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Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

The Boston Celtics waived Max Strus, Kaiser Gates, and Yante Maten on Saturday, trimming their roster to the regular-season limit of 17.

With the moves, summer league standout Javonte Green appears to have clinched the team’s 15th roster spot. Gates and Maten will have a chance to latch on with the Maine Red Claws as affiliated players after they clear waivers.

The Celtics signed Strus to a 2-way deal after he went undrafted then promoted him to the 15-man roster earlier this week on a partially guaranteed deal. That opened a 2-way slot to sign 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall.

Strus played well late in the exhibition slate and made 5 of his 12 3-point attempts overall. The combination of Fall’s potential and his popularity forced the team to maneuver. With help from his springy hops, Green made 16 of his 20 shots in the preseason and showed an ability to be an aggressive perimeter defender, helping him edge Strus in the competition for the final spot on the parent roster.

The Celtics open the regular season on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

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Putting Celtics' 140-point outburst vs. Wizards into nostalgic perspective

Putting Celtics' 140-point outburst vs. Wizards into nostalgic perspective

Fair warning: If you were alive 27 years ago, you're about to feel very old.

The Boston Celtics dropped 140 points on the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on Wednesday night en route to their ninth consecutive win.

That's a lot of points. In fact, that's the most points the Celtics have scored in a non-overtime regular season game since ... 1992.

The date was Nov. 25, 1992, to be exact, as the C's rolled to a 150-112 win over this same Washington franchise -- then known as the Bullets -- at the old Boston Garden.

Now, time to feel old. Here's the full list of current Celtics players who were alive when that game went down:

- Brad Wanamaker (3 years old)
- Gordon Hayward (2 years old)
- Kemba Walker (2 years old)
- Daniel Theis (7 months old)
- Enes Kanter (6 months old)

That's it. The other 12 members of the Celtics didn't exist in 1992, including rookie Romeo Langford, who wouldn't be born for another seven years.

Few other NBA teams can say the same, as the C's boast one of the youngest rosters in the league with an average age of 25.1. But those who were around in 1992 -- or simply appreciate history -- may get a kick out of the Celtics' box score, courtesy of Basketball Reference:

The 1992-93 season was the Celtics' first without Larry Bird since 1979 and represented a "changing of the guard:" Robert Parish still started but an aging Kevin McHale came off the bench, as newcomers like Reggie Lewis, Dee Brown and Xavier McDaniel took the torch from Boston's 1980s dynasty.

This win actually was one of the Celtics' high points of the season. The C's finished as the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed and lost the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.

The 2019-20 Celtics seem destined for a different fate after beginning the season 9-1, their best start since their 2007-08 championship campaign. But they might want to shore up that defense.

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NBA history suggests Celtics' start is great omen for 2019-20 playoffs

NBA history suggests Celtics' start is great omen for 2019-20 playoffs

The Boston Celtics have the best record in the NBA at 9-1 after Wednesday night's win over the Washington Wizards, and if history is any indication, the C's hot start is a good omen for their playoff hopes next spring.

The Celtics have won nine of their first 10 games for the first time since 2007-08, and we all know what happened that season. In fact, the C's had won nine or all of their first 10 games of a season five times before the current 2019-20 campaign, and in three of those seasons they advanced to the NBA Finals.

Here's a breakdown:

1972-73: 10-0, lost to New York Knicks in ECF
2019-20: 9-1, playoff result TBD
2007-08: 9-1, beat Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
1984-85: 9-1, lost to Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
1983-84: 9-1, beat Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals
1981-82: 9-1, lost to Philadelphia 76ers in ECF

For what it's worth, both 2019 NBA Finals participants (Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors) started 9-1 last season.

You'll notice a couple Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals matchups in the list above, and while it's still very early in the season, could we be headed for another championship series between these historic rivals? Check out this stat:

The Celtics' schedule is about to get tougher. They start a five-game road trip Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, and the last three teams on the trip -- the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets -- all have winning records. If the Celtics are able to go 3-2 or 4-1 on this road trip, it definitely will be time to rank them among the early title contenders.

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.