Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling banned for life

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced today that Donald Sterling has been banned from all NBA activity for life and will be fined for $2.5 million.

The NBA's investigation concluded that it was indeed Sterling's voice on the recordings, Silver expressed feeling deepest disappointment.
"The view expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful," said Silver. "That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage in my outrage."

Doc Rivers declines to speak to Donald Sterling, unsure of future with Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters on Monday that he refused to speak to owner Donald Sterling after the Clippers owner reached out to him.

Rivers and his Clippers return to the Staples Center Tuesday for game five against the Golden State Warriors for their first home game since the recording of Sterling's racial remarks were released over the weekend.

Rivers talked to reporters for a while on Monday.
"I have been asked if I need to talk to him, with Donald, and I passed, quite honestly," Rivers said. "I don't think right now is the time or place for me, at least. So I just took a pass" [Yahoo! Sports]

Sunday, April 27, 2014

There's still plenty to cheer for in the 2014 NBA Playoffs

How does the line go again, ‘once a Celtic, always a Celtic?’ It’s only been eight days but the 2014 NBA playoffs have been quite interesting to say the least. Being that it is the first year since 2007 that the Celtics are not in the postseason, it begs the question; whom are C's fans rooting for this time around?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

One-year later: Why Boston is still our city

It’s hard to put into words, what seemed like a million emotions that I went through that Monday afternoon when tragedy struck the heart of the city of Boston on April 15, 2013.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Causeway Street’s Year in Review

Now that the 2013-14 Celtics season is officially in the history books, we here at Causeway Street Blog have decided to recap an interesting six months. It was the year of rebuilding, new faces and even a new captain. Here’s a look of what we think were some cool moments, and what lies ahead in our end-of-the-year review.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wizards 118 – Celtics 102: C's close out season with a loss at home

Boston – On a night meant to honor fans at TD Garden and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy from a year ago, the Celtics dropped their final game of the regular season. The playoff bound Wizards made sure to grab the fifth seed after beating the C’s, 118-102.

Only eight Celtics players suited up to play against the Wizards.

The Celtics faithful filled the arena with their signs and chants of hope for what is to come next season and beyond. It was a celebration of always standing by the boys in green through the ups and downs.

For the Wizards they saw an opportunity to move up a seed in the Eastern Conference picture and they seized it. Bradley Beal led his team with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Trevor Booker added 20 points and Marcin Gortat chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Six players finished in double figures for Washington, who will face the Bulls in their playoff match-up, their first since 2008.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

76ers 113 – Celtics 108: C's come up short in Philly

Philadelphia - The Celtics were on a two-game winning streak coming into the Wells Fargo Center last night. The Sixers not only won just their 18-game, but also won the season series by beating Boston, 113-108.

Michael Carter-Williams led the home team with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Wroten scored 20 points to give their home crowd a special treat for the last time in their rebuilding year.

Thaddeus Young added 15 points and Henry Sims chipped in win 13 points in the win.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celtics 106 – Bobcats 103: C's hold on, snap streak

Boston – The Celtics, losers of nine consecutive games, gave their home crowd a treat last night. They finally snapped their largest losing streak of the season without Rajon Rondo in the lineup by beating the Bobcats, 106-103.

Phil Pressey gave the best performance of his rookie campaign. He was informed shortly before tip-off that he would start in the place of the team’s Captain, due to a sore left chin. Pressey finished with his second double-double including a career high 13 assists. Pressey also scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. It was his ninth start of the season as he helped his team secure the win.

“Phil gave us a great lift on the defensive end,” said Avery Bradley. “I feel like that’s why we won the game.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rondo receives warning for flop against Hawks (GIF)

Rajon Rondo received warning from the NBA Thursday for a flop play the Celtics point guard tried to make against the Atlanta Hawks.

Rondo, while in transition, appeared to fall without any contact while trying to take a charge against Hawks' Jeff Teague Wednesday night in Atlanta.

If you look closely at the GIF below, it's pretty obvious Rondo wasn't touched.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hawks 105 – Celtics 97: Another fourth quarter collapse leads to ninth straight loss

Atlanta – For the second consecutive game the Celtics let a lead slip away late in the fourth quarter as they missed an opportunity to crush the Hawks playoff hopes last night, in a, 105-97, loss at the Philips Arena.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points in the win and Kyle Korver added 17 including two crucial 3-pointers to help keep Atlanta’s playoff hopes alive.

Paul Millsap chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds, six Atlanta players finished in double figures on the night. The Hawks now have a two game lead over New York for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Celtics injury report

With five games remaining in this rebuilding year, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens he has seen how an NBA season can take a toll on the health of his players.

Such has been the case for Avery Bradley, who has sat out the last two games. Both resulted in losses, but also gave more opportunities to players such as Chris Johnson and Phil Pressey.

“That’s one thing that you can anticipate, that it’s a long grind and not an easy thing for these guys to go through,” said Stevens. “Across the league you see guys who have played well in spurts who have also struggled in spurts who are healthy or semi-healthy. You see others who have had to sit multiple games and recover from everything from nagging injuries to more serious injuries.” [Boston Herald]

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ESPN's Chad Ford says Wiggins is atop Celtics' draft board

As the season comes to a close, the Celtics will have its eyes locked on the NBA lottery, hoping that the ping-pong balls will bounce its way into the No. 1 overall pick.

If the season ended today, Celtics would own an 11.9 percent chance at the top pick. They sit in fourth place in the lottery standings. Celtics will probably not win the No. 1 pick, but No. 2 and No. 3 are feasible, meaning the Celtics are in decent shape. 

Early in the season we heard that Danny Ainge likes Duke's Jabari Parker. Parker is projected by many to be the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pistons 115 – Celtics 111: Pistons give C's eighth straight loss

Auburn Hills – Another lost by the Celtics last night, but this time they managed to put a new spin on it; they blew a double-digit lead before the Pistons took charge late in the fourth quarter for a, 115-111, victory at the Palace.

Rodney Stuckey scored 26 points off the bench as he and the second unit led the way to help erase a 19-point deficit.

Greg Monroe finished with 21 points, and Brandon Jennings added 20 while Andre Drummond contributed with 19 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons win.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rondo's debut as a broadcaster wraps up a great month

You can now add broadcaster to the list of possible jobs for Rajon Rondo when his NBA career is over. After a brief stint in last night’s telecast alongside CSNNE’s Mike Gorman, the point guard had lots of positive things to say about his teammates and rivals.

Of course that’s just one of the many other occupational options in Rajon’s future. It’s clear he could one day be a coach, and even be a clothing designer.

But Monday night wrapped up a very good month of March for the Celtics captain on the court.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bulls 94 – Celtics 80: Bulls' fourth quarter run too much for C's, lose fifth straight

Chicago – On the second night of a back-to-back, there was no Rondo leading his troops or DJ Augustin going off for 33 points. Instead it was Mike Dunleavy going 7-for-12 on the way to a, 94-80, Bulls victory over the Celtics, their second straight win in two days.

The United Center witnessed a great back and fourth for three quarters. Boston kept Augustin in check, and it was effective, he went 1-for-9 scoring just four points. But the guard found other ways to get involved which included dishing out 11 assists to his trigger-happy teammates. In the end, five Bulls finished in double-figures and Dunleavy led the pack with 22 points.

Joakim Noah added 19 points, 11 rebounds and Jimmy Butler chipped in 18. Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and Taj Gibson had a double-double; 14 points and 11 boards in the win.