Boston without a pair of big men Monday against Timberwolves

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics will be without forwards Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger for their game against Minnesota. Coach Brad Stevens says the 6-foot-9 Johnson will ''continue to rest it.'' He has been struggling with plantar fasciitis. The coach also says Sullinger has ''some back spasms.'' David Lee and Kelly Olynyk are expected to start Monday night.
Via AP on Fox
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics win bar fight vs Bulls / Warriors await! / Green Stats analysis

When the Celtics eked out a tie after one quarter, you might have reasonably concluded that the Bulls were gonna be toast, as the Cs early on missed almost every non-point-blank shot (and some that were point blank), while allowing Chicago to take WIDE OPEN jumpers from pretty much everywhere. Obviously, the Celts would tighten up and blow these guys away, right?Didn't happen. This...
Via Celtics Life
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics contract extension candidates

Throughout the year, people always anticipate the upcoming offseason, and then the following offseason. Fans love to fantasize about what their team can do because anyone with $30 million in cap space has a shot at LeBron James or Kevin Durant. However, realistically, they are going nowhere unless something drastically changes. One way for the Boston Celtics to prepare for the...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Wrap: Spurs Fend Off Boston’s Late Flurry In 108-105 C’s Loss

The Boston Celtics likely aren’t much for moral victories, but one could argue Saturday night was their most impressive loss of the season. The Celtics gave one of the NBA’s best teams a run for their money at AT&T Center, trailing the San Antonio Spurs by double digits for most of the game but cutting that lead to one point with less than 10 seconds remaining. Kawhi Leonard...
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Amir Johnson Leads Impressive Defensive Effort Vs. Heat

The Boston Celtics take pride in their defense, and with good reason: They’re 0-7 this season in games in which they’ve allowed 100 or more points. Their latest loss of that variety came Sunday night to the Orlando Magic in a game that saw Orlando’s big men dominate in the paint and on the glass. But the Celtics flipped that script Monday night thanks to the efforts of their...
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Boston’s Struggles On Offensive Glass Prove Costly

A lot of things didn’t go right for the Boston Celtics on Sunday night. But one aspect of the Celtics’ game that usually is solid was a major reason for the team’s 19-point loss to the Orlando Magic. The Magic out-rebounded the Celtics 54-34 and made their presence felt most on the offensive glass, where they pulled down 17 offensive rebounds to Boston’s nine. Orlando made...
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Fans Break Out Impressive ‘Wave’ Late In Blowout Win (Videos)

BOSTON — Maybe it was the warm weather. Or maybe Boston Celtics fans just were in a cheery mood after their Thanksgiving festivities. Whatever the reason, the folks at TD Garden decided to bust out a tradition not usually reserved for indoor arenas Friday night. With the Celtics well on their way to a 33-point win over the Washington Wizards, the Garden faithful suddenly broke...
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

It takes a lot to make Brad Stevens angry, but the Boston Celtics somehow managed to do just that. The Celtics were run out of the gym Tuesday night in a 24-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on national television. The defeat came on the heels of a 10-point loss to the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and was Boston’s third loss in four contests. Stevens usually is mild-mannered,...
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

How to beat… The Dallas Mavericks

Well congratulations Boston Celtics. You have resoundingly announced your presence to the rest of the NBA. The recent stretch of success has been fun, and you are winning games the right way, Celtics. But we still haven’t had our Thanksgiving binges yet, and no one is going to kick back and expect a win against you anymore. The Dallas Mavericks sure aren’t. They’re on a roll...
Via Red's Army
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Brad Stevens, Isaiah Thomas talk about Amir Johnson's big night in Celtics victory over Hawks

Amir Johnson played his best game in a Celtics uniform Friday, posting 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes.  According to Stevens, his new starting big man is "just getting used to us."Follow Mark Vandeusen on Twitter @LucidSportsFan
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Amir Johnson Supplies Much-Needed Energy In Rousing Win

BOSTON — Amir Johnson thought his Celtics teammates looked a bit flat when he got to TD Garden early Friday afternoon. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. “I had the rookie, Terry (Rozier), bring in his boom box and play some music in the locker room, just to get everybody’s vibe going and get everybody’s energy up,” Johnson said. “… Future, a lot of Drake...
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap: Celtics close out strong to beat Hawks, 106-93, behind Amir, IT

Some NBA forecasters predicted that the Celtics might turn out to be this season’s version of the Atlanta Hawks – a deep team that overachieves despite lacking a superstar. On Friday night, we saw that it’s an actual possibility. The Celtics beat Atlanta, 106-93, behind 23 points and 10 assists from Isaiah Thomas, and Amir Johnson’s first breakout performance in green and...
Via Red's Army
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap: Celtics grit one out against the Hawks 106-93

Another rough shooting night for Boston couldn't stop them from grinding out a big early season win against the Atlanta Hawks. Tied at the half, the Celtics surged ahead with a 35 point third quarter and hung onto take this one 106-93. The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas, who put up 23 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and a steal for a team-best +22. Amir Johnson had his best game...
Via Celtics Life
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Wrap: Boston Rides Second-Half Surge To 106-93 Win Over Hawks

BOSTON — Seven games into a rather underwhelming 2015-16 campaign, the Celtics needed a statement win. They got one Friday night. Boston opened up a double-digit lead with an offensive explosion in the third quarter and went on a 10-0 run late in the fourth to seal an impressive 106-93 win over the red-hot Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Isaiah Thomas came up huge for the C’s,...
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Monta Ellis drop Amir Johnson with a nasty crossover

Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis is revered as one of the game's best finishers at the rim, which stems from his ability to get into the paint in the first place.Ellis' ball-handling skills are underrated -- he's not as flashy as some of his contemporaries, so he's not mentioned among the best dribblers in the league, but he has moments here and there that reveal just how talented...
Via Fox Sports
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics’ pick-and-roll attempt goes horribly wrong

Cue up the “Yakety Sax” music and get ready to watch one of the funniest moments of the 2015-16 NBA season thus far. The Celtics had the right idea in Tuesday night’s game against the Bucks, but their execution needed some work. Point guard Isaiah Thomas attempted to run a pick-and-roll with Amir Johnson, but instead of getting free, he ended up taking a spill. Johnson set...
Via The Sports Daily
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics hilariously botch pick-and-roll (Video)

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Amir Johnson showed how NOT to run the pick-and-roll during the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee.One second, Thomas is dribbling around Johnson as he sets the pick. The next, the ball pops free as Johnson falls on top of Thomas. Fortuantely, the Celtics were able to get back on the same page. At the end of the...
Via Holdout Sports
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Kelly Olynyk challenged to eat burrito in four bites on Celtics plane ride, may have pulled it off

For those of us who don't follow Amir Johnson on Snapchat, we were left with merely tantalizing rumors on Twitter yesterday of the great Kelly Olynyk burrito challenge: Amir Johnson's snapchat story of @KellyOlynyk trying to eat a burrito in 4 bites is facisnating/high comedy #EatItLikeYouEatTheBooty — Sam Packard (@WEEICeltics) November 10, 2015But now, a compilation of Johnson...
Via Celtics Life
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. Plus/Minus: Amir Johnson

When viewing the Boston Celtics' team roster, it looks like they didn't go out and sign or trade for a star to complete their team. However, General Manager Danny Ainge went out and signed former Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, perhaps the NBA's most underrated player. "Amir's name came up early and often as a target," according to Brad Stevens. Not only was Johnson a good...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcus Smart out for tonight's game vs Wizards, Amir Johnson will suit up

Marcus Smart will not play tonight for the Celtics. Amir Johnson will. Amir Johnson is playing. Marcus Smart is not. Smart day to day. Walking boot a conservative measure per Stevens. — Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 6, 2015The injury seems to be minor, but the team has every reason to be cautious so early in the season. Last year Smart was hampered by sprained ankle and never...
Via Celtics Life
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Smart, Johnson miss practice, Isaiah Thomas wants changes

Amir Johnson missed practice today because of a twisted ankle. Brad Stevens says he has a 50-50 chance of playing tomorrow vs Washington. — Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 5, 2015 Marcus Smart also out today (sprained toe), but is improving. Stevens says if he keeps progressing, “there’s a chance he’ll play tomorrow.” — Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 5, 2015...
Via Red's Army
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas: 'Changes need to be made' after Celtics' slow start

Isaiah Thomas finally got his chance to start a game for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Thomas wasn’t interested in discussing the virtues of new role after his team’s 100-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Quite the opposite, in fact. “We’re not gonna panic, but at the same time, changes need to be made,” Thomas said, via The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach...
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The Celtics' full trade arsenal

The Boston Celtics saw their rebuild accelerate by being far better than expected during the 14-15 season. After trading away Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, the Celtics somewhat surprisingly became better and ended up in the playoffs instead of the lottery. The Celtics are in a challenging situation as they're not good enough to realistically contend for a title, yet they will win far...
Via RealGM - NBA
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekly AUERBACH ratings: Bigs drop big, bench Evan Turner

The first three games are in the books, and the results weren’t really very good at all. After the first week of real basketball, our proprietary AUERBACH system of evaluating basketball (Augmented User-Envisioned Reality Basketball Assumption and Categorization Hypotheses) is especially hard on most of the Celtics front court. Overall, the frontcourt’s AUERBACH rating is down...
Via Red's Army
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Boston Celtics Vs. Toronto Raptors Game Online (Live Stream)

Amir Johnson will lace them up against his former team for the first time at TD Garden on Friday night. After beating the Philadelphia 76ers in their season opener, Johnson and the Boston Celtics will square off against the Toronto Raptors in another Atlantic Division matchup. CSN New England Live Extra is streaming the game online and through its app. Here’s how to watch Celtics...
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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