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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) drives toward the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Celtics have reason for optimism despite sweep by Cavs

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with numerous personnel changes. Once they got there, they weren’t expected to be as competitive as they were against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. But they got to the postseason and battled the Cavs to the very end of Game 4. And they are in good shape to keep progressing with a wealth of draft picks, plenty of space under the salary cap and a young coach who has …

Clippers beat Spurs to even series

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat San Antonio, 114-105, to even their first-round series at two games apiece. J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points. Game 5 of the only series that …

Celtics swept as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready …

Celts close in on playoffs with rout of Cavaliers

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers. LeBron James and J.R. Smith watched from the bench. Kevin Love and Kyrie …

Marcus Smart leads Celtics past Cavaliers 99-90

Friday, April 10, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Boston got another big win Friday night. That’s all it cared about. Who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers was of little concern for the surging Celtics. Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and the Celtics maintained …

Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Isiah Thomas had more than a few great games during the Pistons-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s and 1990s. Wednesday, his namesake had his turn. Isaiah Thomas had a season-high 34 points as the …

Marcus Smart’s buzzer-beater gives Celtics OT win

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TORONTO — Marcus Smart hit a buzzer-beating layup in overtime and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 117-116 on Saturday night. With 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing by one, Smart took a pass from a driving …

Ersan Ilyasova leads third-quarter surge, Bucks top Celtics 110-101

Friday, April 3, 2015

BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks needed a second-half comeback to avoid their 12th straight road loss. Just 3 minutes into their dominant third quarter they had a lead they never lost. Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee’s 18-2 surge in …

Kelly Olynyk overcomes eye injury, leads Celts past Pacers 100-87

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk stood against a wall in the middle of the locker room, looking more like he just left a boxing ring than a basketball court. With his left eye bruised and nearly shut with four …

Avery Bradley scores 30, Celtics defeat Hornets 116-104

Monday, March 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Avery Bradley says despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team. If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley …

Celtics drop back out of playoffs with loss to Doc, Clippers

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the …

Isaiah Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push — and they came to the right place to keep things rolling Friday night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah …

Injury-riddled Heat beat Celtics 93-86

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — The Miami Heat were coming off a difficult loss at Milwaukee, and they were missing three key players due to injuries from the game against the Bucks. Goran Dragic knew what he had to do. Dragic …