IT and Amir a Good Fit

October 19, 2015

WALTHAM - While some try to speculate on which group of five the Celtics will be starting when the regular season begins a week from Wednesday, Brad Stevens is looking at how smaller groups harmonize.

The coach has already spoken of how well Isaiah Thomas works with someone like Jonas Jerebko , who spreads the floor, and now you can add Amir Johnson to the reciprocal complementary society.
"I think that's been a good combination from Day 1," Stevens said yesterday at the team's practice facility.


IT More Judicious with Shot Selection?

October 6, 2015

WALTHAM - You weren't the only one shocked to hear that Isaiah Thomas had taken the fewest shots in Celtics scrimmages over the first several days of training camp.Thomas smiled when asked  before yesterday's practice just what is wrong with him.


Stevens Goal: Find Scorer Besides IT

September 30, 2015

Brad Stevens goes to bed dreaming of pace and space, which is only good if he has the shooters to take advantage of those opportunities. The Celtics coach finally summed up the dilemma in very simple terms at a recent staff meeting.


IT: Starter or Sub?

September 28, 2015

WALTHAM - Isaiah Thomas wrote a recent feature for The Players Tribune about his favorite ballhandlers, and included a video of him burying a circus 3-pointer over Steph Curry.

Thomas, who was playing for the Kings at the time, got tangled with the Warriors guard on the right side of the 3-point arc, fell, got back to his feet while keeping his dribble alive, and hit the shot while Curry gave a "whatever" shake of his head.

Thomas listed his favorite ballhandlers as Jamal Crawford, Curry, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and, true to his confidence, himself.


Starter or Sub, Ainge Glad IT Wearing Green

May 5, 2015

The Celtics of 2015-16 and beyond may have suffered a bit of a blow when Isaiah Thomas didn't win the NBA's Sixth Man Award last month.

The 5-foot-9 guard has said on many occasions that he would like to be a starter, which can be somewhat of an issue because, although he's guaranteed to be on the floor in crunch time, his talent and energy seem to make him ideally suited for coming in off the pine.


IT Posts Historic 20, 10, & 5 Performance in Playoff Debut

April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND - Isaiah Thomas is eating this up.

The smallest man on the Celtics is also their most important, and while that also means the Cavaliers are throwing everything they can at him to diminish his impact, well, Thomas digs that attention, too.
In the 113-100 series-opening loss to Cleveland on Sunday, he went for 22 points, five rebounds and 10 assists to become just the third player in NBA history with 20-plus, five-plus and 10-plus in his playoff debut.

Oscar Robertson was one of those guys. Unfortunately for the C's, the other was LeBron James.


Isiah to Isaiah: Believe

April 16, 2015

Isaiah Thomas remains one Celtics win or one Indiana loss away from the first playoff experience of his four-season career.

Credit the legend he was named after, Isiah Thomas , as the first person who told him the

Celtics had a chance of turning that dream into reality.


IT = Sensational Sub

April 15, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - For the few and proud who braved a raw Michigan evening and the Pistons' 30-47 record to take in last night's game, the backing vocal on the Celtics' 113-103 victory had to sound odd and even a little troubling.


IT Returns to Form

April 7, 2015

NEW YORK - Isaiah Thomas was rather tentative Wednesday in his first game back after missing eight with a badly bruised tailbone. But last night he responded to that four-point effort with a team-high


Rare Off-Nite for IT

April 7, 2015

WALTHAM - One of the greatest lessons Isaiah Thomas has learned in the NBA will serve him well this week.


Doubting Thomas: IT Doesn't Care

March 2, 2015

'The franchise kept bringing guys in to beat him out, but they couldn't.'

-- EX-KINGS COACH/GM JERRY REYNOLDS on Isaiah Thomas' time in Sacramento


IT Drops 28 & 7, Sparking another W

March 2, 2015

Isaiah Thomas bought his first winter coat on Thursday. He also has a black and gray knitted cap that apparently isn't new, but hasn't been worn prior to the past couple of days.


IT Gets Revenge in Phoenix

February 26, 2015

PHOENIX - Isaiah Thomas can't deny it and, if anything, the Celtics guard is proud of the edge he brought into last night's game against the Phoenix team that traded him last week.


IT Tossed in Celtic Debut

February 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES - He's been called everything from fearless to combative, and in his Celtics debut, Isaiah Thomas added something even a little more incendiary to the list. The point guard was ejected in the fourth quarter of the C's 118-111 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last night.


Isiah to Isaiah: You are in the Right Place

February 24, 2015

'I told him, 'There's two historic organizations in the NBA - LA and Boston - and you're getting a chance to play for one of them.'- ISIAH THOMAS On new Celt Isaiah Thomas


C's Acquire IT

Feb 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Boston Celtics thrust themselves into the frenetic final minutes of the 2015 NBA trade deadline, acquiring point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns and dealing Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons, the Pistons announced Thursday.

Boston acquired Thomas in exchange for Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 first-round draft pick.


Celtics Make History with 27-2 Start

December 24, 2008

The Celtics will insist they don't know the number, as if the run they have concocted over the last 19 games is little more than fuzzy math. But there's no avoiding history now, both locally and within the NBA.


Streaks and Stuff

December 17, 2008

Celtics notes 

Eddie House is expected to be with the team in Atlanta. He missed Monday's game to attend his aunt's funeral.

Gabe Pruitt did well with a career-high eight points in nine minutes in House's absence, but he impressed his coaches even more on defense. Pruitt made two strong plays on Deron Williams in one brief period and looked as if he might be able to be a factor off the bench in his second season.

``I use Leon (Powe's) situation last year as my motivation,'' Pruitt said. ``He didn't play until the second half of the season, and he progressed from there. Ever since then he never looked back. I look at myself in the same situation. I try to stay patient and not let myself get down. Whenever my number's called, I just have to perform and do good things.'' 


Pierce Likely a Go for 23-2 Celts

December 17, 2008

The Celtics likely will have Paul Pierce when they take the floor in Atlanta tonight. The larger question is whether they will have their heads and games in proper sync. Lack of same was a large part of what cost them three games at Philips Arena during last year's playoffs. And those three outcomes served to embolden a young group of Hawks who now are playing significantly better.
And these guys apparently are not frightened of winning streaks. The Atlantans ended Cleveland's 11-game run last Saturday, and now they get a crack at the Celts' 15-gamer.


No Need for Wheelchair as Pierce Walks Off Latest Knee Scare

December 16, 2008

This time there wasn't a wheelchair-aided return for Paul Pierce. But the captain, who bent his left knee in the wrong direction when Utah's Mehmet Okur fell to the ground and collided with Pierce in the last minute of the Celtics' 100-91 win against the Jazz last night, later predicted he'll be fine.
``It's a little tender,'' he said, showing up for his postgame press conference without an ice pack on the knee. ``The knee kind of buckled. I should be alright. Okur landed on the knee and it went straight back. But I iced it out back and I'm able to put weight on it, so it should be alright.''

Said Doc Rivers: ``(Celtics trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) thinks he'll be OK, but I'm sure they're going to do the regular tests, so I don't know.''


For P-Squared, Eating Habits is a Focus

December 15, 2008

Paul Pierce was at the center of another photo shoot before yesterday's practice, this time proudly posing with his shirt off as part of a promotion for an in-depth interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi.
That piece, and a recent story by Sports Illustrated's S.L. Price, prove the Celtics captain is receiving the most national exposure of his career. So what better time to showcase his new fitness regimen, highlighted by his ability to lose approximately 10 pounds between the end of the NBA Finals and the start of training camp?


Herman Munster Returns to the Sidelines

December 14, 2008

Though Randy Wittman was the one who early last week was sacked from a team that is still too young to win, Kevin McHale didn't escape indictment by Minnesota owner Glen Taylor. Asked about how much say McHale would continue to have in personnel decisions in his move from the front office to coach, Taylor said, ``The same that Randy had.''


Rondo v. Paul Shows Shorty's Elevated Status

December 13, 2008

The Garden crowd showed up last night with numbers on the brain.

The Celtics were riding a league-high 13-game win streak, which was also eighth best in franchise history. Their win at Washington on Thursday was good for a 21-2 start, the best in franchise history.
But neither feat was on the marquee last night, not with Rajon Rondo matched up against New Orleans star point guard Chris Paul.


Wins Keep Piling Up for 22-2 Celts

December 13, 2008

At this time last year, we were all hot and bothered about an ever-growing winning streak assembled by the Patriots. Each week, the Pats won. And each week, we had to listen to more kvetching from cranky veterans of the 1972 Miami Dolphins who feared they were going to be relegated to history's standing-room-only section.


C's Romp to History Books

December 12, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Celtics wrote a new paragraph in The Book of Shamrock last night. Their 122-88 victory over the Wizards brought them to 21-2 and set a franchise record for best start to a season.
But to their way of thinking, these C's aren't so much trying to outpace Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn and the 1963-64 edition, or even last year's group - the two clubs that stopped at 20-2.


Posey Returns

December 13, 2008

Though he is no longer with the team, the Celtics haven't forgotten James Posey's contributions to last season's title run.

Everyone in the organization - from the front office, to the coaching staff, to the players - have stressed Posey's role in helping the franchise win its 17th championship. With Posey making his return to the Garden last night as a member of the New Orleans Hornets, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about what he meant to last year's team.


20-2? No Big Deal

December 10, 2008

WALTHAM - So what if the Celtics have a chance to make history with a win against the Wizards tomorrow night in Washington. They wouldn't have reached 20-2 - a feat matched by only two other teams in franchise history - if they actually thought about this kind of irrelevance. That, anyway, is the way they are looking at the chance to go 21-2 - a mark no other Celtics team has achieved.


C's Know How to Finish, Move to 20-2

December 9, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - There is one major reason the Celtics were able to tie the best start in franchise history last night.

They know how to finish.


Obie has No Regrets

December 8, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Jim O'Brien admitted it was a bit hard to envision all this Celtics success back when he resigned as their coach in January 2004.


Baby Enjoys a Good Cry

December 8, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Glen Davis is unapologetic about his display of emotion during the Celtics' win Friday night against Portland. Regarding his actions when he and the subs were confronted by Kevin Garnett after squandering much of a large lead at the Garden, Big Baby said, in essence, that's his personality and he'll cry if he wants to.


Celtics' Big Perks Up

December 7, 2008

Dirty Harry once said a man has to know his limitations.

Kendrick Perkins might beg to differ and agree at the same time.


Lakers have Kurt Response

December 7, 2008

The Lakers may look a little more familiar to Celtics fans when the teams get together on Christmas Day. At least their defense may.


Seattle the New Boston?

December 7, 2008

In October 2000, Herald columnist Gerry Callahan tried to explain the sorry state of affairs on the local sports scene.

``Boston has become the skid row of professional sports, a sad, squalid place where playoff pipe dreams go to die,'' he wrote. ``Here we sit in Loserville, USA, wallowing in regret and misery . . .''

Loserville, USA.



Blazers have No Answers for Rondo, as C's Move to 19-2

December 6, 2008

Further proof of the concern spreading through the rest of the league over Rajon Rondo's play was evident last night in the thoughts of Nate McMillan. The Portland coach only could imagine the experience his own point guard, Steve Blake, was about to encounter.


Oden No Thang as Beast Posts Double-Double

December 6, 2008

The Celtics might not want to think about what this matchup could become in two or three years.
But for now, no amount of talented youth is going to fly against the team that extended its NBA-leading win streak to 11 games last night.


Beast Eyes Oden Match-Up

December 5, 2008

The ``Who, me?'' look on Kendrick Perkins' face yesterday was instructive.

The Celtics center was about to study film on the NBA's most anticipated newcomer, Greg Oden, but judging from the sound of his voice and the innocent look on his face, Perkins could have been preparing to face Mikki Moore for the first time.


C's Avenge Early Season Loss, Move to 18-2

December 4, 2008

We are still in the primary stage of the campaign, but there can be no denying that two entities have emerged as front-runners. Election month isn't until next June, but we live in a country that is divided by the Celtics and Lakers.


Da Glove Unimpressed by Rondo's 16, 17,13 Triple Double

December 4, 2008

A national television audience recently witnessed a breakout of Celtic-on-Celtic crime.
Gary Payton, out of work and attempting to fit in behind a microphone, belittled the solidly employed Rajon Rondo's role in last season's championship during an NBA Network broadcast.


Celts have Revenge on Mind

December 3, 2008

We've seen quite a bit through more than a month of this Celtics season, but tonight will be a first: a revenge game. Considering the Celts have just two losses in 19 outings, these are rare occurrences indeed. But back on Nov. 1 in Indianapolis, the Pacers planted a 95-79 shellacking on the Shamrocks kisser. Indiana visits the Garden tonight.


Perk Gets Personal

December 2, 2008

Anytime he goes up against one of the top centers in the league, Kendrick Perkins treats the matchup as a personal test.

Facing off with Dwight Howard last night, Perkins passed with flying colors. Though Howard finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds, he had to work for everything and didn't make enough of an impact to help the Orlando Magic in a 107-88 loss to the Celtics at the Garden.

``I always take it personal,'' said Perkins, who picked up his ninth technical of the season late in the game. ``I take pride in playing defense. He's going to have an effect on the game because he's an MVP candidate, but I just want to make sure I maintain and make him work.''

Though foul trouble limited him to 29 minutes, Perkins nearly matched Howard's output with eight points and 13 rebounds. The fact the stat lines were even close was a victory for the Celts. Before the game, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy went through the difficult matchups facing his lineup, and mentioned every position but center.

``The one thing about Perk is that he understands his position on this team and he plays his role to the best,'' C's forward Kevin Garnett said. ``We make it our business to try to get him easy buckets. He's one of these people we ask night in, night out to go out and have the difficult task of guarding the best post guys.''

Perkins, as well as Glen Davis off the bench, was up to the challenge, holding Howard well below his season average of 21.8 points. The physical defense seemed to get under the skin of the affable Howard, as he picked up a double technical (along with Garnett) with 2:47 remaining. Howard complimented the Celtics' team defense, but seemed to make a point not to single out the efforts of Perkins.

``Their whole team plays great defense, it's not just him,'' Howard said. ``They're one of the best defensive teams, if not the best defensive team, in the league.'' Though pleased with his work, Perkins wisely wasn't letting it go to his head. ``He's a great challenge, but I know we have to see him three more times,'' Perkins said. ``I'm not just happy with this one.''


17-2 Celts Make it 9 in a Row

December 2, 2008

One by one, they dribble toward the Garden seeking to claim the throne now occupied by the Celtics.
And one by one, they have been turned back, unable to cross the moat that separates them from the defending champions. Nothing, of course, will get decided for this season until the snows fall and then melt into spring, but at the very least, the Celts are getting across the point that they're well-equipped to fight eviction from their castle.


Rondo on Pierce in 4th: Gimme da Ball

December 1, 2008

Though he's only in his third NBA season, Rajon Rondo has learned to catalogue his teammates.
Even on the Cadillac of a team he now runs, the point guard understands many are willing to take the last shot, but only a few are worthy.


Celts (16-2) Down Bobcats

November 30, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Celtics survived their sixth back-to-back situation of the season last night, completing another two-game sweep with their 89-84 win over the Bobcats.
There's little doubt this tough early run will pay off for them as the schedule heads into the second half of the season.


Jesus, Celtics (15-2) Throttle Sixers

November 29, 2008

Just to set the record straight, it's not like Ray Allen has been struggling this season. He went into the Celtics' Friday night Garden party against the Philadelphia 76ers averaging 17.4 points per game, second only to Paul Pierce for the defending NBA champions.


Garnettless C's Polish Off Knicks, Move to 10-2

November 19, 2008

With Kevin Garnett on an NBA-induced one-game vacation, it was, of course, imperative that other Celtics pick up the slack against the New York Knicks last night. Right on cue, Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe and Rajon Rondo stepped into the breach, combining for 45 points to guide the defending champions to a 110-101 victory at the Garden. Garnett was suspended one game for his Saturday night disagreement with the Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut.


C's Lose?

November 15, 2008

Drafting works just fine in NASCAR, and it did the Celtics well earlier in the week against Toronto and Atlanta. But after coming back from 16 down in each of those affairs, they were still a few lengths behind when last night's game with Denver hit the checkered flag.


Pistons No Match for 11-2 Celtics

November 21, 2008

The Pistons were run out of their own building the last time they met the Celtics. But that was just two games into Allen Iverson's career in Detroit, and with four wins in their five games heading into last night's rematch, the visitors planned to turn the beating around.


Paul Pierce MVP?

November 14, 2008

The Celtics still will be seeking to practice the politics of inclusion as they distribute the basketball among themselves, both tonight against Denver and for the rest of the season. They want to play as a team and treat each other as equals.


C's Finish 8-Game, 12-Night Stretch with 7 W's

November 16, 2008

MILWAUKEE - The battles of attrition are piling up a little earlier now.

After eight games in 12 nights, the Celtics look a step slow and prone to fouls. Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins unwillingly hit the pine last night. Three double-technical fouls were called, sending the Bucks' Andrew Bogut to the locker room for good with two behavioral demerits in the fourth.


Celts Win for 6th Time in Nine Days

November 13, 2008

Last April's first-round playoff series was more than a one-time collision, more than, well, a first-round playoff series. The Celtics and Hawks now appear to be headed for a season or two of contentious, fan-pleasing basketball. The Celtics needed 47.995 minutes to end the Hawks' season-opening, 6-0 winning streak with a 103-102 victory last night at the Garden.

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