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3/25/15: The Boston Celtics have done an admirable job of clawing their way through this season and into playoff contention. They will have a fight on their hands for the next few weeks while they compete with the Charlotte Hornets and maybe the Brooklyn Nets for that last playoff spot in the East. Remember Marcus Smart. He got into a bit of trouble a year ago by getting into an altercation with a fan. He is back in the news this week, again for an altercation - though at least this time it was with an opposing player. He was served with a flagrant 2, ejection and one game suspension for hitting Matt Bonner in the groin. There has to be a better way to get in the press.
3/18/15: History and common sense tells us that teams that get into the playoffs with a low seed (seventh, eighth, etc.) typically are eliminated quickly. They also end up with a bad draft pick spot that cannot help the team right away. That makes sense to management and fans, but players want to win and the Celtics have been winning lately. They are neck and neck with the Charlotte Hornets for the final playoff spot in the East and have a good chance of getting back to the postseason this year. A few more wins in the final stretch and they may get the honor of playing Atlanta in the first round.
3/11/15: Most people would not have believed it as it was happening, but since Larry Bird retired many years ago the stories have emerged of how he was one of the biggest trash talkers to ever play in the NBA. While that may go against a squeaky-clean image, Boston fans surely loved it. Its a few decades later and Bird is still talking trash. He commented on a recent statue of Dominique Wilkins saying "I'm pretty sure it's not a defensive stance.". Fortunately, that line was in jest. It was included in a video tribute to Wilkins for the statue unveiling. Give Bird credit though, he is simply not going to change.
3/4/15: While no one in the front office or on the team is likely to say it, many may be having a bit of a chuckle when thinking about former Celtic and current Dallas Maverick Rajon Rondo's recent run-in with Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. The shouting match got Rondo a one game suspension and may dissuade him from re-signing with Dallas in the offseason. Rondo has a reputation of being difficult to work with, among both players and coaches. Boston knew the talent that he has, but also understood the headaches he caused, and may be laughing because he is not their problem anymore.
2/25/15: The Boston Celtics may want the number one pick in the NBA Draft come June, but they are simply not as good as the New York Knicks or Philadelphia 76ers when it comes to tanking the season to improve lottery odds. Sure, the Celtics are 12 games under .500, but that is still in the playoff hunt in the East. So Boston used the trade deadline to actually get better. They traded Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first round pick to the Phoenix Suns for point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas is a pretty good point guard and has a reasonable contract - less than $20 million for the next three years.
2/18/15: The Boston Celtics look like they are remembering that they still have a shot at the playoffs, despite sporting a 20-31 record at the All Star break. While 11 games under .500 would mean the season is over in the Western Conference, it is only a couple games out of the eighth spot in the East. The Celtics won their final game before the break when Evan Turner hit a floater with just 0.2 seconds remaining to overcome the mighty Atlanta Hawks. Give Boston credit here. They were down by 18 at one point but showed real tenacity in rallying back for the win.
2/11/15: The Boston Celtics have taken extraordinary measures over the past few months to ensure that they will be able to rebuild their team in short order. They have traded away their best players and taken on a lot of expiring contracts for the future. That is not tanking, that is good business. Boston fans are used to winning these days, and being 11 games under .500 does not sit too well. Amazingly, though, the Celtics are not too far removed from making the playoffs. They are only two games behind the Brooklyn Nets, who own the eighth seed. The Celtics may not want to make postseason this year, but the sad state of the East may put them in anyway.
2/5/15: Many people may have a lot questions and skepticism of whether or not the New England Patriots are as honest as they claim to be. But their should be no questions of the same nature for the Patriots' NBA counterpart, the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are being very open about their willingness to take on salary dumps this season. That means that the team probably will not be too strong for the rest of the season, but that they can also clear a lot of salary cap space in the offseason. Therefore, they will have money to go out and buy more free agents, all the while they are picking up draft picks for their trouble.
1/28/15: The Celtics have enthusiastically thrown their hat into the rebuilding arena that has been highlighted by a number of trades to get rid of salary obligations and veterans that are not essential for reconstructing the team. However, they may be stuck with veteran Tayshaun Prince, who was acquired in the Jeff Green trade. Prince probably will not make much of a difference in terms of wins and losses, but has a good attitude for the locker room and could be a mentor for young players who will be the heart of the franchise in the future.
1/21/15: All the sports teams in Boston are vulnerable to intense media pressure, particularly when they are losing. Perhaps the Celtics have gotten a bit of a break lately because the New England Patriots are rolling through the playoffs, but that does not escape the fact that they have less than 15 wins and it is getting into late January. The "T" word (tanking) is being thrown around, but no one knows for sure. In any case the Celtics have made a number of trades recently and then gotten rid of guys they have gotten back. That includes Jameer Nelson, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Brandan Write. Yes, this is frustrating right now, but it should build a better team in the future.
1/14/15: The Boston Celtics may not be going very far this season, but at least they are making moves to put them in a better position in the future. They are involved with a possible three team deal with New Orleans and Memphis that would net them point guard Austin Rivers, among other assets. But the Celtics are already four deep at guard, so the team could be looking to send him out west to the L.A. Clippers, where he would provide depth for Chris Paul and be playing for his father, former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
1/7/15: Last Saturday was an emotional night for the Boston Celtics as they hosted the Dallas Mavericks, and of course, the return of Rajon Rondo. The Celtics had traded Rondo just two weeks earlier and it was his first return back to the only team he had ever known. The Celtics provided a highlight reel of his time in Boston and the crowd graciously gave him a standing ovation. His time in Boston may be over, but certainly the fans have not forgotten him. As nice as the treatment was, Rondo himself was a terror on the floor, torching his former team for 29 points as Dallas cruised to a 119-101 victory.
12/3/14: There are only a handful of true quality teams in the Eastern Conference this season, and the Boston Celtics are trying to develop into one of those teams. So far, it is a long road. Boston is 4-10 on the season, thought that has them in third place in the Atlantic Division. They are still ahead of New York and Philadelphia. Guard Rajon Rondo is a big key to this season, but his play has been inconsistent thus far. He is creating points for others (averaging 24.5 assists per game), but his own offense has struggled so far. The lack of Kevin Garnett has hurt his defensive skills, and that is affecting the entire team. But Boston has been here before and the front office has found ways in the past to quickly improve the team.
11/19/14: The Celtics will have an uphill climb to make the playoffs this season, but, in the NBA, it is better to be terrible rather than mediocre. But they still have two strong assets in their roster - veteran guard Rajon Rondo and rookie guard Marcus Smart. Smart suffered a horrific-looking ankle injury two weeks ago. It was so bad that the trainer had to cut the shoe off of Smart because of the swelling. Fortunately, it turned out to be a severe sprained ankle and not worse, which surprised even Smart. If it heals properly, he may be back on the court in just a few weeks.
11/12/14: Any hopes the Celtics have this season are riding on the health and productivity of guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo was out of Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls to undergo a minor surgical procedure that removed a screw from his injured left hand. Rondo is averaging nine points, 11.2 assists and 8 rebounds over 33 minutes this season. He had season lows when the Celtics beat the Pacers last Friday, but did have his first triple-double of the season last Wednesday in a losing effort against the Toronto Raptors. Boston has a few days off before playing again and Rondo may well be back in the lineup.
The Boston Celtics, who fell one win short of making an NBA Finals appearance, used their back-to-back picks in the first round to select two big names from the past year in college basketball. With the 21st overall pick, they took big man Jared Sullinger from Ohio State who, despite widely publicized injury problems, was a steal at that point in the draft. Then, with the 22nd overall pick, the Celtics selected Fab Melo from Syracuse. Clearly looking for size to fill in for Kevin Garnett when he inevitably departs in a few seasons, the 7-foot Melo and 6'9" power forward Sullinger should be able to plug the gap nicely in Garnett's absence.
Yet another playoff triple-double from Rajon Rondo wasn't enough for the Boston Celtics to fight off the Miami Heat advance to their third NBA Finals in the last five seasons. Rondo led the Celtics with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, but in the end it was LeBron James and his 31 points and 12 rebounds that led the Heat to their 101-88 win in Game 7 at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night and propelled them on to their second consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. The Celtics fell just short and were eliminated by the Heat for the second straight year, and many people wonder if this might have been the final playoff run for the Boston Big Three of Garnett, Allen, and Pierce.
With a chance to eliminate the Miami Heat at home on Thursday night in Game 6, the Boston Celtics came up short, losing 98-79 thanks to LeBron James' 45-point performance. The Celtics were unable to stop James right out of the gate, as 30 of his 45 points came in the first half and helped the Heat open up a 13-point lead at halftime. The Celtics' Big Three could never quite get it going, as Pierce, Garnett and Allen combined for only 31 points. Rajon Rondo led all Boston scorers with 21 points, but 19 of those came in the first half. Paul Pierce could manage only 9 points on a dismal 4-of-18 shooting. Game 7 will be in Miami on Saturday night, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Boston Celtics fought valiantly to even up their Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, but ultimately fell 115-111 in overtime at the American Airlines Arena. Rajon Rondo, who put up 44 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in 53 minutes of play, put on a playoff performance for the ages in Game 2, but it was all in vain as the Celtics were not able to push past the Heat and tie the series at 1-1. Instead, the Celtics will return home trailing 2-0 and will have to win a vital Game 3 to stay alive in the series and avoid falling in a 3-0 hole.
5/25/12 The Boston Celtics had a chance to eliminate the 76ers on Wednesday night and be the first team into the Eastern Conference finals, but the Sixers fought tooth and nail to stave off elimination and now the Celtics will head back home to the TD Garden in Boston for a Game 7 on Saturday night. Paul Pierce had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night in Game 6, however the rest of the Celtics offense just couldn't seem to get going for most of the night as they were stymied by a relentless Philadelphia defense that was on the attack. Now the Celtics will hope to finish off the Sixers in Game 7 to earn a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat.
5/18/12 The Boston Celtics bounced back from their Game 2 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers with a big 107-91 win on the road in Game 3. Kevin Garnett partied like it was 2008 in putting up 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Garnett looked to be almost five years younger in dominating the Sixers in the low-post as well as making them pay with his patented mid-range jumper. Back in control now with a 2-1 series lead, the Celtics will look to put themselves firmly in the driver's seat with another win in Game 4 at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
Celtics fans look forward to high-fives and chest-bumps, but after Rajon Rondo was ejected from Game 1 vs. the Hawks for chest-bumping a referee, it was apparent the Celtics were going to lose a poorly played game. As a consequence for his transgression, Rajon Rondo was suspended for Game 2. That left the Celtics in a must-win situation without its starting backcourt as Ray Allen would miss his second consecutive playoff game due to injury. Cue Paul Pierce! The Celtics star seems to play his best basketball when his back is against a wall, and on Tuesday night he led the Celtics past the Hawks with a monster effort! He scored 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, culminating with a Tebow- like gesture at midcourt. Kevin Garnett also chipped in with a double-double of his own and the Celtics tied the series before heading to Boston for Game 3. TD Garden is sure to be lively on Friday night!
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Boston Celtics Tickets - Season Info
The Boston Celtics have been a perennial powerhouse in the Eastern Conference since the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007. With the help of longtime Celtic Paul Pierce, the 'Big Three' were able to bring a Championship to Boston in 2008. The Eastern Conference is really heating up this season, so make sure you buy Boston Celtics tickets so you don't miss out on the action.
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The massive TD Garden was finished in 1995 for a cost of $160 million. Originally known as the Shawmut Center, the TD Garden is now home to two of the most successful sports teams in North America: the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. The Celtics last won the NBA Championship in 2008 while the Bruins brought home the Stanley Cup in 2011. The arena is also home to the NLL's Boston Blazers. TD Garden underwent a major overhaul in 2006. New feature included a new, beautiful HD entertainment board and video advertising boards that replaced the original scrolling panels. A vintage siren was also added as a goal horn for hockey games. In the past, the arena has also hosted Northeastern University's commencement, UFC events, Wrestlemania and several other WWF events, and some of the nation's biggest concerts. TD Garden is built on top of Boston's North Station, a major transportation hub, so getting to games and concerts is a breeze.
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Boston Celtics - The Players
Get ready to catch your favorite Celtics players in action for the 2011-12 NBA season. You'll be glued to the screen watching Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Jermaine O'Neal, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and the rest of the team. Let's see if they will be able to bring home the trophy again as they did in the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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|Mar 30, 2015||Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets|
|Apr 1, 2015||Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics|
|Apr 3, 2015||Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics|
|Apr 4, 2015||Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors|
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Boston Celtics Past Games Schedule and Boston Celtics Scores
|Mar 27, 2015||Boston Celtics - New York Knicks||96 - 92|
|Mar 25, 2015||Miami Heat - Boston Celtics||93 - 86|
|Mar 23, 2015||Boston Celtics - Brooklyn Nets||110 - 91|
|Mar 22, 2015||Detroit Pistons - Boston Celtics||105 - 97|
|Mar 18, 2015||Boston Celtics - Oklahoma City Thunder||118 - 122|
|Mar 16, 2015||Philadelphia 76ers - Boston Celtics||89 - 108|
|Mar 14, 2015||Boston Celtics - Indiana Pacers||93 - 89|
|Mar 13, 2015||Orlando Magic - Boston Celtics||88 - 95|
|Mar 11, 2015||Memphis Grizzlies - Boston Celtics||92 - 95|
|Mar 9, 2015||Boston Celtics - Miami Heat||100 - 90|
|Mar 8, 2015||Boston Celtics - Orlando Magic||98 - 103|
|Mar 6, 2015||Boston Celtics - New Orleans Pelicans||104 - 98|
|Mar 4, 2015||Utah Jazz - Boston Celtics||84 - 85|
|Mar 3, 2015||Boston Celtics - Cleveland Cavaliers||79 - 110|
|Mar 1, 2015||Golden State Warriors - Boston Celtics||106 - 101|
|Feb 27, 2015||Charlotte Hornets - Boston Celtics||98 - 106|
|Feb 25, 2015||New York Knicks - Boston Celtics||94 - 115|
|Feb 23, 2015||Boston Celtics - Phoenix Suns||115 - 110|