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Inspirational Video From Kevin Garnett Helps Lift Celtics In Game 3

Apr 22, 2017 11:04 AM

Kevin Garnett recorded a high energy, expletive-filled video to pump up the Boston Celtics before they played the Chicago Bulls in Game 3.

The Celtics struggled in the first two games of the series and have also been dealing with the tragic passing of Isaiah Thomas' sister.

"Everybody was kinda pumped up. I almost felt like he was in the locker room with me again," said Avery Bradley, the only player on Boston's roster who played alongside Garnett.

"It kind of energized us a little bit before the game, and it reminded us of what we're playing for and what the Celtics stand for. ... It's funny, because he was our leader when he was here. He's still part of this Celtics family. For him to go out of his way to send us a message like that, that means a lot to all of us.

"Like I said, it was a reminder of Celtics family. We have to play a certain way because they are watching. There's a respect, the way that we play, and we have to play hard. Every single time we step on the floor, we have to leave everything out there. That has to be our mindset."

A smiling Thomas helped shift the mood in the locker room.

"Isaiah, it was his idea to play it before the game," Bradley said. "And it got us going a little bit."

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Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline

Apr 21, 2017 3:22 PM

The Boston Celtics' coaching staff was in favor of trading for Carmelo Anthony at the deadline, according to a source. Danny Ainge, however, had reservations about trading for Anthony. The Celtics have sought cap space for 2017 and acquiring Anthony would have taken that option off the table.

Jae Crowder is a player of interest for the New York Knicks, who could have been acquired during the 2014 Tyson Chandler trade.

The Celtics could use cap space to absorb Anthony's contract if Ainge strikes out in free agency.

Anthony has a full no-trade with the Knicks.

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Marcus Smart Fined $25,000 For Flipping Off Fan

Apr 19, 2017 3:58 PM

Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for flipping off a fan in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

Smart made the gesture after missing a three-pointer.

"If he made a gesture, it's inappropriate," said Brad Stevens.

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Brad Stevens Has Worst Playoff Winning Percentage In NBA History

Apr 18, 2017 11:23 PM

Brad Stevens has the worst winning percentage in NBA history amongst head coaches with at least 10 games in the playoffs. 

The Celtics were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in his first playoffs in 2015, followed by a 4-2 series defeat in 2016 by the Atlanta Hawks.

The Celtics trail the Chicago Bulls 0-2 after the first two games of the 2017 playoffs despite finishing with the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Stevens has a 2-10 record over his first 12 games.

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Isaiah Thomas Will Travel To Tacoma After Game 2

Apr 17, 2017 2:29 PM

Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 2 of the Boston Celtics' series against the Chicago Bulls.

Thomas will travel to Tacoma after the game to attend to his sister's recent death.

Thomas had 33 points on 18 shots from the floor to go with five rebounds and six assists in Game 1 just hours after his sister was killed in a car accident outside Seattle.

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Sister Of Isaiah Thomas Killed In Car Accident

Apr 15, 2017 6:55 PM

The sister of Isaiah Thomas was killed Saturday morning in a one-car accident outside Seattle.

Chyna J. Thomas was 22 years old.

The car accident occurred around 5 a.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Witnesses reported that the car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, was being driven normally at first.

“All of a sudden it started to drift very casually onto the left shoulder,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nick King said.

The car traveled about 50 feet partially off the roadway until it hit a Jersey barrier.

“That vaulted the vehicle head-on into the sign post,” King said.

According to Celtics' reporter Mark Murphy, Thomas didn't find out about his sister's death until after Saturday's practice.

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Celtics Clinch Best Odds For Lottery As Nets Will Finish With NBA's Worst Record

Apr 8, 2017 2:24 AM

With the Brooklyn Nets clinching the worst record in the NBA on Friday night following the Phoenix Suns' victory, the Boston Celtics will enter May's lottery with the best odds of securing the top overall pick.

The Celtics own pick swap rights with the Nets.

Boston will pick no worse than fourth overall.

The Celtics ended up with the third overall pick in 2016 due to owning the Nets' pick.

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Boston's Mike Zarren Widely Considered NBA's Top GM Candidate

Apr 1, 2017 2:29 PM

Mike Zarren was "the leading vote-getter by a wide margin" when Kevin Arnovitz polled people in the NBA for future general manager candidates.

Zarren has worked for the Boston Celtics for the past decade, beginning as an unpaid intern after graduating from Harvard Law.

Zarren has received interest from a number of teams, most notably the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013 before they hired Sam Hinkie.

Zarren has a strong understanding of the collective bargaining agreement and is considered a good negotiator. 

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster

Mar 22, 2017 10:58 PM

Paul George heard some cheers when he was introduced as a visiting member of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Boston and was asked afterward about how the fans received him and his future with the Pacers.

“Yeah, I guess they were in on the rumors,” George said of how fans received him at TD Garden.

In the days leading up to February’s trade deadline the Celtics were reportedly one of a few teams to engage in talks with the Pacers on George.

“I didn't put no energy into it. It was out of my control,” George said of rumors that he might have been traded to the Celtics. "If I was here, I was here. If I remained a Pacer, I was a Pacer. I wasn’t going to put any unnecessary energy where I had no control over.”

George, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season, was then asked if he wanted to remain with the Pacers.

“Yeah,” he replied. "If we have a great team, why not?”

George added that if Indiana didn’t have an improved roster, “then me and front office will talk.”

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline
Magic Johnson's call to Larry Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

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Abdel Nader Hoping To Make Celtics' 17-18 Roster After Strong D-League Season
Forwards James Young, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko will be free agents this summer, opening the door for Abdel Nader to make a bid at a roster spot.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Andrew Bogut also considered the Rockets, Spurs and Celtics.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Cavs Were On 'Pins And Needles' About Celtics Trading For Either George, Butler
The Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline.

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76ers Trying To Trade Andrew Bogut By Deadline
The Celtics and Cavaliers have monitored Andrew Bogut's situation all season.

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Celtics Finally Discuss Nets' Pick With Pacers On Paul George
The Celtics are seeking a superstar of Paul George's station.

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Celtics Continue To Resist Trading Both Nets' Pick, Multiple Rotation Players For Star
The Celtics would like to upgrade their roster with a true superstar but it's difficult for them to part with not only a high draft pick but also multiple talented players on their roster.

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Jae Crowder Believed To Be Sticking Point In Boston's Talks With Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics and Bulls continue to discuss a Jimmy Butler trade.

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Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks
The Celtics can now place pick protection on the draft picks they're owed from the Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

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Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks
The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Blake Griffin.

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Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline
The Bulls and Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Jimmy Butler since June.

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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
The possibility of the Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Marcus Smart Striving To Be More Consistent
Even though the Celtics have future assets coming from the Nets, there's a belief in the locker room that they need to improve from within.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Month
Isaiah Thomas has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the award for the Western Conference.

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Larry Sanders Increasing Efforts To Return To NBA
Larry Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams.

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Celtics Inform Knicks They Have No Interest In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Last season, the Celtics and Knicks held exploratory talks on Carmelo Anthony.

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