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Studs and Duds: Amir Johnson, Celtics soar past Hawks

11.13.15 at 10:07 pm ET
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The Celtics‘ interior defense and second-half scoring outlasted the Hawks in a 106-93 victory at TD Garden.

The C’s closed the half on a 7-2 run, tying the game at 47, and then limited the Hawks from getting into the paint, where they did most of their damage in the first half. That opened their biggest lead, a 12-point advantage, in the third quarter.

The Celtics forced 16 Hawks turnovers and sparked their offense in the fourth quarter. Boston scored 61 second-half points and ran away with the win in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas led the C’s with 23 points and 10 assists. Amir Johnson (19 points), Kelly Olynyk (15 points), Jae Crowder (13 points) and Jared Sullinger (10 points, 10 rebounds) also reached double figures.

Paul Millsap’s 14 points and eight rebounds led six Hawks in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to counter the Celtics‘ second-half scoring outburst.

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

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Amir Johnson.

Johnson got things going on the Hawks’ first possession, blocking Al Horford’s shot and sparking the Celtics‘ offense. Johnson amassed eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals to go with his season-high 19 points. He also played phenomenal interior defense against Atlanta, limiting them from entering the paint.

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Studs and Duds: Paul George, Pacers outshine Celtics

11.11.15 at 10:10 pm ET
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The Celtics and Pacers traded runs in the third quarter, but Paul George ensured Indiana came out on top in the fourth. George scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds in a 102-91 victory that dropped the Celtics to 3-4 on the season. Evan Turner led the Celtics with 20 points. Isaiah Thomas (14 points), David Lee (13 points) and Jared Sullinger (11 points, 11 rebounds) also reached double figures in a 41.6 percent shooting effort.

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

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Paul George. It sure helps to have a superstar. Every time the Celtics made a run, George put an end to it. When the C’s answer to George was a whole lot of Turner, that should raise some questions.

DUD OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart. After missing three straight games with a sprained left big toe, Smart returned to the lineup, albeit on a minutes restriction off the bench. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts — badly — and had the worst plus/minus rating of anybody on the team. But without Avery Bradley (lower left leg bruise), Brad Stevens was forced to rely on Smart despite the rust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Studs and Duds: Evan Turner, Celtics bench Bucks

11.10.15 at 11:00 pm ET
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It was a “great defense will lead to great offense” type of night, as the Celtics kept the Bucks on their heels throughout the second half, and the bench provided enough scoring for the win.

The Celtics got a game-high 20 points from Isaiah Thomas and forced 17 turnovers to beat Milwaukee, 99-83, and improve to 3-3 with a second straight win. The C’s buckled down defensively in the third quarter, stealing and blocking their way to an 18-2 run to finish the quarter with a 76-59 lead. David Lee (13 points), Evan Turner (13 points), Jae Crowder (12 points), Jared Sullinger (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Kelly Olynyk (11 points) also reached double figures.

Greg Monroe collected a team-high 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but Milwaukee’s offense was no match for the Celtics‘ defense and bench production.

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

STUD OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner. Turner amassed six assists, five rebounds and four steals to go along with his 13 points, finishing with a team-best plus-32 rating. He anchored a 50-point effort from the bench.

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Studs and Duds: Hot-shooting Celtics fly past Wizards

11.06.15 at 9:52 pm ET
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It’s the law of averages. Eventually, the shots would start falling. But no mathematician would have predicted this.

The Celtics (2-3) shot 45 percent from the field and defeated the visiting Wizards 118-98 on Friday night. Led by Jared Sullinger’s 21 points, five Celtics  finished in double figures. The C’s dominated the first half, outscoring the Wizards 72-49. It was the first time the Celtics had scored 70 in a half since the modern-day Big Three did it in 2010. They also excelled from beyond the arc, knocking down a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Bradley Beal scored a game-high 24 points for the Wizards, a fast-paced team that struggled to keep up with the high-flying Celtics. The C’s hands were extremely active on defense, forcing 24 turnovers on a season-high 18 steals.

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Marcus Smart to miss second consecutive game with sprained toe

11.06.15 at 6:10 pm ET
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is inactive tonight against the Washington Wizards after spraining the big toe on his left foot. Before the game he was seen in the locker room wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Smart sat out Wednesday’s night loss to the Indiana Pacers and had a noticeable limp on Thursday,  when he missed practice. The second-year guard does not know exactly when he injured his toe, stating that he started feeling some discomfort on Tuesday night and woke Wednesday morning in a lot more pain. Smart will continue to rehab between now and the Celtics next game on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

In his place, Isaiah Thomas will make his second consecutive start for the Celtics. Thomas, the Celtics leading scorer, will be tested defensively as he will be tasked with defending the tremendous backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Amir Johnson also missed Thursday’s practice after twisting his ankle in the second half of the Pacers game. Johnson, who has dealt with ankle injuries his entire career, stated before the game that the current problem was not se

will start for the second game in a row, along with Thomas, Avery Brady expected to play. Johnson has dealt with ankle injuries his entire career,

For a lengthier preview of tonight’s match-up between the Celtics and Wizards, listen to the WEEI Celtics Podcast with guest Quinten Rosborough, writer for the Wizards SB Nation blog Bullets Forever.

 

2016 Celtics Mock Draft Pick Power Rankings v1.0

11.05.15 at 11:05 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.

FIRST ROUND

1. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn): Ben Simmons.

Brooklyn (0-5) has no reason to tank, and yet the Nets can’t help themselves. Through the first week of the season, only one team ranks in the bottom three in both offensive and defensive rating. It’s the Nets, who score 93.5 points (29th) and allow 109.7 points (28th) per 100 possessions. That’s a recipe for disaster, unless your Danny Ainge, in which case it’s a recipe for the most delicious meal he’s ever eaten.

7. Boston Celtics: Henry Ellenson.

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Studs and Duds: Avery Bradley, Celtics come up short in Indiana

11.04.15 at 10:00 pm ET
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It was not the prettiest evening of basketball Indiana’s ever seen, but the Celtics gave themselves a shot.

That shot was soon swallowed by a stifling defense that left Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley no breathing room on the final possession. Bradley’s 3-point attempt fell well short, and the C’s lost, 100-98. They dropped to 1-3 on the season with a brutal stretch over their next six games: Wizards, at Bucks, Pacers, Hawks, at Thunder and at Rockets.

Thomas led the C’s with 27 points and seven assists, and Bradley added 21 points despite an injured right index finger. Joe Crowder (12 points), Evan Turner (11 points) and David Lee (10 points) also reached double figures. Paul George led the Celtics with 26 points, 10 rebounds and a wide-open 3 that broke a 93-93 tie with 2:13 remaining.

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