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What's the biggest Boston Celtics storyline heading into next season?

The Boston Celtics have several significant story lines, and questions in need of answers, heading into next season. Will the rookies earn playing time? What will Marcus Smart look like? Will a slimmer Jared Sullinger equal a more productive Jared Sullinger?In the next installment of their ongoing summer forecast, ESPN tries to figure out which questions are bigger than others, and...
Via Fox Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

50 Questions for 2015-16: What’s up with the Boston Celtics’ combo guard fetish?

Early detection saves lives. There’s no denying Brad Stevens is the brightest young coach in basketball. Boston has accumulated a nifty bundle of assets, and playing in the Eastern Conference has yielded some early playoff experience for this young group. Let’s just face the facts, though: Boston has a problem. The Celtics have a combo guard fetish. What started as a mild attraction...
Via Bloguin Best
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

50 Questions for 2015-16: What’s up with the Boston Celtics’ combo guard fetish?

Early detection saves lives. There’s no denying Brad Stevens is the brightest young coach in basketball. Boston has accumulated a nifty bundle of assets, and playing in the Eastern Conference has yielded some early playoff experience for this young group. Let’s just face the facts, though: Boston has a problem. The Celtics have a combo guard fetish. What started as a mild attraction...
Via Crossover Chronicles
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas still wants to start

Last year, Isaiah Thomas quarterbacking the second unit was one of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest, for the Celtics late season surge into the playoffs. This year, as he has in years past, Thomas is going on the record saying he wants to start, but will do what's best for the team. #Celtics Isaiah Thomas if he's content as 6th man: Hell, no. Everyone wants to start. But I...
Via Celtics Life
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Brad Stevens is thinking traditionally

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. Over the second half of last season, the Boston Celtics thrived largely because small lineups spread the court and open the offense. Jae Crowder often shifted to the 4 spot, Jonas Jerebko sometimes slid to the...
Via Red's Army
1 day ago  |  Discuss

With new additions, will Brad Stevens move away from small ball?

Brad Stevens found success last year in smaller lineups. The first unit struggled to score at times, but a second unit led by Isaiah Thomas handling the ball, Jae Crowder at the 4, and Jonas Jerebko sliding to the 5 gave the Celtics an advantage. During the team's late season 24-12 push to the playoffs, lineups featuring Thomas, Crowder, and Jerebko were a stout +91. That's 27 points...
Via Celtics Life
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Celtics head coach Brad Stevens finished with small ball?

Behind Brad Stevens' leadership, the Boston Celtics rode most of the NBA's most popular trends (versatile lineups, small-ball, usage of the three-point line, etc.) right into the playoffs last season. This year's roster is packed with more talent, but Stevens isn't working with ideal personnel. The Celtics are loaded with ball-handlers and big men. In between, on the wing—the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Celtics' rookie R.J. Hunter focuses on defense and 'finding my niche'

The Boston Celtics took R.J. Hunter with the 28th overall pick in this year's draft. He may turn into a steal, with one of the most accurate outside shots in this entire rookie class and the ability to score from anywhere.But for Hunter to make an impression this season he first needs to learn Brad Stevens' defensive system. Already in Boston, the rookie is doing his best to figure...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Celtics fans can watch one potential Olympian this week

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. During a FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament game controlled masterfully by a prideful Luis Scola, Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk returned from a recent knee injury to notch a double-double. While...
Via Red's Army
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens speaks at Big Brothers event

Boston Celtics' Brad Stevens, the former Butler coach, talks about Big Brothers Big Sisters, Aug. 27, 2015.           
Via Indiana State - Official Site
7 days ago

Your Morning Dump… Where expectations are not great for James Young

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. Our 16-member panel responded with six names, but it was second-year swingman James Young who topped the polling, appearing on 43.8 percent of the ballots. Offseason acquisition David Lee (25 percent) placed...
Via Red's Army
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Some ESPN forcasters think the Celtics could make a big jump in the standings in 2015-16

In 2013-14, the Celtics went 25-57.  To the great surprise of just about everyone, the C's increased their win total by 15 games last year and finished 40-42.  Is it possible Boston could take a similar leap once again in 2015-16?  A few ESPN forecasters seem to think so.In their Team Turnaround poll picking "the franchise poised to make the biggest jump in the standings relative...
Via Celtics Life
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens calls incoming rookies 'workers'

Until they can land a legitimate superstar, the Boston Celtics will build a solid foundation over hard-working youngsters who try to get better every day. Marcus Smart leads the way, and, according to Brad Stevens, behind him are three incoming rookies (R.J. Hunter, Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey) who don't plan on taking any days off. Here's what Stevens recently said in a radio...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where there’s good news about the youngsters

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. “It definitely was a nasty injury,” Smart said last month. “I definitely don’t wish that upon anybody, but I thank God it’s not broken.” The injury kept Smart from traveling to Africa with coach Brad...
Via Red's Army
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics rookies are popular amongst peers

Even though experts and fans may have not been too fond of the Celtics 2015 draft selections, the rest of their classmates put them in pretty high regard.In the annual NBA Rookie Survey, both of the C's first round picks were mentioned in the same breath as some lottery players.R.J. Hunter was tied for second as the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft.Terry Rozier...
Via Celtics Life
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens Talks Supporting Jimmy Fund, His Own Family’s Battle With Cancer (Video)

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens joined WEEI midday show “Merloni and Fauria” during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Wednesday. Stevens talked about his own family’s battle with cancer, among other topics. You can donate to the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and learn more here, or call toll free to donate at 877-738-1234. Watch Stevens’ interview in...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Up and coming Celtics increase their national presence

Last season ESPN, ABC, and TNT broadcasted 143 regular season games and the Celtics were scheduled to play in exactly one of them. And even that appearance was scratched and then rescheduled, as the powers that be hemmed and hawed over whether or not the Celtics were worthy of being seen outside of CSNNE's coverage map. But after last year's unexpected march to the playoffs, basketball...
Via Celtics Life
21 days ago  |  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, NBA.com'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...
Via Celtics Life
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens Expected to Go Down as a Coaching Legend

The Boston Celtics heavily pursued Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens after Doc Rivers left town to take over the Los Angeles Clippers job. Stevens had taken Butler on wild runs in two straight seasons, and nearly defeated the Duke Blue Devils in the National Championship game. He was a young coach with a passion for the game, and had quite a bit of upside at the NBA level....
Via Hoops-Nation
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Ainge says Brad Stevens will be one of the greatest NBA coaches ever--does he mean it?

Brad Stevens, a coaching legend? Seems like his general manager already envisions him as one.Expectations are going to be pressed hard on Stevens this year, with constant praise coming his way across the league (even from the likes of Lebron James) for what he accomplished in Boston last season.This latest round of ass-kissing is coming straight from upstairs, though, as Danny Ainge...
Via Celtics Life
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Turner Fills Up Highlight Reel During First NBA Africa Game (Videos)

Evan Turner turned heads at Saturday’s inaugural NBA Africa game. The Boston Celtics forward played alongside elite NBA players as Team World rallied to defeat Team Africa 101-97 in Johannesburg. Teammate Marcus Smart and coach Brad Stevens were also members of the World squad, but Turner stole the show. The most impressive play was his sweet behind-the-back pass to Washington...
Via NESN.com
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens: One Of A Kind

Earlier this week, General Manager Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics continued to rave about head coach Brad Stevens. “Brad is one of the smartest coaches in the NBA. He’s learning the game still. But he’s a tireless worker, he’s a great communicator. It's exciting for me that Brad is getting the accolades that he’s getting. We’ve always known that about Brad. He’s...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: A day with Marcus Smart at Vegas Summer League (and Brad Stevens jogging across a highway)

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Via Celtics Life
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Danny Ainge reminds us he was first to spot Brad Stevens’ greatness

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. “I wouldn’t have brought him in and given him a six-year contract if I didn’t think he was really good and special,” Ainge said during an on-camera interview with Comcast SportsNet. “By the way, I...
Via Red's Army
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Ainge says Brad Stevens will go down as 'one of the great coaches to ever coach in the NBA'

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has one of the smartest minds in the NBA. He's also the youngest coach in the league, which means he has a very long future ahead to accomplish all that many expect him to. And in Celtics general manager Danny Ainge's opinion, Stevens will eventually be universally viewed as one of the all-time greats. Here's what he recently said, per ESPN...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss
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