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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo picks up his cellphone after taking questions from reporters during NBA basketball media day in Waltham, Mass., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Rondo: I want to stay a Celtic beyond this season

Monday, September 29, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo wore a black sling on his left arm to help protect the surgically repaired bone in his hand. His relationship with the Boston Celtics appears healthy. Entering the final season of his contract, the only star on the rebuilding team had a simple answer Monday when asked if he wants to stick around beyond that: “Yes,” …

Rondo to miss 6-8 weeks with broken left finger

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics rebuilding project suffered a major setback when four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Friday for a broken left finger. The Celtics said the point guard is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his finger in a fall at his home Thursday night. The team gave no further details. Avery Bradley, a four-year veteran who …

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. Durant stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. Now that they’ve had time to get over the surprise, they aren’t dwelling on it. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rajon Rondo’s late baskets lift Celtics over Heat 101-96

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo hit two running baseline shots in the last two minutes and the Boston Celtics capitalized on the absence of LeBron James to beat the Miami Heat 101-96 Wednesday night. One night after scoring 43 …

Mavs beat Celtics 94-89 to open long homestand

Monday, March 17, 2014

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a 94-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. The Celtics trailed …

Anthony Davis powers Pelicans past Celtics in overtime

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis is getting even better while the New Orleans Pelicans close out another difficult season. Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws …

Suns score last 7 points, beat Celtics 87-80

Saturday, March 15, 2014

BOSTON — The Phoenix Suns needed help to snap a three-game losing streak that hurt their postseason prospects. They got it when the Boston Celtics had their worst shooting game of the season. The Suns still had to …

Carmelo Anthony carries Knicks past Celtics, 116-92

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony made it so the Knicks hardly missed their resting big men. Anthony scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half as New York built a 24-point lead and coasted to their fifth …

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: I don’t see tanking to improve draft spot

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BOSTON — You call it “tanking.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls it “rebuilding.” That’s what the league’s new boss said Wednesday when asked whether the NBA needed to do more to discourage teams from pinning their hopes on …

Andrew Bynum returns to help Pacers get past Celtics

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over Boston on Tuesday night. Indiana (47-17) ended …