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Blakely: What's next for Celtics now that Bogut chose Cavaliers?

Blakely: What's next for Celtics now that Bogut chose Cavaliers?

BOSTON – Even though the Boston Celtics struck out on landing Andrew Bogut, that doesn’t change the fact that they need to make some serious changes between now and the playoffs.

Bogut has reportedly chosen to sign with the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the most likely path to the NBA Finals coming from the East.

This Celtics franchise is beyond being happy and thankful to make a team’s short list of possible landing spots.

Bogut was the bonus that Boston would have loved to add to the mix, but knew going in that the odds of landing his services were slim.

So where does that leave the Celtics?

Back to their original plan when they opted to stand pat at the trade deadline, and that is to hope that there’s growth from within.

That growth can come in many forms.

But more than anything else, the Celtics need to shift from being such a finesse team to one that plays with greater force, more consistently.

It’s great that Boston shoots 3’s with the best of teams in the NBA. But that shouldn’t prevent them from banging a few bodies around the paint from time to time, or close out under control to either force a missed shot, a bad pass or a turnover.

It’s the little things like setting firm screens or sealing a big man off so a guard can swoop in for a rebound, that Boston needs to do with more consistency.

And with the Celtics losing out on the Bogut sweepstakes, no longer will Celtics players have to worry and wonder about whether they will get traded away or waived and replaced by a player picked up off the buyout pile.

Having that peace of mind can do nothing but help a team that failed to add a player to address what’s clearly their biggest need.

And while they have done a fine job this season in terms of success, they want more than just make the playoffs.

They want to be there for a while, something that has little to no chance of happening unless they make some type of adjustments in how they rebound the ball and defend the paint.

Success for Boston in both areas is possible.

Why?

Because we’ve seen this team defend and rebound at an elite level this year. At one point, Boston had either won or tied an opponent in the rebound battle in eight of 11 games.  

They’ll need more of that going forward, especially from one another now that Bogut is no longer a consideration.

Breakfast Pod: Al Horford will likely seek deal outside of Boston

Breakfast Pod: Al Horford will likely seek deal outside of Boston

On the eve of the NBA draft, the impending free-agent departures of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving have left the Celtics reeling. C's talk dominates the Breakfast Podcast.

1:22: Cedric Maxwell joins Trenni Kusnierek and Kyle Draper to discuss a possible exit from both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. Maxwell also tells us where he thinks Kyrie is really heading.

8:06: The Dominican Republic Attorney General says David Ortiz was not the intended target of the attack on him. Phil Perry, John Tomase and Trenni Kusnierek discuss all of the rumors regarding this case.

11:46: Phil Perry, A. Sherrod Blakely, Danielle Trotta, and Michael Felger talk about the possibility of the Brooklyn Nets acquiring Kyrie and Kevin Durant.
 

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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving's relationship with Jaylen Brown 'probably the worst' on Celtics

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving's relationship with Jaylen Brown 'probably the worst' on Celtics

It's no secret Kyrie Irving had a difficult time leading a young Celtics team last season, but just how bad was the situation in Boston behind the scenes?

Apparently, Irving's relationship with his teammates was even worse than we thought. On Tuesday, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined Fox Sports Radio to detail the rift between Irving and the young C's, specifically Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

“You can write a whole book on what went wrong because the season was basically a disaster from start to finish," Mannix said. "His (Irving’s) relationship with the young players on the roster was awful. Jaylen Brown, he was probably the worst with. I don’t think it was great with Jayson Tatum, and it was awful with Terry Rozier because Terry was supplanted at a position he thought he did enough to win. That created a pretty nasty atmosphere. Kyrie’s leadership skills were lacking, and he failed at it. He was the first player to be coached by Brad Stevens who didn’t really enjoy being coached by Brad Stevens and that relationship wasn’t solid.”

Yikes.

Irving reportedly is "prepared to sign" with the Nets when free agency begins on June 30, and it looks like we have more insight as to why he's rumored to be choosing Brooklyn over Boston. Now, we'll have to wait and see whether fellow veteran Al Horford will tag along.

One thing is for certain: Brown's cryptic Instagram post sure makes a whole lot more sense after hearing Mannix's report.

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