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Jaylen Brown Remains Vital to Celtics Despite Inconsistent Rookie Season

January 12th, 2017
Life isn't easy when you're a 20-year-old NBA rookie. Especially one who was drafted by a competitive playoff team with high expectations and little margin for error, like Boston Celtics newbie Jaylen Brown. Even though he's appeared in almost every game and remains in head coach Brad Stevens' rotation, mistakes and ...

Jae Crowder’s Mixed Feelings About Boston Celtics Fans Should Be Mutual

January 4th, 2017
BOSTON—Every team in today’s NBA wants and needs someone like Jae Crowder. He’s strong and quick enough to defend multiple positions, and ignoring him beyond the arc has become a swift sentence.   He's the epitome of an emotional leader who doesn't hesitate to call out teammates not playing up to ...

Celtics Can’t Join Eastern Elite Without Making a Statement Against Cavs

December 28th, 2016
The Boston Celtics are starting to look like the pseudo-contender most projected they'd be, and a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night—their seventh in eight games—could go a long way in shaping how they're perceived around the league. And maybe even how they perceive themselves. Not that any of that ...

How the Serge Ibaka Trade Set Up Oklahoma City’s Future

December 25th, 2016
BOSTON — Even as Russell Westbrook turns the oceanic NBA into his very own above-ground swimming pool, the Oklahoma City Thunder have no choice but to look ahead. In the franchise’s first 30 games without Kevin Durant on its roster, short-term championship contention is in the rearview mirror, with day-to-day, ...

How Kemba Walker Fixed His Shot and Became an Elite NBA Point Guard

December 20th, 2016
The NBA is filled with countless examples: Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose are inarguable liabilities from deep. Russell Westbrook—a career 30.4 percent three-point shooter—may experience a harsh fall from grace once his athleticism declines. The Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic have to be questioning whether Emmanuel Mudiay, Marcus ...

Kyle Lowry’s Quiet, Dominant Season Comes with 1 Real Concern

December 9th, 2016
BOSTON — Forget about his dead-eye three-point shot, pick-and-roll wizardry or general relentlessness on every possession. Nothing is more impressive (and potentially worrisome) about Kyle Lowry’s season than the minutes. Entering Friday night's 101-94 victory over the Boston Celtics, the All-Star floor general was averaging an astounding 37.4 per game. If that ...

Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart Is Leading the NBA’s Glue Guys

December 1st, 2016
It’s almost impossible to accurately quantify all the ways Marcus Smart makes the Boston Celtics a better team.  Sometimes that can be read as a dilemma—especially for someone drafted sixth overall by a franchise that can’t afford to miss on any of the prospects it targets—but it’s also not to say ...

Don’t Call Isaiah Thomas Anything Other Than ‘Superstar’

November 22nd, 2016
In today's star-driven NBA, one question has a seemingly endless number of answers: What defines a superstar? It's subjective, to say the least. But when it comes down to it, on-court performance should play a significant—if not the most significant—role in determining who earns such high praise. In an attempt to let basic statistics ...

Kevin Durant Has Been Everything the Golden State Warriors Hoped For

November 18th, 2016
BOSTON — Friday afternoon, hours before the Golden State Warriors squashed the Boston Celtics 104-88, Kevin Durant folded his impossibly long frame into one of TD Garden's baseline chairs to answer questions from the small army of media that immediately enveloped him with cameras, cellphones and digital recorders.      After ...

Avery Bradley Has Become the Boston Celtics’ Latest Success Story

November 8th, 2016
Avery Bradley knows reputations die hard through the life of an NBA career.  A 6’2” off guard who lacked the handle, court vision and outside shot to run an effective offense when he first entered the league, Bradley’s clingy, physical, infuriating on-ball defense quickly became his calling card, and he was ...