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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) dives as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel picks up the loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 114-98. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Celtics start post-Rondo era with win over Wolves

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens was curious how his team would play in its first game without Rajon Rondo. Boston did just fine. Moving the ball crisply one day after the NBA assists leader was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics beat the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves 114-98 on Friday night. “I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of …

Celtics’ Danny Ainge says impending free agency led to Rajon Rondo deal

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo wanted to avoid rush-hour city traffic so he met at the Boston Celtics suburban practice facility with the man who traded him. “I shared with him how much I appreciated all he had done for us,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said of that Thursday night farewell. …

Rajon Rondo wants another title run in move to Dallas

Friday, December 19, 2014

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn’t happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics. When he was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the conversation. The deal sends the four-time All-Star …

Louis Williams lifts Raptors past Celtics, 92-89

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with …

Celtics, Nets to test 44-minute game, 4 shorter than normal

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is going to evaluate if a shorter game could be a better one. The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday as the league tests a …

DeRozan, Lowry lead Raptors past Celtics 116-109

Friday, October 10, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 18 points, Patrick Patterson had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Boston 116-109 on Friday, handing the Celtics their first defeat in three preseason games. Avery Bradley led …

NBA extends television deals with ESPN and TNT

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEW YORK — The NBA and its television partners couldn’t wait to extend their contracts. The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Boston’s Young says he’s recovered from concussion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky guard James Young says he is “good to go” after a concussion that kept the Boston Celtics’ first-round draft pick from playing in the NBA’s summer league. Young sustained the concussion and whiplash in a car accident before last month’s NBA draft. The …

Celtics, Cavs, Nets agree to three-way trade

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have cleared a path for LeBron James to come back home. The Cavs created enough salary-cap space to offer the superstar free agent a maximum contract by agreeing to trade guard Jarrett Jack, …

Passion, skill drive Celtics draftees Marcus Smart, James Young

Monday, June 30, 2014

WALTHAM — Marcus Smart wasn’t born when his half brother played in a Texas high school basketball game despite having cancer. Yet Todd Westbrook’s perseverance through his recurring bouts with the disease is an inspiration to the Boston …