Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Markelle Fultz isn't hiding the fact that he hopes the Celtics select him at No. 1 in next month's NBA draft. In fact, it would be a dream come true.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
We discuss the 2016-17 Celtics after falling to the Cavaliers 4-1 in the ECF, should this season be considered successful? Zach Peloquin joins us to breakdown what's next for Danny Ainge after an MVP caliber year for Isaiah Thomas and the addition of veteran All-Star Al Horford. Plus we talk about the potential of Markelle Fultz being drafted as the No. 1 overall pick next month and make predictions as we preview the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland. Click below to enjoy Episode 87 of the Causeway Street Podcast
Sunday, May 28, 2017
It's been a few days now since the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Celtics from the Eastern Conferance Finals and though the 2016-17 season didn't end the way most wanted it to, you can't help but think that this team exceeded all expectations and then some.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
As the Celtics playoff run concluded on Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and exit interviews were conducted on Friday afternoon, the offseason is officially underway for Danny Ainge. Here are some decisions that the C's president of basketball operations will have to consider at some point this summer
Friday, May 26, 2017
Isaiah Thomas says he's waiting for the swelling in his right hip to subside before making any decisions on how to rehab the injury, but also mentioned that surgery at this point in time is not a top option.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading back to the NBA Finals for the third straight season, while LeBron James is making his seventh consecutive trip to the big dance after eliminating the Celtics from the postseason in a 135-102 Game 5 victory at the TD Garden on Thursday night.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed on Thursday that Lonzo Ball's camp informed the C's that he will not work out with them before next month's NBA Draft.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves one win away from a third straight trip to the NBA Finals and another showdown with the Golden State Warriors after a comeback win in Game 4 over the Celtics. The series is now 3-1 heading back to Boston and the TD Garden for a potential close out game.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cavaliers 112 - Celtics 99: Kyrie Irving's 42 points too much for C's to overcome [CLE, lead series 3-1]
The Celtics had a golden opportunity on Tuesday to even up the Eastern Conferance Finals at 2-2 after an impressive Game 3 win at Quicken Loans Arena. After leading for most of the night in Game 4, Boston had no answers for Kyrie Irving as he poured in 42 points to help the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in this best-of-seven matchup
After the most lopsided, 44-point loss for the Celtics in Game 2, they turn around and take Game 3, on the road after an historic 21-point comeback to stay alive in the Eastern Conference Finals. Zach Peloquin joins the show once again to breakdown the C's offense without Isaiah Thomas, and what needs to happen going forward to keep it competitive against the NBA champs. Plus we debate why LeBron James is still not considered 'the greatest of all time' especially after the Cavs gave up their huge lead on Sunday. Click below to enjoy Episode 86 of the Causeway Street Podcast
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Celtics 111 - Cavaliers 108: Avery Bradley hits game winner in C's 21-point comeback [CLE lead series, 2-1]
Just when most thought all hope was lost, that little thing called Celtic pride revealed itself on the way to a victory in the Eastern Conferance Finals that for all purposes, was not suppose to happen, especially on the road against the defending NBA champs.
Such was the case on Sunday night when Avery Bradley hit a game winning 3-pointer to cap-off a 21-point comeback, in a 111-108 Celtics' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Already down 2-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it seems things couldn't get any worse for the Celtics, especially after an historic blow out loss in Game 2, until the team announced late Saturday afternoon that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the postseason with a hip-injury.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Isaiah Thomas has been rewarded after having one of the best individual seasons in Celtics history during the 2016-17 campaign. The two-time All-Star was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday, marking it the first All-NBA nod of his career.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Has any team in NBA history enjoyed a three-day span the way the Celtics have?
After beating the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals on Monday, they landed the No. 1 pick on Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.
Now tonight Boston will host Game 1 of the Conference Finals (first time since 2012) against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Celtics have reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012 after beating the Washington Wizards in seven games. Zach Peloquin joins us to recap the semifinals and preview LeBron James, the Cavaliers and does Boston have a shot to pull off an upset. Plus we react to the Celtics winning the NBA Draft Lottery by landing the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1966. We'll also talk headlines from around the league, you don't want to miss Episode 85 of the Causeway Street Podcast below:
It wasn't luck (maybe a little) or a dream, the Celtics landed the No. 1 pick during the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night in New York.
Boston earned the best odds (25-percent) to grab the No. 1 pick by via the Brooklyn Nets (finished with the worst record in the league at 20-62) in a trade that Danny Ainge orchestrated in 2013, sending the franchise player; Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in return for three-first round picks, including the right to swap picks in this year's draft and in 2018.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Boston Celtics are on their way to Eastern Conferance Finals for the first time since 2012, after beating the Washington Wizards in seven-games on Monday night.
But before they square off against the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers, history could be made in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery as the C's could end up the first team ever to hold the number one pick as the No. one seed in the same year.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Celtics 115 - Wizards 105: Isaiah Thomas, Kelly Olynyk push C's to knock off the Wiz in Game 7 [BOS wins series, 4-3]
It's on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
For a series filled with unexpected turns, Game 7 did not disappoint.
Celtics enter their first Game 7 since 2012 as they take on the Wizards one last time this season. They look to advance to the Eastern Conferance Finals against the Cavaliers. We recap Game 6 and what needs to happen in order for Boston to win the series, plus we debate who has been the better player Isaiah Thomas or John Wall? We'll also take a trip around the NBA and talk the latest headlines
Click below to enjoy Episode 84 of the Causeway Street Podcast
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Celtics and Wizards are all tied up 3-3 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series and we've all witnessed a fair share of drama so far over the last two weeks. So the NBA decided to add some more spice by releasing their now famous "Last Two Minute Report" acknowledging yet another error.
Friday, May 12, 2017
The Celtics had the game in their hands in final minutes of Game 6 before John Wall and the Wizards snatched it right out to force a winner-takes-all Game 7 at TD Garden.
Wall tied the series with a dramatic game-winning 3-pointer, topping the Celtics, 92-91.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
In classic Ray Allen fashion the all-time 3-point king has decided not respond to his former Boston Celtics teammates.
Monday night Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen 'Big Baby' Davis appeared on Kevin Garnett's Area-21 on TNT. Members of the 2008 NBA championship team expressed how they felt about Allen taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Heat in the summer of 2012.
With the city of Boston and their sports fans dealing with being called 'racist,' a label that they can't seem to shake these days. In light of Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Adam Jones being called the N-word at Fenway Park last week, it didn't come as a surprise to see some backlash from national media outlets about how fans behaved at another home stadium.
Celtics fans at the TD Garden welcomed Wizards forward Kelly Oubre with a few chants during Game 5 on Wednesday night, though none were racial, more than most would still consider them inappropriate.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Celtics 123 - Wizards 101: Avery Bradley, Al Horford lead C's past Wizards in pivotal Game 5 victory [BOS leads series, 3-2]
After taking two consecutive beatings in Washington, the Celtics finally hit back and did it with a vengeance.
From the jump, the Celtics were in control -- smacking the Wizards in the mouth with a 16-4 run and never looking back as they demolished Washington, 123-101 at TD Garden and grabbed a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
After an investigation, the NBA has fined Isaiah Thomas for his exchange with a Wizards fan in the second half of Game 3 in Washington.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Isaiah Thomas on Draymond Green's comments about Kelly Olynyk: 'Don't know how he can call anybody dirty'
Isaiah Thomas defended his teammate Kelly Olynyk on Tuesday after Olynyk was called a dirty player by Warriors forward Draymond Green, and Green wasted very little time before responding to the Celtics All-Star guard.
Green, who was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals for kicking an opponent's genitalia one too many times, spoke about Olynyk's play against Kelly Oubre Jr. in Thursday's Game 3 in Washington on his Dray Day podcast.
It's no secret some members of the 2008 championship Celtics are still not happy with Ray Allen and his decision to take his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2012.
Monday night on TNT's Area-21, the message couldn't have been more clear when Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis joined Kevin Garnett to talk about a plethora of topics including why their former teammate Ray Allen was not invited on set or to 10-year a reunion happening later this year?
Monday, May 8, 2017
Avery Bradley just can't catch a break this season, he has injured his hip for the second time in less than a week.
The Celtics guard suffered a left-hip pointer in Sunday's Game 4 loss while running into a Marcin Gortat screen before the Wizards tied the best-of-seven semifinals series, 2-2. It remains unclear if Bradley will play limited minutes in Game 5 on Wednesday at the TD Garden.
The Washington Wizards celebrated their Game 4 victory over the Celtics at the Verizon Center on Sunday night, after they outscored Boston 42-20 in the third quarter, including a six-minute 26-0 run and held Isaiah Thomas to only two points in the second half.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Wizards 121 - Celtics 102: Bradley Beal, John Wall lead 26-0 Wizards run en route to a blowout [Series tied, 2-2]
It's not every game you see a 26-0 run, but when you do witness it it's as demoralizing as can be for a team and chances are it will decide the outcome of the contest.
The Celtics were on the wrong end of that 26-0 run that came in the third quarter and it deflated them as the Wizards won Game 4, 121-102, knotting the series at two games apiece.
Celtics Pregame: Brad Stevens believes Celtics need to simply play harder, Amir Johnson will start in Game 4
The Wizards played with a lot of effort in Game 3, they played harder than the Celtics and it was the best Brad Stevens has seen from Washington throughout their best-of-7 series.
When asked why the Wizards were able to get out to such a large lead in Thursday's 116-89 loss at the Verizon Center Stevens pointed to Washington's hustle while reminding the media that the C's are facing a very good team.
Celtics guard Terry Rozier said he isn't going to get into another altercation with veteran guard Brandon Jennings in Game 4. He's learned his lesson.
Rozier and Jennings were both ejected in the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Thursday after the two couldn't stop jawing at each other and were eventually handed a pair of technical fouls.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Wizards hand the Celtics a whooping in Game 3, we recap what went wrong as Boston still leads the series 2-1. Tim Tunis joins us of SportsBlog.com to preview Game 4 and our own Josue Pavón checks-in from D.C. to further discuss this matchup. Plus we'll take you around the NBA with the latest headlines. Click below to enjoy Episode 82 of the Causeway Street Podcast
After the NBA handed down a one-game suspension to Kelly Oubre Jr. for his Flagrant-2 foul on Kelly Olynyk, most of the Celtics players weren't surprised by the decision but admitted they had other things on their minds.
Although Isaiah Thomas agrees with the league's decision to suspend Oubre Jr. for Game 4, he says Washington's back up forward is the least of his worries.
Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre has been suspended for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics. The NBA announced on Saturday, two days after his Game 3 ejection for shoving Kelly Olynyk in their blowout win at the Verizon Center.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Head coach Scott Brooks didn't agree with Kelly Oubre's reaction to Kelly Olynyk's hard screen, but says he understands why Oubre did it.
Brooks and his Wizards expressed their frustration with the Celtics' physicality after Game 3, and say it's something they've been dealing with the entire series.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
After falling behind 2-0, the Wizards demonstrated how tough they can be when they're able to slow down the Celtics' best player.
With the possibility of falling into a 3-0 hole, John Wall and the Wizards rose to the occasion and ran the Celtics out of their building en route to a 116-89 Game 3 blowout and are now one game away from tying the series.
With the Celtics up 2-0 over the Wizards, the series now heads to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
After a knocked out tooth (Isaiah Thomas), bloody nose (Otto Porter), a sprained ankle (Markieff 'Not Marcus' Morris). You can add a hip injury to Avery Bradley to the list of physical ailments between these two Eastern Conferance rivals after just two games.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
For so many decades there has been no love lost between Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers fans. Even today there is still a certain level of hatred between both franchises.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Celtics 129 - Wizards 119 [OT]: Isaiah Thomas (53 points) carries C's past John Wall, Wizards [BOS leads 2-0]
It was an instant classic.
A duel between Isaiah Thomas and John Wall. And when the dust settled, Thomas and the Celtics reigned victorious.
Isaiah Thomas did not participate in practice on Monday after getting his tooth knocked out in the Celtics Game 1 win over the Wizards. The All-Star point guard had dental surgery done to repair the damage caused by Otto Porter's elbow.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Clippers forward Paul Pierce made his curtain call on his NBA career at the Staples Center in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz. Utah won 104-91 and will advance to the Western Conferance semifinals.