Basketball

Wyc Grousbeck
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Nick Friar
August 20, 2019 - 6:19 pm
The players from last year’s Celtics roster that are still with Boston continue to receive questions about their disappointing 2018-19. Whether it’s the season-long drama, both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford leaving or Kemba Walker coming to town, comparing the 2019-20 team to the 2018-19 team seems...
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Gordon Hayward
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Nick Friar
August 20, 2019 - 2:04 pm
Gordon Hayward’s return in 2018-19 wasn’t exactly what everyone expected. Since he was cleared to play, the thought was: Hayward will be back to his old self. But, as was the case with Paul George when he came back from the injury he suffered in the summer of 2014, Hayward wasn’t the same. He...
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Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown
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Nick Friar
August 19, 2019 - 6:16 pm
Talk of leadership has become one of the more annoying points of debate in sports. I don’t know why, but some seem to think great players have to be leaders, too. Furthermore, leaders have to be vocal, they can’t just lead by example. It’s a ridiculous, tangled web and, for some reason, tends to be...
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Gregg Popovich and Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
August 19, 2019 - 4:38 pm
For all the problems the 2018-19 Celtics appeared to have, none of it would’ve mattered if the product on the floor was unaffected. But it all seemed to manifest into “too many mouths to feed” — something Danny Ainge recently spoke about in his appearance on NBC Sports Boston’s “The Michael Holley...
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Celtics guard Carsen Edwards
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Nick Friar
August 19, 2019 - 12:02 pm
Leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft, no one could seem to pin down exactly when Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams would be selected. Some mock drafts had Williams going sooner than No. 22, which is where the Celtics took him, some had him going later. Same for Edwards (No. 33), though he wasn’t likely...
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Marcus Smart
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Nick Friar
August 17, 2019 - 6:29 pm
During Friday’s exhibition game against Spain , Marcus Smart said he was feeling good and he’d be ready to go by the time the FIBA World Cup began . Well, it looks like Smart is returning well before the start of the international tournament. Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting Smart (...
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Marcus Smart
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Nick Friar
August 17, 2019 - 8:15 am
Marcus Smart has been sidelined from Team USA practices and scrimmages due to calf tightness since August 7. He was re-evaluated when Team USA’s camp moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and has continued to rehab, missing Friday’s 90-81 exhibition win over Spain . During NBA TV’s broadcast of the...
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Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
August 17, 2019 - 8:00 am
Team USA knocked off Spain’s national team on Friday 90-81 in an exhibition match as part of their preparation for the FIBA World Cup. Kemba Walker was the lone Celtic to start in the game, though Jayson Tatum was third on the team in minutes (21:57), while Jaylen Brown was one of four players who...
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Romeo Langford, Celtics
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Gabby Guerard
August 16, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Grant Williams was the first of the Celtics 2019 draft picks to receive his 2K20 rating, and is now joined by Romeo Langford. The two were given the same exact rating – the only difference is Williams was pleased , and Langford doesn’t seem too thrilled. The Celtics’ top draft pick posted his 2K...
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Brad Stevens, Celtics
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Gabby Guerard
August 16, 2019 - 11:15 am
ESPN published its projected win/loss records and standings for every team heading into the 2019-20 NBA season. Although it’s just a projection, the Celtics ’ next season looks optimistic. According to ESPN’s RPM (real plus-minus) projections, Boston landed second among teams in the Eastern...
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