Please assign a menu to the primary menu location under menu

BusinessCelebrityEntertainmentLifestylePoliticsSportsStyleU.S.

Marcus Smart: Could return from thumb surgery by potential Game 7

BOSTON — Celtics guard Marcus Smart engaged in shooting drills Sunday for the first time since undergoing thumb surgery last month and said he could return to action as early as the end of the first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart, wearing a new splint on his shooting hand, got up shots before Game 1 between the Celtics and Bucks, then expressed optimism about getting back on the court to help his injury-ravaged team should it hang around in the playoffs. "Today was the first day with the new splint on to actually get out here and do something. So the thumb felt well," said Smart, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on March 16. "We're on track for

Source – sports.yahoo.com

BusinessCelebrityEntertainmentLifestylePoliticsSportsStyleU.S.

Jazz can beat anyone in NBA playoffs: Jerebko

2018-04-14T201453Z_1_LYNXMPEE3D0TK_RTROPTP_2_BASKETBALL-NBA-UTA-LAC

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Having made it all the way to the Eastern Conference finals with former club Boston Celtics a year ago, sharp-shooting Swede Jonas Jerebko has told Reuters his Utah Jazz team fear no-one as the NBA playoffs get under way this weekend. The Jazz burst into life in January and eventually finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 48-34 record, and they will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. It's been an exciting season and we've played our best basketball at the end of it," Jerebko said.

Source – sports.yahoo.com

BusinessCelebrityEntertainmentLifestylePoliticsSportsStyleU.S.

The key to Brown’s growth with Celtics? He points to Stevens

47e3fb6ec0f89443e711b3691461e736

Brad Stevens may seem pretty mild-mannered on the sidelines, but his players tell a different story. Brown said Stevens has never told him that he would be harder on him than some others, but what they have is an unspoken understanding on the matter built upon respect and improvement – both in Brown's game and the Celtics' win total.

Source – sports.yahoo.com

BusinessCelebrityEntertainmentLifestylePoliticsSportsStyleU.S.

Al Horford is Celtics’ answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo

7325c25ff380bd37e5651236ebad0ccc

Brad Stevens knows, even if he had a full complement of talent available, the Celtics will need multiple players to step up their play in their first-round series against Milwaukee. Boston went into the season with a Big Three model, only to enter the postseason with one member of that talented triumvirate healthy – Al Horford. And while he is praised for his versatility to contribute in a multitude of ways, his job in this series will be to do what no one has done this season – slow down fellow All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I trust Al to guard any position because he can really move his feet, he's got great size and length, and his attention to detail is excellent," said Stevens.

Source – sports.yahoo.com