Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hawks 104 - Celtics 92: C's season comes to an end in six games [ATL wins series 4-2]


The Celtics on the brink of elimination after suffering the worst playoff lost in franchise history just 48 hours prior in Game 5 against Atlanta, dug themselves into another hole at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

This time around there was no heroic comeback or another game to play, only a 'wait til next year,' as the C's season came to an end at the hands of the Hawks in a 104-92 Game 6 loss.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Isaiah Thomas on Game 6: 'Other guys have to step up and make plays, that's what it comes down to'


In Game 5 against the Hawks, Isaiah Thomas saw something he'd never seen before -- not since his high school playing days in Tacoma, Washington.

Brad Stevens was still hopeful in 4th Quarter of Game 5: 'I've seen just enough crazy stuff to think that'


Not even a 29-point deficit could put fear into Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hawks 110 - Celtics 83: Hawks win in a blowout, push C's to the brink of elimination [ATL lead series 3-2]



For the third game of the series, the Hawks outplayed the Celtics on their home floor -- only this time they did it in a blowout fashion as they eclipsed their opponent by 27 points and soared to a 3-2 lead in their best-of-7 series.

Brad Stevens Finishes 6th in Coach of the Year. Wait...HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?



When Avery Bradley finished 4th in Defensive Player of the Year, Celtics fans were for the most part pleasantly surprised. When Evan Turner finished sixth place for 6th Man of the Year, some argued he was snubbed but there wasn't any real uproar. I was furious when Jae Crowder dropped to 6th in Most Improved Player, but still just chopped it up to stupid NBA media types.

CWS Podcast - C's rebound in Games 3 & 4


After being down 2-0 to the Hawks, the Celtics respond in Games 3 & 4 back in Boston to even their best of seven series 2-2. We recap one of the best weekends in C's playoff history as Brad Stevens tweaked his starting lineup while Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart had career postseason performances in each win. We also preview Game 5 down in Atlanta, and does Jae Crowder need to score in order to get a win on the road? Plus we take a trip around the NBA as two key injuries could change the overall landscape out West going forward. All of this and much more in this episode of the Causeway Street Podcast. Take a listen below:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Celtics 104 - Hawks 95 (OT): C's even series at 2 behind Thomas' 28 points [Series Tied 2-2]


Isaiah Thomas followed up his career-high 42-point performance in a Game 3 Celtics win, with a 28-point night in Game 4 to lead the C's to a 104-95 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks, and tied this best-of-seven first round series at two-games a piece.

Hawks vs Celtics Game 4 Preview - Three Keys to a C's Victory


The Celtics are in another must-win game to stay in the series with the Atlanta Hawks. After dropping the first two games on the road, everyone knows it is imperative to win the next two on your home court. If the Celtics don't win tonight, coming back from a 3-1 deficit will be extremely difficult.

Jae Crowder visits Celtics practice facility for 1 A.M. workout


Disappointed in his shooting, Jae Crowder headed to the team's practice facility for a late-night shooting session after Friday's Game 3 victory over the Hawks.

Marcus Smart fined for flopping



This is why NBA officials do not like Marcus Smart.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Isaiah Thomas avoids suspension, 'It was the right call'

Curtis Compton (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics dodged a bullet on Saturday when the NBA decided they will not be suspending Thomas for his hit on Dennis Schroder in the first half of Game 3 on Friday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pre-Game 3 Party Event


Heading to the TD Garden this Friday when the Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks? Stop in the Causeway Restaurant & Bar for the official Pre-Game Party with the Causeway Street Podcast! Come grab some drinks, good food and hang-out with us while we preview Game 3 during our Live broadcast. Click on the Facebook link below for full details on our event.

CWS Podcast - C's Recap of First Two-Games


The Celtics look to return home and even up their first round series with the Atlanta Hawks after going down 2-0 in the first two games. In this special Playoff episode of the Causeway Street Podcast, we discuss what has gone wrong for Boston thus far, and what needs to change going forward. Plus we talk about our Pre-Game 3 Party at the Causeway Restaurant & Bar in front of the TD Garden on Friday before tip-off, tune in below...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Should Brad Stevens Move Jae Crowder to the Bench?


Before I go on, I will totally admit this upfront -- this is such a panic move.

However, Brad Stevens needs to make a move to shake things up, and it is time for Jae Crowder to move to the bench. I say this as one of the biggest Crowder advocates in the Greater Boston area but something needs to change.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hawks 89 - Celtics 72: C's fail to even series in Game 2 [ATL leads 2-0]


The Celtics came out flat against the Hawks in a much needed win on Tuesday night despite not having Avery Bradley or Kelly Olynyk in their lineup.

Atlanta jumped out to a 24-3 run in the first seven minutes of the first quarter and it was all downhill for Boston. The Hawks cruised to a 89-72 Game 2 win at Philips Arena to go up 2-0 in this opening round of the NBA Playoffs.

Hawks vs Celtics Game 2 Preview



There are still a handful of questions surrounding the Celtics as they head into Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Evan Turner finishes 5th in Sixth Man Voting


Today the NBA announced that Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, becoming the first three-time winner in league history.

Monday, April 18, 2016

NBA admits officials botched three calls against Celtics in Game 1



In a game where the Hawks slid past the Celtics in a 102-101 win, every play in the final minutes of the fourth quarter can dictate the outcome.

Stevens tells Terry Rozier 'Just be ready [for Game 2]'

(Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

In light of the devastating news in regards to Avery Bradley's injury, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has instilled Bill Belichick's "next man up" mantra and will rely on his youngest players before Game 2 on Tuesday.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Avery Bradley 'doubtful' for the rest of series


Celtics guard Avery Bradley could be unavailable for the rest of the first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

According to C's coach Brad Stevens, his starting two-guard and best perimeter defender is "very unlikely" to play for the foreseeable future after suffering a strained right hamstring in Game 1.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hawks 102 - Celtics 101: Hawks survive 19-point comeback, squeeze out victory [ATL leads series 1-0]



After erasing a 19-point deficit, the Celtics came up short in the final minutes against the Hawks as Atlanta prevailed in a 102-101 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

2016 NBA Playoff Predictions


Once again it's that time of year when the real NBA season starts, and if the last two years have been an indication of how great the postseason has been, then we should be in for a treat. Here on Causeway Street, we've made our predictions on who will come out of the East and West, plus who will be the recipients of this season's awards

Friday, April 15, 2016

Five Reasons Why The Boston Celtics Win in Five Games



There is an overwhelming agreement among NBA reporters, analysts, and experts that the first round match up between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks will go the distance. If you've been following the analysis, it looks like there is no way these two teams that ended with the exact same record at the end of 82 games won't play out the full string of seven games.

CWS Podcast - Celtics Playoff Preview


In this first 'Live' episode of the Causeway Street Podcast, we preview the Celtics and Hawks matchup in the first round of the Playoffs. ESPN radio and WEEI's Chris Villiani stops by to breakdown the fourth vs fifth seed, as the series begins in Atlanta this weekend. Plus a debate on what was the better story between the Warriors winning 73-games and Kobe scoring 60-points in the last game of his career, in what some say was possibly the best overall night in NBA history. Tune in as we also have a major announcement regarding Game 3 in Boston!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celtics 98 - Heat 88: C's clinch fifth seed despite a 26-point comeback win over Miami


With home-court advantage on the line for both the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, the atmosphere at the TD Garden was reminiscent of the old rivalry between these two teams not that long ago.

Celtics look to 'control' playoff destiny


The Boston Celtics at 47-34, are tied with the Charlotte Hornets for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. Despite owning the tie-breaker, the C's were also tied for third place just five-days prior, where it seemed like they were in control of their playoff destiny.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hornets 114 - Celtics 100: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte blow past C's



In a game with playoff implications for both teams on the line, the Hornets dominated the Celtics en route to a 114-100 win at TD Garden on Wednesday.

CWS Podcast - C's Playoff Position Battle


Celtics blow a huge opportunity to grab the third seed in Atlanta, now with two games remaining on their schedule against two possible first round opponents (Charlotte, Miami), will the C's be able to obtain home court advantage? We talk to guest Christian Arcand of ESPN radio and WEEI about the C's chances in the postseason. Plus our free agent of the week, and news around the NBA before we gear up for the playoffs on this episode of the Causeway Street Podcast, enjoy.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hawks 118 - Celtics 107 - C's Stumble in a Battle For the Third Seed




The Celtics suffered a huge blow to their hopes of grabbing the third seed in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture last night, in a 118-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Celtics 104 - Pelicans 97: C's outlast Pelicans, tie Hawks for third seed



Trap game or not, the Celtics needed to beat the undermanned Pelicans in order to stay afloat in the upper tier of the Eastern Conference and even though they won -- it sure wasn't pretty.

CWS Podcast - Celtics heading back to the postseason


After a rough start to their five-game West coast swing, the Celtics clinch a postseason berth while finishing up strong (3-2), including huge wins against the Warriors (their first loss at home all season) and the Lakers in Kobe's final game against his East coast rivals. We discuss the significance of playing without Jae Crowder in the lineup, and debate on whether Marcus Smart has improved from his rookie season. Plus we weigh in on our Free Agent of the Week, and talk KB24's legacy. All of this and much more in this jam packed episode of the Causeway Street Podcast. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Five Things we learned about the Celtics' road trip


The Boston Celtics are playoff bound and at 45-32, they currently own the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference after coming off a season-high five-game road trip, where they finished 3-2. Brad Stevens has his team rolling despite having his full roster available only once in the last week in a half during the swing, but nonetheless it was a successful expedition out in the wild west.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Evan Turner suffers 'right eye abrasion'


After abruptly exiting the game in the final minute of the Celtics' 107-100 win over the Lakers on Sunday, Evan Turner's status for Wednesday game against the Pelicans is still uncertain.

Celtics 107 - Lakers 100: C's beat L.A., clinch playoff spot despite Kobe dropping 34


It was less than 48 hours ago that the Celtics upset the NBA champion Warriors and shocked the basketball world. Sunday night was not only a game to avenge a Lakers' loss from three months ago, but to also give a proper send off to one of game's best in Kobe Bryant the best way possible...with a loss.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Celtics Vs Lakers: 20-years of Kobe Bryant



It was a storybook ending at the TD Garden back in December as Kobe Bryant's dagger 3-ball with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter to put his Lakers up for good also proved to be the game winner over the Celtics in his final appearance in Boston.

"I just can't believe this is the last time I'm gonna be here," number 24 recalled back in December. "It seems like just yesterday we were playing in the Finals here."

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Celtics 109 - Warriors 106: C's snap Golden State's 54-game home winning streak


If only for one night the Celtics could play a near-perfect game against the un-beatable Warriors on their home floor.

If only for one night the basketball world would be talking about another team not named Golden State.

If only for one night...

Friday was that night, as Boston came into the Oracle Arena and snapped the mighty Warriors' 54-game home winning streak with a 109-106 victory on a nationally televised stage.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Trail Blazers 116 - Celtics 109: C's drop two in row, fall to sixth


The Celtics entered the Moda Center with a 'must-win' attitude and their starting small forward back in the lineup after missing eight games.

What Boston didn't expect were for two of the Trail Blazers' widely veterans to lead Portland to a 116-109 victory and handed them their second straight road lost.