|01.31.16 at 9:12 am ET|
“Atlanta, I’ve been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard, who is ready to step up and be a starter,” Mannix said. “Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.”
Mannix continued, “I’ve heard that Boston’s inquired about several players with Atlanta, Teague and Al Horford. Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards, but he is an asset, He’s someone the Celtics could be interested in.
“Horford, a little more difficult. It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he’s going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, (president of basketball operations) Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that, too.”
Atlanta is currently tied for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference at 27-21, with the 29 year old Horford averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Teague, 27, 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per contest.
|01.29.16 at 10:05 pm ET|
The depth is real.
The Celtics outplayed the Magic for the majority of the game, but only led by nine points at the end of the third quarter. The Celtics bench unit of Kelly Olynyk, Evan Turner, Jonas Jerebko, and Marcus Smart then used an 26-6 run to blow the game wide open.
Olynyk and Smart led all scorers with 16 points, while five other Celtics were in double figures. Jared Sullinger also finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
The (27-21) Celtics have won five in a row and eight of their last 10 games. With the win, the C’s are tied with the Hawks for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference. The C’s will look to extend their winning streak to six games as they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on the second leg of the home-and-home series.
For a complete box score, click here.
STUD OF THE NIGHT The Bench Mob
Since Brad Stevens shortened the bench to nine players, the bench mob has really excelled. Friday night, the foursome absolutely dominated the Magic reserves, outscoring them 60-35. All four players scored greater than 13 points and combined to shoot 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
|01.29.16 at 11:30 am ET|
Much has been made of the fact that the Celtics are loaded with assets as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches. The team has appealing complementary players and multiple draft picks to dangle.
Controversial Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins long has been considered a target for C’s president Danny Ainge, along with Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. However, both teams have made it clear those players are not available.
That doesn’t mean the Celtics are folding. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, “Boston has been quietly aggressive, with its well-chronicled array of assets, in search of the splashy move we all know Danny Ainge would love to make.” With Cousins and Love apparently out of the picture, “there isn’t a starry trade target for Ainge to chase. At least not yet.”
|01.28.16 at 9:17 pm ET|
Isaiah Thomas is no longer a forgotten star in the NBA.
The 26-year-old Celtics scoring guard entering his prime was selected to his first career All-Star squad Thursday night.
The NBA announced during Thursday’s special on TNT that Thomas will be heading to Toronto Feb. 12-14, joining Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh and John Wall as the seven reserves selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
All-Star reserves were chosen by the league’s 30 head coaches.
Thomas entered the Celtics‘ starting lineup on a regular basis on Nov. 4 and scored at least 16 points in 40 of his 44 games in that time. Thomas is averaging a career-high 21.6 points per game this season, which leads all Eastern Conference point guards and ranks seventh among all guards in the NBA.
On Oct. 28, in the season opener against the Sixers, Thomas scored a game-high 27 points off the bench to pace the Celtics to a victory. On Dec. 16, 2015, he tied his career-high of 38 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Thomas has averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists in Boston’s current four-game winning streak, a run that has improved them to 26-21 on the season, putting them just a game behind third-place Atlanta in the East.
|01.27.16 at 10:22 pm ET|
Forcing a total of 20 turnovers, the Celtics led the Nuggets throughout the final three quarters Wednesday en route to a 111-103 victory at TD Garden.
After three quarters, the Celtics scored 15 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds and took a 86-71 lead into the fourth quarter. The Celtics used an 18-2 run in the final frame to open up a 22-point advantage — their biggest lead of the night. The Celtics bench totaled 40 points and took care of the lead while the starters rested.
The Celtics (26-21) have won four games in a row — tying a season high — and are half a game behind the Bulls for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.
STUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley
After Bradley scored 13 first quarter points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep, you knew it was going to be one of those shooting nights for him. The Celtics guard shot 55 percent on 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-13 from distance and tallied 27 points. Defensively, Bradley was a pest in the back court and finished the night with four steals.
|01.26.16 at 11:01 am ET|
Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley reportedly has grown frustrated with his current contract situation. While he was previously highly touted mostly for his lock-down perimeter defense, Bradley has elevated his offensive game this year and has proven to be a major asset on both sides of the ball for the Celtics. Now he and his new agent apparently feel he should be paid like it.
The Celtics inked Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal in 2014. Many actually thought Celtics boss Danny Ainge had overpaid to keep him in Boston, due to the fact that he was seen by most as a one-sided player. It seems the tables have turned, and in the coming seasons Bradley and his agent may be pushing for more money.
Wrote Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: Avery Bradley has changed agents from Mitchell Butler of the Rival Sports Group to Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant. Butler was able to procure the oft-injured Bradley a four-year, $32 million contract extension last summer, considered an above-market deal. Now Bradley is apparently unhappy with his contract, especially after seeing players such as Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton (five years, $70 million), Utah’s Gordon Hayward (four years, $61 million), and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (five years, $82 million) cash in with lucrative extensions, making Bradley’s deal appear to be a bargain with the new television money increasing the salary cap this summer.
Bradley has averaged 14.8 points per game and is shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. His offensive success clearly has not caused his defense to suffer, as he’s also on pace for a career-high 1.6 steals per game.
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|01.25.16 at 10:03 pm ET|
After a back-and-forth first half, the Celtics built the first double-digit lead of the night in the third quarter and took a 84-70 lead into the final frame. The Celtics converted 21 points off 14 Wizards turnovers before they grabbed their biggest lead of the night in the fourth quarter. After Wizards forward Nene was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul, the Celtics opened up a 27-point lead behind a 23-7 run.
Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points and led six Celtics in double figures, including Evan Turner (18 points, five rebounds). Otto Porter and Jared Dudley each scored 15 points to lead the Wizards.
Monday night marks the ninth straight game in which the Celtics have scored 100 or more points. The Celtics (25-21) now are one game ahead of the Pacers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.
STUD OF THE NIGHT: Isaiah Thomas
In three days the NBA All-Star reserves will be announced, and Thomas continued to make his case for a spot on the East team. He finished the night with 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting, nine assists and four rebounds. He was a plus-19 on the night. Monday marked the 31st time Thomas has scored 20-plus points this season.
DUD OF THE NIGHT: John Wall
Fortunately for the Celtics, John Wall wasn’t the best Wizard on the floor. Wall had a bad shooting night. He shot 27.3 percent on 3-of-11 shooting and couldn’t stop the bleeding when the Celtics offense erupted in the fourth quarter. Not having Bradley Beal in the game also didn’t help the Wizards offense. Beal exited the game with a bloody nose in the second quarter and never returned.
VINE OF THE NIGHT: No vine but scroll down to the @ of the night to see the dunk of the game
WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Marcus Smart takes a beating
Wizards power forward Nene was very physical against the Celtics, especially toward Smart. In the first quarter, Nene was posting up against Smart and knocked him, but no offensive foul was called. He also got away with sneaky pushing and sketchy screens. Nene finally was penalized in the fourth quarter when Smart was driving to the hoop and Nene’s arm came down on him and knocked Smart down. He was issued a flagrant 1 foul.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: 44-of-90
The Celtics shot 48.9 percent from the floor on 44-of-90 shooting. They finished with 42 points in the paint and shot 40.9 percent from distance on 9-of-22 attempts. The Celtics offense has been hot lately, and it starts on the defensive end of the floor. The C’s coerced 20 Wizards turnovers and sealed the win in the second half behind 63 second-half points.
@ OF THE NIGHT: Winter Storm Jonas
Jonas unleashing a storm on the Wizards in the lane with the one-handed slam. pic.twitter.com/uFE8NHDGEV
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