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Marcus Smart addresses on-court argument with Jae Crowder: ‘Me and Jae are good’

01.11.16 at 10:32 am ET
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In the Celtics‘ 101-98 loss against Memphis on Sunday, there was a play that drew the attention of most of the Celtics team.

With the Celtics down 93-92 and a 17-second difference between the shot clock and game clock, the plan appeared to be to play the possession out and get a stop, but Marcus Smart pressed up on Greg Chalmers fouled him, which seemed to upset many of his teammates, including Jae Crowder who ran at him stomping his feet.

After the game, Smart accepted responsibility for the bad play and said there’s no hard feelings between he and Crowder.

“He was just telling me we didn’t need to foul there,” Smart said to reporters. “It was heat of the moment, two players, competitors going at it, both mad at each other. I’m mad at myself. He’s mad at me because I made a play. But me and Jae are good. That’s supposed to happen. I made a bad play.”

The Celtics have now lost three straight and five of their last six.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics blow 21-point lead, fall to Grizzlies

01.10.16 at 8:58 pm ET
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The Grizzlies overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Celtics 101-98 on Sunday night in Memphis.

After a Tony Allen 3-pointer opened the game, the C’s took the lead on a 19-1 run. The starting unit moved the basketball from side to side with great success and finished the quarter with a 34-16 lead. In what is becoming a disturbing pattern, the Celtics took their foot off the gas in the second half and allowed Memphis to creep into the game. The C’s ball movement from the first quarter disappeared, as they settled for contested jumper after contested jumper.

The Grizzlies took advantage of the Celtics‘ lack of size, dominating in the paint and on the offensivee glass. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, while Marc Gasol finished with 11 boards and 11 points, nine of which came in the second half.

The loss marks the third straight — and fifth in the last six games — for the Celtics (19-18). The C’s will attempt to halt their losing streak when they travel to New York to play the Knicks on Tuesday.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Studs and Duds: Derrick Rose, Bulls hand Celtics 4th loss in 5 games

01.07.16 at 10:36 pm ET
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The Bulls defeated the Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night in Chicago, handing Boston its fourth loss in five games and second defeat in as many nights.

After a sloppy first half in which both teams struggled to find open looks, the Bulls pulled ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the C’s 26-16. In the quarter, the Celtics shot 7-for-32 from the field, missing all six of their 3-point attempts.

Pau Gasol’s 17 points and 18  boards led the Bulls (22-12). The rest of Chicago’s starters also scored in double figures, as the dynamic backcourt of Jimmy Butler (19 points, 10 assists) and Derrick Rose (18 points) combined for 37 points.

Seven different Celtics scored in double figures, led by Jae Crowder (17 points). The loss was Boston’s fourth in its last five games, and the C’s dropped to 19-17 — ninth in the East. The Celtics will look to end their two-game skid on Sunday in Memphis.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Brad Stevens to miss Bulls game while visiting former Butler player

01.07.16 at 5:45 pm ET
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Brad Stevens will not be on the bench for Thursday’s game against the Bulls in Chicago, as he is visiting a former Butler player in Indiana, the team announced hours before the game.

“We ask that the private nature of this visit be respected,” the Celtics said in a statement.

Assistant coach Jay Larranaga will serve as head coach in Stevens’ absence.

Former Butler player Andrew Smith, who has been battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the past two years, was readmitted to the hospital on Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. His wife, Samantha Smith, reached out on Twitter asking for prayers for her husband, whose condition worsened in November.

Smith played four seasons for Stevens, who visited his former player on the eve of his bone marrow transplant when the Celtics played the Pacers in Indiana this past November.

‘€œI think after the transplant it’€™s going to be pretty tough on him, so obviously getting to see him, and Coach getting to see him, is good for us and good for him,’€ Celtics video coordinator Alex Barlow, who played for Stevens and with Smith at Butler, told The Boston Globe in November. ‘€œIt’€™s just very unfortunate that somebody like him who’€™s so nice has had to go through something so terrible.’€

2016 Celtics Mock Draft Pick Power Rankings v3.0

01.07.16 at 11:28 am ET
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The Celtics own as many as eight draft picks in June 2016 — only one of which is their own — and the unprotected selection from the Nets is legitimately one of the most fascinating storylines in the entire NBA this season. We’ll regularly update the status of those selections, speculating when and who the Celtics will pick.


3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn): Jaylen Brown.

Just as there will be what-ifs when it comes to the C’s end-of-season record, the same will be true for the Nets. Now that their season series is complete, we can surmise how vital those two Boston losses to Brooklyn will prove to be come April. Currently, had the Celtics swept the Nets (10-25) rather than split their four-game set, Boston would have as many wins as the No. 2 seed and Brooklyn would have as few wins as the Lakers.

Regardless, Jarrett Jack‘s season-ending ACL injury likely ensures the Nets will finish no worse than third in the lottery, which means the C’s should have a 15.6 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick. And if they aren’t lucky enough to win the Ben Simmons sweepstakes, Brown or Brandon Ingram are the next-best wings.

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Stud and Duds: Reggie Jackson, Pistons rally to top Celtics

01.06.16 at 11:29 pm ET
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The Pistons outscored the Celtics 33-19 in the fourth quarter, grabbed their first lead of the evening and defeated their hosts in TD Garden, 99-94.

In the final frame, Detroit drained 4-of-6 3-pointers and shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, grabbing a six-point lead in the last four minutes. A 7-0 run by Isaiah Thomas briefly regained the lead, but it wasn’t enough. In the end, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson’s crucial 3-pointer put the game away for good.

The Celtics had a couple chances to pull out the win, but costly fouls and missed free throws sealed their fate. Isaiah Thomas missed one of three attempts, and Marcus Smart also missed a free throw before committing a loose ball foul on the opposite end, giving the Pistons another pair of freebies and a four-point advantage with 29 second left.

As a result, the Pistons (20-16) leapfrogged the Celtics (19-16) in the standings for seventh place.

All five starters scored in double figures, led by Isaiah Thomas (22 points) and Amir Johnson (17 points, 11 rebounds). Former Boston College standout Reggie Jackson‘s 24 points led the Pistons.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics cut Nets on Jae Crowder’s career night

01.04.16 at 10:12 pm ET
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Jae Crowder

In their fourth and final meeting against the lottery-bound team whose first-round pick they own, the Celtics salvaged a 2-2 series record against the Nets this season with a 103-94 victory in Brooklyn.

Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, helping the C’s improve to 19-15 on the season — good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Of course, had they took care of business against the Lakers and Nets at home last week, they’d be sitting pretty as the No. 3 seed, but no dice.

Isaiah Thomas collected 19 points and seven assists, Evan Turner added a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and both Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger added a dozen points. Thaddeus Young led Brooklyn (10-24) with 23 points and 15 rebounds. More importantly, the Nets gained a game on the victorious 76ers (4-33) for the league’s worst record.

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