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Refs Miss 5 Calls In Last 3.7 Seconds Of Bucks/Celtics Game

Feb 22, 2019 8:06 PM

The NBA's Last Two Minute Report for the Milwaukee Bucks' 98-97 win over the Boston Celtics revealed 5 blown calls in the final 3.7 seconds of the game.

2 calls went against the Bucks, while the other 3 went against the Celtics.

The report determined that Kyrie Irving was fouled by both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe on the Celtics' final possession that resulted in a missed shot at the buzzer, both of which were not called. 

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Kyrie Irving Featured In Commercial For Beyond Meat

Feb 21, 2019 9:27 AM

Kyrie Irving is being featured in a digital campaign for Beyond Meat.

Irving is an investor in the vegan food company.

The video features Irving talking about how he wrote down his goal of playing in the NBA when he was in the fourth grade. Irving only briefly mentions his diet toward the end of the 60-second clip.

Beyond Irving, other new investors include a variety of retired and current sports stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Paul, DeAndre Hopkins, Victor Oladipo, Lindsey Vonn, DeAndre Jordan, Harrison Barnes, Shaun White and Luke Walton. They follow other athletes who have invested in the company including JJ Redick, Tony Gonzalez, David Wright, Eric Bledsoe, Maya Moore and Tia Blanco, as well entertainers such as Snoop Dogg, Common, Jessica Chastain, Liza Koshy and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Celtics Not A Long-Term Destination For Anthony Davis

Feb 20, 2019 1:11 AM

Anthony Davis does not consider the Boston Celtics as a long-term destination, according to Shams Charania.

Davis said over the All-Star break that all 29 teams outside of the Pelicans are on his list of preferred trade destinations. 

Davis' father made headlines at the beginning of the month by stating that he doesn't want his son to play for the Celtics after how they treated Isaiah Thomas. 

Dane Delgado/NBC Sports

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LeBron James: 'I've Always Loved Kyrie'

Feb 17, 2019 5:10 PM

LeBron James stated his appreciation for Kyrie Irving's growth and maturity during an All-Star weekend media event.

"I think I've always loved Kyrie, from before I met him, until when I became his teammate, to even now. So the phone call, more than for me, I think just to see his growth...it takes a real man and a real person -- and a real person to understand who they are -- to be able to call or to do anything and be able to see their wrongdoings or believe they have some wrongdoings and then be able to come to grips with that and then be able to either apologize or say that, 'At that point and time, I thought I was ready for something, but I really wasn't,'" said James. 

James, who gave Irving advice on how to lead a young Celtics team, also praised how Irving handled the media speculation around the trade deadline earlier this month.

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Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Danny Ainge Doesn't Think Celtics Necessarily Avoided Mistake With Rejected Justise Winslow Deal

Feb 16, 2019 10:59 AM

The Boston Celtics aggressively pursued a trade for Justise Winslow during the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Celtics offered as many as four first round picks to move up to the Charlotte Hornets' selection at nine to draft Winslow. The Celtics were offering the 15th and 16th picks in that year's draft along with one first rounder from the Brooklyn Nets and another future first from either the Minnesota Timberwolves or Memphis Grizzlies.

With Winslow having a strong career but short of an All-Star talent and the Celtics eventually selecting Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum with picks from the Nets, it seems like Danny Ainge avoided a potential mistake in having his offer rejected.

“I don’t know,” said Ainge when asked if it feels like he barely avoided a car crash. “I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t feel like that at all. I don’t feel the same. I don’t feel like we avoided an accident, because there’s a whole bunch of ways to get players — through trades, through developing, through free agency — and you can’t just look back at history and say, ‘Oh, if we’d have made this trade, therefore this would have happened.’

“Like, that’s not how the world works. If we’d have made this trade, there’s a whole bunch of other trades that maybe could have happened as a result of making that trade that we would have pulled the trigger on or another team would have pulled the trigger on. So I don’t think you can view the world in hindsight like that, because none of us know the other pieces. There’s so many pieces that fall as the result of one trade that leads to another trade that leads to another trade that leads to your team. So I don’t know the cycle and the chain of events that would have happened had the trade happened on that draft night.”

Ainge insists he doesn't often throw his thoughts into reverse.

“Not really,” Ainge said. “I mean, I look back and evaluate what we did in the draft and how we evaluated all the players in that draft. I did that in 2016. I always evaluate the players from what we know and what could have happened, what could not have happened. But I don’t think about it anymore.”

Ainge is glad the Celtics remained patient.

“I just know that I’m glad that we were all able to be patient, and we’ve been very fortunate that our last group of picks have all turned out well,” Ainge said. “Listen, we have a lot of good players. We’ve been very fortunate in free agency and with trades and in the draft. We’ve had really good fortune over the last four years. That doesn’t always happen. It hasn’t always happened with us. We’ve made bad trades, we’ve made bad drafts and we’ve made bad free agent signings. We obviously had some bad luck last year with health, but with the good luck of the quality of players that we’ve been able to acquire for this team, I do feel very fortunate.

“But I also know how fleeting it can be, and we got a glimpse of that last year. So we’ll just appreciate this team while we have them and look forward to the future with this group of guys.”

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Danny Ainge Calls Suggestion Celtics Better Without Kyrie Irving 'Completely Illogical'

Feb 14, 2019 3:24 PM

Danny Ainge dismissed the suggestion the Boston Celtics may be better without Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics had an impressive win at the Philadelphia 76ers last week and also reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season without Irving.

“It’s completely illogical. It makes no sense," Ainge said. "If you just look at the data over the past two years our team has been so much better. It wasn’t but a month ago that we were trying to figure out ‘how in the world are we going to score without Kyrie on the court.’ And everybody was struggling and going through their challenges. I mean now we’re getting a lot of good play out of a lot of good guys. The last couple of nights Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, they’re playing great basketball. And Jaylen Brown has really stepped up his game over the past couple of months even and really bought into his role off the bench. So I feel like we just all need to all play well, but Kyrie is by far our most efficient offensive player, without question. And our team, when Kyrie is on the court over the past two years, is by far more efficient with Kyrie playing than when he’s not. So no, I think it’s ridiculous to think.”

Irving will be a free agent this offseason.

John Karalis/Boston Globe

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Brad Stevens: I Have To Do A Way Better Job Holding Us To Our Standards

Feb 12, 2019 6:58 PM

The Boston Celtics have had a disappointing record and Brad Stevens has received some criticism for his coaching.

Marcus Morris questioned the toughness of the Celtics following a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I thought Marcus said a lot of stuff you can’t really argue,” Stevens said. “We need to be a lot better at finishing games and handling adverse situations in games. If you’re super connected as a team and you play with great physical effort all the time, then it’s fun as hell. When you go back and forth, then it’s not as fun.”

 

Stevens had largely taken a hands off approach when dealing with off the floor matters, but he now realizes he needs to become more involved.

“That’s why I said the other day I’ve got to do a better job of helping and making sure we’re playing to the standard we need to play to. My biggest thing is I’ve had frustrations. We’ve all had frustrations. My reaction to that is I’ve got to do a better job.”

 

Stevens realizes he is being judged in a new way as a coach.

“I just think I have to do a way better job of holding us to the standard we need to play,” Stevens said. “We just have to play to a better standard to the full four quarters and that’s on coaching.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference

Feb 12, 2019 4:53 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline. 

They discuss the new hierarchy in the Eastern Conference, what they are watching between now and the playoffs, potential impacts on 2019 free agency and much more.

 

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Kyrie Irving To Miss Sixers Game On Tuesday With Knee Strain

Feb 12, 2019 1:26 AM

Kyrie Irving will miss the Boston Celtics' matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night with a knee strain.

Irving suffered the injury over the weekend. He is listed as day-to-day. 

NBA.com

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Kyrie Irving Day-To-Day With Strained Knee

Feb 10, 2019 4:30 PM

An MRI revealed that Kyrie Irving has a right knee strain. The injury is not considered serious, and he is listed as day-to-day.

Irving left the Celtics' loss to the Clippers last night in the second quarter. The Clippers comeback win was their biggest in franchise history. 

ESPN

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Marcus Morris On Celtics: 'I Just See A Bunch Of Individuals'
Morris added that the Celtics are not having fun or enjoying this season.

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Kyrie Irving Leaves Game With Sprained Knee, To Be Re-Evaluated On Sunday
Brad Stevens said Irving's knee appeared to buckle in the second quarter.

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Danny Ainge Compares Kyrie Irving Situation To Engagement With Marriage Expected On July 1
The Celtics expect Kyrie Irving to re-sign on July 1.

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Celtics Trade Jabari Bird To Hawks
The deal will save the Celtics on the luxury tax.

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Celtics Expected To Offer Tatum, Horford, Smart, Williams, 3 FRP For Anthony Davis
The Celtics cannot trade for Anthony Davis until the offseason.

John Gambadoro/98.7 Phoenix

Anthony Davis Has Knicks On Same Level As Lakers On Wish List
The Knicks' ability to pursue two superstar free agents has resonated with Anthony Davis.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Pelicans Have Sought Guarantees From Celtics On Anthony Davis Trade
The Celtics have made it clear that no specific player will be off limits in negotiations.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Jayson Tatum To Be 'Major Part' Of Trade Talks Between Pelicans, Celtics This Summer
The Pelicans and Celtics have reportedly already had discussions involving Tatum in a potential deal for Anthony Davis.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Rival GM: Celtics Not Taking Trade Calls On Kyrie Irving
The Celtics believe Kyrie Irving is irritated by his involvement in the Anthony Davis situation.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Celtics Plead With Pelicans To Wait While Still Not Offering Jayson Tatum
The Pelicans have been left with the impression that nothing will be off the table when negotiating with the Celtics.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Celtics To Pursue Anthony Davis Trade This Summer Regardless Of Kyrie Irving Decision
Danny Ainge is working to persuade the Pelicans to hold onto Davis until this summer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics Not Among 'Handful' Of Teams Anthony Davis Would Commit To
Anthony Davis is not interested in the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Anthony Davis Sr. Doesn't Want Son To Play For Celtics Due To Isaiah Thomas Treatment
Anthony Davis Sr. said the Celtics have no loyalty in how they handled Isaiah Thomas.

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Anthony Davis Doesn't Have Celtics On Preferred List Of Destinations
The Celtics have been perceived as the contending team with the most available assets to make a trade with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving Backtracks On Commitment To Re-Sign With Celtics
Kyrie Irving said the Celtics remain 'at the head of the race.'

Jay King/The Athletic

Celtics To Pursue Anthony Davis Trade This Summer, Davis' Camp Uncertain Kyrie Irving Re-Signs With Team
The Celtics believe that Davis would not leave a core of him, Kyrie Irving, and Jayson Tatum in free agency.

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Anthony Davis Intent On Signing With Lakers In 2020, Pelicans Not Returning Lakers Calls
Dell Demps is not returning Rob Pelinka's phone calls as the Pelicans are ready to hold onto Davis for another season.

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Lakers Pushing For Anthony Davis Deal Before Trade Deadline, Pelicans Waiting For Celtics This Summer
The Pelicans are reportedly waiting for the Celtics to become available trade partners for Davis this sumner.

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Anthony Davis Not Interested In Celtics Trade, Kyrie Irving Uncertain To Re-Sign With Team
There is a growing sentiment that Irving may not re-sign with the Celtics this summer despite saying he would do so at the start of the season.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Anonymous Warriors Player: Gordon Hayward Is Liability On Both Ends Of Court
Hayward had just 2 points in the Celtics' loss to the Warriors.

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