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The Boston Celtics will take to the parquet court next season wearing a GE logo on their uniforms. The Celtics are the third NBA team to announce a deal to wear a sponsor’s patch on its jersey since the league gave the go-ahead.
Ray Allen won championships in Boston and Miami, made one of the most memorable shots in NBA Finals history and has more 3-pointers than anyone who ever played in the league.
Boston is apparently out of the running for the 2017 NBA All-Star game, which became available after the league decided to move the event out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Al Horford ended the waiting game with a simple tweet: “Celtic Pride,” it said, followed by 18 shamrocks. The number might not have been a coincidence.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says he hasn’t been suspended for taking a swing at Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk has a right shoulder injury that will keep him out for about two weeks.
In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries. He’s perhaps the best current example of the NBA’s international reach. Stevens’ itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA’s game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy and Spain for preseason matchups in October, and his club will head to Mexico in December for a regular-season contest against Sacramento. So those, combined with the normal locales in the U.S. and Canada, means Stevens will get a real feel for the game’s global following. The league has long placed importance on growing the game worldwide, and this year’s lineup for the Global Games, with NBA teams heading to six different countries, only enhances those efforts. – Associated Press
The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Boston will acquire a first-round pick in next year’s draft and a second-rounder in 2016. The Celtics have eight first-round picks in the next four years. The Mavericks add a pass-first point guard – a four-time all-star – to team with Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons in what they hope will make them a contender again. Dallas is 19-8 this season and sixth in the Western Conference. – AP
NBA: Chandler Parsons scored 29 points, including a key 3-pointer, to help host Dallas beat Boston 118-113 Monday night. Avery Bradley had a chance to tie with three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-pointer by Monta Ellis with 39 seconds left after Boston trailed by 31 in the second quarter. But he missed the second one.
Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night. Avery Bradley also scored 25 points for the Celtics, who built a 33-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland’s reserves cut into the margin. Olynyk had a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass each scored 19 points. Boston snapped a 13-game road losing streak and won for the first time away from home since Feb. 10. Boston has won consecutive games for the first time since early March. The Celtics, who dressed eight players, were without point guard Rajon Rondo (strained shin) and center Jared Sullinger (sprained ankle). “It was nice to have an extra opportunity to get in and start tonight, and I jumped on it,” Olynyk said. – AP
Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stood in the middle of a tunnel near the Orleans Arena court, waiting for the postgame celebration to conclude following Gonzaga’s win over BYU in the WCC championship Tuesday night. Ainge, who played at BYU, offered a congratulatory handshake to GU coach Mark Few and senior guard David Stockton. Few quickly asked Ainge, “How’s my guy doing?”
NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the host Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104. The Trail Blazers (28-9) rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and Nicolas Batum had 16. Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each had 15 points. Lopez also had 13 rebounds.
NEW YORK – The blockbuster breakup of the Boston Celtics is complete. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn bound. The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade Friday, a nine-player, three-draft pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008.
BOSTON – Letting Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign. Getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett clinched it. The Boston Celtics are rebuilding.
All things considered, Kelly Olynyk landed in the right spot in the NBA draft. Home.
Kelly Olynyk ended up with the Boston Celtics after being taken by the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
NBA: Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Boston held off a late comeback to beat visiting Los Angeles 106-104 and improve to 4-0 since losing Rajon Rondo for the season to a torn knee ligament. The Clippers had pulled to 103-101 on a 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe with 56 seconds remaining. But Avery Bradley drew an offensive foul on Los Angeles’ Jamal Crawford with 26 seconds to go, and Pierce held on to the ball before making a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to clinch the win.
MIAMI – LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals – and his third try at that elusive first championship. A year after watching someone else celebrate on their home floor, the Miami Heat were the ones dancing at midcourt.