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  1. Asik trade update: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia most likely destinations

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

    Omer Asik

    This is the one thing that is certain: Omer Asik will get his wish and be traded in the next 48 hours. Houston still plans to move him by Dec. 19 — after that date and they can’t flip any of the assets they get at the trade deadline. Where he is going to land…

  2. Omer Asik trade update: Rockets have offer in place, likely to be a three-team deal

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Omer Asik

    The Rockets are determined to trade Omer Asik in the next few days, and the latest update says that the framework of a three-team deal may be already in place. Now that Dec. 15 is upon us, players who signed new contracts last summer are eligible to be dealt, and players traded before Dec. 19…

  3. James Harden with between-the-legs assist on Brandon Bass (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:17 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    As if the Celtics weren’t embarrassed enough in their 109-85 loss to the Rockets, James Harden nutmegged Brandon Bass. The recipient of the between-the-legs assist was Terrence Jones, who had 24 points on 12 shots plus pulled down 9 boards in this game — the former Kentucky star is really starting to establish himself as…

  4. Don’t look now but Celtics have won four in a row, lead Atlantic Division

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:20 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics have won four in a row, improved to .500 (4-4), and right now that is good enough to lead the Atlantic Division (tied with Philadelphia). After a 0-4 start I didn’t think I’d be writing that sentence. It certainly beats even Celtics’ fans expectations. There are things we can pick apart with…

  5. The Extra Pass: Three new faces and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    One of the best parts about the start of any season is the chance to get familiar with the new faces in the league. Guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo will get plenty of publicity, so let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few other players that are impressing in their first…

  6. Expect to see some Kris Humphries as center in Boston

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:02 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries isn’t a center but he can play the spot in a pinch — last season in Brooklyn he played 2 percent of the team’s minutes at the five (according to 82games.com). He was about average on offense, a little below average on defense, but he’s not terrible at the spot. The season before…

  7. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    Last season: For the first half of the season Boston — with veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — looked like that team everyone wants to avoid in the first round. Remember, the year before they had taken Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe this version of the Celtics wasn’t going…

  8. Jordan Crawford says Celtics teammates starting to look at him as leader. Okay then.

    Sep 13, 2013, 4:17 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto

    The Boston Celtics are Rajon Rondo’s team now. Well, unless they trade him, but heading into camp this is unquestionably Rondo’s team. However, if he’s not back at the start of the season (we have no timeline) then others may have to step up. There are respected veterans in that locker room such as Brandon…

  9. Brad Stevens was a smart hire for Boston… if they really are rebuilding

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

    Brad Stevens

    I like this hire. Boston made a smart move. Brad Stevens was a coach on the rise, something a lot of people recognized around basketball. He used the principles of advanced statistics and a focus on defense to win at least 22 games a year at Butler and become one of the hottest coaches in…

  10. Celtics forced Game 5, but can they really win it?

    May 1, 2013, 2:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks Anthony reacts after a foul was called during NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    J.R. Smith said that if he had played in Game 4, this series would have been a sweep. Argue that if you want — quantum physics tells us there are alternate universes where he plays and the Knicks both and lose. We all care about this timeline, where Smith is back for Game 5 at…

  11. Boston lives to see another day, beat Knicks to force Game 5

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Terry celebrates game winning shot against New York Knicks during overtime NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    What was it going to take for the Celtics to beat the Knicks in games this series? 1) A strong defense that contained a powerful Knicks offense. Like holding them to 34.4 percent shooting. Check. 2) Not letting Carmelo Anthony take over a game, force him into inefficient isolation shots. Such as 10-of-35 shooting. Check.…

  12. Do Celtics have one complete game in them? More likely Knicks break out brooms Sunday.

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    How many times have we seen this the last couple games of the Boston/New York series: The Celtics set their defense and for the first 15-17 seconds of the clock the clog everything the Knicks want to do. Their on-ball defenders are in the Knicks faces, their defensive rotations are sharp, there are no good…

  13. Celtics win three quarters, Knicks own fourth to take Game 1

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Basketball is about how you adapt and how you finish. The first 24 minutes Saturday’s Game 1 between Boston and New York went exactly how the Celtics want this first round series to unfold — Boston shot 53.6 overall and 4-10 from three, Jeff Green had 20 points on 10 shots, Avery Bradley had 11…

  14. Brandon Bass with monster dunk. Yes, Brandon Bass (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EST

    Boston Celtics Bass reacts after a slam dunk against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Brandon Bass has a nice midrange jumper, is dangerous on the pick-and-pop because of it, plays physically around the rim and can throw down a monster dunk. Wait, what was that? Dunk? Yes, we have the video proof. That’s just something you don’t see from Bass very often, and he makes a great face afterwards.…

  15. Jeff Green, Celtics put up fight but LeBron, Heat get another win

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:20 AM EST

    Celtics' Green drives to the basket past Heat's Haslem in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    This felt like a playoff game. Like last year’s Eastern Conference finals — it was chippy, there were some big highlights, and there was a very loud crowd fully into the game. It was a game that went down to the final seconds. And just like last year’s playoffs the Miami Heat beat the Boston…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: Do the Hawks, Lakers struggles with playoff teams matter?

    Mar 13, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada intervenes as Kobe Bryant berates Metta World Peace for committing a foul during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Jack Bauer loves danger (sorry, got sucked into a “24″ rerun the other…

  17. Report: Celtics exploring Josh Smith trade ideas (which might mean Pierce)

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:21 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    If one big name is going to move at the NBA trade deadline Thursday it is Josh Smith. The question is where — the Buck, Rockets, Spurs, Nets and… really it might be faster to list the teams that have not had contact with the Hawks about Smith. Now comes the report that the Celtics…

  18. Report: Lakers, Celtics discussed Howard for Rondo swap. Lakers deny it.

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:31 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE February 16: 2:31 am: It didn’t take long for this rumor to be shot down by one of the principles involved, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. The buzz started Friday night that the Lakers and Celtics had discussed a Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo (there would need to be other players). And before you say…

  19. It’s not pretty but Celtics will take it, rally to beat Bulls

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:23 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    You know how the last day before you go on a much-anticipated vacation you are pretty much useless at work? Your body is at the job but your mind is doing tequila shots in Cancun. That was pretty much the Bulls at the Celtics Wednesday. It’s ugly. Joan Rivers without plastic surgery ugly. This is…

  20. Report: Jared Sullinger out for rest of season with back injury

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:44 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Jared Sullinger reacts as he loses control of the ball against the Miami Heat in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Boston could not really take another punch to the gut, and they just got one. Rookie and crowd favorite Jared Sullinger is out for the rest of the season with his back injury, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports and the NBC Sports Network. He will undergo surgery on his back, confirms A. Sherrod Blakely…

  21. Boston’s offense is problem, fixes may have to come from within

    Jan 25, 2013, 12:39 PM EST

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    Boston is two games below .500 and it’s become evident this isn’t a problem isn’t gong away easily. Boston’s offense is 21st in the NBA scoring just one point per possession (100 per 100 possessions, via Hoopdata, well below the league average of 102.7). Thing is, that’s slightly better than the 98.7 the Celtics averaged…

  22. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Pacific Division)

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Yesterday, we looked at the Northwest Division. Today, we head out to the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Clippers: 32-10, 1st in Pacific Division, $440,000 short of tax Off Limits: Blake Griffin and Chris…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nuggets knock of Thunder in OT

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while taking out your frustrations in the “rage room”… Nuggets 121, Thunder 118 (OT): This was the kind of game that fans find entertaining and makes a coach cringe. Entertaining because it was close most of the way, was played at a fast…

  24. Report: Celtics positioning themselves for multi-player trade

    Jan 6, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

    Danny Ainge

    The Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and rookie Kris Joseph on Sunday, which in itself is unremarkable news. Varnado was expected to be gone before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 10, but the team parting ways with Joseph was a bit of a surprise, considering the positive view it was believed to have of the…

  25. As Celtics offense falls off map they search for an identity

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It’s been this bad — in the last 10 games the Celtics offense has averaged 96.9 points per 100 possessions (via NBA.com’s own stats), which over the course of the season would be 29th in the NBA. Barely better than what’s left of the Wizards. At the other end, Boston’s defense has been inconsistent (it…

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