It’s a long shot, but Durant saying all the right things

It’s a long shot, but Durant saying all the right things

BOSTON – The Celtics are not considered one of the favorites to land Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant when the former league MVP hits the free agent market this summer.

But the play of the Celtics this season has at the very least caught his attention, which could potentially sway the perennial All-Star to shock the world and join the Celtics.

“I’ve been watching this team a lot,” Durant told reporters prior to tonight’s game against the Celtics. “They’re scrappy, they play hard, they love their coach; they love their system. Especially in this building, they play with a lot of energy.”

And you can bet some of that energy will be directed at Durant, a player that Celtics Nation would welcome with open arms.

He comes into tonight's game averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Although injuries have kept Durant off the parquet floor since 2012, he is well aware of how passionate Celtics fans are about their team.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Durant said of tonight’s game. “Some of the best fans in the world. They support their team.”

And their superstars, something this franchise has arguably been void of since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in 2013.

The basketball side of Boston seems to be something that, on the surface at least, would be an ideal fit for Durant.

He would be joining one of the league’s youngest teams, but one that has shown they can hold their own with the league’s better teams and appear to seemingly be one superstar away from joining the short list of up-and-coming title contenders.

One of the consistent knocks on Boston has been it not being a city that superstar players would want to play in.

But Durant doesn’t seem to have any issues with the city of Boston or its people.

“I like the city a lot. I like the city a lot,” he said. “It’s cold but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around. I like it a lot.”

Enough to sign a long-term deal?

That remains to be seen.

Jaylen Brown after concussion: 'My mom definitely said no more dunking'

Jaylen Brown after concussion: 'My mom definitely said no more dunking'

In his first meeting with the media since suffering an ugly concussion, Jaylen Brown was willing to make jokes about the moment which terrified Boston Celtics players and fans.

"Yeah, my mom definitely said no more dunking," Brown said Thursday at Celtics shootaround. "That's what she told me."

But it wasn't all jokes from Brown, who said he was eyeing a return for Sunday's game against the Kings. The Boston Celtics forward was frank about the severity of the moment.


"I think it's just a blessing that I didn't need a stretcher or anything to have to walk off the floor with," Brown said. "It's just a scary situation to be in. You never want to be in that situation where people are saying, 'Pray for you.'"

During the Celtics' win over the Timberwolves on March 9, Brown went for a dunk in transition, but slipped off the rim and fell backward onto his head in an awkward position. He convulsed on the court for a moment before the Celtics training staff rushed to treat him. After a few minutes, he rose and walked off the court.

"When I fell, I was completely knocked out," he said. "I remember them saying, 'Yeah, we're going to need a stretcher,' and something came over me and I just got right up. ... I remember waking up and there was a bunch of people standing around me and I was like, 'What the hell is going on?' And I had no idea I had been out for 30 seconds or whatever they said I was out for. I just remember waking up, and there were a bunch of people around me and I tried to get up and they were like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa.' And I was like, 'What's the big deal.' And that's all I remember to be honest."


Brown has missed five games, but could end that streak at six if he can return Sunday in Sacramento. Brown is averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30.9 minutes per game this season.


    Gordon Hayward gives update on ankle rehab

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    Gordon Hayward gives update on ankle rehab

    Gordon Hayward is trying to translate his rehab off the court onto the hardwood. The Boston Celtics forward detailed the latest steps he's taking in his rehab from his ankle injury.

    “Rehab is going well, still progressing on the AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill), trying to get where I can run on a regular treadmill, so 100-percent bodyweight,” Hayward said in a video posted to the Celtics' Twitter account. “Next step after that will be jumping and then hopefully I can incorporate some of that — the running and jumping on the treadmill — to running and jumping on the basketball court, so that’s where I’m at.”

    Hayward suffered his ankle injury in the first five minutes of the season opener. He has not ruled out returning during the 2018 playoffs, though Brad Stevens continues to insist that Hayward will not play again this season.

    “The hope is still there,” Hayward told ESPN on March 9. “It’s something where I’m really honestly not even thinking about it. I know we’re getting toward the end of the year. It’s something that I’m still working toward, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”