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CelticsBlog 5 hours ago
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Game #15 1/24/21

Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Game #15 1/24/21

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via The Celtics are back at home to take on the Cavaliers for their only matchup of the first half of the season. The Celtics return home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers for the only game between these two teams that is scheduled for the first half of the season. The Celtics come into the game on a 3 game losing streak, while the Cavaliers come in having won their last 3 games. The Celtics are 4-2 at home while the Cavs are 3-4 on the road. Both teams are coming off of back to back series. The Cavs beat the Nets two games in a row...
CelticsBlog 8 hours ago
Jayson Tatum out today vs. Cavaliers

Jayson Tatum out today vs. Cavaliers

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Celtics star will miss his fifth straight game. On yesterday’s injury report, the Celtics listed Jayson Tatum as out for today’s home game against the Cavaliers. While the team was in Philadelphia for a two-game set against the 76ers, Tatum remained in Boston. After testing positive for the coronavirus on January 9th, he was removed from the league’s health and safety protocol on the 20th after the required ten-day minimum of inactivity and has started to ramp up for a return. “I think he’s closer rather than not,” Brad...
CelticsBlog 9 hours ago
Did the Celtics change anything in the second of back-to-back games versus the 76ers?

Did the Celtics change anything in the second of back-to-back games versus the 76ers?

Photo by David Dow/NBAE via The Celtics had a rare chance to immediately right the wrongs of Wednesday’s loss to Philly on Friday night. Here’s a look at how that went. One of the more unique aspects of the 2020-21 season has been the implementation of the baseball-style two-game mini-series where teams face each other twice in the same arena in a 2-3 day span before parting ways. Though put in place to minimize travel — the difference in the home-and-home sets that were infrequent parts of previous schedules — thereby decreasing the odds of a COVID-19 spread,...
CelticsBlog 13 hours ago
What have we learned about Tacko Fall?

What have we learned about Tacko Fall?

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Postponements limited the popular backup center’s rotation opportunity to just one game, but some info can still be gleaned from Tacko Fall’s cameo. For a moment, January looked like a month of opportunity for Tacko Fall. After Robert Williams’ positive COVID test sent himself and half of Boston’s bigs (Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams) into mandatory quarantine under the NBA’s health and safety protocol, the Celtics entered a Friday night tilt against the Wizards with just two active bigs, Daniel Theis and Fall. Brad...

Celtics rookie Pritchard out at least two weeks

Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard is out at least two weeks after suffering a grade one MCL sprain in his right knee.
CelticsBlog Jan 23, 2021
Payton Pritchard dodges a bullet, will be sidelined for two weeks with Grade 1 MCL sprain

Payton Pritchard dodges a bullet, will be sidelined for two weeks with Grade 1 MCL sprain

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ This is extremely fortunate injury news for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard and the Boston Celtics dodge a huge bullet with the news that instead of an ACL tear or something of the same nature, the injury that caused Pritchard immense pain will only keep him out of action for a few weeks and isn’t as bad as initially feared. Celtics guard Payton Pritchard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee and expected to return to on-court activities in two weeks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 23, 2021 Pritchard sustained the injury in the...
CelticsBlog Jan 23, 2021
Effort and focus have gone missing: 10 Takeaways from Celtics/76ers

Effort and focus have gone missing: 10 Takeaways from Celtics/76ers

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Boston dropped their third straight game as the defense continues to tumble down the rankings 1. Following another disappointing loss, Brad Stevens, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker all spoke about the Celtics not being good enough. Stevens focused on execution on defense, saying Boston isn’t focused enough to be “sustainably competitive”. Brown spoke mostly about effort, while putting a lot on his own shoulders (admirably, but misplaced as it was). Walker’s comments were more wide-ranging, as he touched on both offense and...
CelticsBlog Jan 23, 2021
Brad Stevens doesn’t see Celtics being ‘sustainably competitive’ without defensive focus

Brad Stevens doesn’t see Celtics being ‘sustainably competitive’ without defensive focus

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ It was another porous defensive performance from the Celtics. This season might be the anomaly for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, but it doesn’t take the sting out of how poor the team’s defense has been and continues to be. Friday night was the latest example of Boston’s sieve of a defense as the Philadelphia 76ers shot 55.6 percent from the field en route to a 122-110 win over the Celtics. According to our Keith Smith, this Celtics defense is the worst it has been under the direction of Brad Stevens in terms of defensive rating....
NESN.com Jan 23, 2021

Celtics Notes: Defense Must Be Better As Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart Step Up Offensively

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have been asked to take on a lot of responsibility this year for the Boston Celtics. With starting point guard Kemba Walker missing the start of the season, and Jayson Tatum falling victim to the NBA’s health and safety protocols and a reported positive COVID-19 test, other players needed to […] The post Celtics Notes: Defense Must Be Better As Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart Step Up Offensively appeared first on NESN.com.
CelticsBlog Jan 22, 2021
Parquet plays: to double or not to double Joel Embiid

Parquet plays: to double or not to double Joel Embiid

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ Embiid had his two best games against Boston this week. On Wednesday night, Joel Embiid had his best game against the Celtics, scoring 42 points on 12-for-19 shooting and 17-for-21 from the free throw line (insert Marcus Smart press conference here). He punished defenders from everywhere on the floor, including in the low post, high post, and hitting a three from behind the arc. For most of the night, Boston was content to send single coverage on him with a combination of Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson with the mindset that you let Embiid...
NESN.com Jan 22, 2021

Brad Stevens Expects Payton Pritchard To Miss ‘The Next Couple Days’

The Boston Celtics saw one of their bright young rookies leave Friday’s game to injury. Payton Pritchard left Boston’s 122-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers when Jaylen Brown fell into his knee. The rookie clearly was in pain and was seen leaving the court with the help of trainers. He was ruled out with a […] The post Brad Stevens Expects Payton Pritchard To Miss ‘The Next Couple Days’ appeared first on NESN.com.
NESN.com Jan 22, 2021

Celtics Wrap: Jaylen Brown’s 42 Points Not Enough In Loss Vs. 76ers

Things looked good in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics were taking advantage of a big night from Jaylen Brown with Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid in foul trouble throughout the second half. But then Ben Simmons took over down the stretch, taking a narrow three-point lead and all the momentum to cruise out […] The post Celtics Wrap: Jaylen Brown’s 42 Points Not Enough In Loss Vs. 76ers appeared first on NESN.com.
CelticsBlog Jan 22, 2021
Philadelphia overrun Boston, beat Celtics 122-110

Philadelphia overrun Boston, beat Celtics 122-110

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ Jaylen Brown had another career night in points but it wasn’t enough as Boston were outplayed across a pair of games in Philadelphia. The Celtics suited up for the second game in 3 nights in Philadelphia as the two-game stands have become a feature early in the seasons schedule. Boston once again started with Walker and Smart in the backcourt, Jalyen Brown, Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson rounded out the frontcourt. After a disappointing finish to the game late Wednesday the Celtics were dealt a blow prior to the game with the news that...
CelticsBlog Jan 22, 2021
3 halftime thoughts (Celtics - Sixers)

3 halftime thoughts (Celtics - Sixers)

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Friday night lights in Philly Trying out a new schtick where I post 3 thoughts at halftime. No, I can’t promise I’ll do this every game, but when time permits I’ll give it a shot. By the way, I’m open to branding suggestions if anyone can think of a better name for this. Is the grifting is getting out of control? Call it flopping, flailing, grifting, or “just good basketball” as Doris likes to call it. You know what I’m talking about. Leaning into a player without (really) making a true move to the hoop. Acting like...
NESN.com Jan 22, 2021

Celtics Rule Payton Pritchard Out After Rookie’s Injury Vs. 76ers

You literally hate to see it. Rookie Payton Pritchard’s success has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Boston Celtics so far this season. Hopefully, Friday didn’t change any of that. In the first quarter of the Boston’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, teammate Jaylen Brown fell into the side of Pritchard’s knee […] The post Celtics Rule Payton Pritchard Out After Rookie’s Injury Vs. 76ers appeared first on NESN.com.

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