BOSTON – We are in the final week of the regular season and the Boston Celtics are in unfamiliar terrain. Toronto locked up the top seed in the East, with Boston securing the next best thing as the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed. It may create some unusual, seldom-seen lineups, to test some of that stuff out now is a blessing for a Celtics franchise that has been dealing with significant injuries to key players all season.
The Utah Jazz became the latest team to clinch a playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference with a 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Philadelphia 76ers reached the 50-win mark. Utah secured a postseason berth thanks to Rookie of the
The Oklahoma City Thunder can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Monday night over the host Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat (43-37) are already in the playoffs, but they are coming off a brutal 122-98 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday and, six days before that, a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in overtime. In other words, the Heat — who are 4-4 in their past eight games — are not riding into the playoffs with great momentum.
It's getting to the point where the Celtics have to give some thought to the possibility of having the rookie on their playoff roster, something that can only happen if they waive one of their current players with a guaranteed contract. Bird, who has averaged 11 points in Boston's last two games, said he's not thinking beyond the Celtics' two games remaining in the regular season, knowing he's got a pretty good shot at playing in both. "I'm not too concerned with what's going on as far as my future and things like that," Bird told NBC Sports Boston after scoring nine points on 4-for-5 shooting Sunday afternoon.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens kept all his starters except Aron Baynes on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, affording players like Ojeleye a shot at getting crunch time minutes. "That was the point of playing guys that we don't usually play late," Stevens said.
Jaylen Brown could see the fourth quarter well enough from the Boston bench to know he wasn't worried about the Celtics' recent stumbles. ''If we would have played our normal rotation, we would have won that game,'' he said Sunday after coach Brad Stevens rested his starters and watched the subs blow a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead to the Atlanta Hawks. Taurean Prince made seven of eight 3-pointers to score 33 points, getting help from Isaiah Taylor and Dewayne Dedmon down the stretch to help the last-place Hawks beat the playoff-bound Celtics 112-106.
Dewayne Dedmon had five points in the final 91 seconds to help lift the Atlanta Hawks to a surprising 112-106 win over the host Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Taurean Prince had 33 points and Damion Lee added 14 points to lead the Hawks, who won their second straight game. Jayson Tatum had 19 points to lead the Celtics, who fell for just the third time in their last 10 games despite the loss of Kyrie Irving for the season.
BOSTON – The starting five Boston trotted out for Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks will likely be the first unit the Celtics go with when the playoffs begin next weekend. But as we've seen often with the Celtics, their bench has been
BOSTON – Marcus Morris will be the latest healthy scratch for the Boston Celtics when they take to the floor this afternoon to take on the Atlanta Hawks. Morris, who has an assortment of bumps and bruises, joins Al Horford and Jayson Tatum among the list
Tomas Satoransky of the Wizards and Dario Saric of the Sixers have each publicly said they would prefer not to see the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round because of LeBron James' track record. Marcus Morris of the Celtics says he wants to avoid the Wizards, though for very different reasons. Morris doesn't want to face his twin brother Markieff in a playoff series.