CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Al Horford took a seat at one of the three tables needed to fit six players, an owner and a general manager and admired the Philadelphia skyline in the distance.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons posted Instagram photos of his shirtless shooting drills and wrote the caption, "Let's have a great week."
It begins: NBA free agency finally starts Sunday
Kawhi Leonard is planning meetings in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant will do the same in New York.
Those are the cities where they'll begin free agency.
The draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency
Now on the clock: Chaos.
The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear.
A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans' Zion Williamson, Memphis' Ja Morant and...
BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free...
Irving, Horford lead Celtics past Bucks 112-90 in opener
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way.
Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks' MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a...
Milwaukee opens playoff series against Boston
Boston Celtics (49-33, fourth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (60-22, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)
Milwaukee-Boston Preview Capsule
Capsule preview of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between Milwaukee and Boston:
No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22, 4-0) vs. No. 4 BOSTON CELTICS (49-33, 4-0)
BOSTON (AP) — A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics.
In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by...
Irving, Morris lead Celtics’ rally past Pacers in Game 1
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have been at their best this season when they are forcing turnovers, spacing the floor and knocking down outside shots.
Hayward scores 25, Celtics top Heat 112-102
MIAMI (AP) — Gordon Hayward is playing his best basketball of the year, and his timing could not be better for the Boston Celtics.
Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the lineup, Eric Bledsoe added 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-121 on Monday...
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics showed Dwyane Wade plenty of appreciation in his final regular-season visit to TD Garden.
They also made sure his memories of that visit included a...
Celtics without Irving, Horford in Brooklyn
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics were without starters Kyrie Irving and Al Horford for their game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Celtics ruled out Irving (low back soreness) and Horford...
Irving’s late layup lifts Celtics over Pacers 114-112
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are approaching the final two weeks of the regular season as if the playoffs have already begun.
They started by beating a team they could see again when the...
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics keep finding ways to win without Kyrie Irving.
Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics broke away from a fourth-quarter tie...
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics will rest star guard Kyrie Irving against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving is averaging 23.8 points and the Celtics want to keep him as fresh as possible...
Nuggets clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics
BOSTON (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night.
Celtics beat Wizards 107-96 to end 4-game slide,
BOSTON (AP) — Some late defense helped the Boston Celtics snap a four-game losing streak.
Kyrie Irving had 13 points and 12 assists, Al Horford scored 18 points and the Celtics shut down the...
Embiid fined $25,000 for criticizing referees
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for public criticism of referees that included profanity.
The penalty was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations.
Embiid's comments came at the end of his postgame interview following Philadelphia's 112-109 home loss to Boston on Tuesday.
Celtics rally in 2nd half to end Pistons’ win streak 118-110
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics haven't played as well as they've expected at times this season.
They're hoping the games they've put together over the last six weeks are a sign of better things to come after the All-Star break.
Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 18 to help the Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Wednesday night.
Hayward scores 26, Celtics beat 76ers again 112-109
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Boston Celtics still own the Philadelphia 76ers no matter who is on the court.
Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and Boston beat Philadelphia 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the Sixers.
Lakers edge Celtics 129-128 on Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
LeBron James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.
Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in 134-129 thriller
BOSTON (AP) — Eight days after letting a win slip away against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were able to finish the job against another tough Western Conference opponent.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists as Boston overcame big games from Oklahoma City stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook to snap the Thunder's seven-game win streak in a 134-129 thriller on Sunday.
Brown, Tatum carry Celtics over Hornets without Irving
BOSTON (AP) — With Kyrie Irving again stuck to the sideline, Terry Rozier and his Celtics teammates enjoyed another run as the featured act.
The talented young cast stole the show again.
Rozier had 17 points and 10 assists, Jaylen Brown added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 20 points to help Boston roll over the Charlotte Hornets 126-94 on Wednesday night despite Irving's absence.
Brown and Smart carry Celtics past short-handed Nets 112-104
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics blocked out an emotional loss to the Golden State Warriors over the weekend.
They swatted away a franchise record-tying number of shots, too.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics beat Brooklyn 112-104 on Monday night to snap the injury-riddled Nets' six-game winning streak.
Warriors win 10th straight, beat Celtics 115-111
BOSTON (AP) — After beating the Lakers without LeBron James and the Wizards without John Wall, the Golden State Warriors were eager to test themselves against a full-strength opponent.
The Boston Celtics were just what they were looking for.
Kevin Durant had 33 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 21, including two key free throws, for Golden State on Saturday night to beat Boston 115-111 and give the Warriors their 10th win in a row.
Durant, Curry lead Warriors to 10th straight victory
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 21, including two key free throws for Golden State on Saturday night to beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 and give the Warriors their 10th win in a row.
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points with 10 assists and Al Horford had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, which had won five straight and 10 in a row at home.
Celtics starters Irving and Horford out against Cleveland
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics will be without starters Kyrie Irving and Al Horford for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving is sidelined with flu-like symptoms and Horford is getting rest Wednesday night. Horford missed seven games in December with left knee soreness.
Coach Brad Stevens said Terry Rozier will take Irving's spot in the starting lineup and Aron Baynes would fill in for Horford.
Irving’s 26 points, 10 assists carries Celtics past Heat
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving moved closer to some elite Boston Celtics company with his latest double-double. It was his three driving baskets, though, that helped seal the victory.
Irving had 26 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 107-99 Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Irving has had 20 or more points and 10 or more assists in 10 games. Hall of Famer Larry Bird accomplished the feat 11 times in 1986-87.
Irving has 32 as Celtics rally in 4th quarter, top Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics found a way.
Not bad for the second part of back-to-back games.
Irving scored 32 points and the Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday for their third straight win.
After trailing for most of the night, Boston took the lead with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run, including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Jaylen Brown, who had 14 points.
Irving scores 38 points, Celtics beat Grizzlies 122-116
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving's 20-point third quarter wasn't quite enough for the Boston Celtics to put away the Memphis Grizzlies.
The star guard scored eight more in the fourth, finishing with 38 points and 11 assists while leading the Celtics to a 122-116 victory Friday night.
"He was able to pick his spots and make plays," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "I thought it was a patient, really good, smart attack by him."
Irving scores 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets 116-95
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics shared the ball extremely well. The sloppy Brooklyn Nets helped them out a lot, too.
Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as Boston beat the Nets 116-95 on Monday night.
Jayson Tatum added 16 points, and Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 12 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.
Hayward has 16 points, 11 rebounds, Celtics beat Mavs 114-93
BOSTON (AP) — Gordon Hayward followed up his top scoring game of the season with his best overall performance since coming to the Boston Celtics.
Gordon Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the short-handed Celtics in a 114-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Irving, Horford lead rally as Celtics beat Grizzlies 112-103
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kyrie Irving didn't get off to a very good start, so he and the Boston Celtics made sure to finish with a flurry.
Irving scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Al Horford converted a pair of late 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and the Celtics erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-103 on Saturday night.
Irving scores 25, Celtics beat Hornets 119-103 to end skid
BOSTON (AP) — A little internal venting seemed to get the Boston Celtics back on track.
Kyrie Irving scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum had 17 and the Celtics ended a three-game skid with a 119-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.
Boston was coming off a 120-107 loss at home to Milwaukee on Friday, which prompted a closed-door meeting in the locker room. The Celtics came out Sunday looking much more like the team that had won eight straight before the skid.
Celtics C Baynes out 4-6 weeks after surgery on finger
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has had surgery on a broken left finger and will be out four to six weeks.
The team made the announcement on Thursday, a day after Baynes left early in the game against the Phoenix Suns after deflecting a pass with his left hand.
Baynes shook his hand in visible pain and went to the locker room when play stopped.
Celtics’ Horford to miss more games; Brown, Hayward out, too
WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Horford will miss at least another few games for the Boston Celtics because of an injured left knee.
The Celtics were also without Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward for their game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night because of illness.
That absent trio ranks Nos. 4-6 in scoring for Boston this season.
The game against Washington was Horford's third in a row on the sideline. He said the pain in his knee has not been getting better.
Morris (31 pts) leads depleted Celtics past Pelicans 113-100
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving's shoulder wasn't sore enough to keep him from cheering for Marcus Morris Sr. when he hit three 3-pointers to start the second half and propel Boston to a double-digit lead.
Al Horford's injured knee didn't keep him from leaping to his feet when Jayson Tatum drove past Anthony Davis for a dunk.
Horford, Irving, Hayward, Baynes out for Celtics vs Pelicans
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics were without four key players against the New Orleans Pelicans, with stars Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward all out for the game.
Big man Aron Baynes was also out with a sprained ankle Monday night. Horford was nursing a sore left knee, Irving had a sore right shoulder, and Hayward was ill.
The four players combine to average more than 50 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists this season.
Horford out with sore left knee, Morris starts in his place
ATLANTA (AP) — Celtics forward Al Horford has a sore left knee and will miss a game for the first time of the season.
Marcus Morris took Horford's spot in the lineup against Atlanta, making his first start since last season.
Horford was listed as probable with the same injury before Wednesday's home loss to the New York Knicks but finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Coach Brad Stevens decided to rest him after Friday's shoot-around.
Burke scores 29, Knicks end 6-game, top Celtics 117-109
BOSTON (AP) — Boston coach Brad Stevens knows what is wrong with the Celtics. Plenty.
Trey Burke scored 29 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 and the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 117-109 victory over the surprisingly inconsistent Celtics on Wednesday night.
Noah Vonleh had 16 points and Enes Kanter finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which won for the fifth time in 19 games.