|Studs and duds: Evan Turner, Celtics bench Bucks||11.10.15 at 11:00 pm ET|
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.
|Studs and Duds: Hot-shooting Celtics fly past Wizards||11.06.15 at 9:52 pm ET|
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.
For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.
|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,
|2016 Celtics Mock Draft Pick Power Rankings v1.0||11.05.15 at 11:05 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.
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.
|Studs and Duds: Avery Bradley, Celtics come up short in Indiana||11.04.15 at 10:00 pm ET|
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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|Jae Crowder commits greatest turnover in NBA history||11.04.15 at 8:36 pm ET|
If the Celtics were going to commit another turnover before the half, at least they made it the greatest one ever.
With a second left before the break, Celtics forward Jae Crowder tried to find Jared Sullinger with a fullcourt inbounds pass, except he found the bottom of the cup instead. The NBA should probably make a rule that if anyone ever does this again, everyone calls it a night — Celtics win. A proverbial mic drop. Instead, it was Pacers ball.
Dopest turnover of all time. https://t.co/SA64nLPakO
‘ RJML (@RyanJayLouis) November 5, 2015
The turnover marked the C’s 13th of the half, and Indiana took a 49-43 lead into the locker room.
|Lineup change: Marcus Smart out (sprained toe), Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson to start||11.04.15 at 6:28 pm ET|
The Celtics faced the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday with a new look to their starting lineup.
Guard Marcus Smart missed Wednesday’s game due to a sprained left big toe, according to team officials. Isaiah Thomas got the nod in place of Smart. It marked Thomas’ first regular-season start as a Celtic.
Celtics officials announced Smart’s injury Wednesday afternoon from Indiana.
#NEBHInjuryReport: Marcus Smart will miss tonight’s game in Indiana with a sprained left big toe.
The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett tweeted out the following on Smart’s status:
Marcus Smart walks through Celts’ dressing room with boot on left foot.
‘ Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) November 4, 2015
Team officials also announced that Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson would start in place of David Lee and Tyler Zeller.
Isaiah Thomas will start in place of the injured Marcus Smart. Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson will also start at the 4 and 5.
And Avery Bradley was listed as questionable with a right index finger injury, but he made the start alongside Thomas in the backcourt.
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