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Green and Wallace both prepared to make necessary changes for Celtics

The Boston Celtics 2014-15 campaign kicks off at the TD Garden this coming Wednesday October 29th against the Brooklyn Nets. Exactly what lineup Celtics fans can expect to see on the floor remains to be seen. Depending on Rajon Rondo’s progress following his first full contact day of practice will determine who gets the start at the point guard position. Should Rondo not be...
Via Celtics Life
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Brad Stevens' take on Draft Lottery reform

A league-wide vote on Wednesday sided against draft reform and to keep with the spoils of tanking (much to the chagrin of Philadelphia). Brad Stevens sounded off on the results and certainly didn’t seem phased. via masslive.com “I think I have a pretty good feel for where our ownership and leadership team, and what their opinions were and are. And mine as well. Regardless...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleared for Contact: Rondo's recovery is ahead of schedule

WALTHAM – Rajon Rondo’s chances of suiting up for the Boston Celtics on opening night next Wednesday just got a bit more realistic.Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters that the point guard will take part in a full-contact practice today for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand last month.Since having surgery on a broken hand just...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Cleared For Full-Contact Practice With Broken Hand

Rajon Rondo is just about ready to get back to playing basketball, with an assist from equipment reminiscent of a very different sport. Wearing what Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens called “almost a baseball mitt,” the point guard was cleared for full-contact practice Friday, Stevens told reporters at the team’s practice facility. Rondo’s promise that he would be ready...
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Highlights from the Celtics annual Tip-Off Gala

Last night the Celtics held their annual Tip-Off Gala, a fundraising event for the Shamrock Foundation that also serves as a bit of a fashion show for the players to kick off the new season.  Here are some of the highlights:The much anticipated Brandon Bass duds at tonight's #Celtics Shamrock Gala. pic.twitter.com/XxfjpG5Fe7— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) October 23, 2014James...
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Dwight Powell to make the team

Stanford University product Dwight Powell Photo: ESPNThough he hasn't played a single regular season NBA game, Dwight Powell is already with his third NBA team. CSNNE editor Jimmy Toscano reports that Powell will make the team, to Brad Stevens' pleasure:"I have a pretty good feel for Dwight," Stevens said. "Played him twice in college. Thought he was a pro...
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Brad Stevens says Jared Sullinger could be team’s best scorer

Last year, Jared Sullinger was told to shoot behind the arc by Celtics coach Brad Stevens. It wasn’t exactly unicorns and rainbows; Sullinger shot 56 for 208 (.269) behind the arc. In the preseason, he’s hitting them on a much better clip (15 for 30, .500). Brad Stevens knows Sullinger needs to be fed the ball. From the Boston Herald: “We need him to score,” the Celtics coach...
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Brad Stevens: Rajon Rondo ‘More Ready To Roll Than Not’ For Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. — It’s beginning to look more and more likely that Rajon Rondo will be on the court for the Boston Celtics on opening night. The point guard began taking some contact in practice earlier this week, and head coach Brad Stevens said he has seen no ill effects. “(He’s looked) great,” Stevens said before Thursday practice session. “He’s got almost a baseball...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Defeat Brooklyn Nets 100-86

Celtics vs Nets Wednesday night the Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets by 14 points (100-86) in their preseason finale. Jared Sullinger scored 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Boston Celtics. Marcus Smart led the team with 16 points. Gerald Wallace added 12 to his team and Jeff Green scored 6 in the nine minutes that he played. For the Brooklyn Nets Mason Plumlee finished...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rondo taking more contact with pad on healing hand

(Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)As we close in opening night for the Boston Celtics, more and more chatter is seeming to arise around Rajon Rondo potentially being a lot closer to stepping on the court. It’s even being reported that he was fully dressed and in the layup line for the final preseason tune-up for the squad last night. We’re less than a week away and the team...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Sullinger: Boston Celtics no longer out to 'get theirs'

“I just thought we played as individuals (last year)," he told MassLive.com last week after a practice in Brooklyn. "Everybody was out there trying to get theirs.” But why? “I don’t know. But I know it changed," he said that day. "That’s all that matters." As the Celtics improved to 5-3 during the preseason and prep for the season opener on October...
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Rajon Rondo calls coach Brad Stevens a "great leader," easy to play hard for

Besides developing all of its young players, the biggest thing to keep an eye on in Boston is going to be what happens to Rajon Rondo.You already know the score. He's in a contract year, coming off another injury, in the middle of his prime, on a rebuilding team. Add all that up and you get a giant question mark. What will Rondo do? He says he wants to be in Boston, but will...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Brad Stevens wants to feed Jared Sullinger – the ball.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “Last year, I watched a lot of film with my father and he showed me a lot of clips of what I can do off the dribble,” the Celtics forward said of how he can respond now that opponents respect him as a 3-point...
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Brad Stevens, Celtics Ready For ‘Gauntlet’ With Preseason Now Behind Them

BOSTON — There are no more dress rehearsals. Now, it’s time for the main event. The NBA preseason is over for the Boston Celtics, having culminated Wednesday night in a 100-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The eight-game exhibition slate, however, told head coach Brad Stevens little about the true mettle of this Celtics team. “I think we all feel more comfortable, but we...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

C's Rondo begins to participate in contact drills

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that injured point guard Rajon Rondo has begun participating in contact drills but is still relegated to wearing a large pad on his left hand in order to do so. "He's progressing well," Stevens said. "He'll continue to do a little bit more in practice. Did a little bit more yesterday. Anytime that it&...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo Participates In Light Contact Drills At Celtics Practice

BOSTON — An opening-night return is looking more and more likely for Rajon Rondo. Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said before Wednesday’s preseason finale that Rondo is “progressing well” and has begun to take some light contact in practice. “He’ll continue to do a little bit more in practice,” Stevens said. “Did a little bit more (Tuesday). Anytime that...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Bass could get nice payday if three ball is in his repertoire

According to Jay King at masslive.com at the prodding of Coach Brad Stevens Brandon Bass spent part of the summer extending his range out to the three point line: Head coach Brad Stevens nudged Bass to add the corner 3-pointer to his game, telling the 29-year-old he would only need to push his feathery jumper back a few feet. Bass obliged and spent part of the summer shaping the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 44-Minute Game: Four minutes shorter and a better flow?

On Sunday afternoon, the Nets and Celtics participated in one of the NBA’s most interesting preseason experiments in recent memory: a shortened, 44-minute game with four 11-minute quarters. The idea follows suit with the MLB considering a “pitch clock” along with other initiatives to speed up games that routinely go past three hours. There has also been a lot of talk about...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Trim Roster To 16 After Waiving Four Players

The roster trimming has begun for the Boston Celtics. Head coach Brad Stevens informed Erik Murphy, Tim Frazier, Christian Watford and Rodney McGruder that they will be waived. Stevens sat down with the four players Tuesday morning to tell them the news, adding that Frazier will remain with the team through Wednesday’s preseason finale against the Brooklyn Nets because of the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics cut Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy; more coming

Boston began trimming it's roster today from the 20 available bodies for training camp down to the 15 allowed during the regular season:Brad Stevens says Celtics will keep Tim Frazier through tomorrow night but will waive Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy today.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 21, 2014There are no surprises here, although there was a...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo: Celtics ‘Going To Surprise A Lot Of People’ Under Brad Stevens

Last season was a trial run of sorts for Brad Stevens. Mediocrity was expected from the 2013-14 Boston Celtics, no matter who held the position of head coach. Now, in his second year on an NBA bench, Stevens knows what to expect. And, perhaps more importantly, he has the full trust of the players he’s leading. “Even though it’s a different level, he’s had success at the college...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo: Celtics ‘Going To Surprise A Lot Of People’ Under Brad Stevens

Last season was a trial run of sorts for Brad Stevens. Mediocrity was expected from the 2013-14 Boston Celtics, no matter who held the position of head coach. Now, in his second year on an NBA bench, Stevens knows what to expect. And, perhaps more importantly, he has the full trust of the players he’s leading. “Even though it’s a different level, he’s had success at the college...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Rookie James Young Practices, On Track For Wednesday Return

WALTHAM, Mass. — James Young should have one final preseason game to showcase his skills for the Boston Celtics. Young, the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has been sidelined since the preseason opener with a hamstring injury but is nearing a return to action. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that the rookie will participate in Monday’s non-contact practice...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Stevens says it's possible Rajon Rondo could play opening night, Rondo isn't so sure

Reports from the Celtics practice today in Waltham:Brad Stevens says Rajon Rondo is progressing well and could begin contact drills as early as next week.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2014#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: a chance Rajon Rondo could be cleared for contact by end of week, opening night still possible.— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) October 20, 2014Rondo had a...
Via Celtics Life
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo calls Brad Stevens most positive coach he’s ever had

Every season, there is a Rajon Rondo trade rumor. There are always whispers that he wants out of Boston because he doesn’t want to see the rebuild through. But Rondo has mentioned publically every time that he wants to help out. And he has high praise for second-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens. He talks about Stevens with David Aldridge in NBA.Com’s Morning Tip: Whatever issues...
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