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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers

Apr 18, 2018 10:04 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, April 17.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Kyrie Irving Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Apr 8, 2018 9:32 AM

The Boston Celtics announced Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery on Saturday to remove two screws in his left patella.

“The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

Irving is expected to need four to five months to recover from the procedure.

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Celtics Sign Jonathan Gibson For Remainder Of Season

Apr 5, 2018 7:04 PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to sign Jonathan Gibson for the remainder of the season.

The Celtics need depth at guard with Kyrie Irving out for the season.

Gibson averaged 33.7 points per game this season in China.

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Kyrie Irving Out 4-5 Months With Knee Surgery

Apr 5, 2018 2:38 PM

Kyrie Irving will undergo knee surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

The procedure will remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the patellar fracture he suffered during the NBA Finals in 2015.

Following a mid-March procedure to remove a tension wire that had been implanted at the same time as the screws, pathology indicated the presence of a bacterial infection at the site of the hardware. To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed. The fracture in Irving’s patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound. 

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Gordon Hayward Begins On-Court Jogging

Apr 2, 2018 1:52 PM

Gordon Hayward has begun light on-court jogging as he continues his recovery from a fractured ankle.

Trainer Jason Smeathers noted it was Hayward's first on-court run since the injury when he tweeted: "Doing some pace setting for [Hayward] for the first jog back on the court."

Hayward had been running on the team's alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and slowly ramping himself up to a level where he could be cleared to begin running on his full bodyweight.

Brad Stevens stressed that Hayward is still a "long, long way away" from basketball activities and reaffirmed that he's not playing this season.

"I saw that video. It's pretty slow running," Stevens said. "I was up there watching it the other morning when they [filmed] that. The next step of his progression is once every three days he gets on the court and does that. So as you can see it was about 20 percent speed, nothing lateral, no jumping. So a long, long way away.

"We've said it before: We can talk about the videos. He's not playing. But he might travel [with the team], and maybe we'll list him as something."

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Celtics Sign Xavier Silas To 10-Day Contract With Hardship Spot

Mar 28, 2018 2:45 PM

The Boston Celtics have signed Xavier Silas to a 10-day contract. 

Silas (6-5, 205 lbs.) is returning to the NBA scene after previously participating in two games for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2011-12 season, where he tallied 11 points and hauled in four rebounds.

Most recently, the San Antonio, TX native has spent parts of five seasons in the NBA Gatorade League from 2011-12 to 2017-18, averaging 14.8 points (42.2% FG, 37.3% 3-PT, 86.0% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 30.1 minutes in 183 career games (92 starts) between Maine, Bakersfield and Northern Arizona.

Silas is coming to the Celtics from Northern Arizona, where he averaged 18.4 points (43.8% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 88.2% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.21 steals in 43 games this season.

The Celtics were able to sign Silas after the league granted the team a hardship roster spot, following injuries to other Celtics players.

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Kyrie Irving Out 3-6 Weeks After Surgery On Left Knee

Mar 24, 2018 10:43 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss three to six weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a tension wire in his left knee.

Irving could return as early as Boston's first round series.

"The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals," the Celtics said in a release. "While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving's patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving's knee has been found to be completely structurally sound."

Irving sought second opinions this week after soreness in his left knee failed to dissipate with extended rest.

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Kyrie Irving To Undergo Minor Procedure On Left Knee

Mar 23, 2018 12:49 PM

Kyrie Irving undergo a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate irritation in his left knee.

Further information will be provided following Saturday's procedure.

Irving has been expected to undergo a procedure in the offseason on his left knee.

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Walter McCarty Hired By Evansville As Head Coach

Mar 22, 2018 11:56 AM

Walter McCarty has been named head coach at the University of Evansville.

McCarty has been on the coaching staff of Brad Stevens with the Celtics since 2013.

“It became very evident that Walter McCarty was 100 percent the right man for the job,’’ Evansville athletic director Mark Spencer said. “His personality, experience and infectious energy really set him apart. Nobody would have been able to sell Evansville to recruits like Walter McCarty.’’

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Kyrie Irving To Have 2nd Opinion On Left Knee
Kyrie Irving has dealt with soreness in the left knee and hasn't played since March 11th.

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Marcus Smart To Undergo Surgery On Right Thumb
Marcus Smart will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Gordon Hayward Suffered Setback In Recovery
Danny Ainge said Gordon Hayward is now back on track in his rehab.

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Celtics Hopeful Kyrie Irving's Left Knee Soreness Not Serious
Kyrie Irving is not expected to miss significant time with his left knee soreness.

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Marcus Smart Out Indefinitely With Torn Tendon In Thumb
Marcus Smart will seek additional opinions on his thumb.

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Daniel Theis Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Daniel Theis was an important rotation player for the Celtics.

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LeBron Was Disappointed Cavs Didn't Acquire More After Learning Extent Of IT Injury
The Cavaliers only acquired a second round pick after pausing the deal and not a young player or future first round pick.

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Gordon Hayward Not Ruling Out Return This Season
Gordon Hayward said he's taking his rehab day-by-day.

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Jaylen Browns Walks Off Court On Own Power After Scary Fall
Jaylen Brown landed on his upper back near his neck.

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Marcus Smart Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Officiating
Marcus Smart was critical of the way James Harden is officiated.

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Brad Stevens Rules Out Gordon Hayward For Remainder Of Season
Brad Stevens attempted to be definitive about Gordon Hayward remaining out.

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Brad Stevens Doesn't Expect Gordon Hayward To Return This Season
Gordon Hayward would be eligible to return if medically cleared.

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Marcus Smart Fortunate He Didn't Suffer More Serious Injury To Hand
Marcus Smart has missed the past 11 games after punching a picture frame.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford Were Last Picks In ASG Draft
Stephen Curry left picked Al Horford over LaMarcus Aldridge with his final selection.

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Celtics Will Consider Lineup Changes Following All-Star Break
Brad Stevens has suggested throughout the season that the Celtics may not be as good as their record has indicated.

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Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas Ejected As Video Tribute Controversy Lingers
Rajon Rondo aggressively hounded Isaiah Thomas' every move.

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Brad Stevens Not Expecting Gordon Hayward To Return This Season
The Celtics were granted an injured player exception for Gordon Hayward.

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Celtics Officially Sign Greg Monroe
The Celtics agreed to sign Greg Monroe last week.

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Joe Johnson To Receive Interest From Celtics, Warriors On Buyout Market
Joe Johnson is expected to negotiate a buyout from the Kings.

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Grizzlies Continue To Seek FRP For Tyreke Evans
Any team trading for Tyreke Evans as they would not hold his Bird rights and need to use cap space to re-sign him.

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