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New Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving on why he asked out of Cleveland.
Why? Kyrie's not telling
Poised to begin a new chapter of his career with the Celtics tonight in the place he left behind, Kyrie Irving won't get into just why he asked out of Cleveland.
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Seize the opening
The much-anticipated 2017-18 season opener is upon us, and here are some things you may not be thinking about.
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Seize the opening
The much-anticipated 2017-18 season opener is upon us, and here are some things you may not be thinking about regarding tonight's Celtics-Cavs matchup.
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Hanging banners 'what it’s all about'
Expectations are higher for the Celtics, and their coach, than at any time since Brad Stevens took over. And that's fine with him.
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Meet the Celtics roster for opening night
A. Sherrod Blakely provides a player-by-player breakdown of the Boston Celtics opening night roster
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Smart 'not worried' about lack of extension
For the third year in a row, a first-round pick of the Celtics is unable to come to terms on a contract extension prior to the deadline.
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All signs point to LeBron James playing against Celtics Tuesday
While it has yet to be determined for sure if LeBron James, who has been hampered by a sprained left ankle, will play, all indications are that he'll be in the starting lineup when the Cavs host the Celtics.
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Celts' theme song may be 'Getting to know you'
The Celtics return only four players -- and just one starter -- from last year's team. So the process of learning to play together will continue well into the season.
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Start of something big
Jayson Tatum, starter? It may have seemed far-fetched not too long ago, but it appears the Celtics' No. 1 draft choice will be in the starting lineup Tuesday.
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Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward (left) Al Horford (center) and Kyrie Irving.
New-look C's ready to get down to business
The Celtics haven't gone into a season with this level of excitement and heightened expectations in years. But they'll have to work to achieve the success everyone anticipates.
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Celtics' Morris out at least ten days with a sore right knee
The Boston Celtics have lots of options when it comes to who will be in their starting lineup for the season opener at Cleveland. But you can take one off the table right now
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New Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, formerly with the Detroit Pistons.
'Approach the game as a pro'
Marcus Morris wants to be a starter -- he hasn’t come off the bench in a regular-season game since March 9, 2015 -- but he understands that a reserve role may be best for him right now.
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Baynes says he'll be ready for Celtics opener
"I’m going to go out on the limb here, literally, and say I should be available," Celtics big man Aron Baynes says of his knee injury and his availability for the opener in Cleveland.  
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Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.
What should we expect from Tatum?
He's drawn raves from teammates, coaches and scouts. Now, the work truly begins for Celtics top draft pick Jayson Tatum as he embarks on his rookie season.
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Paul Pierce's 40th birthday cake.
Paul Pierce gets a 'wheelchair cake' for his 40th birthday
Celtics legend Paul Pierce was presented with a cake from his ESPN colleagues that was adorned with an image he'd probably like to forget.   
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Ex-Washington Wizards center Daniel Ochefu, who signed with the Boston Celtics.
Celtics sign 6-11 center Daniel Ochefu
The Celtics have signed center Daniel Ochefu, a 6-11 center, who played 19 games with the Wizards as a rookie last season.  
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Brown knows his role with Celts' Big Three
While Jaylen Brown has the potential to eventually be a go-to guy, he's content now learning to fit in as a starter with Celtics All-Stars Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford.  
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Smart given Baptist Hospital Community Champions Award
Marcus Smart was the recipient of the New England Baptist Hospital Community Champions Award.
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C's still take 3s, except now they hit them
The Brad Stevens Celtics have always relied on the 3-pointer as a big part of their attack. Now, however, they have the shooters who can make them more consistently.
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Irving not going to get emotional about return to Cleveland
'Personally, it’s just basketball,' Kyrie Irving said when asked about how he'll handle playing his old team in his old city on Opening Night.
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'This is what stinks about the job'
Isaiah Thomas says he may never speak to Danny Ainge again, and Ainge is sorry . . . but 'sometimes you have to do tough things.' Besides, 'I've had my children tell me worse things.'
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Ainge unsure if Celts will reach contract extension with Smart before deadline
Danny Ainge admits 'I don't know how' negotiations on a contract extension for Marcus Smart -- who will become an restricted free agent next summer if he's not signed by Monday -- will end.
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What? A LeBron-less opener?
No LeBron for the Celtics-Cavs season opener? It's a possibility. Here's what's good -- and bad -- about that from a Celts' point of view.  
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What? A LeBron-less opener?
No LeBron for the Celtics-Cavs season opener? It's a possibility. Here's what's good -- and bad -- about that from a Celts' point of view.
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What we learned in a perfect preseason
It isn't so much that the Celtics won all four of their exhibition games. It's that we saw the things -- better shooting, a deeper bench, star power -- that will bode well in the regular season. 
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What we learned in a perfect preseason
It isn't so much that the Celtics won all four of their exhibition games. It's that we saw the things -- better shooting, a deeper bench, star power -- that will bode well in the regular season.
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Scalabrine: No idea Celtics would be at this level
Brian Scalabrine admits that he is amazed at how well the Celtics team is working together this early.
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Stars, studs and duds: Room to grow
The Celtics' 108-100 victory over the Hornets enables them to complete the preseason with a 4-0 record, but Marcus Smart makes it clear 'we still have a lot to learn.'
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Heinsohn: Ainge has put together a 'marvelous' team
Tommy Heinsohn says that the Celtics looked sensational against the Hornets and that Danny Ainge did a marvelous job putting this team together.
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Celtics finish off perfect preseason with 108-100 victory over Hornets
There was little for the Celtics to grumble about following a 108-100 win over Charlotte to cap off their preseason schedule with a perfect 4-0 record.
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Irving happy to play in a 'real, live sports city'
Kyrie Irving already seems pleased with the transition from Cleveland to Boston.
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Stevens and Scal discuss NCAA scandal
NBC Sports Boston analyst Brian Scalabrine sits down with Celtics coach Brad Stevens to talk about a number of topics, including the NCAA scandal.
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Marcus Morris to make C's debut in preseason finale vs Hornets
In Wednesday's preseason finale vs the Hornets, Marcus Morris will see his first action of the season as a Celtic. 
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Tatum in C's starting lineup for preseason finale vs Hornets
For the final preseason tune-up, Boston Celtics’ rookie Jayson Tatum will once again be in the starting lineup. 
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LeBron James could miss season opener vs. Celtics
Tyronn Lue said that LeBron James is sore after testing out his sprained left ankle Tuesday.
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Blakely: Isaiah has all the love for Boston, none for Danny
When Isaiah Thomas has been traded away in the past, he had disdain for his old team. This time, his ire is directed at one person, Danny Ainge.  
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C's-Hornets: You may not be considering...
As the Celtics wrap up the preseason in Charlotte tonight, here are a few things you may have overlooked.  
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C's-Hornets: You may not be considering...
As the Celtics wrap up the preseason in Charlotte tonight, here are a few things you may have overlooked.
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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Isaiah Thomas: 'I might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again'
The former Celtics point guard said that after gutting out the playoffs while injured, Ainge dealing him for Kyrie Irving was 'not right.'
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens on the sidelines in the game against the Denver Nuggets.
Celtics-Hornets preview: Trying to build chemistry while staying healthy
Despite the shortened preseason schedule, the Boston Celtics have a pretty good feel for how their rotation will play out when the regular season starts.
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Working man
Terry Rozier put in quite a bit of work this summer in preparation for what he anticipates will be a breakout season.
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Five takeaways from C's-76ers
Here are five takeaways from Monday’s win over Philadelphia.
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Five takeaways from C's-76ers
Here are five takeaways from Monday’s win over Philadelphia.
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ESPN meanies give Celtics 15th-best chances to beat Warriors
ESPN's calculations place five Eastern Conference teams with better chances against Golden State. 
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Highlights: Celtics 113, 76ers 96
Highlights from the Boston Celtics 113-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers
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Stars, studs and duds: C's do it all
Terry Rozier is the biggest star on a night when the Celtics attack the Sixers in waves and coast to an easy preseason victory.
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Celtics establish control early, roll to 113-96 victory over Sixers
Celtics' backups have no problem establishing control in the game’s early minutes, and never relent in delivering a 113-96 drubbing over the Sixers.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rozier, Smart making an impact
The Boston Celtics pride themselves on having quality depth, the kind that can impact the game when given an opportunity.
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (left), Al Horford (center) and Kyrie Irving.
Irving, Hayward, Horford given night off vs. Sixers
The Boston Celtics will start tonight’s game with Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Aron Baynes at center.
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White III among C's who could get minutes thanks to short preseason
There will be opportunities for the Celtics' lesser-known players to get on the floor, something that’s a bit trickier to do this season than past years.
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Morris, still working on conditioning, will join C's Big Three on bench tonight
Marcus Morris acknowledges he needs to lose seven pounds and will sit, along with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, for tonight's Celtics preseason game against the 76ers.
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Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward (left) Al Horford (center) and Kyrie Irving.
Celtics will sit Hayward, Irving and Horford tonight
New Celtics acquisitions Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris, as well as Al Horford, won't play tonight in the preseason game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, the team announced. 
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C's-76ers: You may not be considering ...
Bet you didn't know the C's are one of the NBA's best rebounding teams this preseason. Or why Chic-Fil-A is a big reason Markelle Fultz is happier in Philly.
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Five things you probably aren't thinking about
Bet you didn't know the C's are one of the NBA's best rebounding teams this preseason. Or why Chic-Fil-A is a big reason Markelle Fultz is happier in Philly. They're among things you're probably not...
C's-76ers preview: Figuring the puzzle
Like most of what the Boston Celtics have been doing this preseason, figuring out the second unit has indeed been a work in progress.  
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Morris taking it slow, steady before debut
The debut of Marcus Morris with the Boston Celtics may once again be delayed. 
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New...and improved
Preseason game No. 2 showed the Celtics getting better on both sides of the ball as they continue to get to know each other.
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New...and improved
Preseason game No. 2 showed the Celtics getting better on both sides of the ball as they continue to get to know each other.  
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Tatum felt 'way more comfortable' against Sixers
Jayson Tatum is up to the challenge of being in the starting lineup, helping get Boston off to a fast start and pull away for a 110-102 win over Philadelphia.
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Stars, studs and duds: Kyrie leads C's in third quarter
Kyrie Irving got it going in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 21 points which included five made 3’s.
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Irving scores 21, C's pull away in second half to beat Sixers, 110-102
The starting five is new, but the end result – a Boston Celtics win – is the same, with the C's pulling away in the second half for a 110-102 win over Philadelphia.
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Tatum replaces Baynes in Celtics starting lineup vs. Sixers
Brad Stevens is in full-blown lineup tinkering mode, going with a different starting lineup for the second time in as many days.
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Report: Fultz out tonight for Sixers vs. Celtics
The anticipated Markelle Fultz-Jayson Tatum rookie matchup may have to wait until the regular season.  
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Five things you’re probably not thinking about tonight
All eyes will be on the first of many Jayson Tatum-Markelle Fultz matchups, but here are some other items to keep an eye on as the Celtics and Sixers meet in a preseason game.  
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Five things you’re probably not thinking about tonight
All eyes will be on the first of many Jayson Tatum-Markelle Fultz matchups, but here are some other items to keep an eye on,
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Celtics-76ers preview: Irving and Fultz face off in Philly
The Celtics take on Markelle Fultz and the 76ers in their second preseason contest.
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Celtics could still be on the defensive
There are clear and undeniable signs that, despite the loss of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, the Celtics' defense may not be as bad as feared. Here's why.
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reacts with the crowd in Game 1 against the Washington Wizards.
Blakely: Four reasons C's could improve defensively
There are clear and undeniable signs that, despite the loss of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, the Celtics' defense may not be as bad as feared. Here's why.
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Trial over, Morris joins Celtics at last . . . to everyone's delight
Marcus Morris, acquitted with twin brother Markieff of assault charges on Tuesday, practices for first time with Celtics, will play Friday against Sixers.
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Interviews with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford
Abby Chin and Brian Scalabrine bring you exclusive interviews with the Celtics new big 3, Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford.
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Baynes on Heinsohn's shower comments: ‘The Missus got a few texts’
Aron Baynes responded in perfect fashion to Tommy Heinsohn's comments during the Celtics' preseason opener about him being "really put together".
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Subway ad throws shade at Kyrie Irving and Celtics
A new subway ad campaign took some not-so-subtle shots at Kyrie Irving.
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Celts play follow the leader with Irving
Some lead by talking, others by their talent. In his short time with the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving thus far has shown a willingness to do both.
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Rozier doesn't want to be the forgotten man
The third-year guard came off the bench Monday as Kyrie Irving's backup.
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Five takeaways from C's preseason opener
There were very specific aspects of the Celtics' preseason opener that, as they go forward, can be seen as building blocks towards better play. Here are five of them.
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff of the Washington Wizards.
Marcus and Markieff Morris found not guilty in assault trial
Marcus and Markieff Morris were both found not guilty on Tuesday in their assault trial that stemmed from an incident in January of 2015.
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Celtics encouraged by Theis' impressive debut
Daniel Theis turns heads with a standout performance in his Celtics debut Monday night.
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NBA All-Star teams to be picked by team captains
The NBA announced Tuesday that the All-Star Game will switch formats and will not longer have the teams split up by conference affiliation. Instead, two captains will pick the teams. 
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Highlights: Celtics 94, Hornets 82
Highlights from the Boston Celtics 94-82 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff of the Washington Wizards.
Jurors begin deliberations in Morris twins assault trial
Prosecutor Thomas Bailey argued the Morris brothers had a motive to attack the victim and said the defendants "acted like high school bullies on a playground."
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New Hornets center Dwight Howard lauded for basketball IQ
Kemba Walker prides himself on knowing what’s around the corner, but a recent conversation with new teammate Dwight Howard totally caught him off guard.
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Blakely: Open all night, Baynes cashes in
While Aron Baynes is known primarily as a physically imposing defender, the Hornets found out the hard way what happens if you leave him open repeatedly.
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Celtics kick off preseason with 94-82 win over Hornets
While the Celtics' chemistry is indeed a work in progress, the C's new big three gets open looks throughout their time together in Monday’s 94-82 win over the Hornets
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Brown: Thomas trade 'changes the whole dynamic' for Celtics
Jaylen Brown tells Complex Magazine that the Isaiah Thomas trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers really impacts the Celtics' culture.
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Smart to come off Celtics bench in preseason opener
Marcus Smart will come off the bench while the Celtics will go with a starting five that consists of their Big Three – Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford – joined by Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown.
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Boston Celtics Basketball Returns For The 2017-18 Season ON NBC Sports Boston
Broadcast Duo Mike Gorman & Tommy Heinsohn Return for 37th Season of Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (formerly named CSN), along with Brian Scalabrine; Abby Chin as Sideline Reporter; and Kyle Draper as Studio
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Five things you're probably not thinking about tonight
With all eyes on the debuts of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward tonight, here are a few under-the-radar storylines to watch for. 
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A lot to see
All eyes will be on the Celtics debuts of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward tonight. But here are a few under-the-radar storylines to watch for.   
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Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
'I just can't wait to get back out there'
Even though he's a veteran All-Star, Kyrie Irving knows the importance of the preseason. Add in the fact that tonight's game against the Hornets is his first as a Celtic, and you can see why he's excited. 
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Celtics-Hornets preview: 'A good test' for C's in first preseason game
The Celtics' focus for tonight’s preseason opener against the Charlotte Hornets has more to do with steady progress than scoring points
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Tatum defeats Hayward in 3-point contest at Celtics open practice
Celtics fans got a glimpse of Jayson Tatum's potential upside on Sunday during the team’s open practice at the TD Garden which included a 3-point shooting contest
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (left), Al Horford (center) and Kyrie Irving.
First look at remade Celtics
Fans will get their first look at the revamped Celtics - including Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in green - tonight at an open practice at TD Garden. Here's what to expect.
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Smart focused on his play, not his payday
Marcus Smart could be in line for a big payday in the future, but says his focus right now is one thing – preparing for this upcoming season with the Boston Celtics.
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens on the sidelines in the game against the Denver Nuggets.
C's aim: Limit mistakes while picking up pace
The Celtics, while eager to get out and run, understand balancing that with being a strong defensive team isn’t easy.
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What's pedagogy? It's 'dope'
Get out your Google -- Jaylen Brown and Brad Stevens will build your vocabulary.  
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Tatum, Ojeleye and Theis describe 'Welcome to NBA' moment
No matter how highly regarded a player is when they come into the NBA, there’s always a “Welcome to the NBA” moment.
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Jaylen Brown, 20, expected to be Celtics' player rep
Celtics second-year forward Jaylen Brown is expected to be the team's union representative for the NBA Players' Association.  
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Westbrook's 5-year/$205M extension with OKC gives him richest deal in NBA history
Russell Westbrook will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder after agreeing to a five-year, $205 million extension that gives him the largest total contract in NBA history - $233 million for six years -  Adr
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Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
Stevens: Celtics health in 'good shape' but Kyrie gets 'maintenance day'
Kyrie Irving played more a longer season than any of the other Celtics and appreciates coach Brad Stevens' rest-and-recovery methods.
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Horford: Celtics still strangers on offense
The Celtics have a lot of offensive talent, but Al Horford thinks it'll take time for them to learn to play together.
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Five takeaways from Celtics' training camp
Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's five takeaways from the Boston Celtics' training camp.
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Five takeaways from C's training camp
Good health for all and improved play for some: That's the big news coming out of the first week of Celtics' training camp.
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Celtics Talk Podcast: Camp begins; Interviews with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens
Abby Chin and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about the start of camp, plus exclusive interviews with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Twitter post welcoming Dwyane Wade to Cleveland.
As expected, Dwyane Wade signs with Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade re-joins former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland and signs a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cavs.
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Holley: 'We've vastly overrated C's offseason'
Michael Holley tries to defend his take saying that we have vastly overrated the Celtics offseason.
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Horford on Tatum: 'He's as ready as any rookie I've seen'
Al Horford discusses how impressed he has been by Jayson Tatum.
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Celtics react to Pitino's involvement in recruiting scandal
The FBI investigation that's rocked the college basketball world has had a ripple effect that's been felt in all corners of the basketball world -- even in Rhode Island, where the Celtics are training.
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Playing here, there and everywhere
Position-less basketball is not only popular among teams these days, but also plays off the strengths of this Celtics roster.
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Smart on weight loss: 'I feel amazing'
Marcus Smart talks about losing 20 pounds this offseason and the changes he feels both in his play and in his life.
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Louisville fires Rick Pitino in wake of federal corruption case
A day after his program was referenced in an FBI complaint that resulted in the arrest of four college basketball assistant coaches around the country, Rick Pitino is fired as Louisville's basketball coach.
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Getting to know you
With only four players returning, the Celtics need more practice time to become familiar with each other. With fewer exhibition games on tap, they'll get it.
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Kyrie Irving Boston's 'most interesting man'?
The BST crew talks about Kyrie Irving’s introduction to the Celtics and whether he’s become the ‘most interesting man in Boston'.
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Hayward boosts Celts on defense, too
The Celtics are getting more than a 20-point scorer in Gordon Hayward. He's also a standout on the defensive end.
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: A Mike & Tommy takeover
It's a special edition of the Celtics Talk podcast, as legends Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn take over to talk about one of the busiest summer's in team history, the re-shaped roster, and more.
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Report: Dwyane Wade close to reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland
Dwyane Wade who won two championships with LeBron James with the Miami Heat, is "nearing a commitment" to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.  
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Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom
Russell was wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he recieved from President Barack Obama in 2011, in the photo.
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Irving: Relationship with LeBron 'between us'
Kyrie Irving says there's something LeBron James could have done to keep him in Cleveland . . . but he won't say what it is.
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Horford: 'Trying to figure out the best way to help' after Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria ravaged a number of Caribbean Islands, including the Dominican Republic – the home of Boston Celtics big man Al Horford.
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New C's challenges, same C's expectations
Despite having a team with 10 new players, Brad Stevens doesn’t believe increased expectations and new challenges will be an issue for the Celtics this season
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LeBron James, Gregg Popovich speak out against Donald Trump on media day
Popovich also said that the USA is currently "an embarassment."
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For Smart, less is more
Marcus Smart lost nearly 20 pounds over the summer, and envisions himself being a better, more versatile defender.
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Stevens made starry impression on Irving
Kyrie Irving heard the talk about how good a coach Brad Stevens is. Then he got to play for him at the All-Star Game and realized everything people said was true . . . and then some.
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New Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving at his introductory press conference.
Kyrie Irving tells T&R he was trolling with flat earth stuff
Breaking news: Kyrie Irving doesn't actually believe the earth is flat. 
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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Cavs expect Isaiah Thomas playing in games by January
Isaiah Thomas could be running the point for Cleveland by the end of the year.  
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Does LeBron have any advice for Kyrie? 'No'
LeBron James was asked at the Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day on Monday if he had any advice for old teammate Kyrie Irving. His answer was pretty emphatic.  
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Four factors that will impact ball movement
Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.
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Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement
Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.
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The 1963 Boston Celtics, except for Bill Russell, pose in the White House with President John F. Kennedy
Celts' first White House visit recalls simpler time
As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweets about the NBA and NFL, a tweeted photo brought back memories of a Celtics team's surprise visit to the White House. 
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Four ways C's can improve rebounding
Lack of rebounding will likely again be a concern for the Celtics this season. Here are four ways they can get better on the boards.  
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Four factors to improve rebounding
Lack of rebounding will likely again be a concern for the Celtics this season. Here are four ways they can get better on the boards.
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Reports: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for two players and a pick
The New York Knicks have traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.
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LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter
President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry leads to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes, including LeBron James.   
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Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry gestures at Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown.
Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet
President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinds the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go.   
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Mannix: Thomas may be key to LeBron staying in Cleveland
Chris Mannix thinks that Isaiah Thomas may be the key to LeBron James staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers long-term.
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James Harden of the Houston Rockets is fouled against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety
Rules preventing shooters jumping into defenders, a la James Harden, and flagrant or technical foul calls for dangerous closeouts on jump shooters (see Zaza Pachulia vs Kawhi Leonard) will be implemented by
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Celtics Storylines: Five keys for the defense
As much as the Celtics have bolstered their offensive firepower, the hopes of supplanting the Cavs atop the East hinge on their ability to defend.
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Celtics Storylines: Five keys for the defense
As much as the Celtics have bolstered their offensive firepower, the hopes of supplanting the Cavs atop the East hinge on their ability to defend.
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New Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving at his introductory press conference.
Kyrie tells story of getting plenty of offers for help after being stranded in Waltham
New Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving found himself stranded in the rain with a broken down Jeep in Waltham, Mass., this week.  
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Hayward: Wish I'd played with Thomas
Gordon Hayward says Isaiah Thomas was 'a big piece' of the recruitment that got him to Boston, and calls IT's trade to the Cavs 'a really strange moment.'
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Which rookies will make a big contribution?
Jayson Tatum is certainly being counted on, but what other rookies will have an impact on the Celtics this season?  
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Celtics Storylines: Which rookies will make a big contribution?
Jayson Tatum is certainly being counted on, but what other rookies will have an impact on the Celtics this season?
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30 teams in 30 days: Another struggle in New Orleans for Boogie and The Brow
Adding ex-Celtics Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen to DeMarcus Cousins probably isn't enough to get Anthony Davis and the Pelicans to the playoffs.
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BST PODCAST: Do Bruins have the same chance to win a championship as the Celtics?
The BST crew discusses the Bruins and Celtics chances to win a title, Brandin Cooks' first couple games as a Patriot, and more.
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Who'll be the key players off the bench?
Behind the big names are a handful of players who don’t project as locks to start but should see enough minutes to parlay that into a meaningful role this season.  
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Celtics Storylines: Who'll be the key players off the bench?
Behind the big names are a handful of players who don’t project as locks to start but should see enough minutes to parlay that into a meaningful role this season.
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30 teams in 30 days: Grit-and-Grind days are over in Memphis
Free agent departures have remade the Grizzlies roster, but new faces will have to back Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. if they're to make another playoff run.
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Light one up for Red
Wednesday would have been Red Auerbach's 100th birthday. It's a good time to remember the 5-foot-10 basketball giant who built the Celtics into one of sports' greatest dynasties.
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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday
In this week's special episode of "Celtics Talk," we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Arnold "Red" Auerbach.
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Brown ready to embrace role with new-look C's
The changes in the Celtics' roster this offseason may mean changes in the way they use Jaylen Brown.
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Who fills out starting lineup? Pick two
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are locks, but who will join them as Celtics starters? Here are a few options.
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Who fills out starting lineup? Pick two
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are locks, but who will join them as Celtics starters? Here are a few options.
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Durant admits to ‘childish’ and ‘idiotic’ third-person tweets
Kevin Durant cops to using secret social media accounts to respond to his critics and says he regrets calling out the Thunder and former coach Billy Donovan.  
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30 teams in 30 days: Have Mavs gotten Dirk enough help?
The Dallas Mavericks look to bounce back from a 33-49 season by surrounding Dirk Nowitzki, 39, with an improved supporting cast.
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff of the Washington Wizards.
Marcus and Markieff Morris assault trial began on Monday
NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris go on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a beating outside a Phoenix recreation center
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30 teams in 30 days: Spurs remain in title conversation out West
Instead of taking a step back without Tim Duncan, the Spurs continued to do what they do – win a lot of games and scare the bejesus out of any and every team they saw in the playoffs.
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Kyrie Irving says he didn't owe LeBron James explanation for trade request
Irving said that while he has "nothing but love for Cleveland," he didn't need to explain himself to James before asking for a trade.
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30 teams in 30 days: Rockets get James Harden another star
Chris Paul will team with James Harden as the future Hall of Famer looks to get past the second round for the first time in his career. 
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Looking back at a banner career
Paul Pierce's message to those who follow him with the Celtics: Winning titles, as he did in 2008, is what matters for the most storied franchise in NBA history. 
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30 teams in 30 days: Less payroll, more wins for Blazers?
It’s clear the Blazers believe less – as in payroll – is more in their quest to build off last season’s strong regular-season finish
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Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K18 trailer
First look at Kyrie playing for Celtics featured in NBA 2K18 trailer
NBA 2K18 tweeted a trailer on Saturday that features Kyrie Irving taking on the NBA's best while rocking his new Celtics uniform.
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Pierce on Irving: 'He's going to be the guy'
Paul Pierce is among those who believe that new Celtic Kyrie Irving is more than ready to step into the shoes as Boston’s main guy
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Boston Celtics' coach Brad Stevens will stress defense, as usual.
Celtics to return to Newport to open training camp Sept 26-29
For the first time since 2013, the Celtics will hold their first three days of training camp at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.  
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30 teams in 30 days: Improved Nuggets face tough task in stacked division
The Denver Nuggets are better than they were last season when they just missed the playoffs. Still, getting past the rest of the tough Northwest Division will be a tall order.  
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'We hugged, talked . . . and it’s over with'
Paul Pierce knew, at some point, whatever issues he and his former Celtic teammates had with Ray Allen would have to be buried. And he took the first step in patching things up.
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas celebrates the Game 5 victory over the Chicago Bulls with teammate Al Horford (42).
Thomas jokes: I know how to play Horford
Isaiah Thomas comments on an Instagram post by Al Horford, giving a brief scouting report on the Celtics forward.
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Pierce: Tatum's 'a mature version of me'
Paul Pierce doesn’t see Jayson Tatum being as good as he was scoring the ball when he came into the NBA in 1998. He sees him as being better.
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30 teams in 30 days: Plan B for Jazz? Gobert the go-to guy
There's still some reason for optimism for the Utah Jazz in the post-Gordon Hayward Era: 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.  
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Celtics new alternate jersey revealed by NBA 2K18
NBA 2K18 offers a look at every NBA teams' new alternate jerseys, including a Celtics green-on-black model.  
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Paul Pierce drops 34 points vs. Ray Allen at celebrity game in China
Paul Pierce and Ray Allen faced off at a celebrity basketball game in China.
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New Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving (right), Gordon Hayward (center) and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Now you see them, now you don't
The Celtics return just four players from a team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference, an unprecedented amount of turnover for a team so successful.
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30 teams in 30 days: New faces have T-Wolves poised to end playoff drought
They're no longer the Timberpups. With the additions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague to a young, talented cast, look for Minnesota to reap postseason success.  
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30 teams in 30 days: Management makeover for Magic
After the worst five-year stretch in franchise history, the Orlando Magic have brought in veteran execs Jeff Weltman and John Hammond to lead a turnaround.
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'It upped the respect level I have for him'
The Warriors' Draymond Green admires Kyrie Irving for stepping out of LeBron James' shadow and trying to 'make it happen' with the Celtics.
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
IT makes clear his championship intentions for Cavs
Isaiah Thomas doesn't let a Twitter hater ruin his excitement over his appearance on the TV show, "Law and Order SVU."
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Irving, Hayward share Kobe Bryant connection
Kobe Bryant helping the Celtics? His advice to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward has boosted both on their way to Boston.  
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30 teams in 30 days: Westbrook-George duo puts Thunder back into West mix
Adding Paul George to MVP Russell Westbrook, plus a solid supporting cast, should have the Oklahoma City Thunder back among the West's elite.  
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Ex-Celtics find jobs: Zeller in Brooklyn, Tony Allen in New Orleans
With NBA training camps approaching, two former Celtics find work: Tyler Zeller agrees to a deal with the Nets, and Tony Allen with the Pelicans.
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Allen says he doesn't have 'ill will' towards former C's teammates
Ray Allen says he never wanted to leave the Celtics, and makes it clear he doesn't have an issue with his former teammates. 
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Replacing Thomas and Crowder won't be easy
Statistically, the Celtics should be able to fill the void left by the trade of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. But replacing their toughness and determination will be a challenge.
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30 teams in 30 days: Booker, Jackson only reasons for optimism in Phoenix
Other than Devin Booker and Josh Jackson, Suns fans don't have much to be positive about heading into the new season.
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'Time to get the band back together'
The rift between Ray Allen and his former Celtics teammates is well-documented, but it appears Paul Pierce is ready to put it to rest.
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30 teams in 30 days: Fox leads new cast of characters in Sacramento
It’s a new season with a lot of new characters on a Kings roster that looks radically different than the one we saw at the end of last season.
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30 teams in 30 days: All eyes on Ball - and 2018 free agents - for Lakers
Rookie Lonzo Ball will generate excitement until the Lakers' pursuit of LeBron James and Paul George kicks into high gear.  
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Avery Bradley holds up his new Detroit Pistons jersey with coach Stan Van Gundy.
Avery Bradley says he wasn't surprised Celtics traded him
Unlike his former Celtics teammate Isaiah Thomas, who admitted he was somewhat shocked to be traded, Avery Bradley tells Bleacher Report he saw his own NBA change of address coming. 
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New Celtics forward Theis posterizes Diaw with dunk in Eurobasket game
German forward Daniel Theis posterized NBA forward Boris Diaw with a dunk on the way to scoring 22 points to lead Germany to an upset of France.
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Crowder saw writing on the wall with Celtics
After the Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum and signed Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder saw the Celtics stacking wing players and is now happy to bring what he brought to Boston to Cleveland. 
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30 teams in 30 days: Don't call it a rebuild for Clippers (but it is)
The post-Chris Paul Era for Doc Rivers and the Clippers means a makeover around Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari and perhaps lowered expectations.  
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PODCAST: Doc Rivers with high praise for Celtics offseason, rebuild; Interviews with Isaiah Thomas and Brad Stevens
A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper discuss the Cavs introduction of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Plus exclusive interviews with Isaiah Thomas, Brad Stevens and Doc Rivers.
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas: 'I’m going to get what I deserve'
As good as Isaiah Thomas has been, him getting that Brink's truck-like payday will hinge heavily on how quickly he returns to the floor
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30 teams in 30 days: Warriors remain in league of their own
The rest of the NBA will again be chasing Golden State, who've added to the league's best starters by bolstering their bench.
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Cavs: 'Not going to put a timetable' on Thomas' return
Cavs GM Koby Altman said he didn't want to turn it into the "Isaiah Thomas hip press conference", but of course his health remains the big question for the ex-Celtics guard.
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New Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas (3) and Jae Crowder hold up their new jerseys.
Isaiah at Cavs' intro: 'Excited to play with the best player in the world'
Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder say all right things at their introduction as Cleveland Cavaliers.  
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving on the NBA 2K18 cover.
NBA 2K18 updates cover with Kyrie in Celtics uniform
As promised, 2K Games has updated its NBA 2K18 cover with Kyrie Irving in his new Celtics No. 11 uniform.  
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Smart: Losing Thomas 'still feels unreal'
Marcus Smart opens up about losing Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers, and bringing in Kyrie Irving.
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff of the Washington Wizards.
Markieff and Marcus Morris assault case one step closer to trial
The multiple assault charges levied against Marcus and Markieff Morris moved one step closer towards going to trial.
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Stevens on Kyrie: 'I think he can really flourish in what we are doing'
Brad Stevens talks about newly acquired Kyrie Irving and how he will fit in with the Celtics.
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Stevens: Isaiah's impact on Boston was special
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talks about Isaiah Thomas' Players' Tribune article and how special of a player he was for the city of Boston.
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Isaiah's Players' Tribune goodbye: 'It still hurts'
In a heartfelt farewell to the Hub on the Players' Tribune website, Isaiah Thomas writes about getting the news of the trade and how he "wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and Ortiz."
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30 teams in 30 days: Too many departures will keep Hawks grounded
The Atlanta Hawks are a far cry from the team that three years ago had the best record in the East.   
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New Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas shoots in his new team's gear.
Thomas, Crowder to be introduced as Cavaliers on Thursday
Former Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic will meet the media Thursday in Cleveland.  
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Isaiah tells how he found out about trade
Isaiah Thomas posts a video reflecting on the events that have transpired since the Celtics traded him to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving
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Lil B The Based God blesses Brown, Celts
Lil B, who is perhaps best known for cursing and blessing teams and athletes, posted for a photo with Jaylen Brown Tuesday afternoon, after which he officially gave Brown and the Celtics his blessing for the
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Celtics sign Jabari Bird to two-way contract
The Celtics have signed 2017 second-round draft pick Jabari Bird to a two-way contract.
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