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Why it’s OK to start thinking Tatum and Brown are All-Stars

Why it’s OK to start thinking Tatum and Brown are All-Stars

There were four max contract players at the Garden on Friday. Gordon Hayward, of course, didn’t play, so only three took the floor. As Celtics fans well know, Jaylen Brown signed an extension before the season started — and it was not a max deal. Jayson Tatum could get a max extension after the season, but he still has to get through 2019-20. But if you solely examine Friday’s game against the Nuggets, both deserve max money. And it’s not…

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Gordon Hayward may return before Christmas

Gordon Hayward may return before Christmas

Brad Stevens expects the Celtics will get one of their significant pieces back for their matchup with the Nuggets. At shootaround, the Celtics head coach told reporters Marcus Smart will be good to go for Friday’s game. And the Celtics aren’t easing Smart back in. He’s prepared to cover Nuggets superstar big man Nikola Jokic a bit. Marcus Smart said he anticipates spending some time guarding Nikola Jokic tonight. — Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 6, 2019 Now, when it comes…

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Woj explains future of sports betting in NBA on 5 Out

Woj explains future of sports betting in NBA on 5 Out

As sports betting becomes legalized across the country, the NBA — like the NFL, NHL and MLB — is forced to establish a game plan. Even though it can be a significant source of revenue, sports betting isn’t something leagues can embrace without a second thought. But the NBA is progressive, more so than any other league. Along with the players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver promotes the opportunity for constant change. So, the NBA is making a point to look…

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Woj on 5 Out: Gordon Hayward's injuries impact his future

Woj on 5 Out: Gordon Hayward's injuries impact his future

If it wasn’t for another freak injury, Gordon Hayward might be up for consideration as unofficial Celtics MVP. He played tentatively to start the season, but Hayward made some quick adjustments and started to show why Danny Ainge gave him that max contract back in the summer of 2017. But the Celtics acquired another big name in the same summer as Hayward, and he’s no longer in Boston. In fact, across the league, there’s been a significant amount of player…

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Why Jaylen Brown could be Celtics' most important piece

Why Jaylen Brown could be Celtics' most important piece

It’s pretty clear at this point the Celtics have five essential players. Each offers something different, but there’s no need to highlight all of them right now. Especially since four of them get plenty of attention. Though the one always manages to fly under the radar. Jaylen Brown. Part of the reason is the way he began his Celtics career. Then Jayson Tatum’s start in Boston impacted the perception of Brown. Of course, there’s last year, too. But Brown has changed —…

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How Celtics vs. Heat looks with Marcus Smart sidelined

How Celtics vs. Heat looks with Marcus Smart sidelined

For the first time all season, Marcus Smart will not suit up for the Boston Celtics. He has officially been ruled out due to illness — not his abdominal contusion, which was why the Celtics ruled him doubtful on Tuesday. Luckily for the Celtics, this didn’t come at the worst time, even though they’re already without Gordon Hayward. That’s primarily due to the fact Boston is playing the Heat on Wednesday, who’s on the second end of a back-to-back. Not…

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Marcus Smart doubtful against Heat

Marcus Smart doubtful against Heat

Marcus Smart was unable to practice on Tuesday, though it wasn’t solely due to the injury he sustained against the Knicks on Sunday. He had an illness and was sent home after he went to the Auerbach Center to get his oblique checked out. Regarding the injury, specifically, Smart has not had any imaging done. He has also been ruled doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Heat due to what the Celtics are calling an abdomen contusion. Brad Stevens also…

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Garnett explained why Kyrie Irving didn't work in Boston

Garnett explained why Kyrie Irving didn't work in Boston

There aren’t many players like Kevin Garnett anymore. He speaks his mind now, but — as Celtics fans well know — he did it back when he played, as well. It’s that intense mentality that made him a perfect fit for Boston. Garnett’s approach is also why he used to have his own show on TNT. The 2008 NBA champion is opinionated about the game. Even if he’s promoting something else — like on Tuesday, when he was in New…

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What Gordon Hayward is most concerned about with his hand

What Gordon Hayward is most concerned about with his hand

Gordon Hayward continues to progress with his rehab from surgery on the fourth metacarpal bone (ring finger) in his left hand. On Monday he took part in what he called “hybrid contact” drills at practice with Celtics coaches and team staff. “It’s definitely sore, and I think that’s something I got to work through,” he said. “You know, got to work through that to make my hand stronger. And over the next couple days, I can do that and get…

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Grizzlies Pick: Memphis' early trend looks good for Celtics

Grizzlies Pick: Memphis' early trend looks good for Celtics

(NOTE: In addition to their own first-round slot in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Celtics have Memphis and Milwaukee’s 2020 first-round picks. However, the Grizzlies’ pick is top-6 protected. The Bucks’ is top-7 protected. If either pick is not conveyed, it will be unprotected in 2021.) It’s safe to assume the Celtics will receive Milwaukee’s pick this year. No shot the Bucks wind up with a top-7 pick. Memphis is a different story. The Grizzlies lost to the Pacers 117-104…

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