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Isaiah Thomas Leaves Game 5 With Sprained Left Ankle

Apr 27, 2016 12:39 AM

Isaiah Thomas sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. It has been described as a "mild" sprain.

He left the game with 10:14 remaining and the Celtics trailing 93-64. They ended up losing 110-83.

Game 6 will occur Thursday in Boston. The Hawks now lead the series 3-2.

Gary Washburn / Boston Globe

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Avery Bradley 'Very Unlikely' To Return In First Round

Apr 17, 2016 7:25 PM

Avery Bradley is "very unlikely" to play the rest of Boston's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a significant strained hamstring in Game 1.

"Avery has a pretty significant strained hamstring. I would say he would be doubtful for any of the remainder of the series, certainly very unlikely Tuesday night [for Game 2]," Brad Stevens said as the team practiced on the campus of Georgia Tech. "As of right now, I would say he's out Tuesday night, but obviously he'll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there. But I would say very unlikely the rest of the series."

Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.

Bradley said he "felt weird" after landing and collapsed to the ground clutching his hamstring while trying to run back up the court.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Avery Bradley Heard Pop In Hamstring

Apr 17, 2016 9:56 AM

Avery Bradley suffered a severely strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Although he expressed a desire to return for Tuesday's Game 2, Bradley said he will undergo further testing Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Brad Stevens said Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.

Bradley was tended to by Boston's medical staff on the floor. Then he needed to be helped off the court. 

"I saw Avery. He's very, very sore, and he said on the court that he heard a pop," Stevens said. "I don't know if that is something -- if he got hit or what. So we'll see. I think that he will be treated and everything else. We'll see."

"I don't really want to talk about [the injury] that much. I just want to try to get treatment and take it day by day and hope that I can be back for the next game," said Bradley, who expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday morning. "I'll get treatment tonight -- probably get treatment all night. My main focus is just trying to get back for the next game."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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John Holland Signs Two-Year Deal With Celtics

Apr 11, 2016 2:56 PM

John Holland will sign a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

The second season of the deal is non-guaranteed for Holland. 

Holland averaged 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game this season for the Canton Charge of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: John Holland, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline

Mar 30, 2016 12:33 PM

Several teams called the Chicago Bulls at the deadline about the availability of Jimmy Butler.

The Boston Celtics were one of the teams to call the Bulls and were rebuffed.

Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Butler in the offseason.

The Orlando Magic are a team that several executive identified as capable of dealing for Butler.

Butler is in the first season of a five-year, $95 million contract that contains a player option after Year 4.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Low-Balled Cavs On Kevin Love Offer At Deadline

Mar 29, 2016 11:10 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics discussed a Kevin Love trade at the deadline, but talks died when Danny Ainge only offered a low-ball package David Griffin wouldn't consider.

The Cavaliers could revisit a trade of Love in the offseason if they don't win the title.

The Celtics would be the favorites as they have enough assets to make an attractive offer for Love without gutting their team.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Look For Players With Chip On Shoulder

Mar 23, 2016 5:02 PM

The Boston Celtics have had success with players like Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Evan Turner, who have played were given up on by prior teams.

"We look at guys who might have a chip on their shoulder," Brad Stevens says. "That's been a big deal for us. It's something that can be contagious, but it has to be recruited. At this level you have to draft and sign guys who have that attitude. It's hard to create an environment if those guys didn't bring that with them."

The advantage they found is players who came to Boston pissed off. "It's our DNA," Crowder says.

"We got a group of guys that have always been counted out," Thomas adds. "And we play like that."

Andrew Sharp/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks Believe Carmelo Anthony Could Reconsider No-Trade Clause

Mar 17, 2016 2:03 PM

There are some within the New York Knicks' organization that believe Carmelo Anthony will change his stance on his no-trade clause if they fail to add talent in free agency.

Anthony said as recently as three weeks ago that he has no plans on leaving the Knicks.

The Boston Celtics expressed interest in Anthony before the trade deadline but they were told he had no interest in leaving the Knicks for Boston.

Anthony recently met with Phil Jackson to discuss some issues around the franchise.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics To Sign Coty Clarke To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 17, 2016 1:35 PM

The Boston Celtics will sign Coty Clarke to a second 10-day contract.

Clarke has played just over three minutes so far with the Celtics.

Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.9 minutes in 40 games this season for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Coty Clarke, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Likes Family Atmosphere Of Boston

Mar 16, 2016 1:54 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about the city of Boston ahead of Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

The Celtics will have maximum cap space available to sign Durant but they're considered a longshot.

“I like the city a lot,” said Durant. “It’s cold, but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city, so yeah, I like it a lot.”

Durant hasn't played a game in Boston since Nov. 23, 2012 due to various injuries over the past few seasons.

“It’s been a while, right?” he said. “Before this game, I was hoping everything goes well our last game so I can finally play here.

“It’s been three years since I played here, so I’m really looking forward to it. Some of the best fans in the world, and they definitely support their team, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Allegedly Had Draymond Green In Top-3 Before 2012 Draft
Boston selected Jared Sullinger with 21st overall pick and then took Fab Melo with the 22nd overall pick.

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Jae Crowder Out At Least Two Weeks With High Ankle Sprain
Jae Crowder fell awkwardly to the floor after a fast-break layup in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Rockets.

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Celtics Would Like To Re-Sign Evan Turner
Evan Turner is averaging 10 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and a career-best 44.9 percent shooting in 27 minutes per game.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jae Crowder's Ankle Sprain Not Considered Serious After MRI
Jae Crowder suffered a sprained right ankle in the loss to Houston and said it was a "high ankle sprain."

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Danny Ainge Explains How And Why He Recommended Bob Myers To Warriors
Danny Ainge is largely responsible for Bob Myers becoming general manager of the Warriors.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Celtics Sign Coty Clarke To 10-Day Contract
Coty Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.0 minutes per game in the D-League.

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Ryan McDonough Admits Mistake Of Trading Away Isaiah Thomas
Ryan McDonough regrets his decision for the Suns to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics during the 2015 trade deadline for a first round pick.

Kevin Zimmerman/Arizona Sports

Celtics Approached Knicks On Carmelo Anthony Trade
It's unclear if the talks ever reached an advanced stage, but the Celtics were told Carmelo Anthony had no desire to leave the Knicks for Boston.

Ian Begley/ESPN

David Lee To Sign With Mavericks For $2.1M Room Exception
David Lee was waived by the Celtics on Friday.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics Held Several Large Trade Talks Using David Lee's Contract
The Celtics viewed David Lee as a valuable chip in a potential blockbuster trade.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Celtics Waive David Lee, Mavs Considered Frontrunners
The Mavericks are significant frontrunners to sign David Lee once he clears waivers.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

David Lee Prioritizing Minutes Over Title Contender
David Lee is believed to be prioritizing the opportunity to play minutes over joining a team with championship aspirations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Never Made 'Legit Offer' To Cavs For Kevin Love
For their part, the Cavaliers never gave a price for Kevin Love.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Celtics Considered Favorites If Hawks Trade Al Horford
Al Horford is in the final season of a five-year, $60 million deal.

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Celtics Have Called Clippers On Blake Griffin
The Celtics have perhaps the deepest collection of tradable assets with their future draft picks.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Source: David Lee Has No Trade Value
David Lee fell out of Brad Stevens' rotation earlier in the season.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Cavs, Celtics Have Discussed Kevin Love Trade
There have also been very preliminary discussions about expanding the Kevin Love deal to include Carmelo Anthony.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Celtics Have Nearly No Interest In Dwight Howard, Prefer Al Horford
The Celtics are reluctant to trade significant assets for a player who will be a free agent in the offseason.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Paul Pierce: I Might Be The Reason Celtics Get Ben Simmons
Paul Pierce was traded by the Celtics to the Nets in 2013 in a package that included several draft picks.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

David Lee To Be Traded Or Bought Out By Celtics
David Lee is out of the Celtics' rotation and would like to have a role somewhere else.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report