8:10 PM EDT, Mon April 19, 2021
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Must Cs: Brad Stevens denies Indiana report

Must Cs: Brad Stevens denies Indiana report

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Brad Stevens denied an Adrian Wojnarowski report that Indiana prepared a seven-year, $70 million offer for the Celtics coach. Brad Stevens denied an Adrian Wojnarowski report that Indiana University prepared a seven-year, $70 million offer for the Celtics coach last month as rumors swirled that Stevens could leave Boston amid turmoil for the vacated spot at his home town team. The offer would’ve placed Stevens at the top of the college coaching salary, but he said he never received before the Celtics played the Bulls Monday night....
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Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics Game #58 4/19/21

Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics Game #58 4/19/21

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The Celtics host the Chicago Bulls as they look to win their 7th straight game. The Celtics look for their 7th straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics and Bulls met in Chicago on January 25th. The Celtics won that game 119-103. Their game scheduled for January 12th was postponed due to too many players out due to health and safety protocols. That game has been rescheduled for May 7 in Chicago. The Celtics and Bulls only faced each other twice last season due to the covid shortened season. The Celtics won both of those...
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Kemba Walker finding his rhythm after a season of struggles

Kemba Walker finding his rhythm after a season of struggles

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Another solid night for Boston’s resurgent point guard. Rhythm is a peculiar aspect of an NBA player’s success; in essence, it encapsulates the perfect chemistry between body mechanics, fitness levels, and psychology. We see players struggle with “cold streaks” all the time and commonly retort that those players need more “reps” or insist they should continue to play their game and the rest will come. In truth, what we’re saying is: let that player find their rhythm. For Kemba Walker, that rhythm has been hard to come...
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Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown in, Marcus Smart & Kemba Walker (non-COVID illness) maybe out vs. Chicago

Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown in, Marcus Smart & Kemba Walker (non-COVID illness) maybe out vs. Chicago

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports This bug is hitting all of Boston’s top rotation players. Something (that’s not COVID-19) is flying around the Boston Celtics locker room, and it’s making it a point to hit all of the team’s top rotation players. Given the way that COVID has ravaged this team this season, maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that the bubonic plague flu (or whatever other type of illness this is since it hasn’t been officially confirmed) has spread like a wildfire. Jaylen Brown missed Saturday night’s contest against the Golden State Warriors, and...
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Celtics depth gives Stevens playoff options

Celtics depth gives Stevens playoff options

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports A firm top-eight is set. Now Stevens can play the matchup game to round out the rotation. In the midst of a six-game win streak, the Boston Celtics are finally playing their brand of basketball. Tough and hard-nosed, the Celtics have won games by coming from behind, making huge plays in the clutch, and overtaking several playoff-bound foes. It’s hard not to get excited about the postseason on the horizon with the team playing as well as they are of late. Guys like Tristan Thompson have continually alluded to the team’s focus on bigger...
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The Boston Celtics guide to surviving Steph Curry

The Boston Celtics guide to surviving Steph Curry

Photo by Kathryn Riley/ Solving the Steph Curry enigma is impossible. Surviving him is a different, attainable story. With 1:53 to go in the second quarter of Saturday night’s game — which was played between the Boston Celtics and Steph Curry — all properties of matter, energy, and overall, physics shattered into clouds of blue and gold dust. It started when the aforementioned Curry went dancing with Grant Williams. They did what appeared to be a Paso Doble - Curry seemed to know the steps better than Williams. Struggling to keep up, young Grant simply threw...
Apr 18, 2021
Brad Stevens on Jabari Parker’s Celtics debut: “pretty good for his first night”

Brad Stevens on Jabari Parker’s Celtics debut: “pretty good for his first night”

Photo by Kathryn Riley/ For a guy who hadn’t played in months, it didn’t take long for Jabari Parker to make a significant impact. After signing with the Celtics the previous day, Jabari Parker was quickly given the chance to make an impact in the first quarter against the visiting Golden State Warriors. The early returns offered the kind of inconsistencies that have plagued a career that hasn’t lived up to expectations. Upon checking into the game with under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Parker immediately turned the ball over on consecutive...
Apr 18, 2021
Jayson Tatum wins shootout with Stephen Curry: 10 Takeaways from Celtics-Warriors

Jayson Tatum wins shootout with Stephen Curry: 10 Takeaways from Celtics-Warriors

Photo by Kathryn Riley/ Boston won their sixth straight game behind 44 points from Tatum 1. Are the Warriors the WARRIORS anymore? Nope. Is it still a good win when you withstand 47 points from Stephen Curry while playing without Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams and Evan Fournier? Yup. At this point in the season, every win matters. Doesn’t matter who they are against or how the Celtics get them. As Brad Stevens says “They all count for one”. By staying focused on only the game in front of them, and not worrying about what’s in the past or what’s to come,...
Apr 18, 2021
Must C’s: Deuce crashes dad’s postgame interview after Tatum drops 44

Must C’s: Deuce crashes dad’s postgame interview after Tatum drops 44

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports It’s a family affair. After dropping 53 points in a huge comeback win against the Timberwolves last week, Jayson Tatum’s only lament was that his son wasn’t there to see it in person at TD Garden. “He called me after the game and said congrats,” he said. “I guess that means I have to do it again one day.” Well, it wasn’t exactly a 50-burger, but Tatum had Deuce in the house in what turned out to be a duel between his dad and Steph Curry. Curry outscored Tatum 47-44, including 11-for-19 from behind the arc. For the...
Apr 17, 2021
Celtics outlast Curry eruption, beat Warriors 119-114

Celtics outlast Curry eruption, beat Warriors 119-114

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Even without Jaylen Brown, Boston cobbled together enough offense to outlast the Warriors. In one of the best games of the season between two teams playing some of their best basketball, the Celtics outlasted the Warriors in a thrilling 119-114 victory. Boston’s defense fell victim to Stephen Curry in the first quarter who, despite picking up two fouls, played all but eight seconds en route to 14 points and a Warriors lead as high as 14. Back-to-back threes by Jayson Tatum, who scored 13 of his own, helped shrink the deficit to nine...
Apr 17, 2021
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Game #57 4/17/21

Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Game #57 4/17/21

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via The Celtics return home from a successful road trip to host the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are in Boston to take on the Celtics for the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Celtics beat the Warriors 111-107 in California on February 2. The Celtics won the series 2-0 last season and have won the last 4 games between these two teams. This is the 3rd game of a 5 game road trip for the Warriors. The Celtics just returned from a successful 3 game road trip and will play the next 3 games and 6 of the...
Apr 17, 2021
Garden Report: Jaylen Brown makes Celtics history

Garden Report: Jaylen Brown makes Celtics history

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Jaylen Brown had the most efficient scoring night in Celtics history by scoring 40 points on 17-of-20 shooting. The Celtics beat the Lakers 121-113 to match their season-best fifth win in a row. Jaylen Brown led the scoring effort amid Jayson Tatum’s best month of the season, becoming the 17th player in NBA history to shoot 17-of-20 in a game. The deep bench, led by Tremont Waters, posted a 61 offensive rating in the fourth quarter and almost squandered a 27-point lead. Brown and the Garden Report reacted to the win, courtesy of CLNS...
Apr 17, 2021
Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) questionable tonight against Golden State

Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) questionable tonight against Golden State

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Seems like non-COVID illness is making its rounds around the team this season. Jaylen Brown, coming off of his third 40-point game of the season and in the middle of one of his best stretches of his career, might miss tonight’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics due to feeling under the weather. #NEBHInjuryReport update:Jaylen Brown (illness, non-COVID) - QUESTIONABLEEvan Fournier (Health & Safety Protocols) - OUTRobert Williams (left knee soreness) - OUT— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 17, 2021 No...
Apr 17, 2021
Changing of the guard: the transformation of Kemba Walker

Changing of the guard: the transformation of Kemba Walker

Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via The Celtics point guard has become an assist machine. Assist-wise, this April has been the best month of Kemba Walker’s career since his third season in Charlotte. He’s averaging 7.0 assists per game over Boston’s 7-1 stretch compared to 5.1 over the entire season. That may seem like an insignificant development in Walker’s progression from an offseason stem cell injection in his left knee, but it does suggest that he’s peaking right now and more so, could be a primary point of attack point guard in the playoffs. Consider this...
Apr 17, 2021
Positive trends from the Celtics’ winning streak

Positive trends from the Celtics’ winning streak

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports From turnovers to free throws, some of Boston’s most worrying trends from their early struggles are starting to turn around. The answers all along were pretty simple. For most of the season, the Celtics have been unhealthy in the most Celtics ways possible, as they’ve missed the most games to COVID-related health and safety protocols by an enormous margin. The issues with the offense have mostly been systemic rather than individuals with high turnovers, low free throws, low efficiency, and generally low everything. Until...