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How Marcus Morris became a fan favorite

How Marcus Morris became a fan favorite

Marcus Morris is making quite a name for himself around these parts.  He’s carved out a unique role for the Celtics and has turned into Brad Stevens’ most reliable player off the bench. Morris turned in another exceptional performance Tuesday —  18 points, 5 rebounds, and tied Rozier for a game-high plus-19 game rating.   His offense complimented guys like Jaylen Brown (30 points) and Terry Rozier (23 points) in the Celtics’ 120-106 win over the Bucks. And while Morris continues to…

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Marcus Smart says his mother has cancer, wants to see him return to court this season

Marcus Smart says his mother has cancer, wants to see him return to court this season

Marcus Smart’s mother has cancer and wants him to return to the court this postseason, because seeing him play puts “a smile on her face.” Smart told reporters before Tuesday’s Game 2 victory over the Bucks that his mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. The 63-year-old is home in Dallas, where she broke the news to Smart last week. Smart has been sidelined since last month following thumb surgery and could return as soon as April 28,…

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Eric Bledsoe gets dominated by Terry Rozier, claims he doesn't know who Rozier is

Eric Bledsoe gets dominated by Terry Rozier, claims he doesn't know who Rozier is

Terry Rozier is one of the key reasons the Celtics lead the Bucks two games to none. He has stepped into the starting point guard role in place of the injured Kyrie Irving and been an efficient scorer (23 points per game while shooting 50 percent on threes) while not turning the ball over (which he’s yet to do in this series). He is clearly winning the battle of point guards, as Milwaukee counterpart Eric Bledsoe is averaging 10.5 points…

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Celtics 120, Bucks 106: Jaylen Brown (30 points) says hello with breakout postseason performance

Celtics 120, Bucks 106: Jaylen Brown (30 points) says hello with breakout postseason performance

Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t the only freak on the court Tuesday. Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is an athletic marvel in his own right, a 6-foot-7 leaper who is becoming a matchup nightmare at all three levels. Put a small defender on him, he’ll shoot over the top. Sag off him and he’ll drill a 3-pointer. Body him and he’ll blow to the hoop for a dunk or acrobatic finish. In Game 2 of a first-round playoff matchup, the Bucks faced a…

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Rival NBA coach: 'How did Brad (Stevens) end up on the Mt. Rushmore of NBA coaches?'

Rival NBA coach: 'How did Brad (Stevens) end up on the Mt. Rushmore of NBA coaches?'

Celtics fans wouldn’t trade Brad Stevens for anyone. But according to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, the view in NBA coaching circles is less fawning. Appearing on Zach Lowe’s podcast, Arnovitz relayed a conversation he had with a member of a coaching staff wondering what all the fuss is about. Arnovitz didn’t identify the coach, and he made clear that the coach thinks Stevens is talented. But in the same breath, he noted that praise of the Celtics head man feels over…

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Terry Rozier swipes Kyrie Irving's shoes, and then fills them with great Game 1 for Celtics

Terry Rozier swipes Kyrie Irving's shoes, and then fills them with great Game 1 for Celtics

Before making his first career playoff start against the Bucks on Sunday, Terry Rozier spent some time with All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. The two hung out at Irving’s home, where they relaxed, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company. Rozier left with Irving’s sneakers, since the veteran won’t need them while he recovers from knee surgery. It was a fitting metaphor, because those are some big shoes to fill. But Rozier is determined to prove he’s up to the task. In…

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Charles Barkley trolls Al Horford: 'When I was averaging his numbers, they made me retire'

Charles Barkley trolls Al Horford: 'When I was averaging his numbers, they made me retire'

Charles Barkley has trolled the Celtics all season long. Earlier this year, the TNT analyst declared the C’s weren’t in the upper-echelon of the Eastern Conference.  They went on to win 55 games and capture the No. 2 seed in the East without Gordon Hayward, who broke his ankle on Opening Night.  Barkley’s unfair lambasting of the Celtics continued Sunday during halftime of their thrilling overtime win over the Bucks. Without Kyrie Irving, Barkely said he doesn’t think the Celtics…

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Celtics 113, Bucks 107: Game 1 a buzzer-beating classic as Al Horford, Terry Rozier lead way

Celtics 113, Bucks 107: Game 1 a buzzer-beating classic as Al Horford, Terry Rozier lead way

The Celtics have already survived season-ending injuries to their best two starters and best two reserves. So what’s a buzzer-beating 36-footer? The Celtics opened the playoffs against the Bucks on Sunday in a 2 vs. 7 battle that couldn’t be judged by the seedings. Playing without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, and Daniel Theis, the C’s could hardly be considered favorites. And yet, when Terry Rozier drilled a step-back 3-pointer with half a second remaining to break a 96-96 tie, the…

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NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Predicting the first round, and Celtics will be happy

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Predicting the first round, and Celtics will be happy

By Danny Dragin The NBA season is over and the matchups are set. WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin has moved on to the next phase of his weekly power rankings — capsule previews and predictions for the first round of the playoffs. Eastern Conference 1. Toronto Raptors (59-23) vs. 8. Washington Wizards (43-39) The squads split during the regular season, but Washington played the last game without star point guard John Wall, who missed more than half the season with a knee…

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Dwyane Wade believes Kawhi Leonard will be traded to Celtics

Dwyane Wade believes Kawhi Leonard will be traded to Celtics

The Celtics need one more superstar to make a run at the Golden State Warriors. Could Kawhi Leonard be the answer? Dwyane Wade thinks so. The future Hall of Famer told Yahoo’s Jordan Schultz he believes Leonard will be traded to the Celtics because of friction with his current team, the San Antonio Spurs. “That was really surprising,” Schultz told the Dan Patrick Show. “His thought process was probably like ours, Dan, which is something is really wrong there. It’s…

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