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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gestures from the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Wizards won 118-102. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Danny Ainge faces 2nd rebuilding offseason with Boston Celtics

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — The third-worst season in Boston Celtics history is over, leaving Danny Ainge with plenty of problems as he continues to rebuild the team. Rookie coach Brad Stevens isn’t one of them. “I have no worries about Brad,” Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said. “Brad is maybe the only thing in this whole organization I’m not concerned about.” Stevens will lead more rebuilding that began even before the season when the Celtics traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. That and other deals brought numerous draft choices. Yet the Celtics started surprisingly strong, going 12-14. But they were 13-43 … 0

Celtics close out season with loss to Wizards

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008. Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 … 0

Celtics near season’s end with loss to 76ers

Monday, April 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Chris Johnson stepped back, heaved up a desperation 3-pointer and watched it fall in to tie the game with 0.9 seconds on the clock. Or so he thought. As it turned out, Johnson stepped back a little too far, and the shot was discounted immediately when officials ruled he stepped out … 0

Olynyk lifts Celtics past Cavs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics are trying to finish the season on a high note. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ending with another puzzling tailspin. Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Celtics … 0

Bradley scores 22 as Celtics top Bobcats 106-103

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BOSTON — Phil Pressey had a career-high 13 assists, dove for loose balls and tipped a missed shot to a teammate with three seconds left. Not bad for Boston’s 5-foot-11 undrafted rookie who learned after pregame warmups that … 0

Hawks improve playoff chances with win over Celtics

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ATLANTA — Kyle Korver was concerned that the Atlanta Hawks were about to squander another chance to beat a struggling opponent. “We easily could’ve hung our heads there, but we kept fighting, got some good looks and we … 0

Rodney Stuckey has 26, Pistons rally past Celtics 115-111

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey pulled the Pistons out of trouble. Stuckey came off the bench to score 26 points and the Detroit reserves helped wipe out a 19-point deficit as the Pistons topped Boston 115-111. … 0

Rajon Rondo’s triple-double not enough as Celtics fall to Sixers

Friday, April 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers celebrated their second victory in less than … 0

Wizards top Celtics 118-92 to clinch playoff berth

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — John Wall was waving his towel as time expired. He joined his teammates at center court and did a little dance in the middle of a celebratory huddle. He gave Bradley Beal a bear hug from … 0

Mike Dunleavy, Bulls shake off Celtics for 94-80 win

Monday, March 31, 2014

CHICAGO — Mike Dunleavy had 22 points to lead five Bulls in double figures and Chicago broke open a close game with 13 straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 94-80 … 0

Raptors clinch playoff berth with win over Celtics

Friday, March 28, 2014

TORONTO — Amir Johnson was finishing up a phone call as a crowd of reporters gathered around his locker. “My grandmother called and she said she’s proud,” a smiling Johnson said as he put the phone down. She … 0

Toronto Raptors edge closer to playoffs, beat Boston Celtics

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOSTON — DeMar DeRozan understands that a playoff berth for the Raptors has meaning beyond Toronto’s locker room. Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and the Raptors edged closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 … 0

Johnson leads Nets to 114-98 win over Celtics

Saturday, March 22, 2014

NEW YORK — The Nets are hoping their hot play will carry over when they hit the road. Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and Brooklyn won its 11th straight … 0