Celtics Rumors & News

  • Jaylen Brown may be the future of Celtics, but he's focused on now

    CSN New England "This is not how this is supposed to work. When the regular season ends for high draft picks, there’s usually a nice, warm island awaiting their arrival in late-April when the regular season ends. But this was no typical rookie season for Boston’s Jaylen Brown. And as we have seen, Brown..." May 28

  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge: “Who doesn’t want Isaiah Thomas on their team?”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Isaiah Thomas is the best and most popular Celtics player, leading his team to the No. 1 seed in the East and the Eastern Conference Finals — both significant steps forward for an up-and-coming team. Yet, from the moment the Warriors landed the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, the talk about Thomas..." May 28

  • Isaiah Thomas shocked by Brad Stevens' Coach of the Year snub

    USA Today "Brad Stevens, revered league-wide for his basketball IQ and expertise when it comes to drawing up after-timeout plays, is in the upper echelon of NBA coaches, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who argues the contrary. The 40-year-old, who earned his first NBA head-coaching gig with..." May 27

  • Isaiah Thomas Willing to Delay Contract Extension to Let Celtics Add Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is hoping for a contract extension but is willing to wait if it helps the team. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, the point guard would prefer the team add free agents this summer instead of worrying about his own financial future. "We need the best..." May 27

  • Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

    CSN New England "No matter how an NBA team’s season ends, change is inevitable. And while there’s no doubt that the Celtics are on the right track in terms of their ascension in the NBA, it's too soon to tell how many players on the Celtics’ 15-man roster that Danny Ainge, the president of basketball..." May 27

  • Danny Ainge acknowledges ‘significant change’ could come for Celtics

    Boston Herald "Danny Ainge does not appear to be blinded in the least by a thanks-for-coming, here-are-your-lovely-parting-gifts, now-run-along trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Where at last year’s Celtics end, the president of basketball operations was disappointed in a first-round exit against..." May 27

  • Report: Celtics have had no discussions about trading Isaiah Thomas so far

    CBS Sports "The Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night and with that came the end of a very successful season. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and took massive steps forward in comparison to their two previous years. However, with the Cavaliers disposing of them so easily..." May 26

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Isaiah Thomas won't make surgery decision until swelling goes down

    ESPN "Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas says he must wait until the swelling subsides in his injured right hip before determining his rehabilitation plan but noted that surgery is not currently the top option. "[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now, but it could be once the..." May 26

  • Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

    ESPN "While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true..." May 26

  • Ainge: No Decision Yet On Potential Surgery For Isaiah Thomas

    CBS Boston "Isaiah Thomas is still meeting with specialists and gathering more opinions about his injured hip, which ended his postseason midway through Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday and told..." May 25

  • Will next season’s Celtics be any closer to NBA Finals or is LeBron too big an obstacle?

    Yardbarker "The plan is sound and it might still bear fruit. The season will probably officially end for the Boston Celtics Thursday night. Realistically, it was over before the Eastern Conference Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers started. Even the most hardcore, Larry Bird-jersey wearing Southie zealot had..." May 25

  • Lonzo Ball tells Celtics he won't work out for them, says Danny Ainge

    CBS Sports "Lonzo Ball is projected to be one of the top picks in next month's NBA Draft. He showed a lot of promise in his one season at UCLA with a natural ability to move the ball and keep the offense flowing. For most projections he's the second-best prospect in this year's draft behind only Washington..." May 25

  • Boston rookie Jaylen Brown questionable for Game 5 with hip pointer

    Boston Herald "The Celtics will carry even a bit more of a limp into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight against Cleveland. Jaylen Brown, who has played well in his first postseason and has logged his share of time guarding LeBron James, was listed as questionable on a Celtics injury report..." May 25

  • 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

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