|Celtics finish off regular season with loss to Raptors||04.17.13 at 10:58 pm ET|
The Celtics are heading into the postseason on a sour note.
The C’s dropped their regular-season finale Wednesday night, losing, 114-90, to the Raptors in Toronto. The Celts now look forward to taking on the Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Doc Rivers’ team, which hadn’t played since Saturday because of Tuesday night’s cancellation due to the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, played without both Kevin Garnett (left ankle) and Jason Terry (sore leg).
Paul Pierce, who missed Monday’s practice due to illness, started but didn’t play in the second half, finishing with 11 points in 15 minutes.
The Raptors finish their season with five straight wins, getting 24 points from DeMar DeRozan and 19 out of Rudy Gay. Toronto ends up at 30-29 after starting the season 4-19.
The Celtics conclude their regular season with a 41-40 mark. For a complete recap of the C’s regular-season finale, click here.
|Celtics announce refund policy for Tuesday’s canceled game||04.16.13 at 4:51 pm ET|
The Celtics have announced the ticket refund policy for Tuesday’s canceled game against the Pacers:
“Fans that purchased single game tickets through Ticketmaster, or any Ticketmaster affiliates, will be refunded in full within the next two business days.
“All season ticket holders, Premium clients, mini plan holders, group ticket buyers and suite renters will be contacted by the Celtics office within the next 24 hours outlining their refund and credit process.
“For additional questions, please contact the Celtics directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
|Wyc Grousbeck on M&M: ‘It just didn’t feel right at all to be playing tonight’||04.16.13 at 1:06 pm ET|
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the decision to cancel Tuesday night’s game against the Pacers in the wake of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
“The first phone call I got about this was from [NBA commissioner] David Stern,” Grousbeck said. “[Wife] Corinne and I had been following the news for just a few minutes. Right away David called, and we started our dialogue. We’re always on the same page. He’s a terrific commissioner and a terrific person. It was an easy decision for us to make together as the evening unfolded, as we learned about injuries and deaths.
“It wasn’t going to feel right to play a basketball game tonight just out of respect, and then out of diverting police resources in any way to playing a game. I’d rather personally have them able to work on the crime scene and help care for anybody who needs help in Boston as opposed to helping patrol our game. It just didn’t feel right at all to be playing tonight. It was an easy decision, which we made together.”
Grousbeck said the team will do its best to make sure TD Garden is a safe place for next week’s playoff games against the Knicks.
“We’ll be intensely focused on security,” Grousbeck said. “I’ve been here 10 years now, and it was shortly after 9/11 when we came in. Every single game is secured to a relatively high degree. Every playoff game is secured to the nth degree. Maybe we’ll secure every game to the nth degree, as it were. But these playoffs will be a very safe place to be. And they will be respectful of the victims and hopeful for the future.”
Added Grousbeck: “I think it’s fair to say that there are levels of security that people are even unaware of. There will be more of those.”
|Doc Rivers: ‘You’re angry when you think about it because you love your city’||04.16.13 at 12:08 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Instead of playing a game Tuesday night, the Celtics held practice and reacted to Monday’s Boston Marathon tragedy.
Among those most affected was Jeff Green. The Celtics player, like his coach, live in Boston and very close to the epicenter of Monday’s two explosions on Boylston Street near the finish line.
Green said before Tuesday’s practice that he understood completely the NBA’s decision to cancel Tuesday’s home game against the Pacers at the Garden.
“Everybody has got to be safe,” Green said. “I think it was right to cancel the game out of respect for the families affected.”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers also lives in the Back Bay. He was headed into Boston after Monday’s practice in Waltham to watch the Marathon. He said
“I always go down after practice and watch [the Boston Marathon]. I was on my way,” Rivers said. “I had gotten out of the [Prudential] tunnel when the bomb exploded.
“I thought the spirit of Boston was incredible last night. If you’re part of the city, this country, it’s going to be on your mind. This city has an amazing amount spirit. You’re angry, too, when you think about it because you love your city. That bothers you.”
The game against the Pacers was canceled and will not be rescheduled. The Celtics will finish their 81-game schedule on Wednesday night in Toronto and then open the first round of the playoffs this weekend in New York’s Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.
|NBA cancels Celtics-Pacers Tuesday night at the Garden, will not be re-scheduled||04.15.13 at 8:46 pm ET|
The Celtics are the latest Boston team to announce they are canceling an event due to the Boston Marathon tragedy Monday afternoon.
The NBA issued the following release Monday night:
The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 between the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden has been canceled. The game will not be rescheduled.
The NBA expresses its sympathy to all those affected by the tragedy in Boston earlier today.
This means that the Celtics will play an 81-game schedule and their season will conclude Wednesday night in Toronto against the Raptors before they open the playoffs this weekend in New York at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.
|Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce return to help Celtics to rout of Magic||04.13.13 at 9:20 pm ET|
Evidently, even Jason Terry calling the Magic “terrible” couldn’t inspire lowly Orlando.
The Celtics guard had said, “Orlando is a team that, obviously you see them. I don’t want to give them any fuel, but they’re terrible.” He wasn’t wrong. Terry’s team trounced the Magic, 120-88, Saturday night in Orlando. It was the C’s eighth straight win over Orlando.
Helping the Celtics’ cause was the return of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, both of which didn’t play the night before in Miami.
The duo got the Celtics off to a fast start, with the visitors never trailing. By the time halftime rolled around the C’s carried a 57-37 lead.
Garnett was economical in his return, going 7-of-8 from the floor on the way to scoring 14 points in just 18 minutes. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Pierce would play 26 minutes, scoring 12.
Courtney Lee led the Celtics off the bench, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points, finishing with 20 for the night. Jeff Green also chipped in with 17 points for the C’s, who finished shooting 59 percent from the floor.
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|Three for all: Hot Heat beat short-handed Celtics, Jeff Green bruises left elbow||04.12.13 at 9:54 pm ET|
Miami shot 12-for-23 from 3-point range, led by three each from Ray Allen, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Rashard Lewis, as the Heat beat the short-handed Celtics, 109-101, Friday night at American Airlines Arena.
The Celtics, who rested Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, suffered a scare in the fourth quarter when Jeff Green injured his left elbow bracing his fall after a dunk. He was diagnosed with a bruised left elbow and did not return.
“I don’t think it’s that bad, I honestly don’t,” Doc Rivers said after the game. “We’ll know more [Saturday]. He has an ice pack on it.”
Before the injury, Green led the Celtics with 25 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Crawford chipped in with 20 points for the Celtics, who fell to 40-39.
With Milwaukee losing in Atlanta, Boston needs one more win to clinch seventh, and will be assured of not finishing eighth and will avoid the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. But now, the Celtics will have practically no chance of catching the Hawks for sixth, as the Celtics trail Atlanta by three games in the loss column with three games remaining. Boston won the season series with the Hawks, 3-1.
Without Pierce and Garnett, Rivers went with a small starting lineup featuring Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass.
The Heat, on the other hand, played with their full compliment of starters, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, resting only Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem.
And behind the aggressive play of Green, the Celtics shot out to a red-hot start. Green was 4-for-5 from the field, with three drives to the basket for layups. He finished the first quarter with eight points and six rebounds as the Celtics led 25-13. Boston shot 50 percent and led 27-17 after 12 minutes.
But the second quarter was a defensive disaster for Boston as Miami’s bench took over. The Heat shot an amazing 16-of-19 from the field, led by a bench powered by the 3-point shooting of Ray Allen. With Boston leading 34-23, Allen converted a layup with 9:23 left in the second. The layup was the first of eight straight points for Allen, who hit back-to-back threes to spark an 11-0 run that tied the game. Read the rest of this entry »
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