Celtics Rumors & News

  • Lue: Thomas-less Celtics are harder than Warriors to prepare for

    Fox Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and another rematch with the Golden State Warriors. Many believe it will be the ultimate test for these two star-studded teams, but when it comes to Xs and Os, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue thinks the Boston..." May 24

  • Doctors unsure whether Isaiah Thomas needs hip surgery

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Celtics remain alive in their futile attempt to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This attempt was made more difficult when star guard Isaiah Thomas left Game 2 with a hip injury. Now out for the remainder of the playoffs, there’s some concern that..." May 24

  • LeBron May Have Been Sick During the Marcus Smart Fluke Game

    The Big Lead "LeBron James looked off during game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics upset the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron finished the game with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 turnovers. It was so bad he might have dropped an entire spot in the..." May 24

  • The Boston Celtics are proving they're better off without Isaiah Thomas

    Fox Sports "When Brad Stevens took over as the coach of the Boston Celtics in 2013, he aimed to install an offense that was predicated on ball movement, mismatch utilization, and selfless play. Stevens didn't inherit a superstar when he arrived in Boston, so he didn't install a system built for one...." May 24

  • Isaiah Thomas contemplating surgery for injured hip

    Sporting News "Isaiah Thomas has a decision to make. The Celtics guard met with a hip specialist Tuesday to determine whether surgery would be necessary to repair his injured hip. "His X-rays and all of the information that they gathered is being sent to another specialist," Celtics coach Brad Stevens..." May 24

  • Celtics' options at No. 1: Decision could start dynasty, or blow opportunity

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics are sitting pretty. They are in the conference finals, and despite suffering the biggest margin of defeat in their playoff history (reaching back to 1947 no less), they took a game off the Cavs in Game 3, setting up a big Game 4. They also possess the No. 1 pick in the NBA..." May 23

  • Security Increased At Cavs vs. Celtics Game After Manchester Attack

    TMZ "Cleveland police are boosting security for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals as a result of the terror attack at Manchester Arena, TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us there will be more uniformed and undercover officers than usual at Tuesday's game against the Celtics..." May 23

  • Where Can Carmelo Anthony Go?

    Complex "It's going to be an interesting summer for Carmelo Anthony no matter what ends up happening to the Knicks star. There's the potential of a divorce hanging over his head (check the gossip pages), and Melo knows Knicks team president Phil Jackson wants nothing to do with the future Hall of Famer..." May 23

  • J.R. Smith challenges LeBron James ahead of Game 4 against Celtics

    Sportress of Blogitude "LeBron James arguably had one of the worst postseason performances in his storied career during Sunday’s 111-108 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. And one of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers teammates is challenging him to rise above his disappointing performance and..." May 23

  • The evolution of the worst trade in NBA history

    Sportsnaut "The Nets were attempting to make a splash having just moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn. The idea was to get this re-energized New York City neighborhood excited about the return of professional sports. The year was 2013, and the conference-rival Boston Celtics had just been eliminated in the..." May 23

  • Guerschon Yabusele has foot surgery, out for summer league

    ESPN "Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source. Yabusele, the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft, spent much of his first..." May 22

  • Tyronn Lue seems to think Marcus Smart’s big game was fluke

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Smart put together a monster game for the Boston Celtics in their upset win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night. Smart led the Celtics with 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting. He was 7 of 10 on 3-pointers, which represents a huge..." May 22

  • Trading Paul George to Lakers or Celtics aren't only options for Pacers

    CBS Sports "The person most upset about Paul George not getting All-NBA honors is definitely Paul George. George missed out on being eligible for an extension worth $70 million more if the media voting had deemed him one of the top six forwards in the league this season. But almost as upset as George..." May 22

  • Celtics were upset with talk focusing on Isaiah Thomas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics rallied back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter on Sunday to beat Cleveland Cavaliers, and they did it without Isaiah Thomas. In fact, not having Thomas may have been the primary source of motivation that fueled the comeback. After the Celtics came away with a..." May 22

  • Brad Stevens: 'We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders'

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics were two days removed from an embarrassing 44-point loss on their home court. They were one day removed from their best player, Isaiah Thomas, being shut down for the postseason due to a hip injury. And despite trailing by as much as 21 points in the third quarter of Sunday's..." May 22

  • How Isaiah Thomas’ absence benefited the Celtics in Game 3 vs. Cavs

    CBS Sports "We learned a lot of things Sunday night in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 victory over the Cavaliers, which cut Cleveland's dominant 2-0 lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. We learned that without LeBron James playing his best, the Cavaliers turn into an offensive pumpkin really fast...." May 22

  • Why you shouldn’t overreact to LeBron’s head-scratching Game 3 performance

    Fox Sports "I can see it now: "What's the matter with LeBron?" will quickly turn into "You see, this is why he's not as good as Jordan" which will spark a reprise of "LeBron isn't a clutch player" — that wonderfully lame argument of a few years back. LeBron James had 11 points and six turnovers in the..." May 22

  • LeBron James on Game 3 Disappearance vs. Celtics: 'I Didn't Have It'

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics' best player was unable to take the floor, and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed theirs to show up. With point guard Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury, the Celtics' 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals seemed ever deeper heading into Sunday's Game 3, especially in..." May 22

  • Cavs-Celtics Not Quite As Interesting As Highly Speculative Tabloid Story on Kylie/Khloe/Tristan Triangle

    The Big Lead "The Cavs have beaten the Celtics by a combined 57 points. Boston’s best player, Isaiah Thomas, is out for the remainder of the series. The Celtics have less than zero answer for LeBron James. While it remains fascinating to watch LeBron just assert his will over other humans, who are among the..." May 21

  • Isaiah Thomas Could Need Surgery on Hip Injury According to Brad Stevens

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens believes point guard Isaiah Thomas may need surgery on his injured hip, an ailment that's sidelined him for the rest of the 2017 NBA playoffs. Joe Wolfond of The Score passed along comments Stevens made to reporters Sunday about the situation. "I think..." May 21

  • LeBron James on Isaiah Thomas injury: ‘We hate that Isaiah got hurt’

    Sportsnaut "LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently steamrolling the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. But they aren’t happy at all that their opponent will be without star point guard Isaiah Thomas the rest of the way. Thomas aggravated a hip injury in Game 2 that he..." May 21

  • This series disaster can push Celtics to pull Carmelo trigger

    New York Post "At the start of the second half of the Cavaliers’ historic “Boston Massacre” rout on Friday night, TNT broadcasters Chris Webber and Reggie Miller already were dissecting what moves the Celtics can make in the offseason. Before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals even had ended, debate on..." May 21

  • Eastern Conference Finals ticket prices plummet after Isaiah Thomas ruled out

    Larry Brown Sports "The white flag has all but been raised in the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports on Saturday that ticket prices for Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland are plummeting with orders virtually on halt from Boston fans and..." May 21

  • Rockets, Wizards almost certainly would've tested Cavs, Warriors more than this

    CBS Sports "The Warriors and Cavaliers were always going to meet in the Finals. We knew this last June when the buzzer sounded on Game 7. We knew this in July when Kevin Durant signed with Golden State. We knew it in preseason. We knew it on Christmas, at the trade deadline, at the end of the season, and..." May 21

  • Al Horford’s sister crushed on Twitter for saying LeBron James hand-picked his team

    Yardbarker "The Boston Celtics took a 44-point L to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night that was probably only rivaled in magnitude by the L that Anna Horford, the sister of Celtics big man Al Horford, took on Twitter afterwards. As the Game 2 Eastern Conference Finals showdown began to get seriously..." May 21

  • Celtics' Gerald Green after loss: 'We've been in this situation before'

    ESPN "After Celtics coach Brad Stevens finished detailing the hip injury that left Isaiah Thomas questionable moving forward, and after he tried to explain how his team had just endured the most lopsided loss by a No. 1 seed in NBA history, Stevens was asked where the Celtics go from..." May 20

  • Isaiah Thomas Ruled Out for Remainder of Playoffs

    NBA.com "The Boston Celtics today announced that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. Thomas initially injured the hip during..." May 20

  • Markelle Fultz favored to go No. 1 overall to Celtics

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Celtics may be in the midst of a disastrous Eastern Conference Finals series against the superior Cleveland Cavaliers. That was evidenced in the team’s humiliating 44-point loss at home against Cleveland in Game 2 Friday night. To add injury to insult (literally), star guard Isaiah..." May 20

  • Isaiah Thomas may miss rest of Cavs-Celtics series

    CBS Sports "Isaiah Thomas left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals with what the team was calling a "strained right hip" and did not return. He scored just two points, both on free throws, and went 0-6 for the game, but even with him at his best, it likely wouldn't have affected the final outcome,..." May 20

  • Jaylen Brown: Celtics Got Their ‘Ass Kicked’ By Cavs In Game 2 Loss

    NESN "Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown did not mince words when asked about his team’s blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. “We got our ass kicked. We didn’t come out with enough energy to start the game, now two games in a row,” Brown..." May 20

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas’ Hip Injury ‘Considered Significant’

    NESN "Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was forced to leave Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals with a right hip strain. The bad news for the C’s doesn’t end there, though. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported Friday night that Thomas’ injury is “considered significant.” He also provided this..." May 20

  • Celtics' Jaylen Brown views LeBron James as 'just a regular guy'

    Sporting News "Game 2 between the Celtics and Cavaliers will take place Friday night, and a certain Boston rookie may have just added fuel to LeBron James' fire. Speaking before the game, Celtics rookie small forward Jaylen Brown made some controversial comments regarding James. Comments that may catch the..." May 20

  • Isaiah Thomas leaves Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 with hip strain

    SI "The Boston Celtics trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers by 41 points at halftime, the largest such deficit in NBA postseason history, only to receive worse news following intermission of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston's recently-minted All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas was ruled out..." May 20

  • John Wall reportedly complained of Wizards’ bench after Game 7 loss

    ESPN "John Wall put on his sunglasses and walked slowly toward the team bus after the loss with a bitter taste in his mouth, albeit a different flavor despite losing for the third time in the past four years at the same spot on the same date: the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 15. "This was..." May 19

  • Chasing free agent Gordon Hayward ‘No. 1 focus’ for Celtics

    Sportsnet "The Boston Celtics may be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals and holding on to the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be searching for ways to build on their roster. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics could be looking to make a big..." May 19

  • Celtics shopped Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick last summer

    Sporting News "Isaiah Thomas' huge 2016-2017 season with the Celitcs almost never was, according to Jackie MacMullan. On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast, MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft. "Before the draft..." May 19

  • If Celtics choose to double team LeBron James in Game 2, Cavaliers are ready

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Celtics could double LeBron James. They could. Heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, nothing anyone has tried to stop James and the Cavs has worked. He scored 38 in Cleveland's 117-104 win in Game 1 and said he didn't even feel "that great." But if Boston chooses to take..." May 19

  • Celtics' Thomas on possible No. 1 pick Fultz: 'We'll figure out how to play together'

    Fox Sports "While the Boston Celtics focus on trying to find an answer for LeBron James and the Cavaliers, the Celtics’ front office also has one eye on its future after landing the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s lottery. Many believe former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is the best player available, but he..." May 19

  • Paul George tweet creates stir

    Indianapolis Star "Paul George created a stir on Twitter Thursday morning when he replied to a tweet by Bleacher Report. The tweet he replied to included a link saying Paul Pierce thinks the Celtics should trade the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. George's reply didn't contain any text. The Celtics were rumored..." May 18

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • J.R. Smith: Cavs should be prepared for dirty plays or cheap shots against Celtics

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers put the Boston Celtics to shame in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The 117-104 outcome was nowhere near indicative of the slamming LeBron James and the Cavs put down at TD Garden. It was so embarrassing, in fact, that the Cavs are bracing for impact in Game 2..." May 18

  • NBA Insider Believes Celtics Targeting Gordon Hayward As No. 1 Option This Summer

    NESN "The Boston Celtics, as evidenced by their start to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, probably still are a few players away from competing with the NBA’s elite — the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. But they are in a position to put a dent in that deficit this offseason. The..." May 18

  • Paul Pierce Says Celtics Should Trade No. 1 Pick in 2017 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Less than 24 hours after inadvertently helping the Boston Celtics land the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA draft, Paul Pierce said he wants his former team to move the pick. "You trade this pick, because he (Markelle Fultz) cannot help the Celtics get over the top. The window is now,"..." May 18

  • Celtics Considering Lonzo Ball with #1 Pick, Co-Owner Says

    TMZ "Could Lonzo Ball be a Boston Celtic?? It's possible ... because Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck tells TMZ Sports the team is definitely considering drafting the former UCLA stud with the #1 overall pick. Grousbeck was leaving the NBA Draft lottery in NYC Thursday night when he told us he's..." May 17

  • Markelle Fultz Considered 'Clear Choice' For Celtics If They Keep No. 1

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics won the lottery and made their potential trade offers more valuable since they control the draft. The Celtics had interest in trading for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline and can revisit those discussions in June." May 17

  • Boston Celtics get top pick in NBA draft thanks to Nets trade

    ESPN "A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the NBA draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick. The Celtics will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. Boston becomes the first team to finish with the top record in a conference and then pick..." May 17

  • Olynyk guides Celtics to Game 7 win over Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Brad Stevens thought there was a simple explanation for what happened at TD Garden Monday night. "If Kelly doesn't go nuts and they throw in a couple more threes, we're not talking about the next step," the Celtics coach said after Kelly Olynyk's huge game off the bench led Boston..." May 16

  • J.R. Smith won't be guarding Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas at start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Before the postseason began Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue challenged J.R. Smith. In Round One, he asked Smith to matchup defensively against Paul George, Indiana's best player and lone All-Star. Smith then got the DeMar DeRozan assignment in the conference semifinals. Known as a..." May 16

  • A reminder of the Nets-Celtics trade that handed Boston a top lottery pick

    USA Today "On Tuesday night, pretty much no matter how the ping pong balls fall, the Boston Celtics are winners of the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. The Celtics have the best odds at nabbing the top selection at 25 percent, but for those who don’t know: What’s a team in the Eastern Conference Finals doing all..." May 16

  • Isaiah Thomas: 'They don't ever give us a chance, and we just keep going'

    ESPN "Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas knows his top-seeded team will be considered the underdog against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, but he believes Boston will continue to use that as motivation. "They didn't give us a chance [against the Wizards]. They didn't give us a..." May 16

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