2014/15 Suns Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Marcus Thornton

PHOENIX, AZ – FEBRUARY 23: Marcus Thornton #23 of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball upcourt during the first half of the NBA game against the Boston Celtics at US Airways Center on February 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)   Another Phoenix Suns season has come to a close, prematurely once more.  Time to debrief and recap how all 14 players...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics’ trade deadline dealings proof days of tanking are over

The events of Thursday were going to define the rest of the season for the Boston Celtics. Were Danny Ainge & Co. going to enter full fire sale mode, trading off veterans for draft picks and doing anything possible to assure a lottery pick? Or were they going to go for it, bringing in established players who could help the team not only down the road, but over the next few...
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics trade for Isaiah Thomas

The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns and dealt Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons. Boston acquired Thomas in exchange for Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 first-round pick. Boston dealt Prince to the Pistons, where he spent most of his career with, in exchange for Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. ...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Thornton, Prince traded away as Ainge finally gets Isaiah Thomas

At this point, I feel like Danny Ainge was inside the maternity ward at Isaiah Thomas’ birth offering his mom Austin Ainge and a conditional future son in exchange for her newborn.  As soon as the Suns showed interest in trading Thomas, it was clear Boston would be involved. And today, finally, Ainge’s obsession has been realized… Isaiah Thomas is a member of the Boston Celtics...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas traded to Celtics for Marcus Thornton and draft pick

Isaiah Thomas’ run in Phoenix will be a short one. Thomas, who was signed to a four-year, $28 million contract over the offseason, has been traded by the Suns to the Boston Celtics, according to reports. The Suns will get Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick from Boston in return. The 2016 pick is...Read More
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Phoenix trades Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics

Phoenix has traded Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015 For Isaiah Thomas, Boston will send Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick via Cleveland to Phoenix, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where even dumb teams won’t take Danny’s bait

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. As of last night, there have been, according to several league sources, no bites, or even much of a nibble. The rest of the NBA has yet to make an earnest move toward the most prominent Boston bait. Available...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wait, a GM called about Gerald Wallace?

I missed this juicy tidbit in Steve Bulpett’s latest column: In this market, the Celtics have wares to offer. Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton can all be had, and, while it’s hard to picture another club wanting to take on 32-year-old Gerald Wallace with $10.1 million left on his contract for 2015-16, at least one team in the Western Conference mix has been...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Why is your best 3-pt shooter on the bench when that's what you need for the last shot?

After Brandon Knight's ridiculous step-back jumper gave the Bucks a 96-93 lead last night, the Celtics had the ball with 6.7 seconds remaining in the game.  Brad Stevens called a timeout to set up a play, then here's what happened:Instant reaction to Jae Crowder's miss was as follows:Celtics lose 96-93. Three-game winning streak over. Contested 3 by Jae Crowder rims out while Marcus...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

With trade deadline looming, Marcus Thornton says he wants to stay in Boston

From Jay King of Mass Live: While Marcus Thornton said "it's been great" to finally go through a stretch without trades, allowing the Celtics to jell, he cautioned, "It's still not over with yet. (The trade deadline of) Feb. 19 is a long time from now, so we'll see how that goes too."Thornton rattled off the deadline date off the top of his head, but vowed he's not thinking about...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics find early success with small-ball lineups

Never before in the NBA has size seemed to matter less. Teams are content to space the floor with three or four shooters surrounding one post player, content to trade a potential rebounding edge for better 3-point looks and the ability to switch more fluidly on defense. Brad Stevens has typically stuck to keeping two taller players in the game at once, but he's recently experimented...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcus Thornton Sparks Celtics To 104-100 Win Over Slumping Nuggets

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Need a win? Play the Denver Nuggets. That’s been the recipe for NBA success of late, and it was again Wednesday night. This particular victory did not come easy, though, as the Celtics outlasted the Nuggets at TD Garden by a final score of 104-100. It was Boston’s second consecutive win and their second over Denver in...
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerald Wallace went nuts when the Pats won the SB

Marcus Thornton, how did Gerald Wallace react when the Pats won? “Man, it was crazy, man. Shirt off, yelling, screaming.” — Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 3, 2015 Gerald Wallace congratulates New England’s team, the @patriots, on their Super Bowl victory! — Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 2, 2015 Looks like Gerald Wallace is...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Notes: Marcus Thornton Stays Hot; Tayshaun Prince Adjusts To Green

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The second half of Friday night’s game at TD Garden featured some of the best defense the Celtics have played all season. Unfortunately for them, the first half featured some of the worst. After allowing 60 first-half points to the Houston Rockets (and trailing by 18 at half as a result), the Celtics switched into full...
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics can't get past Rockets, lose 93-87

It was a tale of two halves for the Celtics on Friday night versus the Houston Rockets. The green came out of the locker room looking disinterested in the first two quarters and were outscored 60-42 in the first 24 minutes, eventually falling to the Rockets 92-87.An intense defensive third quarter by the Celts, though, got the C's back in the game. Marcus Smart(4 points, 4 assists...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Blazers looking to deal but Thornton, Bass not atop the list

The rumors that Portland is seeking wing and big help were all but confirmed by GM Neil Olshey in a recent radio interview. Olshey ran down his wish list: a shooter who can pass and play smart defense. In other words, a player who is not currently on the market. The Oregonian looked at some potential trade targets, one of which was Brandon Bass: Contract status: $6.95 million...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Inside the numbers: Boston bench outplaying the starters

Midway through the third quarter of Monday's game it looked like the Los Angeles Clippers would cruise to their eighth win in 11 games. With little resistance from the Boston starters, the Clips led 71-48 with 4:13 remaining and had the Staples Center patrons more concerned with their postgame plans than the game's final quarter. But Boston, propelled by reserves Brandon Bass (17...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Teams around the league interested in Marcus Thornton?

So who's next to go in the Celtics' 2014-15 fire sale?  Brandon Bass is generally considered the most likely candidate, but how about Marcus Thornton?The Celtics are getting a lot of interest in guard Marcus Thornton, but teams are concerned about his $8.6 million salary, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 14, 2015Thornton is definitely a guy some contending...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics’ Marcus Thornton Drawing ‘Lot Of Interest’ On Trade Market

This embed is invalid" /> Could Marcus Thornton become the latest in a long line of Boston Celtics to leave town this season? It certainly seems possible. The Celtics guard is drawing “a lot of interest” on the trade market, Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears reported Wednesday, citing a source. Spears does note, however, that Thornton’s $8.3 million contract...
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Teams interested in Marcus Thornton, not interested in his salary

The Celtics are getting a lot of interest in guard Marcus Thornton, but teams are concerned about his $8.6 million salary, a source said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 14, 2015 We knew Thornton’s bloated salary was going to be a problem. Just be happy that he’s playing well enough for teams to have interest. I’ll be honest, he’s a much better player than...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap: C’s defense stifles Nets in 89-81 win

The Celtics began a three game road trip with a defensive-minded win in Brooklyn. Avery Bradley led the team with 21 points, while Smart and Crowder set the tone for the second half with a ton of hustle. Per usual, the C’s got off to a slow start, falling behind by 10 points over the course of the first 10 minutes. I wouldn’t say they came out as flat like they did against Charlotte...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

James Young Inactive For Celtics Vs. Nets; Marcus Thornton Returns

This embed is invalid" /> James Young is coming off the best performance of his young NBA career, but he’ll watch Wednesday’s Boston Celtics game from the bench. Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters in Brooklyn that Young and Jameer Nelson will be the two inactives for the Celtics’ matchup with the Nets. Stevens said the decision to sit the rookie,...
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics-Bulls Live: Jameer Nelson, Marcus Thornton Out For C’s In Chicago

6:45 p.m. ET: Two bruised and battered basketball teams will take the court Saturday night at Chicago’s United Center. The Boston Celtics will enter their second game of a back-to-back without the services of guards Marcus Thornton (calf) and Jameer Nelson (sprained ankle) and rookie swingman James Young (D-League assignment). “Jameer has some soreness in his ankle, so he’s...
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcus Thornton "close" to returning, Jared Sullinger's return uncertain

Reserve guard Marcus Thornton has been nursing a torn calf muscle over the past few weeks and it seems his return is imminent. According to Jay King of, Thornton practiced yesterday but did not participate in all of the drills. The Celtics tweeted an update regarding his availability for tomorrow's contest against Sacramento: Marcus Thornton practiced on Monday but sat...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics Practice Notes: Marcus Thornton Hopes For Wednesday Return

This embed is invalid" /> WALTHAM, Mass. — Marcus Thornton hasn’t yet taken the court with the three new members of the Boston Celtics, but he might get his chance Wednesday. Thornton, who has been sidelined with a slight calf tear since before the Rajon Rondo trade, practiced Monday, expected to do so again Tuesday and was optimistic about his chances of...
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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