by MattyB
What does NBA draft lottery reform mean for the Boston Celtics' picks?

The NBA has taken a small but vital step toward addressing one of its biggest tanking issues by passing lottery reform by a 28-1-1 margin at the Board of Governors vote on Thursday.

Under the new rules that take effect for the 2019 draft, the teams with the three worst records in the league will each receive a 14 percent chance of winning the first overall pick, while the fourth-worst team will receive a 12.5 chance at No. 1. The lottery drawing will now cover the first four picks, increasing from the three-pick drawing system that was first implemented 30 years ago.

The distribution of odds has significantly flattened, with the odds for the number one-seed dropping 11 percent, the two-seed’s odds decreasing 4.9 percent, and the three-seed’s odds dipping by 1.6 percent. While the three worst teams now have a notably lesser chance at a top pick, the middle-of-the-pack lottery teams have seen a significant bump in their chances, discouraging the race-to-the-bottom tanking strategy that has been employed annually by a few teams each year. ... ics-picks/

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:36 am
by MattyB
'A good test' for C's in first preseason game

BOSTON – Whenever the Boston Celtics take to the floor, Brad Stevens always wants to win.

But when it comes to preseason games, success should not be measured in wins and losses which is why the focus for tonight’s preseason opener against the Charlotte Hornets has more to do with steady progress than scoring points.

“We’re going to get spun around in circles,” Stevens said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what goes well. I’m looking forward to teaching off of what doesn’t. It’s a great team to have to play against.” ... eason-game

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:11 am
by MattyB
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory

BOSTON (AP) — Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.

They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.

Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June’s draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line. ... cs-victory

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:49 am
by MattyB
Marcus Smart embracing bench role

WALTHAM -- Though a candidate for a starting spot entering last week's training camp, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he is more than OK with his current place on the bench.

In fact, Smart said he told Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to put him on the second unit. Stevens proceeded to start Jaylen Brown at shooting guard during a 94-82 preseason win against the Charlotte Hornets.

"Coach Stevens called me in and he was talking to me, and debating whether to start me or take me off the bench," Smart said after practice Tuesday afternoon. "I told him in that meeting to bring me off the bench: 'That's OK. You don't have to start me.'" ... sm_15.html

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:43 am
by MattyB
What if Jayson Tatum is for real already?

Rookies on playoff teams are supposed to come along slowly.

Last year we saw Jaylen Brown progress along a normal learning curve for a high draft pick on a good team. He played short minutes in certain situations and was pulled quickly if he made the normal rookie mistakes. His minutes and effectiveness ramped up in the last few months and he was a positive contributor in the playoffs.

That’s about what I expected from Jayson Tatum this season. I knew that he was more polished offensively but perhaps not as much defensively. In general I have been trying to guard my heart from getting too excited about a kid who hasn’t seen his 20th birthday yet. ... on-celtics

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:34 pm
by MattyB
No All-Stars? No problem. our top reserves stepped into the starting lineup tonight and dominated the 76ers: