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Celtics/Pacers Game 3: How bad have C's road playoff struggles been?

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Celtics/Pacers Game 3: How bad have C's road playoff struggles been?

With Celtics/Pacers Game 3 set to tip off at 8:30 tonight in Indiana, it's a good idea to take inventory of the C's road struggles in the playoffs.

While the Celtics are still only in the first round of the playoffs, tonight's game against the Pacers will be the team's first opportunity to take their show on the road (literally) as they try to go up 3-0 in Indiana.

If things go to plan, the Celtics will buck a pretty ugly trend of struggling on the road in the postseason.

The Celtics are just 5-16 on the road in the playoffs in the Brad Stevens era, going back to the team getting swept in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The C's went 0-3 at Philips Arena in Atlanta against the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs the following season.

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In the 2016-17 playoffs, the Celtics went 3-0 in Chicago, but 0-3 in Washington and 1-1 in Cleveland.

In the 2017-18 playoffs, the Celtics went 0-3 in Milwaukee against the Bucks, 1-1 in Philadelphia against the 76ers, and went 0-3 against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

While the Pacers do not necessarily present the challenge of the LeBron James Cavs, the stats show that where games take place can be just as, if not at times more important, than the opponent. 

During the same span, the Celtics were night and day better at home, going 17-7 in Boston.

In the 2015-16 playoffs, the Celtics went 2-1 at home against the Atlanta Hawks while still managing to get bounced in the first round.

In the 2016-17 playoffs, the Celtics were 1-2 hosting the Bulls, 4-0 hosting the Wizards, but 0-3 hosting the Cavs.

In the 2017-18 playoffs, the Celtics were 4-0 in Boston against the Bucks, 3-0 against the 76ers, and 3-1 against the Cavs.

As the Celtics have progressed further in the playoffs year over year during this span, and, barring injury, have more talent on the court this year than in any of these prior years, hope to do even better this season.

Playing better on the road, at least mathematically, will have to be part of this, and it starts tonight.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with the Celtics 4 draft picks

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with the Celtics 4 draft picks

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(2:20) Kyle Draper catches up with Romeo Langford. They discuss his first impressions of Boston, how he would describe his style of play and which NBA player he compares himself to. (4:00) When did Romeo Langford realize he could make it in the NBA? (7:00) Romeo Langford discusses his thumb injured that sidelined him in college. (8:00) Which NBA player does Romeo Langford look up to the most? (8:30) How does Romeo see himself fitting in with the Celtics?

(13:00) A. Sherrod Blakely sits down with Grant Williams. (16:00) Grant Williams discusses growing up and playing 8 instruments and his mother being a NASA Engineer. (20:00) When did Grant realize he could be an NBA player?

(25:00) Chris Forsberg sits down with Carsen Edwards about being drafted by the Celtics. (27:00) Carsen Edwards discusses playing previously with Robert Williams. (29:00) Carsen Edwards explains how his style of play will help the Celtics.

(34:00) A. Sherrod Blakely sits down with Tremont Waters, and discuss how he came to play basketball at LSU. (37:00) Tremont Waters compares his game to Kyrie Irving’s. 

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Jaylen Brown trains with NBA stars in California

Jaylen Brown trains with NBA stars in California

On Monday afternoon, Celtics small forward Jaylen Brown worked out in California with trainer Chris Johnson. 

Videos posted to his Instagram story show Brown training with Rodney Hood and Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. Johnson also trained Trey Lyles and Andrew Wiggins on Monday. In one video, Brown and Hood go through a drill in which they euro step a foam defender and shoot a floater over a stationary defender.

Most NBA players try to add at least one specific skill each summer, and Brown could use a couple more tools in his bag. Brown shot 34% from three last year and could improve his shooting off the dribble. And although his playmaking improved, he dished only 1.4 assists per game in 2018-19. 

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