CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games

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CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games

BURLINGTON, MA, July 2, 2015 Comcast SportsNet announced today that the network will televise three of the Celtics NBA Summer League games in July -- two from Utah and one from Las Vegas -- providing Celtics fans a “first look” at the newest Celtics Draft picks Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton as they make their debut in professional basketball.

The first game as part of Comcast SportsNet’s NBA Summer League coverage will take place on Monday, July 6th at 9PM as the Celtics take on the UtahJazz in Utah. The Celtics newest draft picks – Rozier, Hunter, Mickey and Thornton -- will join 2014 First Round Draft picks and current Celtics Marcus Smart and James Young as they take to the pro court and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Celtics Summer League games will be available on a “TV Everywhere” basis to authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers of participating distributors.  The live stream will be available on CSNNE.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. This ‘TV Everywhere’ service not only allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch the games within the Celtics territory but also when those subscribers are traveling within the U.S.

Following are the NBA Summer League games available LIVE on Comcast SportsNet and online:

LIVE: Monday, July 6 at 9PM Celtics vs. Utah (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at Noon

LIVE: Thursday, July 9 at 7PM Celtics vs. San Antonio (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 2PM

LIVE: Thursday, July 14 at 7PM Celtics vs. Miami (in Las Vegas)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 4PM

CSNNE.com will bring viewers all the Celtics news and updates from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely who will be on-site to providegameday video reports and written online articles with updates on all the action. Also, in addition to the Summer League games, Comcast SportsNet will continue to provide viewers with Celtics off-season news and updates in all daily shows including Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Sports Sunday and Felger & Mazz. Comcast SportsNet will also provide real-timeupdates through all Social Media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Summer League games on Comcast SportsNet are presented by Nissan and Infiniti.

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

BOSTON – This continues to be a historic season for Isaiah Thomas as more records fell in Wednesday’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee, and the company he’s keeping becomes even more exclusive. 

Thomas had a game-high 32 points on Wednesday which included five made 3’s on nine attempts. That gave him 223 for the season which is a new franchise single-season record for made 3-pointers. The previous record was 222 set by Antoine Walker during the 2001-2002 season.

And his 32 points scored gives him 2,012 this season. 

Only six players in franchise history (Paul Pierce was the last to do it during the 2005-2006 season) have scored 2,000 or more points in a single season. 

Oh, there’s more. 

With Wednesday being the 66th time this season he has had 20 or more points, Thomas has now tied Pierce (2005-2006) and Larry Bird (1985-1986; 1987-1988) for sixth on the Celtics’ single-season franchise list. 

“I didn’t even know that,” a visibly disappointed Thomas said following Wednesday’s loss. “It doesn’t feel that good right now. But when I look back on it, probably in the offseason, I’ll appreciate it a little more. But I’m just staying in the moment and try and play as best I can to lead this team to as many wins as possible.”

Other season milestones Thomas is in the mix for include the following:

  • The 5-foot-9 guard is one of three players this season to have 50 or more games of 25-plus points, joined by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (57) and Houston’s James Harden (54).
  • Thomas has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 50 straight games (Dec. 3 – March 29). That’s also the longest current streak in the NBA. 
  • With 66 games of 20 or more points this season, Thomas is second in the NBA to Westbrook (67).

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

BOSTON – One of the more bizarre plays in Boston’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee came in the second quarter, requiring some explanation from the officials afterwards. 

With 3:55 to play in the second quarter, the officials had originally called a foul on Marcus Smart which he verbally protested that eventually led to him being whistled for a technical foul. 

After the officials reviewed the play, they changed the call to a personal foul against Khris Middleton but no change to the called technical foul against Smart who objected to a call that, upon review, they agreed was the wrong call to make. 

Official Sean Corbin, through pool reporter Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, acknowledged that the original call was a loose ball foul against Smart. 

“The (officiating) crew got together, we met prior to video and we decided that we needed to look at video because both players were on the floor bleeding so we went to the video for a hostile act,” Corbin told Powtak. “In the review we noticed that Khris Middleton initially made contact to Marcus Smart’s face. That’s how the original contact to the play occurred.”

Fortunately for the Celtics, Middleton missed his technical free throw while Smart split a pair of free throws which cut Milwaukee’s lead to 49-40.

Still, that’s no consolation for Smart who was whistled for a technical foul on a play that the official acknowledged was the wrong call to make. 

In the fourth quarter, Smart was at the center of yet another controversial call that was also reviewed by the officials. The verdict wasn't nearly as good for Smart who was whistled for a flagrant foul after getting his feet tangled up with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo who was called for a non-shooting foul in the play with 4:46 to play. 

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws and on the Bucks' ensuing possession, he was called for traveling.

Smart was unavailable to talk after the game in part because the aforementioned incident left an abrasion to his mouth and, because of the technical foul, a little lighter in the wallet as well.