For the first time since Week 10 of our rankings, the Houston Rockets have climbed back into the No. 1 spot. After back-to-back road wins against the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers, paired with a few slip-ups from the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets are rolling and have regained the top spot heading into a trade deadline week that's sure to shake things up across the NBA. Every week throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring) will rank the league's 30 teams from top to bottom, with research notes on each team provided by ESPN Stats & Information. Previous:
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. ET, and with the cutoff dead ahead teams will be looking to improve their roster or dump salary to position themselves for free agency this summer. The Celtics beat out the Pelicans for the services of Greg Monroe, signing the center to a one-year, $5 million deal. Monroe will presumably serve as the backup to Al Horford.
When you think about the Boston Celtics this season, Kyrie Irving's ability to deliver in the clutch comes to mind. It doesn't get much closer than Sunday's 97-96 buzzer-beating win over Portland, a game that ended with Al Horford knocking down a 20-foot, fade-away jumper as time expired. The game-winning basket was just part of Horford's strong play down the stretch, with him scoring or assisting on four of Boston's seven made baskets in the final five minutes of play.
With the NFL season now complete, sports fans now find themselves looking to other sports to keep themselves entertained throughout the week. Fortunately, the NHL, NBA, and college basketball seasons are all in full swing. Not only that, but the 2018
Look, there needed to be some damage control when it came to the unfortunate way that Marcus Smart injured his hand. Whether you believe Smart’s official story is another thing, however. Rumors swirled recently that Smart had injured his hand — resulting in stitches and a laceration that would keep him out for a couple of weeks — by punching a picture frame at the Boston Celtics’ hotel.
Brad Stevens was ready to watch Super Bowl LII after the Boston Celtics squeaked past the Portland Trail Blazers thanks to a buzzer beater. Meanwhile, Stevens brought forward — and Philadelphia native — Marcus Morris up to the podium with him. Morris was wearing a Carson Wentz jersey.
With the NBA All-Star break approaching, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics continued to roll on Sunday with a thrilling 97-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Horford hit a buzzer-beater to down the Trail Blazers as the Celtics extended their winning
BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford made a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the Boston Celtics finished off the Portland Trail Blazers 97-96 Sunday, giving New England fans a few hours to get home before the Super Bowl. The crowd at TD Garden was dotted
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he lacerated his right hand after punching a glass picture frame out of frustration over his play, and despite trade whispers surrounding his name, he said he expects to be back on the court with Boston after the All-Star break. Speaking to reporters for the first time since injuring the hand last month in Los Angeles, Smart said it was anger over missing a last-second shot against the Lakers during Boston's season-worst four-game losing streak that led him to punch the picture frame at the team's Beverly Hills hotel. Smart is hoping to return to action later this month after the skin heals on the back of his right hand.
The jokes about Terry Rozier "giving" Kyrie Irving back his starting job with the Boston Celtics brings a smile to us all. Because as well as Rozier has played since Irving went down with a right quadriceps injury, we all know — Rozier included — that there's no way in hell he's going to replace Irving as a starter.