NEW YORK (AP) — Sacramento guard Buddy Hield has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking the ball into the stands following the Kings’ victory over Boston.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Boston Celtics were an unlucky bounce away from extending an historic start to their season.
Instead, the Sacramento Kings walked away with a huge...
BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker took on some extra responsibility at the offensive end in Boston's first game since Gordon Hayward broke his left hand.
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating.
The NBA fined Smart on Friday, a day after his comments following the...
BOSTON (AP) — The Bucks exploited gaps in the Celtics' defense on their way to beating Boston in five games last season in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
BOSTON (AP) — Change is everywhere for the Boston Celtics this season. And it's noticeable in many ways, big and small.
Point guard Kyrie Irving is gone and has been replaced by another...
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — U.S. guard Donovan Mitchell turned toward his bench with fists clenched, then punched the air in celebration and let out a joyous scream.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup.
Red, white and blue. The colors of USA Basketball.
Except this summer, green — Celtics green, to be precise — would work on that palette as well.
NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart will be available for Game 4 of their playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle.
Indianapolis; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Conference foes Indiana and Boston face off at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Boston Celtics (46-32, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (38-39, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston Celtics (45-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (38-38, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
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...
BOSTON (AP) — Two nights after the San Antonio Spurs had no answer for James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge assumed a similarly unstoppable role against the Boston Celtics.
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for forcefully shoving Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to the floor.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Boston's recent dominance of the Philadelphia 76ers has been frustrating for Joel Embiid. So when Marcus Smart angrily shoved the star big man to the ground, Embiid had finally...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James put up a triple-double in less than 28 minutes, and it still wasn't enough to keep his patchwork Los Angeles Lakers competitive against Kyrie Irving and the surging...
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...
TORONTO (AP) — A lack of togetherness is turning into big trouble for the struggling Boston Celtics.
Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks shook off any All-Star break hangover in a hurry.
Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving's pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team's bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were "amazing."
To the man contesting both of those key shots, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, they were "incredible."
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.
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.
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.
BOSTON (AP) — There was a moment during the past month in which Marcus Smart wasn't sure where he'd be playing basketball this upcoming season.
A day after signing a four-year deal to remain in the only NBA jersey he's ever played in, Smart said he's focused on doing what he can to help the Celtics win their 18th championship.
"I'm ecstatic. This is a blessing," Smart said Friday.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics re-signed guard Marcus Smart on Thursday, bringing him back for four more years after he found the market for a restricted free agent defensive specialist wasn't as lucrative as he'd hoped.
A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over the next four years. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Home-court advantage has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Celtics so far this postseason.
Boston is 9-0 at TD Garden during these playoffs and has blistered opponents early in games, shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from the 3-point line. It's often led to cushions that have helped the Celtics sustain opponents' runs in the second half.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make "winning plays" with the game on the line.
And more times than not, it's been Marcus Smart making them.
Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, Smart has been unflappable and Boston's unquestioned deacon of toughness.
BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws.
He missed the first.
He could have made things more difficult for the 76ers by missing the second one on purpose, and forcing them to go the length of the court with the clock running. He chucked it against the rim; it went in.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have been mining possibility out of improbable odds throughout the 2017-2018 season.
A season filled with so much promise was jolted just five minutes into their season opener back in October when Gordon Hayward was lost for the year to a fractured ankle.
It looked to be derailed for sure when Marcus Smart suffered a torn ligament in his thumb in March, followed by Kyrie Irving being sidelined for the season a month later following a pair of knee surgeries.
BOSTON (AP) — The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.
And for the second straight game it was enough to upend a Philadelphia 76ers team that still has much to figure out as it heads home trailing 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, helping the Celtics rally from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 on Thursday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is sitting out Game 1 of Boston's Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the 76ers with a right hamstring strain.
Boston made the announcement prior to Monday night's tip-off.
Brown suffered the injury in the Celtics' Game 7 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
BOSTON (AP) — So much of the chatter before Boston's first-round matchup with Milwaukee focused on who wouldn't be on the court for the Celtics.
Injuries forced Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart to join Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis as spectators by the end of the regular season. It seemingly left the East's second seed vulnerable against a Bucks team boasting one of the league's most versatile scorers in All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford has been the Celtics' quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.
The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series.
Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Marcus Smart is active for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Milwaukee.
Smart was medically cleared by doctors and participated in the Celtics' Tuesday morning shootaround. Coach Brad Stevens says he'll come off the bench and wear a protective splint.
Smart had surgery on March 16 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He hasn't played in a game since March 11.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss about two weeks after cutting his right hand hitting a picture frame.
Smart apologized to his teammates, coaches and fans on Twitter on Friday afternoon, saying, "I feel like I let all y'all down."
The Celtics said Smart returned to Boston after the injury to his right hand "from a non-basketball incident" before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, showing off a spectacular array of big shots and slick passes.
And if Boston's Marcus Smart hadn't missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, it still wouldn't have been enough for a win because the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't hit their free throws down the stretch.
"That's why we've got practice tomorrow," Kuzma said with a grin.
BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory over Boston on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.
Davis, who scored 48 on Sunday in an overtime win in New York, had four points in overtime and blocked two shots for the Pelicans, who overcame a sluggish start to the fourth quarter and erased a five-point deficit in the final few minutes of regulation.
BOSTON (AP) — Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters.
The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night.
"We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a victory," said Marcus Smart, who led Boston with 18 points. "Tonight was one of those games where every last one of us from the starters to the guys coming in off the bench were ready."