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Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, laughs as he responds to a reporter's question during an end of season media availability at the NBA team's practice and training facility Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Ainge wants to build on Celtics’ surprising playoff berth

Friday, May 1, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass. – Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and John Havlicek had some of their best years coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics. As did Cedric Maxwell, whose number is also hanging from the rafters at the Boston Garden. So Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge would like Isaiah Thomas not to worry about whether he is going to …

Celtics’ rebuilding project still strong despite opening round sweep

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON – The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with numerous personnel changes. Once they got there, they weren’t expected to be as competitive as …

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Cavs guard J.R. Smith suspended

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The NBA suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game. The NBA announced the suspensions last night following Cleveland’s win to sweep Boston in the first round Sunday. Smith swung backward and smacked Boston’s Jae …

Cavs sweep Celts as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOSTON – LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left …

A look at the last 3 Celtics seasons

Sunday, April 26, 2015

2012-13 41-40 (3rd Atlantic Division) Lost in 6 games to Knicks 2013-14 25-57 (4th in Atlantic Division) Did not make playoffs 2014-15 40-42 (2nd in Atlantic Division) Lost in 4 games to Cavaliers …

First round of NBA playoffs seems way too easy for LeBron

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The first round of the NBA playoffs seems too easy for LeBron James. He’s never lost a first-round series. His teams are 39-7 in first-round games. And when Cleveland visits Boston in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference …

James scores 31 as Cavs beat Celtics, 103-95, for 3-0 series lead

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON – LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

It might be now or never for Pelicans, Bucks and Celtics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In theory, this is where the first batches of real postseason trouble are supposed to start presenting themselves to Golden State, Cleveland and Chicago. Don’t count on it happening. The first road games of this postseason for the …

Rondo’s poor play a product of failing body, not Carlisle clashes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rajon Rondo has played his final game with the Dallas Mavericks, but when he leaves this summer in free agency – either for the Los Angeles Lakers or any other team willing to take a chance on a former all-star point guard with a championship ring – don’t …

LeBron scores 30, Cavaliers hold off Celtics, 99-91, in Game 2

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James showed them the door. James scored 30 points – 15 in the fourth quarter – and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off …

Big 3 lead Cavaliers past Celtics, 113-100, in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND – More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …

NBA playoffs: Celtics standing in LeBron’s way

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CLEVELAND – Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game …

Head-to-head results of Celtics-Cavaliers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nov. 14 – Cavs 122, Celts 121 March 3 – Cavs 110, Celts 79 April 10 – Celts 99, Cavs 90 April 12 – Celts 117, Cavs 78 Home team in bold …

LeBron begins new quest to end Cleveland’s title drought

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CLEVELAND – For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights …

Celtics finish regular season with 105-100 victory over Milwaukee

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory last night over the Milwaukee …