Celtics Rumors & News

  • Crowder apologizes for C's 'lackadaisical' effort

    WEEI Boston "Things were so ugly in the Celtics‘ 93-86 loss to the Heat on Wednesday, Jae Crowder publicly apologized to Boston fans for the effort put forth by himself and his teammates. Of course, Jae Crowder led all C’s with 16 points, barreled his way to 11 free throw attempts and grabbed seven rebounds..." March 27

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 27

  • Celtics are in good position to control No. 8 seed

    CSN New England "So much for moving up to the seventh seed in the East. The Boston Celtics pretty much ended any hopes of landing the No. 7 spot with Wednesday’s 93-86 home loss to the Miami Heat. Miami (33-38) has sole possession of the seventh seed in the East along with a two-game cushion over the Celtics..." March 26

  • Shorthanded Heat survive against Celtics 93-86

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "This either was going to be tragedy squared or overnight revival. After the Miami Heat went up by 17 at the intermission, their largest halftime lead of the season, there would be no middle ground. It was yet another harrowing ride. For the second night in a row. A night after blowing a..." March 26

  • Celtics give Evan Turner free rein

    Boston Herald "Celtics give Evan Turner free rein 032315turner1.jpg Photo by: AP photo Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) fouls Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (0) during the first half of an NBA game, Monday, March 23, 2015, in New York. 1 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 PrintEmail0 Comments By: Mark..." March 25

  • Jared Sullinger likely subject to weight clause in contract

    Sporting News "Jared Sullinger's weight has been an issue in Boston this season. A very big one. ESPN Boston spoke with Sullinger and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge about the forward's weight problems. According to the report, members of the Celtics believe Sullinger weighed over..." March 25

  • 2d
    Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

    Isaiah Thomas will return for the Celtics tonight. His 214 points are the most ever scored by a Celtic in his first ten games.

  • Isaiah Thomas 'as close to probable as it gets' for next game, Kelly Olynyk's confidence rushes back

    MassLive.com "The Boston Celtics have survived without Isaiah Thomas. And they should get their high-scoring guard back soon. After rolling the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, head coach Brad Stevens indicated he expects the guard..." March 24

  • Celtics Notebook: Turner all up in Nets’ grill

    Boston Herald "Evan Turner recorded the second triple-double of his career last night, both as a Celtic, and this time celebrated with some mouth ornamentation. The swingman left the locker room wearing gold grillwork over his bottom teeth. If attention was Turner’s goal, he succeeded on a triple-double level..." March 24

  • Celtics' win puts them back in playoff position

    Boston Herald "The Nets, like the Celtics and roughly four other middling teams, are still in the postseason chase. Some hoop purists decry the current system, and demand abolishment of conference playoff seeding in favor of the best 16 records, regardless of geography. Nets coach Lionel Hollins smiled at..." March 24

  • 4d
    Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

    Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas should be probable to go Wednesday night for the Celtics against the Heat.

  • Detroit closes strong in Boston for second consecutive win

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons have a winning streak. They had to overcome rebounding issues, poor shooting for most of Sunday's game, and play extra time to do it. But the Pistons recorded their second consecutive win, 105-97 in overtime over the Boston Celtics, a game in which they set the franchise..." March 23

  • Gerald Wallace calls a players only meeting: "We gave this game away"

    WEEI Boston "Gerald Wallace played just 12 minutes and scored just two points in Boston’s dreadful 105-97 overtime loss Sunday night to the Pistons at TD Garden. But what he told the team afterward could prove to be his most important contribution. The Celtics were coming off two losses in Oklahoma City and..." March 23

  • 5d
    Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

    Isaiah Thomas remains out, at this point he will not travel with the team to New York tonight for tomorrow's game in Brooklyn.

  • 5d
    Boston Celtics @celtics

    Stevens: "What we love about Marcus is his competitive nature & spirit. But he has to handle that better." Crowder gets start in his place.

  • Marcus Smart gets 1-game ban

    ESPN Boston "Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart has been suspended one game for his below-the-belt hit on San Antonio's Matt Bonner on Friday night, the NBA announced Saturday. Smart will sit out Sunday when the Celtics host the Detroit Pistons. Smart delivered an uppercut to Bonner's groin early in..." March 22

  • Marcus Smart: 'Freak accident'

    ESPN Boston "Boston Celtics rookie point guard Marcus Smart earned a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected from Friday night's 101-89 loss for striking San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner with an uppercut to the groin. The league reviews all flagrant fouls, so it also could fine or suspend Smart. Bonner was..." March 21

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

  • 7d
    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Sources: Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga has declined to become a candidate at George Mason, committed to Boston and NBA coaching career.

  • Brad Stevens Discusses Difference Between Coaching in College and the NBA

    Bleacher Report "In the midst of a rebuilding season for the Boston Celtics, highlighted by constant roster turnover, head coach Brad Stevens has proved to be a stabilizing force for the franchise. The 38-year-old has molded a group of role players and youngsters with potential into a potential playoff team,..." March 20

  • OKC fights back in second half for win over Celtics

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook couldn’t stomach the way the game was going. And how could he? For the first 24 minutes, the Boston Celtics basically bullied the Thunder in its own building, and as Westbrook walked to the locker room at halftime he had no choice but to face that fact. “After the first..." March 19

  • Why the Celtics might have a Brad Stevens problem

    New York Post "Entering Wednesday’s action, three teams — the Pacers, Heat and Celtics — are tied for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers and Heat being in the mix for playoff spots makes sense. But the Celtics? Boston traded its two most talented players this season, Rajon Rondo..." March 19

  • Celtics assign rookie James Young to D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws

    Celtics Blog "With the Boston Celtics putting all of their focus on the playoff race, rookie wing James Young has been assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Young has recently racked up "DNP-CDs," since the superior Gigi Datome has moved ahead of him on the depth chart, so the rookie will..." March 17

  • Datome fan club building up

    Boston Herald "A new Garden folk hero appears to have been born. Luigi Datome, a native of Sardinia who was perhaps the finest Italian player in Serie A before he went to Detroit to languish on the bench, reemerged as one of Brad Stevens’ best shooters off the bench. And, as the Garden crowd demonstrated..." March 17

  • Tyler Zeller's Career Night Pushes Celtics Into Playoff Spot

    Boston Globe "With less than one month remaining in the regular season, the Celtics have played themselves into postseason position. Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 26 points while Avery Bradley posted his second career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Celtics cruised past the..." March 17

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • Celtics’ Gerald Wallace will ponder his future

    Boston Globe "Gerald Wallace has made such an impression around the NBA that there are draft prospects being compared with him or projected as Gerald Wallace types of players. It is flattering for the 32-year-old Celtic, who has served as more of a mentor than a player during his two seasons in..." March 17

  • Isaiah Thomas still out of lineup

    ESPN Boston "Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas remains sidelined by swelling near his tailbone and could miss at least three more games, according to coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics were hoping to get Thomas back for Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, but Thomas hasn't been able to resume..." March 17

  • 11d
    Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixSI

    No Isaiah Thomas tonight for Boston. Brad Stevens says he is at least three games away.

  • George Mason plans to look at Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga for head coaching vacancy

    Yahoo! Sports "George Mason University has plans to make Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga one of its focuses in its search for a new head coach, sources told Yahoo Sports. George Mason officials on Monday fired coach Paul Hewitt, who went 20-42 in his final two seasons for the Atlantic 10..." March 16

  • Celtics spoil Jeff Green's return to Boston, top Grizzlies 95-92

    Celtics Blog "You have to expect a low scoring affair whenever the Memphis Grizzlies come to town and this proved to be no exception. Memphis leads the league in points allowed at 95.5 per game, but Boston was able to beat them at their own grit 'n' grind game. Avery Bradley hit a long two-point jumper to..." March 12

  • Fan stabbed at Celtics game

    Larry Brown Sports "Police responded to a stabbing that occurred inside TD Garden Wednesday night just before the ending of the Celtics-Grizzlies game. Boston police spokesman David Estrada said the victim, a male, was taken to Mass. General Hospital, according to The Boston Globe. The man does not have..." March 12

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12

  • Ainge: Celtics likely without Thomas 'at least a week'

    CSN New England "Isaiah Thomas' lower back injury could possibly keep him out for "at least a week," according to Danny Ainge. “Isaiah’s out with a bruised tailbone, but it’s pretty bad; it’s pretty swollen on both sides of his lower back,” Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said Thursday..." March 12

  • 16d
    Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop

    Celtics announce that Isaiah Thomas (bruised back and elbow) will not play tonight against Memphis.

  • Celtics keep playoff race interesting

    Boston Herald "The degree to which the Celtics want to make the playoffs was evident in the ice wrapped about Isaiah Thomas’ lower back and right elbow after last night’s 100-90 victory over the Heat. Thomas had scored 12 of his 25 points over the last 6:03 of the game, the final 3:44 of which he played in..." March 10

  • On 'Soccer Sunday,' the Magic gave their fans something to cheer

    Orlando Sentinel "A surreal scene unfolded outside Amway Center on Sunday afternoon. Throngs of Central Floridian sports fans gathered around the arena on an Orlando Magic gameday. And then they went somewhere else. The fans, most of them dressed in purple, boarded buses to travel to the Citrus Bowl a mile..." March 09

  • 19d
    Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

    Brad Stevens: Avery Bradley feels better. Shooting for Wednesday to play.

  • Celtics clip Pelicans' wings, win 104-98

    Celtics Blog "The Pelicans have Anthony Davis but the Celtics have Isaiah Thomas and some very good team defense. Advantage Celtics. The Pelicans' offense appears to consist of throwing the ball in the general direction of the rim and watching Anthony Davis dunk it. Seems like a pretty smart strategy to me...." March 07

  • Ainge made a pitch for LeBron James last summer

    Celtics Blog "Danny Ainge is always looking for opportunities to improve the Celtics in a big way. In today's article Bulpett kind of laughs off a report from earlier this week indicating that the Celtics would "swing for the fences" this summer. Not because it is inaccurate, but because it is situation..." March 07

  • 21d
    Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

    Kelly Olynyk said his ankle felt good during Wednesday's game. Typical soreness on Thursday morning but no setbacks.

  • Celtics’ talks with JaVale McGee fall through because of contract option

    Yahoo! Sports "Talks on a deal between the Boston Celtics and free-agent center JaVale McGee fell apart when the sides couldn’t agree on control of the player’s contract option for the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. McGee visited the Celtics this week and had been inclined to sign there,..." March 06

  • 22d
    Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

    Avery Bradley will not travel with Celtics to New Orleans and is out vs. Pelicans due to left elbow strain, according to team.

  • 22d
    Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop

    JaVale McGee will NOT be coming to the Celtics. The sides couldn't reach agreement on a contract.

  • Sources: McGee close to signing with Celtics

    ESPN Boston "The Boston Celtics are close to signing big man JaVale McGee to a deal through next season, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Thursday. McGee, 27, was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday after the franchise acquired him at the trade deadline from the Denver Nuggets, who drafted him with..." March 05

  • Tyler Zeller beats the buzzer, Boston Celtics defeat Utah Jazz 85-84

    Celtics Blog "It was a defensive struggle, but a clutch shot at the end gave Boston the win. The first quarter was a pretty sluggish affair for both teams. Neither team could break 40% shooting, and the Jazz even went a stretch of five minutes without a point. Jae Crowder was a bright spot though. His eight..." March 05

  • Stevens on loss to Cavs: 'It better hurt'

    CSN New England "Brad Stevens has shown tremendous restraint publicly through the good and bad that has been Boston Celtics basketball the past couple seasons. But to not blow a gasket publicly following Tuesday's 110-79 beatdown by Cleveland, was impressive. It was a game in which his team was as lackluster..." March 04

  • Cavaliers take care of Celtics with ease, thrashing them 110-79

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The young Boston Celtics may be improving and fighting for that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they were fish out of water. They didn't belong, and it resulted in their 110-79 loss that wasn't nearly that close. It was not a..." March 04

  • Report: Celtics To Pursue Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol This Summer

    NESN "Get ready, Boston Celtics fans. We could be in for a very interesting summer. The “fireworks” many Celtics supporters hoped for last offseason never materialized, as the team failed to land its reported top target, current Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love, and instead settled on..." March 04

  • 23d
    Boston Celtics @celtics

    Stevens says Olynyk is back: "He's gonna dress and be available. Watching him play 3-on-3 yesterday, he looked good to me."