Carmelo Anthony ejected from C's win over Knicks

Carmelo Anthony ejected from C's win over Knicks

BOSTON -- Even before Carmelo Anthony got tossed in the second quarter of Boston’s 115-87 win over the New York Knicks, the Celtics were playing some pretty good basketball.
But certainly Boston’s chances of snapping their three-game skid took a dramatic leap forward when the perennial all-star was ejected by official Tony Brothers with 4:44 to play in the first half while arguing a foul called against him with the Celtics ahead 44-38.


Isaiah Thomas made both technical free throws and the foul put the Celtics into the bonus with Amir Johnson making both free throws that put Boston ahead 48-38.
After the game, a pool reporter spoke to Brothers regarding Anthony’s ejection.
When asked what compelled him to issue the first technical foul and then the second, Brothers said the first tech was for “bad language” and the one afterwards was also for “bad language.”


Brothers was then asked about the foul he called on Anthony and what the reasoning was for it being called on a loose ball situation.
“He (Anthony) dove on top of him (Johnson),” Brothers said. “You can’t dive on top of any player to go after a ball. That’s a foul.”
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek was asked about Anthony’s ejection after the loss, New York’s fourth in their last six games.
Hornacek initially declined to comment on the incident, adding that he was not given an explanation from the officials as to why his best player was tossed.
“When he gets kicked out early like that … he was playing well,” Hornacek said.
So was Kristaps Porzingis who had to spend some additional time on the bench due to foul trouble.
“It is tough when those two guys are not able to play the full rotation,” Hornacek said.
Hornacek was also asked about whether he was disappointed in his team’s lack of composure (in addition to Anthony, Brandon Jennings was ejected for arguing a call with the Knicks as a team being whistled for six technical fouls).
“I cannot comment on that stuff except, for some of those, I don’t blame the guys,” Hornacek said.

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

10:27 - Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo stop by Early Edition to play a game of Fill in the Blank that involves Gronkowski’s contract and the Patriots best offseason acquisition.