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Kevin Durant's future in Golden State suddenly murky, and here's how that could be very bad news for Celtics

Kevin Durant's future in Golden State suddenly murky, and here's how that could be very bad news for Celtics

The Warriors are reportedly preparing for the possibility that superstar Kevin Durant might depart in free agency next summer, and that could be bad news for the Celtics. According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Golden State believes this might be it for Durant in Oakland. Thompson also provides his own reading of the situation, noting that Durant signed a two-year deal with an opt-out seemingly designed to keep his options open. Writes Thompson: I’ve talked to people in…

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Biggest Comebacks: Paul Pierce returns from getting stabbed to play all 82 games

Biggest Comebacks: Paul Pierce returns from getting stabbed to play all 82 games

It was a Monday night, and Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce was out at The Buzz Club, a dance club in Boston’s Theater District. After a fight broke out inside, Pierce tried to mediate the situation and separate the individuals involved.  Moments later, Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head, putting both his life and basketball career in jeopardy. Pierce was rushed to the emergency room and eventually…

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Slam Magazine Jayson Tatum cover story illustrates how Bradley Beal helped launch rising star's NBA career

Slam Magazine Jayson Tatum cover story illustrates how Bradley Beal helped launch rising star's NBA career

Jayson Tatum is mature beyond his years on the basketball court, and Wizards guard Bradley Beal helped get it all started.  Tatum is on the cover of Slam Magazine’s 2018 NBA preview, where he’s billed as one of the league’s next great superstars. The article, “Jayson Tatum Was Sent to Destroy Your Favorite Team,” chronicles the forward’s incredible rise, laying forth high expectations for the upcoming season. The piece explores how Tatum always wanted to play professional basketball, even though his second…

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Report: Celtics talking contract extension with guard Terry Rozier

Report: Celtics talking contract extension with guard Terry Rozier

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has already announced his plans to re-sign with the Celtics in 2019, and  there may be another key member of Boston’s backcourt willing to stick around for the long haul. According to Boston Sports Journal’s Brian Robb, backup guard Terry Rozier and the Celtics have been engaged in negotiations on an extension. One league source told BSJ that Rozier is predicted to command over $15 million annually. Both sides will need to come to an…

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Marcus Smart fined $25k for scuffle with J.R. Smith in preseason finale

Marcus Smart fined $25k for scuffle with J.R. Smith in preseason finale

The NBA has fined Marcus Smart and J.R. Smith for their scuffle in Saturday’s preseason finale between the Celtics and Cavs. The league issued a $25,000 fine to Smart while Smith will have to pay the NBA $15,000 for shoving Celtics big man Aron Baynes — which led to Smart pushing Smith from behind. Neither will be suspended. Smart gestured for Smith to meet him in the back — where he was willing to work out their differences and then…

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Marcus Smart challenges J.R. Smith to fight

Marcus Smart challenges J.R. Smith to fight

Following his first-half ejection against the Cavs, Celtics guard Marcus Smart still had plenty to say to J.R. Smith after the game. He admitted to inviting Smith out back while he was being escorted off the floor in the second half and said the invite for Smith and him to settle their differences off the court still stands. Marcus Smart: “I did the action so whatever consequences come with it, come with it.” – Here’s what else he had to…

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Let's start dreaming: Kyrie Irving has reportedly spoken with Anthony Davis about playing in Boston

Let's start dreaming: Kyrie Irving has reportedly spoken with Anthony Davis about playing in Boston

It’s time to start stoking up the Anthony Davis-to-Boston chatter again. With Kyrie Irving verbally committing to the Celtics, anything is possible.  The Celtics have been linked to Davis over the last couple of years, given their plethora of draft capital. But to this point, Davis has stayed in New Orleans, where he’s signed through 2021. Last season, The Brow reaffirmed his place as one of the game’s greats, averaging 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while leading the…

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Report: Kyrie Irving intends to re-sign with Celtics next season

Report: Kyrie Irving intends to re-sign with Celtics next season

All summer long, Kyrie Irving was coy about his intentions to re-sign with the Celtics. But that has changed. The All-Star point guard now says he wants to stay in Boston. At a season-ticket holder event Thursday, Irving told the crowd at T.D. Garden he wants to re-sign with the Celtics, per every Celtics beat reporter.  The Athletic’s Shams Charania added more context, tweeting that Irving has been in communication with Celtics ownership about his desire to stay in Boston…

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Terry Rozier will play in front of father for first time during Celtics' preseason finale

Terry Rozier will play in front of father for first time during Celtics' preseason finale

While Saturday’s preseason finale between the Celtics and Cavs may not hold a lot of weight for most players, it’s going to mean the world to Terry Rozier.  That’s because it will be the first time he’s ever played in front of his father. Terry Rozier Sr., who has spent 23 of the last 25 years in prison, was released this past summer following a 15-year prison sentence. Rozier waited patiently outside of Ohio’s Trumbull Correctional Institute for his father’s…

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NBA general managers rank Brad Stevens as best coach in the league

NBA general managers rank Brad Stevens as best coach in the league

The Celtics have received further affirmation about their newfound status as NBA favorites. In the annual NBA GM survey, Brad Stevens was voted as the best head coach in the league with 47 percent of the vote. He’s the first coach besides Gregg Popovich to win the honor in seven years (for those wondering, Pop finished second). The accolade speaks to the tremendous success Stevens has enjoyed over his first five years in Boston, where he’s coached the Celtics to…

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