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Studs and Duds: Isaiah Thomas, Celtics run past Pelicans

12.07.15 at 10:24 pm ET
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Behind a 30-9 run sandwiched around halftime, the Celtics defeated the Pelicans, 111-93, Monday night in New Orleans.

With 4:31 left in the second quarter, Jared Cunningham’s free throws gave the Pelicans a 42-40 lead, but Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics on a dominant 10-minute stretch that pushed transferred a two-point deficit to a 70-51 advantage.

Thomas started the run with a floater in the lane before hitting his next three attempts from beyond the arc. Thomas outscored the entire Pelicans team 11-9 during the run. Jae Crowder punctuated the game-breaking stretch with a 3-pointer of his own.

Not normally known for his shooting efficiency, Thomas finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-4 from downtown. Kelly Olynyk (21 points), Jae Crowder (17 points), Jared Sullinger (11 points, 20 rebounds) and Avery Bradley (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Celtic€™s (12-9).

While Jrue Holiday scored 14 points for the Pelicans, the Celtics held New Orleans’ starting backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon to zero points on seven shots. The victory marked the C’s third on a nine-day, five-game road-trip. The team returns to Boston on Wednesday to host the Bulls, before trying to hand the potential 24-0 Golden State Warriors their first loss of the season.

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Stud and Duds: Manu Ginobili, Spurs spoil late Celtics comeback

12.06.15 at 12:03 am ET
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Behind superior defense and efficient offense, the Spurs reminded the Celtics why they’re one of the best teams in the league, fending off the C’s late-game comeback and remaining unbeaten at home with a 108-105 win.

The Spurs (17-4) were dominant, shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and commanding the post — where they outscored the Celtics (11-9) in the paint, 44-30, and converted 10 second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.

But the Celtics didn’t go down without a fight. They challenged the Spurs’ transition defense, outscoring San Antonio 28-3 on fast-break points. After the Spurs opened a 15-point lead at the end of the third quarter, the C’s pulled within two with a 14-1 run midway through the fourth quarter.

Avery Bradley (18 points) missed a go ahead three-point attempt with eight seconds left — the Celtics’ last chance to pull off the upset, since their last-second, full-court pass resulted in a turnover. Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 23 points, and Evan Turner added 16.

LaMarcus Aldridge’s 17 points led six Spurs in double figures.

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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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