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Kyrie Irving Challenges Jaylen Brown To Overcome Early Struggles

Dec 13, 2018 2:43 AM

After struggling for the early part of the season, Jaylen Brown acknowledged the challenge of living up to last season's expectations on a deep roster with limited opportunities. 

Brown said "it's probably been the hardest thing I've had to deal with so far in my career. Just coming from a position where you had so much responsibility, and now that responsibility is lessened. Expectations have been raised, but your responsibility goes down, so it's hard to reach those expectations when you aren't being asked to do as much.

Brown was ranked 417th out of 430 players in Real-Plus-Minus when the ratings were first released. 

Kyrie Irving says it's time for Brown to accept the challenge and grow as a player.

Irving said "it's not about how many shots he's making or percentages or stats or anything like that. Now it's about, 'How do you get out of your own way to become the best version of yourself in an environment with other great players?' You're not in an environment where we can wait around for you. You're not surrounded by decent players who you will automatically play over, no matter how you perform".

Brown is averaging 12.5 points while shooting 42.4% from the field in 27.8 minutes this season, down from his 14.5 points with a 46.5% field goal percentage in 30.7 minutes last year. 

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

Al Horford Out Multiple Games with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome In Left Knee

Dec 12, 2018 12:48 PM

Al Horford will miss "at least a few games" after being diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee.

"This is one of those things that it just wasn't getting better," Horford said, according to the Celtics' official Twitter account.

Horford has struggled this season and has been dealing with inflammation in his left knee for nearly a month.

"I don't want to have to keep dealing with this and have a question mark game after game," Horford told reporters on Tuesday. "I just have to listen to the training staff and what the doctors are telling me. I've got to buy into that."


Tags: Al Horford, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Kyrie Irving Not Concerned After Tweaking Right Shoulder

Dec 7, 2018 10:59 AM

Kyrie Irving isn't concerned following his tweaked right shoulder.

Irving left Thursday's win over the Knicks with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Irving had ice put on his shoulder on the bench.

"It was just a weird play at the end of the game," Irving said. "I don't know. It's like I got caught up as I was trying to get the ball out and pass it to Marcus for a 3. It just caught me weird on my shoulder. So it's probably an AC joint or something like that. I'm not diagnosing myself, I'm pretty sure. I saw the doctors afterward and they said AC joint or something going on there, but I'll be alright."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

LeBron James Suggested Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving For Damian Lillard

Dec 6, 2018 9:23 AM

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James suggested they attempt to trade him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard.

The Cavaliers never reached out to the Blazers on a trade for Lillard, but the interest from James has led to speculation about the Los Angeles Lakers eventually trying to trade for him.

Lillard's future with the Blazers has been uncertain. Lillard won't be a free agent until 2021.

"I love where I am," Lillard said. "I play for a great organization. I'm not looking for nothing. I think we'd complement each other well, but the only way that ever happens is if my team decides they don't want me no more. I'm trying to build something here."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Gordon Hayward Sets Celtics Record With 30-Point Performance Off Bench

Dec 2, 2018 1:54 AM

Gordon Hayward became the first player in Boston Celtics franchise history to record at least 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists off the bench in their 118-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Hayward shot 8-16 from the field, including going 4-5 from the 3-point line, in 29 minutes. 

His previous high this season was 19 points. 

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

Celtics Waive Walter Lemon Jr. From Two-Way Contract

Nov 29, 2018 5:10 PM

The Boston Celtics have waived Walter Lemon Jr.

Lemon was on a two-way contract with the Celtics.

Lemon was averaging 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.6 minutes per game in the G League this season.

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Tags: Walt Lemon, Jr., Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, NBA Waiver, D-League Teams

Kyrie Irving Expects To Retire In Early-To-Mid-30s

Nov 24, 2018 6:33 PM

Kyrie Irving doesn't anticipate continuing his NBA career into his late thirties.

"No, no," Irving said with a smile before the Celtics held morning shootaround ahead of the game. "Once I'm done with this, hopefully in my early-to-mid-30s, I'm done with this."

Irving is 26 years old and entered the NBA after one season of college at Duke.

"I love basketball itself," Irving said. "But everything that comes with it? It doesn't really matter to me, in terms of my life. I enjoy the game, I enjoy being with my teammates, playing every single day.

"Being an NBA player, this is a dream I've had since I was a kid. I think everything else that comes with it doesn't hold the same stature it once did.

"But I enjoy it, though. I love this game."

Irving will be a free agent this offseason and previously stated he plans to re-sign with the Celtics.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Asked LeBron James To Commit Long-Term If They Declined Kyrie Irving's Trade Request

Nov 19, 2018 10:12 AM

When Koby Altman was dealing with the trade request of Kyrie Irving, he asked LeBron James if he would commit to the franchise long-term if Irving was not traded. James said that he wouldn't commit to that stipulation.

James was adamant that the Cavaliers not trade Irving, especially not to the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers traded Irving to the Celtics and James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1, 2018.

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Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James: Everyone Knows Kyrie Irving Trade Was The Beginning Of The End

Nov 19, 2018 10:09 AM

When LeBron James was informed that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, he was adamant on a call with Koby Altman immediately thereafter that they don't trade Irving to Boston. James wanted the Cavaliers to keep Irving altogether.

According to four separate accounts of the conversation, Altman told James the trade would not occur.

A few minutes later, word broke that the Cavaliers agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics in principle.

When James was shown the news, he dropped a pen he was using to sign jerseys for Upper Deck and slumped in his chair.

“Everyone knows that when Kyrie got traded it was the beginning of the end for everything. It’s not a secret,” James said in an interview with The Athletic.

James doesn't feel as though he was lied to by Altman as much as Altman was overruled by Dan Gilbert.

“You realize at that point in time, take nothing from Koby, because Koby (was just named GM), but at that point in time, you realize that Koby’s not the only one running the team, as (former GM David Griffin) had done, and that’s why Griff was let go pretty much,” James said.

A large reason why Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers was because he no longer wanted to played with James. Irving told the Cavaliers that he'd go ahead with a knee surgery he needed if he wasn't traded.

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Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Terry Rozier Not Complaining About Reduced Role

Nov 9, 2018 9:52 AM

The minutes and production of Terry Rozier have dipped this season with the return of Kyrie Irving.

But Rozier said he isn't upset about his role with the Celtics a few months away from his restricted free agency.

"I go from starting in the playoffs to coming off the bench. ... I'm pretty sure it's not easy for nobody," Rozier said. "But I'm not complaining. And, if you know me, I would never be the one to complain about it.

"I would never go to the media or bring out the unhappy thing. Like I said, people that know me know I wouldn't do that. I've never been a selfish type of person, selfish player. You can tell the way I play I'm all about team.

"Everything will be alright. It's not as bad as people make it seem."

A report from The Athletic indicated several teams, including the Suns, have been monitoring the availability of Rozier.

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Terry Rozier Receiving Trade Interest From At Least Seven Teams
Terry Rozier could command a contract in the $16 million to $20 million per year range.

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Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Throwing Ball Into Stands
Kyrie Irving threw the ball into the stands at the end of a loss at Denver.

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Celtics Exercise 19-20 Option On Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Woj: Anthony Davis Looking For Reasons To Stay More Than Reasons To Leave New Orleans
Anthony Davis will be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason, which will go a long ways to determining what the future of the NBA holds.

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Kyrie Irving Considered Knicks Before Announcing Intention To Re-Sign With Celtics
Kyrie Irving is expected to re-sign with the Celtics in 2019.

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Terry Rozier, Celtics Discussing Extension
Kyrie Irving plans on re-signing with the Celtics in 2019, which would limit Terry Rozier to a bench role.

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Kyrie Irving Relieved Not To Answer More Questions About Free Agency
Kyrie Irving can sign a five-year, $180 million contract with the Celtics.

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Gordon Hayward Feels Good Physically But Not Yet Comfortable On The Floor
Gordon Hayward wishes he had undergone the second surgery earlier.

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Kyrie Irving Says He Plans To Re-Sign With Celtics In 2019
Kyrie Irving will be an unrestricted free agent.

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Kyrie Irving Talks About His Love For Boston
The future of Kyrie Irving will be one of the NBA's most critical storylines as he enters the final season of his contract and his second with the Celtics.

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Celtics Finalizing Camp Deal With Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt played with the Wolves and Magic during the past two seasons.

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Kyrie Irving Discusses Intention To Re-Sign With Celtics
Kyrie Irving suggested the Celtics are too good for him to consider leaving the franchise in free agency.

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Gordon Hayward Signs Endorsement Deal With Anta
Gordon Hayward also received interest from Nike and New Balance.

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Kyrie Irving Talks Up Celtics' Future, Hasn't Spoken With Jimmy Butler At Length Since 2016
Kyrie Irving will be a free agent in 2019.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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Jabari Bird Sought Mental Health Help Before Domestic Violence Incident
Jabari Bird had begun to deal with emotional issues in the weeks leading up to a Sept. 7 incident.

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Gordon Hayward Playing Full-Contact 5-On-5
Gordon Hayward said he's 100 percent and expects to play in Boston's season opener.

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Jabari Bird Allegedly Strangled Victim At Least A Dozen Times
Jabari Bird has entered a not guilty plea.


Celtics To Work Out Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt competed for a roster spot with the Celtics in 2016.

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Jabari Bird Arrested For Alleged Domestic Incident
Jabari Bird has been arrested after allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident.