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Brad Stevens 'disappointed in Marcus (Smart)' following ejection vs. Sixers

Brad Stevens 'disappointed in Marcus (Smart)' following ejection vs. Sixers

The Celtics needed Marcus Smart.  Philadelphia chipped away at a 15-point deficit in the second half of a 118-115 win over the Celtics when the momentum shifted in the third quarter, following an altercation between Smart and Sixers big man Joel Embiid. Smart was eventually ejected from the game when Embiid’s screen tripped up Smart and led to the Celtics guard to get up from the floor and shove Embiid from behind to the ground.  The two were immediately separated…

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Sorry Celtics, Sixers finally have a closer in Jimmy Butler

Sorry Celtics, Sixers finally have a closer in Jimmy Butler

With hopes of competing for an NBA title, the Sixers have spent the entire regular season tweaking their roster.  Using the Celtics, Raptors and Bucks as the measuring stick, Philadelphia has revamped its personnel numerous times throughout the 2018-19 campaign. Three early-season losses against the Eastern Conference’s upper echelon teams was enough proof for the Sixers to shake things up.  Philly pulled the trigger to acquire free agent-to-be Jimmy Butler, an All-Star scorer who had overstayed his welcome in Minnesota and was…

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Boston Celtics news: Kyrie Irving to miss regular-season games before playoffs

Boston Celtics news: Kyrie Irving to miss regular-season games before playoffs

With the regular season winding down, expect Kyrie Irving and a few others to get some rest heading into the postseason. Irving told reporters Wednesday he “definitely” plans on missing some games with only 11 remaining before the playoffs. “It just makes no sense to put emphasis on these regular-season games when you know you’re gearing up for some battles coming in the playoffs,” Irving said. Brad Stevens also told reporters Al Horford likely will miss games, too. It seems likely…

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Isaiah Thomas receives his tribute video in a win over the Celtics

Isaiah Thomas receives his tribute video in a win over the Celtics

Isaiah Thomas finally got his tribute video.  The former Celtic was honored at TD Garden for his time in green-and-white with highlights of his best performances, his time spent giving back to the community and received a standing ovation by the fans during the first timeout of the Celtics’ 114-105 loss against the Nuggets.  “That was big, that was special,” Thomas said after the game. “I wish my family was here to see that but they watched. I was emotional,…

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Could former Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas play for Celtics again? 'You never know'

Could former Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas play for Celtics again? 'You never know'

Could Isaiah Thomas one day return to play for the Celtics? You never know. In an interview with the Boston Globe prior to Thomas’ Nuggets playing the Celtics Monday, he indicated he reached out to Danny Ainge last summer to say he would welcome a return to Boston. “I know we left on bad terms with me being traded,” Thomas said. “I wanted them to know that the interest was there. I didn’t know if they were interested, and I…

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Kyrie Irving impressed by Trae Young in win over Hawks

Kyrie Irving impressed by Trae Young in win over Hawks

Kyrie Irving will never forget the first time he faced Jose Calderon.  It was his rookie season in the NBA. He couldn’t wait to prove himself against the other young point guards in the league, against his favorite point guard, Chris Paul, but instead the Raptors guard got the best of him.  “He bust my ass the first time I came to the league, I still can’t believe that (expletive),” Irving said. “I just couldn’t believe it, gave me like…

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Marcus Morris' Basketball Journey, Part 2: Lifelong bond with Celtics assistant Jerome Allen comes full circle

Marcus Morris' Basketball Journey, Part 2: Lifelong bond with Celtics assistant Jerome Allen comes full circle

This is part two of a three-part series centered on Celtics forward Marcus Morris’ career and role with the 2018-19 Celtics Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen is walking down the hall of Madison Square Garden, precisely one hour before tip-off. He starts to speed up, and then looks back. “Damn, I missed Mook. Let’s go out there,” he says before stopping in front of the visitors’ locker room where Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Gordon Hayward are standing.  “(Is)…

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How Jaylen Brown has become the leader of the Celtics' second unit

How Jaylen Brown has become the leader of the Celtics' second unit

The 2018-19 season hasn’t been easy for Celtics guard Jaylen Brown.  From losing his starting job to being the subject of public ridicule, Brown has endured a trying year. A lower back injury kept him out for three straight games back in November, and by the time he returned Brad Stevens had elected to go with a new starting lineup that featured Marcus Smart in the backcourt alongside Kyrie Irving, instead of Brown.  The Celtics had rattled off three wins…

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Jayson Tatum supports Russell Westbrook for going after heckling fan

Jayson Tatum supports Russell Westbrook for going after heckling fan

Jayson Tatum says he understands why Russell Westbrook fired back at the Jazz fan who was allegedly hurling vulgar insults at him.  On Wednesday, the young Celtics star said he thinks players should be allowed to defend themselves against vehement verbal attacks. “People always expect us to turn the shoulder. And we get paid all this money, we should be able to let them talk to us any kind of way, and that’s just not true,” Tatum told MassLive’s John…

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Boston Celtics news: Kyrie Irving apologizes for way he's treated media

Boston Celtics news: Kyrie Irving apologizes for way he's treated media

Kyrie Irving has been pretty outspoken the last few weeks about the way the media has handled his impending free agency, especially with All-Star weekend. In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Irving apologized. “The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect,” Irving said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize. I haven’t done it perfectly. I haven’t said the right things all the time. I don’t want to sit on a place like…

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