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Rajon Rondo: What Has Isaiah Thomas Done?

Jan 17, 2018 10:56 AM

Rajon Rondo was asked to give his opinion on Boston rescheduling the video tribute to Isaiah Thomas that was initially planned for the same night as Paul Pierce's jersey retirement.

"What has he done?” Rondo asked reporters about Thomas.

Reporters than told Rondo about Thomas leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

Rondo then continued.

"This is the Boston Celtics. This isn’t the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don’t hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals? What do we hang here?” Rondo continued.

A reporter then replied with the obvious answer to his question, Rondo decided to shut down any further analysis with a simple, "OK, cool."



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Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month

Jan 4, 2018 3:11 PM

The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Tatum ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (14.6 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (5.9 rpg) in 17 games in December for Boston, which went 11-6 to maintain its place atop the East standings.  He made a rookie-high 59 free throws and finished fourth or better among all first-year players in field goal percentage (52.9), three-point field goal percentage (45.1) and free throw percentage (81.9).  The 19-year-old forward scored in double figures 14 times, including two games with 20 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds three times.  Tatum recorded two of his three career double-doubles during the month.

Mitchell led all rookies in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg) in 13 games during December, and his 88.2 free throw percentage (45-of-51) was the highest mark among first-year players with more than 20 attempts.  He also ranked third among Western Conference rookies in field goal percentage (50.7) and fourth in assists (3.8 apg).  The 21-year-old guard opened the month by scoring 41 points in a 114-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 1, a Jazz rookie record and the first 40-point game by an NBA rookie since Blake Griffin in January 2011.  Mitchell scored more than 25 points seven times in December.

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Spurs Tried Really Hard To Trade For Kyrie Irving

Jan 4, 2018 9:15 AM

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers, he mentioned the Knicks, Wolves and Spurs as teams he would like to be moved to.

Irving was ultimately traded to the Celtics, but the Spurs were one of the teams active in trying to acquire him.

"San Antonio tried really really hard to get him," said Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Spurs' main trade chips in the offseason were LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green.

San Antonio already had re-signed Patty Mills by that point in the offseason while Tony Parker was rehabbing his injury from the playoffs.

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Jae Crowder Wasn't Hit As Hard By Trade Due To Mother's Passing

Jan 3, 2018 3:15 PM

Jae Crowder was traded by the Celtics to the Cavaliers last August just a few hours before his mother died.

“That’s why the trade didn’t even hit me like it should have,” Crowder said. “My mind, my soul, and my body was somewhere else. But I can say the trade didn’t hit me like everyone thinks it did because I was going through some other situations, personal situations.”

Crowder was outspoken when Boston fans cheered for rumored free agent target Gordon Hayward last season.

LeBron James invited Crowder to Santa Barbara for pre-training camp workouts in September, which eliminated any preconceived notions about his new situation.

“That [phone call] wasn’t enough obviously,” Crowder said. “When I flew to LA and worked out with the team weeks before training camp, that really, really was special. When we weren’t in the gym, we were together. We’re going to dinner. We’re going to lunch. We were together and that helped build a bond. Everything we do is together. That helps build relationships. He’s done a great job of being a leader in that aspect off the court, feeling like one big family.”

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Al Horford: All The Guys That Aren't Here Anymore Sold Me On Celtics

Jan 3, 2018 12:21 PM

Al Horford joined the Boston Celtics in 2016 with a number of players in on the sales pitch that are no longer with the franchise. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart are the only players from the 15-16 Celtics that remain with the team.

"Isaiah (Thomas) and -- well, [Kelly] Olynyk, Jae Crowder, all the guys that are not here anymore -- they just came in and sold me on playing here," Horford said while shaking his head at how much has changed.

"I had a lot of respect for the guys, for how hard they played. When they played us in Atlanta [in the 2016 playoffs], they were competitive, they played hard."

Thomas also helped recruit Gordon Hayward.

"IT did a tremendous job, as far as helping recruit me here to the city of Boston. He talked about Boston as a city, the fans, the organization, the coaches, the people that are involved behind the scenes," Hayward said. "He's just somebody that I was definitely excited about playing with. He's an unbelievable player. He had an unbelievable year last year. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a truth."

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Tyronn Lue Advised Cavs To Keep Kyrie Irving

Jan 2, 2018 9:52 AM

Tyronn Lue advised Koby Altman that the Cleveland Cavaliers decide against trading Kyrie Irving.

Lue compared the situation to when the Los Angeles Lakers resisted Kobe Bryant's trade demands in 2007.

"We wanted to figure out is this real?" Altman said. "Is Kyrie someone we might want to bring back and say, 'Hey, look, players have figured it out in the past. You're going to figure it out. We're going to still be really good, we're going to be winning games, so it's not going to be all awful.' You know what I mean? So thinking about the parameters of that, the implications of that was something we were also always debating."

The Cavaliers eventually decided to trade Irving to the Celtics.

"You can't get better trading a four-time All-Star going into his prime and a 25-year-old point guard going into his prime," Altman said, "but it gives you a unique opportunity to shuffle the deck and figure out long-term planning, but also figure out what goes around LeBron that's going to help us win a championship."

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Isaiah Thomas To Make Season Debut Tuesday, Sit Against Boston

Jan 2, 2018 9:42 AM

Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Blazers and will miss Wednesday's game at the Celtics. Thomas will play under a minutes restriction.

"It's a blessing," Thomas said. "It's been a long process for me. It's been a frustrating and tough process but at the same time you got to trust it. Each and every day, I just attacked it every day to try to get better and now that day is here. I haven't played in so long so man, it's going to be a weird feeling tomorrow but I'm happy. I'm happy it's here."

Tyronn Lue said Thomas will give the Cavaliers a much-needed lift.

"It's great," Lue said. "(It was) always like, 'Is it going to happen? When is it going to happen?' But now it's finally here and just seeing how he can play with pace and getting into the paint, the speed and quickness and ability to shoot the basketball, it really changes our team. Really excited (in the growth) from Day 1 to now. It's a good moment for us."

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RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss On The Celtics

Dec 31, 2017 10:49 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Jared Weiss of The Celtics Wire (@JaredWeissNBA) go in-depth on the Boston Celtics.

They discuss the development of young players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Boston’s place in the NBA’s hierarchy; Gordon Hayward’s status this season; integrating Kyrie Irving and much more.

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Jaylen Brown May Have Strained Ligaments Around MCL

Dec 27, 2017 11:50 AM

Jaylen Brown may have strained some ligaments around his MCL during Boston's Christmas Day game.

Brown left the arena on a crutch following the injury.

Brown could be heard screaming "ahh" before hopping on one leg and hobbling off the court.

Brown had also been dealing with a sore Achilles.

Gary Washburn, Jay King/Boston Globe

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Celtics Working On Bid For 2022 All-Star Game

Dec 26, 2017 3:14 PM

The Boston Celtics are preparing a bid to host a future All-Star Game.

The Celtics haven't hosted an All-Star Game in 53 years.

“We’re looking at an application package,” Grousbeck told the Globe. “But we have to work it out with the Convention Center. We are going to ask for an application package and we’ll see what happens.”

The earliest available All-Star Game is 2022.

“We can’t get all of our fans into the game, all of our season ticket-holders,” Grousbeck said. “We have a season ticket-holder wait list and relatively few of our season ticket-holders would be able to come to a game that we host. But nonetheless, we’re going to get a package and see if we can work something out.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Anthony Davis Approached Pelicans About Boston Rumors Last Season
Anthony Davis was told he wouldn't be traded, but he realizes that was what DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas were told as well.

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Isaiah Thomas Targeting First Week Of January For Return
Isaiah Thomas wants to make sure he doesn't need a game or two of rest at times.

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Gordon Hayward Has No Regrets Leaving Jazz
Gordon Hayward had dinner on Thursday night in Boston with Joe Ingles and Utah assistant Johnnie Bryant.

Eric Woodyard/Deseret News

Gordon Hayward Out Of Walking Boot
Gordon Hayward has graduated from shooting out of a chair to shooting flat-footed in his boot over the past few weeks.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Gordon Hayward Soon Progressing Out Of Walking Boot Stage
Gordon Hayward will soon begin the early stages of his rehab from a fractured left ankle.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Brad Stevens, Mike D'Antoni Named NBA Coaches Of The Month
Brad Stevens guided the Celtics to an NBA-best 19-4 record during October and November.

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving
Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Kyrie Irving could have started a conversation.

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Steve Kerr: Boston Looks Like The Team Of The Future In The East
Steve Kerr complimented the Celtics for how they've worked in younger players while continuing to play excellent basketball at the top of league.

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LeBron: I Haven't Played With Scorer Who Can Also Get Guys Involved For A While
LeBron James has played more point guard than ever while waiting for Isaiah Thomas.

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Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after Paul George was traded to the Thunder.

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Kyrie Irving To Play With Protective Mask Following Facial Fracture
Kyrie Irving will likely miss at least one game due to a facial fracture he suffered on Friday.

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Isaiah Thomas Expects To Adjust To LeBron 'Quicker Than Somebody Else Could'
Isaiah Thomas anticipates being able to adjust to playing beside LeBron James more easily than Kyrie Irving did.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kyrie Irving: Are There Really Little Things In The Grand Scheme Of Things For Us?
Kyrie Irving spoke about how valuable Marcus Smart is for the Celtics.

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Al Horford In Concussion Protocol
Al Horford suffered a head injury in Monday's game.

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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out
The Celtics have expressed interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor in the past.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Celtics Exercise 18-19 Options On Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier
Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal through the first seven games.

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Celtics Granted $8.4M Injury Exception
The Celtics have been granted a disabled-player exception by the NBA for the anticipated season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics Give Gordon Hayward Coaching Project During Rehab
Gordon Hayward was injured in his first game with the Celtics and the assignment is intended to keep him engaged.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Kyrie Irving Had Interest In Knicks Since They're 'Close To Home'
Kyrie Irving reiterated he had genuine interest in being traded to the Knicks despite their current status as a rebuilding franchise.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Foul Language To Fan
Kyrie Irving directed foul language towards a fan in Philadelphia.

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