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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Top 5 Celtics moments of overcoming adversity

Top 5 Celtics moments of overcoming adversity

By Mateo Aycardi To state that the Celtics have faced adversity this season would be an understatement. Boston’s re-integration of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving caused more disarray than expected early in the year. But with the C’s turning a new page and recovering nicely in leu of the playoffs, it’s time to start believing in this team once again. With that in mind, let’s look back at the top five Celtics moments overcoming adversity. 5. Paul Pierce stabbed and returned…

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Celtics home-court advantage close to meaningless as fourth seed

Celtics home-court advantage close to meaningless as fourth seed

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and the Celtics have talked about securing home court advantage for a little while. They did so in 2017 Red Sox fashion, with the Brooklyn Nets knocking off the Indiana Pacers. Given the mess this reality show devolved into, the finish is a bit surprising. But home-court advantage is nothing more than a consolation prize — unless, of course, the Celtics are only looking to win the opening round of the playoffs. That changes things entirely. If…

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Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart injured just before playoffs

Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart injured just before playoffs

The Celtics dropped their final home game of the regular season Sunday night against the Magic at TD Garden. The good news for the Celtics is they will have home-court advantage against the Pacers in the opening round of the playoffs, which kicks off next weekend. However, the bad news is the Celtics may start their best-of-7 series without two of their starters.  Jayson Tatum left in the first quarter of Boston’s 116-108 loss against the Magic with a shin…

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Celtics earn home-court advantage in first-round of playoffs

Celtics earn home-court advantage in first-round of playoffs

The Celtics have officially clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  The Nets defeated the Pacers Sunday afternoon, granting Boston home court advantage due to its win over Indiana Friday evening — which handed the Celtics the season tie-breaker in case the Celtics and Pacers end the season with identical records. With two games left, the Celtics still have a shot at grabbing the third seed if they were to win both and see the Sixers drop their…

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