Suns push for improvement, build around Booker-Ayton core
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker says a busy offseason for the Phoenix Suns is proof the franchise is serious about ending a playoff drought that's approaching a decade.
Phoenix adds talent, tries to rise in Western Conference
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have the unenviable task of trying to gain ground in the NBA's Western Conference, which is once again home to several of the league's powerhouse...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — NBA players Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles have been included in Australia's 12-man squad for the FIBA World Cup next month in...
Boston plays Orlando in conference battle
Orlando Magic (40-40, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (48-32, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
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...
Hayward, Celtics run away from Warriors for a 128-95 win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie...
Celtics’ Irving out with hip injury, won’t face Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers with a left hip strain.
Irving has been bothered by the injury and the team announced Monday night they will rest him. Irving has missed two previous games with the injury. He had 30 points and 11 assists in Boston's win over Oklahoma City on Sunday.
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.
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 set to play after missing 2 games with eye injury
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics star Kyrie Irving is back in the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets after being sidelined with an eye injury.
Irving missed two games after scratching both corneas in a collision Dec. 31 at San Antonio. Boston won both — against Minnesota and Dallas — while Irving was out.
He leads the team in scoring and assists entering Monday, averaging 23.1 points per game and 6.6 assists.
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.
Suns beat Celtics 111-103, run winning streak to 4 games
BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker had 25 points and eight assists, and Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the suddenly resurgent Phoenix Suns past the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Wednesday night.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Suns since opening the season 4-24. Phoenix has its first four-game winning streak since March 2015.
T.J. Warren scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 for the Suns.
Celtics C Baynes out with broken bone in left hand
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics center Aron Baynes will be out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his left hand against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Baynes blocked a pass, shook his hand in visible pain and walked off the court straight to the locker room during a timeout early in the opening quarter. He was followed by member of the team's medical staff.
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.
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.
Irving scores 29 as Celtics rout Cavs 128-95
BOSTON (AP) — After stumbling through a late November slump, the Boston Celtics scored a season-high for the second game in a row.
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters and was one of seven Boston players in double figures as the Celtics routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95 on Friday night.
"It makes our jobs a lot easier to go out there and play at a high level when we're all doing it, not just a couple guys here and there. We need everybody," Irving said.
Baynes, Tatum combine for 30 points in Celtics’ easy win
ATLANTA (AP) — Aron Baynes knew the Boston Celtics had a perfect opponent to improve their flow on offense.
"You know we have had a pretty dry spell," Baynes said. "We have gotten good looks, but (shots) haven't been dropping, so to see it go through the hoop a few times tonight to begin the game was a good thing."
Baynes scored a season-high 16 points, Jayson Tatum added 14 and the Celtics snapped a three-game skid with a 114-96 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
NBA fines Celtics’ Smart, Cavs’ Smith for shoving match
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Aron Baynes and Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith for an on-court shoving match in their exhibition game.
NBA discipline boss Kiki VanDeWeghe fined Smart $25,000 for escalating the altercation and Smith $15,000 for shoving. Baynes was assessed $15,000 for initiating it.
The Latest: Aron Baynes staying with Celtics on 2-year deal
The Latest on the start of NBA free agency (all times EDT):
Aron Baynes, who started virtually every game last season with Boston, is staying with the Celtics.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Baynes has agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized.
The second year is at Baynes' option, meaning he could be a free agent again next summer.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward had surgery to remove a plate and screws in his broken left leg and will be ready to start next season.
Hayward missed almost the entire season after breaking his leg in the first quarter of the season opener. The Celtics went on to reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ainge: Irving had surgery on his nose
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Celtics general manager Danny Ainge says point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals because he was recovering from nasal surgery.
Ainge said on Monday that Irving had a deviated septum. The injury occurred in November when he was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture.
Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor.
Morris and Nance both went up for a pass, and the Cavaliers forward wound up crashing into the first row of seats. Morris appeared to wander over and say something, prompting Nance to jump up and body check him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.
Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics to a 110-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.
Jonathan Gibson scored 18 points, Guerschon Yabusele had 16 and Shane Larkin added 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics (55-27).
Nik Stauskas scored 18 points for the Nets (28-54) who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Allen Crabbe had 16 points.
Baynes 26 points, 14 rebounds leads Celtics past Nets
BOSTON (AP) — Most of Boston's regulars got a chance to watch some basketball — both on and off the court.
After watching some teammates on the court, they found themselves sitting or standing in front of TVs in the dressing room after the game waiting to see their upcoming playoff opponent.
Following an easy season-ending 110-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, their plans finally could turn to the "Greek Freak" and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Celtics beat Pistons 91-81, getting revenge for rare loss
DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter.
That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 points and Jackson had 20. In the rematch, Drummond didn't make a shot until late in the game and finished with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting while Jackson was 0 for 9 with two points.
Van Gundy praises ex-Pistons Morris, Baynes
Boston — Ahead of Monday's game against the Boston Celtics, most of the attention was on the matchup being between the teams with the top two records in the Eastern Conference and Avery Bradley playing his first game back at TD Garden.
It's also the Pistons' first reunion with forward Marcus Morris — whom the Pistons traded for Bradley — and center Aron Baynes, who opted out of his contract and signed with the Celtics.
Celtics beat Hornets 90-87 for 11th straight victory
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Shane Larkin each had 16 points and the Boston Celtics overcame an injury to Kyrie Irving to beat the Charlotte Hornets 90-87 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory.
Terry Rozier had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, playing an increased role after Irving left in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face. Jaylen Brown added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Celtics’ Irving exits after taking elbow to his face
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has left their game against the Charlotte Hornets after taking an elbow to the face.
Boston center Aron Baynes' elbow inadvertently struck Irving in the face when he was landing after a rebound attempt at the 10:10 mark of the first quarter Friday night. Irving fell to the floor and was bleeding from the nose area as he was escorted back to the locker room.
LAS VEGAS — The Celtics decided to tap into the Detroit Pistons market once again, this time signing Aron Baynes, a backup center on last year’s team.
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Australian provided solid backup minutes to Andre Drummond last season. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game, but probably from the start will be the most capable rebounder in the Celtics lineup.
Baynes declining option, becoming free agent
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit backup center Aron Baynes is declining his player option for next season and becoming a free agent.
Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons' coach and team president, confirmed the move Tuesday. The 30-year-old Baynes averaged 4.9 points in 75 games last season and has been a capable backup to Detroit star Andre Drummond over the past two years. Baynes has had to play crucial minutes at times, when Drummond was limited late in games because of his poor foul shooting.
Jackson, Leuer lead Pistons to 98-91 win over Mavericks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons, led by 27 at halftime before holding on for the win. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 56-36, led by Marcus Morris' 13, Andre Drummond's 11 and Aron Baynes' 11.
Pistons beat Bulls 102-91 for fourth win in 5 games
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — In the long run, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are going to be the most important players on the Detroit roster.
Tuesday, though, they were spectators.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went with his bench in the fourth quarter against the Bulls, and they outscored Chicago 31-19 to pull out a 102-91 victory.
Celtics welcome back Al Horford and Jae Crowder with win over the Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — They played the usual selection of NBA arena tunes here at The Palace — and, hey, there was a Sinatra tribute at halftime. But the only legitimate accompaniment for the Celtics last night was Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited.”
And it felt so good when Al Horford followed up a Jae Crowder missed 3-pointer and monster keep-alive by Marcus Smart to put the Celts ahead, 94-92 with 1.3 seconds left.
Harris leads Pistons past Thunder 104-88
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Right now, Aron Baynes is probably best known for his samurai-style haircut.
If Andre Drummond misses much more time, Baynes could become known for his rugged play.
With Drummond sidelined by a sprained ankle, Baynes had 20 points and eight rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-88 on Monday night.
Pistons C Aron Baynes has surgery to repair broken nose
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes has had surgery to repair a broken nose.
Baynes was ruled out for Wednesday night's preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. With a protective mask, he is expected to be available to play when Detroit opens the regular season next week at Toronto.
Baynes broke his nose in Tuesday's practice and had surgery the same day.
That's what Sunday is at the Rio Olympics.
But before the Closing Ceremony and remembering what was and what could have been, four athletes with ties to Michigan have a chance to bring home some gold.
But two athletes are venturing on to the Olympic field for the first time — wrestler Franklin Gomez and marathoner Mohamed Hrezi.
But just like that, it'll all come to an end — until the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Australia’s Boomers beat Pac-12 All-Stars 92-83
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills and Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes helped Australia's Boomers begin their fine-tuning for the Olympics with a 92-83 win over the Pac-12 All-Stars on Tuesday.
The Boomers team for next month's Rio de Janeiro Games was announced Monday and planned two games against the Pac-12 team before leaving Australia. Matthew Dellavedova missed Tuesday's game after failing to get clearance from the NBA but is...