Friday, December 30, 2016
After a loss to the Cavaliers less than 24 hours before, it looked like the Celtics' hectic month of December had finally caught up to them and on a second night of a back-to-back and without Avery Bradley (illness) in the lineup.
Boston would put up a fight with its toughest soldier; Isaiah Thomas leading the charge in the fourth quarter.
Celtics went on to win the battle as they beat the Miami Heat 117-114 at the TD Garden on Friday night to close out their 2016 in style.
After nearly erasing a 20-point deficit and grabbing a lead with eight seconds left in the game, Crowder missed a 3-pointer that could have won the game for the Celtics -- one that he says he felt confident was going to go in.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
After winning six of their last seven games, the Celtics had all the momentum they needed to pull off an upset in Cleveland.
In dramatic fashion, the Celtics pulled to within one point -- nearly erasing a 20-point deficit as they were one 3-pointer away from pulling ahead of the champion Cavaliers with 8.5 seconds left but ultimately came up short in a 124-118 loss.
While Jaylen Brown isn't sure if he wants to participate in this year's NBA Dunk Contest, two of his teammates expressed their interest in wanting to see the rookie at All-Star weekend in New Orleans.
After hearing a conversation between veteran Gerald Green and Brown about this year's dunk contest, Isaiah Thomas petition to social media his desire to see Brown in the 2017 Dunk Contest.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It was another team effort for the Celtics on Tuesday night at the TD Garden. Boston's 113-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies gave them their sixth win in the last seven games.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The Celtics finish their week 4-1 including their first Christmas Day game since 2012, as they beat the New York Knicks on the road. We discuss the C's play as of late despite a hectic December schedule, plus we look ahead to the final week of 2016. We'll also take a trip around the NBA with the latest headlines and make our New Year's resolutions. Don't miss the final episode of the Causeway Street Podcast final episode of the year, click below to listen to Ep. 64
Monday, December 26, 2016
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was named the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday.
The All-Star guard had an extraordinary week, leading the Celtics to a 3-1 record against teams like the Grizzlies, Pacers, Thunder and Knicks.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Knicks nearly left a sack of coal in the Celtics' stocking before Marcus Smart hit the biggest 3-pointer of the game and Avery Bradley put the defensive clamps on New York's best scorer.
With the game tied at 112, Smart drained one from deep to give the C's a three-point lead with 47.8 seconds left.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
The Celtics were looking to extend their streak to a season-high five wins as they hosted Oklahoma City at the TD Garden on Friday night. But it was Russell Westbrook who turned it on when it mattered most, the fourth quarter, as he scored 15 points to secure a 117-112 Thunder win.
Friday, December 23, 2016
As I sit here and wonder, what is it that makes someone special? I believe it's the simplest things that you do that go a long way for others, without you even noticing you do them. Craig Sager fits the profile of someone who, without a doubt was special.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
It was another great fourth quarter in the books for Isaiah Thomas as he scored 14 points in the final frame, leading the Celtics to a 109-102 win over the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
No Celtic other than Isaiah Thomas had at least eight points at halftime as Boston dug themselves into a 17-point hole in the third quarter.
It was Thomas who got the rally going, pouring in 36-second half points that held off the Memphis Grizzlies in a 112-109 overtime victory at the FedEx Forum on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Celtics are 2-0 with the return of their All-Star guard; Isaiah Thomas. But is it time to consider moving 'The Little Guy'? We discuss this hot topic, plus we talk DeMarcus Cousins' recent tirade in the Kings' locker room, is this the final straw that will lead him to Boston? We'll also take a look at another big man who's not 'trusting the process' down in Philly, should Danny Ainge re-visit a possible deal for Nerlens Noel? We look ahead on this busy holiday season schedule for the C's and we pay tribute to broadcasting icon; Craig Sager. Click below to listen to Episode 63 of the Causeway Street Podcast
The NBA has rescinded Isaiah Thomas' flagrant-2 from Sunday night's game in Miami against the Heat, according to Boston Herald's Steve Bullpett.
After elbowing Heat forward Justise Winslow with 3:02 left, Thomas was handed a flagrant-2 and was ejected from the game.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Celtics 105 - Heat 95: Al Horford's late fourth-quarter push following Isaiah Thomas' ejection leads C's past Miami
After nearly surrendering a 22-point lead, the Celtics fought through a chippy fourth quarter to pull off a hard fought over the Heat.
The Celtics kicked off their three-game road trip with a 105-95 win -- their second victory of the season in Miami
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Celtics 96 - Hornets 88: Isaiah Thomas' (26 points) comeback performance leads Celtics, snaps three-game skid
Back at full strength, the Celtics put together a strong second half performance and cruised to a 96-88 win over the Hornets at TD Garden.
With All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas returning after missing four straight games, the Celtics' leading scorer reached his season scoring average while pushing his team to outscore their opponent by 18 points in the final two quarters.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Expect to see a familiar face back in the Celtics starting lineup against the Hornets at TD Garden on Friday night.
After sitting out four consecutive games with a strained groin, Isaiah Thomas expects to make a comeback, according to the All-Star point guard.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
With the 2016-17 NBA season now over a quarter of the way complete for the Boston Celtics [13-12], the C’s now stand just one game above .500 in what has been a disappointing start to a once promising year.
Boston has battled injuries to each of its top players, including three of five starters within the first two-plus months of the season, but even without the injury issues the Celtics have looked stale and average to say the least. A team that many analysts were picking as a trendy Eastern Conference Finalist has had a fifth place start and seems to have fallen even further away from the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlantic Division's front-running Toronto Raptors.
Brad Stevens has never beaten the Spurs in his professional coaching career, he entered Wednesday night with a 0-7 record against the Spurs and left San Antonio with another loss against veteran coach Gregg Popovich.
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker didn't disappoint the home crowd at the AT&T Center as the Spurs beat the Celtics for an eighth straight time in Stevens' tenure, 108-101.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
After back-to-back losses to the Raptors and Thunder, respectively, the Celtics schedule doesn't get any easier as the C's are in San Antonio (19-5) to take on the second-best team in the league without their best player.
Without Isaiah Thomas (groin), the Celtics will face a tall task of pulling off an upset on national TV -- ESPN -- and prove how good they are without their All-Star guard.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Celtics continue to struggle in the fourth quarter and closing out games as of late while Isaiah Thomas' groin injury has made him miss over a week of games. Is Boston just a glorified .500 ball club? We discuss what's on tap this week for C's coach Brad Stevens, plus what could help improve his front-court. We'll also take you around the NBA with the latest headlines including Russell Westbrook historical run the first 25 games. Click below to listen to Episode 62 of the Causeway Street Podcast!
Monday, December 12, 2016
In a game where the Celtics were ahead of their opponent through the first three quarters, the Thunder stuck around and never gave the impression that they wouldn't pull ahead in the final frame.
Russell Westbrook, who entered the game with seven consecutive triple-doubles, had his streak snapped against the Celtics but scored eight of Oklahoma City's last 10 points en route to a 99-96 Thunder win.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
After an impressive first half by the Celtics, the Raptors' dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan demonstrated why they're one of the best backcourt combinations the league has to offer -- leading their team to a 101-94 win at TD Garden.
With the Celtics down by four points, Lowry drained three free-throws after Al Horford committed a debatable shooting foul with 30 seconds left.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Boston Celtics looked like a well-oiled machine as they finished with 29 team assists on 43 made field goals, shooting 51.2-percent in a 117-87 win over the Orlando Magic without Isaiah Thomas in the lineup on Wednesday night.
The All-Star point guard received a platelet-rich plasma injection earlier in the day for a groin strain he sustained in the first half of Monday night's loss to the Rockets and will miss his second straight game on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.
With a balanced scoring attack and a big second half, the Celtics destroyed the Magic on their own floor in a 117-87 blowout.
The Celtics' offense grabbed control of the game after halftime by outscoring their opponent 68-37 and finished the game shooting 51.2 percent from the floor.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
For the first time this season, the Celtics will be playing without their All-star guard Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas, who pulled his groin in the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Rockets, was sent back to Boston Tuesday night for treatment.
Monday, December 5, 2016
The Celtics missed a golden opportunity to knock off one of the better teams in the Western Conference but instead came up short in the worst possible way.
Al Horford's game-winning layup rolled off the rim just before time expired in a heartbreaking Celtics loss, 107-106.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
In a game where their opponent's offense put on a masterful performance, the Celtics kept things close throughout but ultimately faltered in a 121-114 loss at TD Garden.
The Celtics took a 92-84 deficit into the fourth quarter but used a 9-0 run to rally back -- grabbing their first lead of the game since the beginning of the first quarter.
Stevens Pregame vs Pistons: 'To judge Amir's [Johnson] performance by his defensive rebound percentage probably isn't fair'
For the second time this season, Celtics big man Al Horford will rejoin his teammates against the Pistons.
The last time the Celtics faced the Detroit, Horford was making his return from the concussion protocol -- which led to him missing nine straight games.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Celtics end their road trip at 3-0 last week, but couldn't fend off the San Antonio Spurs at home on Black Friday. We breakdown what went wrong in the fourth quarter despite starting off the afternoon matinee with an early 15 point lead. Plus we discuss the Western Conference with our guest, resident Phoenix Suns fan and NBA writer Tim Tunis [SportsBlog.com]. We'll also look ahead for what's on tap for the Celtics this week, that could have them turn a corner. Take a listen to Episode 61 of the Causeway Street Podcast below:
Monday, November 28, 2016
Behind steady defense and a strong offensive surge, the Celtics beat the Heat 112-104 in Miami on Monday night.
Despite being outscored 42-35 in the third quarter, the Celtics built a strong second-half lead and kept the Heat at bay throughout the second half by jumping ahead early and consistently attacking their opponent offensively.
Friday, November 25, 2016
For the first time this season, a Celtics team that was at full-strength faced one of the best teams in the league.
Although the C's have already played against teams like the Cavaliers and the Warriors, both games were played without Al Horford and Jae Crowder.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
In what was their best overall team performance thus far, the Celtics dominated the Nets on Wednesday en route to a 111-92 blowout in Brooklyn.
After being outscored in the third quarter for five games in a row, the C's outscored their opponent tonight 28-17 -- which certainly set the tone in the second half. Nets came within two points in the third quarter but never led once throughout the night.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Celtics are at full strength for the first time this season, despite a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors that led to an irate Isaiah Thomas. We discuss Thomas calling out his teammates and coaching staff, Draymond Green's rant about Boston Celtics fans, plus how important the return of Al Horford & Jae Crowder in the lineup? We'll also take a look at a possible trade scenario for Klay Thompson. Zac Peloquin of Off The Wagon Podcast joins us in-studio as our fourth co-host in this must-listen episode of the Causeway Street Podcast! Click the player below:
Celtics guard Marcus Smart is quickly becoming one of the team's most vocal leaders, most notably sparking a 17-0 run against the Timberwolves by simply digging into his teammates and challenging them to do more in the paint.
Facing a 13-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, the third-year guard motivated his teammates by giving them an intense pump up speech before they retook the floor for the fourth.
Monday, November 21, 2016
The Celtics' fourth-quarter rally was an epic one.
After the Timberwolves grabbed a 15-point lead towards the end of the third quarter, the Celtics responded with their best offensive run of the season as they cruised to a 99-93 win in Minnesota.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
After suffering a lopsided loss by the hands of the Warriors at home, the Celtics bounced back in the motor city with help from their All-star big man Al Horford, who returned to the court after a nine-game absence.
Horford finished with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) and hit the go-ahead game-winning putback shot with just 1.3 seconds left.
As if the the Celtics losing to the Golden State Warriors in a blowout wasn't enough, Draymond Green had to open his mouth and voice his opinion on Celtics fans at TD Garden booing his teammate Kevin Durant on Friday night.
Isaiah Thomas rips Celtics coaching staff after losing to Warriors: 'We gave up, coaching staff as well'
Celtics All-star guard Isaiah Thomas expressed his frustration with his team and his coaching staff on Friday, following their 104-88 loss to the Warriors.
Thomas highlighted the fact that he played less than 30 minutes against Golden State, the fewest minutes he's played in a game this season.
Friday, November 18, 2016
The Warriors reminded the Celtics on Friday why they're one of the best offensive teams in the league en route to a 104-88 blowout win over Boston at the TD Garden.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 points, while Kevin Durant flirted with a triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) and silenced the boos from the Garden's faithful.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Kevin Durant reacts to criticism for not signing with Celtics: 'I have no attachment to Boston at all'
For the first time this season, Kevin Durant will face the team that tried to lure him to Boston during the offseason but came up short.
The Celtics courted Durant over the summer, enlisting one of their city's icons in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the Hamptons before Durant ultimately decided to sign with the Warriors two days later.
It's been 10-years since former NBA All-Star and Boston Celtics point guard, Kenny Anderson has retired from his playing career. But since then the New York City playground legend has been through life's peeks and valleys and has struggled with many things outside of basketball including the death of his mother, divorce and even a DUI.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A quick start by the Celtics led to an offensive explosion by Isaiah Thomas and ended in another win at home.
Thomas' 22 points in the fourth quarter pushed the Celtics to a 90-83 win over the Mavericks at TD Garden on Wednesday.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Another road loss for the Celtics and another defeat to one of the NBA's worst teams. Boston became New Orleans' second victim in 11 games.
Anthony Davis' 25 points and 16 rebounds along with clutch plays down the stretch from old friend Tim Frazier, gave the Pelicans and their home crowd a 106-105 victory over the C's on Monday night.
He's not "quite ready to play."
Brad Stevens told the media hours before the Celtics tip-off against the Pelicans in New Orleans.
After an atrocious start to the week for the Celtics, they finished 2-2 and might have possibly found their defensive mojo. We discuss the difference that Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk have made in the starting lineup, plus the boost the C's bench has gotten from Terry Rozier, James Young and Tyler Zeller as of late. We're talking Golden State Warriors, who the Celtics will face most likely without Jae Crowder & Al Horford. What does Brad Stevens have to do to beat the 'villains' of the NBA again? We also debate on the best 'trade scenario' that would bring DeMarcus Cousins to Boston.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
In a game where Celtics All-star Isaiah Thomas didn't find his offensive rhythm until the second half, Boston kept the Pacers at bay in the final minutes of a 105-99 win in Indiana.
Thomas poured in 20 of his 23 points in the second half, including eight of his team's final points at the end of the fourth quarter.
Friday, November 11, 2016
The Celtics were very hungry for a win.
After two consecutive lopsided loses, the Celtics reverted to their old ways and put together their strongest defensive performance of the season in a 115-87 win over the Knicks at TD Garden.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Celtics made franchise history in Washington on Wednesday and not in a good way as the Wizards handed the C's their worst loss of the season.
The Wizards wasted no time in manhandling the Celtics when they scored 34 points in 12 minutes while holding the C's to eight points -- the second fewest points scored at the end of a first quarter in team history.
This version of the Boston Celtics that we've seen so far through six games can be summed up in one word - unexpected.
The Celtics have a major identity crisis through the first six games of the year. So much so, it's making Jim Carey's performance in Me, Myself, and Irene, look some what sane (arguably the most underrated Jim Carey flick).