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Bulls list Rondo as 'out' for Game 6 vs. Celtics
The Chicago Bulls are listing Rajon Rondo as being “OUT” for Friday night’s Game 6 matchup against the Boston Celtics.
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Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots
The Celtics connected on just 12 of 39 of their uncontested shot attempts in Game 5, a mark they’re definitely looking to improve on. 
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas celebrates the Game 5 victory over the Chicago Bulls with teammate Al Horford (42).
Five takeaways: Celtics one win from dispatching Bulls
The Celtics have dug out of an 0-2 hole and now the focus is on their finishing off their first playoff series victory of the Brad Stevens Era. 
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The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler is defended by the Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley.
Even the Bulls’ star agrees, the Bradley-Butler matchup goes Celtics’ way
“I didn’t win the matchup,” Jimmy Butler says of Avery Bradley in Game 5. The Celtics guard’s strong two-way game was a big reason they now led the series.
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Five takeaways: C’s one win from dispatching Bulls
The Celtics have dug out of an 0-2 hole and now the focus is on their finishing off their first playoff series victory of the Brad Stevens Era.
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Five takeaways: C’s one win from dispatching Bulls
The Celtics have dug out of an 0-2 hole and now the focus is on their finishing off their first playoff series victory of the Brad Stevens Era.
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Mike and Tommy cam shot from Game 5 vs. Bulls.
Tommy Heinsohn on Courtside Cam: Bulls’ Mirotic couldn’t guard me
Tommy Heinsohn was in peak form during game 5 between the Celtics and the Bulls.  
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Danny Ainge on M.L. Carr/Tree Rollins "fight" after a game, NBA fighting in general
Danny Ainge talks about an incident when he was playing of former teammate M.L. Carr getting into it with Atlanta Hawk Tree Rollins after a game, and fighting in the NBA in general.
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Danny Ainge on Dwyane Wade's claim about no hot water in locker room
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge talks about Dwyane Wade's claim that there was no hot water in the Bulls' locker room on Wednesday
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Game 5 Highlights: Celtics 108, Bulls 97
Highlights from the Boston Celtics' Game 5 victory over the Chicago Bulls
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Celtics get Game 5 win despite an off night for Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas' struggles aren't enough to derail the Celtics from coming away with a 108-97 Game 5 win
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Stars, studs and duds: Bradley delivers best two-way performance of series
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Boston Celtics’ 108-97 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls.
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Dwyane Wade says visiting locker room had no hot water
Brian Scalabrine and Kyle Draper joke that the Boston Celtics went back to strategies of the 1980 Celtics teams by not giving visiting team hot water.
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade was upset about the lack of hot water in the visitors' locker room at TD Garden.
Did C's pull Red Auerbach prank on Bulls?
Dwyane Wade says the Bulls didn't have hot water in the visitors' locker room at TD Garden - an old Red Auberbach trick - after their Game 5 loss to the Celtics. 
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Kelly Olynyk says he channeled his inner Happy Gilmore
Kelly Olynyk talks with the media after the Boston Celtics win in Game 5 and says that he thought about Happy Gilmore during one of his shots.
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Hoiberg storms off podium after question about Thomas
Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg knows how to make a press conference eventful.
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Watch Horford show off strength, agility before dunk
Al Horford showed off all his athletic tools on a smooth dunk during the Boston Celtics' win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5.
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Bradley steps up for Celtics in 108-97 Game 5 win over Bulls
Avery Bradley plays the role of difference-maker all night long in the Celtics' 108-97 Game 5 win over the Bulls.
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Watch Isaiah Thomas score and-1, circus layup
Isaiah Thomas scored a ridiculous, and-1 layup during the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Bulls.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: A back-and-forth first half
After a back-and-forth first half with six ties and six lead changes, the Celtics go into the half clinging to a slim 52-50 lead.
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Watch Rozier deliver massive dunk in transition
Rozier raced down court and managed to hammer a dunk despite the pursuit of Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio.
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Green on Thomas: 'We're all playing for him'
Isaiah Thomas has gutted through a tough sequence events in recent days. His strength isn't lost on his Celtics teammates.
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Rondo inactive for Game 5, Canaan will start for Bulls
Chicago head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo (right thumb) and Cameron Payne will be on the team’s inactive list for tonight’s game.
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Rondo says he will not play tonight
Rajon Rondo, out with a fractured thumb, will not play for the Bulls against the Celtics tonight in Game 5 at TD Garden.   
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Gorman: Rajon 'Rondo never tells the truth'
Mike Gorman visits the Toucher and Rich studio to talk Celtics playoff basketball and whether Rondo will be back for Game 5. 
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C's-Bulls preview: Green's shooting changing series' complexion
After losing the first two games in this series with the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew he had to make a change. 
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Report: Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is putting in the work in an attempt to play in Game 5 Wednesday, according to Yahoo.com.
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Thomas on Hoiberg's complaints: 'I don’t carry the ball'
Following Boston’s Game 4 win at Chicago on Sunday, Isaiah Thomas was asked about Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s comments that he carried the ball.
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends the Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler.
Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler’s comment questioning his toughness
When asked his response to having his toughness questioned by the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Marcus Smart said his response was, “ha ha.”
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Kevin Garnett talks about the message he left for the Boston Celtics before their playoff game.
Kevin Garnett reveals what was in his message for Celtics
On his Area 21 show, Kevin Garnett provides a little insight into what his message was for the Celtics before their first playoff victory.
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VIDEO: Chris Mannix - "Not completely ruling out Rajon Rondo for Game 5"
Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports and CSN Pre/Post thinks that there's a chance Rajon Rondo could play Wednesday in Game 5, despite the broken right thumb he is dealing with.
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Has Isaiah Thomas proven that he deserves a max deal?
Gary Tanguay, Lou Merloni, Michael Felger and Bob Ryan debate if Isaiah Thomas has proven that he deserves a max deal with the Boston Celtics.
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Bulls' point guard carousel spun to Isaiah Canaan in Game 4
The point guard carousel continues to swirl for the Chicago Bulls who will now try to replace Rajon Rondo with Isaiah Canaan.
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Celtics hope road of success winds its way home
The Celtics played poorly in Games 1 and 2 at TD Garden, but turned things around in Chicago. Their aim now: Keep it up in Boston.
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Tanguay: Mark my words, Rondo will return vs. Celtics
Rajon Rondo doesn't need his thumb to play defense, and -- as Games 3 and 4 showed -- the Bulls absolutely need him. So expect to see him again.
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Five takeaways from Celtics' Game 4 win over Bulls
It's been a strange series, but the C's are now poised to do what many thought they'd do: Beat the Bulls and advance in the NBA playoffs.
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Five takeaways from Celtics' Game 4 win over Bulls
It's been a strange series so far, but the Celtics are now in position to do what a lot of people though they'd do: Get past the Bulls and advance in the NBA playoffs.
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Washburn: 'No way' Rajon Rondo will be back before series ends
Gary Washburn breaks down the Celtics win over the Bulls while Rondo is injured.
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Will Rondo return from injury in Celtics-Bulls series?
A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper join Mike Felger on Sports Sunday to discuss if Rajon Rondo will return from his injury before the end of the series.
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Thomas says C's support system has been 'really important' over last week
What Isaiah Thomas has done in these four playoff games while still coming to grips with the pain of having lost his sister, is nothing short of amazing.
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Blakely: Thomas' dribbling should be least of Hoiberg's concerns after Game 4
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg goes on a rant about Isaiah Thomas being allowed to carry the ball, but his real problem -- as evidenced in Game 4 -- is that Chicago can't slow down IT.
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Game 4 Highlights: Celtics 104, Bulls 95
Boston Celtics take care of business in Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls to tie up the series 2-2.
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Stars, studs and duds: Another brilliant performance by Thomas
Here are the stars, studs and duds from the Boston Celtics' 104-95 Game 4 win over the Chicago Bulls
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Jimmy Butler on Marcus Smart: 'He's a great actor, acting tough'
Jimmy Butler speaks candidly about Marcus Smart getting in his face during Game 4.
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Thomas' sons giggle after hearing Hoiberg's traveling claims
James and Jaiden Thomas, sons of Isaiah Thomas, thought Fred Hoiberg's claims were laughable.
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Green's hot start sets tone for Celtics in 104-95 Game 4 win
Gerald Green is the one starter – not Thomas, not Horford, not Bradley or Crowder – whose play sets the tone in Boston’s 104-95 Game 4 win
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Watch Green hammer dunk on Wade
Gerald Green missed his shot, so he went back for more.
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Crowder draws frustration from Lopez by throwing his shoe
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder grabed and threw Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez's shoe, which fell off on a play where Lopez knocked Crowder to the floor.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Intensity picks up after Smart-Butler dustup
The intensity of Game 4 really picks up after Marcus Smart and Jimmy Butler get into a little dustup in the second quarter
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Watch Smart, Butler get in dustup in Game 4
Marcus Smart and Jimmy Butler had to be separated by a referee during the second quarter of Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls Sunday.
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This Olynyk 3-pointer drew huge reaction from Thomas
Isaiah Thomas jumped out of his seat with a huge smile, and screamed in celebration.
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Gerald Green scored eight points off the bench for the Boston Celtics in their Christmas Day victory over the New York Knicks.
No lineup changes for either Bulls or Celtics in Game 4
Jerian Grant remains at point guard for Chicago in place of the injured Rajon Rondo, and the C's will stick with the starting five that won Game 3.
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Beyond The Numbers: C's need to get better on the boards in second quarter
Most of the Bulls' rebounding edge on the Celtics has come in the second quarter, and it's a weakness the C's need to address.
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NBA fines Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Crowder in Game 3
The NBA doesn't buy Rajon Rondo's claim that he was just 'stretching' on the bench and didn't mean to trip Jae Crowder.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Bulls
The C's play the Bulls in Game 4. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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C's-Bulls preview: Green, Rozier could change series
The play of seldom-used Celtics Gerald Green and Terry Rozier was hugely important in Game 3.
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Celtics stay laid back, but 'intentional' in preparation for Game 4
The mood was significantly lighter at the end of the Boston Celtics’ practice on Saturday at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. 
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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder drives between Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler (21) and Robin Lopez.
Isaiah Thomas finally gets some help from supporting cast in Game 3
With Isaiah Thomas on the bench, the rest of the Celtics either kept or added to their lead - a welcome sight in their Game 3 victory over the Bulls.
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Green's presence in starting lineup opens up floor for other C's shooters
The decision by Brad Stevens to start Gerald Green is just one of many good moves made by the Celtics in a Game 3 win.
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Rondo's absence felt by both Celtics and Bulls in Game 3
While there were a number of players who stepped up for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo’s absence certainly helped Boston get a much-needed victory.
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Highlights: Celtics 104, Bulls 87
Highlights from the Boston Celtics 104-87 win over the Chicago Bulls in game 3.
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Mannix: Rondo may face fine for attempting to trip Crowder
Chris Mannix discusses Rajon Rondo looking like he attempted to trip Jae Crowder, and why he thinks the league will address his actions.
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Stars, studs and duds: Garnett’s presence remains alive in Celtics locker room
Celtics player after Celtics player talked about how “pumped” up Garnett’s words made them feel before Friday's Game 3.
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Crowder: 'We came out and hit them first in the second half'
Jae Crowder talks with Abby Chin after the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 3.
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Bradley says KG helped pump up C's before Game 3
Kevin Garnett didn't need to be in the Boston Celtics' locker room to provide some inspiration.
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Celtics rise to occasion in Game 3 with 104-87 win over Bulls
The Boston Celtics rise to the occasion and deliver a solid performance in beating the Bulls 104-87 in Game 3
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Injured Rondo appears to try to trip Crowder
Rajon Rondo is trying to make an impact from the bench. The injured Chicago Bulls guard appeared to try trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in Game 3.
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Watch Thomas feed Horford for 3 thunderous dunks
Isaiah Thomas has been an enabler. He's trying to help Al Horford bring the hoop down.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: A tale of two quarters
Things start out well for the Celtics, but the second quarter was all Chicago, as they nearly wiped out Boston’s huge lead before the half
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Rajon Rondo's short sleeve suit is something to behold
Rajon Rondo donned a ridiculous, maroon, short-sleeve suit to Game 3 of the Boston Celtics' series against the Chicago Bulls.
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Green inserted in Celtics starting lineup for Game 3 vs. Bulls
Brad Stevens has inserted veteran wing Gerald Green into the Boston Celtics starting lineup for tonight’s Game 3 against Chicago.
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Celtics missing open shots to take down Bulls
The Celtics hit only 39 percent of their uncontested shots in Game 2, compared to 62.8 percent by the Bulls, and it's an issue they have to resolve.
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Tom Brady Instagram post for Isaiah Thomas
Brady sends message of sympathy and support to Isaiah on Instagram
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sends a good luck message to Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on Friday as the Celtics look to turn their series around against the Chicago Bulls. 
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Update: Rondo most likely out for rest of series
The Bulls say Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured thumb in Game 2, when he swiped at the ball and may have hit Kelly Olynyk's elbow.
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Report: Chances of 'Melo being traded to Celtics 'increasing'
The New York Post reports the Celtics coaching staff wanted to acquire Carmelo Anthony at the trade deadline, and talks may rekindle in light of the C's playoff struggles.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Bulls
The C's play the Bulls in Game 3. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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Celtics-Bulls Game 3 preview: C's need to be 'more focused'
There’s a pretty lengthy list of “we can do better at …” items for the Boston Celtics to think about heading into Friday night’s Game 3
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Tanguay: Celtics can play hard, but they're not tough
Marc Bertrand, Trenni Kusinerek and Gary Tanguay analyze the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins playoff runs so far.
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Ranking the biggest first-round disappointments from Bruins and Celtics
Mike Felger and Gay Tanguay pick their top disappointments from the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins play off runs.
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Scalabrine: Rondo ‘smartest basketball player I’ve ever played with’
Brian Scalabrine gives credit to how smart of a basketball player Rajon Rondo is.
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Five lineup tweaks Celtics can make for Game 3
Here are five possible tweaks the Boston Celtics could make to the starting lineup or the regular playing rotation for Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls
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Five lineup tweaks Celtics can make for Game 3
Here are five possible tweaks that Boston could make to the starting lineup or the regular playing rotation for Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas confers with coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens: Plan is Isaiah Thomas will 'fly back late' Thursday night
Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas is scheduled to arrive in Chicago in plenty of time for Friday night’s Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls.
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Lopez outperforming Horford, and in more ways than just scoring
The better big man in the Celtics-Bulls series has no doubt been Robin Lopez over Al Horford and it's a big reason while the C's trail 2-0.
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Ainge on his critics: 'It's fair, but I don't agree with them'
Danny Ainge has heard the criticism of himself and the Celtics as they've fallen behind the Bulls 0-2. "But I haven't written this series off yet, either."
VIDEO: Danny Ainge on Brad Stevens playoff record; criticism on not making a trade
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about losing the first two games against the Bulls, his confidence in Brad Stevens, and criticism of not making a move for a rebounder at the deadline.
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5 takeaways from Celtics' Game 2 loss to Bulls
Here are five takeaways from the Boston Celtics' Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Playoffs.
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5 takeaways from Celtics-Bulls Game 2
You wouldn't be wrong to question the Boston Celtics' toughness, compete level and heart.
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NBA fines Smart $25,000 for obscene gesture during Game 2
Celtics guard Marcus Smart is a bit lighter in the pocket today after being hit with a $25,000 fine by the NBA for 'making an obscene gesture' during Boston’s 111-97 Game 2 loss to Chicago.
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Celtics need a change of pace against Bulls
The Celtics are letting the Bulls dictate the tempo of the series, leading to forced shots and turnovers. Their aim in Game 3 is to be more patient.
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Has Celtics-Bulls series come down to Stevens vs Rondo?
Brian Scalabrine and Kyle Draper discuss what we have learned in the first 2 games and whether the Celtics-Bulls series has come down to Rajon Rondo vs Brad Stevens.
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Crowder: 'We feel like we can bounce back'
Jae Crowder and Al Horford talk about what they have to do to turn it around and what has gone wrong in the first two games.
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Bradley: 'The best teams overcome any kind of adversity'
Avery Bradley discusses the Boston Celtics Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls, and explains what he will try to do different to turn the series around.
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'Playoff Rondo' delivers for Bulls with near triple-double in Game 2
Rajon Rondo’s strong play in helping the Bulls build a 2-0 series lead over Boston is in stark contrast to what has been a difficult season for the ex-Celtics point guard
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Bulls role players at the heart of 2-0 series lead vs. Celtics
The Bulls role players have stolen the show and are at the heart of Chicago taking a 2-0 series lead against the Celtics
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Game 2 Highlights: Bulls 111, Celtics 97
Highlights from the Boston Celtics 111-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
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Stars, studs and duds: Celtics turn attention to 'must-win' Game 3
Celtics will spend the next couple of days not focusing on what went wrong at home, but instead lock in on what they have to do to get a win in this series
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Celtics trail series 0-2 after 111-97 loss to Bulls
The Boston Celtics now trail the first-round series 0-2 following Tuesday’s 111-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
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Celtics fans lose it on Twitter during Game 2 loss to Bulls
The Chicago Bulls' sharp-shooting performance and the Boston Celtics' lackluster defensive performance lit Celtics twitter ablaze.
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Bradley closes 3rd quarter with huge block on Carter-Williams
After three frustrating quarters for the Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley found an outlet for his emotion.
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Watch Horford slam powerful dunk over Lopez
Al Horford set a new tone for the second half after a rough first half.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Lopez continues to cause problems for C's
Robin Lopez continues to cause the Celtics problems around the paint which is where the Bulls outscored Boston 32-20 in the first half.
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Marcus Smart gets a Tommy Point for this putback
CSNNE analyst Tom Heinsohn poured on the praise for Marcus Smart after he fought for this putback.
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Hightower shows appreciation for Smart's energy in Game 2
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower attended Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, and loved Marcus Smart's energy.
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Watch Thomas beat Lopez at hoop on defense then offense
"The little guy" Isaiah Thomas had no problem with Robin Lopez's height on this sequence where he beat Lopez for a defensive rebound and then a layup.
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Thomas will return home to be with family after Game 2, re-join Celtics for Game 3
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Thomas, who has not spoken publicly since his sister’s death, will re-join the team in time for Friday’s Game 3 matchup.
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The Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler is defended by the Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42) and Avery Bradley.
Tanguay: Celtics win Game 2, but it's still Bulls in six
The Celtics will even the series, which the Bulls will win, and I never want to see this version of the Celtics again. 
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Potential No. 1 pick Fultz: Playing with I.T. 'would be the craziest backcourt'
Markelle Fultz tells SI.com that he's thought about the Celtics drafting him and being paired with fellow ex-Washington Husky Isaiah Thomas.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Bulls
The C's host the Bulls at TD Garden. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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Celtics-Bulls Game 2 preview: Celtics know they have to 'hit first'
While the Bulls have seemingly accomplished what they came to Boston for (steal at least one game), Chicago’s Jimmy Butler isn’t the least bit satisfied.
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Is Kelly Olynyk the x-factor in Celtics series vs. Bulls?
Chris Mannix told Boston Sports Tonight before game 1 that Kelly Olynyk would need to be a factor if the Celtics were to win the series, after game 1 in the books, does Mannix feel the same way?
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Cedric Maxwell: 'Celtics can't play any worse than they did'
Cedric Maxwell is not ready to hit the panic button on the Boston Celtics after their game 1 loss to the Bulls, he doesn't seem game 1 being a sign of the series.
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PODCAST: Quick Slants/Celtics Talk crossover with McCourty and Scal
Devin McCourty and Brian Scalabrine bring you our very first crossover podcast between Celtics Talk and Quick Slants.
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The Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis (right) holds off the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk while Rajon Rondo drives to the hoop.
After Portis’ surprise Game 1 performance, who’s the next X-factor in series?
Bobby Portis surprised the Celtics in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory. Here are five candidates to be a Game 2 X-factor.  
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The Chicago Bulls' Bobby Portis (right) holds off the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk while Rajon Rondo drives to the hoop.
Who’s the next X-factor in Celtics-Bulls series?
Bobby Portis surprised the Celtics in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory. Here are five candidates to be a Game 2 X-factor.
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Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade misses a dunk ahead of Boston Celtics' Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas in Game 1.
History on Celtics side: Top-seeded Game 1 losers usually win first-round series
Good news for the Celtics: Only three of the 12 top seeds who lost their playoff opener have dropped their first-round series.   
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Stevens: Isaiah to play in Game 2, then travel to be with family
Coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 2 of the Celtics' series against the Bulls Tuesday, then travel to Tacoma to be with his family after the death of his sister.
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) and his teammates leave the court in Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls.
Blakely: On the court, teammates need to step up for Isaiah
An emotional Isaiah Thomas actually outplayed his teammates in the Game 1 loss. One thing is clear: To rebound, they’ll have to rebound. 
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Washburn: Boston Celtics loss to Chicago Bulls was totally predictable
Toucher and Rich recap the Celtics loss to the Bulls with Boston Globe writer, Gary Washburn.
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'If we don't rebound, we don't win.'
The Celtics' season-long rebounding problem was the key factor in their Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and Brad Stevens says improvement on the boards is 'a big deal moving forward'.
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WATCH: TD Garden erupts as Isaiah Thomas knocks down first shot
TD Garden erupts as Isaiah Thomas knocks down his first shot of the night
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What adjustments do Stevens, Celtics have to make for Game 2?
Mike Felger talks with A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper about how the Boston Celtics can move forward in the playoffs.
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Stars, studs and duds: Isaiah Thomas' Game 2 status is 'his call'
Although Isaiah Thomas played in Boston’s 106-102 Game 1 loss to Chicago, there’s no guarantee that he’ll suit up in Game 2
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Bradley on Thomas: We need to continue to fight for him
Avery Bradley talks with the media after the Boston Celtics loss to the Bulls about how Isaiah Thomas is like family to him and is a true competitor.
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C's lose Game 1 despite gutsy performance from Thomas
Isaiah Thomas delivers an gutsy effort, but he didn’t get enough help, resulting in the Celtics dropping a 106-102 Game 1 loss to the Bulls
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Isaiah Thomas honors sister with message on shoes
Isaiah Thomas honored his sister during Game 1 writing "CHYNA" and "I LOVE YOU" on his shoes.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Thomas handles pain and pressure like a true pro
Isaiah Thomas does his part, but it still isn't enough as the Celtics find themselves down 48-46 at the half.
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WATCH: Celtics fans show support for Thomas with standing ovation
Boston Celtics fans show support for Isaiah Thomas with standing ovation during Game 1 player intros
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas confers with coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens: Thomas 'really hurting' but 'intends to play'
Isaiah Thomas, whose sister was killed in a car crash on Saturday, is in the Celtics starting lineup for Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls
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David Ortiz sends 'prayers' to Isaiah Thomas over loss of sister
The former Red Sox slugger takes to Twitter to send condolences to Isaiah Thomas, whose sister was killed in a car crash.
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Isaiah Thomas
Report: Thomas plans to play tonight
According to Ernie Johnson of TNT, Isaiah Thomas -- whose sister was killed in a car crash yesterday -- plans to play in Game 1 vs. the Bulls.
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Report: Thomas 'in state of shock' after sister's death
The Boston Herald quotes a league source who says Isaiah Thomas was told of his sister's death in a one-car accident after Saturday's practice.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Bulls
The C's host the Bulls at TD Garden. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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Celtics-Bulls Game 1 preview: Celtics need to rally together
Game 1 of the Celtics-Bulls playoff series is at hand, but Isaiah Thomas and the C's are dealing with issues bigger than basketball.
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Brown understands postseason success is as much mental as physical
Jaylen Brown understands success in the postseason is as much about your mental state as it is your ability.
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Thomas' sister killed in car accident on Saturday morning
The status of Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is unclear after his sister was killed in a one-car accident on Saturday morning.
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Boston Celtics' Al Horford (left) and Amir Johnson team up on defense against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Celtics bigs Horford and Johnson take on untested Bulls
If the Celtics are to handle the Bulls easily in the first round, the experience of big men Al Horford and Amir Johnson will likely be a key. 
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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (left) and the Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler.
Fierce rivalry between Crowder, Butler shouldn't disappoint
One of the key matchups for the Celtics-Bulls series will be the duel between Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler.
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Mannix: Bulls 'don't have a chance to win this series'
Chris Mannix breaks down why he thinks the Bulls poor shooting makes it tough for his to think the Celtics could lose first round matchup against the Bulls.
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Cedric Maxwell says Al Horford 'is a Kevin Garnett-type'
Don't talk to Cedric Maxwell about Al Horford's struggles in the 2016-17 season.
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Celtics happy to have Horford on their side this time around
The Celtics were eliminated a year ago by a Hawks team led by Al Horford. Now that he’s in Boston, he should be a postseason difference-maker again.
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Smart on Players’ Tribune writes about ‘A Great Time To Be A Celtic’
Marcus Smart, in a Players’ Tribune essay, writes that these Celtics are better equipped for playoff success than his previous Boston teams.
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Isaiah Thomas (4), Marcus Smart (36), Amir Johnson (90) and Jae Crowder (99) lead the Celtics.
History shows Celtics that No. 1 seed no guarantee of playoff success
The Celtics have the East’s No. 1 seed and with it heightened expectations, but there have been plenty who have flamed out quickly in playoffs past.   
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Scalabrine: Lonzo Ball would be 4th on my NBA Draft board
CSN analyst Brian Scalabrine joins Toucher and Rich to talk about UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and his outspoken father, and if he would fit with the Celtics. Scal also talks about how the offseason could...
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Celtics Playoff Preview Podcast: Bulls insider Vincent Goodwill, Isaiah Thomas, Brad Stevens, Mike & Tommy
In this edition of the “Celtics Talk” podcast, A. Sherrod Blakely joins Kyle Draper to discuss the Celtics first round series against the Chicago Bulls.
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Johnson's play is peaking just in time for playoffs
Lately, Amir Johnson’s play has been on a noticeably higher level than earlier this season. And his timing – on the eve of the playoffs – could not be any better. 
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Thomas reveals his Top 5 for MVP race
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas ranked himself third in the MVP race ahead of LeBron James.
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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) is defended by the Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo.
Celtics-Bulls matchups: Point guard - Thomas vs. Rondo
The first-round series with Bulls features an intriguing battle between the Celtics All-Star point guard of the present, Isaiah Thomas, vs. one from the past, Rajon Rondo.
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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley defends against the Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade.
Celtics-Bulls matchups: Shooting guard - Bradley vs. Wade
It's a familiar playoff matchup as Avery Bradley and Dwyane Wade meet again in the playoffs, this time with Wade in Chicago, not Miami.
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Ainge: No. 1 seed doesn't mean Celtics can get comfortable
Danny Ainge said in his weekly Toucher & Rich hit that the Bulls can beat the Celtics if Boston tries to "win the easy way."
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Ainge: No.1 seed doesn't matter, Celtics just want progress
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about the Celtics being the No. 1 seed and hopes for the future.
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Isaiah Thomas: Celtics have come 'a long way' in his two years
The Celtics were well under .500 when Isaiah Thomas joined them in February 2015. Today, they're the No. 1 seed in the East and 'it's very special'.
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'It's very special'
The Celtics were well under .500 when Isaiah Thomas joined them in February 2015. Today, they're the No. 1 seed in the East and 'it's very special'.
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Bradley: No. 1 seed in East 'was one of our goals' this season
Avery Bradley says that he always had high expectations for this team and that getting the #1 seed was one of their goals this season.
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Play of Thomas and Rondo critical in Celtics-Bulls series
Point guards of the Celtics’ present (Isaiah Thomas) and their past (Rajon Rondo) will be big factors in Celtics-Bulls series
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Scalabrine on Celtics playing Bulls in 1st round: 'I like the matchup'
Brian Scalabrine gives us a preview of the Boston Celtics 1st round matchup vs. the Chicago Bulls and thinks it is a good matchup for Boston.
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Blakely: Celtics' No. 1 seed brings greater level of expectation
A. Sherrod Blakely joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss the Celtics finishing with the No. 1 seed, and how that will help their confidence going into the playoffs.
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Stars, studs and duds: Bradley always has 'high expectations' for Celtics
The Boston Celtics are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference courtesy of a 112-94 regular season-ending win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Celtics-Bulls series begins Easter Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Game 1 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls will take place on Sunday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. on CSN.
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Celtics lock up No. 1 seed in East with 112-94 win over Bucks
Celtics use a blistering fourth quarter run to beat the Bucks and secure the top seed in the East for the first time since the 2008 title team.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics get their offense on track
Boston Celtics get their offense on track as they rally from a double-digit deficit in the second quarter to go into the half ahead 57-56.
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Isaiah Thomas
I.T. addresses C's fans before regular-season finale
Isaiah Thomas addresses Celtics fans before regular-season finale.
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Beyond the numbers: Celtics players 'in pretty good shape'
Brad Stevens isn’t overly concerned with his players getting enough rest for what the Boston Celtics anticipate will be a long playoff run.  
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Morning Wrap: C's list of potential first-round foes dwindles
The playoff picture still isn't settled, but the Celtics now have only three potential first-round opponents: Indiana, Chicago and Miami.
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Morning Wrap: C's list of potential first-round foes dwindles
The playoff picture still isn't settled, but the Celtics now have only three potential first-round opponents: Indiana, Chicago and Miami.
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CSN Stats: Seed of doubt
The Celtics are one victory away from entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But, historically, it hasn't meant much.
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Gorman: Playing teams close could benefit Celtics in NBA playoffs
Toucher and Rich talk with Mike Gorman about the Nets resting all their players, the NBA "tinder factor" and Celtics playoff basketball.
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Gorman: Boston Celtics are at least one year 'ahead of schedule'
Toucher and Rich break down the Celtics roster with Mike Gorman
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Bucks to rest several key players in season finale vs. Celtics
The path towards the top overall seed in the East got a little easier for the Celtics, as the Bucks will have a depleted lineup tonight.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Bucks
The C's host the Bucks at TD Garden. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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Celtics-Bucks preview: C's control their own destiny
If the Celtics beat the Bucks Wednesday night, they finish with the best record in the East and with it, they will have home court advantage
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Fedor: Cavaliers don't take anyone in East seriously
Cavaliers broadcaster Chris Fedor tells our Boston Sports Tonight crew that he thinks the Cleveland Cavaliers do not take anyone in the Eastern Conference seriously.
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Boston Sports Tonight Debate: Who should be the NBA MVP?
Our Boston Sports Tonight crew debate who they think deserves to be the NBA MVP.
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No. 1 seed or not, Celtics focused on playing their game
Regardless of how Boston and Cleveland’s regular season finales play out, the Celtics will still be viewed as the lesser team to the defending champion Cavaliers.
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CSN Stats: Celtics 10-4 this year against likely first-round opponents
People keep saying the Celtics' season will be a failure if they don't make it out of the first round of the playoffs. But the numbers say they probably will.
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Pierce passes Havlicek on all-time scoring list . . . at age 54?
Doc Rivers adds about 15 years to Paul Pierce's age as he congratulates him for passing John Havlicek on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens talks with Isaiah Thomas (left) and Avery Bradley.
Tanguay: No. 1 seed or not, Celtics have found their way
The Cavs are still the best team in the East and the Raptors are second-best, but you can't downplay what the Celtics have done.  
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Isaiah Thomas' No. 4 moving up the charts in jersey sales
Isaiah Thomas comes in at 14th in the latest ranking of NBA jersey sales. Steph Curry and LeBron James are Nos. 1 and 2. 
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Vote for the Boston Celtics Play of the Year
We have narrowed down the best plays from this season for the Celtics. Cast your vote today!
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Morning wrap: Down to the wire for Celtics' potential playoff opponents
The Celtics will be one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference and it'll take the season's final games to determine their first-round opponent.
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Morning wrap: Down to wire for 1st-round opponent
The Celtics will be one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference and it'll take the season's final games to determine their first-round opponent.
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Curran: Celtics are playing better than Cavaliers right now
Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith break down the Boston Celtics win over the Brooklyn Nets.
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Blakely: Surreal how Celtics control their destiny to be tops in East
Hard to believe, but it's true: The Celtics are one victory away from beating out LeBron and the Cavs and finishing as the top seed in the East.
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Bradley feeling better, ready to play big role for Celtics in postseason
Avery Bradley, an integral part of the Celtics’ playoff plans, has missed more games than any other Celtic this season.
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Stars, studs and duds: 'In Boston you only talk about one goal'
It's in the playoff where the Boston Celtics’ true goal this season – to make a deep playoff run – will emerge.
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Celtics fend off late Nets rally, move into No. 1 spot with 114-105 win
Celtics go back to what worked in the first half – stingy defense and opportunistic offense – to fend off the Nets rally for a 114-105 win.
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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics putting on a defensive clinic
The Celtics defense hits the Brooklyn Nets hard in the first half which propels them to a comfortable 58-40 lead.
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Stevens not planning on sitting healthy players in C's last two games
Brad Stevens has no plans of sitting otherwise healthy players in either of the team’s last two games, the first of which is tonight against the Brooklyn Nets.
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Cavs lineup says they're not putting up a fight for No. 1 seed
LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will all sit out tonight's game in Miami, giving the Celtics a shot at the top seed in the East.
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart gets his shot off against the New York Knicks.
Beyond The Numbers: Celtics need to regain their 3-point touch
The Celtics' 3-point shooting has fallen off since the All-Star break, and they'll need to start hitting them again in the playoffs.
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NBA playoff scenarios: Celtics can clinch Atlantic Division title tonight
With the NBA regular season down to its final days, the playoff picture remains in flux. Here are the clinch scenarios for Monday night's games.
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Morning wrap: Scouting playoff opponents
One of these five teams will begin their postseason journey in Boston.
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Morning wrap: Scouting playoff opponents
One of these five teams will begin their postseason journey in Boston.
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WATCH: Celtics vs. Nets
The C's host the Nets at TD Garden. Watch on CSN or on CSNNE.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by McDonald's, on the NBC Sports App.
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Celtics-Nets preview: Brooklyn playing the role of potential spoiler
Despite a season full of struggles, the Nets go into Monday's game feeling pretty good about themselves with wins in four of their last five games.
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Blakely: First round will be tougher than second round of playoffs for Celtics
Dan Shaughnessy thinks it will take a miracle for the Boston Celtics to advance past the 2nd round and A. Sherrod Blakely says that the 1st round will be tougher than the 2nd round
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Blakely: Most pressure is on Brad Stevens for Celtics playoffs
Felger, Shaughnessy, and Blakely discuss who has the most pressure on the Boston Celtics and Brad Stevens coaching style for the playoffs.
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Blakely: Celtics tied atop the East, but odds are still not in their favor
The Cavs' back-to-back losses to Atlanta have put the top seed in the East back in play, but the C's need to beat Cleveland outright to be No. 1.
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Celtics tied for first place in East after Hawks stun Cavs in OT
The loss to the Atlanta Hawks drops the Cleveland Cavaliers into a tie with the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference
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C's follow a different script in Charlotte
The Celtics didn't anticipate needing a 24-10 run to close out the lowly Hornets, but it's a good sign they were able to adjust to adversity so well.
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Five takeaways: C's follow a different script in Charlotte
The Celtics didn't anticipate needing a 24-10 run to close out the lowly Hornets, but it's a good sign they were able to adjust to adversity so well.
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Morning Wrap: Celtics clinch no worse than No. 3 seed
The Celts' victory in Charlotte, and Washington's loss to Miami, means the C's will be at least the 3 seed . . . and they still have a shot at No. 1.
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