In a battle between two 25–26 teams, it was the injury-depleted Celtics that picked up the win and the return to a .500 record.

After starting the game 1–7, Marcus Smart went on to score 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter during the Boston Celtics’ victory over the New York Knicks (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images)

With recently acquired shooting guard Evan Fournier and starting point guard Kemba Walker out Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics (26–26) held on for a 101–99 victory over the New York Knicks (25–27) Wednesday night at TD Garden.

For the second time since being traded to Boston at the deadline, Fournier entered COVID-19 protocols earlier this week and missed his second straight game. …

It’s not often that you see a career 40% three-point shooter struggle so mightily after a career best season. Alas, Danny Green shot an abysmal 29% on threes during the finals, a stat that includes a missed potential series winner in Game 5. Let’s take a look at the tape to see what did and didn’t work for Green.

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Back in July of 2019, less than thirty minutes removed from the aftermath of the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George teamup, the Los Angeles Lakers shopped around for a potential veteran 3 and D player who could space the floor around LeBron James…

The Boston Celtics find themselves in a 0–2 hole after failing to close out both games of the Eastern Conference Finals. With Gordon Hayward being listed as active for Game 3, many believe that the Celtics could finally have their answer against the Heat. Here’s why that might not be the case:

Gordon Hayward has been sidelined with a Grade 3 sprain since the First Round | Credit: David Sherman/NBAE

Throughout the course of the regular season, the Miami Heat were the league’s leading zone team by far, utilizing the alternative defensive scheme 11.6 percent of the time. During the conference semifinals, the Celtics were matched up against Nick Nurse’s Toronto Raptors, who pushed Boston to seven games…

After Houston’s second straight conference semifinals elimination and its third in four years, it’s clear that something just isn’t working for the Rockets.

The Rockets were eliminated 4–1 by the Lakers | AP PHOTO/MARK J. TERRILL

On Sunday afternoon, per Adrian Wojnarowski, coach Mike D’Antoni signalled his departure from the franchise after an unforseen yet anticlimactic four years as head coach of the Rockets.

D’Antoni’s Rocket’s went 217–102 in four years

Thanks to GM Daryl Morey’s analytics driven philosophy, the Rockets constructed teams that completely tipped the scales of basketball, experimenting with lesser known playstyles and placing them at the forefront of their offense.

As the league began its three-point paradigm shift, the…

On Monday night, the Boston Celtics will be facing off against the red-hot Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. While it’s a series without the defending champions or the league’s number one seed, don’t expect any of these teams to go down without another classic playoff battle.

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How did we get here?

The Celtics are coming fresh off a slugfest of a series against the Toronto Raptors which saw multiple games come down to the wire. In the most entertaining contest of the playoffs yet, with all due respect to Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell, fans witnessed Marcus Smart unleash his inner Stephen Curry…

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