How can Boston's defense be elite this season?

The Boston Celtics had a pretty solid defense last year, allowing 102.1 points per 100 possessions—which tied the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers for 12th in the league.For them to do that without any consistent rim protection is a testament to Brad Stevens' scheme, everyone's hustle and the individual genius of perimeter defenders like Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Would the Celtics bench beat the starters?

It's a question you'll probably hear many times once the season kicks off later this month: Is the Celtics' second five better than their first five?  We don't yet know who Brad Stevens will go with (and don't be surprised to see his lineups change several times), but it's fun to speculate.Hypothetically, let's say these are his starters:PG: Marcus SmartSG: Avery BradleySF: Jae...
Via Celtics Life
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics aiming for top-10 defense in 2016

The Boston Celtics don't have many gifted offensive weapons. Scoring the ball, once again, could be an issue this season. But defensively they're a tough bunch, with above-average individuals at just about every position.Here's what a few players, including Jae Crowder, said to the Boston Herald when asked about Boston's goals on defense this season:This side of the ball will be...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Celtics rookie has already impressed Amir Johnson?

The Boston Celtics have several new faces this season, and some of them have yet to play a single minute in the NBA. But that doesn't mean they aren't up to the challenge of contributing right away.New Celtic Amir Johnson says one rookie in particular has already caught his eye, per MassLive's Jay King:The Celtics selected Rozier with the 16th overall pick in June's draft, surprising...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics already impressed with Amir Johnson's defense

The 2015-16 season has yet to start, but with just a few scrimmages under their belt, the Boston Celtics have already seen a few things they like in some of their new players.Right now, Amir Johnson sits atop the list. Here's what Brad Stevens had to say about the former Toronto Raptor after Boston's first live scrimmage over the weekend, per MassLive:This is great news for a team...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Olynyk expects competition among Celtic bigs to be 'really high'

The Boston Celtics have no idea how they'll split up minutes in their frontcourt this season. It's probable Amir Johnson starts at center, but after that who knows? Will Jared Sullinger start at power forward? Is Kelly Olynyk a shoe-in at the four or five whenever Isaiah Thomas is on the floor? How do Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, David Lee, Jordan Mickey and Perry Jones fit in?...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Lee, Amir Johnson Pickups Add Leadership To Young Celtics (Podcast)

Believe it or not, the Boston Celtics are just over a month away from the start of a new season. It was a busy offseason once again for the C’s, who re-signed Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, traded for David Lee and picked up Amir Johnson in free agency. The Celtics also got Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. And after a trip to the playoffs...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics President expects team to make playoffs in 2016

During a recent radio interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Celtics President Rich Gotham made a statement very few people would've expected to hear at this time last year. Here's a shortened transcript provided by CBS Boston:The organization's expectations are now public. There's nothing wrong with that, especially considering how last season ended, and the key free agent...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where lack of a superstar can mess with a player’s head

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. When training camp opens on Friday, the Celtics president of basketball operations will roll out a lineup that is certainly improved thanks to the additions of former All-Star David Lee and Amir Johnson. But...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here is the first installment of our series as we examine the Boston Celtics. 2014-15 Record: 40-42 Notable Acquisitions: David Lee (Trade), Amir Johnson (FA), Terry Rozier (Draft), R.J. Hunter (Draft) Notable Departures: Brandon Bass Temperature Check: After failing to lure a big name this offseason, the Celtics...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Boston misses the off-season honor roll

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Best move: Acquiring Warriors forward David Lee for forward Gerald Wallace. Worst move: N/A Analysis: Boston continues baby-stepping its way back to respectability. […] Grade: B- Sports Illustrated – Off...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Enter Season with Substantial Long-Term Flexibility

Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics shoots against the Miami Heat on March 25, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The long-term future of the Boston Celtics appears bright with their plethora of draft picks, young talent, and cap space. At the same time, very few outside of Danny Ainge and the small basketball operations offices in...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

How will Celtics' crowded big man rotation sort itself out?

Last season, the Boston Celtics had one of the thinnest frontcourts in basketball. Tyler Zeller was the only center, and, when healthy, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass filled out the rest of their rotation for most of the season.Jonas Jerebko entered at the trade deadline and added a more versatile three-point threat, but the team was still very dependent on guard...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports Illustrated ranks Isaiah Thomas 88th-best player in NBA, he isn't pleased

Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated compiled an extensive ranking of the "Top 100 NBA Players for 2016," with numbers 100-51 released today.  Isaiah Thomas checks in at No. 88, and Amir Johnson is right behind him at No. 89.They are the only two Celtics players on the list.  Let's think about that for a quick second--barring the astonishing revelation that somebody...
Via Celtics Life
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Several Celtics ‘NBA 2K16’ ratings leaked

The Boston Celtics played their way to a 15-win improvement and the NBA playoffs last season, but it doesn’t seem to have translated into much success in the video game world. A screen shot allegedly leaked from the new installment of the “NBA 2K” series — “2K16” — features six members of the Boston Celtics. This screenshot reveals LeBron James #NBA2K16 Rating...
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where we help ESPN Boston see the future

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Safe to say, the start of training camp can’t come soon enough. But in the meantime, Chris Forsberg, long-time Celtics beat writer for ESPN Boston, is publishing his annual Celtics Summer Forecast. Chris has...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Amir Johnson hit a shot on a PhunkeeDuck

Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith rode a PhunkeeDuck into Quicken Loans Arena during the NBA Finals, the transportation device has taken NBA players by storm. It's the way to get from location A to location B. And if you're Boston Celtics big man Amir Johnson, it doubles a helpful work-out tool.Not that this has anything to do with the video above, but Boston's shiny...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Celtics have had a sneaky good offseason

DeAndre Jordan, LeMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love will all play at the TD Garden this season. Just not for the Celtics.Nevertheless, the Celtics have had a quietly successful offseason, bringing in quality talent while not taking a major cap hit.The acquisitions of David Lee and Amir Johnson are the most apparent of those under the radar moves. In fact, Alex Kennedy of Basketball...
Via Celtics Life
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson joins Team USA for showcase game

There were no Celtics among the 34 NBA players chosen for this summer's Team USA training camp, but with many of the biggest stars sitting out Thursday's USA Basketball Showcase, new Boston power forward Amir Johnson was among those invited to take part. Johnson came off the bench for the blue team, which had Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond and Kenneth...
Via Celtics Life
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Amir Johnson gets some run with Team USA

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Because the national team will not compete in any tournaments this summer, a bunch of stars opted not to play. Most who did treated the event like the Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition where shots are rarely...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson will play in USA basketball scrimmage tonight

Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson will participate in tonight's USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas, according to a press release.Johnson was not one of the 34 selected to take part in minicamp, but, because he lives close by, he along with Elfrid Payton, Arron Afflalo, Terrance Jones and C.J. Watson will take part in the scrimmage portion.The C's big man will be on the Blue Team...
Via Celtics Life
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

David Aldridge ranks Celtics offseason 11th best out of 30 NBA teams

Both these guys are Celtics now, but will they still be around in 2016-17?  Photo via Wikimedia.More from the "only news because it's August" department,'s David Aldridge recently wrote a column ranking the offseasons of all 30 NBA franchises.  Your Boston Celtics check in at No. 11.Aldridge calls assistant general manager Mike Zarren "the key man," citing his role in the...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Boston Celtics not have a top-10 offseason?

The Boston Celtics did not sign an All-Star free agent this summer. They were also unable to package enough picks to move up in the draft and land their man. From that perspective, things were a bit frustrating.But all in all the Celtics still had a really solid offseason, bringing in Amir Johnson and David Lee and retaining Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder. Here's a reasonable take...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Insider thinks Celtics could win a playoff series

ESPN Insider has been pro-Celtics lately, so let's continue to ride that wave as the summer heats up and the NBA rumor mill slows down.In an article previewing Eastern Conference's title contenders, Kevin Pelton sees the Celtics not only as a likely playoff team, but a team he thinks could make some noise during the postseason. He has the C's slotted alongside the Hawks, Bulls, Heat...
Via Celtics Life
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Boston Celtics un-retire some numbers?

When Amir Johnson signed with the Boston Celtics earlier this month, he selected to wear number 90 because all the other numbers he wanted were retired. It's not a recent problem for new players who come to Boston looking to put on their favorite number, or even a normal one. (When Jae Crowder was acquired by the club last December, he wore number 99.)Should the Celtics ease things...
Via Fox Sports
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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