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8 a.m. ET: The return to games that matter is testing the Celtics. Coming off a pre-All-Star break run of eight wins in nine games, the Celtics face a West Coast back-to-back that threatens to expose their lack of depth.
The Celtics (28-25) ran out of energy in Tuesday’s track meet in Denver, and after a quick turnaround they take on the mercurial Lakers (25-29). Kobe Bryant’s club has lost three of its last five and is well-rested. Nobody other than Bryant or Dwight Howard has played since Thursday, while the Celtics will still be recuperating from their exposure to the Rocky Mountain air.
This could be the last look at some of these players in a Celtics uniform, even if team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has cautioned against expecting a big move.
Join us for updates and analysis during the game, which tips off at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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With less than 30 hours remaining until Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, trade chatter involving the Boston Celtics has been turned up a notch.
News that the Atlanta Hawks are “definitely” trying to move Smith this week surely brought a smile upon the faces of the Celtics’ brass. It’s been no secret that the 27-year-old forward has been a long-time target of the team...
As the NBA trade deadline dwindles down to 23 hours, the Boston Celtics plan on to make moves, but how big they are willing to spend will play a factor.
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According to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, Celtics captain Paul Pierce has received “lukewarm” interest around the league. The longtime Celtic has been linked in with a number trades...
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The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade for Celtics star Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Nets’ offer centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said. “The Celtics still highly value Pierce...
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I didn’t even think about that,” said Pierce, more amused than nostalgic. “I don’t even know the latest [rumors].”
Pierce, always one of the more informed players when it comes to NBA news and scuttlebutt...
KG shares with Craig Sager that he likes the Celtics team. I'm with KG. I like this team and hope that Danny just adds a couple of nice pieces or makes a very minor trade. I hate all the blow it up trade ideas I'm seeing. I still say that KG and Paul Pierce have earned the right to retire as Celtics.
Anyway, after that, KG once again launches a critique on Craig Sager...
Last time these teams met, KG and Pierce's clutch shots helped the C's to a victory.
Though the trade deadline hoopla is the current hot topic of the NBA, there is still games to be played. Tonight the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets meet in the mile-high city for their second and final meeting this season.
The last time these teams met, they were holding the longest...
Tough tough decisions for Danny Ainge up in Boston. There were offers on the table for KG, more specifically: DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers.
But the thing is with Garnett, he’s got a No Trade clause in his contract. No unless he’s willing to go, he can’t be traded. And we already have KG on record saying he “bleeds green.”
Well now Josh Smith is on the...
The Nets are offering Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick for Paul Pierce.
This was a tough way to go out. If the Celtics somehow trade away Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, their final game in green will not be a fond memory.
The Celtics’ underwhelming effort in Los Angeles on Wednesday was indicative of all their troubles without a lead guard like Rajon Rondo or a willing garbage man like Jared Sullinger. The 113-99...
As the NBA trade deadline nears, the Washington Wizards traded guard Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
8 a.m. ET: The Celtics ruin everything.
A little over a week ago, the Nuggets were just rolling along, winners of nine straight and looking like one of the most formidable teams in the Western Conference. Since dropping a triple-overtime game in Boston, though, the Nuggets have seen their losing streak grow to three games and lurch into the post-All-Star break schedule just hoping...
Kevin Garnett didn’t exactly make the dramatic All-Star game exit many Celtics fans had been hoping for when he cryptically leaked last week that this would be his last appearance in the event. He did take the floor as the starting center for the Eastern Conference, however, fulfilling his due diligence in the lineup and saluting the fans.
The big man does, after all, have a surging...
Tip: 10:30PM Court: Staples Center Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte and Gary Zielinski
Spread: LAL – 7.0
Boston Celtics Tickets
On road: 8-16
At home: 16-11
Streak: Lost 1
Streak: Lost 1
Buckets: Pierce (18.3 ppg)
Buckets: Kobe Bryant (26.8 ppg)
You knew that the Lakers and their fans would be emotional tonight, and that L.A. would feed off of it, but the Celtics showed little resistance. Call it “tired legs”, second night of a back-to-back, blah blah. Boston just did not play defense tonight. Period. They fall 113-99 on L.A.
As Doc told his troops at halftime, “they’re getting whatever they want..” Couldn’t...
It’s not a trade involving Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce, but it’s still worth talking.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics have dealt Leandro Barbosa’s expiring contract for Jordan Crawford. This deal originally involved Fab Melo, but the C’s persuaded Washington.
Celtics will send the Leandro Barbosa expiring contract to the Wizards for Jordan...