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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 …

Celtics and Kings to play regular-season game in Mexico City

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics will play the Sacramento Kings in Mexico City in December, the NBA’s third regular-season game in Mexico. It will be the league’s 22nd game in Mexico overall, the most for any country …

Crowder’s long fall-away lifts Celtics over Raptors, 95-93

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right …

Celtics clinch playoff spot when Nets lose to Bulls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

They’re back Without even taking the court last night, the Boston Celtics clinched a playoff spot, ending a one-year absence from the postseason. Boston (38-42) clinched one of the final two spots in the Eastern Conference when the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Chicago Bulls last night. The …

Celts close in on playoffs, rout Cavaliers, 117-78

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON – Celtics Coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers. LeBron James and J.R. Smith watched from the bench. Kevin Love and Kyrie …

Smart leads Celtics past Cavaliers, 99-90

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CLEVELAND – Boston got another big win last night. That’s all it cared about. Who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers was of little concern for the surging Celtics. Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and the Celtics maintained their …

Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Isiah Thomas had more than a few great games during the Pistons-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s and 1990s. Last night, his namesake had his turn. Isaiah Thomas had a season-high 34 points as the …

Smart hits last-second layup to lift Celtics over Raptors

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TORONTO – Marcus Smart hit a buzzer-beating layup in overtime and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors, 117-116, on Saturday night. With 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing by one, Smart took a pass from a driving …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Eyeing future Celtics in the NCAA Final Four

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Every Final Four showcases future NBA players, some years more than others. There’s no doubt where this year’s Final Four ranks – more, way more. At least nine players who will take the floor tonight in Indianapolis are …

Ilyasova leads 3rd-quarter surge, Bucks top Celtics, 110-101

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BOSTON – The Milwaukee Bucks needed a second-half comeback to avoid their 12th straight road loss. Just three minutes into their dominant third quarter, they had a lead they never lost. Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee’s 18-2 surge in …

One-eyed Olynyk leads Celtics to win over Pacers

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk stood against a wall in the middle of the locker room, looking more like he just left a boxing ring than a basketball court. With his left eye bruised and nearly shut with four …

Bradley scores 30 to keep Celtics rolling with win over Bobcats

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Avery Bradley said despite a season of ups and downs, he never stopped believing the Boston Celtics were a playoff team. If the Celtics continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, Bradley …

Clippers beat Celtics, 119-106, for seventh straight win

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON – The Los Angeles Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders. J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the …