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Boston the City of Champions
April 3, 2017
Which Jaylen Brown Will We See In The Playoffs?

Several weeks back I published an article where I inferred strongly that Jaylen Brown is likely to be better than Jimmy Butler. I also noted during the hype surrounding the trade deadline that Ainge would not deal Brown unless for some miraculous reason something on the table included the Cs getting either Westbrook or The…

Boston the City of Champions
March 22, 2017
Celtics Gradually Improving On Cusp of Playoff Run

Brad Stevens can coach. Media “experts” on the radio around Boston like to toss him into the “unproven” category since he has yet to win a playoff series. Fair enough, I suppose, and if the Cs exit early this May then I will join the chorus of skeptics. However, it’s quite difficult to dispute that…

Boston the City of Champions
March 16, 2017
Al Horford Can Avoid A David Price First Year

Yes, I know. “Why did it take so long?”“For a max contract we shouldn’t have to wait one minute for Al Horford to get rolling. ”“I don’t make that money and I do my job every single day. ”All of these reactions are completely understandable, but for a minute let’s separate the contract and NBA…

Boston the City of Champions
March 9, 2017
Celtics Welcome Dream Scenario – No Excuses Now

The Up and Down and Now You See Them, Now You Don’t Celtics applied a vice grip to the vaunted Golden State offense last night (yes, we know Durant was out) to improve to 41-24 on the season. The Green also evened up the road trip at 2-2 when it looked like it was potentially…

Boston the City of Champions
March 5, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (40-22) at Suns (20-42)

The Celtics are in Phoenix today to take on the Suns. Usually, heading to Phoenix means a late start time, but today’s game starts at 5:00 est. For all us people that need their sleep this is a near perfect start time. This is the second game of the Celtics five game road trip, while…

Boston the City of Champions
March 3, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (39-22) at Lakers (19-42)

The Celtics kickoff their five game road trip at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight at 10:30 est. This is a bit of a win win situation for the Celtics, as the Lakers are one of two teams that are within ten games of the Nets for worst record. The Nets do have a…

Boston the City of Champions
February 28, 2017
Celtics Bad Offense, Not Rebounding, To Blame For Nasty Run

They shoulda got a rebounder at the deadline. Danny Ainge sucks they should fire him. If they only had a better rebounder they wouldn’t lose these games. Sound familiar? Certainly all Celts fans have either been making these statements themselves or seeing and hearing them from other fans or media pundits in the last two…

Boston the City of Champions
February 27, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (38-21) Host Hawks (32-26)

The Boston Celtics head back home for tonight’s 7:30 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Boston will play both Atlanta and Cleveland before heading out for a five game road trip on the West coast. The Celtics have played in front of their home crowd only once since February 5th. Being back in from of the…

Boston the City of Champions
February 26, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (37-21) at Pistons (28-30)

The Celtics end their stretched out three game road trip tonight in Detroit. Boston is trying to avoid their fourth 3 game losing streak this season. The previous two losses could be categorized in the frustrating loss column, so tonight’s game would be a therapeutic win for the Celtics’ faithful. Though, the last time the…

Boston the City of Champions
February 21, 2017
Jae Crowder: Quietly Logging Extremely Productive Season

Jae Crowder entered the current season off an injury riddled 2015-16 season that concluded with a disappointing series versus Atlanta both personally and obviously as a team. The current season opened up decent enough but then BOOM another injury hit Jae. Uh oh, not again. Since that injury and the eight straight games missed, Jae…

Boston the City of Champions
February 16, 2017
Pregame Notes: Bulls (27-29) vs Celtics (37-19)

Tonight, the Celtics take on the Bulls in Chicago. This is the last game before the All Star break. Most of the players will be given the opportunity to rest, recover, vacation, or all three. The only Celtics player participating this weekend will be Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics’ coaching staff, on the other hand, will…

Boston the City of Champions
February 16, 2017
Celtics Trade: Ainge – “Skilled Bigs” In Interview (Again)

On Thursday morning in an interview with 98. 5 The Sports Hub, Danny Ainge clearly defined what the Celtics would be seeking in any potential trade.It remains to be seen if this redirects any of the speculation by fans about the “big names” and “star players” often discussed in various trade rumors. While noting the…

Boston the City of Champions
February 15, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (36-19) Host Philly (21-34)

Boston will look to continue it’s winning ways, as they take on Philly tonight at 7:30. First line of business is to welcome back the normal start times. After the last four games pushed near or passed the midnight hour, it’s nice to be back on east coast start times. The Celtics and Pacers are…

Boston the City of Champions
February 14, 2017
When Kelly Olynyk Scores Ten Or More Points?

In an earlier piece we took a look at whether Kelly Olynyk would be a playoff weapon for the Cs this season or trade bait destined to be tossed aside by “Trader Danny” in a whirlwind series of “big deals” to “make the Celts contendahs”. This analysis also took a look at some very legitimate…

Boston the City of Champions
February 13, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (35-19) at Mavericks (22-32)

Celtics are in Dallas to take on the Mavericks tonight at 8:30. The Celtics are coming off an impressive win in Utah. Dallas has also had an impressive win against Utah, and a regular win against Orlando in their past two games. Dallas started the season off by losing a lot of games, but they’ve…

Boston the City of Champions
February 12, 2017
Former Celtic Fab Melo Passes Away

Some awful news to report: former Celtic Fab Melo has passed away. Fab Melo was only 26 years of age. According to New York Daily News, Melo passed away in his sleep in his home country of Brazil (LINK). Melo played in Brazil this season for Uniceub-BB-Brasilia. We at Celtics Extra extend our deepest condolences…

Boston the City of Champions
February 11, 2017
Jaylen Brown Could Be Better Than Jimmy Butler

Jaylen Brown won’t be 21 years old until October.  Jimmy Butler was 22 years old for his rookie season in the NBA.  Yes, right now Jimmy Butler is a more productive player than Jaylen Brown.  Everyone knows this.  However, if we project forward in a realistic way this may not be the case three years…

Boston the City of Champions
February 11, 2017
Pregame Notes: Utah (34-20) vs Celtics (34-19)

Boston plays the third game in a four game road trip tonight as they face off against the Utah Jazz. On paper, these two teams matchup really well. They have nearly identical records, and have played a lot of quality basketball this season. But, they are two very different teams for a lot of different…

Boston the City of Champions
February 9, 2017
Celtics Methodically Move Forward – Part II

Fresh off a loss last night to the lowly Kings bringing the Cs back down to earth for the moment, let’s take a peek at some areas where The Green are far from polished and effective on a consistent basis.As we stated in Part I how the Celts are actually very effective offensively (notwithstanding the…

Boston the City of Champions
February 9, 2017
Pregame Notes: Blazers (23-30) vs Celtics (33-19)

Celtics play another late weekday game, as they take on the Trail Blazers tonight at 10:30. They are coming fresh of a stinging loss to the Kings last night. Luckily for the Celtics’ players, they don’t have to dwell on that loss, and they can try to put forth a better effort tonight. Run the…

Boston the City of Champions
February 8, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (33-18) at Sacramento (20-32)

Seems like it’s been a week since the Celtics played their last game. The combination of having a couple days off, that Superbowl thing, and the parade that ensued has generated a lot of emotional swings that seemed to warp time. Well, the football season is officially over, and the Celtics get back to playing…

Boston the City of Champions
February 7, 2017
Celtics Methodically Move Forward – Part 1

Entering Wednesday night’s tilt out in Sacramento the Boston Celtics find themselves at 33-18 through 51 games and alone in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Green jumped ahead of Toronto for the time being and now see themselves under attack by a surging Washington Wizards squad and a resurgent Atlanta Hawks team. The…

Boston the City of Champions
February 3, 2017
Pregame Notes: Lakers (17-35) Visit Boston (31-18)

The Celtics host the Lakers this year with some unusual circumstances surrounding the two teams. The winner of tonight’s game will have the most wins in the history of the NBA.considering that both teams only play each other twice a year, it is incredibly coincidental that they would be playing against each other while tied…

Boston the City of Champions
February 3, 2017
It’s Trade Rumor Season

It’s that time of year in the NBA. Trade rumor season is upon us. This time of year can play with many fans’ emotions. Celtics fans know this all too well. While there has not been a big deal at the deadline in recent years, the Boston faithful remain optimistic that a deal is on…

Boston the City of Champions
February 2, 2017
Is Isaiah Thomas an MVP Candidate?

Coming into February, the Celtics stand at 30-18. That is good for the number-two spot in the Eastern Conference, only 2. 5 games behind Cleveland. The biggest reason for this is the outstanding play of point guard Isaiah Thomas. In 44 games this season, Thomas is averaging 29. 4 PPG with 6. 4 APG on…

Boston the City of Champions
February 2, 2017
Boston Celtics Performance Marker – Rebounding

Rebounding has been an issue for the Celtics at times this season. Many thought the boards would be a weakness even early in the off-season. Jared Sullinger was gone, and the Celtics were left with guys like Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, and Jonas Jerebko. Al Horford was signed, but he wasn’t necessarily a beast on…

Boston the City of Champions
February 1, 2017
Pregame Notes: Celtics (30-18) at Raptors (30-19)

The Celtics are in Toronto tonight to take on the Raptors. It’s been a long time since Boston has faced any opponent this late in the season while holding onto the top spot in the Atlantic division. Toronto is coming off an overtime win last night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Meanwhile, the Celtics had…

Boston the City of Champions
February 1, 2017
Would You Trade Jae Crowder For Carmelo Straight Up?

With the season Jae Crowder is having, would you trade him for Carmelo Anthony straight up right now? Forget financial implications. – CapSpace=$1,107,840 (@celticscap) February 1, 2017 Before I begin I just want to say to all of you cap nerds like myself – I know this trade would not work financially. Rumors Ramp Up with…

Boston the City of Champions
February 1, 2017
Jae Crowder Improved Elite?

Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics has upped his game, that is not debatable. What is a debate is wheather or not he is now considered elite. Many times he is overshadowed by Isiahah Thomas,which is why he is missing most of the time when talking elites. Jae is by far the most improved player…

Boston the City of Champions
January 29, 2017
Celtics Beat the Bucks in Overtime 112-108

The Celtics beat the Bucks in overtime. The Celtics had a 16 point lead at one point in the first half, however, the Bucks made impressive halftime adjustments on defense. Isaiah Thomas scored 37 points and added 8 assists. Crowder was big in the final minutes of overtime. Jae Crowder made some clutch free-throws and…