|Studs and Duds: Derrick Rose, Bulls hand Celtics 4th loss in 5 games||01.07.16 at 10:36 pm ET|
The Bulls defeated the Celtics 101-92 on Thursday night in Chicago, handing Boston its fourth loss in five games and second defeat in as many nights.
After a sloppy first half in which both teams struggled to find open looks, the Bulls pulled ahead in the third quarter, outscoring the C’s 26-16. In the quarter, the Celtics shot 7-for-32 from the field, missing all six of their 3-point attempts.
Pau Gasol’s 17 points and 18 boards led the Bulls (22-12). The rest of Chicago’s starters also scored in double figures, as the dynamic backcourt of Jimmy Butler (19 points, 10 assists) and Derrick Rose (18 points) combined for 37 points.
Seven different Celtics scored in double figures, led by Jae Crowder (17 points). The loss was Boston’s fourth in its last five games, and the C’s dropped to 19-17 — ninth in the East. The Celtics will look to end their two-game skid on Sunday in Memphis.
For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.
|Brad Stevens to miss Bulls game while visiting former Butler player||01.07.16 at 5:45 pm ET|
Brad Stevens will not be on the bench for Thursday’s game against the Bulls in Chicago, as he is visiting a former Butler player in Indiana, the team announced hours before the game.
“We ask that the private nature of this visit be respected,” the Celtics said in a statement.
Assistant coach Jay Larranaga will serve as head coach in Stevens’ absence.
Former Butler player Andrew Smith, who has been battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the past two years, was readmitted to the hospital on Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. His wife, Samantha Smith, reached out on Twitter asking for prayers for her husband, whose condition worsened in November.
Please pray. Pray so very hard. We need a miracle & Andrew asked me to have you all rally with us in prayer in this moment.
‘ Samantha Smith (@Samantha44Smith) January 6, 2016
Smith played four seasons for Stevens, who visited his former player on the eve of his bone marrow transplant when the Celtics played the Pacers in Indiana this past November.
‘I think after the transplant it’s going to be pretty tough on him, so obviously getting to see him, and Coach getting to see him, is good for us and good for him,’ Celtics video coordinator Alex Barlow, who played for Stevens and with Smith at Butler, told The Boston Globe in November. ‘It’s just very unfortunate that somebody like him who’s so nice has had to go through something so terrible.’
|Studs and Duds: Brook Lopez, Nets upset Celtics||01.02.16 at 7:03 pm ET|
For the second game in a row, the Celtics‘ lost at home against one of the league’s bottom feeders in what was one of the most disappointing defeats of the season.
The Nets beat the Celtics, 100-97, and considering Boston owns Brooklyn’s first-round pick, the C’s didn’t do themselves any favors by suffering their second loss at the hands of Brooklyn in 2015-16. The two teams face each other again in Brooklyn on Monday.
Throughout a dreadful third quarter, Celtics coach Brad Stevens tried every lineup combination he could think of to spark some sort of offensive rhythm — but nothing seemed to work. The Nets (10-23) outscored the C’s 25-16 in the third quarter and carried a 10-point lead into the final frame. Behind an 11-2 run, the Celtics tied the game at 83. The Nets then responded with their own 9-2 run, forcing the Celtics (18-15) to play catch-up until the final minute, when the C’s crawled back to make it a one-possession game.
With 10 seconds left, Marcus Smart stole Brooklyn’s inbound pass, setting up a fast break that set up an open look for Jonas Jerebko, whose game-tying 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim. Smart saved the ball from going out of bounds, but Jae Crowder couldn’t get a shot off before the game clock struck zero.
Brook Lopez‘s monster double-double (30 points, 13 rebounds) led the Nets. Joe Johnson added 20 points, and Thaddeus Young had 16. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points, Crowder scored 16 and Evan Turner finished with 12. For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.
|Poll: Will Celtics knock off Warriors?||12.11.15 at 11:17 am ET|
The Warriors bring a 23-0 record and 27-game regular-season winning streak to TD Garden on Friday night, and many are saying the Celtics are poised to pull off the upset.
What do you think? Can the improving C’s use their balance to hand Golden State its first loss of the season? Or will Stephen Curry and friends prove to be too much of a challenge for Brad Stevens‘ crew?
Will the Celtics knock off the Warriors?
- Yes, Golden State's streak will come to an end (62%, 66 Votes)
- No, the Celtics can't keep up (38%, 40 Votes)
Total Voters: 106
|Celtics legend Jim Loscutoff passes away at age 85||12.03.15 at 8:48 am ET|
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 “Jungle 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.
|Source: Marcus Smart, Evan Turner undergo MRIs for knee issues||11.21.15 at 11:59 am ET|
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.
|Marcus Smart to miss second consecutive game with sprained toe||11.06.15 at 6:10 pm ET|
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,
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