When the season began, the Celts were on everyone's short list to be the team in the East to finally dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition to the aforementioned Hayward (dislocated left ankle), who is not expected back this season, Boston has also lost key reserve Daniel Theis (torn meniscus, left knee) for the season. — Marcus Smart has a torn tendon in his right hand and will get a second opinionto see what are his options, if any, on how to play with the injury.
Friar Dom was born from the ashes of a dead Dalmatian. PC rode Friar of What-Ho and his successors, Friar Boy I, II, III and IV, to unprecedented success, winning two 1963 National Invitational Tournament championships on the backs of Lenny Wilkens, John Thompson and future Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. Providence College mascot Friar Dom melts faces.
As we hit this final stretch of the regular season, it's not all that unusual to see some whacky lineups riddled with unproven, inexperienced players getting major burn while the team's core players are on the bench. The Boston Celtics are going to adapt a similar strategy, but not by choice. Gordon Hayward (dislocated left ankle) remains out.
Let’s get this out of the way: The Los Angeles Lakers are now a better free-agent destination for LeBron James than the Cleveland Cavaliers. James toured through L.A. this past weekend with the Cavs, suffering losses to both the Clippers and Lakers — the latter of which wasn’t so much a stake in the heart of this debate as it was a helpful reminder — and said all the right things, as he’s done since training camp, when questions of his free agency began in earnest. Only, this season has been imploding since early December, and time could come earlier than anyone anticipated after the Cavaliers came off a third straight NBA Finals trip last June.
BOSTON — And on this day, the nickname of all nicknames around these parts was born. Paul Pierce was a young, up-and-coming star in the NBA, a small forward with a big-time knack for getting buckets in a variety of ways. Seventeen years ago on this date
Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Injury bug hits Celtics hard, focus now needs to be on getting healthy, not top seed. The Boston Celtics are 3.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the East, four games back in the loss column.
Celtics big Daniel Theis got dunked on by Domantas Sabonis yesterday. And that was apparently the last notable play of Theis’ season. Celtics: #NEBHInjuryReport: Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus and is likely out for the remainder
The Boston Celtics had some options as the trade deadline drew near, but they seemed more enamored with the buyout market. From the buyout pool, Boston could have pursued a wing scorer or a big man, both being well-established needs. Boston went with a big man in signing Greg Monroe.
Ray Allen fell out of favor with the Celtics when he signed with the Heat in 2012. His relationship with Rajon Rondo, poor already, became especially dismal. Allen said the issue stems from him trying to have Rondo stop a trade of the pair to the Suns
Now this: Marcus Smart has a torn ligament in his thumb. Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb and will be out indefinitely, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. The loss of Smart could be potentially devastating for the Celtics.