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  1. Report: Teams reaching out to Celtics about Brandon Bass

    Feb 10, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Boston is expected to be an active team at the trade deadline — they are a franchise looking ahead to the draft and rebuilding, plus they have some assets that are attractive to other teams. Brandon Bass is apparently at the top of that list. The veteran big man is generating a lot of calls…

  2. Rajon Rondo tweet hints he will return Friday vs. Lakers… in a very Rondo way

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

    We passed along a report last week that said Boston’s Rajon Rondo was targeting a return Jan. 17 — this Friday against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com also said that date was the goal. Rondo basically confirmed that on twitter Monday night — but in a very Rondo way. 29,233,380…

  3. Report: Rajon Rondo plans return Jan. 17 against Lakers

    Jan 10, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Boston is 13-23 this season and has been a solid defensive team — signs that Brad Stevens can coach at the NBA level (Brandon Bass told PBT he was impressed with the young mentor). The question has been: How good will the Celtics be with Rajon Rondo in the lineup? We may find out sooner…

  4. Whether with Celtics or youth and fitness, Brandon Bass is trying to lead by example

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    It’s a tough year in Boston. Players are fighting through snow banks to get to a practice facility or games, but once inside it doesn’t feel a lot warmer. They are part of a 13-22 team that has lost eight of nine and as of today wouldn’t even make the playoffs is a sad Eastern…

  5. PBT Podcast: Talking Bynum/Deng trade, plus an interview with Brandon Bass

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    We’re baaaaaaack. After taking some time off during the holidays Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio and I are back with the latest PBT Podcast and we discuss the topic of the day — the Andrew Bynum for Luol Deng trade and what that means for both the Bulls and the Cavaliers going forward. Then, after…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  7. Reports: Houston Rockets pull out of Asik trade talks, will keep him for now

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik may not like it, but he’s staying a Rocket for now. Probably. After weeks of talks — not to mention media and fan speculation — Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey has looked at the trade market for Asik and decided it’s not good enough. The Rockets have pulled out of all Asik trade talks…

  8. Report: Celtics may be frontrunners for Asik; would move Bass, Lee, pick

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Houston’s Omer Asik is going to get traded Thursday. Not Wednesday —deals are still being hammered out. Not Friday — anyone acquired this day or later can’t be traded again at the February trade deadline in a combined deal with other teammates. It will happen Thursday. It looks more and more like the Celtics will…

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

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

    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…

  15. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 13, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 1, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 13, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    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…

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