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Boston Celtics 2015-2016 News and Updates
4/21/15 - The Boston Celtics started out the 2015 NBA playoffs a little rocky. They have lost both of the two opening games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first by 13 points, the final score being 100-113, then by eight points. At this point, the Celtics now have the chance to play on their own court. If they have any hope of turning it around, they need to make their play now. Hopefully the home court advantage will be enough to turn the tide. If the Celtics lose two more times, they will officially be eliminated. The next matchup between Boston and Cleveland will be on April 23rd. If you want to come out and help cheer them to their first postseason victory, tickets are still available starting at $71.
4/13/15 - On April 14th, the Boston Celtics took on the Toronto Raptors and came away with a narrow 93-95 victory. With this win, the Celtics officially have a place in the 2015 playoffs, which will begin in about a week. This news also reveals that Boston will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in their opening round. The Celtics have had a good record of beating the Cavaliers this season, but that may be due to the fact that Cleveland rested their key players in most of the games in which the two teams met. Even so, it is hard to ignore the incredible 78-117 victory that Boston earned over Cleveland just two nights before securing a place in the postseason. If they can play like that, or how they have been in their current five-game winning streak, the Celtics will do well in the playoffs.
4/6/15 - The Boston Celtics have won two of their last three games. First, they dominated the court with the Indiana Pacers, scoring a strong 87-100 victory. They had a little more trouble when they took on the Milwaukee Bucks on April 3rd. The Celtics came close, but they still fell nine points short. Regardless, they played incredibly well, scoring an impressive 101 points. Even though they lost, going toe to toe against another postseason team is a good sign. Even better, the very next day, the Celtics were able to take a win against the, also postseason team, Toronto Raptors. It came down to overtime, but the Celtics won 117 to 116. With two home games remaining in the season, your next chance to catch them live will be on April 12th against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
3/30/15 - Slowly, the Boston Celtics are starting to turn their win ratio around. Last week, the Celtics lost 80% of their matches, but they have won two out of their three games so far this week, and even their loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are high up in the Western Conference, saw Boston score more than they did when they beat the New York Knicks two days earlier. Most impressively, however, was their performance against the Charlotte Hornets on March 30th. The Celtics racked up an incredible 116 points. Luckily, they seem to be performing very well in their away games, which will be very beneficial in the playoffs. The next time you can catch the Celtics in action will be on April 1st when they take on the Indiana Pacers. Tickets start at $19.
3/23/15 - The Celtics' winning streak last week, right as the decision for who would go to the playoffs, paid off. The Boston Celtics officially have a spot in the postseason, but they have their work cut out for them. They currently are last out of both conferences. Unfortunately, they have lost four of their last five games, as well. If they want to have any chance of holding their own in the playoffs, they need to start building momentum now, but they are quickly running out of time with only five home games and less than a month remaining. Your next chance to see the Celtics play live will be on March 29th when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Tickets for that game start at $48.
3/16/15 - As the revelation of who will receive the final playoff spot for the Eastern Conference quickly approaches, the Boston Celtics continue to dominate the court. They have only lost one game is recent memory, and they are on a five-game winning streak, which is currently the second highest in the league. With seven of their last eight games ending with victory, many are starting to expect the Celtics to go all the way to the postseason, which they have not done since 2012. Tyler Zeller led the Celtics with 26 points in their most recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers, to end the game 89-108. They have two more away games remaining before they return on March 22nd to play the Detroit Pistons. Tickets start at $23.
3/9/15 - Winners of three out of their last four games, the Boston Celtics are making a push for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A disappointing loss to the Orlando Magic became an afterthought on Monday night, as the C’s took down the Heat despite a 34-point outing from Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade. Recently-acquired Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points in 31 minutes off the bench, also tying a team-high with four assists for the game. With the win, Boston closed within two games of the eighth spot in the East, as they try to reach the postseason for the first time since 2012. The Celtics will host the dangerous Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, and tickets for TD Garden are available starting at $17!
3/2/15 - Still knocking at the door in the Eastern Conference playoff conversation, the Boston Celtics wrapped up an impressive month of basketball in February, going 7-4 to pull within one game of eighth place. They find themselves in a dead heat with several teams vying for the final two postseason spots in the East, including Miami, Indiana, Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Detroit—all of whom are separated by a mere two games in the standings. The Celtics opened March with a loss to the high-powered Golden State Warriors, but will look to turn things around on Tuesday when they visit LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. A select number of tickets are still available from $38, but you’ll have to act quickly if you want to be a part of the excitement at Quicken Loans Arena!
2/23/15 - The Boston Celtics got a great deal when they grabbed Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns. Just four days after his trade, the Suns hosted the Celtics and Thomas showed his mettle on the court scoring 21 points. Eight of those points came in the last two minutes of the game. The final score was 115-110. On Friday (2/27), you can catch Thomas and the Celtics at TD Garden when they host the Charlotte Hornets. Start your weekend right and get your tickets from Razorgator starting at only $22. Enjoy some great basketball on Sunday (3/1) when the Golden State Warriors come to town. You can get tickets starting at $48 for this game. The Utah Jazz join the Celtics on their home court on Wednesday (3/4). If you have the winter blues, shake them off with the fast paced action of a game.
2/16/15 - The Boston Celtics are hoping that Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns becomes available at the NBA trade deadline. Rumor has it they’re interested in getting him for their team. When the Celtics come back to TD Garden on Wednesday (2/25), it will interesting to see how their roster held up. YOu’ll want to get your tickets to catch them in the arena. Starting at only $17, you can bring the whole family out for a night of great entertainment on the court. If you miss the Celtics on Wednesday, they’ll be back on home court on Friday (2/27) when they host the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets and Celtics are evenly matched, so it should be an exciting game. You’ll be warm and toasty, no matter what the weather outside looks like.
2/9/15 - With a 19-31 record, the Boston Celtics had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Milwaukee Bucks in last Saturday’s game. When the Celtics come back from the break, they’ll be on the road for three games before coming home to host the New York Knicks at TD Garden on Wednesday (2/25). Get great seats to catch all the action of this exciting and fast-paced game starting at $18 from Razorgator. Guard Andre Dawkins is joining the Celtics on the court. Coming from the Maine Red Claws, Dawkins has averaged 16.1 points per game in seven games, along with 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists during game play. He’ll be a player to watch. Come out and cheer the home team in this long-standing rivalry of 512 games in the regular season. The Celtics lead the series with 276 games.
2/2/15 - The Boston Celtics broke a 3-game losing streak with a win in Tuesday’s game against their longtime rivals, the New York Knicks. It was a fairly close game, with the final score of 108-97. Avery Bradley scored 26 of those points, with Jared Sullinger having 22. The energy was strong from the Celtics at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics hope to keep the trend going when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday (2/6). Tickets from Razorgator start at $16. The following Wednesday (2/11), the Celtics take on the strong Atlanta Hawks. Tickets start at $13. Get out of the cold and get to TD Garden to watch an exciting and fast-paced game with your favorite local team. Cheer the Celts to victory and enjoy the camaraderie of their fans!
1/26/15 - Following a rocky start in January, the Boston Celtics have taken three of their last four games during their current six-game Western Conference road trip. Clutch one-point wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets on back-to-back nights preceded a narrow three-point loss to the high-powered Golden State Warriors, but the C’s bounced back the very next night to knock off the Utah Jazz, 99-90. New addition Tayshaun Prince had a big game off the bench to lead Boston to the win, turning back the clock with a 19 points on 7-10 shooting, plus five assists in 30 minutes of action. The Celtics will face the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night (with tickets from just $2!) before returning home to take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Friday. Tickets for TD Garden start at $29.
1/19/15 - The Boston Celtics are out on the road over the next week, coming home on 1/30 to face the Houston Rockets. The Celtics’ rookie, Marcus Smart, who played with Oklahoma State University, is the player to watch. Since returning to the lineup in December after an injury, Smart has converted 29 of the 68 3-pointers, for an average of 42.6 percent. In a game against the Clippers, Smart had four 3-pointers, which is his record. Tickets for the Rockets game are available through Razorgator so that you can come out and see this phenomenal player. Starting at $29, it’s a bargain for a night of great basketball. Enjoy the Celtics and show your support for your home town team. Don’t miss any of the action.
1/12/15 - The Celtics scored a win over superstar Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, 108-100. The frontcourt carried the C’s to victory, led by 27 points and 10 rebounds from Jared Sullinger, plus 22 points on 9-14 shooting from second-year forward Jae Crowder. Rookie point guard Marcus Smart paced his team with six assists, as he continues to develop in hopes of becoming Boston’s starting point guard in the post-Rajon Rondo era. The Celtics remain within striking distance of the top eight in the Eastern Conference, although they will face a handful of the NBA elite to finish out the month of January, beginning with the East-leading Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Great seats are still available from $15, so come out to TD Garden and support your Boston Celtics!
1/5/15 - After dropping their last three games, the Boston Celtics will take to the road and look to get back on track versus a set of Eastern Conference rivals. The C’s opened 2015 by hosting the Dallas Mavericks and recently-jettisoned point guard Rajon Rondo, who dismantled his former team on the way to an 18-point Dallas victory. Boston took the Chicago Bulls to overtime the following evening, but they were unable to overcome Pau Gasol’s 29 points. The Celtics are averaging the third-most points per game in the East, but are also last place in points allowed. They’ll need to put the clamps on if they hope to score a win over the Indiana Pacers on the road Friday night. Get in with great prices from Razorgator—seats start at just $8 for this Eastern Conference clash!
12/29/14 - It hasn’t been easy for the Boston Celtics after trading franchise point guard Rajon Rondo, but they will try to reverse their fortunes on Wednesday when they host the Sacramento Kings. The Celtics have lost four straight, but continue to show themselves as a young team that battles back into games under second-year coach Brad Stevens—however, they have not been able to get over the hump since putting together three straight wins in mid-December. Sitting only two-and-a-half games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, Boston will try to build on their foundation of scoring-leader Jeff Green, versatile power forward Jared Sullinger, and defensive specialist Avery Bradley, as they try to make their first playoff appearance since 2011-12. Razorgator has great prices for Boston’s final game of the year, with tickets from $29 for their clash with the up-and-coming Sacramento Kings.
12/23/14 - The Boston Celtics will look to get back into the win column on Tuesday night when they face off with the Orlando Magic. The Celtics defeated Orlando as part of the three-game winning streak that was snapped on Sunday night, as they fell 100-84 to the Miami Heat. Third-year center Tyler Zeller led Boston with 22 points and eight rebounds, but Miami’s balanced attack, led by Luol Deng (game-high 23 points), was too much for the Celtics to overcome. Currently, Boston sits only a half-game back for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and could have a chance to put themselves into the playoff mix as the season progresses. The Celtics will try to add to their two-game lead over the Magic on Tuesday night at the Amway Center, and Razorgator can get you in the door with tickets starting at just $21!
12/15/14 - The Boston Celtics are showing their strength as a team. With an 8-14 record, they rank 3rd in the Atlantic Division. After losing four straight games, they finally took another win against the Philadelphia 76ers. At 105-87, it was a lopsided game after the Celtics took the lead after the second quarter with 57 points over 38 points by the 76ers. The Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets in a post-Christmas game. With tickets starting at just $48, it would be a great diversion from shopping and holiday parties. Kelly Olynyk is a player to watch. He scored a career-high 30 points in the 76ers’ game, with three 3-point shots in the first half of the game. Catch him and his teammates on the court and enjoy a great basketball game.
12/8/14 - Fresh off a tough double-overtime loss in Washington, the Boston Celtics will look to rebound on Wednesday when they visit the Charlotte Hornets. Boston forced the first of two overtimes on Monday with a clutch three-pointer by Evan Turner, and even led by as many as seven points in each of the two extra sessions. The Wizards kept answering back though, and took the lead for good on a three-point play by John Wall in the final minute to seal the win, 133-132. The Celtics finished with six players in double figures, plus 17 steals as a team, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the surging Wizards and their all-star backcourt. The C’s will try to inch closer to the top eight in the Eastern Conference in Charlotte on Wednesday night, and Razorgator has your tickets to the game starting at just $9!
12/1/14 - The Boston Celtics continue their rough patch in this season with another heartbreaking loss. Despite being ahead at the half, Boston simply couldn’t hold onto their lead against the San Antonio Spurs. With a final score of 111-89, the Celtics are now at 4-10. This also marks their fourth loss in a row. They are, however, still in the third position for the Atlantic Division. Boston is only two wins behind the Brooklyn Nets, but almost .5 PCT behind the Raptors in first. There may not be much chance of closing that gap, but the Celtics will absolutely continue to fight hard. Their series of home games is approaching, the first of which is on the 3rd against the Detroit Pistons. Tickets are still available for $10.
11/25/14 - The Boston Celtics’ rough season continues as they lost one more game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Boston built a small lead in the first two quarters, but the game was tied at the start of the final quarter. Unfortunately, the Celtics were only to score 16 points against the Trail Blazers’ 22 bringing the final score to 94-88. This brings Boston to 4-8 and is their second loss in a row. They are still sitting at 3rd for their division, so they haven’t fallen too far behind yet. There’s still time to turn things around, but if their luck continues, they may need to wait until next season for a fresh start. Boston is taking on the Chicago Bulls next on the 28th and tickets are available starting at $26.
11/17/14 - Friday’s Celtics / Cavaliers game ended with just a single point victory for Cleveland. The Boston Celtics were ahead by 17 points at the end of the third quarter, putting away an unbelievable 42 points in that quarter alone. But the Cavaliers were able to put together a formidable comeback that was able to just barely peak over the Celtics at 122-121. This brings Boston to 3-5 and places them 3rd in the Atlantic Division. With the season nearly halfway over, they have an uphill battle ahead of them, but plenty of opportunity, especially with mostly home games left. There’s no excuse not to go and cheer your Boston Celtics on, the first chance being this coming Monday, the 17th. They will be playing the Phoenix Suns and tickets start at $10.
11/10/14 - The Chicago Bulls were given their second loss on Saturday by the Boston Celtics. A close game of 106-101 brings the Celtics to 3-3, even without Rajon Rondo, who has now missed four games. Boston ended the first quarter behind by five points, but followed it up with an incredible second and third quarter with a combined 63 points. In the final stretch, the Bulls were able to close the gap with a whopping 34 points, but were ultimately unable to overtake the Celtics. Up next, the Boston Celtics will be playing Oklahoma City Thunder on their home court this coming Wednesday. With three wins and three losses, Boston will be looking to push their win-lose ratio into the positive. Tickets are available starting at $66.
11/3/14 - The Boston Celtics suffered a loss against the Dallas Mavericks Monday night, and nearly acheived the impossible. With only one more free throw, the Celtics could have sealed the stat at 2-1,056. This feat has only been achieved once in the past 1,057 attempts. Boston began to fall behind at 31 points but were within reach of catching up and sealing a victory against the Mavericks. The Celtics scored three points twice, cutting its deficit down before Avery Bradley scored the most important play ofthe game with only 39.5 seconds left on the clock. Bradley scored a three-pointer and nearly erased Dallas' lead until Bradley missed his second free throw and the Mavericks were able to retain a one-point lead. The Celtics hope to gain back their momentum when they take on the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Get your tickets today for just $20 each.
10/27/14 - The Boston Celtics will open the 2014-15 season Wednesday, Oct. 29, against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. It has been speculated that Rajon Rondo will return to the floor as point guard after recovering from a broken bone in his hand. In 2011, Rondo also returned from a dislocated elbow in the playoffs and played with a torn ACL for 12 minutes in 2013. The Celtics and Nets played a head-to-head preseason game Oct. 22, and the Celtics came out with the win 100-86. This game might be the start of the most important season for Evan Turner. As his third team, Tuner should have a better opportunity to showcase his talent. Jared Sullinger, in the BOston frontcourt, should also make an impact. Tickets for Wednesday night's game start at just $24, so be sure to grab your last minute tickets now.
10/20/14 – A little over two weeks before the Boston Celtics play their first regular season game at TD Garden, ticket prices for the season are averaging $187 ($12 more than the NBA average). Two preseason games in Boston will be played Wednesday against the Nets (min $7) and a week later also against Brooklyn (min $24). Speaking of the Brooklyn Nets, the two teams went head-to-head in the league’s experimental 44-minute game and Boston outscored their opponent 95-90; but, don’t worry NBA fans there is no sign of implementing the rule any time soon.
10/14/14 – The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets will experiment with a 44-minute preseason game on Sunday. Seats at Barclays Center are just $4 for the contest that will be four minutes shorter than the NBA’s standard 48-minute game. Forward Jeff Green will make his preseason debut Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors; however, veteran Gerald Wallace is out due to a bone bruise in his knee.
8/14/14 – The Boston Celtics 2014-2015 schedule surfaced yesterday, revealing the squad is slated against stiff competition as they further the rebuilding process. The Celtics open their season at home with an Oct. 29 visit from the Nets, and whereas Brooklyn is still pending the status of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce will journey back to his old stomping grounds with Washington on Dec. 7. Boston will take a whack at LeBron James on his new-old team, when the Cavaliers visit on Nov.14, and the Celtics get a shot at Carmelo Anthony when they faceoff with the Knicks on Dec. 5. The Cs will defend TD Garden from the West, highlighted by games against defending champion San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 30), the Lakers (Dec. 5), and Doc Rivers and the Clippers (Mar. 29). The final home game is slated for Apr. 14 against potential Atlantic Division crown contenders, the Toronto Raptors. Score your Boston Celtics tickets now and get a jump-start on the best deals for the 2014-2015 season!
Upon parting from two championship-winning legends, the Boston Celtics officially initiated the long process of starting from the ground up last year. The franchise bid farewell to duo Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as Jason Terry, in return for three future first round picks and a number of Brooklyn’s surplus contracts. This dramatically overhauled roster was further impacted by Rajon Rondo’s limitation to just 30 games following knee surgery, though the star performed very well upon his return.
Boston ultimately wound up with a 25-57 record on the 2013-2014 season and tied with Utah for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. The Celtics have nowhere to go but up, ranking 29th in the league in points per game (96.2) and 18th in defensive efficiency (107.7). Brad Stevens was commendable in his first year as head coach in the NBA, but see where he takes the team with another year of experience under his belt! The franchise landed Marcus Smart, the second point guard to go in the draft (No. 6 overall), and brilliant scorer James Young (17th overall). These touted prospects, plus a generous salary cap of $63.2 million, mark the promising start towards upward mobility during Boston's 2014-2015 season.
4/17/14 - No Rajon Rondo. No Jared Sullinger. No Boston Celtics win to close out the season either, as Washington paved their way to the #5 seed in the TD Garden by a 118-102 count. The Celtics lost their last two games to close out their 2013-14 season on a down note, and it was no help that two of their best players in Rondo and Sullinger saw no action on the last night of the year. Kelly Olynyk was the leading scorer for the C’s, knocking down 24 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and a steal; Jeff Green added 20 points and four rebounds, while Avery Bradley tossed in 18 points and Brandon Bass chipped in with 16. Phil Pressey scored just nine points, but dished out 10 assists and cleared five boards.
4/11/14 - Despite two players (Rajon Rondo, 19 points/12 assists; Jared Sullinger, 15 points/11 rebounds) collecting double-doubles, and four of the five starters breaking into double figures in scoring, the Boston Celtics were unable to play spoiler, falling to eighth-in-the-conference Atlanta 105-97 at Philips Arena on April 9. As a team, the Celtics were outshot by Atlanta, 52.6% to 44.0%, even though the C’s were better from three point land; the Celtics bench only accounted for 20 points, half of which were scored by Chris Johnson, though Kelly Olynyk’s primary contribution off the bench was the nine rebounds he pulled down. Avery Bradley had a game high 24 points; he was a perfect 4-for-4 from both beyond the arc and at the free throw line.
4/4/14 - Backup center Jared Sullinger had another solid night for the Boston Celtics during a visit to Washington, but he was the only Celtic to really stand out as the Wizards defeated the C’s 118-92 to clinch their first NBA playoff spot since 2008. Sullinger recorded a game-high 25 points for the Celtics along with four rebounds; yet another Celtics reserve center, Kelly Olynyk, collected 14 points coming off the bench, while reserve forward Chris Johnson pulled down eight boards, a Celtic team high for the game. Among starters, point guard Rajon Rondo was responsible for 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Celtics were out-rebounded by the Wizards by a 41-29 margin; the Wizards were also highly effective in field goal percentage, hitting on 62.5% of their shots to Boston’s 39.5%.
3/27/14 - On an off night for all but one of the Boston Celtics’ starters, Jared Sullinger came up big off the bench, but couldn’t pull the rest of the C’s with him, falling 99-90 to the visiting Toronto Raptors on March 26. Sullinger, a product of THE Ohio State University, scored a team high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds (also a team high), two blocked shots, an assist and a steal on the night. The only starter to reach double figures in scoring was guard Avery Bradley, who picked up 16 points. Rajon Rondo contributed nine points but 15 assists. A deciding factor in the game was points in the paint scoring, in which Toronto led the Celts 40-28.
3/20/14 - The Boston Celtics used a 7-2 run late in the fourth quarter on March 19 to upend defending league champs Miami 101-96 at the TD Garden. Rajon Rondo nearly collected a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for the victorious Celtics, who had dropped four of their last five games; fellow guard Avery Bradley led all scorers with 23 points, while forward Brandon Bass added 18 and Jared Sullinger scored 14. In off-court news, the Celts signed guard Chris Babb to a multiple-year deal after the expiration of his second 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
3/13/14 - After defeating Detroit last weekend, the Boston Celtics proceeded to drop a pair of games on back to back days, allowing Indiana to snap a four game losing streak 94-83, and falling to division mates New York 116-92. Earlier in the week, general manager Danny Ainge said on a Boston radio station that that Rajon Rondo would not play any more back-to-back games the rest of this season. Rondo did not play in the loss to the Knicks, a game in which Jeff Green led the Celts in scoring with 27 points. Rondo had just eight points in 40 minutes of on court time against the Pacers.
3/7/14 - The Boston Bruins played one of their best games of the year last night shutting out the Washington Capitals behind Tuukka Rask’s strong play in net who recorded his league leading sixth shutout of the season. The Bruins were able to get offense from a multitude of areas having three different players record a goal with Brad Marchand putting the dagger in the Capitals by scoring the final goal of the game with just a minute and a half left in the game.
3/6/14 - Golden State was not a kind visitor for the Boston Celtics, as the Warriors thoroughly dominated the Celts at the TD Garden, 108-88, on March 5. Just how dominant were the Warriors? The key stat: the Celtics were outscored 58-32 in the paint for the game. While five Celtics scored in double figures, it was reserve center Kelly Olynyk who led the way with 19 points coming off the pine. Rajon Rondo was the leading performer among the Celtics’ starters, picking up 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.
2/28/14 - The Boston Celtics returned to winning after a five game losing streak going back to before the All Star Game, knocking off playoff contender Atlanta 115-104 on February 26. Guard Jerryd Bayless led six Celts – including all five starters – with a game high 29 points; fellow guard Rajon Rondo, in the lineup despite a controversial absence during the team’s last visit to the West Coast, had 22 points and 11 assists in the winning effort. Gerald Wallace led the way defensively for the Celtics with 10 rebounds. The Celtics will entertain the high-flying Indiana Pacers this weekend.
2/20/14 - As the trade deadline approached, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens gathered his charges at their Beverly Hills hotel, according to a story on ESPN.com, and reassured the players that the Celts’ front office had no deals in the works. As it turned out, he was right, as Boston’s roster remained intact as the hour of the deadline passed. The Celtics were in Los Angeles preparing for what was, once upon a time, a marquee matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers; however, much of the luster is gone from both once-proud squads, neither of whom figures in postseason talk at the moment.
2/10/14 - Despite a home loss to Dallas on February 9, some good news was found by the Boston Celtics: guard Rajon Rondo very nearly collected a triple double (15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds) in 37 minutes of playing time. While the starting backcourt of Rondo and Avery Bradley (right ankle injury) were not expected to play in the Celts next game against Milwaukee, team officials expected that Rondo’s recovery from ACL surgery had progressed to the point where he would not be held out of back-to-back games.
2/3/14 - With Rajon Rondo back – having started all seven games he’s played this season, most recently a double-double in the team’s weekend win over Orlando – could the Boston Celtics move fellow point guard Avery Bradley at the trade deadline later in February? While trade rumors are swirling around the Celtics, who are said to be in a rebuilding mode, the inclusion of Bradley, along with Gerald Wallace and Jeff Green, is a new twist on the Celts’ planning. Of course, the “sources” for Bradley’s inclusion could be very, very wrong – only time will tell.
1/10/14 – The 2008 NBA Champions have hit a rough patch, losing six in a row and nine of their last ten including one to Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Good news is the Celtics are just 1.5 games back of a playoff spot in the East and their star point guard Rajon Rondo (ACL) announced he is targeting a pre All-Star game return. Will Rondo be back when Pierce and Garnett make their return to TD Garden on Jan 26? Nets vs. Celtics tickets are averaging $196, the second most expensive game remaining on the Boston Celtics 2014 schedule.
While the Celtics wait for Rajon Rondo’s return to the lineup, the rest of the young roster will get some experience. New head coach Brad Stevens is looking to find a solid rotation in the meantime, one that can compete in the final minutes when the game is on the line. One of four winless teams after the first week of the season, Celtics fans should not worry. Boston will get stronger, healthier, Jared Sullinger is not 100%, Avery Bradley re-aggravated his left index finger (X-rays came back negative), and of course Rondo will be back from his torn ACL shortly. Lets not forget that the Celtics point guard, Phil Pressey, returned to practice about two weeks ago after suffering from a sprained ankle. Despite all the changes for the 17 x NBA Champs this offseason, Boston Celtics tickets are up 30% over last season, averaging $164. The Celtics have the most inventory listed on the secondary market this season, a trend we find often among big market teams.
After the Celtics were thoroughly outmatched by the rival New York Knicks in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, GM Danny Ainge decided it was time to press the resent button. The Celtics traded away veterans Kevin Garnet, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry and even swapped Coach Doc Rivers for a first-round pick. Garnet and company will return to TD Garden for the first time as members of the Brooklyn Nets on 1/26. New coach Brad Stevens will face his predecessor Rivers on 12/11, when the Los Angeles Clippers make their annual trip to Boston.
4/4/13 – The Boston Celtics clinched a Playoff spot last night with a win over the Detroit Pistons. If the NBA Playoffs started today, the C’s would be a seventh seed and get a first round matchup against the New York Knicks. It’s possible that the Celtics could play the Indiana Pacers, who currently hold the three seed and may be a better matchup considering Boston is 2-0 against Indiana this season (vs. 1-3 against New York). The Celtics will see the Pacers one more time in the regular season at TD Garden – the cheapest of the Celtics four remaining home games. Boston hopes to see KG back on the court; after missing seven consecutive games with an ankle injury, his return should bring intensity and a significant interior presence on defense and on the boards.
2/14/13 - With 17 total titles, the Boston Celtics are the most successful team in NBA history, most recently in 2008, while coming close again in 2010, and taking last season's champs from Miami to a Game Seven in the conference championships. This year, however, sees the C's struggling somewhat behind resurgent squads in New York and Brooklyn, to stay in playoff contention. After last season, the Celtics lost Ray Allen to Miami via free agency; and this season have also lost key players such as Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to knee injuries requiring surgery. Veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett continue to have success, while players such as Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Brandon Bass are adequate fill-ins and bench strength.
Interestingly enough, the Celtics are averaging as many points scored per game as they are allowing, which may contribute some to their hovering close to the break-even point record-wise. One decided weakness of coach Doc Rivers's squad is rebounding; the Celtics rebounds per game average is better only than the defending NBA champs. The Celtics also need to improve their performance in games away from the TD Garden if they expect to have a deep playoff run in the 2013 postseason. Celtics tickets at the Garden in Boston average $111, with cheap Celtics tickets under $20 in the Balcony level for select 2013 home games. On the road, Boston Celtics tickets average $173 — only the Los Angeles Lakers and world champion Miami Heat are more popular visiting teams. Heading to TD Garden to see Celtics basketball? The upcoming Boston Celtics schedule includes games versus the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.