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Al Horford says Kyrie Irving’s rebounding binge starts to make Boston Celtics ‘elite’

Al Horford says Kyrie Irving’s rebounding binge starts to make Boston Celtics ‘elite’

Getty Images BOSTON — The Boston Celtics got Kyrie Irving because he’s an elite scorer. If the entire world lined up for a one-on-one game, Irving would be among the favorites. He dribbles as if he uses The Force to will the ball back to his hands. He shoots with pinpoint accuracy. They did not acquire Kyrie Irving with any thoughts of him helping their rebounding. Let’s be clear about something here. Just by virtue of being on the floor and somewhat active, a few rebounds will come his way. He’s averaging over three per game for his career, […]

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Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT: Five takeaways

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT: Five takeaways

BOSTON – It wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty. In fact, the Blue Jackets’ 2-1 overtime loss Saturday night at TD Garden was more of a slog through choppy ice with weary legs against the Boston Bruins. They were outshot (33-25), struggled to get ahold of the puck for any significant stretches of time and couldn’t generate a lot of scoring chances because of it. According to the stat-tracking site NaturalStattrick.com, Boston finished with a 57.7 to 42.3 percent edge in even-strength shot attempts (Corsi), a 52.6 to 47.4 percent advantage in unblocked shot attempts (Fenwick) and a 53.3 […]

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Celtics vs. Hawks odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from model on 54-42 run

Celtics vs. Hawks odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from model on 54-42 run

The Boston Celtics go for a season sweep when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The Celtics (42-27) have won all three meetings and six of the last seven against the Hawks (24-45). Tip-off from TD Garden for this Eastern Conference matchup is at 12:30 p.m. ET. Boston is a 10.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. Hawks odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 231.5. Before making any Celtics vs. Hawks picks of your own, you need to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. This model, which simulates every game 10,000 […]

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Bulpett: Celtics shouldn’t rest their playoff hopes on switch flipping

Bulpett: Celtics shouldn’t rest their playoff hopes on switch flipping

BOSTON, MA. – MARCH 14: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens screams out at Kyrie Irving #11 as he takes the ball down court during the second half of the NBA game against Sacramento Kings at the TD Garden on March 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts . (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) There were 14 games remaining for the Celtics when they took the floor Thursday night, and one of their most important tasks was avoiding The Big Fallacy. For a large part of this queasy season, the Celts have been able to find alleged comfort in […]

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Kyrie Irving on the Russell Westbrook-Jazz fan incident: ‘It happens so often’

Kyrie Irving on the Russell Westbrook-Jazz fan incident: ‘It happens so often’

Kyrie Irving dribbles against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at TD Garden. Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving indicated Thursday he’s no stranger to the type of comments that led to the viral incident between Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan. “It happens so often,” Irving said after tallying a triple-double in Boston’s 126-120 comeback victory over the Sacramento Kings. “It just most of the time doesn’t get documented. I think this was the first time it actually got caught on camera, that you caught a player responding like that on camera.” […]

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Kyrie Irving rallies Celtics to win over Kings

Kyrie Irving rallies Celtics to win over Kings

When Kyrie Irving pulled down a rebound with 1 minute, 45 seconds left in the Celtics’ game against the Kings on Thursday, there was a roar from the Garden crowd. The game was not especially close at that point, but the fans here could read the scoreboard, which showed that Irving had registered his first triple-double as a Celtic. Irving finished with 31 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds as Boston used several strong rallies to come back from a pair of large deficits and take a 126-120 win. The Celtics trailed by 17 points in the second quarter, […]

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Boston’s Martinez out with a bad back

Wednesday’s major league notebook: Boston’s Martinez out with a bad back

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox will keep J.D. Martinez out of games for a couple of days at least in order to allow the tight back that forced him to be scratched from Wednesday’s game to heal. After the 9-5 loss to the Twins, Manager Alex Cora downplayed the setback but said that in addition to not playing on Wednesday, Martinez will not make the bus trip to Tampa to play against the Yankees on Friday.. J.D. Martinez “J.D., just tight back,” said Cora. “We’re not going to take a chance. He wasn’t going to play tomorrow […]

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Celtics Aim to Bring West Coast Swagger Back to Boston

Celtics Aim to Bring West Coast Swagger Back to Boston

BOSTON – Ten days ago, the Boston Celtics were blown out by the Houston Rockets at home, marking their fifth defeat in six games out of the All-Star break. To make matters more challenging, they were about to embark on a week-and-a-half-long, West Coast trip, beginning with a matchup against the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Boston easily could’ve buckled at this point, but following the loss to Houston, its players made it clear that they were going to stick together and attempt to straighten things out. After a successful, 3-1 trip, which started off with wins […]

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Boston Celtics playoff race: eight games that will determine who Boston plays in the first round

Boston Celtics playoff race: eight games that will determine who Boston plays in the first round

The Boston Celtics left California a game-and-a-half behind the Philadelphia 76’ers and the Indiana Pacers in the standings, which means they can finish anywhere from third to fifth in the East. There are 14 games left for the Celtics, and 15 for the Pacers and Sixers. Where the teams fall in the final standing will be heavily influenced by a few key games over the final stretch of the season. Here are eight that could significantly change who faces whom in the first round of the playoffs. This is a two-for-one to kick off the list. The most important […]

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For Celtics, there’s no looking back now

For Celtics, there’s no looking back now

Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, grabs the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Unlike the last time they were home, when a March 3 loss to Houston left them collectively moribund, the Celtics seemed to have overcome their tendency towards glum introspection after giving up the most points of their season (140) to the Clippers Tuesday night. Another long plane ride, yes. But instead of torturing themselves over what went wrong, the Celtics seemed more inclined to shake […]

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