Marcus Smart’s absence makes matching Indiana’s physicality a greater challenge for Celtics

Marcus Smart’s absence makes matching Indiana’s physicality a greater challenge for Celtics

An Indiana Pacers team without Victor Oladipo can only create so many issues for the Boston Celtics in a one-and-done matchup. If you turn the affair into a seven-game series and provide the Celtics home-court advantage, then a Boston series win becomes more of a lock than Captain America dying at the end of Avengers: Endgame. But this will not be the same Celtics team that blew out the Pacers in their last meeting or the one that won a…

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Gordon Hayward sets postseason goals for himself in blog post

Gordon Hayward sets postseason goals for himself in blog post

Gordon Hayward has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.  Sunday afternoon will be Hayward’s first playoff game as a member of the Celtics. Ahead of Game 1 against the Pacers, he penned a blog post Friday and discussed the highs and lows of the regular season while also talking about expectations he’s set for himself in the postseason.  “Personally, I feel like I’m peaking at the right time,” Hayward said. “It’s been a slow build up process…

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Marcus Smart injury: Brian Scalabrine says it won't affect wins and losses vs. Pacers

Marcus Smart injury: Brian Scalabrine says it won't affect wins and losses vs. Pacers

The Celtics got some bad news this week when it was revealed Marcus Smart will miss 4-6 weeks with an oblique injury, but according to NBC Sports Boston’s Brian Scalabrine, it shouldn’t impact things too much in Round 1 against the Pacers. “Probably not the first round,” he said Friday on Dale & Keefe. “It will affect the game, it will affect the play, it will affect their spirit, but I can’t see it actually affecting wins. If Victor Oladipo was…

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We have the Celtics' first-round schedule against the Indiana Pacers

We have the Celtics' first-round schedule against the Indiana Pacers

The Celtics’ postseason run remains a mystery, particularly with the news that at least the first part of it will be without Marcus Smart due to his oblique injury. One thing, however, that is no longer uncertain is the first-round schedule. The Celtics will open up their best-of-seven series against the Pacers at TD Garden Sunday at 1 p.m. Here is the rest of the first-round slate: Game 2: Wed., April 17 at TD Garden, 7 p.m. Game 3: Fri.,…

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Marcus Smart news: Celtics guard reportedly has torn oblique, could miss first two rounds of NBA playoffs

Marcus Smart news: Celtics guard reportedly has torn oblique, could miss first two rounds of NBA playoffs

This is not good news for the Celtics. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Marcus Smart suffered a torn oblique on his left side and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Celtics guard suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the Magic. The 24-year-old has averaged 8.9 points, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 27.5 minutes per game while starting a career-high 69 games this year. This is obviously a huge loss for the Celtics as…

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Kyrie Irving opens up about regular season struggles: 'A lot of (expletive)… could have been handled better'

Kyrie Irving opens up about regular season struggles: 'A lot of (expletive)… could have been handled better'

Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving finally gets it. For a player who has criticized the media and how he was portrayed throughout a trying regular season for the Celtics that concluded less than 24 hours ago, Irving was forthright about the mistakes he made this year. He spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon following team practice, where he opened up about the tumultuous season he’s had and the things he dealt with.  “A lot of bull-(expletive), a lot of just the up-and-downs…

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NBA Playoffs: How the Celtics match up against the Eastern Conference

NBA Playoffs: How the Celtics match up against the Eastern Conference

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics finally got their wish: it’s time for the NBA Playoffs. The talk about “being better” is over. No more concerns about everyone getting theirs. It’s time to flip the switch and win. The real Celtics are here, right? Whether or not that’s the case, the team is faced with a familiar opponent in the first round: the Indiana Pacers. Anything could happen, after that — assuming Boston wins. Here’s how the Celtics stack up against…

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Boston Celtics playoffs: 4 things to look forward to with Brad Stevens team

Boston Celtics playoffs: 4 things to look forward to with Brad Stevens team

The Celtics (49-33) concluded the 2018-19 season Tuesday night in Washington D.C. with a 116-110 win over the Wizards.  For a team that was projected to top the Eastern Conference and potentially reach the 60-win plateau,  the regular season didn’t pan out the way most anticipated it would. There were plenty of ups and downs throughout the Celtics’ roller-coaster campaign, still, there’s plenty to look forward to as Brad Stevens gears up for his fifth NBA playoff run with momentum…

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Kyrie Irving free agency: Guard expected to grant Lakers interview

Kyrie Irving free agency: Guard expected to grant Lakers interview

Kyrie Irving forced his way out of Cleveland because he says he was desperate to free himself from LeBron James’ shadow. But two years later, the mercurial Celtics guard might once again be interested in riding LeBron’s coattails. Irving is expected to grant the Lakers an interview in free agency this summer, according to the ever reliable Stephen A. Smith. The highest-priced talent in ESPN history broke the news on his radio show Monday. “I’m told Kyrie Irving will grant the…

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Boston Celtics injury news: 10 players listed on injury report heading into regular-season finale

Boston Celtics injury news: 10 players listed on injury report heading into regular-season finale

No matter what happens in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against the Wizards, the Celtics will be the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, which means a lot of regulars will not be in the lineup. The team has ruled out seven players and another three are on the injury report. Terry Rozier, Brad Wanamaker, Semi Ojeleye, Robert Williams, PJ Dozier, and RJ Hunter are all officially available for the contest. Here’s the complete injury report from the Celtics. OUT…

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