Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86: That's called getting your you-know-what kicked

Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86: That's called getting your you-know-what kicked

Tyronn Lue no longer has to apologize for his choice of words following Game 2, because the Celtics played like a bunch of goons on Saturday. Anyone hoping the Cavaliers would crawl into a hole and pull dirt over themselves before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals could shelve their shovels early. Cleveland showed it still possesses some pride. After being badly outplayed in the first two games in Boston, the Cavs finally showed up on Saturday and did…

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NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Get ready for Celtics vs. Warriors in the Finals

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Get ready for Celtics vs. Warriors in the Finals

By Danny Dragin And then there were two — series, that is. The Celtics are clearly in control vs. the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors wrested home-court advantage away from the Rockets in Houston. WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin called a Celtics-Warriors final last week, and he’s not backing off that assessment in his latest playoff power rankings. Boston Celtics (2) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0) It is completely astounding to me that people who call themselves Celtics fans are…

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Barstool Sports asks inane questions to Brad Stevens during conference call, and he answers them seriously

Barstool Sports asks inane questions to Brad Stevens during conference call, and he answers them seriously

The most amusing part of Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz and PFT Commenter crashing Brad Stevens’ conference call with reporters Friday weren’t the inane questions they asked. It was that Stevens answered them seriously.  Nearly 12 minutes into the Q&A, Katz, who identified himself as a writer for “MJvs.LeBron dot net,” asked Stevens if he feels like he’s coaching for his job this postseason. Stevens, who apparently is unaware of the popular “Pardon My Take” podcast, gave Katz a legitimate response….

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Kobe Bryant gives Jayson Tatum advice on how to improve

Kobe Bryant gives Jayson Tatum advice on how to improve

Jayson Tatum is taking his game to the next level this postseason. He’s become the Celtics’ top scoring option at 20 years old, averaging 18 points per game and displaying a smooth jump shot from all areas of the floor. But Kobe Bryant has identified one area where Tatum can get even better. Bryant broke down Tatum’s game this week on “Detail,” which is available on ESPN+. While Bryant lauded Tatum’s abilities to create his own shot and score in…

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Jaylen Brown's confidence is sky high and so is his ceiling as Celtics close in on Finals

Jaylen Brown's confidence is sky high and so is his ceiling as Celtics close in on Finals

Jaylen Brown entered the NBA as an enigma. He scored on athleticism as a freshman at Cal, and there were questions about how his game would translate to the NBA. Did he possess 3-point range? Would his offensive game develop the necessarily polish? And what position was he, anyway? Not even two years later, Brown is providing answers. And it’s fair to say he has picked the right time to blossom. With the Celtics two games from the NBA Finals…

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Cavs player reportedly referred to Danny Ainge as 'f—- thief' for Kyrie Irving trade

Cavs player reportedly referred to Danny Ainge as 'f—- thief' for Kyrie Irving trade

The Cavaliers still miss Kyrie Irving, and one player has reportedly taken out his frustration on Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. According to the Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, an unnamed player on the Cavs referred to Ainge as a “f— king thief” at one point this winter, presumably when Irving was tearing it up with the Celtics and Isaiah Thomas was causing discord in Cleveland.  Irving was phenomenal in 60 games with the Celtics, averaging 24.4 points per game to go…

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Boston hater Rob Parker still gives Celtics no chance to beat Cavs

Boston hater Rob Parker still gives Celtics no chance to beat Cavs

Boston hater Rob Parker usually spews his inanity towards Tom Brady. But now he’s decided to target the Celtics. The man who once compared Brady to Lance Armstrong said on FS1’s “Undisputed” Wednesday he isn’t worried about the Cavaliers at all, because they have LeBron James, and the Celtics don’t. That, my friends, is some incisive analysis.  “(The Cavaliers) are not in trouble. Not yet. Not at all. No way, no how,” he said. “I think the people writing their…

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Brad Stevens (Coach of the Year), Jayson Tatum (Rookie of the Year) are NBA awards finalists

Brad Stevens (Coach of the Year), Jayson Tatum (Rookie of the Year) are NBA awards finalists

Brad Stevens and Jayson Tatum may not win their respective year-end awards, but they were still honored on Wednesday as finalists. Stevens was one of three nominated for Coach of the Year — along with fired Raptors coach Dwane Casey and Utah’s Quin Snyder. Tatum, meanwhile, joins odds-on favorite Ben Simmons and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell as Rookie of the Year finalists. Neither selection is a surprise. Stevens led the Celtics to 55 wins and the No. 2 seed in…

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J.R. Smith has long history of dirty plays against Celtics

J.R. Smith has long history of dirty plays against Celtics

J.R. Smith’s cheap shot on Al Horford wasn’t the first time the erratic guard has crossed the line against the Celtics. He deserves every bit of profane scorn the Garden crowd, and Marcus Smart, directed at him in the closing minutes of Boston’s Game 2 victory Tuesday night. With 3:49 left in the fourth quarter, Smith shoved Horford from behind while he was in the air. The dirty play jeopardized Horford’s wellbeing, making it even more egregious. That prompted Marcus…

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Marcus Morris is LeBron James' kryptonite

Marcus Morris is LeBron James' kryptonite

Marcus Morris talked a big game heading into the Eastern Conference Finals. The veteran journeyman proclaimed he’s the best player in the league at guarding LeBron James, next to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard. So far, Morris has lived up to his words, and then some.  The Celtics have put an array of guys on James, from big man Al Horford to guards Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye. But nobody has been better at containing James than Morris, who’s held the…

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