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Irving critical of Celtics’ implosion, D on Walker

[ad_1] Kyrie Irving appeared to question Brad Stevens' coaching strategy after Kemba Walker scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to rally Charlotte to a 124-117 victory over the Celtics.The Hornets closed Saturday night's game on a 30-5 run that included all 18 of Walker's fourth-quarter points. The Hornets trailed 112-94 with 8:22 remaining.Asked afterward how hard it is to stop Walker when he's playing so
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NBA fines Celtics’ Smart $50K for shoving Embiid

[ad_1] Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for shoving Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid on Wednesday night.Smart was ejected less than a minute into the third quarter of the Sixers' 118-115 victory over Boston for the two-handed shove into the back of Embiid. Smart had taken objection to Embiid sticking his left elbow out as Smart ran past the Philadelphia center on
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C’s Baynes exits early with Grade 2 ankle sprain

[ad_1] Boston Celtics forward Aron Baynes sprained his left ankle in the first half of Wednesday's 118-115 loss at Philadelphia and did not return.Coach Brad Stevens characterized the injury as a Grade 2 sprain. While he didn't give a timeline for Baynes' return, the nature of the injury could keep the center out into the playoffs.Baynes was hurt after a hard fall with 5:07 to play in the first half.
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Smart ejected after ‘cheap shot’ shove of Embiid

[ad_1] 11:20 PM ETTim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was ejected less than a minute into the third quarter of Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia for a two-handed shove into the back of 76ers star Joel Embiid."Obviously I was frustrated, because it was a cheap shot," Embiid said afterward. "I didn't see it coming. It caught me off-guard."But, I mean, I really don't want to talk about
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Celtics’ Smart ejected for shoving Embiid in back

[ad_1] 10:20 PM ETTim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was ejected less than a minute into the third quarter of Wednesday night's game against Philadelphia for a two-handed shove into the back of 76ers star Joel Embiid.Smart got tangled up with Embiid at the 11:08 mark of the third quarter while trying to steal a pass intended for the All-Star center on the perimeter.Two seconds later, after
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Isaiah Thomas gets his moment, but will it be his last?

[ad_1] 11:40 PM ETTim BontempsESPN BOSTON -- This was the moment Isaiah Thomas had always dreamed of.For years, the diminutive guard bounced from team to team, constantly seeking two things: respect, and a place to call home. Here, playing for the Celtics, Thomas had found both.However, he's failed to recapture either of them since the Celtics traded him away in 2017. And, as Thomas slowly walked from the visitor's tunnel
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Thomas on Boston return: ‘This feels like home’

[ad_1] 7:45 PM ETTim BontempsESPN BOSTON -- Almost a year-and-a-half after Isaiah Thomas was traded away from the Boston Celtics, he will finally get a chance to be recognized at TD Garden on Monday night."It's always good to be back," said Thomas, who was healthy and available to play against the Celtics for the first time since being part of the Kyrie Irving trade in September 2018. "This feels like
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Which player had the best sneakers of Week 22 in the NBA?

[ad_1] 10:16 AM ETNick DePaulaESPN Building off of the momentum of last week's International Women's Day, Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell helped debut the first edition of Adidas' upcoming collaboration pack with Marvel Studios over the weekend, made to celebrate the career and achievements of longtime WNBA star Candace Parker.Created in tandem with the animation and comics juggernaut in advance of the release of "Captain Marvel," the studio's first
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Hayward (neck), Horford (knee) hurt in Celts’ win

[ad_1] 5:36 PM ETTim BontempsESPN BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday afternoon, winning 129-120 to claim a fifth victory in six games. But it didn't come without cost.Veterans Gordon Hayward (strained neck) and Al Horford (sore knee) suffered injuries during the game -- both of which could have an impact on how they finish out the regular season.While Horford, who left the game in the
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The sneaker giveaway trend taking over the NBA

[ad_1] 7:01 PM ETNick DePaulaESPN After his second preseason game with the Boston Celtics in 2017, Kyrie Irving walked off the court in Philadelphia and noticed a young fan along the sideline wearing his old No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.On a whim, Irving kicked off his Nike Kyrie 3 signature sneakers and passed them to the beaming boy."Can you sign them?" the young fan asked as he pulled a Sharpie