Celtics dump Grizzlies, head to Cleveland

Miami Heat on the Horizon

The Boston Celtics ended their one game home stand with a 10-point thrashing of the Memphis Grizzlies, the second time within a week.  Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points while Isiah Thomas Jr added 21 and seven assists.

The Grizzlies made it interesting closing to within four points in the last minute and a half but the Celtics buckled down at the line popping six straight free throws in the final minute of the game.

 

 

 

 

‘They still scored way too many points to my liking, but I liked the fact that we came back and competed,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. ”We didn’t get the stops necessary like we usually do. But we gave ourselves a chance to win on the road and that’s all you can ask for.”

The Celtics move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow before returning home to face the Miami Heat.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.

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Celtics not panicking just yet

Team looking to stave off 4th consecutive loss

Seven games into the new 2016-17 season and the Boston Celtics (3-4, 9th Eastern Conference) never imagined that they would be under .500 but under .500 is where they sit.

“It’s frustrating. We’re in a bad funk right now,” Isaiah Thomas Jr.  said following the humiliating loss to the one win Washington Wizards. “We’re not the hardest playing team anymore. That’s what made us special, that’s what made us good: us playing harder than the other team. Being scrappier. Getting loose balls. Rebounds don’t come to us because we’re not playing hard.”

celtics-5Head of Basketball Operations,  Danny Ainge is not throwing in the towel just yet as he notes that his team is missing a number of players to injury.

 

 

“I think it’s part of a growing process that I guess it’s better this time of year, we try to find our identity,” Ainge said. “We had such a good defensive year last year, got off to a great start. You get some momentum [by doing that]. We need to put some defensive games together to get that defensive confidence in one another and trust in each other.”

“We’re not as good as we thought we were”              – Isaiah Thomas Jr.

But that was before the 118-93 whipping by the Wizards last night.  A night when a name like Otto Porter was chanted as though the second coming of Kobe.

”Right now I’m trying to play at a high level every night,” Porter said. ”I’m trying to do what it is I can do to help this team win.”

What the journeyman forward did was score a career high 34 points on 14-19 shooting from the field and 3-5 from three point land.  It was his second night scoring 20 plus points as he carried the team on his shoulders for the win.

“It’s about playing hard. It’s leaving it all out there on the floor. That’s who we were,” Thomas told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “That’s what made us one of the best defensive teams in the league. That’s what made us win 48 games last year. We have to find that swag, we gotta get that back. Because, if we don’t, it seems like we’re going off talent, which we really don’t have that much talent, including myself.”

The Celtics have another opportunity to get back on the right track tomorrow night as they take on East Coast rival New York Knicks.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and help cheer on your Boston Celtics.

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Series shifts to friendlier territory

The Boston Celtics are hoping that the confines of home will help them get off to a better start tonight in game three of this First Round series against the Atlanta Hawks.  The Hawks have gotten off to quick starts as evidenced by the 55-26 disparity in the opening quarters of their first two games.  Head Coach Brad Stevens is still pondering a lineup change for game three.

“We’ve got to be better at the start, but at the same time it’s not going to be just about the first six minutes,” said Stevens. “We’ve got to play well throughout the whole 48. [The Hawks are] playing at a really good level that we’re playing against. They’re a really good team. And so we have to play well.”

The Celtics center Kelly Olynyk  as well as Avery Bradley are still listed as day to day and without them, the offense has had difficulty in stretching out the Hawks defense.

Join your Celtics as they attempt to wrest a win out of the Atlanta Hawks tonight!  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today and help cheer on your Celtics!

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