Celtics draw Bucks in first round of playoffs, finish season with win over Nets

Celtics draw Bucks in first round of playoffs, finish season with win over Nets

Bring on the Greek Freak. It took until overtime of the final game of the season for the Celtics to discover their opponent in the first round of the playoffs, but when the Heat beat the Raptors on Wednesday, their foe finally became official: the Milwaukee Bucks. With the Wizards and Bucks losing and the Heat winning on the season’s final day, he last three seeds in the conference were finally determined. Miami is the sixth seed, Milwaukee finishes seventh,…

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Jayson Tatum makes case to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Jayson Tatum makes case to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Jayson Tatum wants to join the Rookie of the Year spat. Currently, 76ers guard Ben Simmons and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell are sniping over who should win the award.  But in an interview with the Globe, Tatum says he’s one of the top rookies in his class. “Talent level, I feel like if I’m not the best, I’m one or two,” he told Gary Washburn. “I think it’s just opportunity, the situation that you’re in, and who’s on your team….

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Wizards 113, Celtics 101: Nope, we still don't know who they're playing in the first round

Wizards 113, Celtics 101: Nope, we still don't know who they're playing in the first round

The Celtics controlled their own destiny in one key sense — if they beat the host Wizards on Tuesday night, they could avoid John Wall and Co. in the first round of the playoffs. No such luck. The Wizards turned a tense game at halftime into a laugher, rolling to a 113-101 victory that leaves all three bottom seeds up for grabs entering Wednesday’s final day of the season. Normally the second seed in the conference wouldn’t be overly concerned…

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Marcus Smart reportedly expected to be cleared for game action by April 27

Marcus Smart reportedly expected to be cleared for game action by April 27

It looks like the Celtics will get Marcus Smart back before the start of the second round of the playoffs. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania, Smart had a reevaluation on his torn UCL in his right thumb Monday in New York and he is expected to receive clearance to return to game action at the six-week mark of surgery (April 27). Also, Smart has been cleared to start light non-contact shooting. Looking ahead to the playoff schedule, it would appear April 27 will…

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Celtics may be early front-runners in hypothetical Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Celtics may be early front-runners in hypothetical Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Though the Celtics can still win a playoff round with their depleted roster, it’s unfathomable they can make any sort of run in the Eastern Conference with Kyrie Irving sitting on the sidelines. That means it’s time to start peeking ahead to the summer, where the Celtics will likely once again be at the center of the NBA’s hyperactive rumor mill.  Get ready for months of Kawhi Leonard talk. It’s been a bizarre season for Leonard, who’s missed all but nine…

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Hawks 112, Celtics 106: Brad Stevens plays for the playoffs

Hawks 112, Celtics 106: Brad Stevens plays for the playoffs

After the Celtics’ second unit squandered a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, Brad Stevens decided to let it ride and kept his bench lineup intact for the final six minutes of what had been a tie game. For the short-term, it didn’t work out. Long-term? We will see. Abdel Nader, Shane Larkin, Semi Ojeleye, Jabari Bird and Greg Monroe took on Atlanta’s starters and kept things close before the C’s ultimately came up short in a 112-106 loss. Boston struggled to string…

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Kyrie Irving has successful knee surgery, expected to be fully healthy for training camp

Kyrie Irving has successful knee surgery, expected to be fully healthy for training camp

On Saturday, the Celtics offered an update on Kyrie Irving. According to the team, the guard underwent successful surgery to remove two screws in his left patella. “The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. The original injury occurred in the 2015 NBA finals. Irving hasn’t played since March 11, when he left a game against the Pacers…

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Brad Stevens addresses future of Kyrie Irving

Brad Stevens addresses future of Kyrie Irving

The news of Kyrie Irving’s season coming to an end was a devastating blow for the Celtics — a team that was destined for a deep playoff run.  Brad Stevens, who addressed the media for the first time since the news broke Thursday, expressed Irving’s frustration before facing the Bulls at TD Garden.  “He’s really disappointed, obviously,” Stevens said. “After the initial surgery, the thought was he would be back in three to six weeks. We thought it would be…

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NBA Power Rankings: Celtics had a nice run, but time to consider the real contenders

NBA Power Rankings: Celtics had a nice run, but time to consider the real contenders

By Danny Dragin One week remains in the NBA season and the haves are separating from the have-notes. Unfortunately for the Celtics, they’re looking very much like the latter after the news that Kyrie Irving is out for the season. In any event, here’s how the top teams in the NBA shake out, courtesy of WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin and his weekly power rankings. (Previous rank in parentheses) 1. Houston Rockets (1): 64-15 The Rockets have lost two of their last…

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Kyrie Irving addresses knee injury: it's 'test of my perseverance'

Kyrie Irving addresses knee injury: it's 'test of my perseverance'

Kyrie Irving offered some perspective Thursday on the devastating revelation that he will need to undergo a second knee procedure and miss the entire playoffs.  In an Instagram post, Irving said he views the setback as a test of his personal willpower.  “The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you,” he wrote. “You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with…

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