Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple (17) during the second half Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 13 assists, Al Horford added 18 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the closing 1:32, and the Boston Celtics rallied for a 112-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench. Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, while Dillon Brooks added 19. Jaren Jackson Jr and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points apiece. Irving scored 22 in the second half for the Celtics, who trailed by 19 early in the second half but force the Grizzlies into 1-for-16 shooting to start the fourth. A pair of layups by Irving erased the Memphis lead at the midway point of the period. The teams exchanged the lead five times in the quarter before baskets from Morris and Hayward … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving, Al Horford lead rally as Celtics beat Grizzlies
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Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is unpredictable. On the court, Irving isn't an explosive athlete. Rather, he loses defenders with an unprecedented mixture of dribble moves and head fakes, which can leave an opponent in his wake. Off the court, Irving's next move is equally difficult to guess. In the summer of 2019, he will be an unrestricted free agent, and general buzz around the NBA suggests he would at least be interested in exploring the possibility of joining the New York Knicks. But Marc Stein of the New York Times notes that there have been "no firm indications" from Irving or his camp that he is actually interested in New York, or even that he's considering leaving Boston at all. Per Stein, Irving's intentions are "not at all clear. Playing for the Celtics offers him everything he could want -- a chance to be an All-Star leader of a championship contender. Still, per Stein, "there are nonetheless credible rumblings in … [Read more...] about Boston Celtics rumors 2018: Kyrie Irving’s free-agency intentions ‘not at all clear’
The Boston Celtics are keeping their top-five players "off limits" during trade discussions for San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. "Boston's really got their top-five players off limits," Wojnarowski said on ESPN's SportsCenter. "Boston is more willing to do a deal that's pick-heavy. The Spurs want good players back. They don't want to rebuild. They want picks and they want guys who can help them stay in the playoffs." Though Wojnarowski does not clarify who the "top-five players" are, it's safe to assume he's referring to the 2018-19 projected starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford. The Celtics, however, have a trove of draft picks, including up to four next summer. They have their own pick, the Sacramento Kings' (top-one protected), the Memphis Grizzlies' (top-eight protected) and the L.A. Clippers' (top-14 protected). The Celtics also have other potentially enticing trade pieces, … [Read more...] about Kawhi Leonard trade rumors 2018: Boston Celtics keeping their top-five players off limits in trade discussions (report)
Just in time for the NHL and NBA playoffs, we’re back with the second edition of the Boston.com sports mailbag. Here’s the first edition, if you missed it. Every week we’ll respond to your questions about the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and anything else tangentially related to Boston sports. Have a thought, theory, or question for the mailbag? Send them into [email protected] @Cuda0118: Are the Celtics getting their money’s worth out of Al Horford? He isn’t averaging a double double and barely scores 15 points a game. Nicole: It might sound a little cliché, but there’s a lot more to basketball than just what’s included in the box score. I understand production and tangible results are important when a player is in the second season of a four-year, $113 million contract. That’s a lot of money. But Horford does a lot to help the Celtics win. He’s reliable, versatile, mobile, and … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Are the Celtics getting their money’s worth out of Al Horford?
The Boston Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Game 1 tips off at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics have a tough matchup in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks star dropped 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds the last time the teams met in the regular season, and the Celtics will need to find ways to slow down his bull rushes to the rim. Boston defends Antetokounmpo well, but there's only so much you can do against a legitimate MVP candidate. With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both done for the season, the Celtics will loo for contributions from their young players. Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum will try to give Al Horford the help he needs to propel the Celtics past the seven-seed Bucks and into the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second consecutive year. Check out the video above for a breakdown of five Celtics who will be particularly important against the Bucks, and … [Read more...] about Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum & five things to watch