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Brad Stevens rips into Celtics after preseason loss

Brad Stevens rips into Celtics after preseason loss

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens ripped into his team for its shortcomings in Tuesday’s 102-95 preseason loss against the Cavaliers at TD Garden.  Stevens spent most of his time at the podium criticizing his team’s defense, or lack thereof, while also questioning if it’s the system in place that was the problem against the Cavs or if his guys just weren’t putting in the proper effort. “You always start with (asking yourself) are you doing it well enough?” Stevens explained….

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Tristan Thompson keeps up trash talk of Marcus Morris heading into Celtics-Cavaliers game

Tristan Thompson keeps up trash talk of Marcus Morris heading into Celtics-Cavaliers game

For the first time since their preseason exchange of trash talk, Celtics forward Marcus Morris and Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson will meet on Tuesday night at TD Garden. Despite losing LeBron James to free agency, Thompson noted that the Cavs have reigned supreme over the Eastern Conference for the last four seasons and therefore remain the team to beat. Morris laughed at the notion and recommended Thompson make vacation plans prior to the start of the playoffs. According to…

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Watch: It takes just one Jayson Tatum alley-oop dunk to get you pumped about Celtics season to start

Watch: It takes just one Jayson Tatum alley-oop dunk to get you pumped about Celtics season to start

It took just one alley-oop for Jayson Tatum to make Celtics fans salivate even more about the upcoming season than they already were. Early in Boston’s preseason contest against the Hornets Sunday, the second-year star flushed down a pass from Terry Rozier, finishing high above the rim on a fast-break.  The bucket ignited a flurry from Tatum, who dropped 13 points in a 3:18 span in the second quarter.  Tatum throws down the fast-break oop! — pic.twitter.com/7F1vhseVhu — Boston Celtics…

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Kyrie Irving will skip next C's game after extended, productive run vs. Hornets

Kyrie Irving will skip next C's game after extended, productive run vs. Hornets

With only two exhibition games left before the start of the regular season, Brad Stevens gave his All-Star point guard an uptick in minutes against the Hornets on Sunday and Kyrie Irving took advantage. He played almost 29 minutes while scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with four assists. Irving weaved through defenders and earned trips to the free throw line as he found his offensive rhythm early and often against Kemba Walker and the Hornets. When he…

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Celtics look 3-point happy in first preseason game

Celtics look 3-point happy in first preseason game

The Celtics finished the 2017-18 season averaging more 3-point attempts than most teams in the league.  It was a big part of their identity, and if there’s one thing we learned from Boston’s preseason opener against the Hornets on Friday is that not a lot has changed. The Celtics chucked up 47 attempts from deep at a 19.1 percent clip. (For a complete recap of the Celtics’ first exhibition game, click here.) To put that into perspective, the Celtics averaged…

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Gordon Hayward makes his return to an NBA court

Gordon Hayward makes his return to an NBA court

Gordon Hayward returned to NBA play for the first time since the opening quarter of the 2017-18 Celtics season.  Hayward, who was greeted to a standing ovation in Chapel Hill, N.C. prior to tip-off against the Hornets, earned his first bucket of the night on a put-back off of a missed layup by Jayson Tatum in the opening quarter of the night. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and one assist in just over 22 minutes.  Hayward also facilitated…

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Kyrie Irving spent his summer playing secret pickup games in Seattle

Kyrie Irving spent his summer playing secret pickup games in Seattle

All summer long, Celtics fans were treated to highlight videos involving most of their favorite players populating their Twitter feeds. There was Jayson Tatum destroying his competition at a Pro-Am tournament and Jaylen Brown dunking on amateurs in Atlanta. Oh, and who could forget the constant updates from Gordon Hayward? But Kyrie Irving, who seemingly never shies away from showmanship, was curiously absent. That’s because he spent the bulk of August training secretly in Seattle, playing pickup games at gyms and…

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Draymond Green respects Kyrie Irving saying Celtics can beat Warriors

Draymond Green respects Kyrie Irving saying Celtics can beat Warriors

Despite adding All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, the Golden State Warriors aren’t taking their next championship for granted, and it sounds like they’re expecting the Celtics to be their biggest challengers. Earlier this week, Klay Thompson called Boston “a team to reckon with.” Now Draymond Green, who is no stranger to trash talk, is building up the Celtics — and specifically Kyrie Irving — as well. In an interview Thursday with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Green issued high praise for…

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Kyrie Irving on his situation with Celtics: ‘It’s pretty f-ing good here’

Kyrie Irving on his situation with Celtics: ‘It’s pretty f-ing good here’

Kyrie Irving seems pretty happy playing for the Celtics. Irving and Gordon Hayward spoke with Rachel Nichols recently and Irving indicated he has no plans to play anywhere other than Boston. “The future is very, very bright in Boston,” Irving said. “Even if I ever try to think about that thought of going elsewhere, it would be like ‘what are you thinking? We’re pretty f-ing good here’ … not just this year but for years to come. Yeah, I’m looking…

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Klay Thompson says Celtics are Warriors' biggest threat this season

Klay Thompson says Celtics are Warriors' biggest threat this season

The hype around the Celtics isn’t just constrained to the corridors of Interstate 495. It’s stretched all the way to the Oracle Arena in Oakland, where the defending NBA champion Warriors play their home games. In an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, Golden State guard Klay Thompson said he thinks the Celtics are the biggest obstacle between the Warriors and their third consecutive NBA title. “I like the team out East in Boston,” Klay Thompson said at Warriors Media…

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