Celtics Rumors & News

  • James Harden, LeBron James headline 2017-18 All-NBA First Team

    Sporting News "The NBA on Thursday announced James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. May 24

  • Jalen Rose doesn't think Kyrie wants Celtics to win without him

    247 Sports "When Kyrie Irving got traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics last summer, he probably had dreams about beating his former team in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, in his dreams, Irving was probably a key contributor and not just an observer, as he has been throughout..." May 24

  • Report: Shane Larkin doubtful for rest of conference finals

    Clutch Points "Shane Larkin, who sustained a shoulder injury in their Game 4 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers back in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, is likely doubtful for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals. As reported by Jared Weiss, head coach Brad Stevens says Larkin will miss..." May 24

  • Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

    Real GM Basketball "Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  The..." May 23

  • Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Arrested For Felony Assault After Surrendering

    The Big Lead "TMZ is reporting that former NBA player Glen Davis has been arrested for felony assault with intent to cause a great bodily injury. After almost hitting a man with his car, Davis slammed him on to concrete after the victim confronted the former Boston..." May 23

  • Stevens: 'Somebody made a mistake' leaving Tatum off 1st-team All-Rookie ballot

    NESN "Apparently there’s someone out there who isn’t overly impressed with Jayson Tatum’s rookie season. The Celtics forward has shined in his debut campaign, including stellar performances throughout Boston’s playoff run. However, the 20-year-old’s efforts on..." May 22

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • Brad Stevens Sends Undeniable Message To Celtics With Postgame Press Conference

    NESN "Brad Stevens’ postgame press conference following Game 4 couldn’t have started any better. In the moments following his team’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics head coach was given one right on a tee. A reporter asked Stevens about..." May 22

  • Kyrie Irving not traveling to Cleveland due to rehab schedule

    Clutch Points "For the most part of the playoffs, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving could be seen on the bench, lending his support and cheering for his teammates. That was not the case in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home court, as the former Cavs..." May 22

  • Could the NBA Conference Finals Be Any More Boring?

    The Big Lead "The NBA is a feel-good place where the public focuses on the positives instead of wading into the muck and mire to bring everyone down. And, hey, that’s a good thing because sports are supposed to be fun. But what might it look like if we applied the same “is this bad for the..." May 21

  • Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown Talk Game 3 Woes, Ready to 'Fight' in Game 4 vs Cavs

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics forwards Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown don't expect their team to repeat its disappointing Game 3 performance when the Eastern Conference Finals resume Monday. "That [Celtics] team we saw [in Game 3], I'm 100 percent sure it won't be the same team on..." May 21

  • Brown looks to make adjustments after Cavs limit him in Game 3

    NBC Sports Boston "The first two games of the Eastern Conference finals between Boston and Cleveland, the Cavs' defense was hell-bent on trying to limit Jayson Tatum which as it turned out, paved the way for big games from Jaylen Brown.  Well, the Cavs ditched the usual plan which was to pay..." May 20

  • Marcus Morris acknowledges ‘s–t job’ defensively on LeBron James in Game 3

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James well and truly scorched the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and Marcus Morris is owning up to it. James delivered a 27-point, 12-assist performance against the Celtics to cut Cleveland’s series deficit to 2-1. Morris, his primary defender,..." May 20

  • Tyronn Lue: Give credit to Tristan Thompson's defense against Al Horford

    ESPN "Following a resounding 116-86 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said that the key to the team getting back into the series has been Tristan Thompson's defense on Boston Celtics All-Star Al Horford. "Tristan has..." May 20

  • Brad Stevens hints at lineup change after Game 3 loss

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics need to make some adjustments after getting pan-fried by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, and Brad Stevens knows where to start. Speaking with reporters after the Celtics’ 116-86 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Stevens hinted at the..." May 20

  • Terry Rozier says Celtics got needed wake-up call in Game 3

    ESPN UK "Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier believes his team got a much-needed wake-up call during Saturday's lopsided Game 3 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers jumped Boston early en route to a 116-86 triumph that narrowed the Celtics'..." May 20

  • 5 potential trades​ for Karl-Anthony Towns

    The Sports Post "Let’s get something straight. If the rumors really do come to pass, Karl-Anthony Towns may be the single most valuable asset ever traded in NBA history. This assumes you don’t count sign-and-trades, because 2010 LeBron James will never be matched. Or draft day deals, as there..." May 19

  • Jayson Tatum says Kobe Bryant's critique of him is 'special moment'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum said he has already watched Kobe Bryant's "Detail" video critiquing his game about "25 times" and is eager to take Bryant's advice to the court. In his latest video for ESPN+, Bryant highlighted areas of Tatum's..." May 19

  • Celtics guard Shane Larkin likely out for rest of Eastern finals

    CBS Sports "With only four teams left in the NBA Playoffs, we've seen most of those remaining manage to get healthy outside of normal wear and tear. Rockets guard Chris Paul appeared to experience some of that stress in Game 2 against the Warriors. Paul looked a bit hobbled toward the end of..." May 19

  • Marcus Smart feels disrespected that he is not considered elite defender

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Smart is not one of the first names to come to mind when discussing the Boston Celtics’ surprise playoff run, but he thinks it’s time he got his due. In an interview with Michael Pina of VICE Sports that ran on Thursday, the Celtics guard said he feels..." May 18

  • Ainge: Mixed emotions as Irving and Hayward watch teammates

    NBC Sports Boston "The Celtics have been consistently praised for their ability to win despite not having two of their best players - All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Still, as Danny Ainge pointed out this morning on 98.5 the Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show, simulcast on NBC..." May 17

  • 2018 NBA Draft Picks By Team

    Hoops Rumors "While the Sixers were knocked out of the 2018 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the underdog Celtics, few teams are better positioned in this year’s draft than Philadelphia. The 76ers own six of the 60 picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including a pair of..." May 17

  • Here’s Danny Ainge’s Reaction To Cavs Player Calling Him A ‘F—ing Thief’

    NESN "Danny Ainge may have pulled off another heist, but he knows better than to take a victory lap. The Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations made the news this week when The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd revealed a Cleveland Cavaliers player called Ainge a..." May 17

  • Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum finalists for Rookie of the Year

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Ben Simmons–Donovan Mitchell Rookie of the Year debate turned petty – from Philadelphia to Utah to Boston to Miami. Who will actually win the award, though? The finalists for the award, which will be announced June 25: Ben Simmons..." May 16

  • Celtics confirm no Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward if team reaches NBA Finals

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Boston Celtics on Wednesday, as has been the case as the undermanned team somehow soldiers on in the NBA playoffs, were asked if Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward would be available should the team advance to the NBA Finals. On this occasion, it was Celtics head coach Brad Stevens’ turn..." May 16

  • A Cavs Player Called Danny Ainge A ‘F*cking Thief’ For The Irving Trade

    Uproxx "No individual thing looms larger as the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics than the Kyrie Irving trade. While Irving is celebrating on the sidelines with his teammates during the Eastern Conference Finals tilt, the Cavaliers look like a team that are..." May 16

  • J.R. agreed with his flagrant foul call: 'I blatantly pushed' Horford

    The Score "For what it's worth, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith agreed with the referees' decision to charge him with a flagrant-1 foul after he shoved Al Horford in midair as the Boston Celtics big man attempted to corral a lob at..." May 16

  • LeBron: Jayson Tatum Shoulder to Head 'Incidental', Didn't Impact His Play

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James isn't holding any ill will toward Jayson Tatum after the two collided in the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' 107-94 Game 2 win Tuesday night at TD Garden.    Tatum's shoulder made clean contact with James' jaw, which sent LeBron..." May 16

  • Ty Lue says Celtics 'gooning' up game, apparently forgets J.R. Smith is on his team

    WEEI Boston "Goon isn't just Gronk's driver. It's the word Ty Lue uses to describe what the Celtics have done to his Cavaliers to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals as the series shifts to Cleveland. "We've got to be tougher," the Cavs coach said..." May 16

  • Marcus Smart calls out JR Smith for ‘dirty’ play

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Smart called out JR Smith for his “dirty” play against Al Horford on Tuesday night. During the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith pushed Horford from behind to prevent an easy basket...." May 16

  • NBA Owners To Gain From Legalized Sports Betting, Players Could Be Next

    Hoops Rumors "New Jersey is expected to offer sports bets by the end of the month and many states will likely open up their own shops in the coming months. It’s a huge win for the gambling community and those in the gaming industry, but it’s also a huge win for owners of NBA..." May 16

  • Jayson Tatum is a breakout star of the NBA playoffs. So is his hair.

    Washington Post "In his rookie season, Jayson Tatum has emerged as perhaps the next great young player for the Boston Celtics. He has blossomed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, joining Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz as the only rookies to score 20 or more points in seven consecutive postseason games since..." May 15

  • Here Are The Odds For Every Team (And Every Pick) In The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

    Dime Magazine "The 2018 NBA Draft order will finally be set on Tuesday night when the league completes its annual Draft Lottery to determine who gets the first 14 picks of the first round. The Phoenix Suns hold the top spot in the lottery, earning themselves a 25 percent at landing the top pick, but..." May 15

  • Stevens: Celtics prepared for a motivated LeBron James in Game 2

    247 Sports "In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics overwhelmed LeBron James and the Cavaliers by beating Cleveland 108-83. Despite the loss, James seemed unconcerned afterwards, saying that he was going to review the game film and make adjustments in Game 2 on..." May 15

  • Marcus Smart's mom starts chemo, wants son focused on playoffs

    ESPN "Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his mother, Camellia, began chemotherapy treatments Monday as she continues her fight after a recent diagnosis with bone marrow cancer, but she has implored her son to remain focused on Boston's playoff run. The Celtics are 7-2 since..." May 15

  • Celtics Assistant Jay Larranaga Interviewed For Bucks’ Head Coach Job

    NESN "One side effect of being a very good NBA head coach with a strong staff: Your assistants will be highly coveted. Such is the case with Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, it seems. Stevens’ longest-tenured assistant coach, Jay Larranaga, told The Boston Globe’s..." May 15

  • Marcus Morris rips Pacers', Raptors' defense vs. LeBron: 'Them dudes can't guard'

    The Score "Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris faces the daunting task of slowing down LeBron James, and prior to the Eastern Conference finals he went through tape of how the Indiana Pacers' and Toronto Raptors' defenders approached the assignment. He came..." May 15

  • Report: Celtics would have drafted Jayson Tatum No. 1 overall

    Larry Brown Sports "The success the Boston Celtics are enjoying in this year’s NBA playoffs is just a reminder of how much they fleeced the Philadelphia 76ers in last year’s trade. Prior to the draft, the Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and a future high..." May 15

  • Why Chris Broussard Believes Celtics No Longer Are Kyrie Irving’s Team

    NESN "5Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)5 Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new..." May 14

  • Celtics Legend Robert Parish Thinks Brad Stevens Needs To ‘Win Something First’ Before Getting Praise

    Dime Magazine "Brad Stevens is getting people mad again, even if the anger is just about the talk surrounding the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Admiration and praise for Stevens is at an all-time high this postseason, thanks to some timely broadcasting from Doris Burke and the success of..." May 14

  • Lue all but declares Thompson starter for Game 2

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "All that's left for Tyronn Lue to do is write Tristan Thompson's name into the starting lineup in ink for Game 2. Lue, who typically doesn't like discussing lineup changes before games in the playoffs, gave a strong hint that Thompson would be out there Tuesday against..." May 14

  • Jaylen Brown’s Game 1 Vs. Cavs Helps Show Why Celtics Can’t Trade Him

    NESN "Jaylen Brown needed just six seconds to set the tone in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Boston Celtics’ second-year guard got the opening tip from Al Horford, attacked the basket and finished at the rim to open the scoring. “It’s the Eastern Conference finals,” Brown said. “What..." May 14

  • LeBron James claims 'zero level of concern' after Game 1

    WEEI Boston "Though he claimed to have “zero level of concern at this stage,” the perpetually cool LeBron James seemed pressed after the Celtics’ 108-83 Game 1 win over his Cavaliers. “I didn’t go to college, so it’s not March Madness, you find ways to get better throughout the series,” he said. “I’ve been..." May 13

  • Brad Stevens: Celtics have ‘a lot of room to improve’ despite blowout win

    Larry Brown Sports "You might think Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens would be happy after a 25-point win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but not so. Stevens said after the game that the Celtics have plenty of room to improve despite their 108-83 win over the Cavaliers in the series opener. The..." May 13

  • Danny Ainge thought Celtics had “50-50” chance of getting out of first round

    Yardbarker "The Celtics had plenty of doubters heading into the playoffs, including director of basketball operations Danny Ainge, writes Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. Without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, Ainge thought his team’s chances were “50-50” to get past Milwaukee in the first..." May 13

  • Celtics to start Morris over Baynes in Game 1 vs. Cavs

    Mass Live "The Boston Celtics don't have a LeBron-James stopper on their roster, and -- contrary to the internet's reaction on Saturday -- they don't believe they do. But they have Marcus Morris, whose strength, height and agile feet make him a valuable asset against James' aggressive attacks, and on..." May 13

  • Jayson Tatum ‘more relaxed,’ ‘more confident’ ahead of facing Cavs

    Sportress of Blogitude "Sunday kicks off yet another playoff bout between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, this time with a berth in the NBA Finals on the line. The 2017-18 NBA season began with these two teams expected to be in this spot come May. Despite the Celtics losing Gordon Hayward opening night and..." May 13

  • Shane Larkin Ruled Out For Games 1 and 2

    Hoops Rumors "Celtics guard Shane Larkin will miss the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and may not be available at all, tweets Jay King of MassLive. Coach Brad Stevens provided a medical update today on Larkin, who sprained his left shoulder in Game 5 of the series with the Sixers." May 12

  • Celtics coach Brad Stevens discusses Cavaliers strengths and weaknesses with Kyrie Irving

    Sporting News "Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss all of the Eastern Conference Finals with an injury. But, he will still be an asset to Boston coach Brad Stevens when his team faces the Cavaliers. Stevens and Irving met earlier this week to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of his former Cleveland..." May 12

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