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Studs and Duds: Celtics have no answer for Magic

11.29.15 at 8:33 pm ET
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A thorough butt-whuppin is no way to start a vacation.

In the first of their five straight road games, The Celtics lost 110-91 to the Magic.  After keeping it close in the first half, the C’s fell apart in the second, as the Magic dominated the paint, especially the offensive glass. Led by Victor Oladipo (19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), Tobias Harris (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (18 points, 10 rebounds), Orlando scored 26 second-chance points and 52 points in the paint. Despite a better effort from the Celtics in the fourth quarter, the 17-point deficit proved to be insurmountable.

The Celtics shot a respectable 41 percent from the field but missed a number of easy lay-ups and made only 5-of-27 from downtown. Isaiah Thomas (20 points), Avery Bradley (17), Jae Crowder (12) and David Lee (11) all scored in double figures. Rookie Terry Rozier played well in the fourth quarter, playing physical defense and notching seven points.

Luckily for the Celtics, they have no time to dwell on the loss, as Monday night the team will travel to Miami to play the Heat.

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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Victor Oladipo

Before the season, many pundits predicted that Oladipo was ready to make “the jump.” Despite coming off the bench, Oladipo was easily the best player on the floor. Every time entered the game, he was aggressive, explosive, and virtually impossible to guard. Oladipo finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner

There are good Evan Turner nights and there are bad Evan Turner nights. This was one of the bad ones. Surprisingly, Turner did not finish with a turnover, it merely FELT like he did. E.T. finished with only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

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Studs and Duds: Jared Sullinger, Celtics crush Wizards

11.27.15 at 10:57 pm ET
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Behind great defense and efficient offense, the Celtics routed the visiting Wizards, 111-78, Friday night at TD Garden.

The Celtics got off to a quick start, thanks to Jared Sullinger (18 points, 15 rebounds), who had his fourth double-double of the season by halftime. The C’s closed out the first half with a 54-36 lead, and then kept the pedal to the metal in the second half, outscoring the Wizards 57-42 to seal the blowout win. The Celtics forced a total of 22 turnovers, and Washington never led.

The C’s finished the night with 28 assists and 11 steals — two statistical categories that gave them a big advantage over the Wizards. They shot 43.3 percent from the floor, while limiting themselves to 15 turnovers.

“I think pulling that Sixers game out was huge,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Playing that way over the last six minutes, not having played well for a couple of games in a row plus most of that game, and finding a way was probably good for us emotionally heading into tonight. And then I felt we had a pretty good shoot-around and then felt like we played on both ends probably as consistently for 48 minutes as we’ve played all year.”

Isaiah Thomas‘ 21 points led six Celtics in double figures. Avery Bradley scored 12 of his 16 points in the opening 12 minutes and finished with a plus-22 rating on the night. Jae Crowder added 15 points. David Lee and Kelly Olynyk each scored a dozen points off the bench. Former Boston College standout Jared Dudley led the Wizards with 19 points off the bench. Bradley Beal chipped in 16 points, and John Wall finished the night with just 10.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics avoid major embarrassment, beat Sixers

11.26.15 at 7:30 am ET
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This could have been a very bad look for the Celtics.

Trailing by five points with under three minutes to go, the Celts were on the verge of giving Philadelphia its first win of the season. Instead, Brad Stevens‘ crew was able to rally, handing Philly its 16th loss in as many tries this season, with the Celtics claiming an 84-80 victory Wednesday night at TD Garden.

The Sixers now have tied the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in U.S. professional sports, having dropped 26 in a row dating back to the end of last season.

Philly is two losses away from matching the most losses to start an NBA season, which is currently held by the New Jersey Nets, who lost 18 times before winning a game in 2009.

Helping the Celtics save face were Isaiah Thomas (30 points), Evan Turner (16 points), and Jae Crowder, whose 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds to go gave the Celtics the lead for good.

The Sixers only scored three points in the final 6:13.

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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Isaiah Thomas.

The guard not only netted a season-high 30 in his team-high 38 minutes, but managed a plus-17 when on the floor. He also added six assists while going 4-for-7 from 3-point territory. Thomas is now averaging 21.2 points per game, having managed at least 14 points in every game this season.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Kelly Olynyk.

In his 14 minutes, the Celtics‘ forward went 0-for-5 from the floor, managing just three rebounds. The Celts were a minus-8 when Olynyk was in action. It was the seventh straight game he has failed to reach double-figurges in scoring, with the 24-year-old’s field goal shooting percentage dropping to 37 percent.

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Studs and Duds: No defense for Marcus Smart-less Celtics

11.24.15 at 10:55 pm ET
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Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

We knew Marcus Smart was key to the Celtics‘ success. We just didn’t know he was this key.

The Celtics entered Tuesday night’s game ranked fourth in points allowed per 100 possessions (96.6) and should be demoted 10 spots just for their effort in a 121-97 loss to the Hawks. This comes two nights after the Celtics (7-7) allowed 111 points in a loss to the lowly Nets.

After an R.J. Hunter jumper cut Atlanta’s lead to six two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the C’s by a 38-20 margin on 14-of-18 shooting (77.8 percent) down the stretch.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 25 points, but the Hawks (10-6) countered with seven players in double figures, led by Paul Millsap’s 25 points and nine rebounds. If the playoffs started today, the Celtics would be on the outside looking in. They are as close to the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference as they are to the eighth seed, and Smart won’t be back for at least a week.

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Stud and Duds: Celtics suffer worst loss of season in Brooklyn

11.22.15 at 9:27 pm ET
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What a difference 48 hours makes.

After crushing the Nets at TD Garden on Friday, the Celtics suffered what may end up being their worst defeat of the season, 111-101 at Brooklyn. Considering the C’s own the Nets‘ first-round pick, the loss is twice as tough to swallow.

The Celtics closed the third quarter on an 18-6 run, trimming a Nets lead as large as 22 in the first half to single digits entering the final frame. The C’s pulled within four in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump. They never led.

The Celtics started sloppy. Ten of their 17 turnovers came in the first half, and they couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm until the third quarter. But Brooklyn held firm in the fourth, shooting 50.6 percent for the game and outrebounding the C’s 49-35.

Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas both scored 27 points to lead the Celtics. And Evan Turner added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Brook Lopez (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Thaddeus Young (11 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 14 games this season.

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Source: Marcus Smart, Evan Turner undergo MRIs for knee issues

11.21.15 at 11:59 am ET
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Celtics guards Marcus Smart and Evan Turner at New England Baptist Hospital underwent MRIs to evaluate meniscal damage following Friday night’s blowout win over the Nets, a source told WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia.

Smart left the 120-95 victory with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a bruised left knee. Turner played the final 16:07 of the win.

The results of the MRIs and extent of the damage to their knees is unknown. Medical personnel fear damage to Turner’s meniscus and poplitel tendon and a tibiofibular subluxation for Smart, according to the source.

Turner suffered a right knee strain during the preseason, but has not missed a game in a Celtics uniform, playing all 82 contests last season. Smart missed three games with a toe injury earlier this season and 15 games last year. The Celtics are not scheduled to practice on Saturday and are planning to leave for Sunday’s rematch with the Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE: Smart (lower left leg injury) will not travel with the team on its two-game road trip to Brooklyn and Atlanta, but Turner (right leg strain) will and should be available for Sunday’s game, the team announced.

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Studs and Duds: Avery Bradley, Celtics blow out Nets

11.20.15 at 9:54 pm ET
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For the second straight game, the Celtics grabbed a big first-half lead — only they held it this time.

The Celtics outscored the Nets 68-40 in the paint and shot 58.6 percent from the field, blowing out the Nets, 120-95. The C’s led by 24 at the half (66-42) and opened up a 30-point advantage in the third quarter — their biggest lead of the night. Avery Bradley‘s 21 points off the bench led five Celtics in double figures. Jae Crowder (19), Isaiah Thomas (18 points, 9 assists), Evan Turner (12 points, 7 assists) and David Lee (11 points) also reached double digits.

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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Jae Crowder.

Crowder found his offense early and often against the Nets. After scoring 11 points in the first quarter, he finished the night with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also pulled down five rebounds and had three steals.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Joe Johnson.

Johnson couldn’t find a rhythm and was minus-19 on the night. He finished with three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

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