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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 …

Jared Sullinger leads Celtics past 76ers, 107-96

Friday, February 6, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics played terribly for a stretch in the second half. It didn’t matter because they made everything look easy the rest of the time. Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with …

Benched at start, Jared Sullinger helps Celtics beat Denver at end

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Jared Sullinger sat out the first quarter and then missed his first five shots. By the end, he found his touch. Benched at the start because of lateness, Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds …

Lineup change helps Celtics beat Knicks, snap 3-game skid

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics changed their starters — and their start. “We came with energy right out of the gate,” guard Marcus Smart said. “That’s what we’ve been lacking.” Avery Bradley scored 26 points, Jared Sullinger …

Hassan Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOSTON — Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston’s rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory …

Motiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON — Donatas Motiejunas wasn’t thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Preserving a Houston Rockets …

Retooling with Rajon Rondo, Mavs navigating expected rough waters

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo watched the final minutes of one close loss from the Dallas bench, then threw away an inbound pass trailing by a point in the closing seconds of the next game. The Mavericks knew they …

Kevin Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Martin had not played in more than two months, a fractured wrist forcing him to watch from the bench as his Minnesota Timberwolves plummet to the bottom of the standings. In his first chance to …

Tayshaun Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday night. Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control …

Celtics fall as Golden State picks up 19th home win

Sunday, January 25, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The …