Marcus Smart continues hot streak as Celtics fall to Pistons

Marcus Smart continues hot streak as Celtics fall to Pistons

The shooting woes of Celtics guard Marcus Smart have been well documented, but concerns over his touch didn’t deter him from showing dominance at the offensive end on Monday night. Falling 118-108 to the Pistons, the Celtics fell behind by as much as 11 and couldn’t regain a substantial lead. But shooting an efficient 8-13, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, Smart finished with a team-high 23 points and added six assists. “I’ve been working, talking to my teammates and…

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Avery Bradley appreciated time in Boston, fully embracing Detroit

Avery Bradley appreciated time in Boston, fully embracing Detroit

Take a look at the Celtics’ top three scorers and you’ll notice one commonality as Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each attended just one year of college. And while the trend of one and dones to the NBA increases, it was the familiar and original face of that movement that returned to Boston on Monday night: Avery Bradley. “It’s just a great feeling to be back in the city of Boston period,” Bradley said of returning. “The [fans] appreciate the…

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Shane Larkin relishing time in Boston

Shane Larkin relishing time in Boston

It’s not often a 25-year-old is among the veteran leaders of an NBA locker room, but Celtics guard Shane Larkin appears to be relishing his role as a veteran presence and mentor to the team’s younger players. “I just try to give my wisdom whether it’s to a guy who’s playing 25 minutes or a guy that’s sitting on the bench,” Larkin said prior to Monday’s head-to-head with the Pistons. “I just try to provide some veteran leadership since I’ve been a pro…

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Celtics mastering coming from behind so far this season

Celtics mastering coming from behind so far this season

It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. I don’t think there’s a better saying that could accurately describe the Celtics’ first 18 wins of the season. The come-from-behind win has been a common theme for the Celtics —  a team that owns the best record in the league — especially throughout their recent stretch of games. In their last five contests, the Celtics have outscored their opponents by an average of 7.2 points in the second half,…

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Celtics 108, Pacers 98: The night we learned Marcus Smart can shoot

Celtics 108, Pacers 98: The night we learned Marcus Smart can shoot

The excuses were built in. The Celtics were on the road on the second leg of a back-to-back. They were playing without both Jaylen Brown (who was attending the funeral of his friend) and Marcus Morris (knee management). And they fell into the kind of first-half hole against the Pacers that could have easily led to some early white flag waving. There was another obstacle. Because they were missing the 27 combined points per game from Brown and Morris, the…

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Celtics 118, Magic 103: Could Terry Rozier help solve C's biggest problem?

Celtics 118, Magic 103: Could Terry Rozier help solve C's biggest problem?

Terry Rozier had just scored a career-high 23 points, been mobbed by a throng of postgame media and was already on his way toward Saturday night’s game in Indiana. It all led one reporter to ask another reporter what seemed like a semi-pertinent question. “Can Rozier be as good as Avery Bradley?” “As a player? Well, he’s a better quote,” was the response. OK, perhaps it’s still a reach to think that Rozier, a player who came into Friday night averaging…

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Heat 104, Celtics 98: Winning streak ends at 16 despite yet another spirited comeback

Heat 104, Celtics 98: Winning streak ends at 16 despite yet another spirited comeback

And now, we can get on with the rest of the season. The Celtics weren’t going to win forever, and on Wednesday night their 16-game streak came to an end with a 104-98 loss in Miami. In losing for the first time since Oct. 18 — the Yankees and Cubs both won playoff games that night — the Celtics still managed to give their fans what we’ve come to expect during this incredible run, shaving an 18-point deficit to one…

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J.R. Smith and Cavaliers aren't worrying about Celtics just yet

J.R. Smith and Cavaliers aren't worrying about Celtics just yet

With 16 straight victories and an NBA-best 16-2 record, the Celtics have become the talk of the NBA.  But has it been enough to earn acknowledge or attention from the rival Cavaliers? “Nah,” the Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith told Bleacher Report when asked if they’re watching the C’s extra closely given Boston’s current winning streak. “It’s too early. Too early. We don’t start paying attention until after [the] All-Star break when you see teams spacing out [in the standings]. You start…

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Charles Barkley's Celtics hate keeps looking sillier

Charles Barkley's Celtics hate keeps looking sillier

Trent Dilfer will never live down his infamous putdown of the Patriots following their 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football in 2014. The ex-quarterback declared the Patriots “aren’t good anymore” and predicted their immediate demise. He could not have been more wrong. The Patriots only lost one more game the rest of the way and went on to win the Super Bowl.  May Charles Barkley suffer a similar fate.  Barkley went off on the Celtics prior to…

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Celtics 110, Mavericks 102: Kyrie wasn't going to let this streak end

Celtics 110, Mavericks 102: Kyrie wasn't going to let this streak end

This was going to be it, the day the streak came to an end. And not only was the Celtics’ stretch of wins going to conclude after 15 straight, but in the process Brad Stevens’ team was going to be exposed a bit. The Mavericks completely derailed what was trending toward a C’s blowout, thanks in large part to an ultra-frustrating 2-3 zone. The visitors were turning the ball over, missing shots and letting Harrison Barnes completely take over. And that Celtics…

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