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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 …

Knight, Bucks hold on for 96-93 win over Celtics

Sunday, February 8, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Knight scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics, 96-93, last night for their sixth win in seven games. Milwaukee went more …

Jared Sullinger leads Celtics past 76ers, 107-96

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BOSTON – Jared Sullinger led six Boston players in double figures with 22 points, adding eight rebounds and seven assists to send the Celtics to a 107-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Avery Bradley had 18 …

Benched at start, Sullinger helps Celtics beat Denver at end

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON – Benched at the start because of lateness, Jared Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to break a tie and lift the Boston Celtics over the Denver Nuggets, 104-100, last night. Coach Brad Stevens …

Lineup change helps Celtics beat Knicks, snap three-game skid

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics changed their starters – and their start. “We came with energy right out of the gate,” guard Marcus Smart said. “That’s what we’ve been lacking.” Avery Bradley scored 26 points, Jared Sullinger …

Whiteside comes up big for Heat in 83-75 win over Celtics

Monday, February 2, 2015

BOSTON – Hassan Whiteside was hardly shocked when Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra designed a play for him late in the third quarter of a tight game. He was surprised when Spoelstra kept doing it, though. Whiteside scored half …

Motiejunas scores 26 as Rockets top Celtics for fourth win in row

Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON – Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics, 93-87, last night for their fourth straight win. Motiejunas also had 12 rebounds as the Rockets …

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson recovering from stroke

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BASEBALL White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo CHICAGO – Infielder Gordon Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment. Beckham has spent almost all of his six …

Martin’s return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics …

Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win, 114-111 over Celtics

Monday, January 26, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the …

Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets, 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER – Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver, 100-99, last night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The Nuggets …

Celtics stage rally but can’t complete comeback vs. Clippers

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers blew most of a 23-point lead and they got away with it against the struggling Boston Celtics. Blake Griffin scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a …