|Report: Celtics, Cavaliers discuss Kevin Love trade||02.12.16 at 10:32 pm ET|
Are we really doing this again? We’re doing this again, aren’t we?
The deal would send Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland, with Timofey Mozgov and draft picks going to New York. As with all Love-to-Boston trade rumors, “those talks have not progressed,” the Daily News reported. Surely, he can’t wait to play with Kelly Olynyk.
Keep in mind, “very preliminary discussions” could include Danny Ainge calling Cleveland to inquire about Love, and Cavs GM David Griffin saying, “Yeah, no.” I had a preliminary discussion about dating every good-looking girl in my high school, then.
It sure would be an odd move for the Cavaliers to give up on a 27-year-old Love before giving new coach Tyronn Lue more than a month to work him into an offensive system.
But the inclusion of Anthony, 31, makes for an intriguing return if you’re Cleveland. After all, LeBron James is the de facto GM in Cleveland, and he’s close with the Knicks star. And the Celtics have all the draft picks Phil Jackson could covet in New York.
So, you’re telling me there’s a chance? Well, we’ve seen this story play out before.
If “those talks” never progress, the Daily News suggested the Celtics could be suitors for Anthony, calling Ainge “intrigued” by the nine-time NBA All-Star. Then again, saying Ainge is intrigued by a superstar is like saying Leonardo DiCaprio is intrigued by a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Gee, you think? We’re still six days away from the NBA trade deadline, and we’re just getting started with the rumors, so buckle up.
|2016 Celtics Mock Draft Pick Power Rankings v3.0||01.07.16 at 11:28 am ET|
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.
3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn): Jaylen Brown.
Just as there will be what-ifs when it comes to the C’s end-of-season record, the same will be true for the Nets. Now that their season series is complete, we can surmise how vital those two Boston losses to Brooklyn will prove to be come April. Currently, had the Celtics swept the Nets (10-25) rather than split their four-game set, Boston would have as many wins as the No. 2 seed and Brooklyn would have as few wins as the Lakers.
Regardless, Jarrett Jack‘s season-ending ACL injury likely ensures the Nets will finish no worse than third in the lottery, which means the C’s should have a 15.6 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick. And if they aren’t lucky enough to win the Ben Simmons sweepstakes, Brown or Brandon Ingram are the next-best wings.
|Studs and Duds: Celtics cut Nets on Jae Crowder’s career night||01.04.16 at 10:12 pm ET|
In their fourth and final meeting against the lottery-bound team whose first-round pick they own, the Celtics salvaged a 2-2 series record against the Nets this season with a 103-94 victory in Brooklyn.
Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, helping the C’s improve to 19-15 on the season — good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Of course, had they took care of business against the Lakers and Nets at home last week, they’d be sitting pretty as the No. 3 seed, but no dice.
Isaiah Thomas collected 19 points and seven assists, Evan Turner added a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and both Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger added a dozen points. Thaddeus Young led Brooklyn (10-24) with 23 points and 15 rebounds. More importantly, the Nets gained a game on the victorious 76ers (4-33) for the league’s worst record.
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|Report: Celtics, Red Sox discussing a game at Fenway Park||01.04.16 at 12:31 pm ET|
You know when you’re shoveling your driveway, your neighbor breaks out the snowblower, and you hop in the car to high-tail it to the nearest Home Depot to keep up with Joneses?
That seems to be the approach the Celtics are taking to a potential outdoor game at Fenway Park. After the Boston Bruins played in front of 67,246 fans at the New England Patriots‘ Gillette Stadium, their TD Garden cohabitants are reportedly interested in doing the same.
‘I’ve gotten into it. I really do like the idea,’ Celtics president of business operations Rich Gotham told The Boston Globe on Monday. ‘I think if you can find a way to sort of differentiate the game and make it fun for fans, that’s a great thing. And the Winter Classic certainly does that. Even when Fenway stages certain events, like football games, it just makes it more special for people involved and the fans. I think if you can do it, great. At the same time, my job requires me to be pragmatic, so you’d need to look at the hurdles.’
Gotham and Red Sox counterpart Sam Kennedy have discussed the possibility, according to the Globe, although there are a number of obstacles that may make it a long shot. Due to the obvious weather concerns, the game would most likely have to be played at the beginning or the end of the NBA’s regular season, when the Sox could also be using the facilities.
|Studs and Duds: Kobe Bryant delivers one last dagger to sink Celtics||12.30.15 at 10:26 pm ET|
After exacting NBA Finals revenge against the Celtics in 2010, Kobe Bryant has softened on Boston, and for the first time since the infamous 2007 “MVP” chants, the city returned the sentiment, offering a standing ovation during the starting lineup role call before playfully booing him on his first few possessions.
It was exactly the sort of reaction Boston reserves for its most worthy adversaries – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and, yes, Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever to play the game of basketball.
The Boston brass presented Bryant with a piece of the parquet before his final game in the Garden, and then the Celtics gave him more ground on the floor, as the 17-time All-Star sunk a 28-foot dagger of a 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining in a 112-104 victory.
Bryant finished with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in 33 minutes, as the Lakers won for just the sixth time all season. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points and seven assists. Evan Turner (20 points, 8 assists), Jae Crowder (17 points) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double figures for the Celtics, who fell to 18-14 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Marcus Smart was benched for the first quarter after missing the team’s walk-through due to a flat tire, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. Smart scored four points in 11 minutes.
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|Studs and Duds: Celtics dominate Kevin Garnett-less Timberwolves||12.21.15 at 9:59 pm ET|
Kelly Olynyk led six Celtics in double figures with 19 points, helping the Celtics snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 15-13. They’re as close to the second seed as they are to 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Jae Crowder (18 points, 10 rebounds), Tyler Zeller (14 points, 8 rebounds), David Lee (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double-digits. Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner combined for 22 assists, as the Celtics assisted on 34 of their 46 field goals.
Rookie Karl Towns led the Timberwolves (11-17) with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
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|Kevin Garnett on Celtics vs. New York fans: ‘Bostonians all day’||12.21.15 at 7:36 am ET|
As Kevin Garnett arrives with the Timberwolves for what could be his last visit to Boston as a player, he’s coming off a 15-point victory against the Nets on Sunday in Brooklyn — his third of three NBA homes. So, the Minneapolis Star Tribune took the opportunity to ask the former Celtics superstar if he preferred Boston or New York fans.
“Bostonians all day,” said Garnett. “And they know that.”
While Garnett conceded he enjoyed his “living experience” in New York City and “playing before the crowd in Brooklyn was dope,” nothing tops winning a title in Boston, where he also made a second trip to the finals and a third appearance in the conference finals. “Every time I go to Boston I’ll have that sentimental feeling,” he said.
Garnett grabbed seven boards over 10 minutes in the 100-85 win against the Nets. The Celtics host his Wolves at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night. He is signed through 2017 for another $8 million, but there’s some speculation that as his minutes dwindle while he approaches age 40 that salary could be folded into a front-office gig in Minnesota.
Interestingly, Celtics coach Brad Stevens compared Jae Crowder’s tireless approach to the grit and balls that Garnett famously brought to the locker room whether it was practice time or Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
“I’m far from that. I can say that,” Crowder told reporters gathered at Sunday’s practice. “That’s a guy I look up to and I heard a lot of stories about him and that’s what I try to mold myself into being. I mean that’s an honor for him to say that, but I’m far from that. That’s a goal of mine to become a guy like him. That’s my approach is to try to become the most vocal leader at practice and when the cameras and stuff aren’t around.”
And how would Stevens know Garnett’s work ethic so well? Well, funny story about the two 39-year-olds …
“I was playing an AAU tournament with him on the court next to me,” Stevens told the media. “I don’t think I could be playing right now, physically, let alone as well as he does. But it’s pretty impressive what he’s done.”
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