CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games


CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games

BURLINGTON, MA, July 2, 2015 Comcast SportsNet announced today that the network will televise three of the Celtics NBA Summer League games in July -- two from Utah and one from Las Vegas -- providing Celtics fans a “first look” at the newest Celtics Draft picks Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton as they make their debut in professional basketball.

The first game as part of Comcast SportsNet’s NBA Summer League coverage will take place on Monday, July 6th at 9PM as the Celtics take on the UtahJazz in Utah. The Celtics newest draft picks – Rozier, Hunter, Mickey and Thornton -- will join 2014 First Round Draft picks and current Celtics Marcus Smart and James Young as they take to the pro court and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Celtics Summer League games will be available on a “TV Everywhere” basis to authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers of participating distributors.  The live stream will be available on CSNNE.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. This ‘TV Everywhere’ service not only allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch the games within the Celtics territory but also when those subscribers are traveling within the U.S.

Following are the NBA Summer League games available LIVE on Comcast SportsNet and online:

LIVE: Monday, July 6 at 9PM Celtics vs. Utah (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at Noon

LIVE: Thursday, July 9 at 7PM Celtics vs. San Antonio (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 2PM

LIVE: Thursday, July 14 at 7PM Celtics vs. Miami (in Las Vegas)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 4PM

CSNNE.com will bring viewers all the Celtics news and updates from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely who will be on-site to providegameday video reports and written online articles with updates on all the action. Also, in addition to the Summer League games, Comcast SportsNet will continue to provide viewers with Celtics off-season news and updates in all daily shows including Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Sports Sunday and Felger & Mazz. Comcast SportsNet will also provide real-timeupdates through all Social Media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Summer League games on Comcast SportsNet are presented by Nissan and Infiniti.

No Love for Game 7 doesn't necessarily mean advantage Celtics

No Love for Game 7 doesn't necessarily mean advantage Celtics

BOSTON –The idea of the Cavs going into a must-win Game 7 without Kevin Love, who's in the NBA concussion protocol and won't play Sunday night, should put the Celtics at a significant advantage, right?

Not exactly.

One of the keys to Boston’s success has been the impact Al Horford makes offensively, particularly at home. Horford has been at his best as a scorer in this series when matched up against Love.

In this series, Horford has scored 31 points on 61 possessions with Love as the primary defender, shooting 76.5 percent from the field (13-for-17) and 60 percent (3-for-5) from 3-point range in that matchup.

Horford will get a much heavier dose of LeBron James, Jeff Green and Larry Nance Jr., who combined to do a really good job on him in Game 6 when Horford scored just six points on 2-for-8 shooting.

But again, Horford has been a very different (read: better) player offensively at the TD Garden than on the road, regardless of who he’s matched up against.

Another byproduct of no Love for Game 7 is the potential for Boston to play Aron Baynes more.

Love’s ability to stretch the floor from beyond the 3-point line made him a tough cover for Baynes, who does his best work defensively around the post.

Baynes should have better luck defending Tristan Thompson, who had a series-low six rebounds in Game 5 at TD Garden.

Knowing Love won’t be out there, the Celtics have to brace themselves for a full 48 minutes of LeBron James, who had 46 points in 46 minutes in Game 6.

James will certainly look to be even more aggressive and impactful than we’ve seen in the first six games. And while he continues to score in bunches, the Celtics have done a slightly better job defensively against him at home than on the road.

At TD Garden, he’s averaging 27.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.7 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.

When he’s in the comfy confines of Quicken Loans Arena, James’ numbers improve to 39.0 points, along with 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists, while shooting 55.4 percent from the field.

The bottom line is clear: With or without Kevin Love in the lineup, the Celtics are going to be challenged by a Cleveland team on several fronts as Boston tries to do what hasn’t been done in nearly a decade – send LeBron James home for the summer without a trip to the NBA Finals.



Cavs will be without Kevin Love for Game 7

Cavs will be without Kevin Love for Game 7

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is in the NBA concussion protocol and will miss Game 7 Sunday night against the Celtics on Sunday night at TD Garden.

The winner Sunday night advances to the NBA Finals. 

Love, the Cavs' second-leading scorer behind LeBron James and their leading rebounder, collided with Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum and they bumped heads when the Cavs were on offense in the first quarter of Boston's 113-103 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night in Cleveland.

Love was down on the court for a few minutes, walked off the floor with help, but didn't return.

Tatum was shaken up, stayed in the game and said "I'm fine" afterward.