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February 2018

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Celtics third-quarter play is something to admire

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If you listen to Brad Stevens and his players, there's little said inside the locker room at halftime. As we've seen this season, how Boston plays in the third quarter is a major indicator of the game's outcome. Boston has a winning record when trailing after the first quarter (12-7) and second quarter (13-10) of games this season, but they're just 7-10 when trailing after three quarters of play.

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Nuggets nip Warriors to split season series

The Denver Nuggets became just the second team to beat the Golden State Warriors twice this season, using a late 3-pointer by Nikola Jokic to cap a fourth-quarter rally that produced a 115-108 victory in Denver. The win allowed the Nuggets to earn a 2-2 season-series split with the Warriors, with each team winning once on the other's home court. The victory also capped a 2-2 split for the Nuggets over a rugged six-day stretch in which they played the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State.

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Celtics hope Rozier keeps rolling versus Blazers

Terry Rozier made a promise after scoring a career-high 31 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 119-110 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. The third-year guard, who starred in his first two NBA starts, pledged to give Boston's starting point guard job back to its rightful owner — Kyrie Irving. "Kyrie's probably one of my biggest supporters outside of my family through this little process," Rozier said after the game.

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Report: Celtics willing to trade Smart for first-round pick

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With Terry Rozier coming into his one in the absence of Kyrie Irving and perhaps surpassing the injured Marcus Smart in the Celtics guard rotation, could Danny Ainge be looking to trade Smart? Wojnarowski said Smart is "a player that's available for a first-round pick," Wojnarowski. "If a team was willing to give Boston a first-round pick, Boston would look at [trading him], if they didn't have to take back a lot of money going out in the future.

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Without Kyrie, Celtics’ kids get to show off

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You won't find anyone connected with the Celtics that likes the idea of not having Kyrie Irving around. The play of Terry Rozier has stood out, obviously. "I just think when you're young and you get the opportunity to play, it's great experience when you have the responsibility of the game on your shoulders instead of just, you know, when you increase your minutes played," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

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Brad Stevens jokingly suspends Marcus Morris after Eagles chant

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Marcus Morris isn’t letting his work in Boston take away from his Philadelphia fandom in the run up to the Super Bowl. Marcus Morris once quipped “Ain’t no trouble like Philly trouble.” His Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens is starting to learn what that means. A Philly native, Morris has been repping his Philadelphia Eagles fandom all throughout the lead up to the Super Bowl.

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Trade winds swirl ahead of Celtics-Hawks matchup

Two teams with different perspectives on the upcoming NBA trade deadline get together when the floundering Atlanta Hawks visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night. With the deadline a week away, the Celtics (37-15) could have an eye on adding a player or two and could use an $8.4 million salary exemption resulting from Gordon Hayward's injury to get what they need. The Hawks (15-36) are at the other end of the spectrum and will be looking to move players out as part of their rebuild.

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Free agent Greg Monroe picks Boston Celtics over New Orleans Pelicans

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Free-agent center Greg Monroe, whose contract was recently bought out by the Phoenix Suns, will sign with the Boston Celtics for the remainder of this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wonjarowski. Monroe will reportedly sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Celtics, who received an $8.4 million designated player exception following the horrific leg injury to All-Star forward Gordon Hayward. Greg Monroe will reportedly sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Celtics.

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Reports: Pelicans in serious pursuit of C Monroe

The New Orleans Pelicans are making a strong push to sign impending free-agent center Greg Monroe after he reached a buyout with the Phoenix Suns late Wednesday night, according to multiple reports. There reportedly is strong, mutual interest between the Pelicans and Monroe given the playing time the team can offer Monroe with DeMarcus Cousins out for the season and the fact that Monroe is a native of New Orleans. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke to Monroe in the aftermath of his buyout, according to a report from ESPN.

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