BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving can opt out of his Celtics contract and become a free agent. Gordon Hayward might never play like he did before his injury. It's possible Brad Stevens won't figure out a...
BOSTON (AP) — Expectations overflowed prior to the season for a Boston Celtics team expected to ascend to the top of an Eastern Conference without LeBron James.
Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics
Much has changed since the Celtics outlasted the Bucks during their seven-game slugfest in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs.
For starters, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both...
Celtics sweep Pacers; Warriors, Raptors take 3-1 leads
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Marcus Morris started a decisive 3-point flurry late in the fourth quarter Sunday to give the Boston Celtics a series-clinching 110-106...
Celtics complete rare sweep by beating Pacers 110-106
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday.
They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean...
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.
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Pacers aren't interested in talking about the past as they prepare to tip off their first-round playoff matchup.
Boston Celtics (48-33, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (32-49, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Tatum scored 22 points and Gordon Hayward added 21 in his return to Indianapolis on Friday night, leading the Boston Celtics to a crucial 117-97 victory over the...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward executed the game plan perfectly for Boston on Friday night.
He made all nine of his shots. He made all three of his free throws. And, he gave the Celtics...
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...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Instead of dwelling on his mistake that let Sacramento tie the game in the closing seconds, Gordon Hayward made it moot.
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...
Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors 107-95
TORONTO (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points, Gerald Green had 11 of his 18 in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-95 on Tuesday night.
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.
Tatum scores 25, Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs 103-96
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena.
He walked off the floor.
Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
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.
Rozier’s perfect start, 26 points carry Celtics past Cavs
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics had a little tuneup before their big mid-winter test.
Terry Rozier scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and the Celtics coasted to their fifth straight victory with a 123-103 win over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Now, they look ahead to a showdown with defending champion Golden State at TD Garden on Saturday night.
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.
Hayward (35 pts) leads Celtics past Timberwolves 115-102
BOSTON (AP) — Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston's previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.
Then it quickly turned around.
A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.
Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks 129-108
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving credits Boston's defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA.
Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for their eighth straight victory.
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.
With 30 points, Hayward helps Celtics beat T-wolves 118-109
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — That gruesome ankle injury that put Gordon Hayward through a grueling year of rehab forced him to adjust his game.
However he's able to make it happen, the Boston Celtics are more than happy to have him making the significant impact they envisioned all along.
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.
Drama, the long ball center of early season NBA intrigue
There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season.
None of the league's final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy this time.
The addition of Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets' roster produced more thorns than fruit, and now he is out.
Kyrie Irving scores 43, Celtics beat Raptors 123-116 in OT
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter.
Then in overtime, he really turned it on.
The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Irving scores 17 points, Celtics rout Bulls 111-82
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics returned from a dreadful road trip with a resounding rout.
Kyrie Irving had 17 points and seven assists and Jaylen Brown scored 18 as Boston beat the Chicago Bulls 111-82 on Wednesday night.
"One of the toughest things to do in this league is to come off a road trip, good or bad, and play well in front of the home fans," Irving said. "For us it was a conscious effort to be more aggressive and kind of play the game out as it came."
Jazz beat Celtics 123-115 in Hayward’s return to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward got a cold reception in Utah. He was booed every time he touched the ball, and his Boston Celtics left town with a loss.
Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points and added a season-best seven assists to help the Jazz beat the Celtics 123-115 on Friday night in Hayward's return to Salt Lake City.
Irving scores 28, Celtics beat Bucks 117-113
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics went outside and stayed there while knocking off the last of the NBA's unbeatens with a barrage of 3-pointers.
The Celtics set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 24 in a 117-113 win over the Bucks on Thursday night, handing Milwaukee its first loss of the season.
Vucevic scores 24 with 12 rebounds as Magic hold off Celtics
BOSTON (AP) — The way things went on the road for the Orlando Magic last season, one of the final two 3-point attempts by Boston probably would have gone in.
But it's a new season and the ball bounced the right way in the closing seconds for Orlando.
Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds while the Magic survived two 3-point attempts by Boston in the final seconds to beat the Celtics 93-90 on Monday night.
Hayward sitting out against Knicks to rest sore ankle
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Celtics are giving Gordon Hayward a night off to rest his surgically repaired left ankle.
Hayward is sitting out the Celtics' game Saturday against the New York Knicks on their second night of back-to-back games.
Coach Brad Stevens says there wasn't a plan to sit Hayward out of the second night of consecutive games, but the forward was feeling general soreness coming off Boston's loss in Toronto on Friday.
Celtics beat 76ers 105-87 as Hayward, Irving make returns
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics will need time to figure out how to get the most out of their loaded roster this season.
It didn't stop them from picking up their first victory on a night they celebrated the official return of their two biggest stars.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Celtics healthy, eager to embrace favorites tag in East
BOSTON (AP) — The band is back together in Boston.
Or, at least, it's healthy again.
Hopes were high for the Celtics going into last season thanks to a revamped roster that included All-Star additions Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Everything changed five minutes into the season with Hayward's gruesome leg injury. Expectations changed again late in the season when Irving was also lost for the year following a pair of knee surgeries.
As preseason winds down, NBA stars are getting some rest
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward's preseasons ended early.
And they weren't alone around the NBA on Saturday, either.
The Boston Celtics left the biggest two stars on their roster — both of whom are coming off serious injuries, and now apparently dealing with far more minor ones — out of the lineup for their preseason finale at Cleveland.
The official reasons where lower back pain for Hayward and a rib contusion for Irving.
Kyrie tells fans: I’ll be back ‘if you guys will have me’
BOSTON (AP) — Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he intends to re-sign with the Celtics next summer.
At a fan event at TD Garden on Thursday , Irving told the crowd, "If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here."
Hayward returns, and the NBA preseason schedule begins
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward finally returned to the court, and Kyrie Irving got to play at North Carolina.
Hayward scored 10 points in his first game in nearly a year for the Boston Celtics, who fell to the Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Friday night — the opening night of the NBA preseason schedule.
"Been waiting a long time to lace back up and get out there with the guys," Hayward said.
Big Five? Talent-rich Celtics embracing lofty expectations
CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Last summer, new Boston Celtics arrivals Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward beamed just imagining what it would be like to share the court together.
Those dreams lasted all of five minutes before Hayward was lost for the season to a gruesome leg injury on the opening night of the season.
Celtics’ Heyward: Rehab was ‘most difficult thing I’ve done’
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics were in sunny Los Angeles, it was another sub-zero winter day back in Boston, and Gordon Hayward was stuck in rehab, shooting baskets from a chair and picking up marbles with his toes to work his surgically repaired ankle back into shape.
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.
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year, and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title.
This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat.