Keys to the Game: Celtics 121, Knicks 112

February 25, 2018

Key Moment The Boston Celtics held a lead for almost the entire second half of Saturday night’s game at Madison Square Garden, but the New York Knicks managed to stay within striking distance all the way up until the final two minutes of regulation. The C’s needed to make a devastating blow to shake off the persistent Knicks, and they got exactly what they were looking for at 1:55 mark…

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2/24 Game Preview: Celtics at Knicks

February 24, 2018

The New York Knicks picked up their defensive tenacity late against Orlando Magic on Thursday, resulting in a victory. Managing that against Orlando — tied with five other teams with the fewest wins (18) this season — is one thing, but that will likely not fly against visiting Boston on Saturday and against Golden State in the following game Monday. Orlando had 69 points by halftime before the Knicks (24-36)…

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Keys to the Game: Celtics 110, Pistons 98

February 24, 2018

Key Moment The Boston Celtics entered the All-Star break in a defensive funk, but they returned to action Friday night looking like the C’s of old. It appeared that the eight-day layoff, and the return of a key defensive cog, was just the recipe for a turnaround on that end of the floor, as Boston handed the Detroit Pistons a 110-98 defeat at Little Caesars Arena. Boston’s most promising defensive…

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2/23 Game Preview: Celtics at Pistons

February 23, 2018

Stan Van Gundy spent a good portion of the NBA All-Star break watching film. He wasn’t catching up on the movies nominated for Oscars next month. Rather, the Detroit Pistons coach was trying to figure out ways to maximize his team’s offensive potential with the addition of Blake Griffin. The team had virtually no practice time after acquiring one of the league’s premier power forwards from the Los Angeles Clippers…

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Celtics Hope Smart's Return Will Spark Defensive Turnaround

February 22, 2018

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Boston Celtics experienced significant defensive slippage before the All-Star break, but they expect to regain their footing on that end of the floor during the final stretch of the season, beginning Friday night in Detroit. Why are they so confident that they’ll be able to right the ship defensively? Because their top lockdown defender, Marcus Smart, will be back on the floor after an 11-game absence…

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Stevens' Advice to Red Sox Could Also Apply to Celtics

February 22, 2018

WALTHAM, Mass. – New Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora had just walked out of his first major team meeting of Spring Training Monday, when he unexpectedly bumped into the familiar face of a fellow Boston sports figure. It was Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who had decided to spend a day of his NBA All-Star break taking in some afternoon baseball in sunny Fort Myers, Florida with his 12-year-old son,…

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Why Rising Stars Game Could Fuel Brown's Second Half

February 21, 2018

BOSTON – For most young athletes, seeing is believing. Jaylen Brown is no exception. All-Star weekend provided Brown a forum to see with his own eyes that he has the potential to soar above the rest of the top young players in the NBA. It was a reminder to the second-year wing that his confidence level from earlier this season was fully justified. Brown put in more work this past…

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Irving, Horford Elated by All-Star Game's Increased Competitiveness

February 19, 2018

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving did something Sunday night that would’ve been considered unusual by recent All-Star Game standards: As the final seconds of the first half ticked away at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the five-time All-Star applied an aggressive, full-court press on Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who was attempting to score one final bucket for Team Stephen before halftime. Then, something even more unusual happened: Irving was…

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Horford Updates Bucket List After Falling to Embiid in Skills Challenge

February 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Al Horford’s participation in the Skills Challenge was short, and not so sweet. Horford squared off with Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid during the first heat of the challenge to tip off All-Star Saturday Night. He cruised through the first three quarters of the event but hit a screeching halt at the final challenge: the 3-point shot. After dribbling around five stationary defenders and swishing a pass…

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Kyrie and Others Rave About Horford Ahead of Skills Challenge

February 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Many of the NBA’s top players raved about Al Horford’s skill set ahead of tonight’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of All-Star Saturday night. Horford is one of four big men who will participate in the competition, along with Joel Embiid, Lauri Markkanen and Andre Drummond. The other challengers are guards Spencer Dinwiddie, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray and Lou Williams. Celtics.com asked two of Horford’s opponents…

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