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Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, laughs as he responds to a reporter's question during an end of season media availability at the NBA team's practice and training facility Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

GM Danny Ainge wants to build on Celtics’ surprising playoff berth

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and John Havlicek had some of their best years coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics. As did Cedric Maxwell, whose number is also hanging from the rafters at the Boston Garden. So Celtics general manager Danny Ainge would like Isaiah Thomas not to worry about whether he is going to be …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Evan Turner has triple-double, Celts beat Nets 110-91 to end skid

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-91 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff …

Drummond, Caldwell-Pope lead Pistons past Celtics in OT

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Detroit Pistons’ playoff hopes likely faded away a couple of weeks ago. They can still have a say on who might get there. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven …

Leonard scores 22, Spurs top Celtics 101-89 after late scare

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89 after getting a late scare. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago …

Westbrook scores 36 to lead Thunder past Celtics 122-118

Thursday, March 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Boston 122-118 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ five-game winning streak. Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 10 assists, five rebounds and …

Celtics win 5th straight, 108-89 over 76ers

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens might soon be hearing some locker-room chatter about his team’s playoff push with the way it’s been playing. Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 26 points, Avery Bradley had 20 and the Celtics …

Turner, Celtics rally past Magic

Saturday, March 14, 2015

BOSTON — Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night. Turner scored 24 points in the second …

Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley help Celtics edge Grizzlies, 95-92

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics endured a bruising inside and returned it when it mattered most. Marcus Smart converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 52 seconds left, Avery Bradley added a clutch jumper with eight seconds remaining and …

Thomas’ 25 lifts Celtics past banged-up Heat, 100-90

Monday, March 9, 2015

MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points in another strong game off the bench, Brandon Bass added 14 and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-90 on Monday night. Luigi Datome scored 13 for the Celtics, and …

Harris, Harkless lift Magic past Celtics, 103-98

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Maurice Harkless took advantage of some extra playing time and helped the Orlando Magic get a big win against the Boston Celtics. Harkless and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points in the fourth quarter Sunday …