Celtics Rumors & News

  • Jimmy Butler Rips Marcus Smart for 'Acting Tough' With Him: 'He's Not About That Life'

    Complex "The post-game interviews following NBA playoff games this season have been entertaining to say the least. From Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s now-legendary "Take that for data!" rant last week to Russell Westbrook’s verbal altercation with an Oklahoma City columnist following a game on Sunday..." April 24

  • Hoiberg rips refs for letting Isaiah Thomas travel at will in Game 4

    CBS Sports "A few days ago, there were serious concerns in Boston after the Celtics dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the No. 8 seed Bulls. Everyone is a bit more relaxed, however, after the Celtics went into Chicago and mirrored the Bulls' feat, winning both games on the road...." April 24

  • Isaiah Thomas: Full focus still hard to come by after sister's death

    ESPN "Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said his mind is not fully focused on basketball as he grieves the loss of his sister, and he's feeding off the support of his teammates during Boston's first-round series against the Bulls. "Mentally and emotionally, I'm not here, so I just feed off what the guys..." April 24

  • Shocker: Celtics bench Amir Johnson in favor of Gerald Green

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Celtics need to change things up in order get back in their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. The east’s top seed lost the first two games of the series, both at home, and are now looking at a must win Friday night in Chicago. In an attempt to light a fire under..." April 22

  • Jimmy Butler remains confident he can propel Bulls past Celtics

    ESPN "Jimmy Butler remains confident that he can help propel the Bulls past the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series, even after a disappointing Game 3 loss on Friday night in which Butler scored just 14 points, going 7-for-21 from the field, and failed to go to the free..." April 22

  • Sadness slowly begins to lift for Celtics star Isaiah Thomas

    USA Today "The smiles were brief as Isaiah Thomas sat in the Boston Celtics locker room after the game. But they were there and, for now, that’s enough. He’s not over the shocking death of his younger sister, killed in a car crash less than a week ago. Not even close. Truth is, it will be months, maybe..." April 22

  • Kevin Garnett's bleeping message energizes Celtics for Game 3 win

    ESPN "Kevin Garnett recorded an inspirational video message aimed at pumping up the Celtics after they lost the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. Boston players suggested it set the tone for their 104-87 Game 3 triumph on Friday night. After being shown the video..." April 22

  • Rajon Rondo on apparent trip of Jae Crowder: Just stretching my leg after ACL tear

    Pro Basketball Talk "While sitting on the Bulls bench, an injured Rajon Rondo looked like he might have been trying to trip Celtics forward Jae Crowder – particularly eyebrow-raising given Rondo’s history. Rondo in his post-game press conference: When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in..." April 22

  • Brad Stevens finally makes adjustments that validate his reputation

    CBS Sports "No coach has a harder time battling expectations than Brad Stevens. He's been hailed as one of the best coaches in the NBA, but he's never won a playoff series. His roster is flawed, sure -- a sum-is-greater-than-the-parts compilation of role players and sub-stars. But that excuse won't fly..." April 22

  • Celtics break through in series with win over Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The pregame speech came from an unexpected source, but the motivational message that reverberated throughout the Boston Celtics' locker room could not have come at a more pivotal time. Via phone, former Boston star Kevin Garnett told the Celtics to "just let go and have fun" as a..." April 21

  • Tom Brady offers some words of encouragement for Celtics' Isaiah Thomas

    CBS Sports "tar Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas suffered a personal tragedy last week when his sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident the day before the Celtics' first playoff game. Thomas elected to play in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the Celtics' series against the Bulls. He was especially..." April 21

  • Carmelo Anthony-to-Celtics scenario picking up steam

    New York Post "With the Celtics fading in the first round, the chances of Carmelo Anthony wearing green are increasing. According to an NBA source, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but general manager Danny Ainge had too many reservations. One of Ainge’s..." April 21

  • Danny Ainge: Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens criticisms are 'fair,' but 'I don't agree with them'

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has drawn criticism after the Celtics lost the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, dropping Stevens' career playoff record to 2-10. Appearing on Toucher & Rich, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that while any..." April 20

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Marcus Smart Fined $25,000 For Flipping Off Fan

    Real GM Basketball "Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for flipping off a fan in the fourth quarter of Game 2. Smart made the gesture after missing a three-pointer. "If he made a gesture, it's inappropriate," said Brad Stevens." April 19

  • Isaiah Thomas thanks fans, city of Boston and Celtics in touching statement

    Sportsnaut "With the tragic and sudden loss of his sister, it’s been a challenging week for Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas. But in the midst of tragedy, he found time to thank everyone who’s supported him. The Celtics have done a wonderful job supporting Thomas. Situations like this are never easy to..." April 19

  • Brad Stevens Officially on Hot Seat

    WEEI Boston "If the Celtics hope to escape a 2-0 hole against the Bulls and avoid a third straight first-round ouster, it's going to come down to one man. No, not Isaiah Thomas. Head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens has lived a charmed existence since arriving in Boston and overseeing a transformation from..." April 19

  • Marcus Smart flipped off a fan during Celtics Game 2 blowout loss

    WEEI Boston "The Celtics unraveled in the fourth quarter of their Game 2 loss to the Bulls Tuesday, and Marcus Smart took out some of his apparent frustration towards a fan at the T.D. Garden. After clanking a three-pointer, Smart flipped his middle finger towards a person in the crowd as he was jogging..." April 19

  • Don’t blame Brad Stevens for the Celtics’ 2-0 hole — blame Danny Ainge

    Fox Sports "The Chicago Bulls were an unmitigated disaster for the majority of the regular season. Their roster was an amalgamation of three or four different styles of play — a team built for a recently deceased era of basketball — and they played like it. The result: Coach Fred Hoiberg was on the..." April 19

  • Celtics’ Avery Bradley overheard Rajon Rondo say “Yeah, they gave up”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Maybe Game 1 could be explained as a fluke, but in Game 2 Tuesday night the Chicago Bulls took it to the Boston Celtics and dominated them. Chicago’s defense was physical and aggressive, they attacked on offense, while the Celtics were predictable on offense and their defense lackluster. How..." April 19

  • Charles Barkley rips critics over his ‘uncomfortable’ comment regarding Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas

    New York Daily News "Tell us how you really feel, Charles. Charles Barkley isn’t one to mince words and the NBA on TNT analyst made it clear on Tuesday’s show how he felt about those criticizing his comments about Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas--who played in the game one day after losing his younger sister in a..." April 19

  • Rondo guides Bulls to 2-0 lead over Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Chicago Bulls needed a 7-3 finish and a tiebreaker just to get into the NBA playoffs as an eighth seed. Now, the Bulls are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics. Chicago is the first No. 8 seed to take a..." April 18

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Ray Allen reveals why he never made a comeback to play for an NBA contender

    CBS Sports "It's been several years since the NBA was graced with the presence of Ray Allen. Allen, one of the best shooters in NBA history, hasn't stepped on the floor since he left the league following the 2013-14 season with Miami. And while there were rumors of his return to contenders like the Cleveland..." April 18

  • Despite getting booed, Rajon Rondo says Celtics fans 'are great'

    ESPN "Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo understands why he was getting booed by Celtics fans throughout Chicago's Game 1 victory at TD Garden on Sunday night. After spending the first nine seasons of his career playing in Boston, Rondo appreciates the passion that the local fans have. He knows a lot of..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Thomas plans to play in next 2 games, attend sister's funeral in between

    ESPN "Isaiah Thomas remained with the Boston Celtics on Monday, and coach Brad Stevens said he expects that the All-Star guard will play Tuesday in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls before traveling to be with his family after the death of his sister. Thomas scored 33 points in the Celtics'..." April 17

  • If schedule allows, Celtics hope to support Isaiah Thomas at funeral of Chyna Thomas

    Sportsnaut "Chyna Thomas, sister of Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, died early Saturday morning, leading to an outpouring of support for Thomas ahead of Sunday’s Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls. Ahead of Game 2, on Tuesday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced that if the schedule allows for it, the..." April 17

  • LeBron on Isaiah Thomas' performance after tragedy: 'He was unbelievable'

    CBS Sports "Sunday featured one of the most emotional NBA playoff openers in recent memory, as Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas took the court one day after learning that his younger sister had passed away in a car accident. Many doubted whether Thomas would play, but word came out a few hours beforehand that..." April 17

  • Celtics will let Isaiah Thomas decide if he needs to be away from team

    Larry Brown Sports "Less than 48 hours ago, there was a lot of talk about whether or not the Boston Celtics could reach the Eastern Conference Finals and find a way to knock off the Cleveland Cavaliers. Suddenly, that no longer seems important. Isaiah Thomas somehow found a way to score 33 points in a 106-102 loss..." April 17

  • Charles Barkley: It was ‘uncomfortable’ to watch Isaiah Thomas cry on sideline one day after sister’s death

    WEEI Boston "Isaiah Thomas decided to play Sunday one day after his younger sister was killed in a one-car crash. On TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” analyst Charles Barkley implied he thinks it was a mistake. Prior to tip-off in Game 1 of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against the Bulls, TNT showed footage..." April 17

  • Butler, Bulls hold off Celtics in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Flustered through the first three quarters, Jimmy Butler produced a breakout final period that was enough to carry the Chicago Bulls past the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the opener of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Butler scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth..." April 16

  • Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas’ Sister, 22, Killed In Car Crash

    NESN "hyna Thomas, the 22-year-old sister of Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, was killed Saturday morning in a single-car crash on Interstate 5 in Washington. According to the Washington State Patrol, Chyna Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on the shoulder of..." April 16

  • Isaiah Thomas and Celtics feel disrespected as No. 1 seed

    Sportsnaut "Owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics begin their playoff slate on Easter Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. Boston overcame a late-season deficit to grab the No. 1 seed from the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Even then, it appears that Cleveland is..." April 15

  • Celtics well aware that Bulls' Rajon Rondo steps up when it matters

    ESPN "There are only a handful of players remaining on the Boston Celtics' roster who played alongside Rajon Rondo and only one -- Avery Bradley -- who was there before the ACL tear that slowed Rondo after four consecutive All-Star appearances. And yet the legend of "National TV Rondo" has been..." April 15

  • Isaiah Thomas responds to critics of his defense

    Yardbarker "Isaiah Thomas is getting defensive about his defensive performance. Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Boston Celtics guard was critical of those who say he’s a liability on defense, per Scott Souza of GateHouse Media. Thomas, who had a career year with 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per..." April 15

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler looks forward to guarding Celtics' Isaiah Thomas

    ESPN "Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler says he is looking forward to the challenge of guarding Boston Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas in their upcoming playoff series, which begins Sunday night in Boston. "I look forward to that matchup," Butler said after Friday's practice. "Especially..." April 15

  • Thomas: Just making playoffs not enough for this year's Celtics

    ESPN "The Boston Celtics allowed themselves a brief moment to savor the accomplishment of earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night, rallying around the notion that few considered that feat possible entering the 2016-17 campaign. But unlike recent seasons when the team..." April 13

  • Celtics owner: ‘I don’t think we’re as good as Cleveland’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics are on the verge of clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but owner Wyc Grousbeck isn’t exactly exuding much confidence. In an appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday, Grousbeck expressed skepticism that his team could compete with the rival..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Celtics defeat Bucks, earn No. 1 seed in East

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Brad Stevens knows the Boston Celtics don't play for playoff berths, Atlantic Division championships or even the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They play to win championships. Still, the Celtics coach appreciates those accomplishments. "I think there's a pride in..." April 12

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Celtics beat Nets, grab one-game lead in East

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The magic number is one for the Boston Celtics to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston players were in their locker room after a 114-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing without the resting LeBron James and Kyrie..." April 10

  • Thomas leads Celtics past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Boston Celtics didn't keep to the script they meant to follow on Saturday night, but the ending was exactly what they wanted. The Celtics eventually prevailed over the Charlotte Hornets, 121-114, but not before blowing a 19-point third-quarter lead and then having to..." April 08

  • Boston Celtics Clinch NBA Draft Lottery No. 1 Seed Via Trade with Brooklyn Nets

    Bleacher Report "With the Phoenix Suns' 120-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Brooklyn Nets (19-60) clinched the NBA's worst record and gave the Boston Celtics the No. 1 seed in the draft lottery May 16. Matt Moore of CBS Sports broke the news of..." April 08

  • Millsap powers Hawks past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- A rash of untimely injuries placed Atlanta's postseason prospects in a freefall. And when the Hawks needed someone to stop the collapse, they called upon their returning All-Star. Paul Millsap, playing just his second game since missing eight games with an injury, came up big..." April 07

  • Jae Crowder calls out Boston reporter for not picking him to All-Defensive team

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA is no longer having team-affiliated media vote on awards – a productive step that addresses a clear conflict of interest. But the league can’t reconcile the fact that voters will always have some external pressures and biases to vote a certain way. Celtics guard Jae Crowder – who..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • James helps Cavaliers win showdown with Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Cleveland Cavaliers left no doubt about who is on top in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James scored 36 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Cleveland dominated Boston and pulled one game ahead of the Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 114-91 victory..." April 06

  • The Boston Celtics should be title contenders, but Danny Ainge blew their chances

    Fox Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers are vulnerable, despite what a 20-point win over the likes of the Orlando Magic otherwise indicates. We all know the flaws in this supposed superteam headed into the postseason. No second-half beatdown of a lottery team is going to change that, cathartic though it might..." April 05

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