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With 4 picks in draft, Celtics have to cast wide net

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WALTHAM — With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range. The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the June 25 draft. Boston has two picks in the first round — its own at No. 16 and the Clippers’ at No. 28 …

Rockets respond to Kevin McHale’s old-school coaching approach

Monday, May 25, 2015

HOUSTON — Kevin McHale’s stride is painful to watch. His limp is so pronounced it induces his 6-foot-10 frame into an odd bobbing motion with every deliberate step. And it tells a powerful story. The awkward gait for the Houston Rockets’ coach is the product of 13 punishing NBA seasons, including the 1987 …

Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting the Summer Games. Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the …

‘Big 3’ lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …

LeBron begins new quest to end Cleveland’s title drought

Friday, April 17, 2015

CLEVELAND — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights …

Inside the NBA playoffs

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 BROOKLYN NETS (38-44) Season Series: Hawks, 4-0. Atlanta led by at least 14 in every game, once by as much as 39. Brooklyn never led any of the four games by more than eight points. Story Line: Can …

Celtics win 6th straight, beat Bucks 105-100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Kelly Olynyk needed five stitches to close a gash to his face after taking an elbow while going for a rebound. Starting for the injured Avery Bradley, Gigi Datome made big buckets in extended time in …

Jae Crowder’s long fall-away lifts Celtics over Raptors, 95-93

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right …

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 …