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2020 NBA Finals: Celtics v. Warriors, The Almost Rematch of 2018

In 2018, The Celtics were a few minutes away from riding their surging young core past the Cleveland Cavaliers into a finals matchup with The Golden State Warriors. LeBron James would pull another triple-double to rob us of this potential matchup. Looking to 2020, we could very well see both the Celtics and Warriors square off with similar teams to what they had in 2018. via mercurynews.com Why They’ll meet in The Finals The Warriors possess a distinct advantage in that they experienced the least turnover in the Western Conference. They have essentially the same roster they had when...

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Why the Celtics need to trade Daniel Theis

In today’s NBA, every team is constantly looking for ways to improve their roster. Sometimes that means trading away a quality player in a position of surplus. The Celtics look to have four centers on their roster: Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Vincent Poirier, and Daniel Theis. With a need for cap flexibility, and only so many minutes, someone has to go. Daniel Theis, sadly, fits this profile. Here’s why: via celticswire.com Size and Skillset Daniel Theis stands at 6’8″ and has primarily provided the Celtics with solid bench scoring. Both Kanter and Poirier can also do that. The only...

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Who Makes the Leap: Jaylen or Jayson?

The Celtics had an offseason dedicated to building around the their young wing pairing. Both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will be expected to take the next step towards stardom. The real question is: Who makes that step first? Via celticslife.com The case for Jaylen Brown Jaylen Brown was the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Coming in as a typical 3-and-D wing player, he has slowly added more depth to his game. His slashing ability has improved, and he shows incredible explosiveness around the rim. His defensive versatility has made him a...

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Gordon Hayward primed for comeback season

Celtics fans have had a tumultuous relationship with Gordon Hayward. He signed a big contract two seasons ago, and has been characterized by inconsistency and injury. Some of the Celtic’s chemistry problems were attributed to Brad Stevens ‘force-feeding’ Hayward last year. It looks like Gordon Hayward is a bust as a free agent. But he is in prime position for a monster comeback season. From NBA.com No Expectations It would be fair to say we don’t expect much out of Gordon Hayward this year. The former All-Star has not lived up to expectations, and may not even start this...

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Why Robert Williams should be The Celtic’s Starting Center

All offseason long we have talked about the Boston Celtic’s options at the center position. A ragtag group of unproven player who must replace Al Horford. Enes Kanter, Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, Vincent Poirier, and Tacko Fall are their options. Here are the reasons why they should go with the man nicknamed ‘Time Lord’. Via celticsblog.com Size and Versatility When it comes to the perfect blend of size and two-way ability, Robert Williams is your guy. Standing at 6’10”, 240 lbs with a 7’6” wingspan is some impressive measurements. He combines this with shot-blocking and rebounding ability that is...

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Overall Summer League Stats for Boston Celtics’ rookies

The Boston Celtics capped their Summer League performance with a disappointing first-round exit to eventual champs the Memphis Grizzlies. Even in light of that, there are plenty of positive takeaways here. The future of the Celtics looks bright and many fans are ready to bet on the Celtics. Enhance your betting sites by signing to new bookmakers. Here are some of the stats by notable Celtics’ rookies. Via CelticsBlog.com Carsen Edwards: 19.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 45.6% 3PT shooting, 1.0 SPG Carsen Edwards continues to show his ability to score and put up big numbers. He was the Celtic’s highest...

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Celtics Summer League Hero: Carsen Edwards

The NBA Summer League has been a proving ground where rookies make their case for minutes and roles on their team. It has also been a way of second year players sharpening themselves and improving. We have seen many heroes and future stars remake themselves into their best version. As Celtics fans, we are witnessing that right now with Carsen Edwards. Via USA Today Sports An Unlikely Star Carsen Edwards was relatively unheard of until the NCAA Tournament began. He made his name by lighting up teams in March Madness, including taking out a title favorite in Tennessee. While...

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Tremont Waters: The Celtics’ diamond in the rough

The Boston Celtics continue to ride their rookies in the Summer League to a 3-0 record. They have gotten lots of surprising contributions from guys like Tacko Fall and Javonte Green. Their biggest find, however, was unheralded second-round point guard Tremont Waters. The LSU Product has shown he’s worthy of a roster spot, and the front office is very high on him as well. Waters originally comes from LSU, where he made a big impact in March Madness Where he came from Tremont Waters caught the eye of Celtics management while playing for LSU. As their starting point guard...

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How Free Agency helped the Celtics’ Chances in the East

As one of the most action-packed periods of NBA Free Agency comes to a close, the balance of power in the East has drastically shifted. Kawhi Leonard has left the Toronto Raptors, the reigning champs in the east, and they’re now playoff long-shots. The Bucks lost a key player in Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers. Jimmy Butler left Philly for sunny Miami, and the Sixers decided to go big with Al Horford. With a spreading of wealth across the league, the Boston Celtics find themselves in Eastern Conference contention once again. Via Basketworld.net All-Star for All-Star The Celtics lost...

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Celtics Summer League Preview: What’s next?

After an active and hectic first couple of days of NBA Free Agency the dust is starting to settle and we look forward to next season. But first, we have the NBA Summer League beginning on July 6th as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Much as been made of the Celtics moves to get younger this season, and the Summer League is no exception. Here’s a full preview of what to expect: Point Guards: Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, Jon Elmore, Javonte Green Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports The name that jumps out at you here is Carsen...

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Why Kemba Walker is a good signing for the Celtics

Amidst the impending decisions of big fish like Kevin Durant, players like Kemba Walker became lost in the shuffle. However, the Celtics have emerged as front runners for Walker come July 1st. Many see this as iffy, considering it would leave Boston with $1.8 Million left in cap space. I’m here to tell you why this is a great signing for the C’s. Walker averaged 25.8 points per game and 5.9 assists Fills the void at Point Guard The Celtics are watching both Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier walk out the door on Sunday. That would leave them with...

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Celtics Free Agent Profile: Malcolm Brogdon

The Celtics showed with their NBA Draft class that they were on route to building a young team with raw talent. This inadvertently resulted in the C’s freeing up about $28 million in cap space. The Celtics will most likely look for guys that will fit the timetable of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. This makes Malcolm Brogdon an ideal target for them in Free Agency. Via slamonline.com Bio Malcolm Brogdon is a point guard who stands at 6’5″, 229 pounds. He is 26 years old, and won Rookie of the Year in 2017. He has played most of...

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Evaluating The Celtic’s 2019 draft haul

The 2019 NBA Draft has come to a close, and now teams can reassess what they have before free agency starts. The Celtics participated in an assortment of trades and brought home an interesting pool of prospects and assets. Here we’ll evaluate the haul that the C’s brought home. Via cbssports.com Prospects: Romeo Langford, SG; Grant Williams, PF; Carsen Edwards, PG/SG; Tremont Waters, PG Grade: B- The Celtics draft translated from 14, 20, 22, and 51 into 14, 22, 33, 51. The talent brought in is an intriguing mix. Romeo Langford is not exactly what the Celtics needed. He’s...

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The Celtics could look drastically different in 2019-20 season

The Boston Celtics and Danny Ainge have opened up a plethora of paths this offseason. With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford set to leave the franchise, the C’s have some cap room to play with and an interesting free agent class coming up. By the end of this offseason, the Celtics will likely look drastically different than last year’s team. Returning Players: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Aron Baynes, Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, Semi Ojelaye With eight rostered players for next season, the Celtics have a solid top of the roster. Tatum, Brown, Williams, and Ojelaye...

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NBA Free Agent Profile: SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

The NBA offseason is in full effect, and this year’s free agent class is shaping up to be very diverse. A mixture of top stars and key role players, this class has all types of players at all types of prices. While the Celtics are focused on re-signing Al Horford, they also need to take a hard look at other pieces to help round out the roster. One under-the-radar prospect they should take a hard look at is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Bio Hollis-Jefferson is a former lottery pick from the University of Arizona. He stands at 6’7″, and weighs 217...

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How Klay Thompson’s injury helps the C’s sign him

Klay Thompson is the most underrated player in the entire NBA. He’s one of the best three-point shooters of all time, and one of the best defenders in the league. His unfortunate ACL injury has severely impacted his future. Most assume he’ll return to Golden State where his injury won’t affect his pay. However, Boston is secretly the best bet to sign him now. Here’s why: Via MassLIve.com The Gordon Hayward Experience Klay Thompson will miss most of next season rehabbing from his injury. Most teams aren’t comfortable with taking on that task. Boston won’t have that problem. After...

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Celtics: Is a one-year rental for Anthony Davis worth it?

With trade talks heating up, Rich Paul told SI Now that the Celtics could trade for AD, but that’d be a near-guarantee he leaves after the season. This raises the question of what AD’s worth is to the Celtics if he isn’t staying. There are many factors to consider, and we’ll look at the important ones in this article. Have One-Year rentals worked and changed? Many people like to say that, when they take a one-year rental, they can convince him to stay. Does this actually work, though? In the case of Kawhi Leonard, it certainly seems that way....

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How does Kevin Durant’s injury impact the Celtics?

I outlined in my previous article the reasons why Kevin Durant should sign with the Celtics. After his unfortunate Achilles tear last night, that seems like a lost thought. Durant’s expected recovery time is 10-18 months. However, there are plenty of ways that Durant going down drastically effects the entire NBA, and helps the C’s. No Durant most likely means no New York for Kyrie Kyrie Irving’s Free Agency decision Kyrie Irving has been linked to KD since the All-Star break. Rumors about the two joining forces have run rampant all season. Now with Kevin Durant out for the...

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Why Kevin Durant should sign with Celtics

Kevin Durant is set to be the marquee free agent this summer. With Golden State having helped him win two titles, it’s time for KD to cement his legacy elsewhere. Many believe he may be headed to Brooklyn or the Knicks to lead them to the promised land. However, the one place Durant should really go to is Boston. Here’s why; Durant and OKC blew a 3-1 lead in the 2017 WCF 1. He Needs to win somewhere else Kevin Durant is most infamous for jumping ship to the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder. KD has yet to...

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Celtics Mock Draft: C’s to bolster depth

The Boston Celtics possess four picks in this year’s NBA Draft. With most top-level prospects gone by the time the Celtics pick, this is the time to build depth. Brad Steven’s team relied too much on underperforming stars and lacked depth. This is the time for Danny Ainge to build up the C’s foundation. Picture from NBA.com 14th Overall: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina Nassir Little should be at the top of the Celtics draft board. His stock fell due to his poor 3-PT shooting at the collegiate level. However, he plays excellent defense and can attack the rim...

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NBA Draft: How the Celtics Can land the #2 Pick

The Boston Celtics are in a bit of a pinch in terms of cap space. Even with the impending departure of Kyrie Irving the C’s still have problems. Therefore, they will be forced to improve their roster in the upcoming NBA Draft. They currently hold the 14th, 20th, and 22nd picks in the first round of this year’s draft. However, this draft holds the key to the Celtics biggest hole at PG; that answer is Ja Morant. The Memphis Grizzlies, who possess the #2 pick, are slotted to take Morant but may be willing to explore trading the pick....

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Why Marcus Smart is the Celtics’ MVP

After a tumultuous season for the Celtics, we begin the offseason discussion. With a few key pieces of last season set to hit free agency, we must look at what the Celtics need to hold on to. There is no player on this team that is more valuable than Marcus Smart. While an unpopular opinion, a case can be made that Smart was the team MVP last season. Here’s why: Smart has expertly defend high-caliber players like LeBron James All-NBA Defensive First Team When you here the name Marcus Smart, you probably think of how great a defender he...

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NBA Draft: Who the C’s Should target at #14

The Celtics possesses one lottery pick, at the 14th selection this year. Most times the end of the lottery has not yielded great players in the league. However, players like Tim Hardaway and Clyde Drexler have been great value at 14 for other teams. With that note, here are 5 players the Celtics should target in this upcoming NBA Draft. Fall’s size and length could raise his stock more than some think. 5. Tacko Fall, C, UCF Tacko Fall is by no means a complete player. He still has some work to do on his game to become more...

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Celtics: 3 Ways the C’s can improve the PG position this coming season

The Boston Celtics’ up-and-down season came to a close in a 4-1 series loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Terry Rozier appeared on ESPN’ First Take to say he was leaving the Celtics because of what he sacrificed. Kyrie Irving seems to be already out the door. It is now the time we must ask what the Celtics long-term plan is at the point guard position. Believe it or not, they’re in a much better position to improve this position than you think. Celtics star Gordon Hayward is a viable ballhandler in a Brad Stevens system 1. Make Gordon Hayward...

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