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Boston Celtics’ Ups and Downs – Week 7

Just three games, all of which were in Boston, made a light week for the Celtics. A Monday night loss to Detroit, the second best team in the Eastern Conference, started the week on a sour note. The Celtics bounced back with two wins over the 76ers and Suns later in the week. Losses are starting to pop up more frequently for the C’s, but they are still beating the teams that they are supposed to beat. Let’s take a look at the Ups/Downs from Week 7 of Celtics basketball! The Ups Marcus Smart Is Finding His Form Smart...

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Boston Celtics’ Ups and Downs – Week 6

Week six of the NBA season was a busy one for the Celtics. A four-game week saw another impressive come-from-behind win in Dallas, a gritty victory on the road in Indiana with a depleted roster, and the unfortunate end to one of the more improbable win streaks in the league. The Celtics have bounced back from the end of the streak with two straight wins, but they need to clean some things up if they want to start another winning streak. Let’s jump in and check out the Ups/Downs! The Ups Aggressive Al Is Not so Average Al Horford’s...

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Celtics’ Offense Catches Fire in Blowout Win over Orlando

Despite the recently ended 16-game winning streak, the Celtics have not been a good offensive team. Their defense is the talk of the town, while their offense has been just good enough to get by. But last night, the Celtics fixed some of the problems that had been ailing them over the past few games. Boston got off to a fast start, got back to moving the ball, and were able to get open shots that actually dropped. It also didn’t hurt that they played the Magic, a team they have dominated at home in recent times. The Celtics...

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What Can We Take Away from the Celtics’ Win over the Warriors?

For what seems like the third or fourth time already this season, the Boston Celtics have a signature win. In a early season marquee match-up against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Celtics validated their winning streak in a big way. They silenced critics who discounted their streak based on their opponents and showed that their defense is not to be messed with. With all that said, this was still a regular season game in November, not a championship game. So what can we take away from this game? Let’s walk through each factor that lead to the...

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Boston Celtics Ups and Downs – Week 4

Is anybody getting a bit bored with the Celtics racking up all of these wins? No? Nobody’s over it? Oh, alright cool me either. Another week, another perfect 4-0 record. Boston has now won 12 straight games, a streak twice as long as that of any other team this season. There were many ups this week, but unlike previous weeks, there were some things to be concerned about too. Let’s dive in, and check out all the Ups and Downs of last week’s Celtics action! The Ups Jayson Tatum Has the Clutch Gene Tatum is now an integral part...

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The Celtics Have A Big Man Problem In the Best Way Possible

The Celtics have had to rely on their depth more than expected early this season. Players who, in all honesty, shouldn’t even be seeing the floor, are getting extended minutes. So far it’s working. The Celtics own the league’s best record at 10-2, and are currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Would you like to know why? It’s not Kyrie or Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown, although they all have been spectacular thus far. The Celtics are winning because of their rugged group of big men. The depth of Boston’s front court, and their ability to contribute, has been...

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Boston Celtics Ups and Downs – Week 3

Another week, another handful of wins for the Boston Celtics. A blowout against the Kings, an 18-point comeback on the road against OKC, and the first win against San Antonio during the Brad Stevens Era highlighted a perfect 4-0 week. Kyrie was amazing, Al Horford was a force on both ends of the floor, and Marcus Morris made his team debut. Let’s take a look at all the Ups and Downs from last week’s Celtics action! THE UPS Kyrie Irving Dazzles Kyrie, understandably, took some time to adjust to leading Boston. With a ton of new, young players around...

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The Celtics Have Their Signature Win

After the first half of the nationally televised matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it looked like the Celtics were cooked. This was without a doubt the toughest team they have played, and it was showing. The OKC defense was stifling the Celtics’ offense, and an 18-point halftime deficit seemed insurmountable. But in the second half, the script was flipped. Via @EliasSports, the Celtics' 18-pt comeback marks the 6th time since 2011-12 season Boston has overcome 18+ pt deficit in regular season — Celtics Stats (@Celtics_Stats) November 4, 2017 The Celtics ramped up their defensive intensity, and forced OKC...

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Boston Celtics Ups and Downs – Week 2

In modern America everyone is always busy, running around from business meetings to soccer practices and ballet recitals. With a whirlwind of activities, sometimes against your will, people can’t watch every minute of Boston Celtics basketball. That’s why I’m here. Every Monday I will run through three ups and three downs of Boston basketball from the previous week. Lets start with the Ups! The Ups Al Horford and Kyrie Irving Are Finding Their Groove The chemistry between Horford and Kyrie wasn’t there to start. After the injury to Hayward, each player had to figure out their new role within...

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The Kids Are Alright – Brown and Tatum Lead the Way

After the Gordon Hayward injury, Brad Stevens knew he would have to rely on a lot of younger players. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would have to grow up and contribute in a big way. We knew that Tatum and Brown had a chance to be great. Nobody could have predicted how quickly these two would acclimate and exceed in their new roles. The ceiling is the limit, and Stevens expects that much: Stevens on Tatum/Jaylen expectations: "They are young guys, but to us, with the situation we’re in, they’re guys." — Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 25, 2017 Brown...

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CELTICS?

In a night filled with anticipation and excitement, a 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers seemed insignificant to the Boston Celtics. The image of Gordon Hayward laying on the ground and pointing at his left ankle in shock will stick in the minds of fans across the NBA. According to many media outlets, Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle and has been flown back to Boston to undergo surgery. A timetable for his return has not been specified. It seems trivial to talk about what the team does going forward in the face of such a devastating injury, but...

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THE JAYSON TATUM ERA IS ABOUT TO BEGIN

The circumstances around the arrival of Jayson Tatum in Boston are…peculiar. The Celtics hit the jackpot with the number one pick after years of being screwed by the ping-pong balls. In a draft that was both deep, and filled with potential franchise-altering talent, Boston held the reigns. Fans could hardly contain themselves after combing through highlight clips of Markell Fultz, the presumptive top pick out of Washington. Then Danny Ainge trades the pick. The team drops down to the third pick, Fultz heads to Atlantic division rival Philadelphia, and Tatum lands in our laps. Oh how quickly things can...

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FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 BOSTON CELTICS

The Boston Celtics are officially ready for the 2017-2018 regular season. Training camp and four preseason games are in the books. Roles are being defined and the chemistry is on the rise. In honor of Zach Lowe’s annual NBA predictions column, here are five bold predictions for the upcoming Celtics season! ARON BAYNES WILL BE A MORE IMPORTANT ADDITION THAN MARCUS MORRIS Baynes has been a revelation in the preseason. Before suffering a hyperextended left knee against the 76ers, he had been a pleasant surprise for the C’s. His stats, eight points and a little over four rebounds in 14...

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TERRY ROZIER BEGS FOR MORE MINUTES

Coming into the 2017-2018 season, the Boston Celtics had a lot of uncertainty. With only four players remaining from last year’s team, the depth and chemistry were gone. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward added top-notch talent, but there were plenty of question marks, especially with the bench. Flash forward to the preseason and Terry Rozier is starting to destroy some of those question marks. Dynamic on both ends of the floor, Rozier has quickly proven to everyone that he has taken a big leap forward. In 61 preseason minutes Terry Rozier has 35 pts, 14 rebs, 10 assists, 5...

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