Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kyrie Irving adjusting to the 'greater good of the group' is really paying off

Riding high on a five-game winning streak, the Celtics have found success over the past two weeks, success that starts and ends with their All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Celtics 108 - Spurs 94: Kyrie Irving leads C's to fifth consecutive win

Although it took 12 tries, the Celtics finally defeated the Spurs for the first time since 2011.

Kyrie Irving shined throughout the night on both ends of the floor, leading the Celtics to a second-half rout before the Spurs pulled closer before the final buzzer for a respectable 14-point loss, 108-94.

Celtics Pregame: Marcus Morris sent to G-League for assignment

Marcus Morris, who was looking to make his regular season debut against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, has been sent for assignment to the G-League.

According to ESPN, coach Brad Stevens suggested the Celtics forward needed a "good hard practice" before playing in his first real game.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Celtics 96 - Heat 90: Kyrie Irving carries C's late, leads Boston to fourth straight win

This was the kind of performance Celtics fans have been waiting for.

With two weeks of the regular season already in the books, many questioned Kyrie Irving for being too passive, less aggressive and wondered if the pressure of increased expectations to carry a team on his back without the support of All-Star teammate Gordon Hayward was weighing down on him.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Report: Celtics granted disabled-player exception by NBA for Gordon Hayward

The NBA have granted the Celtics with an $8.4 million disabled-player exception for Gordon Hayward's leg injury.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Danny Ainge can use the DPE to sign a free agent or trade for a player in the final year of their contract by March 10 deadline.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Celtics 96 - Bucks 89: Al Horford, Kyrie Irving lead second-half surge in Milwaukee

Al Horford and Kyrie Irving spoiled the Bucks' 'Throwback Thursday' night, while leading the Celtics to a 96-89 victory. The two franchises played at the legendary UW-Milwaukee Partner Arena, formerly known as the MECCA, for the first time since 1988.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brad Stevens considers Al Horford one of the league's better defenders

While the play of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum headlined the Celtics' lopsided 110-89 victory over the Knicks Tuesday night, Brad Stevens reminded everyone just how great his team can be when it puts forth the kind of effort we saw on the defensive end.

Terry Rozier talks about having a killer mentality, KiD CuDi & his favorite Celtics rookie in exclusive 1-on-1 interview

Terry Rozier is having the best start of the regular season than he's ever had since entering the NBA two years ago.

In four games, he's averaging 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4 assists a night -- excellent numbers for a point guard entering his third year and who has now become Kyrie Irving's backup.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Causeway Street Podcast - Celtics Opening Week Recap + Gordon Hayward's Injury

The Celtics finish 1-2 in their opening week of the 2017-18 season and we talk about life after Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury for Brad Stevens and Kyrie Irving. We also discuss if Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum's roles change going forward, plus we debate ESPN's 'remix' list of the 50 Greatest Players and more, tune in below to Episode 105 of the Causeway Street Podcast

What to take away from the Celtics opening week of the regular season

The Celtics are 1-2 after their opening week (same as the Warriors, if anyone is keeping track) and with the loss of Gordon Hayward to a gruesome leg injury just five minutes into the season, it's been a challenging week for Brad Stevens to say the least.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

'Hell no,' Kyrie Irving doesn't regret exchange with fan in Philly, fined $25,000

After his brief exchange in Philadelphia with a 76ers fan went viral Friday night, Kyrie Irving showed no remorse for his lewd comments when he was asked about it at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham on Saturday.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

ESPN adds Paul Pierce to 'new' NBA's 50 Greatest Players list

It's been 20 years since the NBA came up with it's 50 greatest players list, during the 1997 All-Star game in Cleveland. Since then, there has been many debates and conversations on the 'next 10' greatest or a revised version of the original chosen few.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Celtics 102 - 76ers 92: Kyrie Irving, Shane Larkin lead 4th quarter run in first win of the season

The Celtics and 76ers entered the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia thirsty for their first win of the season Friday night and needless to say both teams turned in one of the uglier basketball games you're going to see this year.

But as the old saying goes, "a win's a win," and for a beaten and battered Celtics team, it was one they desperately needed as they topped the 76ers, 102-92 and escaped a 0-3 start to their 2017-18 campaign.

Celtics Pregame: Marcus Smart (left ankle) doubtful vs 76ers

It looks like the Celtics will be adding another player to their inactive list before facing the 76ers Friday night.

Brad Stevens reached out to Frank Vogel for advice on how to help Gordon Hayward

After undergoing surgery for the fractured tibia/dislocation of his left ankle, Gordon Hayward is in great spirits and can't wait to get started on his rehab, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

Terry Rozier has stepped into newfound Sixth-Man role

There weren't a lot of positive takeaways from the Celtics' 108-100 loss against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokunmpo had his way against the Celtics' lackluster defense, Kyrie Irving (7-of-25) and Marcus Smart (4-of-13) combined for a woeful 11-for-38 from the field and for the second consecutive night Boston blew a fourth-quarter lead. But one of the few bright spots of the evening for the Celtics came from their bench.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kyrie Irving knows it's going to take time to adjust to life without Gordon Hayward

In a league where losing one of your top players can make or break the spirit of a team, the Celtics are learning that lesson the hard way.

Agent says it's 'unlikely' Gordon Hayward returns this season

After Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair his left ankle Wednesday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that it's unlikely the All-Star forward will be returning to the floor this season, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bucks 108 - Celtics 100: Giannis Antetokounmpo's monster night, Bucks spoil Celtics Home Opener

There are only a handful of players in the NBA that can impact the outcome of a game from start to finish and on Tuesday night the Celtics faced off against one of them.

NBA players show their support for Gordon Hayward in wake of ankle injury

Just five minutes into his Celtics debut and Gordon Hayward was taken out on a stretcher after falling on his left ankle, while attempting to catch an alley-oop pass from teammate Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics confirmed the injury to be a dislocated left ankle, plus a fractured tibia and the All-Star forward was flown immediately back to Boston for further examination

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cavaliers 102 - Celtics 99: C's comeback falls short in face of adversity on Opening Night at Cleveland

With the distress of seeing one their own go down with a gruesome injury weighing down on them, the Celtics gathered themselves, pulled themselves up and pulled off a gutsy second-half comeback.

Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome injury in Celtics debut

Less than six minutes into his Celtics debut, Gordon Hayward suffered one of the most gruesome injuries you'll ever see in sports.

Celtics Pregame: Brad Stevens explains why Jayson Tatum will debut in the his starting lineup

The Celtics' No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum is set to make his NBA debut as a member of the starting unit.

Causeway Street Podcast - Celtics Season Preview & Predictions

On this edition, we preview the 2017-18 Celtics with guest Christian Arcand of Dirty Water Media. We make our regular season predictions and look ahead to opening week in the NBA, plus talk headlines around league, tune in to episode 104 of the Causeway Street Podcast below.

Expect Celtics offense to rely heavily on 3-point shooting

Throughout his tenure in Boston, Brad Stevens has rarely ever discouraged his players from taking the 3-point shot.

Kyrie Irving is excited for Opening Night, tired of being asked, 'Why did you want to leave Cleveland?'

Less than eight hours before his Celtics debut against his former team, Kyrie Irving was asked the same two questions he's been trying to avoid since he was sent to Boston.

'Why did you want out of Cleveland?' and 'What happened between you and LeBron James?'

Celtics 2017-18 Season Predictions

Another NBA season is upon us and we on Causeway Street have your 2017-18 Celtics covered with our annual preview and predictions.

Here's our roundtable results on the Celtics outlook before the NBA season tips-off tonight between Boston and Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wyc Grousbeck on Isaiah Thomas interview: 'It's an understandable reaction from a true champion'

Thursday night was the Shamrock Foundation's annual Tip-Off Gala and while Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was on deck answering questions about the upcoming season, the subject of Isaiah Thomas' comments about Danny Ainge were brought up by the Boston media.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Danny Ainge on Isaiah Thomas' comments: 'I understand his sentiments, he was a great Celtic'

Cavaliers All-Star Isaiah Thomas didn't hold back in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, when it came to how he felt about being traded from the Celtics in August.

From going as far as saying he should have not played during the Celtics postseason run to the Eastern Conferance Finals (due to his injured hip) to stating that he would not be speaking to Danny Ainge ever again.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Celtics beat the Hornets 108-100 to wrap up preseason undefeated

The All-Star trio of Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford proved why they'll be the ones to set the example for their teammates, after leading the Celtics to a 108-100 preseason finale victory over the Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Wednesday night.

Isaiah Thomas: 'I might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again'

Former Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas is still coming to grips with the summer blockbuster deal that landed him in Cleveland.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, Thomas revealed that he may not ever talk to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge again, and that he shouldn't have played a single game of the postseason.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Celtics yet to reach out to Marcus Smart on possible contract extension

Marcus Smart is entering year four of his rookie deal and while he is currently the longest tenured Celtic, the veteran guard will like to remain in Boston, long-term.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Smart informed him on Monday that his agent, Happy Walters, has yet to hear from the Celtics front office on a possible contract extension.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier duo lead short-handed Celtics to win over Philly

The Celtics are confident that they are equipped with the kind of roster depth that can impact a game whenever an opportunity presents itself.

That opportunity came Monday night when Brad Stevens elected to sit Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford. Against a Philadelphia 76ers team playing without Joel Embiid and J.J. Reddick, the young Celtics impressively controlled the game from start to finish.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Causeway Street Podcast - Eastern Conference Preview + Celtics Preseason

We preview the Eastern Conference with our guest Zach Peloquin. Outside of Cleveland and Boston, which other teams have a chance to make some noise in the weak East? Plus we discuss the start of Celtics preseason. Will Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford gel quicker than most think? Will the second unit be strong enough when the real games begin? Tune in below to episode 103 of the Causeway Street Podcast

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kyrie Irving leads Celtics to 110-102 win over Sixers

The Celtics are now 2-0 in preseason play after pulling away from the Philadelphia Sixers in the second half, for a 110-102 win at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including going 5-7 from behind the arc for the Celtics first road victory.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Marcus & Markieff Morris found not guilty in aggravated assault trial

Celtics forward Marcus Morris and twin brother Markieff were found not guilty of aggravated assault charges in a Maricopa County District Court in Phoenix, Arizona.

Former USC football Gerald Bowman, who was arrested in connection to the night in question back in 2015, was also found not guilty.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward make debuts in 94-82 preseason win over the Hornets

For most Celtics fans, Monday night wasn't an ordinary preseason game.

It was the first-look at their revamped team and the anticipation was high as Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and nine of their teammates donned their new uniforms for the first time on the parquet.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Al Horford ready to take leadership role for the Celtics

If you haven't heard yet, the Celtics only have four players returning from the 2016-17 roster that won 53 games and made it to the Eastern Conferance Finals.

Al Horford is the only remaining starter from a season ago and at 31, he is the elder-statesman on a Celtics team where the average age is 24 years old.