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.

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet


Minutes after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the folks at Bleacher Report tweeted a video that celebrated the C’s one victory in the series. 

Ouch. 

There are 17 Celtics championship banners that actually exist and hang at TD Garden. You won’t be seeing one for being a “finalist” or celebrating an actual sweep, such as Spurs over Cavs in the NBA Finals.

Blakely: This could be the start of something big for Celtics

Blakely: This could be the start of something big for Celtics

BOSTON -- Prior to this year, the Celtics hadn't been to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012. That trip served as a curtain call of sorts for the last great C's dynasty.
 
But this one, which ended with Cleveland's emphatic 135-102 Game 5 victory Thursday at TD Garden, is very different.

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Rather than closing another chapter in the Celtics' longstanding legacy of greatness, it could serve as the beginning of a new narrative in the franchise's steady growth.
 
"For us to be in the Eastern Conference finals after the first year of this team really being together, adding additions like Al Horford and Gerald Green . . . I can go down the list of guys that we needed to learn to play with, and for us to talk about where we wanted to be and actually make it, it's a big-time accomplishment," said Avery Bradley.
 
Boston has been among the younger teams in the NBA, with the 31-year-old Green being the oldest player on the roster.
 
But what the Celtics lacked in experience, they made up for with great effort.
 
"The great thing about this is the experience," Bradley said. "We were able to go to the Eastern Conference finals, learned a lot about being in this position, and I feel like it's going to help us for next year."
 
But as we all know, the Celtics will look to strengthen themsevles this offseason, which means there's a very good chance they'll have a different look when they gather again in the fall.
 
How different is anyone's guess.
 
"It's difficult every year whenever you don't have guys back," said coach Brad Stevens. "I think you share a bond (over the course of a season)."
 
Stevens and this group have been together for eight months. Eight months of struggles, successes, frustrating defeats and euphoric victories that brought them to the conference finals, which is where their season came to an end.
 
But as disappointed as the players and coaches are inow, there's definite excitement about this franchise in the very near future.
 
Boston has the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft, with all indications -- for now -- pointing to Washington's Markelle Fultz as their choice.
 
And their top first-round pick from a year ago, Jaylen Brown, seemed to steadily improve as the season progressed. It was one of the few times in his life where minutes weren't just handed to him, which he admits was a learning experience unlike anything he had ever had, yet he adjusted and played better as the year went along.

"I've had ups, I've had downs, I've had opportunities, I've had mistakes," said Brown. "So I've been learning and growing and improving all year and I'm going to continue growing and improving and prove people wrong, prove doubters wrong."
 
Having the season end the way it did has indeed left a bad taste in the mouths of many Celtics.
 
"I can use it as fuel," Brown said, adding: "I want to get back to the same place I'm at now."
 
Bradley, who was on the 2012 team that lost to the Miami Heat in the conference finals, knows the Celtics are going to do whatever they feel is necessary to give them the best chance at competing for a title.
 
"It's out of our control as players," Bradley said. "We had a great year together. If guys are here, if guys aren't, we all wish the best for each other.

"But I do feel this is a special group. We all gave our heart every single night, played as hard as we could. I respect all my teammates, and I really appreciated playing with all the guys I had a chance to play with this year; a special group."