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Stud and Duds: Isaiah Thomas, Celtics en fuego in Mexico

12.04.15 at 1:16 am ET
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The Celtics carried their momentum from Miami all the way to Mexico.

As part of the 2015 Global Games, the Celtics blew out old friend Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings in Mexico City, 114,-97, improving to 2-1 on their five-game road trip. Thomas scored 19 of his 21 points in the opening 24 minutes, propelling the C’s to a 51-36 halftime lead. In one of Boston’s most impressive shooting displays of the season, the Celtics shot 47.6 percent from the floor and finished with an impressive 34 assists on 40 field goals. The Celtics shot 42.4 percent (14-33) from 3-point range. After the C’s jumped out to a big lead in the first half, the Kings looked defeated, as the Celtics forced 19 turnovers on 14 steals.

Making matters worse, Rondo was ejected with two technical fouls in the third quarter after starting down official Bill Kennedy. The Celtics opened up a 26-point lead shortly after the ejection and never looked back. Thomas led four Celtics with 20-plus points, as Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each scored 20 and Kelly Olynyk netted 20 on 9-of-12 shooting (3-for-5 from 3) to lead the bench. Rudy Gay (18 points, 7 rebounds) and DeMarcus Cousins (16 points, 7 rebounds) led the Kings.

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Celtics legend Jim Loscutoff passes away at age 85

12.03.15 at 8:48 am ET
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Celtics legend Jim Loscutoff passed away Monday at the age of 85.

He is the only Celtics player to have his name — his nickname, “Loscy” — instead of his uniform number retired for his leadership and all-around excellent play. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in his career from 1955-64, often playing the role of enforcer in helping the C’s win seven championships.

The Celtics released a statement Wednesday, reading: The entire Boston Celtics organization and our ownership group are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Loscutoff, a Celtics Legend and seven-time NBA champion. Affectionately nicknamed “Loscy” and “€œJungle Jim,” Loscutoff passed away on December 1 at the age of 85.

Upon the conclusion of his playing days in 1964, Jim and his wife, artist Lynn Loscutoff, founded Camp Evergreen, a children’€™s day camp where a wide range of programs are carried out to provide an enriching camping experience. Loscutoff’€™s nickname of “Loscy” was hoisted to the Boston Garden rafters on April 14, 1973 for his leadership and all-around excellent play. He is the only Celtics player to have his name, and not uniform number, retired.

We keep his wife Lynn, daughters Holly and Carol, son Jim, Jr. and his entire family in our thoughts at this time.

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Studs and Duds: Avery Bradley, Celtics bounce back against Heat

11.30.15 at 10:21 pm ET
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One night after suffering a 19-point loss to the Magic — another ugly outing in this up-and-down season — the Celtics responded with an impressive 105-95 victory against the Heat in Miami.

The Celtics improved to 10-8, jumping back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture for the time being, as they play the Kings, Spurs and Pelicans on the road over the next week.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 25 points on 15 shots against Miami (10-6). Amir Johnson notched a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), and Isaiah Thomas just missed one (16 points, 9 assists). Jared Sullinger netted 17 points, while Jae Crowder and Evan Turner each added 13.

Dwayne Wade’s 30 points marked the first time an opponent scored 30 on the C’s this season.

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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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